Monday, November 12, 2018

The RAHM Report for 11/12/18

What I Finished Reading

  • Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This wasn't my favorite of the series, but it was interesting, and a quick read. I really enjoyed the interactions between Tempe's daughter and Ryan's daughter, and the change of pace introduced by the Hawaiian setting. 
  • Barking with the Big Dogs by Natalie Babbitt (ARC) ⭐⭐⭐
    I have a lot - both good and bad - to say about this book. I'm going to make reviewing it a priority this week. 
  • Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich, audiobook read by C.J. Critt ⭐⭐⭐
    I wanted a festive audiobook, and I'd never read any Evanovich. This was sometimes funny, but complete fluff.
  • All Alone by Clare Huchet Bishop ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This was our read-aloud this week. Except for the overly didactic last chapter, it's a wonderful book. 
  • The Spying Heart by Katherine Paterson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I loved every one of the essays in this collection. This, and the book that precedes it, Gates of Excellence should be required reading for anyone who loves good children's books. 
  • The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I won't pretend I understood this book, but I'm impressed by its many layers and I know there is much more to it than I got on this first reading. I'm planning to look up some articles and videos about it later this week. 

What I'm Currently Reading

  • Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell
    This book is really engaging, and I've been zipping right through it. I didn't feel like I got to know Kay Scarpetta very well in book one, but that is changing in book two. 
  • Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr (ARC)
    I have been wary of this book because of the comparisons to Pippi Longstocking, but so far Astrid seems far less annoying than Pippi. 
  • Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins
    I borrowed this from Hoopla as my book for the letter U in the Alphabet Soup challenge. I read the first paragraph, and I think I'll be able to get through the book in a couple of days. 
  • Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay, audiobook read by Karyn O'Bryant
    I've been wanting to read this book for a while, but none of my local libraries have the ebook, so I settled on the audiobook. So far, so good.
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
    I'm still making my way through my re-read of this book with the read-along group on Instagram. I'm several days behind because I had a proofreading set to finish this weekend but I'll catch up today and tomorrow.
As usual, 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 loved the Evanovich book lol - I read it for the same reasons a few years ago, I wanted something seasonal. It was fun fluff. :) And it kind of made me want to live and work in Williamsburg. I told my husband to become a blacksmith but he hasn't done it yet. Lol.

    The Astrid book looks cute! I will have to check it out. :) I am also intrigued by Gates of Excellence and The Spying Heart.

    Have a great week!

  2. Somehow I haven't heard of that Kristan Higgins title before! I'll have to check it out

    Here's my Monday post

  3. Reading your comments about Pipe is kind of like sacrilege to me. As a youngster growing up in the late 1950's and 1060's, Pipe was a light shining in the darkness towards a future where girls like me could do and be whatever we wanted. She was the only one like her. I guess it's all about perspective.

  4. Lovely assortment of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. I would love to read The Spying Heart. I just checked our three local libraries with no luck. So may just have to ILL this one. I'm also looking at The Violent Bear It Away since I've never read it, before. Thank you for sharing these titles, Katie!

  6. I feel the same way about Flannery O’Connor. I’ve read a lot of her stuff, but I don’t always feel like I get it. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  7. I have yet to read a Flannery O'Connor novel - sounds challenging but worthwhile! :)