Bookends: April 2015

I just sat in a car for 10+ hours as we began the first leg of a road trip. We’ve had an awesome day listening to audio books and satellite radio and discovering that the town in Pennsylvania where I scoped out this awesome playground has two Memorial Parks and that I’d gotten directions to the one with the rotten bleachers and questionable waterway rather than the one with the playground and swimming area and walking trails.

With all of that fun, I’m beat, but before I fall asleep, here’s Bookends for April!

Grown-ups’ Books:

The Simpler Family by Christine Klein

The Peabody Sisters by Megan Marshall

China Dolls by Lisa See

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Kids’ Books (read-alouds and audiobooks):

Paddington at Work by Michael Bond (read-aloud with my son)

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall (audiobook)

The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (audiobook)

The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (audiobook)

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (audiobook, re-read)

Currently Reading

  • The Histories by Herodotus (for my Cavalcade of Classics, as a read-aloud with my daughter, skipping some of the more questionable parts)
  • Called to Community by Anita Farber-Robertson, Dorothy May Emerson, and Mary McKinnon Ganz
  • Living with Intensity by Susan Daniels
  • The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall (read-aloud)
  • The Artist’s Way for Parents by Julia Cameron

My To-Read List for May

  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (for my Cavalcade of Classics and for the Classics Club Spin #9)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (I like the movies and figure I ought to read these at some point, so why not on a road trip?)
  • The Irony of American History by Reinhold Niebuhr
  • St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (The SBC May selection)

And since I’m taking a class this summer that requires a lot of reading and writing, I hope to get these all done by May 26. I’m hopeful, but in a realistic way.

What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for May? If you blog your answer, please post a link in the comments (and/or link back to this post, if you’re so inclined).

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