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Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mundie Moms are hosting the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop in honor of Independence Day in the United States, and I've decided to participate.

To stick with the theme of Independence Day, I'm doing what I did last year for this hop:

I'm giving away a book of your choice that is written by an author from the United States.
It can be any genre as long as the author is from the United States. You choose the book (up to $15), and I'll order it and have it mailed to you from Book Depository.

The contest ends on Thursday, July 5th at midnight Eastern Time. The winner will be notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a safe and fun holiday!

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Now check out all of the other giveaways you can enter at the links below!

Weekly Reading Recap

Good morning. I'm so excited to actually participate in It's Monday! on a Monday! It's been a while since I managed to get my post up that early in the week. I hope you had a great weekend. We had a nice one. My daughter's dance recital was last night so that was a nice way to end the weekend.

Last week, I finished reading Angel's Tip by Alafair Burke and published my review for the book tour. I then picked up two different books, which means I haven't managed to finish reading anything else yet!

I did get a couple other reviews done. I reviewed a courtroom thriller, Under Oath by Margaret McLean. And I reviewed some of my daughter's favorite Barbie books.

My son hasn't been reading much lately. I think basketball camp last week wore him out so when it was time for bed, he just wanted to go to sleep. He's still halfway through the second book in the Septimus Heap series, Flyte. Otherwise, he's just read a few picture books that we have around …

Book Review: Under Oath by Margaret McLean

In Charlestown, Massachusetts, everyone knows you're supposed to keep quiet. That's why there are so many unsolved murders in the town. But now gangster Billy Malone is on trial for the murder of Trevor Shea, and prosecutor Annie Fitzgerald is determined to finally make a case against him. It's going to be a tough job, though, as witnesses fear for their lives and the seasoned defense attorney some tricks up his sleeve.

Under Oath by Margaret McLean is an engaging courtroom thriller that takes us not only into the mind of Annie, but also the minds of jurors, witnesses and other key characters. These characters are very well-drawn and likeable, for the most part. Even defense attorney Buddy Clancy seems like a decent guy, despite the fact that he's defending Malone. And there are times when McLean even makes the reader feel for Malone. The interactions between characters feel real, as does the dialog. And I especially enjoyed seeing the trial from the perspective of two…

What My Child is Reading: Barbie Books

Lately, M has been reading a variety of books but since Barbie is such a big hit these days, I figured I'd share some of our Barbie books that she enjoys.

Phonics Fun with Barbie is a collection of 12 very short early readers that we've had for a while now. At this point, M can read all of them but she still reads them. Each book is very small in size and content. They are meant for early readers, and start with a book called Pat the Cat and end with Friends and Fans. The books build on one another, introducing new phonics and sight words in each book. M really likes reading these books since they are quick and easy, and are all about Barbie, of course.

Barbie Fairytale Collection is a book with five separate stories in it. Each recaps one of the Barbie movies, which, incidentally, M hasn't actually watched. But she likes the stories. The stories are Barbie in a Mermaid Tale, Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale, Barbie and the Three Musketeers, Barbie: Thumbelina, and Barbie and t…

Book Review: Angel's Tip by Alafair Burke

When college student Chelsea Hart stays behind at a New York Club after her friends leave, she doesn't realize a killer is watching her, waiting for this perfect opportunity. The next morning, Detective Ellie Hatcher finds Chelsea's body while out on a run with her brother. The obvious suspect is the guy she was last seen with at the club. But soon Ellie begins to realize they may be after the wrong guy.

Angel's Tip by Alafair Burke is a thriller with tons of twists and turns. While the reader is able to follow along with both the police investigation and the murderer's plans, I didn't figure out who the real murderer was until he was revealed near the end. I had plenty of suspicions though! Burke really sets it up to look like several people could be the one.

I found the characters in Angel's Tip interesting, but I will say I had some issues with Ellie Hatcher herself. While I liked the character, I felt that some of the dialog in which she is saying things a…

Weekly Reading Recap

I'm home! I'm back! Maybe now I can finally get back on track with blogging. It's been a crazy month. First I went to NYC twice for work, with my son's birthday party celebration in between. Then we went on a family trip to Massachusetts last week. I've been reading a lot, but as you've probably noticed, haven't written a single review in a few weeks!! I'm finally back to a normal schedule, for the most part. And I have a book tour this week, so you'll definitely see at least one review! I'm hoping to write a few.

As far as reading goes, last week I read a humorous book of lists: Tastes Like Human: The Shark Guys' Book of Bitingly Funny Lists by The Shark Guys. I also read most of Angel's Tip by Alafaire Burke, which is for the book tour this week. You can come back on Thursday to read my review on that.

My son is still reading the second book in the Septimus Heap series, Flyte, but he also picked up the third book in the Dragonbreath …

Weekly Reading Recap

Hi! I'm back for another weekly recap but still traveling so reviews may have to wait until next week. At least once I'm home, I'll have several to write!

Last week, I read Replay by Ken Grimwood. What a great sci-fi book! I really loved it and can't wait to discuss it at book club in a couple weeks.

My son has finished reading Magyk by Angie Sage, and is now reading the second book in the Septimus Heap series, Flyte

Currently Reading
I'm now reading Tastes Like Human: The Shark Guys' Book of Bitingly Funny Lists by The Shark Guys.

Up Next
Next, I'll be reading Angel's Tip by Alafaire Burke for a TLC review.

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.

Weekly Reading Recap

Hi! I'm so sorry I haven't been around in a few weeks. That was a very impromptu break from blogging! I have been traveling for both pleasure and work, and busy with the kids' end-of-year things, so I just haven't gotten online to blog! I have been busy reading, though!

Since my last update, I've read A Lovely Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert and Under Oath by Margaret McLean. I will have my review for A Lovely Indecent Departure up within the next day or two, I promise! I also owe a review for Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content by Colleen Jones, which I read several weeks ago.

My son has finished Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger and has been reading Magyk by Angie Sage, the first in her Septimus Heap series. I'm out of town so not sure if he's finished that one, but I would expect he must be pretty close by now. He's enjoying both of those series.

Currently Reading
I'm now reading my June book club selection,…