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Week in Review

I'm a day late. Sorry! I also didn't get any posts or reviews written last week. I've been busy trying to find time to read. Tomorrow is Blog Action Day, and I've committed to writing about Human Rights. If you haven't signed up yet, I believe you still can!! I figure since this is a book blog, I'll review a book that deals with human rights. So, I had planned to read and review Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It's been on my shelf for a long time and a friend highly recommended it. I started reading it last week. And then I heard about Malala Yousafzai. I couldn't resist. On Saturday, I went out and bought her memoir, I Am Malala. So now I'm frantically trying to read that book, while also attending to work and my family, so I can finish it and publish my review tomorrow. Yikes!! You know what I'll be doing tonight!

What I'm Reading
I'm still reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, which is my October book club book. I foresee myself reading this one the night before our meeting. It's been a long road! But it's actually very good. I'm also reading Infidel, as mentioned above. And I Am Malala. Too many books all at once, and they all take place in a similar part of the world, so I'm hoping to keep all of the details straight between them!

Up Next for Me
I have no specific plans for the next book; however, I have 6-7 review books that I really need to get to. So I think I'll start moving through those.

What C is Reading
C lucked out that his mom is such a book lover. I took him out on Saturday and bought him The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. I can't believe I spent $18 on a book for my kid! But he is absolutely loving it and has barely put it down since starting it.

What M is Reading
M also got a new book at the book store this weekend. She picked out Super Burp! George Brown, Class Clown, Book 1 by Nancy Krulik based on a recommendation from the lady who was working at Barnes and Noble. She seems to like it. She also read The Fairy Treasure Hunt by Daisy Meadows.

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.


  1. Ah, I had a similar week - no reviews at all! Plenty of reading time, though - in my case, I've been sick for a while. Still not back to my normal baseline. So, I am reading a lot and the backlog of reviews keeps growing!

    Isn't it great when your kid gets so excited about a book?? Jamie has always been like that - still is. He came home from college for a few hours on Sunday and rifled through a carton of books that just arrived from a publisher. He picked one out and said fervently, "Mom, I am taking this one with me!" He hates not having any reading time during the school year.

    Good luck in finishing your 3 books and review!


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