Monday, August 27, 2018

The RAHM Report for 8/27/18

What I Finished Reading

  • (George) by E.L. Konigsburg 
    The only way I can describe this book is as A Beautiful Mind for tweens. I liked it a lot, but it messed with my head. I'm planning to post a review on the blog in September. 
  • 51 Sycamore Lane by Marjorie Sharmat 
    This one was a little weird. I liked the voice of the main character - it's very similar to the author's Nate the Great - but the story felt somewhat thin and disorganized. 
  • A Long Line of Cakes: An Aurora County Novel (ARC) by Deborah Wiles 
    This book was pretty par for the course for this series. I definitely don't think it would make sense if I hadn't read the first three books, so I probably wouldn't recommend treating it like a standalone. 
  • Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani 
    I started listening to the audiobook of this, which is read by the author, and it was wonderful, but I was so into the book I wanted to read faster so I wound up switching to the book after about 100 pages. I know this book has been recommended to me before - I don't know why it took me so long to finally read it! 

What I'm Currently Reading

  • Read and Gone (ARC) by Allison Brook 60%
    This is a quick read that I had hoped to finish over the weekend, but I didn't quite make it. I will most likely finish it today. 
  • Ignore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction by Catherine Pearlman, audiobook read by Christine Williams 21%
    I heard about this book from @everydayreading on Instagram. I normally would prefer to read the print version, but my library only seems to have the audio. I'm not sure yet that I will finish it just because audio is not my preferred format for parenting books.
  • Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller with Susan Kelley 15%
    I didn't get to spend much time on this book this past week, but I'm getting back into it now. Though it's about getting kids to develop the habits of lifelong readers, it's giving me a lot of food for thought and potential ideas for future blog posts about my own "wild reading."
  • Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny, audiobook read by Ralph Cosham 14%
    This is one of only two Louise Penny books I do not own, so I decided to take the opportunity to listen to one from this series on audio. Ralph Cosham is great, and this book, though very different from the first few Gamache books, is intriguing and well-written. 
  • Montana Sky by Nora Roberts 0%
    One of the challenges I am trying to complete this year has a Nora Roberts category. I decided to go with an older book that I have been wanting to read for a while. I have only read the first two pages, but I'll dig in a bit more after I finish a couple of these other books.

I'll be linking up today with Unleashing Readers/Teach Mentor Texts and Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


  1. Bury Your Dead looks good! And I agree with you on the audio - I can only listen to certain kinds of books in audio. Parenting books would not be one of them.

    My list!

  2. As a long time fan of the Aurora County series, I am excited about A Long Line of Cakes. My library even has it on order.
    I've recently become a fan of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, but have only finished the first two. I'm planning on devouring them. I agree that Ralph Cosham's narration is fabulous.

  3. Nice variety of books. I haven't ever read Trigiani but have been curious. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  4. Big Stone Gap is new to me. But how exciting to have a new series you're really getting into! Have a wonderful week, Katie!

  5. I think from hearing from so many, I should read the first Louise Penny. It's all about time, isn't it. I love all Donalyn Miller's books, really inspiring.

  6. I like the cover of Bury Your Dead. See what I've read this month at Girl Who Reads

  7. (George) is new to me but it's also older than I am. I've only read one of Kongisburg's books. My weekly updates

  8. Lots of Louise Penny love recently. I wonder if I missed out on something about the books these past few weeks.