Monday, January 18, 2016

Weekly Reading Recap

book and coffee

Here I am keeping up with one of my 2016 goals - participating in the It's Monday! What are You Reading? meme every week. Unfortunately, I didn't keep up with another goal of writing at least one review every week. I didn't write any last week, but I did post other things, so I guess that's a good thing! On a personal note, my husband and son went to the Carolina Panthers - Seattle Seahawks game yesterday and had a blast (especially since Carolina won). While they were away, my daughter and I went to a painting studio and painted these pictures. It was fun!

Blog posts and reviews

I've signed up for a 2016 challenge: the Bookish Resolutions challenge. I'm excited about this one because it gives me an opportunity to set goals not just for reading but also for blogging. I'll be posting monthly with updates on my progress.

I also participated in Bloggiesta. It technically goes through today, so I'm not going to provide a wrap-up of how I did until later. I'm hoping to do a bit more later tonight.

What I'm reading

Since last week, I finished reading Circle of Betrayal by Jaqueline Simon Gunn. It was a great psychological mystery, although it had a bit more erotica in it than I normally care for. I will try to get that review written soon. Now I'm reading The Ex by Alafair Burke. This is a good mystery so far as well.

I'm hoping to get through The Ex this week as I'm participating in A Winter's Respite Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. If I finish that, I'll be moving on to The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, which is my February book club selection.

What my kids are reading

M, who is in 3rd grade, has officially moved on to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. We watched The Order of the Pheonix on the weekend, which was fun. We booked a trip to Universal at the end of March, so we've told her she needs to get through these last two books so she can see the last three movies before we go!

Carter, who is in 6th grade, is still reading The Alchemyst by Michael Scott. He also got Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. He will be reading that for a nonfiction novel study at school.

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. Hi! I just linked up to the IMWAYR meme through Teach Mentor Texts. I hope your son enjoys Bomb, I read it last year and thought it was a great book!

    1. Great! I'm hoping to read it when he's done.

  2. I'm going to put a hold on Bomb right now - I'm always looking for nonfiction titles to share at my school visits, thanks for reminding me about me this!

  3. What a fun thing to do with your daughter!

    I bet your kids (and you) will have a blast at Universal, especially with all the HP attractions!

  4. I'm envious that you'll be going to Universal to see Harry Potter! I would LOVE to go someday!

    1. We've been waiting for the right time. I think this will be the perfect year to go. They will both have read the books and seen the movies, and they're tall enough for all the good rides!

  5. Your kids are reading fun books and how sweet to have some mum and daughter time. Great paintings. Happy reading!


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