January Book Roundup

Now that we’ve got three avid readers among our children (and another learning very quickly) we decided to keep track of all the books our family reads this year. Books we read by ourselves, audiobooks we listen to, books we read together, etc. We’re not counting picture books since that would make things rather unwieldy, and it turns out it’s already a bit difficult to keep track of all the books that we collectively churn through.

To help with it all, we’ve set up a Google docs form where the kids can enter information of each book as they finish it, and that’s helping somewhat. At present we’re up to a total of 47 books for January alone, and they’ve all read some books that they really love!

Here are some of their top recommendations for the month:

The Adventurers Guild

“The way the authors build their characters is very realistic. I like that it’s very descriptive and it’s just right for kids about my age. If you like adventure and magic these would be the perfect books for you.”

H, age 9, on The Adventurers Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Elipulos

Hamstersaurus Rex

“If you like funnyness, mad scientists, adventure, hamsters, and dinosaurs, THIS is the book you’re looking for!”

A, age 9, on the Hamstersaurus Rex series, by Tom O’Donnell

WoF - The Hidden Kingdom

“They’re adventurous books. The Dragons have really fun adventures, and I like how the author describes things.”

N, age 10, on the Wings of Fire series, by Tui T. Sutherland

In case you’re really curious about all the books we’ve gone through, here’s the whole list of our family reads for the month of January:

On Desperate Ground, by Hampton Sides

Strengthsfinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

Wings of Fire: The Hive Queen, by Tui T. Sutherland

The Collectors, by Jacqueline West

Inkling, by Kenneth Oppel

When The World Seemed New, by Jeffrey A. Engel

Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir, by Tui T. Sutherland

Star Wars Join The Resistance, by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker

Furthermore, by Tahereh Mafi

Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Weiner Getaway, by Max Brallier

Code Girls, by Liza Mundy

Galactic Hot Dogs: The Weiner Strikes Back, by Max Brallier

Star Scouts, by Mike Lawrence

Galactic Hot Dogs: Revenge of the Space Pirates, by Max Brallier

The Train To Impossible Places, by P. G. Bell

Firefight, by Brandon Sanderson

Silverwing, by Kenneth Oppel

Sunwing, by Kenneth Oppel

Hamstersaurus Rex, by Tom O’Donnell

The Iliad, by Homer, translated by Caroline Alexander

Firewing, by Kenneth Oppel

Hamstersaurus Rex vs Squirrel Kong, by Tom O’Donnell

Hamstersaurus Rex Gets Crushed, by Tom O’Donnell

Wings of Fire: Moon Rising, by Tui T. Sutherland

The Adventurers Guild, by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Zero G, by Dan Wells, read by Emily Woo Zeller

Amulet: The Stonekeeper, by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet: The Stonekeeper’s Curse, by Kazu Kibuishi

Hamstersaurus Rex vs the Cutepocalypse, by Tom O’Donnell

Head On, by John Scalzi

The Splintered Light, by Ginger Johnson

Amulet: Escape From Lucien, by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet: Prince of Elves, by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet: The Cloud Searchers, by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet: The Last Council, by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet: Firelight, by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet: Supernova, by Kazu Kibuishi

Art Matters, by Neil Gaiman

The Library Book, by Susan Orlean

The Adventurers Guild: Twilight of the Elves, by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos

Star Wars Join The Resistance: Escape From Vodran, by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker

Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty

Star Wars Join the Resistance: Attack on Starkiller Base, by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker

The BFG, by Roald Dahl

D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History, by Deborah Hopkinson

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, by Sheila Turnage

The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

Look for some more in-depth reviews of a few of our favorite recent reads in the near future. And check back next month to see what we’ve read through in Febuary!

Here’s a visual look at our family’s reads for January.

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