Skip to main content

Weekly Reading Recap


Good morning. I'm writing this ahead of time since I'll be on the road on Monday, heading home from a weekend in Myrtle Beach visiting my mother-in-law. We had a nice weekend, even though it was pretty cold at the beach.

Last week, I had my book club meeting where we discussed Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I didn't manage to finish the book before the meeting, and I still have about 50 pages to go, but it was still a great discussion. I didn't bring the book on my trip so I'll finish it this coming week.

I did bring my Nook to the beach, so I started reading The Ruins of Us by Kaija Parssinen.

Last week, I wrote two reviews. The first was for The Secret of the Sacred Scarab by Fiona Ingram, a middle grade novel that was very good. The second was for The Art of Life by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton, the first book for my Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Reading Challenge.

This week, I hope to get time to write a couple more reviews since I'm a bit behind.

Currently Reading
I plan to finish Unbroken this week, and then I'm hoping to also finish The Ruins of Us.

Up Next
Next, I'll be moving on to another middle grade book, Nate Rocks the World by Karen Toz.

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. I am reading too many books right now! I'm falling off track while doing so, too. :) Found out about a free Kindle book newsletter and using the app now (don't own a Kindle yet) and ack! It's crazy. It's easy reading - that freebie stuff - so that's extra books to tack on to my days. Started Cinderella Ate My Daughter this AM, and have to finish Folly Beach by month's end to review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have so many free books in my Nook I don't think I'll ever get to all of them! Can't wait to hear what you think of Cinderella Ate My Daughter!

      Delete
  2. The Ruins of Us sounds really intriguing...looking forward to reading your thoughts on that.

    I, too, am behind on reviews...hoping to get a bunch done this week. My It's Monday post can be found here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is proving to be a very interesting story. Good luck on your reviews!

      Delete
  3. I agree, The Ruins of Us sounds like a really good book. It's a subject matter I have not read about before and I always like books like that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is something I haven't really read in the past either so I'm enjoying it.

      Delete
  4. A friend of mine writes a column in my local newspaper, and at least once a year she interviews local readers and gets their favorites for the year. Unbroken was a fave for 3 out of the 10 this year. Not bad! Hope you enjoy the last 50 pages. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is excellent. I can see why it was so high on that list!

      Delete
  5. How did everyone enjoy Unbroken? I read Seabiscuit, also by this author, so am curious about your opinion of Unbroken.

    Have a terrific week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Everyone enjoyed it. It made for an excellent discussion as well.

      Delete
  6. I hope you enjoyed your trip to Myrtle Beach, Julie. It had to be at least a little warmer than up here!

    Glad you are enjoying Unbroken. What did your book group think of it? My husband and I both read it last year, but I would have liked to discuss it with one of my book groups.

    Enjoy your books this week!

    Sue

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was a great book to discuss at book club. I highly recommend it for book clubs. We had several different topics to discuss. At least you and your husband were able to discuss it with each other!

      Delete
  7. I read three books this week: Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson, Night Swim by Jessica Keener and Cracked by K.M. Walton. I love debut novels, and Keener's and Walton's fit that bill. So glad that I found your blog via Twitter. I look forward to reading more of your reviews.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

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

Popular posts from this blog

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…

Book Review: No Story to Tell by KJ Steele

Victoria has been put down since the day she was born. First by her parents who were disappointed that she survived while her twin brother died. Then by her verbally abusive husband and his low-life friends. But soon an intriguing artist named Elliott arrives in town and starts encouraging Victoria to follow her dream of opening her own dance studio. She also begins to receive phone calls from a mysterious someone who gets her to open up about her past and face her true feelings.

In No Story to Tell, KJ Steele has captured the small-town atmosphere and brought these characters to life. From the victimized Victoria, to her drunk and obnoxious husband Bobby and his drunk and obnoxious friends, to all the side characters who you'd expect to encounter in a town like this ~ all are so realistic in both their actions and their voices. She has written a compelling story of an abused woman who thinks she is trapped in this loveless, miserable existence. But then she finds a spark of hope…

Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Genre: thriller
Published: February 21, 2017
Format: ebook (NetGalley)
Source: publisher
Buy on Amazon(affiliate link)


Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? You will after reading Clare Mackintosh's latest release I See You. Told from the perspectives of two women, one who appears to be targeted by a criminal and the other who is the police officer working the case, this psychological thriller will have you looking over your own shoulder by the end.

Zoe is a typical working mother who takes the Underground through London to her office every day. Like most commuters, she has a routine that she follows every day, leaving home at the same time, sitting in the same train car, taking the same route to work from the station. It's habit. But she starts to realize this may not be a good idea after seeing her own photo in an advertisement in the newspaper. Another woman who appears in the advertisement is murdered and Zoe starts to ge…