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Good morning. I guess this is actually two weeks in review since I didn't manage to post last week. I have to admit that the Olympics took over all of my reading and blogging time. I got a bit behind! But the games are over and I'm ready to get back into my normal routine again!

Blog Posts and Reviews
I reviewed The Free by Willy Vlautin last week. It's a really interesting contemporary novel that gets you thinking. I highly recommend it so be sure to check out my review.

Reading
Tonight is book club. We'll be discussing The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, which I finally finished. It took me a long time, partly because of the Olympics interfering with reading time, and partly because it was really slow at times. I'll post a review later this week.

Once I got through the book club book, I started Divergent by Veronica Roth. No, I haven't read this one before. I'm fairly certain that I'm one of the only book bloggers who hasn't. I really am not a big YA fan, but I have to say I can't put this book down! I've read about 2/3 of it just over the weekend!!

My son, C, was so excited when the ARC of The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy arrived in the mail. He read the whole thing and loved it. I haven't let him tell me about it yet, though, because I don't want him to ruin it for me!

My daughter, M, who will turn 7 years old this week (where did the time go???) is reading the first Judy Moody book by Megan McDonald. She is also reading Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm at school as her guided reading book this week.

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!

Comments

  1. You aren't alone with not having read Divergent - I still haven't, and I'm doubt I will to be honest. Whilst I hear good things about the series it's just that that puts me off reading, it is a series. I'm terrible when it comes to completing a series and so for that reason I tend to steer clear of them.
    Happy Reading!
    :-)
    Bits & Bobs

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    1. I'm pretty bad about reading series too. I still have one more in the Chaos Walking series, and now that I'm done with Divergent, I'm not sure when I'll get around to reading the others even though I loved it.

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  2. I reviewed The Free a couple of weeks ago, it's something I might not have read if I hadn't been on tour, so that was good.
    I don't read a TON of YA so Divergent is one I'll pass.

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    1. Yes, The Free was one I wasn't sure about but ended up being glad I read it. Have a good week!

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  3. I feel like I live on an island of misfits when I tell people I didn't enjoy Divergent. I was a huge Hunger Games fan, so I really thought it would be good, but I just couldn't connect to the characters. I was really disappointed. I do think the movie looks good, though.

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    1. Now see, I loved Divergent (finished it last night). I had read a few reviews of people who loved Hunger Games but didn't like Divergent. But I really loved both.

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  4. My mom read Divergent and loved it! I am planning on going to the movie when it comes out. Have a great reading week.

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    1. I'm looking forward to the movie now! Enjoy your week!

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  5. Good to hear from you, Julie! I missed you last week :)

    Too bad to hear that End of Your Life Book Club didn't quite live up to expectations - I look forward to reading your review.

    As you know, I am listening to Insurgent now. My husband, son and I all read and enjoyed Divergent but I couldn't get them interested in the audio sequel this summer - I am enjoying it now and glad I finally got back to it. I also have Allegiant waiting here on audio!

    Isn't it so much fun to share books with your kids?? I just love when Jamie and I pass books back and forth. He's currently reading a series I started last month and recommended. I just wish I could get my younger son into reading!

    Enjoy your books this week. I didn't watch any of the Olympics but I am behind also, so maybe we can both catch up this week.

    Sue

    Book By Book

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    1. I will say that most of the women in my book club really enjoyed The End of Your Life Book Club, so do read it. You may love it.

      Yes, I'm really excited that my son and I can swap books now! Although he's not quite ready for the YA novels like Divergent!

      I hope we're both able to get caught up this week. I just have three reviews to write....

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  6. I haven't read Divergent either!! Should I come over and join the other side?? :)

    How is the Hero's Guide series? Too mature for a six year old?

    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. You should definitely come over to the other side. I really enjoyed Divergent!!

      The Hero's Guide series is great and I would definitely read it to my 7 year old. But she probably wouldn't get the jokes as well as my 9 year old. There isn't anything objectionable in it, that I can remember. It's just very silly and there is some violence but again, it's done in a silly way for the most part. Think slapstick humor a lot of the time.

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  7. The Hero's Guide looks like a lot of fun... Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. It is! I highly recommend that series!

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  8. I've got a copy of The End of Your Life Reading Club, too. I'm wary that it will not live up to expectations. Sometimes books about books can be disappointing.

    Happy reading this week!

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    1. Yes, I'm not sure I'd recommend The End of Your Life Book Club, but then again, most of the women in my book club loved it. They don't get into the books in very much detail, but I am going to go back through and make a list of the books I want to read now. I got a few ideas at least.

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  9. Hero's Guide to being an Outlaw looks like a fascinating read indeed. Love it when our kids read novels ahead of us. Haven't gotten into the Divergent series yet. :) Enjoy your reading week!

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    1. That whole Hero's Guide is excellent. It's very different and fun. Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Divergent was okay, but it irritates me when students all want a book just because everyone else is reading it! Are you planning on participating in Deb Marshall's Middle Grade March? (http://middlegrademarch.com/) I'm glad she's starting with a reading marathon, since we're expecting more snow!

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    1. I didn't know about the readathon. Thank you!! Yes, I think I will join in. I may not get much done, but I do have 3-4 more books from my son's Battle of the Books pile that I was going to read. I started one last night.

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