Monday, November 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

No big changes from last week.

I'm nine chapters into Empire of the Summer Moon, which I like a lot, and I'm continuing with The Patriots and The Sellout. I don't know what's taking me so long with The Sellout. We spent the weekend with family in New England and there wasn't as much time to read as I'd hoped, between visiting with folks and the fact that there was a "Simpsons" marathon on the teevee. So reading was not a high priority I guess.

Now that in my new job I'm spending a lot of time in the children's annex I decided I should be familiarizing myself with the middle grade books. To that end I picked up Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, as a first introduction to the literature of that age group. I'm about halfway through and it's cute and fun. Flora is a "self-described cynic" and reminds me of a kind of nouvelle Ramona type. If you have any suggestions for middle grade books you think I would like, please feel free to leave them in the comments. Otherwise I have a few in mind. I hope to read one a month.

I hope my American readers had a nice Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. I did buy a book and pick up some galleys at my former place of employment, so there was that.

1 comment:

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Ooh, I hadn't heard what your new job is. Where will you be working?

Kate DiCamillo is great for middle grade stuff. For slightly earlier, I think the Clementine and the Ivy & Bean series are both great. Holly Black's Doll Bones is good, too, especially for kids who like creepy.