March is Reading Month – Best Books of 2011 and March 2012

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Well, March is reading month.  At school the girls have lots of reading activities but I am always on the hunt for books for me and my girls to read.  We most often get them from the library but sometimes I splurge and buy books from  Amazon as well.

I was browsing and found that each month Amazon selects the Best Books of the Month – Picture Books,  Best Books of the Month – Middle Grades and Best Books of the Month for Adults.

The book Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire! looks like a nice read for my older daughter and Z Is for Moose looks like a very fun new picture book.

If you are looking for even more suggestions. Amazon also has pages for the best books of 2011.

The Best Middle Books of 2011 includes The Son of Neptune [The Heroes of Olympus Book 2]. My oldest daughter loves this series and it is amazing how much she has learned about mythology.  If you are just starting with these books though, I would start with the Percy Jackson pbk 5-book boxed set (Percy Jackson and the Olympians). This set is on sale for $20.47!  Such a great price for 5 books! My daughter has this set and loves it.  I even read all the books too. They are a fun read even for adults.

There is also a link with  Best Books of 2011 – Picture Books. We unfortunately have not read any of these yet.


The Best Books of 2011 for Adults includes Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel. I just read this book and could not put it down. It was a page turner and I highly recommend it.  I was just telling some friends the other night how much I loved this book and suggested they read it. Here is a little write up about the book.

Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he’s obligated to explain their life together on a daily basis–all the result of a mysterious accident that made Christine an amnesiac. With the encouragement of her doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. One morning, she opens it and sees that she’s written three unexpected and terrifying words: “Don’t trust Ben.” Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion. What kind of accident caused her condition? Who can she trust? Why is Ben lying to her? And, for the reader: Can Christine’s story be trusted? At the heart of S. J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep is the petrifying question: How can anyone function when they can’t even trust themselves? Suspenseful from start to finish, the strength of Watson’s writing allows Before I Go to Sleep to transcend the basic premise and present profound questions about memory and identity. One of the best debut literary thrillers in recent years, Before I Go to Sleep deserves to be one of the major blockbusters of the summer.


So what have you or your kids been reading?  Do you have any suggestions as to what we should read next?  What was your favorite book of 2011 or 2012 so far?  Let me know in the comments.  I will pick my next book to read from your suggestion.  Feel free to suggest books for my kids too!  My oldest is in 4th grade but can read a few levels above that and my youngest is in first and just starting to read on her own but  I can read to her as well.


Please let me know in the comments your suggestions and favorites!

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