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Week in Review

Good morning. I hope you had a good week! Welcome back to My Book Retreat. I appreciate your stopping by today. I got back into reading and writing last week, so I have more than usual to share today.

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
I posted a review of Wool by Hugh Howie. It's a very short review since it's a short story, but I do recommend it.

I also posted about the Spring Reading Thing challenge. I needed a challenge to kick-start my reading again!

And I published an interview with author Peter Tieryas Liu.

What I'm Reading
I read two books last week: Wool by Hugh Howie (see above) and The Color of Greed by Jack Thompson.

Now I'm reading Maphead by Ken Jennings. It's a book I've wanted to read for a while so when I saw it on the bargain shelf at Barnes and Noble on the weekend, I couldn't resist.

Up Next for Me
I plan to read The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy next.

What C is Reading
C is still reading through the The Children of the Red King series. I think he's about to start the last book in the series, actually. He also got a new book this weekend: Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling by Tom Angleberger. This is the latest Origami Yoda book and he loves it. He made tons of origami Star Wars characters this weekend. Highly recommended if your kids have read the Origami Yoda series, or even if they just like Star Wars and paper crafts. 

What M is Reading
M also got an activity sort of book during our trip to Barnes and Noble. She got Top-Secret: Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B. by Barbara Parks. This is a cute journal that has pages filled in by Junie B. Jones, followed by blank pages where the reader can fill in the same information. M has been enjoying it, and I'm hoping it will encourage her to write more. If you have a little girl who loves Junie B., I definitely recommend this one.

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 hope Spring Reading Things get your reading going! Have a great week.

  2. I thought Junie B was so cute but my youngest won't touch her books. It's Fairies, Fairies and more Fairies at my house

    1. M was like that with the Rainbow Magic books but now she seems to be hooked on Junie B.

  3. My kids liked Junie B ... a journal sounds fun! Those books are so funny! I would howl with laughter reading some of them. The hairguy one is my absolute favorite. I think it is really hard to write humor and she is so consistently laugh-til-you-pee-in-pants funny!

    1. The journal is very cute. And I agree about the humor. The Junie B. books are very funny!

  4. I want to read The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, too! Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

    1. I really loved the first Hero's Guide so I'm hoping the second is as good.

  5. I don't see a post for today yet, but since I was too busy to visit blogs last Monday, I thought I'd comment on this one! I will have to check out that challenge though I think I have enough reading obligations as it is - trying to read 2 books in time for 2 book groups next week - augh!

    Wow, C finished that series really quickly! I am guessing he must have liked it as much as my two sons did.

    Enjoy your books this week -


    1. If I had hit publish instead of save last night, you would have seen today's post!! It's up now at least. Yes, C is really moving through those books. I was wrong last week, though. He was starting the second to last book. So now, he is finally starting the last book. He's really enjoying that series.


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