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Week in Review


For those that celebrate: Merry Christmas a couple days early! I'm sure I won't be blogging again before Christmas since we have a lot planned. We're having about 20 people over tomorrow night for a Christmas Eve party. Then we'll be hanging around and enjoying our Christmas day in our pjs for the most part!

Last week, I got one review done. I reviewed Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan. I have two more reviews to write but didn't get to them yet.

I started my Christmas reading last week, and finished Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright. I also read Wonderstruck by Ben Selznick. It's a really long book but I read it in just two sittings. It's a very quick read despite its size.

Now I'm reading Twas the Night Before: A Love Story by Jerry B. Jenkins.

C read another Battle of the Books selection: Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen. Now he only has one more book left to read for the Battle: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George. As I mentioned last week, I plan to read all of these books in January and post reviews from both of our perspectives.

M is currently reading Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise by Suzy Kline. She really likes the Horrible Harry series!

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 check out the younger version of It's Monday!

Here's another recap of my reading for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. I signed up for a combination of the Mistletoe Level (read 2-4 Christmas books) and Visions of Sugar Plums (read Christmas books with your children). Here's a status of where I am with the challenge:

Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright - read
Twas the Night Before: A Love Story by Jerry B. Jenkins - reading
There's Something about Christmas by Debbie Macomber - not started
The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg - not started

Children's books read:
A Very Fuddles Christmas by Frans Vischer
Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Aebersold (Yes, we have an elf. His name is Jolly.)

We will be reading Twas the Night Before Christmas and a few others tomorrow night.


  1. Wonderstruck is one of my twelve-year old girl's absolute favourites. She read it in two days. She also enjoyed Invention of Hugo Cabret. We are huge Brian Selznick fans. :)

  2. The week was crazy and I totally missed everyone's post - so glad to see you here and hoping your Christmas was amazing!


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