5 of Our Favorite Bedtime Books

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Every night at bedtime, Gavin picks a book (or three) and settles in my lap while we read books together. We’ve read a lot of books, but we do have a few favorites that we read over and over… and over! Gavin has a nice collection of books to choose from, and we’re always adding more books. The books listed below are ones we own and have read numerous times. We do check books out at the library a lot, and we usually read those at night too. I’m not including any of those on this list, but I definitely recommend using your local library to find new books to read together.

5 of Our Favorite Bedtime Books:

1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

2. The Goodnight Train

3. Steam Train, Dream Train

4. The Going-To-Bed Book

5. Goodnight Moon

Books Read in May 2017

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In May, for my 2017 reading goals I tried to focus more on the reading challenges. I finished the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading for Fun challenge. I also made a lot of headway on the Popsugar reading challenge. I am hoping to finish the Nancy Drew books this summer, so I’m going through them pretty quickly to finish up that reading goal. Below are the books I read in May. For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

MAY

Gilmore Girls Season 3 books
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Marathon Man William Goldman
Deenie by Judy Blume
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Clue of the Dancing Puppet by Carolyn Keene
The Moonstone Castle Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes by Carolyn Keene
The Phantom of Pine Hill by Carolyn Keene
The Mystery of the 99 Steps by Carolyn Keene
The Clue in the Crossword Cipher by Carolyn Keene
The Spider Sapphire Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Invisible Intruder by Carolyn Keene
The Mysterious Mannequin by Carolyn Keene
The Crooked Banister by Carolyn Keene
The Secret of Mirror Bay by Carolyn Keene

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – a book that is a story within a story. This book is also on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré – An espionage thriller.
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux – A book involving travel.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile.
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger – A steampunk novel.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London – A book set in the wilderness.
The Vegetarian by Kang Han – A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – A book that’s more than 800 pages.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – a book about a difficult topic.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
Fun – FINISHED!
Divergent by Veronica Roth – A book you’ve already read.
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy – A book in a genre you usually avoid.

Growth
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson – A book of any genre that addresses current events.

Other books read (not toward a specific goal):
Fortune by Erica Spindler
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

10 of Our Favorite Board Books

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Books! Gavin and I love looking at books! During the day, sometimes we look at books together and sometimes he likes to look at books by himself. In his room, he has a shelf of board books, plus a few of his favorite paperback books. I keep all the other children’s books in the living room and office/play room. We usually read one or two books together during the day, and another one or two books in the evening. He has been known to pull all the books off a shelf and sit and look at book after book. It’s so fun to watch him! He’ll even grab one of his favorite paperbacks and take it to “read” on the sofa… he definitely takes after his mama. We have several favorites, and below are ten board books that we’ve read many times. We are starting to read more paperbacks than board books, but we still have our favorite board books that we go back to again and again. I usually let Gavin pick out which books to read, so the ones listed below are the board books he most often chooses to read together.

10 FAVORITE BOARD BOOKS:

1. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle – We also have Little Blue Truck Leads the Way. Gavin picks them to read about the same amount of time. There are others also, but we only own two Little Blue Truck books. Definitely favorites for my little boy.

2. From Head to Toe by Eric Carle – We love Eric Carle books! This one is a favorite because we do all the motions together, and Gavin thinks it’s hilarious!

3. Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw – There are other “Sheep” books, but this is the only one we own. Can’t speak for the other books, but this one is fun to read.

4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – There’s a reason this book has been so popular for over 45 years! It’s a classic, and a good one for your child’s library.

5. Robots, Robots Everywhere by Sue Fliess – Gavin loves robots, so this is a favorite because he likes to talk about all the different robots.

6. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen – Another classic I recommend for a child’s library. Gavin was on a kick a while back where he picked this book out every time I asked him what he wanted to read.

7. Inside, Outside, Upside Down by Stan Berenstain – We got this one for free at a library event, and Gavin loves it! This is our only Berenstain Bears books, and it’s a short fun read.

8. Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi – This is part of a series on behavior – other books include biting, kicking, and yelling. I got this book when Gavin was starting to hit us or others when he was playing, and I didn’t want him to think it was okay to keep hitting. It’s a great book, and one he ends up picking to read a lot. Which surprised me, but I guess that means it works.

