Upcoming Releases I’m Eagerly Anticipating

Despite having an already-overflowing to-be-read list, I’m always looking ahead at what new books are soon to be released. Here are the ones I’m most excited about that will be releasing in the next six months:

Glass Houses coverGlass Houses by Louise Penny

The latest in the Gamache series, and as much as I tried to slow myself down so I wouldn’t be left waiting for publication, it didn’t work. Hurry up, publication date!! (August 29th, not that I’m counting or anything).

The Four Tendancies coverThe Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin

Rubin’s last book, Better Than Before, introduced the four tendencies, and I found that section was my favorite part in the entire book. I’m eager to read a book focused entirely on that topic.

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place coverThe Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

The latest in the Flavia de Luce series, which Goodreads says is expected to publish in September, but now Amazon says January. So apparently they aren’t making their original date and have pushed it back, which is a major disappointment as I am ready to read it immediately.

Reading People coverReading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel

Reading + personality = this should be awesome. I thought about applying to be on the launch team for this book since that would have gotten me an early copy. I really should have done that and then crossed my fingers to be chosen.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay

I’ve had this one pre-ordered since April, despite already owning the book in at least two other formats. No matter, I want to own all of the books in this new illustrated edition, because it is so beautiful. It’s going to release in October and will be set aside as a Christmas present to me. Thanks husband dear, you gave me exactly what I wanted. 😉

The Yes Effect coverThe Yes Effect: Accepting God’s Invitation to Transform the World Around You by Luis Bush with Darcy Wiley

Co-authored by my friend Darcy (who wrote a wonderful guest post for me ages ago), I’ve been following along with her writing process since she first began the project. So excited for her that the publication date is almost here!

Ride On Will Cody coverRide On, Will Cody! by Caroline Starr Rose

I’ve mentioned my love for her books many times, and I’m excited for another one, especially one that I’m confident my son will love.

The Self-Discipline Handbook coverThe Self-Discipline Handbook: Simple Ways to Cultivate Self-Discipline, Build Confidence, and Obtain Your Goals by Natalie Wise

I “met” Natalie through an online group thanks to my friend Darcy mentioned above. She’s amazingly accomplished and regularly has SO MANY projects going on at a time, so I’m eager to read this.

Sleeping in the Ground coverSleeping in the Ground: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson

An upcoming release that I’m actually not quite ready to read, as I catch back up on earlier titles in the series. This series got paused when I had kids, but I’m enjoying getting reacquainted with Inspector Banks and am looking forward to continuing on with him, especially since I haven’t even reached the books where Robinson really starts to shine as an author.

OPne Beautiful DreamOne Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both by Jennifer Fulwiler

I enjoyed Fulwiler’s first memoir, Something Other Than God and imagine that the sequel should be just as enlightening.

The War I Finally Won coverThe War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I thought so much of The War That Saved My Life, and was super excited to hear there’s a sequel to it.

Of Mess and Moxie coverOf Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker

Hatmaker makes me laugh, and think, and laugh some more, so while this isn’t a book that I’m planning on buying for myself, it’s one I’ll be jumping onto the library holds list as soon as it’s available in the catalog.

Renegades coverRenegades by Marissa Meyer

The description for it sounds like it has so much potential, and with how much love I have for Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series I’m trusting the book will live up to its potential. (pleasepleaseplease)

Into the Bright Unknown coverInto the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

I began reading Walk on Earth a Stranger, but quickly paused it when I realized that it was the first in a then-unfinished trilogy. Into the Bright Unknown is the final book in the trilogy, so it’s time for me to go back to the beginning and read the books!

And, a few others that are on my radar as strong possibilities for future reads, including Hello Mornings by Kat Lee, Finish by Jon Acuff, Come and Eat by Bri McKoy, Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, and Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton.

When You Can’t Get Enough of SHARK WEEK

Sharks fascinate me (and terrify me too; there’s a reason I have no interest in scuba diving), and as much as I rarely watch TV I have been known to dip into the Discovery programming offered during Shark Week.

But what do I like even more than the shows? Reading about sharks from the comfort of my couch. No risk of shark attack there!

Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 by Michael Capuzzo

What makes this one especially terrifying is the fact that one of the attacks took place eleven miles inland. That’s right, swimming in a river that far from the ocean itself, thinking you’re safe… (shudder)

In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton

Close to 900 sailors survived the torpedo attack that sunk their ship in the South Pacific. By the time they were rescued four days later, only 317 remained.

The Devil’s Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks by Susan Casey

So. Many. Great. White. Sharks.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

When your life story is so amazing that the time you had to choose between staying in a life raft being strafed with bullets or diving into shark-infested waters turns out to be only a minor anecdote.

Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks by Juliet Eilperin

Disclaimer: I haven’t read this one. I just can’t look away from the cover image.


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Next Up: Staying in the US in Family Book Club

Apparently we all took the summer off, but you’ve got time to join in for the final months of our family book club as we look at books set in the United States! We’ve also got a new co-host, Kate of Moms’s Radius.

