Friday, 31 May 2019

Reading Record | Middle Grade May (Week 4)


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 monthly, however readathons and certain books will have their own specific reading record.

During the month of May I had challenged myself to read largely from my middle grade shelf, wanting to make a good dent in the unread books sitting on it. This post is sharing how I got on during my final week (& a few extra days).

All in all, I'm really happy with the amount of middle grade books I read in May - 12 books in total. 

MONDAY 20TH MAY
Today I finished reading Frostfire by Jamie Smith - what I would describe as a high fantasy middle grade book. Whilst I appreciated the story, and greatly enjoyed certain elements such as the history, surroundings and world building, I didn't find myself as engaged with this book as much as others I've read this May.

In the evening I started Explorers on Witch Mountain (5 chapters read), which is the second book in a series by author Alex Bell. Although it has been a good number of months since I read the first book - The Polar Bear Explorers' Club - I found myself falling back into the story & returning to the characters so easily. 

TUESDAY 21ST MAY
Further reading done in Explorers on Witch Mountain - I'm now on page 122. 

WEDNESDAY 22ND MAY
I actually started reading a nonfiction book today that doesn't fall into the MG category, so I'm not going to talk about it a lot here in this reading record - but I did want to acknowledge it; this is the first time I have deviated from middle grade reading this month.

THURSDAY 23RD MAY
No reading done.

FRIDAY 24TH MAY
I read a further 70 pages in Explorers on Witch Mountain today, which means I have now passed the half way mark.

SATURDAY 25TH MAY
I finished reading Explorers on Witch Mountain by Alex Bell. I thoroughly enjoyed returning to the world of explorers, and the ending of this book definitely alluded to another adventure being in the works - which is exciting!

If you're looking for a fun middle grade read then I highly recommend this series. Not only are the plots and adventures engaging, but the dynamics of the friendship group are written well & authentically, the humour weaved throughout is wonderful, and there are morals and messages to be found along the way which I always appreciate in books written for this audience. 

Before bed today I read the first 5 chapters of the next book in the Find-Outers series by Enid Blyton - The Mystery of the Strange Messages (book 14).

SUNDAY 26TH MAY
I read up to page 182 in The Mystery of the Strange Messages by Enid Blyton.

MONDAY 27TH MAY
Today I finished book 14 in the Find-Outers series. I have just the one to go now before completing the entire series - I think that is totally doable in the remaining days of May.

TUESDAY 28TH MAY
Moving on to the final book of the series, today I read just under 100 pages of The Mystery of Banshee Towers by Enid Blyton - with this book being 190(ish) pages (one of the shorter ones in the series), I'm already half way through.

WEDNESDAY 29TH MAY
Today I finished book 15, and the Find-Outers series as a whole. This is the second series I have completed of Enid Blyton's now... The first series was The Adventure series, which had 8 books, and that I think I enjoyed perhaps marginally more. I'm happy to have read the Find-Outers series and been involved in all the fun mysteries, however it seemed to lose focus a bit towards the end, in my opinion. 

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4 comments

  1. I didn’t realize Polar Bears was a series! I have the first and ... imagine that... I haven’t read it yet! Your MG May is making me want to read more MG this summer... though I’m in the midst of an adult chunkster, so we will see! I’m sure I can fit a few in here and there. I have a few Enid Blyton I’ve been meaning to read ever since you recommended The Enchanted Wood —so it’s probably years at this point!

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    1. I think some middle grade would be great here and there in the summer - some manageable reads between managing the children. Haha!

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  2. 12 Middle Grades is great! I forget how much I enjoy this genre until I read it and I definitely want to try and read more this summer.

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    1. Right?! I loved immersing myself for a whole month - it was a lot of fun! I hope you're able to pick some more up soon.

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