Category Archives: #amreading

Currently Reading

Part Two. I seem to be reading a lot of duologies lately. Stories in two parts. My current read fits the July BINGO board because it has a character with a disability. (Kitto Quick was born with a club foot.) I’m midway through The Dagger X, the second half of Kitto’s pirate-laced, ocean-faring adventure by Brian Eames.

Eames, Brian - 1 and 2

Highly Recommended!

#amreading Hodgepodge

Book Report 62

Hundred Percent is the nickname of a girl named Tink (well, that’s also a nickname, but she’s been going by Tinkerbell since she was little) who is navigating the special drama that comes with being twelve. Mostly friendship drama. In Charlie Bone and the Beast (Book 6 of 7), a new boy brings trouble to Bloor’s Academy, and an old enemy is in need of rescue. More backstory, more connections. Plenty of tension to keep the pages turning. And The Return of Zita the Spacegirl is the culmination of Hatke’s graphic novel trilogy. (But it’s not the end of the story!)


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#amreading Sets and Serieses

Book Report 61

Charlie Bone and the Hidden King is the fifth book in the Children of the Red King series. At this point, there’s very little I can say without spoilering early books in the series, and I do detest spoilers. Needless to say, new problems are multiplying nearly as quickly as old ones are settled. It’s similarly difficult to say anything about The Creeping Shadow, which is Book 4 of 5 for Lockwood & Co. Eerie and edgy and exciting straight on through. My affection for these characters flourishes. And you really need to grab Ben Hatke’s graphic novels. Legends of Zita the Spacegirl is the second in the set. Very much a favorite!

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One Week Left

Not Quite an All-Cover. There’s a scant week left in June, and I’ve managed a second BINGO on my summer reading board. Heading in, I kind of wanted to cover all the squares, but I’ll definitely run out of days before I run out of books. : )

CJs Bingo Board, June 2020

I have books set aside for most of the remaining squares, but I’m not sure how far I’ll get in six days. After spending last month reading lower middle grade quickies, it’s been so nice to tackle longer titles again. Confession: Since I’m a moderator at MGCarousel, I’ve already gotten a peek at July’s BINGO board. I’ll finish up a book or two for June, then focus on next month’s squares!

#amreading Goodness

Book Report 60

Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill managed to combine many of my favorite things, all while reminding me of my childhood in Minnesota. Twins and gardening and cellos and a hint of Japanese culture. I adored The Incredible Magic of Being, in which a boy with an overprotective mother. The narrative mixed with FARTs (facts and random things) and easy-to-grasp explanations of science-y things that interest Julian. He’s an odd little cookie, and we gradually learn why as the story unfolds. And in Dealing with Dragons, Princess Cimorene’s interests always seem to fall in the “not done” category. Normally, she’d need to be properly kidnapped in order to become a dragon’s princess, but Kazul is willing to make an exception.

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BINGO reads

First Bingo! I’ve been on a reading binge. Some of it’s my crazy summertime schedule, because my brain fogs over during the hot (hot, hot) part of the afternoon. Some of it’s the addition of audio book walks to my exercise routine (usually late at night, when it isn’t quite so hot, hot, hot.)

CJs Bingo Board, June 2020

I’ve been making piles of “next up” books to go for a second BINGO. I’m currently reading Wonder at the Edge of the World, which I intended to fit the “know or wonder in the title” square. Turns out, it has strong STEM/STEAM themes, so I’ll bump it up and read You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P for that square. “Title starts with W” is a cinch since I picked up the sequel to The Lighthouse Between the Worlds.

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#amreading Across Genres

Book Report 59

Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier is the first in a series of graphic novels that revisits the much-loved Babysitter’s Club books by Ann M. Martin. It’s Raining Pigs & Noodles is one of the collections by Jack Prelutsky, whose vivid wit makes poetry both accessible and fun. And Fish in a Tree is an uplifting story in which one struggling girl is found out by a teacher who’s perfectly equipped to meet her special needs.

#amreading Dangerously

Book Report 58

The Valley of the Broken Cherry Trees is another in the Zenta and Matsuzo series, historical mysteries set in sixteenth century Japan. Pillage by Obert Skye is the first in a trilogy, starring one of the most infuriating boys I’ve ever chanced to meet (in books). Despite Beck’s (many) bad decisions, I took a real liking to the idiot. And The Night Gardener is a spooky story with a couple of redheaded orphans, a deviously dangerous tree, and a truly creepy gardener. (Not for the faint of heart.)