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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Good Monday morning! Thanks for stopping by. I got a lot of reading and reviewing accomplished last week. Yay!

I wrote up my review of Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog by Susannnah Charlson. If you love dogs, you definitely have to check this one out! I also read and reviewed Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler. This one is very funny if you're not easily offended! Finally, I read and reviewed two books in a children's series called Alby and the Cat by Leanne Davidson. I love these books because one of the main characters is a guide dog, so the kids learn about how guide dogs work and what it's like to be blind. I'm hosting a giveaway of the Alby and the Cat books at Just Playin' Around.

Currently Reading
I'm finishing up Gerry Tales by Gerry Boylan, and will be publishing my review this week. I'm also starting to read Audience, Relevance, and Search by James Mathewson, Frank Donatone and Cynthia Fishel.

Up Next
I'm going on one last summer vacation later this week, and I have two library books to take along with me. The first is The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin, which I'm reading for the Birth Year Challenge. The second book is Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou, which I'm reading for the Support Your Local Authors Challenge.

What are you reading this week? This meme is being hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, so hop over there if you'd like to see what others are reading too.


  1. Love Chelsea Handler -- I definitely need to read her book!

  2. You read such an interesting variety of books! Have a great vacation. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!

  3. One of my favorite books is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but I've never read anything else by Maya Angelou. I've heard she considers her "daughter" Oprah!

    Have a great reading week.
    Here is my Monday review:

  4. Have a wonderful vacation! Scent of the Missings sounds great.

  5. Chelsea Handler's books are hilarious! If you like her's then you should check out Kathy Griffin's autobiography as well, it's very good. Have a great week!

  6. Scent Of The Missing is one I would like to try as animals really touch my heart.

    I am not sure I could handle Chelsea's book. :D

  7. Hope you have a wonderful reading week, Julie.....

  8. I'm just about to start Gerry Tales.

    I need to get through my library books before the textbooks arrive. Here's what I'm reading this week.

  9. Sounds like a good reading week, Julie. I'm going to check out your review of Chelsea's book.

    I have given you the Versatile Blogger Award! Stop by to check it out:

    No pressure on following up on it - I know you'll have a busy week preparing for vacation!

    have a great time!



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