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Week (or Two) in Review

And once again, life took over and I disappeared from My Book Retreat. On a good note, I have been finding time to read in the evenings. I just haven't honestly felt like getting on my computer and typing. I'm sure part of that is due to the fact that I spend my days typing at work! Anyway, thanks for stopping by and here's a recap of what I've been doing the past couple of weeks.

Recent Reviews and Other Posts
I have not posted anything new, as you may have noticed. I have two reviews to write, and I have two author interviews ready to go. So I will have some things coming up over the next couple of weeks.

What I'm Reading
I finished reading Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I'm having a hard time deciding what I thought of it, so I haven't managed to write the review yet. My book club is discussing it next week, but they're meeting on my son's birthday, so I'm not sure I'll be attending.

I'm now reading Run Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Shea. I'm not a runner, but I have gotten into a workout routine recently, and I am thinking of adding running a couple times a week. Unfortunately, I'm not really enjoying the book and am considering putting it aside for now. I just can't connect to either of these authors.

Up Next for Me
I still have several children's books to read for review so I plan to work on those this week. Then I think I'll pick up The Show by John A. Heldt.

What C is Reading
C is on the third book in the Kane Chronicles series: The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan. He's really enjoying the series, especially now that a friend is reading it along with him. It's sparked his interest in Egypt, which is fun. That's a topic he was very into when he was little, so he has several nonfiction books about Egypt that he's been reading and looking through as well.

What M is Reading
M is reading another Ivy and Bean book: Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record by Annie Barrows. I'd love to tell you about this book, but at this point both of my kids are reading on their own, so I rarely get to read with them anymore. M and I did read My Rainbow Castle by Lily Karr tonight. We read alternating pages. This is a board book with lots of flaps to lift. M still loves to read these sorts of books and look for the things under the flaps! This one is about two little princesses who are looking for their ballet outfits, which have gone missing in the castle. It's cute and sparkly.

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. You can also see more children's book reviews at The Children's Bookshelf.


  1. I grabbed one of the Ivy and Bean books at the library for my little guy but he didn't seem to want to read it. I will have to see if I can get him to sit down with me for a few pages - maybe it will be enough to spark his interest!
    Happy reading!

    1. I hope he likes it! I will say that my son at that age read very different books. You might try things like Henry and Mudge, Geronimo Stilton and Magic Treehouse. They seemed to appeal to my son more than they do to my daughter.

  2. My daughter loved the Ivy and Bean series. I was sad when she outgrew them - she'll be in third grade next year. Right now she's into Big Nate. =) Have a great week!

    1. I find it funny that books like that are written at a 3rd grade level, but appeal so much more to the younger crowd. My kindergartner likes 2nd and 3rd grade books, and my 3rd grader likes middle grade novels!

  3. We loved the last book of The Kane Chronicles and my son and I are now looking forward to Percy Jackson Meets Carter Kane in the new one coming out Son of Sobek. Can Not Wait!

    1. My son is really looking forward to Son of Sobek. He just finished The Serpent's Shadow so he's anxious for it to come out.


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