People will often ask what Clover is reading and I stand there looking dumbfounded instead of responding. I have no idea what she's reading, which makes me look like the least involved, most permissive parent ever because she could be reading Fifty Shades of Grey, for all I know, but it is really because she goes through books so quickly that there are moments where I know what she's reading, but in a blink, she's moved on.
Clover tears through books quickly, which makes purchases seem wasteful. Recently she saved her money to buy Big Nate, and the book arrived Monday night after softball and just before bed time, but was still finished by the time she returned home from school next day. It was finished in an 18 hour period that included sleep and school. If it had been the weekend, it would have been finished by lunch. Thank god for her library card.
We're proud library users, which means books can come and go with less parental review. Everything is from the young reader section, so it isn't FIfty Shades of Grey, but standards for books that come for free are much lower than for ones that need to be purchased. Last month I did buy books to cover our trip East (we don't travel with library books) and Easter gifts, so this is what I know she recently read:
Princess Knight, Part One – She loves manga and comics, plus the book has a female main character, making it a winner.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – This is where my lack of oversight cost me because she'd already read the book at school. When I told her I'd save it for her brother, she took it from me and read it again, probably just to claim ownership.
Half Magic - Pre-Harry Potter magic and wizardry.
The Silver Crown – Another old book about magical powers, this time via a mysterious crown.
Oddfellow's Orphanage – We love Emily's artistry (The Black Apple) and had to have this.
A Whole Nother Story – A time machine, scientist dad, a psychic dog, and kids, all on the run from the CIA.
Arabel's Raven – Funny book about a girl and a crazy raven. I think the NFL team was named after this book.*
Savvy – Each member of this family receives a super power on their thirteenth birthday. This book has won a bunch of awards, and it looks good enough that I'll likely pick this when it's our turn to suggest a book for our Mother-Daughter book club.
Darth Paper Strikes Back – This is the second in a very cute series. I bought the first book about Yoda thinking it was strickly an oragami book. Clover loved it anyway.
*Belief not based on facts.