Monday, July 4, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I hope everyone here in the U.S. is having a fun and safe 4th of July weekend! Unfortunately, our weekend plans changed on Saturday morning when my husband had to take a last-minute trip to see his dad, who is very ill. I'm still having some family over this afternoon but I don't think we'll be doing anything big or going to see any fireworks this year.

I am doing something big for the 4th of July here on My Book Retreat, though. I'm participating in the Freedom Giveaway Hop and giving away a book of the winner's choice (up to $15) written by a U.S. author. The giveaway ends on Thursday night so be sure to sign up today if you haven't already. I have to say I've never gotten this many responses to a giveaway before. It's quite amazing. But you could still be the winner!

In addition to the giveaway, I had a very busy week here. First, I reviewed a fun mystery called Dead Barchetta by Kathryn Lively. Then I put up a review of Island Girl by Lynda Simmons, a family drama about a woman who has early onset Alzheimer's and her two daughters who have their own issues. You can read the reviews by clicking on the titles. I recommend both books.

I also reviewed two children's books in my What My Children Are Reading post this weekend. The first is a picture book called Bye Boon by Steph Smith. The other is Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace by Eric Wight.

And I read Counting from Zero by Alan B. Johnston, which I will review this week.

Finally, I'm officially declaring my participation in NetGalley Month hosted by Red House Books. I did this back in April and it was a great motivation to read all the NetGalley books I had. So I'm doing it again this time.

Currently Reading
I'm now reading  Flesh and Bones by Paul Levine for a book tour, so the review will be up on July 12th.

Up Next
Next, I'm going to read Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love by Matt Logelin or Simply Genius! by Ervin Laszlo, both of which are NetGalley books, or Predators of Darkness: Aftermath by Leonard Hilley, which I received from the author but have been wanting to get to soon. Not sure which I'll choose next.

I also need to write my June Month in Review post, which I haven't gotten to yet.

What are you reading this week? This meme is being hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, so hop over there if you'd like to see what others are reading too.


  1. Hi!
    Sounds like a great week of reading. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  2. Hi Julie! Stopped by to say hello!

    I just finished The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak last night. Highly recommend it. It was outstanding. I couldn't sleep after I'd finished it.

    Looks like you've got a lot of books on your plate! Looking forward to your reviews.

  3. I am adding the memoir you are reading to my list. Have a lovely week and happy reading.
    My Monday:

  4. I am reading South of Superior as I haven't finished it yet, and Hello, Goodbye is next. :)


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