Monday, April 23, 2018

The RAHM Report for 4/23/18

What My Kids Are Reading

In this week's Read-at-Home Kids Report: The Happy Hollisters, Mr. Gumpy, and the toddler poetry collection I'm getting tired of reading aloud.

What I Finished Reading

  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
    I finished this just in time for book club on Thursday. My review on Goodreads explains why I gave it five stars.
  • Dandelion Cottage by Carroll Watson Rankin
    This was a really sweet vintage tale about four girls who are given a playhouse to furnish and use as their own in exchange for weeding the dandelions from the property. I was thrilled to learn there are multiple sequels available from Project Gutenberg.
  • Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman, audiobook read by Kathleen McInerney and Nicole Poole
    This audiobook really hit the spot for me this week, and I'm planning to read more by the author (and more by these narrators as well.) My four-star review is on Goodreads.
  • The Happy Hollisters on a River Trip by Jerry West
    I read this aloud to my four-year-old. It was a bit predictable, but I enjoyed the old-fashioned feel, and it's funny to see my daughter beginning to understand suspense and cliff-hangers.

What I'm Currently Reading

  • Running Through Sprinklers by Michelle Kim (ARC)
    This book came out this past week, so I'm a bit late getting to my ARC, but it's a friendship story set in Canada in the 1990s, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I hope to finish it in the next day or two.
  • Stiffs and Swine by Ellery Adams (ARC)
    This ARC expires on Tuesday, so I am also hurrying to get the book finished. I've read four chapters so far, and it's another quick installment in this series, so I should be able to get it done by the end of tomorrow.
  • Al(exandra) the Great! by Constance C. Greene
    I'm jumping back into this series after a few weeks off. I've only just borrowed it from Open Library and skimmed the first couple of pages, but it already seems as good as the previous volumes.
  • Death's Door by Betsy Byars
    I need to get going on reading more Betsy Byars books for the Author Love challenge. This is book four in the Herculeah Jones series. I'm planning to finish reading the series ASAP so I can post about the whole thing and then move onto her other books. 
  • Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman, audiobook read by Deborah Hazlett
    This is my next audiobook. I've listened to about 20 minutes, and I like the main character and the audiobook narrator so far. 
I'll be linking up today with Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  1. This is the first time I remember hearing about Running Through Sprinklers, so I'll have to check into this one. Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful reading week!

  2. Nice variety of books. I like the reminders of old school children's books that I read years ago. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. I'm adding Running through Sprinklers to my wishlist. Come see what I'm reading

  4. I love that you read older books. I should track down some Happy Hollister novels. It’s been a long time since I read one of those. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. Thanks for the heads up about Running Through Sprinklers. I'm excited about it because it is set in Canada. I'm wondering if Michelle Kim is Canadian.

  6. Her author bio says she is!

  7. Lots of Laura Lippman love here! :)

  8. Love children's books and still read them to this day. I'm wanting to re read some of my childhood favourites when I run out of my huge TBR pile.