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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


Good morning. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Ours was rather relaxing. We actually got to sleep in both mornings and didn't have a lot of obligations. Of course, one of the things we did have is a birthday party for one of M's friends. I had it on our calendar for Sunday evening. When we showed up for it, we discovered it was actually for Saturday evening. Whoops! I felt so bad for M and her friend. It wasn't a very nice ending to the weekend but at least we had a nice weekend before that!

Things were very busy around here at My Book Retreat last weekend. I put up a review of Spinning by Michael Baron. This was a lovely story of a single guy who finds himself as the sole caregiver of a little girl. In addition to the book review, I also did an interview with Michael Baron.

If you haven't already discovered this wonderful author of contemporary fiction, you can try out his first book for FREE! The e-book of When You Went Away by Michael Baron is available for FREE from Amazon and Barnes and Noble until April 12.

I also put up a review of  Amazing Crayon Drawing with Lee Hammond. The pictures in this book are truly amazing, and the step-by-step instructions on how to draw with crayons are easy to follow. And I reviewed several children's books in What My Children Are Reading, and gave a March recap of my reading and reviewing.

As far as reading goes, I finished the memoir The Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp. I will put up a review this week.

I decided to join in with Red House Books and declare April as NetGalley Month! That means I'm going to try to read and/or review several books that I've gotten from NetGalley.com. The Girl's Guide to Homeless is one. I also have the The Complete Walt Disney World 2010, which I used on our trip so I'm going to review that this week. And I'm still reading Aliens on Vacation by Clete Smith with C, which is another one from NetGalley. I also have several to read: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen, These Dark Things by Jan Merete Weiss, Made to Play! by Joel Henriques. I don't know if I'll get to all of those, but I'm going to try!

Currently Reading
I got back to Serena by Ron Rash this week, and made a lot of progress. I'm about halfway through now.

Up Next
I need to start The Road by Cormac McCarthy, which is my April book club book, so I'll probably pick that up next. But I also have all of those NetGalley books too!

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.

Comments

  1. Oh no about the party! That's too bad. I like that you are dedicating April as Netgalley month... I wish I could do the same... so many books on there and I just do not have time to get to them...

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  2. Sounds like a great month ahead...hope you enjoy all of your books.

    Here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

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  3. Had to laugh about the party (no offense) - it just sounds like something we would do! I'm sure the kids were disappointed.

    However, a weekend of sleeping in sounds wonderful. Soccer season started for us last week, so our days of sleeping in on Saturday are gone for awhile - we had an 8:30 am game and a 10 am game.

    Anyway, it looks like you had a very productive reading/blogging week!

    Enjoy your books this week -

    Sue

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  4. Spring Break's over. I mostly read books for my project. Come see what I finished.

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