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Who doesn’t like to curl up with a good book? I love childrens literature and each Monday will post a short book review. Novels will vary week to week with regards to genre and age. Parents, you will receive a heads up on any language or subject matter for which you may need to prepare.

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Here’s what been on my table or nightstand over the last month. What are you reading that you can’t put down?

Recent Reads

Adult: Down Range:Navy SEALS in the War on Terrorism by Dick Couch

Rogue Institution:Vigilante Injustice, Lawlessness, and Disorder at the Air Force Academy by David W. Graney

The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 by Dick Couch

YA: After the Rain by Norma Fox Mazer (Good story about a teenage girl and her relationship with her grandfather)

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers (Interesting book on inner city life and gangs)

Fablehaven Book 3: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull (Fablehaven books are always a fun read for me!)

Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer (Interesting time traveling tale)

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler (Fun modern-day mermaid story)

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Older book, but interesting insight into the jazz era)

Dragons of Deltora Book 1: Dragon’s Nest by Emily Rodda (Fantasy, fun dragon story)

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt (Historical fiction, Schmidt is terrific.)

Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements (Different from Clements normal school stories)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Loved this adventure story except for the author’s romantic angle in which marriage was not a good option for the heroine, but living together was.)

Currently reading:

Adult: Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day by Macrina Wiederkehr

Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, A Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough

Trident K9 Warriors by Mike Ritland (60 Minutes recently did a story on the author.)

YA: The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss (Holocaust tale, mild)

Theodore Boone: The Accused by John Grisham (I Love Theodore Boone. Grisham writes well for a younger audience. If you have a budding attorney, they will love it.)


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Here are some recent reads:

Brotherband Chronicles: Book 3 The Hunters by John Flanagan

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

Frindle by Andrew Clements

The 39 Clues: Book 11 Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan, Peter Langis, Gordan Korman, Jude Watson

The Janitor’s Boy by Andrew Clement

The GOD Interviews: Questions You Would Ask; Answers God Gives by Julie-Allyson Ieron (She is my writing mentor. Excellent book.)

Service by Marcus Luttrell

Currently reading:

Everything by Mary DeMuth

Operation Typhoon Shore by Joshua Mowll

Down Range by Dick Couch

What are you reading?

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Currently reading:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Everything by Mary DeMuth

The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch

Brotherband Chronicles: The Hunters by John Flanagan

Recently read:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Alienated by David O. Russell and Andrew Auseon

The Bell Maker by Brian Jacques

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

The Landry News by Andrew Clement

What’s your current read? Any favorite holiday stories?

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Gayle recently finished:

Combat Swimmer: Memoirs of a Navy SEAL by Captain Robert A. Gormly, US (Ret.)

The 39 Clues Book 9: Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park

Book 10: Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall

Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Captive by Kathryn Lasky

Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture by Brandon Hatmaker

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

The Gateway by Obert Skye

Gayle is currently reading:

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch

Spiritual Classics Ed. By Richard Foster and Emilie Griffin

Alienated by Andrew Auseon and David O. Russell

What are you reading?

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Last month I read:

Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller

Godless by Pete Hautman

The 39 Clues Books 4-7: Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson

                                       The Black Circle by Patrick Carman

                                       In Too Deep by Jude Watson

                                       The Viper’s Nest by Peter Lerangis

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black (Warning: Strong language)

Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll

An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Eggs by Jerry Spinelli

Currently reading:

The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan

The 39 Clues, Book 8: The Emperor’s Code by Gordon Korman

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

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Summer Reading Samples:

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

SEAL Warrior by Thomas H. Keith and J. Terry Riebling

The 39 Clues Book 1: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

                            Book 2: One False Note by Gordan Korman

                            Book 3: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis

Sasquatch by Roland Smith

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U. S. Military History by Chris Kyle

Wrecked: When A Broken World Slams Into Your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins

Straw into Gold by Gary Scmidt

The Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength) by C.S. Lewis

Brotherband Chronicles, Books 1: The Outcasts and 2: The Invaders by John Flanagan

Currently reading:

The 39 Clues Book 4: Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black (YA novel, language warning)

Godless by Pete Hautman

Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster

What book is in your gable or favorite reading spot?

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I ran across Erin Hunter’s Power of Three: The Sight and picked it up out of curiosity. I discovered that Erin Hunter is not one author but three and they have written several Warrior series, with Power of Three being the latest. The Sight is the first novel of this series. The novels center on several tribes of cats living in the wild. An author note mentioned Hunter’s interest in astrology and standing stones, so I was curious to see if this came through in her(their) story. The ancestral cats, the Star Clan, contact certain members of the tribes, usually the medicine cat. Other than that, the story focused on relationships between the tribes and happenings within a particular tribe. Survival, outside threats, and conflicts between tribes serve as common themes and storylines. Are any of you familiar with the various Warrior series? Let me know what you thought.

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