Before I dive into what’s being read in our household this month, I have some exciting news to share! Starting in May, An Open Book will be hosted at this site AND at CatholicMom.com! So, when you add your link here, it will appear there as well. You may see a little CatholicMom logo added to the post and image, but everything will operate in the same way. Now, on to the books.
My husband is still slogging through the Star Wars novel he’s been reading. In addition, when he stopped by a local author festival I attended Saturday, he snagged a couple more Star Wars novels for cheap. Now that Disney owns Star Wars, apparently many books have fallen from the official canon and are now merely legends. Either which way, the books by Joe Schreiber that he picked up look more promising than what he’s currently reading.
This week, I’m reading A Black Horse Campground Mystery Book 2: No Lifeguard on Duty by Amy Bennett. I picked it up on the heels of Book 1, End of the Road. It seems unlikely I’ll be able to stop there. Two more books in the series await, and I’ve grown so attached to the characters, I may need to read straight through! Amy Bennett’s writing is crisp and polished, which makes it a pleasure to read. In addition to the central mystery, there’s a gently simmering love triangle involving campground owner Corrie and two law enforcement officers: her former boyfriend Sheriff Rick Sutton and former narcotics agent J.D. Wilder. I don’t read mysteries often, but I find myself wondering why.
My seventh-grader also snagged one of Joe Schreiber’s books at the author festival. Game Over, Pete Watson reminded him of a couple series he’s enjoyed: the Origami Yoda and Jedi Academy series. He zipped through the book in a day. He’s also reading The Giant and How He Humbugged America by Jim Murphy. It tells the story of the Cardiff Giant, a 19th century hoax that became a big attraction. (Apparently, the apple does not fall far from the tree, since this is right up my crypto-lovin’ husband’s alley. )
The second-grader in the household discovered her older brother’s Wimpy Kid books. She’s currently reading The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 7) by Jeff Kinney. This from the kid who experienced inexplicable terror at the sight of the infamous playground cheese slice responsible for “the cheese touch.” Apparently, she’s over that.
My preschoolers were pretty engrossed by the free book about animal pets that they got with their chicken nuggets at Chick-Fil-A last week. (God bless you, Chick-Fil-A, for giving kids books instead of more crappy toys.) Since it’s still Easter season, we’ve also been reading Easter stories at bedtime. The picture book Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day by Carol Benoist and Cathy Gilmore is the newest Easter book in our collection, and the kids are enjoying the simple story of a fearful rabbit who ends up as witness to the greatest miracle.
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