What books are we reading in September and October?

RTFEBC Sept Oct

For the youngest readers, the picture book selected is Grace For President by Kelly S. DiPucchio, and illustrated by LeUyen Pham (can’t find it at your library? I’ll be back soon with a post on some other options, but do look for this one, as it is wonderful).

For September’s early elementary / middle grade title, we’re reading Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta.

October’s selection for teens / adults is Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman.

Chat about the books

We’d love to chat about the books with you in the Facebook group – tell us what you & your family think about the titles, or share additional ideas for books (or crafts, or food) that connect to the theme!

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Book Review: The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

Reading Around the World: Week 2 – Africa

Give Your Child the World Week 2 AfricaContinuing on with Jamie Martin and Sarah Mackenzie’s children’s book club, although I’m quite behind their official schedule.

Week two is coordinated with the chapter on Africa from Martin’s fantastic book Give Your Child The World.

This week I read the following titles with my kids:

Lala SalamaLala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby by Patricia Maclachlan, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Beautiful illustrations, and a soft and gentle story that’s perfect for bedtime.

Elephants of AfricaElephants of Africa by Gail Gibbons
Informative nonfiction title – my older two weren’t that interested in it but the youngest liked making elephant noises for every page.

Anansi and the Moss-Covered RockAnansi and the Moss-Covered Rock retold by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Janet Stevens
Generally I don’t like folktales (from any culture) so I wasn’t feeling enthusiastic about starting this title, but it was a lot of fun.

Rain SchoolRain School by James Mumford
Great story, and I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book set in Chad before, so that was nice.

Jambo Means HelloJambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book by Muriel Feelings, illustrated by Tom Feelings
We skimmed this one mostly, but the illustrations are wonderful.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti PlainBringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: A Nandi Tale by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
My oldest had wandered off when we read this one, but I hope to get him to listen to it later – I’m curious to see if he recognizes the structure of it being like “This is the House That Jack Built”

Throw Your Tooth on the RoofWe also read Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby Beeler, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, although that really would have been a better fit with week 1, as a multicultural book. My kids got a little bit bored with it, and we just kind of dipped into it here and there, mostly seeing how many cultures were mentioned having tooth traditions involving 1) mice 2)throwing the tooth on the roof or 3) burying the tooth.

Anna HibiscusAnd I was somewhat hoping to get to it this week but it didn’t happen. Later this year though we will be reading Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke, as it is *such* a great book. It’s not a picture book though, which is all we managed this week. 🙂

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Two years ago: Read This, Not That: Fair Play Mystery

50 Picture Books about Australia

On Monday I shared the books we’ll “officially” be reading as part of our Family Book Club. But perhaps your library doesn’t have Mem Fox’s Possum Magic, or perhaps you just want one or two dozen others to read because your kids are like mine and can’t get enough picture books. In that case, I’ve compiled a list of 50 possibilities for you.

50 Australia picture books

Headed to the library? I’ve got a printable for that.

If you want to look for any of these titles at your library, here’s a PDF printable of all 50 books.

And some others, which I didn’t have the chance to preview:

Still Want More?

Despite including several titles by Mem Fox already in this list, she’s got plenty more – not all of them very Australia-heavy on their content, but every one of hers I’ve read has been worthwhile. My kids are particularly partial to Where Is the Green Sheep?

In addition, Bronwyn Bancroft has many additional picture book titles besides the three listed in this post, and all are very Australia-focused.

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

Family Book Club Destination Australia!

We’re into July but it’s not too late to join in our family book club as we head to Australia! We’ve got a new co-host, Breanne of This Vintage Moment.

What books are we reading in July and August?

RTFEBC Australia

For the youngest readers, the picture book selected is Possum Magic by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas. (Can’t find it? I’ll list some other suggestions on Thursday).

For July’s early elementary / middle grade title, we’re reading The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley by Martine Murray. August’s selection for teens / adults is [Follow the] Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington (a.k.a. Nugi Garimara), our one and only nonfiction pick for the year. (You may find the book under either title, depending on the edition your library carries)

Chat about the books

We’d love to chat about the books with you in the Facebook group – tell us what you & your family think about the titles, or share additional ideas for books (or crafts, or food) that connect to the theme!

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

Three years ago: Book Review: A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri.

Reading Around the World: Week 1 – Multiculturalism

Give Your Child the World Week 1 MulticulturalismYou know I’m a sucker for book clubs (all book clubs) so when I saw that Jamie Martin and Sarah Mackenzie were teaming up for a children’s book club this summer I couldn’t resist.

Themed around Martin’s new book, Give Your Child The World, each week of the book club is matched with a chapter of her book.

Week one was multicultural books, and I read the following titles with my kids:

Little Humans by Brandon Stanton. The two year old LOVED this one.

All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka

On The Same Day in March by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Frane Lessac – this is on H’s school list for later this year, so I debated reading it now. I’m glad I did, as they enjoyed it, and it’ll still be a good one to reread later when it comes up in her schedule.

