What I Will Be Reading #22

I’ve got a bunch of books to add to my reading list. No problem – I’ve been ticking books off the list fairly well. Of course, I’m not sure how many of these I’m going to read this year since I have eight slots left on my alphabet challenge that I REALLY want to finish this year. Know any good “N”, “O” or “V” authors?

The Modern Mrs. Darcy had a couple of posts recently that included some books I’m interested in. The first post focused on books that pair well together. I’m not really interested in two books together (I’d forget they were supposed to be read near in time to each other), but I was interested in 84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a sucker for books about bookstores or libraries, and I like the epistolary style. In a separate post on memoirs, I picked up A Circle of Quiet by Madeline L’Engle because she was a favorite author of my when I was a teen. I wouldn’t mind the chance to read some of her adult literature and learn more about her as a person. I went back and reread A Ring of Endless Light and the book held up well to my childhood memories.

The kids have been on a big graphic novel-reading kick, so I’m always on the lookout for good examples of that genre. There’s nothing wrong with pure fluff books, but it’s even better when you can learn something while you’re reading (and, in the case of the kids, rereading and rereading) an enjoyable book. The Hub came to my rescue with a post all about nonfiction graphic novels that, as a bonus, were written or illustrated by women. First off, I found  The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media. It’s all about how journalism and the media work. Goodness knows the media is all around us and shaping how we see events and the world. I think a bit of knowledge about the underpinnings of this omnipresent part of our society would be a useful tool in any child’s toolbox. I was also interested in Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss. I remember doing a weather unit study with Mr. Curiosity when he was in third or fourth grade, and I think the topic would be interesting and enjoyable for Miss Adventure as well. I’m sure Mr. Curiosity can dig a little deeper this time around and this graphic novel looks like it could form a nice spine to our work on that topic.

One last book for this post – The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala by Kevin Costner. This is a brand-new book that is being touted as a cross between Tintin and Kipling, since it combines a story with comics and it’s set in WWI. I’m a little nervous because it’s written by the actor Kevin Costner, but the review on the GeekDad post I saw it first on was very intriguing. While it’s written so it’s appropriate for tweens, the length (coming in at 784 pages) might make it a bit intimidating for kids. As a bonus, it’s got “X” in the title so I’m going to try to squeeze it in by the end of the year.

And those are the books I’m adding to my reading list. Anything sound interesting? Anything else I should add to my or my kids’ reading lists? Tell me in the comments!

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