Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Partial Reading Log: 2007-May 2018

I was looking at my other blog and noticed I have a "Books Just Read" widget in the sidebar. The problem is, I hardly ever remember to update it so I decided to take it off. That's when I discovered that while it only displays the last five books read, when you enter the formatting part, it has a list of ALL the books I've entered. Mostly from back when I used to blog more frequently many moons ago. I thought I'd better copy and paste the list here to have a record of it. I dearly wish I had kept a reading journal of every book I've ever read, but this snap shot is better than nothing...
(Edited to include some other recent reads recorded in a note on my phone and my bookstagram account: well_read_reads.)

"Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger. A lovely, lyrical book.
"War and Peace" by Tolstoy. It has it's moments, but not worth the 60 hours of my life.
"The Way of Kings" by Sanderson. I've been putting it off, but it was so so good. WHY do I have to wait 20 years for the series to be finished?? WHY?!?!?
"Yes, Your Teen is Crazy". I wish every parent with kids at home would read this excellent book.
A Christmas Carol by Dickens. I didn't think I needed to read it and then I loved it.
"The Power of Habit". Lots of great information to chew on. Great read.
"The Collapse of Parenting". Same review as above. So very helpful!
"Devil in the White City" Interesting! But format wise, not my favorite juxtaposition of themes.
"The Fault in our Stars". Great and sad. Lots of swearing.
"Jonathan Strange and Mr. Morel". This book went on and on and I was loving it--until the ending.
"My Father's Dragon" I honestly have no recollection of what I thought of this book
"The Pursuit of Love" and
"Love in a Cold Climate" by Nancy Mitford. Loved these. They have a few adult themes if I remember correctly.
"Ten Percent Happier" Interested in meditation? This is the book for you.
"The First Daughter" SUPER long historical fiction but I found it really interesting.
"The War That Saved My Life" Cute, quick read.
"Sackett" by Louis L'amour. Doug and I have been making our way through the series on Audible. Pretty entertaining but wouldn't be my number one choice.
"Lord of the Flies" 1/17. It frequently surprises me when I really love a classic. It surprised me how terrible I thought this one was. I mean, of all the great books in the world--why is this so frequently required reading in High School?
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Took me a minute but then I loved it.
"Some Buried Caesar" by Rex Stoker 8/16. Pass.
"Bolt" by Dick Francis - Always great on Audio for road trips. You run into a sex scene about every third book with him. Be warned.
"Heart of Darkness" by Conrad. Recommended by my friend Wes. Left me feeling like crying for a week and also like I wanted to punch Wes. Studied it a little in a lit class and got a little more from it, and after awhile, have found some redemption. But honestly--I would not recommend it.
"Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank. Took me a long time to start this one but then I cruised right through and loved it. Get your emergency preparedness stuff in order people! Also made me want to read up on Pat Frank--fascinating life and man.
"Wonder" by RJ Palacio. Thumbs up. But more of a thumb in the middle from most special needs moms. (Thinking of a review I read on "This Little Miggy" blog.)
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" So well known, but not my favorite Wilde. I would pass in favor of...
"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde. Do yourself a favor read this. So fun!
"An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde. Have you seen the movie with Minnie Driver? So great. Love it.
"Jane Eyre" Loved it and loved the two different Jane Eyre movies I watched before and after reading it.
"Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" LOVED IT
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker. So entertaining! Loved it!
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. 11/16. Surprised by how much I loved it.

