Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: What I’ve Been Reading Lately

Hi everyone! John here!  I know it’s been a while (Mom says months!) since I’ve posted anything.  The thing is, I’ve been enjoying so many books lately that I don’t have the time to review them.  Plus, now that I’m in the 5th grade, just months away from middle-school, I’m really working hard on my school work.

Instead of writing a bunch of reviews, I decided to list a few of the books I’ve been reading over the last few months & explain why I enjoyed them. So…here we go:

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull-My mom brought this book home after one of her many trips to One More Page books.  I didn’t think I would like it at first but boy was I wrong!  Two kids go off to stay with their grandparents. They soon learn that Fablehaven is really a sort of “reserve” for mythical creatures who are all at risk for extinction. How cool is that!? I’m still reading this one so I don’t know how it ends yet but I’m really liking it so far! Plus, mom tells me it’s a series and I LOVE SERIES!

Emerald Atlas by John Stephens-ALL the kids at school were talking about this one.  There’s this girl in my class who reads super fast and read this one in one day.  She said it’s pretty awesome and sort of reminds her of Harry Potter.  So, when Mom said she was going to the bookstore I asked her to pick up a copy for me (Mom edit: Actually, he said “Don’t come home without that book!”).  Mom also heard great things about this book from my Ma-Ma so she couldn’t say no. Plus, really…who can say no to me?  Anyway, I started reading this on Saturday and all the good things I heard about it are true.  This book is EPIC! This might very well be my favorite book of the year!  Plus, it’s the first of a series. So.Awesome.

The Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan-I think this was another book that Mom brought home for me from the bookstore. Will is a 15 year old kid who gets assigned to a Ranger for training.  Will wanted to be a knight, so he’s not very happy about this.  But what he learns is Rangers are pretty cool, using all kinds of stealth to protect the kingdom.  Yes, this is the first book in another series. The awesome thing is that this series is  really long so I don’t have to worry about waiting for the newest book!

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz-This is the first book in the most awesome Alex Rider series. I actually discovered the graphic novel version of this book first and once I read that I had to read the original one.  Alex Rider’s uncle, Ian, gets killed.  Alex thought he worked at a bank but that wasn’t true; he was actually a spy for the British government! Now the government wants Alex to take over his uncle’s job. This entire series is so exciting; I’m on the 5th book now and love it.  It’s full of action and excitement, plus the gadgets Alex gets to use are pretty cool!

This Book Made Me Do It: Cool things to make, do and explore by DK Publishing-Ok I actually picked out this book myself!  I really liked The Dangerous Book for Boys so when I saw this one I had to have it.  It tells you how to do all sorts of things, like how to make hot chocolate from scratch, how to do oragami, how to become a sports pro, and more.  I like all the books this publisher makes; they are full of great pictures and details.  This is one of those books I will hold on to for a while!

Ok, I think that’s it for now.  I’ll try not to go so long without posting something.  With summer just around the corner I will hopefully have more time to read!

13 Comments to "Tales of a (Formerly) Reluctant Reader: What I’ve Been Reading Lately"

  1. Beth F's Gravatar Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    April 21, 2011 - 6:35 AM | Permalink

    Thanks, John. I have a copy of Emerald Atlas and thought it looked interesting — after reading your thoughts, I guess I’d better make sure I really do read it. I’ve been curious about the Ranger Apprentice series too. Glad to hear it’s a good one.

  2. April 21, 2011 - 6:38 AM | Permalink

    John, thanks for the round-up. Sounds like you’ve got some great reads there. I look forward to your next blog post!

  3. April 21, 2011 - 8:41 AM | Permalink

    John, I can’t tell you how helpful these short reviews are. When customers come in and ask for recommendations for their kids who like series, I’m always stumped. Now I can print out your review and put it in my special notebook where I paste other reviews and articles about books. Thank you! Keep reviewing, please. It’s a great community service you provide.

  4. Michelle's Gravatar Michelle
    Twitter: michelleerin
    April 21, 2011 - 9:06 AM | Permalink

    So nice to hear from you again, John. I kind of want to read Emerald Atlas after reading your thoughts. I may have to check it out.

  5. bermudaonion (Kathy)'s Gravatar bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    April 21, 2011 - 12:03 PM | Permalink

    Glad to see you back, John! Maybe you’ll have more time for us this summer. Even I’ve heard the buzz about Emerald Atlas.

  6. April 21, 2011 - 2:13 PM | Permalink

    You did a good job of reviewing these books, John. If I ever need advice about books for children, I’ll know who to ask.

  7. Rebecca Rasmussen's Gravatar Rebecca Rasmussen
    Twitter: thebirdsistersgmail.com
    April 21, 2011 - 2:40 PM | Permalink

    Nice to have you back :)

  8. Alison's Book Marks's Gravatar Alison's Book Marks
    April 21, 2011 - 6:08 PM | Permalink

    John, great post! I haven’t had a chance to read Emerald Atlas, but after reading your review, I cant wait. I am going to look into the Alex Rider series too, Thanks!

    My son is 8 and loves to read too! Do you have a book club in school or do your friends just recommend great books to one another?

  9. April 23, 2011 - 8:08 AM | Permalink

    John! You have some excellent books to read. You’re lucky to be reading more than I am right now. :)

  10. April 24, 2011 - 8:37 PM | Permalink

    Emerald Atlas just came in for my from the library – I think it is going to be the next book I pick up.

  11. Bill Torgerson's Gravatar Bill Torgerson
    Twitter: Bill_Torgerson
    May 28, 2011 - 9:38 AM | Permalink

    John,
    Your mom was talking you up so much this weekend that I had to check out your blog. My daughter is five and she started one too. She took pictures and wrote, “I love my family very much.” It took us awhile to get that typed up. :) Keep up the good work.

    Best,

    Bill

  12. Madi's Gravatar Madi
    May 29, 2011 - 7:29 AM | Permalink

    I want to read the Emerald Atlas really badly! It looks so good so I’m gonna get a copy from the library A.S.A.P.!!!!

  13. April 19, 2012 - 2:37 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for the book recommendations! I am really looking forward to reading “The Emerald Atlas” even more now! Keep up the reading and the working hard at school!

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