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Weekly Reading Recap

It's Monday again. Thanks for stopping by. I had a nice, relaxing weekend as my husband and son were camping, so it was just me and M. I got a lot of reading done!

I finished reading In My Father's Country, a memoir by Saima Wahab. I really enjoyed it and am giving away a copy. Click on the title to enter. The giveaway ends tonight!

I reviewed The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson today. So you can click on the title to read that one. And I reviewed a children's book: E-mergency by Tom Lichtenheld and teen Ezra Fields-May.

Finally, I put up my April Month in Review.

Currently Reading
I'm now reading Darkroom by Joshua Graham ~ just a few more pages left! My review for that tour will be up on Wednesday. I'm also reading Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content by Colleen Jones for work.

Up Next
After that, I'll be reading Flat Spin by David Freed, and then A Lovely Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert.

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. In My Father's Country sounds really good! I love inspiring books like that.
    Here's My Monday

  2. I have heard great things about The Devil.... Sounds like a great 'you' weekend, love those.

  3. I really enjoyed The Devil in the White City. I've posted what I'm reading this week -- been a slow reading period since I had sick kids last week :-)

    1. Sick kids definitely take away from the reading time!

  4. I look forward to your thoughts on Darkroom. Have a great week of reading.

    1. I'm enjoying it and looking forward to finding out how it all wraps up!

  5. Wow, you had a busy week! I will have to check out your new reviews.

    Enjoy your books this week -


    1. Yes, it was busy and fun! Have a great week!


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