So, how is the Family Reading Challenge going for you?
There was only one night this week that I didn't read to my daughter because she was already in bed by the time I got home from work. "Splish Splash Tuesdays" at daycare wear her out. For the rest of the week, she's been asking me to read her book after book during our reading time. Last night, I read six board books to her, which I think is a record. I really enjoy reading with her at night. It's our special time together, and now that she's getting older and comprehending more, it's so wonderful to see things start clicking and watching her enjoy books.
As for me, I finished one book this week: Anita Amirrezvani's The Blood of Flowers. I had a late night insomniac night and finished it in one night. I think it was a very powerful and gut wrenching book but would only recommend it to adults because of its mature subject matter. I also finally got around to staring Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga. I'm about a third of the way through Twilight and am enjoying it immensely.
This Week's Winner
Now for the winner of the 10 Smithsonian's Backyard books: Jeanette from A Comfy Chair and a Good Book! Congratulations Jeanette! Please send your mailing address to thewellreadchild AT gmail DOT com, and I'll get the books out to you this week!
Next Week's Loot
For next week's participants, I'm offering up two middle grade novels:
First up is Chris Grabenstein's novel, The Crossroads. (read my review here) This is a nice choice for both boys and girls who are into a little horror, mystery, and suspense. If you win the book, you may want to read it first to see whether or not your child can handle it. It's got lots of spooky parts, and a violent ghost tries to kill the story's main character. You know your child best, and lots of kids are into this kind of stuff.
Second is Jeanne Birdsall's The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. It's the follow up to her award-winning The Penderwicks. I've been holding onto this book, waiting to read the first one before I started it, but I realize it's low on my priority list. The book has received a lot of rave reviews, and it deserves to be in the hands of someone who can really savor it. From what I've read, it's a fun, wholesome book that appeals to girls.
The contest is open to all participants who've signed up for the challenge. If you haven't signed up and want to join, please leave a comment here, and I'll add you to the list. Read this post for more information about that challenge. Next week, I'll choose a winner using Random.org, so be sure to check back then to see if you've won.
Good luck, and have a great week reading!