Summer reading programs and the book of pissed off bats

We're big on reading here in the Graham household. I have daughters tucked into corners reading Suzanne Collins' THE HUNGER GAMES series, another devouring Rick Riordan's work and still more writing love tweets to Scott Westerfeld because he's the "best writer in the world" (ahem). I leave them be. The more books they're reading, the fewer times I need to head to the store for snacks and nail polish.

The younger two are stepping up to the literary plate this summer with choices from our local library's summer reading program. Lil was a bit resistant but the librarian talked her into a book on fairy tales and princesses. I think she really wanted one on fashion design and was eyeing the Judy Moodys but she was game. Vyolette, however, stormed into the library on a mission. She's headed to Kindergarten this fall and she would NOT be ignored (cue creepy Glenn Close close up).

Librarian: Great! I see you signed up for our program! What would you like to start with? Princesses (spying Lily's book)? How about fairies?

Vyo: Zombies.

Librarian giving me the eye: Oh. I think you're a little young for zombies. They're icky.

Vyo giving her the eye: I think we're done here.

Vyolette took off, bypassing the racks of books on sweet baby-faced children playing in groups and books on anthropomorphic animals chatting about tea parties when she stopped and chose this >>

Filled with bat facts, bat stories, bat poop and cranky-looking bat photos, she was delighted and carries it around with her in a small bag in case anyone asks a random bat question.

My baby's a chip off the old block...

What's on your summer reading list?

Mine after The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide and Zombie Tarot are wrapped up and sent to happy editors:

Persuasion by Jane Austen
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich


  1. Can't blame Vyo a bit! Bats are cool. We raised some orphan batbabies once. I think you all have the right idea...this week feels like a 'get lost in a book' week.

  2. I so love your girls!

    We have the hunger games in the TBR pile & I'm anxious to get to them as well.

  3. I love 'em too, the nutters.

    Wynter and Rowyn were crazy for The Hunger Games, did you know Perk (and family) were extras while filming over here? We discovered the opportunity the day after it closed. booooooooooooooooooo

  4. I'm sure I've told you this many time before, but Vyo kicks ass. And you're not too bad yerself. ;)

    I've almost run out of bought books, but I have 6 or 7 Kindle samples to read, and I'm sure I'll buy some of the books. Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series looks like a buy to me, as well as a few other UFs. :)