"David Copperfield" by Dickens. Definitely one of my favorites. Had a good amount of humor to keep things moving.
"Nicholas Nickleby" by Dickens. Great but the characters weren't as lovable for me.
"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens. I LOVED it. But I recommend watching the BBC miniseries first. Makes it much easier to follow and get into.
"Sanditon" by Jane Austen/Juliette Shapiro. Wish I knew where one finished and the other started.
"The Portrait of a Lady" by Henry James. A raspberry and two thumbs down.
"The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man"
"The Boys in the Boat" LOVED it! Made Max read it. Great examples of grit.
"The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough. LOVED this one. A lot! But if you are listening on Audible, you will want to speed it up!!
"Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn" and "Pudd'nhead Wilson" by Mark Twain. Loved listening to them on Audible.
"Woman in White" Surprised how much I loved it. First time I've ever read a Classic Thriller
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. Awesome. Two thumbs up and 4/4 Stars! . Highly recommend! Rated PG-13 because it's about life--good, bad, ugly and beautiful.
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. An excellent book. Reminds you that the days of rampant racism aren't that far in our past. Excellent writing. Two thumbs up. Rated PG-13 for language (not gratuitous, though) and adult themes. Brief silly nudity.
"War Breaker" by Brandon Sanderson. Another one that hooked me right at the beginning and kept me turning pages and hoping it wouldn't end. Very enjoyable. Rated PG-13.
"Elantris" by Brandon Sanderson. Sci-Fi is NOT my favorite genre, but this book sucked me right in and I loved it. Wish there was a sequel! Rated PG.
"The Lady and The Monk" by Pico Iyer. Really cool perspective on Japan. But the author is a little too smart for me.
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" LOVED IT! Clean, clever, well written! Rated PG for adult themes. (takes place after WWII) I highly recommend it!
"Goose Girl" by Shannon Hale. Loved it. Read it in one day. Rated G. Great for a day in bed or day at the beach.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. I enjoyed it though I admit I skimmed over the hedonistic references. Classic's are NR!
"Passage to India" by E.M. Forster. Unless you're FASCINATED by Anglo/Indian relations, just give this one a pass.

"Host" by Stephenie Meyer. Couldn't put it down! (I don't really love Sci-Fi, but I still liked it!)
"Ethan Frome" and "Summer" by Edith Wharton. Both were in the same volume and both were excellently written though very depressing!!!
"Howard's End" by E.M. Forster - Really good. A little twisted, but really good.
"Pigs in Heaven" by Barbara Kingsolver - Fabulous sequel to "The Bean Trees". Possibly better than the first one!
"The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver - Excellent, quick read. Rated PG-16
"Blessings" by Anna Quindlen - She's a great writer.
"Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson - Also took awhile to read because it was very deep and requires pondering. Excellent!
"Chesapeake" by James Michener - So good, Sooooooo long! It took a month to read but it was worth it.

"Girl in Hyacinth Blue" by Susan Vreeland. Two thumbs up. Very engaging. Love the premise. Rated PG-13 for brief sexuality.
"The Amateur Marriage" by Anne Tyler. Ten hours of my life I'll never get back.
"Life of Pi" by Yann Martel - Two thumbs up.
"A Town Like Alice" by Neville Shute - Two thumbs up.
The Gift of Pain by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey - Two thumbs way up!
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - see my review
Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood - Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years by Jim and Charles Fay - I'll let you know how it works...then give it a rating.
Something by Clive Cussler...can't remember the title. Just silly.
"Ink Spell" by Cornelia Funke - 2nd in a series. Love the idea more than the actual story.
"I Heard That Song Before" by Mary Higgins Clark - Exactly what you'd expect if you've read her before. Good, clean suspenseful entertainment.
"Suspicion of Guilt" by Barbara Parker - Mediocre at best.
"The Knitting Circle" by Ann Hood - A very good--and sad--story. Rated R for gratuitous sex and swearing!
"Eclipse" by Stephenie Meyer - Great but not as great as the first two.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling - Love Love LOVED it! Can't wait to read all 7 again with Max in a few years!
"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards - two thumbs down and a raspberry!
"Slay RIde" by Dick Francis - despite his unfortunate name, he's a great author and I always love his books.
"A Gathering of Days, A New England Girl's Journal 1830-32" by Joan W. Blos - cute!
"Vanishing Acts" by Jodi Picoult - Very engaging, but had some R-rated scenes that I hated
"I Am A Mother" by Jane Clayson Johnson - Very affirming and uplifting!
"New Moon" by Stephenie Meyer - Loved it like a high school crush
"Sick of Shadows" by Marion Chesney - This series is silly but entertaining
"Hasty Death" by Marion Chesney
"Half Moon Investigations" by Eoin Colfer
"Mermaid Chair" by Sue Monk Kidd - BOO! HISS!!!! Hated it.
"Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony" by Eoin Colfer - Love this whole series
"Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer - 4/4 stars
"Sidetracked Home Executives" by Pam Young and Peggy Jones
"The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova
"Snobbery and Violence" by Marion Chesney
"The Anatomy of Peace" from The Arbinger Institute
"Mornings On Horseback" by David McCollough
"Sins of the Wolf" by Anne Perry

