Reading Update

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted about what I’ve been reading. I’ve made it through a bunch of books in that time.

I’ve listened to two audiobooks: Jepp Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh and Kill Me Softly by Sara Cross. Jepp is a great book about a court dwarf who wants to know more about who he is and where he comes from, and in the meantime creates a new destiny for himself. We have this in the library (thanks to a donation from Mr. and Mrs. Nugent), so I’ll be recommending it to some of you in the fall.

I picked up Kill Me softly because it’s a nominee for Teens Top Ten and, because I’m on the committee, I volunteered to make a book trailer for it. The trailers have been put on hold, for now, so I don’t have one yet, but it was a fun book about a town where a group of kids live with fairy tale curses.


These count as my historical fiction and fantasy stories (I moved Marathon to my graphic novel block…I originally though Jepp was going to be more fantasy, but it really wasn’t so I had to adjust).

I read one ebook, my mystery, In the Blood by Steve Robinson. It’s the first of a mystery series involving a genealogist. This was my book club’s pick for July. It was okay, but I didn’t love it.


As for paper books…I read a scary one and one that I loved in grade school. My scary book was 172 Hours on the Moon. It’s about a mission to the moon that includes three teenagers. What NASA didn’t tell anyone was that they suspect there’s something evil on the moon. I just know this one is going to be made into a movie.

My favorite from grade school was E. L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler. I loved this book about a brother and sister who decide to run away and hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I still love it!


So, here’s what my Bingo card looks like now:


Camp ends this Friday and I took home a stack of books last night in anticipation of more reading time!

Hope you’re all enjoying yourselves!


One response to “Reading Update

  1. Laura Selinsky

    Hi All,
    Yea, Mrs. Gillespie for some great reading recommendations. Marathon sounds wonderful.
    I, too, am keeping up my summer Bingo reading. Here’s a partial tally: I’ve finished two of our summer reading books: “Catch 22” (“classic” square) and “Monstrumology” (“summer reading” square). I’m not sure whether to go with “graphic novel” or “about science” for “How to Fake a Moon Landing” by Darryl Cunninham. If you don’t understand how the science was faked that said autism was caused by vaccinations, this book explains the fraud really clearly. I finished the last four “Codex Alera” books by Jim Butcher; they can all squeeze into the fantasy square. For the “read to a child” square, I read weekly to a lot of kids from a multi-cultural children’s Bible commissioned by Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Trust me, this is great- kids’ Bibles used to be sooooo dull, and this one used talented writers and artists from all over the world. I’m looking forward to reading Tolkein’s “King Arthur” for my “favorite author” square, although Stephen Lawhead’s “Grail” would work, too. For my re-read of a favorite grade school book, I’m hoping to get to “Rascal” by Sterling North. Phew, I have a lot of books to go.
    See all of you in a month!
    Mrs. Selinsky

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