Monday, August 14, 2017

The RAHM Report for 8/14/17

It's been a busy week, filled with proofreading crossword puzzles (my very part-time freelance job), writing the preface for my book, catching up with mom friends, and visiting the OB for a routine check-up for baby #3. When I wasn't doing those things, I was trying to read! Here's this week's report. 

Finished Reading: 

  • Caught Up in a Story by Sarah Clarkson
    The flowery writing style slowed me down quite a bit, so this short book ended up taking me several days to finish. I like the author's main arguments and will have more to say in an upcoming review.
  • Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?; And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; and  Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? all by Jean Fritz
    I still have a couple of these to read and then I'll do a post about the series. Probably the middle of next week.
  • Juvenile Story Writing and Writing for Young People by Mabel Robinson
    These are two editions of the same book, which I will be reviewing and comparing in a post at the end of this week, hopefully.
  • Here Come the Dolphins! and Here Come the Whales! by Alice E. Goudey
    I read these aloud to Miss Muffet (age 3 years 8 months). I've already reviewed one book from this series, and I don't think I have anything new to say, so though these are nonfiction, I probably will not end up reviewing them for Old School Kidlit. 
I also want to mention Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan, which was on my currently reading list last week. My digital library copy expired and there were a lot of holds, so I didn't get a chance to finish it, but I did make some comments (mostly positive) on Goodreads. 

Currently Reading: 

  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
    I haven't touched this in a few days, but the descriptions are so lovely that I know I will eventually finish it. Since it's a re-read, it's just not a priority.
  • Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson
    I keep this book on my nightstand, telling myself I'll read it each night before bed, but I forget how tired I am in the third trimester and so I haven't touched it all week. I'll probably have to choose a day to make it a priority and just zip through it.
  • The Silver Moon of Summer by Leila Howland
    I'm reading the ebook of this on my phone and I'm really enjoying it. I expect it to be one of the first books I finish this week.
  • A Picturesque Tale of Progress: Beginnings II by Olive Beaupre Miller
    I started this early last week and have not been great about keeping up with it so far. I still plan to finish it before the end of the month.
  • Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children by Katherine Paterson
    This collection of essays and articles by Newbery author Katherine Paterson is my favorite of my current reads. There's a good chance I will have finished it by the time this post is live! 
I'm linking up today with It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and Book Date


  1. I love the Jane Fritz series. Great for fifth grade.


  2. What a fun corner of proofreading! How did you start proofing puzzles?

    Katherine Paterson seems like the perfect person to give advice on writing for kids. I hope you enjoyed the rest of that book!

    1. My sister actually does it and when I became a stay-at-home mom she suggested that I try it. It can be tedious, but mostly I enjoy it.

      I agree. I enjoy her Facebook page also. Sadly, I didn't get to finish the book, but I'm hoping it will happen today.