Saturday, May 6, 2017

100 Random Books

I saw this list somewhere with the caption "The BBC thinks you've only read SIX of these books! Check how many you've read...!" But a quick google search revealed this exact list and especially the caption did NOT generate from BBC. 
(As I suspected. They don't usually try to taunt and insult their readers--as far as I know.)

So, it's just a random list of random books. Despite that, I wanted to see how many I've actually read. Some I've never even heard of, some I started but didn't finish, and some I know enough about to not WANT to read them. (I'm looking at you Wuthering Heights.)
I'm going to bold the ones I've read start to finish, and if you see any I *haven't* read that you absolutely LOVE, let me know!
And maybe you'll see some that I've read that you want to try!

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen I've read all of her's and love them.
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien. Nope. Tried in 5th grade and couldn't get into it.
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte LOVE IT!
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (all) Yep. Love.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee One of my all time favorites.
6 The Bible - Not from cover to cover, but lots of it over and over...;)
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte Nope. I like happy endings.
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman Doug liked this one. Didn't interest me.
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens back in 9th grade.
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott Just read it last year and loved it.
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy (Started didn't finish
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller Don't think so.
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare Some, not all.
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier LOVE
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien YES
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks  
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger I hate this book
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot  LOVE these and the BBC miniseries
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gasby – F Scott Fitzgerald Loved, but didn't watch the movie
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens LOVE the book, LOVE the BBC miniseries
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy Just started it.
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams So so funny 
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky Yep.   
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck Not yet, but I love Steinbeck so I'll get to it.
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll 
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens One of my favorites
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis I think I started them but never finished in grade school
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen 
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins LOVE
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery 
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy 
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding 
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert Could.Not.Get.Into.This.Book.
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons 
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth 
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens 
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt 
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold I HATE THIS BOOK
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac I HATE THIS BOOK TOO
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding 
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker  
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce 
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola 
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt 
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell 
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry  
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton 
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad NOT my favorite!
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery 
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute LOVE Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas  
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl 
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Happy Reading,

Friday, May 5, 2017

How To Train Your Dragon Series by Cressida Cowell - Age 8-12

Wanna know how to REALLY upset your local librarian? Hold up a copy of "How To Train Your Dragon" and say:

"This is a BOOK?!?"

This is how Sam managed to annoy OUR local librarian, and how, a few years ago (shortly after the first movie came out) we discovered these books. (The librarian was a HUGE fan of the books. Not so much the movie.)

"How to Train Your Dragon" is actually a series of 12 books written by British Author Cressida Cowell. Ms. Cowell had an amazing upbringing on an unpopulated island off Scotland that I wish I could replicate for my kids. So obviously, she is the perfect candidate to record Hiccup's memoirs.

(The above box set only includes titles 1-11. I can't find a box set with all 12. )

While I have not read these, Sam (who is 12 but started reading the series 3-4 ish years ago...) LOVED THEM.

If you ask what his favorite book of all time is, he will say this entire series.

Sam is a little picky about his books, takes his sweet time reading them, and can't be bothered to push through something if it's the least bit slow/boring/annoying or uninteresting. So this is high praise indeed.

These books are fairly easy reads. Not too many words per page and lots of simple but cute illustrations. They are also funny. A big bonus for the readers in my family. We LOVE funny.

So if you have a kid who needs a good long series, likes dragons and battles, and loves to laugh, this might be the series you're looking for.  Since I haven't read these, I don't know if they appeal equally to girls. Don't know if they have many female characters or how girls are represented in the books. If you have a daughter who has read them, let me know what she thinks!