Bread Bread Bread by Ann Morris, illustrated by Ken Heyman

Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney, illustrated by Annette Cable – also on H’s school list.

And, we didn’t read it this time, but earlier this year we read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman and it was a lot of fun.

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Come Along with Us To Korea! (our next theme for RTFEBC)

RTFEBC KoreaLooking ahead (so you’ve got time to reserve or buy the books), in March and April we’ll be reading about Korea for our family book club.

The picture book will be The Firekeeper’s SonThe Firekeeper's Son by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Julie Downing. I’ll be back soon with a list of alternative picture book titles you can try, if you can’t easily locate this one.

The early elementary book (to be discussed in March) will be The Kite FightersThe Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park. This was a new-to-me book I was excited to read!

The middle grade/teen book (to be discussed in April) will be When My Name Was KeokoWhen My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park. And while April’s books are aimed at somewhat older kids, this is a fantastic title that’s well worth reading even if you are an adult with no kids, or kids too young to appreciate it. It discusses Korea right before and during World War II, when Korea was occupied by Japan. Despite the topic, it’s handled gently, and may still be something you feel comfortable reading to upper elementary age children. If you want some specifics as you wonder about it’s appropriateness for your children, let me know – I reread it last month in preparation for this.

All of these picks for the Korea theme are by the same author – Linda Sue Park. She is an amazing author, to be sure, but that really wasn’t intentional. 😉

I hope you’ll join us over in the Facebook group, where this month we’ll be discussing Julie of the Wolves with Carrie of The Lion is a Bookworm as we finish our Arctic theme, and then get ready to move on to Korea along with that theme’s co-host, Moira of Hearth and Homefront.

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Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Book Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Two years ago: Book Review: Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic
Three years ago: Literary Confessions

Arctic-Themed Picture Books

Interested in joining in with us for the Reading Together: A Family Exploration Book Club I shared about yesterday, but have children too young to appreciate the chapter books we’ll be reading?

Arctic Picture Books

Here are twenty picture book possibilities, that fit the January/February theme of The Arctic:

Thinking that perhaps you want to give the other readalouds a try? In January we’ll be reading The Year of Miss AgnesThe Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill and in February we’ll read Julie of the WolvesJulie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George .

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60 Great Kid Lit Titles for Your Grown-Up Book Club

The heart of a great book club is great discussion books. Not sure about including children’s and young adult books in your book club selections? Give it a try – they can provide a lot of depth, and are generally quicker reads, which may help balance your yearly reading calendar.

If you’re looking for a juvenile title for your book club that will provide plenty of material for discussion, here are 60 possibilities. And if you need still more ideas, many of the authors mentioned below have additional titles that would make fantastic discussion books. Don’t forget to see what else they’ve written!

Be aware however, that simply because these are considered “juvenile” titles doesn’t mean they are all aimed at children. Many of the ones listed below are young adult books, with challenging themes and mature content, so keep that in mind when you are deciding if they’re an appropriate fit for your book club.

A heads-up! I haven’t read all of these, but I’ve compiled the list based on my own reading, and thanks to recommendations from trusted resources, particularly Amy from Stack Worthy. Titles I’ve read are marked with an (*)

Booked {Reading Together} | 60 Kid Lit Books for Your Grown-Up Book Club

Contemporary* Novels

  1. * Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  2. Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
  3. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  4. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg
  5. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
  6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  7. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
  8. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  9. A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
  10. Schooled by Gordon Korman
  11. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  12. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Historical Novels

  1. * Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  2. * Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  3. * Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  4. * Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm
  5. * Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  6. * After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
  7. * The Land by Mildred D. Taylor
  8. * Never Fall Down: A Novel by Patricia McCormick
  9. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  10. The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell
  11. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  12. Jim the Boy by Tony Earley

Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Dystopian

  1. * The Giver by Lois Lowry
  2. * Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  3. * The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  4. * Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  5. * Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
  6. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
  7. The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli
  8. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  9. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
  10. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  11. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  12. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Classics, Modern Classics, and Future Classics

  1. * The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  2. * The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  3. * The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  4. * Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  5. * Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  6. * When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  7. * The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  8. * Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
  9. * Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  10. * A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
  11. * Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  12. Watership Down by Richard Adams

Nonfiction – Memoirs, Biographies, and Narrative History

  1. * Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
  2. * Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang
  3. * The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig
  4. * The Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
  5. Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg
  6. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
  7. Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  8. Bad Boy: A Memoir by Walter Dean Myers
  9. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
  10. I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch
  11. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
  12. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Booked | Reading Together | A Series All about Book ClubsBooked: Reading Together

This is part of the Booked: Reading Together series. Throughout October, I’m writing all about book clubs.

Check out the archives in case you missed a post.


Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: What the Kids are Reading (in October 2014)
Two years ago: 31 Days of More Great Nonfiction: Maman’s Homesick Pie
Three years ago: 31 Days of Great Nonfiction: Me, Myself, and Bob

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