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Weekly Reading Recap

Good morning. I hope you've had a great week! Ours has been quite busy. We had our November book club meeting last week, where we discussed Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls. It was a very good discussion, and particularly interesting for those of us who have also read her memoir, The Glass Castle. I highly recommend both as book club discussion books! We also had our annual holiday dinner last night, which was a lot of fun. We do a book exchange, and I got a copy of One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
Last week, I reviewed a great thriller, Father Night by Eric Van Lustbader.

What I'm Reading
Although I attended the meeting last week, I haven't actually finished Half Broke Horses yet, so I need to finish that. I also started The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, which I'm really enjoying.

What C is Reading
C is still reading the same two books, which is unusual. He has Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which he is reading with his group at school. They have a schedule for reading it, so he won't be finishing for a couple more weeks. He is also still reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, which he seems to really like. We have the rest of the series now, so I expect he'll move on to the next one soon.

What M is Reading
Last week, M's book group read The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jenny Giles. It's a fable about a shoemaker and his wife who have only enough leather to make one more pair of shoes. The set the leather out and the next morning, there is a beautiful pair of shoes. They sell the shoes and can buy enough leather to make two pair. So they set that out, and once again, awake to find beautiful shoes made. M really enjoyed this story about helpful elves. There are many different versions of the story out there as well.

Up Next for Me
After that, I really want to read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I've been wanting to read it and found it on NetGalley! Very excited to finally get to it.

What are you reading this week? It's Monday! is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, so hop over there if you'd like to see what others are reading too. Want to see more children's book reviews? Check out the Children's Bookshelf.


  1. I think I need to read The Power of Habit. Maybe I should see if my son would like The Lightening Thief. I haven't looked at it yet. Thanks for linking up!

  2. I really enjoyed The Glass Castle, had no interest in the other but everyone says to read it.

    I must read your thriller review, I missed it.

  3. Glad you liked Half-Broke Horses - so I;m not the only one who goes to book discussions without having finished the book yet??

    I really like Jonathan Tropper's novels - he is so funny! I loved The Book of Joe (which they made into a TV show called October Road that I also loved). And I laughed like crazy all the way through This Is Where I Leave You.

    Can't wait to hear what you think about The Power of Habit, too!

    Enjoy your books this week -


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  4. I read Half-Broke Horses for my book club last year. It led to a really good discussion. At the time, I hadn't read The Glass Castle but read it soon after finishing Half-Broke Horses. I was actually glad I read them in the order I did, even if it's not in the order they were written in. I thought both were very thought-provoking.


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