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Weekly Reading Recap

Welcome back to another weekly recap. Last week, I halfheartedly participated in the Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon at Seasons of Reading. I didn't do very well. I had hoped to read two 400+ page books but only got halfway through one of them. That's it. 2013 doesn't seem to be my year for reading! Oh well.

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
I didn't write any reviews last week but I did publish a couple other posts:
Virtual Book Club for Kids ~ My daughter became an artist for the day
Must Reads vs. Don't Bothers ~ I asked for advice on which books to read and which to give up on

The recap linky is open for just one more day for the Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Reading Challenge in 2012. If you participated in the challenge, be sure to link up so you can be entered to win an Amazon gift card!

What I'm Reading
I'm currently reading The Prophet by Ethan Cross. It's been a while since I read the first in this series, The Shepherd. I'm really enjoying this creepy thriller about two serial killers.

What C is Reading
C finished the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. He then surprised me by saying he doesn't want to move right on to The Red Pyramid. I guess he needs a break from Riordan's world of gods and monsters! Instead, he picked up Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney, which he had received for Christmas. He read it in one evening and said he really liked it. Today, he'll be bringing home his report card, and assuming all is well, I'll be giving him The Genius Files: You Only Die Twice by Dan Gutman. He read the first two in the series so he wants to read this one, which just published last week. It's a great modern-day adventure series.

What M is Reading
As usual, M and I are continuing to read more of the Rainbow Magic books. We're just finishing up the Ocean Fairies set this week. That set had the two girls working with the ocean fairies to find seven pieces of a golden conch shell that Jack Frost's goblins had broken. They need to put it back together so they can bring order back to the ocean. She'll be getting a few of the early reader versions of these Rainbow Magic books for her report card today. I'm hoping she'll be able to read those herself.

Up Next for Me
Once I finish The Prophet, I'll be starting Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It's our February book club book and I just got the ebook from my library. I only have it for seven days, so not sure I'll get through the whole thing that fast!

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. ha ha - I loved your phrase "halfheartedly participated in the Winter's Respite Read-a-thon" because I had the same approach....but even more halfhearted - I never even officially signed up. Just kept saying, "I should do that," but never getting around to it!

    I totally understand C - even with the best series, I sometimes need a break in the middle to read something different.

    Enjoy your books this week -


    Great Books for Kids and Teens

    Book By Book

    1. Yeah, I sometimes do well with readathons but I just wasn't that motivated this week. I had other things to do instead of reading!

  2. I've never participated in a read-a-thon since I'm pretty sure I would fail at it! And Barbara Kingsolver seems like a popular choice for book clubs. I'm ashamed to say I haven't read anything be her yet :-(

    1. I actually haven't read anything by her either. And this isn't a novel by her; it's nonfiction. So I still won't have read any of her novels after this!

  3. I can't remember if you've written your thoughts about Wimpy Kid here before. How do you feel about the series. I know some moms don't like it, except that it keeps kids reading, which is always good. I haven't read them myself. Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

    1. I guess I haven't really written a post about the Wimpy Kid books before. I should! C read the first one when he was 6 1/2. I don't think they're that bad. I did hold off letting him read The Ugly Truth until recently (age 8 1/2). It talks more about girls and starts to touch on puberty but it certainly doesn't get into any major details. I've only read the first book and The Ugly Truth. I think parents should read the first book before handing it off to their kids (it only takes about an hour to read the whole thing!). I personally was fine with him reading it but I'm not too strict about what he reads.

    2. My son hasn't discovered them yet. I'm not strict at all about what he reads and frankly I don't have time to read everything he does! Lol.


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