Monday, December 18, 2017

The RAHM Report for 12/18/17

What My Kids Are Reading

Friday's Read-at-Home Kids Report lists all the books we've been reading to prepare for Christmas, including Christmas in Noisy Village and several singable picture books.

What I Finished Reading


  • I'll Have What She's Having : How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy by Erin Carlson
    I really enjoyed this one. My four-star review is on Goodreads.
  • Father's Arcane Daughter by E.L. Konigsburg
    I read and reviewed this several years ago, but my husband just read it and then we watched Caroline?, the TV movie adaptation. I wanted to compare the book and movie so I quickly re-read it. I still love the book, but the movie was not great. 
  • The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
    I really enjoyed this one. If more "chick lit" books were like this, I would read a lot more in this genre! I hope this author publishes more in the future because she is my kind of writer.  My review is on Goodreads.
  • Sprout Street Neighbors: Bon Voyage by Anna Alter
    I didn't like this as much as the earlier volumes. A lot of the charm of this series is the setting, so when the characters are removed from that to take a trip to France, some of the appeal is lost. 
  • Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog! by Hilde Lysiak with Matthew Lysiak
    I borrowed this from the library because it's a Branches book and it's been a while since I've read one. I didn't realize this was written by the young girl who is the book's main character. It was fine, but I would put it in the category of books written by celebrities and probably will not seek out the sequels.

What I'm Currently Reading


  • Winter Stroll by Elin HilderbrandI'm more than halfway through this book and hope to finish it ASAP, possibly even by the time this post goes live. The writing is not great, but with This is Us on hiatus for a few weeks, this series is giving me my daily dose of family drama along with a bit of holiday festivity. 
  • Far Out the Long Canal by Meindert DeJong
    I'm also more than halfway through this book, and I'm loving it. When I'm finished, I'll be reviewing it before the end of this month. 
  • Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris
    I haven't fully gotten into this one yet, but I have it checked out from my library via Hoopla and read a few pages. I plan to finish it before the year ends.

Library Haul


  • Waylon: Even More Awesome by Sara PennypackerI enjoyed the first Waylon book, so I've been wanting to try this one. I hope it's as good as the first one!  
  • The Greatest Gift by Kallie George
    I love the cover of this book, and I love Kallie George, so even though I probably don't need to read the second book of a series like this, I'm doing it anyway. 
  • Absolutely Alfie and the Furry, Purry Secret by Sally Warner and Absolutely Alfie and the First Week Friends by Sally WarnerThese two books are the first two titles in a spin-off series about Alvin Jakes's little sister. I typically enjoy Sally Warner and I'm hoping these will be as good as the titles in the original series.
  • A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
    I've taken a few weeks off from Three Pines, and I'm ready to go back. The other titles I've read have all been ebooks from Overdrive and this is a paperback, so I'm excited to actually hold a Gamache book in my hands this time around.
  • Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney
    I have seen a lot of people talking about this book in cozy mystery groups on Facebook, but none of my local libraries had it. I finally had to request it on inter-library loan. I'm hoping it was worth the wait! 
  • The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis I borrowed this during my last library visit and renewed it because I need to read it for my book club and haven't gotten to it yet. We're not meeting until mid-January so I still have plenty of time, and I'll probably wait until it gets closer to the end of the loan period to start it.
I'll be linking up today with Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  1. Looked up The Shark Club and it looks interesting. I think I read one other book by Taylor that I enjoyed a lot. I'lll have to add it to my list.

  2. You are am amazing reader. So many good books listed here. I also just got Sally Warner's new book about Alfie and for myself, I have a few cozy mysteries for the holiday break. Enjoy your reading week.

  3. I wonder if I can find Far Out The Long Canal, a deJong book I don't know. It looks wonderful. You might like Twelve Kinds of Ice, a more recent book but a sweet memoir. Thanks for all. I've added a bunch to my list!

  4. I love the Sprout Street Neighbors series and I agree with your review. The appeal is when they're home.

  5. Great variety of books. When I saw Charlaine Harris's name I had to check if I had it. I did read that one and enjoyed it. I hope you do too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. I forgot about the Ann Kidd book--I need to finish it. Great haul!

  7. Love seeing your library haul - been busily borrowing books from the library too over the past weeks! :)