Monday, March 2, 2015

Week in Review & February Recap


I started last week's Monday recap with the following: "Good morning. It's Monday and my kids are finally back in school after being out almost all of last week. It's refreshing to have a quiet house and to be able to focus on work today." The funny thing is that I can say the exact same thing again this Monday. Once again, my kids went to school on Monday and then were home the rest of the week. This week, I'm convinced they will actually be in school for the whole week. They better be!!

Reviews and Blog Posts

Book Review: Son by Lois Lowry
Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I finished reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn in time for my book club discussion last week. I have to admit I dropped my rating a bit after talking through it with others. I did enjoy it, but there were a few too many issues with the way everything was resolved.

I then started reading The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen, but I just couldn't get into it. So I gave up on that one and moved on to The Daughter: A Novel by Jane Shemilt, which I will be reviewing next week. After that, I'll probably start September Sky by John Heldt.

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!

Month in Review: February

It's hard to believe another month is gone in 2015. It will be Spring soon! Yay! Here's what I read and reviewed in February, and a running total for the year so far.


  1. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry - reviewed
  2. Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester - read and reviewed
  3. Messenger by Lois Lowry - read and reviewed
  4. Night is the Hunter by Steven Gore - read and reviewed
  5. Son by Lois Lowry - read and reviewed
  6. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley - read
  7. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn - read


Total Books Read: 10
Total Reviews: 10

Historical Fiction: 0
Middle-Grade Fiction: 3
Picture Books: 0
Young Adult: 0
Contemporary Fiction: 2
Mystery/Thriller: 3
Science Fiction: 1
Nonfiction: 0
Memoir: 1

For review: 2
For book club: 1
For me: 7


Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge - 3/10
Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge - 1/10
Library Challenge - 4/6
Finishing the Series Challenge - 3/7
Follow my progress here


  1. ha ha Good luck with the school thing - school was closed AGAIN here today due to ice!

    I'm still trying to decide whether to read Dark Place, so I will head over to your review.

    You had a good reading month - and way to keep up on the reviews! I'm trying to get better at that this year.


    Book By Book

    1. I'm trying so hard with the reviews. I don't want to let them get away from me again! Sorry to hear schools were closed there again. I'm hopeful we are finally past the winter storms here in NC. Fingers crossed!!

  2. You did great in February for books! Happy March reading!

    1. Yes! February was good. March is starting off slow...


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