Monday, May 5, 2014

Week in Review - and Read-a-thon Recap


Good morning. I hope you've had a nice week. I ran a 5K on Saturday along with my husband and son. That was a lot of fun and a great accomplishment for all of us! My body is aching a bit, but it was worth it! My son beat us both but I was happy with my time of 35:00. It was a very hilly course and I hadn't really trained for it, so I thought I did pretty well for myself.

As far as reading and blogging go, I didn't actually publish anything last week. I spent my time reading instead. I was doing the very casual Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading.

Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon

I read my book club's May book, The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean. Then I picked up  Eyes Closed Tight by Peter Leonard. I made it through about half of that one. So I didn't get a ton of reading done, but I find that if I join these read-a-thons, I am motivated to read more often than usual. And that's all that matters!

I haven't shared what my kids are reading lately. My son, C, has been reading Minecrafter 2.0 Advanced: The Unofficial Guide to Minecraft & Other Building Games. He's been playing Minecraft since it was still in beta version back in 2011. Some of the things he's doing with it now are amazing. This summer, he'll be attending a week-long camp to learn Java programming by creating a Minecraft mod. Pretty cool!

M has been reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. I'm not totally thrilled with my 7 year old daughter reading this, but she really wanted to, so I let her. She seems to be liking it!

What are you reading this week? It's Monday! is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, so hop over there if you'd like to see what others are reading too. You can also check out the younger version of It's Monday!


  1. These are new to me but Happy reading.

    Check out what we are reading this week.
    Also, enter to win a copy of After the End by Amy Plum

    Leydy @OUaT & RCE

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a good week.

  2. Wow, I am so impressed that you ran a 5k without training for it and can still move! Bck in my 20's when I was in great shape but hadn't been running in a while, I went on a 2-mile "fun run" with some friends (including my future husband!), and I could barely get out of my office chair for days afterward! lol Good for you!

    Good for you with extra reading, too. One of these days I will join a readathon. When things slow down - ha ha.

    I've been wondering what your kids were reading lately. C's technical prowess is impressive! Hope he enjoys the camp this summer. My oldest had to take a programming class freshman year in college and hated it - just not his thing! BTW, weird fact...a guy who went to both high school and college with me invented Java. He became very successful - too bad he was later arrested for child porn. Oh, yeah, major reunion scandal...

    Ok, that was pretty off-topic - enjoy your books this week!


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    1. I do work out on a regular basis, I just don't run a lot. I was sore for a few days but feel fine now. :-)

      C is a future programmer or engineer, definitely. He just loves that stuff! Very cool that you knew the guy who invented Java.

      Have a great week!

  3. I've heard that The Madonna's of Leningrad is really good. I hope you have a lovely reading week :)
    Here's my It's Monday! Post
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. I have really mixed feelings about the book. I'm going to try to write up the review tonight.

  4. Hope you enjoyed your books. Quite an accomplishment for a busy mom. Take it from me. :) Thanks for joining me again!

    My boys love the Wimpy Kid books. I think they started reading them around 7. At least, my younger son did. My older son, who is 12 1/2, is reading Cabin Fever now. He still loves them.

    1. Yes, C is still reading them all. He's looking forward to the next one coming out in the fall.

      Thanks for hosting!!

  5. Congratulations on the 5km run! 35 minutes is great. I've been trying to increase my speed too. I try to run a 5 km at least three times a week, if the weather is good. My 12 year old girl loved Wimpy Kid when she was much younger - must really resonate with young readers. :)

    1. Thank you! I only run about once a week or less. I usually do other things for working out, mostly workouts on

      It does seem Wimpy Kid is popular with the young kids. My 10 year old is re-reading them now and I think he's probably getting a lot more of the jokes and things he missed when he was younger!


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