Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We didn't have to travel anywhere, so it was a very relaxing five days for us. My mom and I took the kids to see the Rockettes on Wednesday in Durham. And then she came to Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. My husband cooked, so that was nice! We got our Christmas tree up on Friday and the house all decorated throughout the weekend. So it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here...despite the 70 degree days!

The one big surprise is that I didn't really read much or write many blog posts. I figured with time off, I'd do more reading and blogging. But we ended up pretty busy with family stuff so that didn't happen.

I did finally finish reading The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I'll try to write up my review this week.

We're still reading picture books for Picture Book Month, but I didn't get around to writing my recap this weekend so I'll try to do that later today or tomorrow.

I officially announced my first year-long challenge: The Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Reading Challenge. If you enjoy reading nonfiction or want to try it out, sign up! You can read as few as 5 nonfiction books in 2012 and still qualify for the giveaway! I also put up my personal plans for the challenge.

And finally, I did write a review of The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. One of my favorites of the year ~ a great historical fiction novel!

Currently Reading
I'm currently reading two books: The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith and 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form by Dom Sagolla.

Up Next
I'm not sure what I'll read next, but I'm leaning toward Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett, which will count toward two different challenges I'm currently working on. It will also help get me in the holiday spirit!

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. We are still enjoying mild weather here as well. My daughter just brought me The Forgotten Garden. Glad to hear it was your favorite. Going to check out your challenge.

  2. Jacob T. Marley? Wasn't he in Christmas Carol? Sounds intriguing - I'm going to check this one out.

    Have a good week!

  3. I get days like that when I think I have the house/laptop/time to blog and read, but the family get there first LOL

    have a great week


  4. I finished The Book Thief earlier this year.

    If it weren't for the audio books we listened to while stuck in holiday traffic, I wouldn't have gotten much read this week. Please come see what we've read.

  5. Same here - lots of family time last week, but no blogging time. Sounds like you had a very nice holiday weekend...and productive, too! We were away, so we haven't gotten the decorations out of the basement yet, though I did grab a wreath at the grocery store today and replaced the Indian corn on the front door (not so sure it was a good buy,though - it's already lost half its needles!).

    Glad you enjoyed The Forgotten Garden - hope you liked The Book Thief, too.

    Enjoy your books this week - the Jacob Marley one sounds very good!



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