Monday, April 2, 2018

The RAHM Report for 4/2/18

What My Kids Are Reading

My kids read a bunch of books at their grandmother's house. Read about it in Saturday's  Read-at-Home Kids Report.

What I Finished Reading

  • Homer Price by Robert McCloskey, audiobook read by John McDonough
    We played this for the kids in the car when we took our car trip to visit my family last week. The narration was great, especially the singing! 
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary, audiobook read by Stockard Channing
    It's always fun to revisit Ramona. This was our second audiobook of the trip, and I know I enjoyed it every bit as much as my four-year-old did. 
  • A League of Her Own by Karen Rock
    These Harlequin Heartwarming books vary pretty widely in terms of quality. This one was a two-star book for me. The characters just didn't come to life.
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
    I finally finished this, and it did not disappoint at all. I really need to focus on other books for a while, but I pulled the next book from this series off the shelf anyway because I know I won't be able to resist staring it for too long.
  • A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell
    This first title in a new cozy mystery series was a five-star read for me. My review is on Goodreads
  • All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Rae Perkins
    I think I would have loved this book if it had been around when I was 12. Solid writing about a common middle school experience, losing a friend to another friendship. 

What I Did Not Finish

  • The Advice Column Murders by Leslie Nagel
    I really did try to get into my ARC of this book and just could not make it happen. I wrote up my reasons for marking this book "did not finish" on Goodreads.

What I'm Currently Reading

  • Better Off Read by Nora Page (ARC)
    I liked the main character of this book right away and I'm hooked after just one chapter. Not everything about the way libraries are portrayed is accurate, but so far nothing is so egregious that I can't suspend my disbeleif.
  • Chili Con Corpses by Ellery Adams, audiobook read by Karen White
    I'm listening to this audiobook whenever I take a walk, and I think it's the most interesting of the series so far. I've been to Luray Caverns, which is a key location to the plot, so that makes it a little more personal for me. 
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
    I've made a solid start on this book, and I really enjoy the writing style and want to savor it. Fortunately, book club isn't until April 19th, so I have plenty of time.
  • A Minute on the Lips by Cheryl Harper
    I have this downloaded to my phone from Hoopla, but haven't read more than a couple of paragraphs. It's a clean romance with a mystery subplot, so I'm hoping it will be a good easy read for me. 

Challenge Progress

I am actually ahead in my Goodreads challenge as of the time I am typing this post. I know it won't last, but it's nice to be caught up every now and then. Here are my latest updates for the rest of my challenges:
  • A Grave Issue counts for Alphabet Soup, Cloak and Dagger, Craving for Cozies, Library Love, and Writing Reviews. 
  • A League of Her Own also counts for Library Love. 
  • Homer Price and Ramona the Pest both count toward the Old School Kidlit Challenge.
  • I also posted reviews of  Good Charlotte by Carol Beach York and Does Anybody Care About Lou Emma Miller? by Alberta Wilson Constant which count for the Writing Reviews Challenge.
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 love the variety of books you read. Lots of good books for your Old School Kidlit Challenge bring back memories. Come see my week here. Have a great week!

  2. Ramona was one of my favorite characters when I was a child. I haven't read any of the books since then, but maybe I should!

  3. Homer Price holds up fairly well, considering my father could have read it as a young boy. I love to pull it out for our decades project, and students love it!

  4. I love your cozy mystery titles,I DNF'ed a book also which is sad, I really don't like not being able to get into a story!!

  5. I've wondered if my children might enjoy the Ramona books. Every time I see them pop up on a #IMWAYR post, I thinking about how much fun it might be to read them aloud. Have a wonderful week of reading!

  6. I've had Homer Price on my TBR for about a decade. Better Off Read looks cute. Come see what I'm reading

  7. Your cozies look and sound intriguing.

  8. Although it's dated, I enjoyed Homer Price and Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price
    by Robert McCloskey. I eventually had to weed them from the library since nobody would read them. So sad.

  9. I haven't thought of G.K. Chesterton in a while, and know the books are good. I do love the Herriot books, have re-read some of them. Since they're almost stand-alone stories, you can read a little at a time. Thanks!

  10. All Alone in the Universe sounds great - it's always a relief finishing a book we've been reading for awhile, and the promise of new ones to crack open. :)

  11. I'm glad to see you enjoyed Better Off Read! I have that one coming up and a new to me cozy can be a bit hit or miss. Too bad about the Leslie Nagel. I read the book previous and it fell a bit flat for me so I didn't end up requesting this latest. I'm glad I didn't! I'd love to reread the Ramona books. I enjoyed them as a child and it'd be fun to revisit.