We started off the month of April going ninety to nothing which wasn't very conducive for reading. Thankfully life finally started to slow down and I'm pretty excited at how much I ended up reading.
I only picked one non-fiction for May since I want to take Consider This by Karen Glass slowly. Of course, if I finish early I have more non-fiction books on my shelf just waiting to be read. Baseball season is in full season and I wish I could say it afforded me more reading time, but alas, I feel the need to socialize! Here is what I have been reading lately:
From March's Nightstand:
- Adolescence Isn't Terminal by Kevin Leman - I always enjoy Kevin Leman's books and even though this is an older book there was still very useful advice to help parents navigate the teen years.
- How to Have a HEART for Your Kids by Rachel Carman - A Kindle read. I would say the target audience is for homeschool parents. An encouraging read.
- Seventeen A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family Especially William by Booth Tarkington - After thoroughly enjoying Booth Tarkington's Penrod books this book came up as a recommendation. I didn't find this one any where near as funny or as enjoyable as Penrod.
- The Mitchells: Five for Victory by Hilda Von Stockum - Now this was a thoroughly enjoyable read-aloud. It even captured my newly seven year old's attention.
- What Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C.S. Harris - Liked the mystery part of the story, but didn't care for the language or explicit content.
- The First Rumpole Omnibus by John Mortimer - This caught my eye, but I must admit I didn't find Rumpole very thrilling. I did get a kick out his calling his wife, "She-who-must-be-obeyed."
- The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall - Can I just state here I much I enjoy the Penderwicks? This book was definitely different than what I had expected. It did have a different feel with the three girls being older and not so much in the story as the previous books, but the author put a nice climax to bring them all together. I got a kick out of my 15 year old daughter who listened to the audio book and kept checking in with me to see what I thought. Highly recommended!
- More Things in Heaven and Earth: A Novel of Watervalley by Jeff High - I saw this recommended right here at 5 Minutes for Books and since I really enjoy books like this I asked my local library to order it. This was a good read--not a favorite, but still enjoyable.
- Canadian Summer by Hilda Von Stockum - Wow! We got two read-alouds in this month. Book 2 in The Mitchell series. Just as enjoyable as the first. A great series for kids.
- Teaching Will: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me that Hollywood Couldn't by Mel Ryane - This title caught my eye a while back and piqued my curiosity and I finally ordered the Kindle edition. I really enjoyed this book and was quickly drawn into Mel Ryane's world when she volunteered to share Shakespeare through a Shakespeare Club with a handful of unruly kids. (Please note that their is some language included.)
- Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie - My last Poirot book, since I am refusing to read the last book. Christie always manages to amaze me with her variety of mysteries she can come up with. I do think you can tell that she was weary of Poirot in the last few books. I even figured out the murdered in this one (though I didn't figure out motive).
- The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer - Thoroughly fun and enjoyable read!
See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.