Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Reading Record | Middle Grade May (Week 1)

My reading record posts are a way for me to document all things bookish and reading in my life - typically you will see these posts on a monthly basis, however readathons and certain books will have their own specific reading record.

This reading record is the first of many to come over the month of May, in which I'm challenging myself to read solely from my middle grade shelf. I love reading middle grade books, that's no secret here on Reading with Jade, and so I'm looking forward to the month ahead. 

Today I read the first short story within Emma Carroll's newest release: When We Were Warriors. You know when you pick up a favourite author you haven't read in a while, and fall in love with their writing all over again - that's how I felt with this. 

Throughout May, I'm also planning on finishing The Find-Outers series by Enid Blyton. I have been slowly working my way through this middle grade mystery series since last year, and am thoroughly enjoying it. I read the first three chapters of book number 11 before bed.

At just under 120 pages, I read Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson in just one sitting. The book is memoir like in telling, sharing the inspirational story of explorer Matthew Henson. Often times with MG books, when I reflect on keeping it in my collection I consider whether keeping it to share with my son one day, and Race to the Frozen North is definitely being kept for such a purpose.

I started Frostfire by Jamie Smith today, reading the first few chapters before bed. This feels like a book that is more suited to the older end of the middle grade age range, given the scenes that have occurred in the early stages alone - what I would think of as quite violent.

Today I finished reading When We Were Warriors by Emma Carroll. I really enjoyed this collection of three short stories, and returning to her writing overall.

A couple of the stories included characters we've seen in previous full length books by the author, and all three of them had a common thread linking them together - I thought this was a nice touch.

Emma Carroll writes historical fiction for a middle grade audience, with this collection focusing on WW2. I think When We Were Warriors would make a great starting point to Emma Carroll's writing.

No reading.

I didn't read too much today; another 20 pages read in the Find-Outers mystery. I'm hoping for a good amount of reading tomorrow, completing this book at least.

Ending the week on three books complete; I finished the last 170 pages (give or take a few) of The Mystery of Holly Lane (book 11 in the Find-Outers series).


Happy reading!


  1. I just discovered your blog and love your celebration of middle grade books. Due to a chronic illness I went from teaching high school honors literature to struggling to read. Happily I have been re-discovering and enjoying books I read as a child as well as finding brand new authors writing for this age group. So even though I didn't know about Middle Grade May until June, I did unknowingly celebrate it. The kids' books I read last month included several of the Shoes series by Noel Streatfeild, The Secret Garden, and Red Sails to Capri.

    1. Sorry to hear of your chronic illness, but lovely to hear that you're able to read authors you read as child as well as discovering new ones. Wonderful to hear you were celebrating middle grade books regardless; I think more adults should. There is a lot to come from such books. Happy reading!


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