9. Happy Hippo, Angry Duck by Sandra Boynton – We have this one, plus six other Sandra Boynton books. Gavin goes through phases where different ones are favorite, but lately he’s been picking this one. Two others that he reads a lot are Moo Baa La La La and Blue Hat, Green Hat.

10. Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church – This is another interactive book, and it’s so fun to read together!

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters

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One of my 2017 Reading Goals was to have read 20 books on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters list by the end of the year. I’ve read a few of the books on this list, but a lot more look interesting. It’ll take me a while to get through the whole list, but I hope to get a good start on it this year. I will update this list as I finish reading books.

To check out what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads profile.

Aliens

✓1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
✓2. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
3. In the After by Demitria Lunetta
4. The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
5. Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell

Biological Horrors

✓6. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
7. Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough
8. The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman
9. Clickers by J.F. Gonzalez
10. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
11. Jaws by Peter Benchley
12. The Loch by Steve Alten
13. Monster by Frank Peretti
14. The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea
15. Parasite by Mira Grant
16. The Ruins by Scott Smith
17. Seeders by A.J. Colucci
18. Slither by Edward Lee
19. The Troop by Nick Cutter

Demons
20. Come Closer by Sara Gran
21. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
✓22. The Gates by John Connolly
23. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
24. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
25. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
26. Netherworld by Lisa Morton

Humans

27. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
28. The Collector by John Fowles
29. Off Season by Jack Ketchum
30. Out by Natsuo Kirino
31. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
32. Succulent Prey by Wrath James White
33. Survivor by J.F. Gonzalez
34. We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk

Vampires

35. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
36. Dark Corner by Brandon Massey
37. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
38. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
39. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
40. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
41. The Night Wanderer by Drew Taylor Hayden
42. The Quick by Lauren Owen
43. The Passage by Justin Cronin
44. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

Werewolves

45. Breed by Chase Novak
46. The Devourers by Indra Das
47. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
48. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
49. Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
✓50. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
51. Wilding by Melanie Tem
52. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

Witches

53. A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
54. The Circle by Bentley Little
55. The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin
56. Gideon by Alex Gordon
57. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
58. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
59. Nazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell
60. Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder

Zombies

61. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
62. Feed by Mira Grant
63. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
64. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
65. Jesus Freaks by Andre Duza
66. The Missing by Sarah Langan
67. The Rising by Brian Keene
68. World War Z by Max Brooks
69. Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Various, Miscellaneous, and Sundry

70. Alice by Christina Henry
71. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
72. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
73. Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
74. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
75. Clay by David Almond
76. Dead Bitch Army by Andre Duza
77. The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle
78. Dweller by Jeff Strand
79. Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
80. The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell
81. The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni
82. John Dies at the End by David Wong
✓83. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
✓84. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
✓85. Monstress by Marjorie Liu
86. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
87. North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud
88. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
✓89. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughn
90. Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
91. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
92. The Revenant Road by Michael Boatman
93. The Ritual by Adam Nevill
94. Roosevelt’s Beast by Louis Bayard
95. The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut
96. She Walks in Shadows by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (ed.)
97. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
98. The Terror by Dan Simmons
99. Threshold by Caitlin Kiernan
100. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman et al.

Books Read in April 2017

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In April, for my 2017 reading goals I tried to focus more on Nancy Drew books. I made a little headway on my Gilmore Girls and Popsugar reading goals also. Below are the books I read in April. For more info on what I’m reading and how I rated books, click over to my Goodreads account.

APRIL

Gilmore Girls Season 3 books
Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight
I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres
Death on the Installment Plan by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Secret of the Wooden Lady by Carolyn Keene
The Clue of the Black Keys by Carolyn Keene
Mystery at the Ski Jump by Carolyn Keene
The Clue of the Velvet Mask by Carolyn Keene
The Ringmaster’s Secret by Carolyn Keene
The Scarlet Slipper Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Witch Tree Symbol by Carolyn Keene
The Hidden Window Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Haunted Showboat by Carolyn Keene
The Secret of the Golden Pavilion by Carolyn Keene
The Clue in the Old Stagecoach by Carolyn Keene

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long.
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – A book of letters.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – A book with a cat on the cover.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – A book from a nonhuman perspective.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk – A book with a red spine.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett – A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty – A book recommended by an author you love.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – A book with an eccentric character.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
Fun
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan – A book about books or reading.
Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson – A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Other books read (not toward a specific goal):
America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Dust by Hugh Howey
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight