What Have We Been Reading?


Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

I just read Inkdeath, the last book in the Inkheart trilogy. I loved it! I did not like the second one, but I think that it was because I was pregnant and reading made me sick. So it probably was a very good book. 🙂 The characters in Inkdeath bond more with each other because so many bad things are happening to them. It’s amazing how the author makes everything come together just in the nick of time. The ending is not what I expected, though. It’s a great one!


Jabberwocky by Daniel Coleman

It was spectacular! It was action-packed from the start, and it quickly drew me in. The author put great substance into the characters, which was impressive to me because it’s such a short book! I wished it was a bit longer, because I just couldn’t put it down. I also loved how the author the made up words and gave them meaning. It made reading it so much more fun. I would recommend this book to ANYONE! 🙂



I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was) by Bill Cosby

So I read this book in the past month when it came in as a demo book that we received for the store. My first thought when I saw it was excitement because I love Bill Cosby and it took me back to the days when I watched the Cosby Show. But the book was not what I thought at all… It was more about his views and what happened to him in his childhood and upbringing. There were funny stories where I laughed, but I found that he rambled about random things that had no relevance to the story. So 200 pages felt like a million. It had its funny parts, but overall I didn’t really care for the book. I think I was expecting his humor and didn’t expect the book to play out the way it did. NOTE: This book has not been released yet.


Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Only in Oz will you find a green girl named Elphaba who most people will recognize from the timely classic The Wizard of Oz as the Wicked Witch of the West. In Wicked you get a glimpse of not only Elphaba’s past, but Glinda the good’s as well, including how they met, became friends, and then enemies. It will intrigue you to think what is wickedness after all when Elphaba is perceived as evil, and what is goodness when Glinda is praised, but also a pawn of the infamous and questionable Wizard of Oz.



Bright Young Things #1 by Anna Godbersen

By the same author of the Luxe Series, Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things follows three girls in New York City in 1929, the last summer of the Jazz Age. Fresh off the train from Ohio and full dreams, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur make friends with Astrid, a socialite who seems to have it all. Astrid introduces the girls to the world of flappers, speakeasies, jazz, and “anything goes” attitude of the Roarin’ Twenties. I’ve really enjoyed this high school-age book and can’t wait for the sequal.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick

I really enjoyed The Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick. Megan, Jess, Emma and Cassidy’s mothers don’t understand that the drama of middle school pushes the 4 girls into different social circles and that the last thing these girls want to do is meet together to discuss books! Set in New England, the moms’ first choice is Little Women. What I loved about these books is the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from the book they’re reading ties into the girls’ lives in the story. Also, they make you want to read the books the girls read. They give great ideas for starting your own book club, parties you could have to go along with the books, as well as entertaining you with cute stories about the 4 girls and their mothers.


Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

I don’t have a whole lot to tell you about this book yet because I’m only on the fourth chapter–and these are short chapters. What I will tell you, however, is that I like Whitesides’ writing style more than (dare I say it?) Brandon Mull’s. Of course, I am drawing this conclusion from reading Beyonders and not Fablehaven (It’s on the list.). So far it’s turning into another typical adventuresome youth fantasy fiction by an LDS writer, but I like it. An easy, fun read. So far.


Dragon Breath #1 by Ursula Vernon

I really loved this book. I gave it to my son and he loved it too; it is now one of his favorite series to read over and over. It’s very funny, an easy read, and has a few comic book style pictures. It is about this small dragon named Danny who can’t breathe fire and who is picked on by the school bully. His best friend is a very timid green iguana named Wendell. Danny has to re-write his report on the ocean because he has no idea what the ocean is, and when Wendell says he should go to the library to look it up, Danny comes up with a better plan. There are four books in this series right now–the fifth book comes out this fall. This book is great for kids that don’t like to read, I also recommend it to people who liked the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Depending on a child’s reading level, it works great for grade 3 and up.


  1. You might want to warn readers a bit about Wicked. Yes, the musical based on the book is fabulous, but the book is a bit explicit! Not for young readers!! My advice, is skip the book and buy the CD!!

  2. Good point, Chalene. That is something we neglected to mention in the post and I appreciate you commenting. Josh says that although he enjoys the book, some people will not want to read it for the mature content, which he rates at the same level as Lord of the Flies. The musical is definitely family friendly than the book.

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