Monday, January 22, 2018

The RAHM Report for 1/22/18

What My Kids Are Reading

This week's Read-at-Home Kids report includes a picture book adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, The Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook, and a favorite board book by the Ahlbergs. Click to read.

What I Finished Reading

  • The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
    I'd only read some of the Narnia books, and never any of Lewis's nonfiction, and I found this a very enjoyable introduction to his writings. My five-star review is on Goodreads
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
    I have failed to get into both Shug and The Summer I Turned Pretty, but I have been eyeing this book for a long time and decided to give Jenny Han one more shot. This was a wise choice because I loved this book! My four-star review is on Goodreads
  • Meaning Well by Sheila R. Cole
    I discovered this book via yearlingreads on Instagram, and borrowed it from OpenLibrary. It's very similar to The Hundred Dresses, but with a 1970s setting. Review coming soon. 
  • Thatcher Payne-in-the-Neck by Betty Bates
    This book was also featured by yearlingreads. The story (about two kids who play match-maker for their widowed parents) was a little far-fetched - and rushed - but there was still a charm to the story. Review also coming soon. 
  • The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill
    My husband came home from a used bookstore with this over the weekend and insisted I read it right away. It's a clever story, and I look forward to reviewing it soon as well.

What I'm Currently Reading

  • The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
    I've been reading little snippets of this here and there, but haven't had a chance to really get into it yet. I'm enjoying it just as much as the first book so far and I plan to finish it over the next day or two. 
  • Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
    I was planning on zipping right through this book, but I'm only about half done, if that. So far, it hasn't grabbed me as much as the book preceding it, Bones to Ashes, but I'm still enjoying it. 
  • Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton
    I have made very little progress on this book, mostly because I keep saving it for bedtime and then falling asleep. I will be making it a priority this week. 

Challenge Progress

  • Meaning Well  and Thatcher Payne-in-the-Neck both count for the A to Z Reading Challenge and the Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge. Thatcher Payne-in-the-Neck is also my 1985 book for the Family Tree Reading Challenge.
  • The Toothpaste Millionaire counts for the Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge.
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before counts toward the Library Love Challenge. It also counts for the Writing Reviews Challenge, along with The Dark is Rising, my review of which was published in the middle of last week, and The Four Loves. The Four Loves also fulfills letter F for Alphabet Soup.
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 liked all the books by Kathy Reich that I've read but I know there are lots more out there I haven't read yet. This one is new to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  2. I read the most recent book in the Paige Shelton series and really enjoyed it though it is tough going right at bedtime. I've been falling asleep anytime I sit down right now so my reading has ground to a halt! Toothpaste Millionaire sounds really fun and you've definitely gotten me curious about it!

  3. I have yet to read a Kathy Reichs novel - I think I have two or three in my shelves waiting to be read - who knows, probably this year? :)

  4. I have seen several recommendations for To All the Boys I've Loved Before. I am adding it to my list. I don't read enough YA lit. The Toothpaste Millionaire sounds interesting too.

  5. The Tooth Paste Millionaire is a great read. When I was teaching I used to read it out loud and have my students try to figure out the math problems.