Monday, October 16, 2017

The RAHM Report for 10/16/17

I am writing this post just before midnight, and as of now, we have not yet had a baby, so this is officially our first child to go past his/her due date! Since all I've done all week is wait for labor to start, I had time to read a bunch of books and start a few more. Here's my report for the week. 

Finished Reading:


  • A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
    Though I didn't love it as much as the first book, I still enjoyed book two of the Armand Gamache series. My review is on Goodreads.
  • When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
    I read this aloud to the girls over lunch over the course of two days. Some of the poems are easier to read than others but all are sweet and charming and my almost-four-year-old especially loved them. My guess is we will revisit this book many times in the future.
  • W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
    This was not my favorite of the series, but it was a more solid story than V is for Vengeance. My review is on Goodreads.
  • The Trouble with Jenny's Ear by Oliver Butterworth
    I loved this fun tale of electronics and telepathy from the author of The Enormous Egg. Review coming to the blog eventually. 
  • Hello, Star by Carolyn Haywood
    I believe this short 1987 chapter book was Carolyn Haywood's last book before her death in 1990. It's not her best, but it would be a good first chapter book for an early reader (I'll be giving it to my almost-four-year-old, probably when she is four), especially one who loves animals and has enjoyed Hilary McKay's Lulu series.

Did Not Finish: 

  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams
    I read a third of this book before giving up. It was just not for me. I wrote a quick review on Goodreads and NetGalley explaining why I didn't finish.

Currently Reading:

  • The Original Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy by Johnny Gruelle
    We finally made it into the much-anticipated Raggedy Andy section of this lunchtime read-aloud, but we've taken a break for a few days to read other things. I expect we'll finish the book sometime after the baby is born. 
  • The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
    I placed a hold on this book expecting it to take a couple of weeks for my turn to come up, but when it only took a few days, I decided to go ahead and start it. If this baby delays its arrival much longer, I may end up reading it straight through! 
  • Halloween Treats by Carolyn Haywood
    This is our holiday-themed lunchtime read-aloud, which I hope to spread out so that we finish it on Halloween. We've read one story so far, and it was a hit! 
  • Peeled by Joan Bauer
    I enjoyed Squashed so much last week that I've decided to read more Joan Bauer. I have this checked out from Open Library, but I haven't really started it yet and may not depending on when labor begins
I'll be linking up today with Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  1. I have not re-read it as an adult, but I know that I loved The Trouble with Jenny's Ear as a child. (I was called Jennie at the time so this may have been a factor.)

  2. When We Were Very Young, and Now We are Six, are two books I've read so many times, I've lost count. Come see what I'm reading

  3. I can still recite a bunch of poems from When We Were Very Young and I remember liking The Trouble with Jenny's Ear. Hope your kids like them as much! I also remember finding the Raggedy Ann books silly, but that might be because they never matched the adventures I had put my doll through.

  4. Too bad about your DNF-ed title, but with so many great books out there, we do have to be extra mindful of which books deserve our time, attention, and commitment. :)