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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



Good Monday morning! Hope you all had a great week. I certainly did not, but things seem to be getting back to normal now that the snow has melted and my son seems to have recovered from his stomach bug. I really hope to be able to relax and read each night this week. We'll see if that happens! Just in case you're wondering about the new image above, starting this week, this meme is being hosted by Sheila at One Persons Journey through a world of Books.

Currently reading:
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok ~ My first book for the Birth Year Reading Challenge!

Books completed last week (click links for reviews):
What Difference Do It Make? by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent
Illusion by Edmond Cheng

Other reviews written last week:
What My Children Are Reading This Week:
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • There Is a Bird on Your Head (and other Elephant and Piggie books) by Mo Willems
  • My Best Friend is Cinderella by Lisa Ann Marsoli
Up next:
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls ~ a memoir (really, I will eventually read this book!)

Visit One Persons Journey through a world of Books to see what others are reading.

Comments

  1. I read The Glass Castle just a few months ago with my book club and we were amazed by the book. It is so unreal we all decided it had to be non fiction. If it were a fiction read we would have all said "Please - that is so over the top!"

    Enjoy it - it is quite the read!

    Have a super week! Glad the snow is melting and your son is feeling better.

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  2. I've heard lots of praise for The Glass Castle - it does sound interesting. Hope you enjoy it.

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  3. I read the Glass Castle a few years ago. It's one of those in which once you start you can't put it down!

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