In June, I read a number of children’s books as well as the final book in The Giver Quartet series, a book for the 2016 Reading Challenge, and a book that captured my interest after having heard about it on the What Should I Read Next podcast.
First, the book completed for the 2016 Reading Challenge:
The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas
Category: A Book Chosen for You by Your Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, or BFF
This book could also fit in the category for “A Book You Should Have Read in School” since I didn’t read this in high school; but I’ve chosen Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for that category. My oldest daughter chose The Count of Monte Cristo for me because it was one of her favorite books she read in high school and she said I *needed* to read it. While it is a pretty long book, the story kept moving. I saw the movie a long time ago and from what I can remember, it is quite different from the book. I plan to watch the movie again now that I’ve finished reading the book.
Other Books I Read
I read Son by Lois Lowry which is the final book in The Giver Quartet series.
I enjoyed this series. The author did a superb job of presenting different storylines and characters and then weaving them together. This series will definitely bring up discussion and I can’t wait to discuss them with my husband once he finishes listening to the audiobooks.
Once I finished reading Son and The Count of Monte Cristo, I was totally ready for a not-so-heavy read! So I went in search of something lighter. I listen to the What Should I Read Next podcast by Modern Mrs. Darcy. In one of the episodes, the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was mentioned and it captured my interest.
As I was searching for a ligther read, I found out that my local library had this book. So I checked it out and read it in just a few days. The storyline pulled me in and not only did I not want to put it down, but I didn’t want it to end. I loved the style of the writing….it’s a series of letters written between the various characters. I felt like I was getting to know real people. It will make you laugh….and it will make you cry. This book combined lightness and humor with depth and emotion. (Heads up – there is some profanity used in the book.)
And finally, throughout the month, I read a number of children’s books.
The Minstrel in the Tower by Gloria Skurzynski is a great little short chapter book to read if you are studying The Middle Ages. I read this aloud to my 8yo daughter and she loved it so much we ended up reading it all in one sitting.
I only read these four titles from The Lighthouse Family series; but they were all delightful little reads. These are great for children who are beginning to read chapter books; but even if a child is beyond the beginning chapter book stage, these are still great little books…especially for children who like animal stories. My 8yo daughter loves animal stories so these were perfect for her. She loved them all.