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Hope you all had a lovely Happy New Year. We celebrated with stuffy noses, coughs, and a fever or two. We really know how to bring in a new year! While we are kicking off a new year, I want to take a post or two to share some of our favorite reads.
Favorite Read Alouds 2016:
N. D. Wilson – We read aloud several of Wilson’s books. Leepike Ridge, The Ashtown Burial series (please, please give us Book 4, Mr. Wilson!) and wrapped it all up with Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle. Cyrus, Antigone, and Nolan are like old friends and if I could find a Polygoners patch, I would be mom of the year. Sam Miracle was a fun read aloud for us. A bit of time travel, a little western flair, and snake arms….how could you go wrong? Wilson knows how to tell a good story. And yes, The Outlaws of Time #2: The Song of Glory and Ghost is already on our To Read list. For 100 Cupboard fans, there is a prequel coming out for that this year as well: The Door Before. Yes, the To Read List is already filling up fast. Woot!
A year or so ago, I read aloud Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt and it instantly became a family favorite. It is possible that Holling Hoodhood and yellow feathers come up quite often in conversation. I finally remembered to grab Okay for Now that is a companion to Wednesday Wars. Okay for Now takes us into the life of Doug Swieteck. And it is possible that I loved it even more than Wednesday Wars. Schmidt has an amazing talent for telling a deeper story between the lines. So while this was classified as a Young Adult read in our library, I read it aloud to the whole family. The younger ones enjoyed the story and the older ones caught all the things not said. Loved it. If you haven’t read it, you should.
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard: A Peter Nimble Adventure by Jonathan Auxier was a highly anticipated second book in the Peter Nimble series. I will confess, I was a bit anxious about Sophie Quire meeting the standard set by Peter Nimble. Thankfully it did not fail us. I would say that it has a different feel or atmosphere from Peter Nimble but any book lover is going to enjoy turning the pages with Sophie.
I will confess that a few of the book on our read aloud list for 2016 disappointed us a bit. Looking forward to some great reads in 2017. What is on your To Read in 2017 list?