{Post edit: Two different mom's of girls told me on FB their daughters liked these and one said the audio version is great for road-trips!!}


From the How to Train Your Dragon Website:
In the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you'd ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life by Jason Hanson - Age 13+

This was an entertaining/fun/disturbing/eye-opening read...
I had Max (15) and my sister read it, and I want Doug to read it too. But I decided NOT to let Sam (12) and Gabe (9) read it because of his real world examples of people being hurt by bad guys. (Even though he is trying to arm you with techniques that will help you protect yourself.)

Don't get me wrong, it is not unduly graphic in any way, and the boys would probably not be phased--I'm just being extra sensitive to their sensitivity.

(On a side-note, I would love, love, love to see a version of this book written specifically for kids/teens.)

Anyway, quite awhile ago, I saw this guy on Shark Tank trying to sell the "Sharks" on his Spy School idea. His business got funded and led to him writing this book. I read a review of it somewhere, remembered the author from Shark Tank, thought how much Gabe wants to be a "secret agent" and put the book on hold at the library. (I plan to buy a copy--just haven't gotten around to it yet.) I was glad I did, even though I decided not to let Gabe read it.

Now, since this book was written to build his business, he pushes a LOT of different products you can buy: All available on his sensory-overload weird and convoluted website(s). Reading the book DID make me want to spend $600 on spy gear, but instead I just bought a few little things on Amazon. I.E., Paracord, a lock pick set (for the boys for fun) and a tactical pen.

{Turns out, you can't buy every spy gear item under the sun or your spouse may suspect you are planning to murder him and leave the country.}

Anyway, whether you dream of being an international man of mystery, a secret agent, or even a Bond girl, this was a great read that also happens to have a lot of helpful information in it. I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think in the comments!

Happy Reading!!

P.S. This post contains affiliate links.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen is the first book of hers I read, and it remains my absolute favorite. Not only did I LOVE the first book, (Could NOT put it down!) the second and third books were great too!  {Now, how often does it happen that the final book isn't a complete let down?! I'm looking at you Divergent and Hunger Games!}

This is an action-oriented fantasy that revolves around political intrigue in a kingdom far, far away. (No magical creatures in this book.)

I was quickly captivated by the street-smart, clever, semi-criminal main character Sage, and can honestly say, that I didn't see the final plot twist coming (in any of the books) despite the fact that this book was written for an early middle-grade audience. (Booklist says grades 4-7) I also loved how the series ended though I wished it didn't.

I highly, highly recommended these books and wouldn't hesitate to recommend buying them. (If you're the type of person who likes to have books to share, lend, re-read.)
If you have no kids, buy them for yourself. They are really fun to read.

Now, once you've read The Ascendance Trilogy, you are going to want to check out some of Jennifer Nielsen's other books.

I have read
"A Night Divided",
"The Scourge",
and "The Mark of the Thief" trilogy, (though I haven't finished the third book in that series.)

"A Night Divided" is written about 12-year-old Gerta who lives in Berlin when the wall goes up and is cut off from her father and brother. This is a great book for introducing this important historical event, but while "The False Prince" felt like it appealed to me as an adult as much as it would have to me as a kid, "A Night Divided" feels like it is written for 12-13 year olds.
Maybe the plot isn't as deeply developed as I would have wanted or maybe the ending is a little too pat. The point is, it is a great book, and a book I want my kids to read for the historical insight they will gain, but I would have been just as happy to have it from the library.

{Did you ever read the book "So Far From the Bamboo Grove"? I read that as a kid, loved it, thought about it often and re-read and loved it as an adult. It was a book that seeped into my soul. "A Night Divided" is not quite at that level.}

"The Scourge" was a page-turner, but I think I just wasn't overly in love with the ending or the characters. I liked it, but I didn't finish it wishing there was a second book. Doug said he really enjoyed it though, and Max sped right through it with no complaints.

Finally, "The Mark of the Thief" books were good but not as captivating for me as "The False Prince". They take place in ancient Rome and involve, magic, magical creatures, Roman games, Caesar, and the gods Mars and Diana. If you or your kids are Percy Jackson fans, you might really really dig these. I loved the first one, but now that I'm on the third, I'm a tiny bit over the magical battles--which is why I haven't finished it yet. However, Max will probably pick it up and finish it in one sitting.

