First Quarter Wrap-Up

This post has a lot of lists in it. It includes my weeks 12 & 13 wrap-ups, my total March readings, and my top reads for the first quarter of 2017.

Weekly Wrap-ups for Weeks 12 & 13

Things were rather busy these past few weeks, so instead of giving little blurbs on individual books, I’ll just list what I read personally and new books we read to Theo these two weeks.


Towers Falling is SUCH a better book about poverty than CrenshawCrenshaw was on last year’s Bluebonnet list and Towers Falling is on this year’s. Elise Dinsmore is giving me a lot of mixed feelings. I’ll write about it more when I finish it.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [finished]

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Elise Dinsmore Volume I by Martha Finley [started]


It took me a while to finish my month’s YA read, On a Clear Day. For my first Myers book I was a little disappointed. It was a high-paced, short dystopian novel.

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers


Theo’s class did cowboys and they didn’t read all the books I picked out for them. So we read those as well as the ones they read in class. He really enjoyed them.

Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems

Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends by A.A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest Shepherd

Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming

There Once was a Cowpoke who Shallowed an Ant by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Will Terry

Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski

The Cowboy ABC by Christ Demarest

Cowboy Bunnies by Christine Loomis and illustrated by Ora Eitan

Barn Dance! by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault and illustrated by Ted Rand

March Totals

Ta-da! I barely meet my goals in all the categories. Like I mentioned above, it was hard to press through my YA read. All-in-all I listened to 4 Audiobooks, read 1 Non-fiction, read 5 Juvenile Fiction, 1 Adult fiction, and 1 YA fiction.

First Quarter Best Reads

So far in meeting my 2017 Reading Resolution, I have meet my monthly goals and exceeded my goals in Audio, Juvenile Fiction, and Non-Fiction.

My best reads from these past months are definitely (linked the Weekly Wrap-Up or book review post):

  1. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  2. White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  3. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  4. The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
  5. Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow
  6. Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee

The next quarter is going to extremely busy, but also super exciting. I can’t wait to share more personal things that will be going on in our lives that will affect the last half of the year. I may have to revisit my 2017 Reading Resolution to properly mirror what will be going on and to just be realistic. Life changes. You’ll have to wait and see what I’m talking about in another month or so.

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