Monday, January 4, 2016

Weekly Reading Recap

book and coffee

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fabulous end to 2015 and a great start to 2016! We enjoyed a few days away visiting friends for New Year's. We spent three nights, including New Year's Eve, with three other couples and our seven kids - 15 people - all in one house. It was a little crazy but lots of fun. Now it's time to get back into the swing of work and school, and get organized for the year ahead.

I'm hoping to get a bit more structured in my blogging this year. There's a Mini Bloggiesta coming up in a couple weeks so hopefully that will help. I already have a few things on my list to do that weekend. But mostly, I'd like to get on track for writing blog posts more than once a week!! And I really, really need to catch up on reviews. For those who have been paying attention, I had one review I was supposed to write over the holidays... I'll be writing that tonight. On a good note for you, if you check back tomorrow, you can enter a giveaway to win a copy of The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee!

I did manage one post so far this year, and that was the First Book of the Year challenge hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. There it is in the picture I shared on that post: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I'm loving it and want to finish reading it tonight but I should write that outstanding review instead...

M, who is quickly approaching 9 years old, is almost done with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. I expect we may be watching that movie next weekend. Then she'll be moving on to the next one.

Carter, who is in 6th grade, is still struggling a bit to find something good to read. We have some books due back to the library so I'm hoping we can find something that interests him tonight.

I'm linking up with Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading? as well as Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for the children's and YA version of this weekly gathering. What are you reading? Please share in the comments!


  1. I'll be eager to hear what you think of The Good Girl. That book has been mentioned on lots of blogs and made me curious. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!

  2. I've heard a number of good things about "The Good Girl." I'll be interested to read your thoughts on it!

  3. Happy New Year, Julie! I am in the same boat - way behind on reviews! I just didn't have much blogging time around the holidays. I'm impressed with your blogging resolutions - I know I need to change some things so I'm not always behind and update my blogs, but I haven't figured out quite HOW yet! Blogiesta always seems to be on a weekend which is full with family stuff for me.

    I've wanted to read The Good Girl - looking forward to hearing what you think.

    I wrote this article recently about read-alouds for tweens but I think your son would enjoy some of the books on the list to read himself, too - these were all favorites of our two sons (you can see some are for younger kids but there are plenty for his age, too).

    Has he read the Charlie Bone books yet? Even my son who says he hates to read enjoyed reading those! I just started The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann and that is great, too. And Masterminds from last year is the start of a wonderful thriller series I think he would like. Hope that helps!


    Book By Book

  4. I liked the Good Girl but never reviewed it, I really need to since it was a Netgalley request. I have a almost 9 year old and can't imagine her enjoying Harry Potter but maybe because I never got into it, interesting indeed. Enjoy the movie together.

  5. I should do the mini-blogiesta in order to get caught up on my review links. Enjoyed The Good Girl.

  6. It can be hard to find just the right read, even for grownups :) Hopefully there's a helpful librarian at your local library who can help your son pick out some great new reads. :)

  7. Looks like a very interesting read! :) Have a great reading week.

  8. Thanks for your nice post.

    ENJOY your book and this reading week.

    Happy New Year!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  9. Order of the Phoenix was the Potter book where I stopped reading aloud and my son just read them to himself. I found Harry's teen-age voice very annoying when I had to voice it -- perhaps I used too much method acting. But we still read together :-)


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