Monday, July 14, 2014

Week in Review


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a nice week. Work has been very busy but I got a lot of time for reading in the evenings, which was nice.

I have a giveaway running for a few more days. If you enjoy memoirs, check it out! It's a memoir written by Nelson Mandela's personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, called Good Morning, Mr. Mandela. I haven't read it yet, but it certainly sounds interesting. There aren't many entries yet, so check it out and enter today!

Last week, I managed to write one review (I was hoping to write two). The one I completed is for The Curtain Call Caper by Christy Barritt and Kathy Applebee. It's a fun middle-grade detective novel.

I finished reading Identity Crisis, a detective novel by Jean Hackensmith. That review will be up next week for the book tour.

Now I'm about halfway through Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. I'm really enjoying it and am disappointed I won't make it to my July book club discussion about it.

Next up, I think I'll read a couple children's books I have for review, and I hope to start The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett.

Update on the kids' reading
I haven't updated about the kids recently. C has done a lot of reading this summer. I often find him rereading books from his shelf, but he has also gotten a few new books. Most recently, he read the first two books in The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer. He loved them and wants to read the next in the series, so we'll likely get that soon.

M isn't such a voracious reader. She did finish a Junie B. Jones book that she had been reading, and she's about halfway through the Frozen Junior Novel. Last night, I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to her. She has seen the movie, but hasn't read the book. I must admit that I haven't either, so I'm hoping we make it through the whole thing and maybe move on to the next one this summer.

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. Hey, exact same situation with me and Orphan Train! My book group was reading it, and I was so looking forward to it and then the meeting was scheduled for the day we were flying back from Oklahoma so I missed it. A friend was having trouble getting a copy, so I lent her my I still haven't read it, but I definitely want to!

    Sounds like your kids are enjoying some summer reading. As usual, my oldest is reading nonstop through hefty tomes while my youngest has not touched a book! lol He does have a summer reading assignment (Water for Elephants) so he will have to do a little reading before summer is over.

    Sorry I haven't been by in a while - really hectic, rough summer here so far. Nice to "talk" books with you!


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    1. We'll have to have a discussion of our own about The Orphan Train! I hope your youngest gets through Water for Elephants. I loved it but I can't see a teen who isn't into reading loving it...

  2. Looks like some great reading for the whole family. I's like to read Orphan Train -- good for you for reading it, even though you're going to miss the book club meeting.

    1. Thanks! Have a great week of reading!

  3. To bad you will miss the book club discussion on a book you are enjoying.

    1. Yes, it would be a good one to discuss!

  4. I saw a few photographs of my former book club member (who just moved to Chicago) of Chris Colfer doing book signing of his latest book in their area. She was so thrilled having her book signed. Would have to check the series out soon. :)

    1. I really want to take the time to read it myself. Perhaps I'll block some time in August. :-) Have a good week!


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