Friday, July 31, 2015

July Reads

This isn't so much July reads as it is Everything Since May Reads. I've been reading a ton with the kids but not getting so much reading time in for myself. But here's what we've done, starting with chapter books I've read with Ollie and ending with my own books I've finished this month.

Ollie and I started the year with the goal of reading 12 chapter books together this year and we are already on our 12th! It's very exciting. I love our reading time together. It's one of the things I look forward to most.

Ramona the Brave (Beverly Cleary)- Ollie is a big fan of these books. He loved Beezus and Ramona and felt for Beezus on an older sibling level. He did complain that he didn't think Ramona was very brave in this book, haha. It's a classic. An easy read.

Half Magic (Edward Eager)- Another classic. We are looking forward to reading more from Edward Eager. This a book from my childhood that I was happy to share with Oliver. He enjoyed the humor. I think it's a very clever book and very charming and old fashioned in language, which is fun to read aloud. 

The Bad Beginning (Lemony Snicket)- This book tickled Ollie. If you haven't read it beware of spoilerness but he couldn't figure out how these kids could get out of their predicament at the end and when they did he was overjoyed! He was laughing and wiggling in his seat. We're reading the next book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. They're so fun and imaginative. 

The War with Grandpa (Robert Kimmel Smith)- I think this is one of Ollie's favorites. It's fun to read a book from a kid's perspective. I remember this book from when I was a kid and I loved it then and loved it this time just as much. It teaches some good lessons and has some fun laugh out loud moments. 

Now, MY books. 

The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)- This book is haunting and beautiful and broke my heart into a millions pieces over and over. I definitely plan to buy this book for reading again and to have for the kids in the future. It really is one to add to your must read list. 

 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)- Ahhhhh Harry Potter. I love these books. This one has always been my least favorite. I read it when it was published the summer I turned 16 and then I never did again. The rest I have read over and over but this one I just couldn't. Determined to make it through the entire series again, I put this one off for months and finally dove in. Interestingly, it was much easier the 2nd time around. Maybe because I wasn't deep in my own teen angst at the same time as Harry. Maybe I'm just older and wiser and can appreciate that @$%# Umbridge for the great writing that she is. She is seriously worse than Voldemort. And I think it's because he is sort of stereotypically evil and kind of like the embodiment of evil, whereas Umbridge is very much someone that could really exist and does all over the world. 

I have lots of feelings about this book this time around but I will just leave it with I loved to hate Umbridge, Sirius didn't affect me the way he once had, I loved Harry's teenage angst SO MUCH and got such a kick out of it and I can't wait to read the next 2 and finish the series off and binge watch the movies after that. 

Messenger (Lois Lowry)- I really love this series. I'm excited to be on the final book. Messenger was interesting and nice because it had characters from the other 2 books in it. It felt familiar. I was left pretty heart broken by the end though. I definitely think this series is worth a read. Another one that I'll be buying for my kid's to have one day. 

And that's a wrap. All caught up! I'm back on a reading bend and really enjoying immersing myself in it again after a month of not reading at all. Cheers! 


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