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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I've been so busy with work this morning, I completely forgot it was Monday! Whoops! Hope you all had a good week. I cannot believe that next week when I write this post, our Christmas tree will be up. It just doesn't seem possible that it's Thanksgiving week already!

For the first time in several weeks, I did not manage to finish a book this week. I did read about 350 pages of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. That's about the number of pages I read in a typical week, but I don't usually read books that are 500+ pages long! So I didn't manage to finish it yet, but I will soon.

I wrote two book reviews last week. The first was for Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. And the second was for Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

For the third week of Picture Book Month, I reviewed all the books my kids and I read that went along with the daily themes: pirates, dragons, pets, bedtime, jungle, school and farm were last week's themes.

I think I've decided to host a 2012 nonfiction reading challenge. Keep an eye out for my post about that, which I will put up this week. I've been hesitating because this will be my first time hosting a full-year challenge, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to do it now. Let me know if you think you'd have any interest in joining.

Currently Reading
As I mentioned, I'm still reading The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

Up Next
The winner of last week's poll was The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith, so I'll be picking that one up next. I also picked up 140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form by Dom Sagolla on a whim at the library yesterday. So I'll be reading that this week as well.

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. I have seen you getting through Book Thief on goodreads :-)

    And thanks again, I received the book this weekend, yaaay.

  2. I just started The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and I am in love all over again. Gaiman has ALWAYS come through for me. Amazing. I have been meaning to read the book thief soon!

  3. I know what you mean - time is just flying by. Once Thanksgiving hits, bam! December goes by in a flash.

    Hope you're enjoying The Book Thief!


  4. UGH.... you said Christmas tree. I am sooooo not ready. :)


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