Skip to main content

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Thanks for stopping by! I had a great week, and I sure hope you did too. Last week was National Library Week, so I took my 3 year old to the library for story time. We had fun and ended up with a bag full of books as usual. One of those books was Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss, which was perfect for this special week. You can click the title for my review.

I also published a review of Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze last week, which some of you may have seen since it was put up shortly after publishing my It's Monday post last week.

And I read and reviewed Guest House by Barbara K. Richardson, which I really loved. It's a wonderful story with some very interesting characters that Richardson really brings to life with her writing.

And finally, I published my weekly What My Children Are Reading recap.

I'm making my way through the last few chapters The Power of Your Child's Imagination, which I'm reading for a blog tour. I'm scheduled to post my review on Wednesday, so check back for that.

Up next:
I'm starting Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier this week. This is my book club's May selection. Unfortunately, the copy I have is a mass market paperback, and if you read my post last week about book formats, you'll know that's my least favorite. So I'm hoping it doesn't take me forever to make my way through it.

I'm not sure what I'll read after that, but I'm planning to make it something from my Spring Reading Thing Challenge list.

So, what are you reading this week? This meme is being hosted by Sheila at Book Journey (formerly One Persons Journey Through a World of Books), so hop over there if you'd like to see what others are reading too.


  1. I'm not a huge fan of mass market paperback either. I actually prefer paperback to hard cover, but I like the nicer paperbacks.

    Have a great week :)

  2. I hope that you enjoy Rebecca, it is one of my all time favourites, I can't help but re-red it over and over again

  3. I hope that you enjoy Rebecca as well. It is one of my favorites!

  4. I love my library and end up there at least twice a week.

    Book! Book! Book! sounds cute. I see Glass Castle on your Spring Challenge. I read that quite a while ago but remembering enjoying it.

    Have a good week, Julie :)

    Lynne's Book Reviews

  5. I am a big supporter of my local and school library. Hope you enjoy Rebeca. Have a great week.

  6. I so loved Rebecca when I read it, but it was almost in another lifetime! When I find time, I'm going to reread it.

    Guest House is on my list.

  7. rebecca is wonderful. it is such an atmospheric novel that it is easy to forget how well crafted the plot is. have you seen the film 'finding neverland'? it is about j.m. barrie and a branch of du maurier's family. it gives you an idea of how surrounded by stories and books she was from childhood. i am so glad i found your blog!

  8. I've been reading some great reviews on Forget Me Not. I will have to check that one out! Right now I'm reading a Gina Lake book about relationships called Loving in the Moment. Great perspective on how to relate to one another in a non-judgmental way.

  9. Rebecca is definitely one of my favorite books - hope you enjoy it. :)

  10. I just love love love story time at the library! It's even more fun now that both my son and daughter are old enough to really enjoy it. I'm so glad to hear it went so well for you! I really want to read Forget Me Not and my sister is a huge huge fan of Rebecca!

    Hope you have a fabulous reading week!

  11. That is so cool that you took your three year old to the Library Julie! What a great moment!

    I am reading Guest House too, not quite done yet. Have a super week :D

  12. I've been wanting to read Rebecca for a while! I hope that you enjoy it :)


Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

April Reading Review

Where exactly did April go? I swear it was just the middle of March and now it's May. Once again, I'm going to provide a quick review of each of the books I read last month. For the last two weeks of the month, I participated in the Spring Into Horror Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. The only rule was that you had to read at least one book that was horror, thriller, etc. I read one book that qualified. With the exception of the first book in my list, the books I mention below were read during the readathon

My book club's May selection was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I had started reading this nonfiction book about the author's work representing men, women and children who were on death row in March but finished the book in April. This is an eye-opening story that everyone at my book club discussion agreed should be required reading for law schools and police officers and even legislators who are making the laws related to judgements. I learned to…