Hope you've found something to peek your interest. If you've read any of these, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading,

P.S. This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links. They do not, however, change the price of the books.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart -- Ages 10/11+

I have a confession. I read this book about 5 years ago. And I'm pretty sure I read the second one. I am NOT sure if I read the third one and definitely didn't read the fourth. Three and four may or may not have been written yet...

Here is what I do know: I read the first book and loved it.
Max read it and loved it.
We gave it to Max's friend Lauren and SHE read it and loved it.

And as far as I know, every kid on the face of the planet who has read this book...

...has loved it.

(Please correct me if I'm wrong!! If you or your kid hated it, this is information we need to know!;)

This is a pretty long book. 500+ pages, so NOT for a beginning reader. But I believe it appeals equally to boys and girls and has a nice blend of clever, independent kids, and exciting adventures with a lot of mystery and problem-solving mixed in. I would have loved it as a kid. (And, as I said, loved it as an adult.)

Amazon age range is 8-13 for the first book, 10-13 for the whole series.
(But as we know from The Lego Movie...
Son: "It says Ages 5-12" Dad: "That's just a suggestion!!")

Read it and let me know what you think! And tell me if I need to go back and finish the series!!

Happy Reading,


Common Sense Media says:
Parents need to know that The Mysterious Benedict Society is the story of four gifted kids, all orphans age 12 and under, who are recruited and then trained by Mr. Benedict and sent to a remote boarding school to learn more about an evil mastermind bent on taking over the world. There's little violence beyond some mild fistfighting and a near kidnapping, where perpetrators are knocked out with a tranquilizer gun. Teamwork, creative problem solving, and the love of the truth are keys to the kids' success. This is the first in a four-volume series. 

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P.P.S. Most links used above are 'Amazon Affiliate' links. If you use one to buy a book, I get a small percentage of the purchase price. If you don't, I won't mind a bit. 
I always recommend getting books at the library first, buying from Amazon second!

P.P.P.S. I purchased this book with my own money and reviewed it because I loved it!

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein -- Age 10+

Talk about judging books by the cover!!
I saw this:

 at Costco and threw it right in my cart.

*Cool cover art.
*The word 'Library' in the title. (One of my favorite places.)
*And intrigue. (Who needs to escape and why?)

How could I not buy it?

Turns out, I was not dissapointed. It was a great book!

Unfortunately, Costco wasn't selling the complete "Lemoncello" trilogy as a set so we only have the first book, but we will eventually buy the final two in the Lemoncello series.
(Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics and Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race)

One thing I loved about Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library was that it was filled with references to other books. After reading a few pages, I grabbed a pencil and starting underlining them and writing the book title referenced off to the side. Max said he liked knowing what books the lines were from when he read it after me.

A book that gets kids excited about reading more books is a huge win in my book.

Amazon puts the age range at ages 8-12. It's been a year or so since I've read it, but that sounds fine. When in doubt, look at the recommend age and add two years. Or look at the age of the main character and start there. Main character Kyle is 12.

The oldest four over here really enjoyed this book and I'm excited to give it to Gabe to read next. I think it will appeal equally to boys and girls and hope you'll like it too! Tell me what you think!

Happy Reading!!

Chris Grabenstein's Website says:

Can twelve 12-year-olds escape from the most ridiculously brilliant library ever created?
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library plunks a dozen sixth-graders into the middle of a futuristic library for a night of nonstop fun and adventure.
In a nod to Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this fast-paced new novel features an eccentric billionaire who welcomes a group of children into a fantasy setting full of weird, wondrous touches...
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library is more than a rib-tickling novel full of humor and suspense. It's a game in itself, in which readers can have fun solving clues and answering riddles while learning how to navigate the Dewey Decimal system. Eagle-eyed kids—not to mention their parents, teachers, and librarians—can also hunt for the names of authors and classic books sprinkled throughout the fast-moving story. 
Rumor has it there is even one puzzle that is in the book but not in the story. Can you find and solve it?

P.S. The links attached to book titles used above are mostly "Amazon Affiliate Links". They give me a tiny percentage of the purchase price if you use my link to buy a book. However, if you go to Amazon on your own, it won't hurt my feelings! ;) We usually like to check things out at the library before we decide to buy.

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