Skip to main content

Week in Review

       aaa1

Good evening. I'm a little late with today's update. I've had a week full of reading due to the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon. I didn't read as much as I had hoped, but I did get a lot more reading done than usual.

Today was the first day of school for my kids. C started 5th grade and M started 2nd. They both had good days, but we're already having to juggle homework and afterschool activities. At the moment they're outside playing with friends even though they should be doing homework and practicing piano. I just can't bring myself to make them come inside yet!

Reviews and Blog Posts
Aside from the Bout of Books postings, I also wrote a review of The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell. I was hoping to get a couple other reviews written, but it didn't happen.

Reading
I finished The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe, which is my August book club selection. We'll be discussing it later this week. And I've made it through about half of The Bone Seeker by M.J. McGrath. I'll admit I'm still struggling a bit with this one, but I'm trying to stick with it.

C is reading Cold Cereal by Adam Rex. M read Lucky Stars #1: Wish Upon a Friend by Phoebe Bright and will be starting the next in the series tomorrow (when it arrives from Amazon).

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. Happy First Day of School, Mom! I have been looking forward to school starting again, but you are right - hectic evenings are definitely a downside. Good for you to let them play outside longer! How much homework could they have on the first day? lol

    Enjoy your books this week - I will participate in a read-a-thon one of these days...

    Sue

    Book By Book

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Luckily the homework wasn't too bad last night. M had to collect things that represent her and C had to do math homework since he's doing an online class this year. I hope you're enjoying some quiet time too!

      Delete
  2. first day of school each year is always bitter sweet, *sigh* before I know it I'll have a granddaughter off to school, the time is flying so fast. Always nice to make the most of gorgeous weather, still time for homework later lol. Have a good week and happy reading :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Cute photo of your children.

    I loved The House We Grew Up In. I am going to check out your review.

    The Beach House sounds good.

    ENJOY this week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. As you saw on the review, I had some issues with The House We Grew Up In, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! Have a good week!

      Delete
  4. While your children are returning to school mine are winding up, there is just two weeks until the end of third time and then after a three week break they will be back for the final term.

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi there Julie - I hope that the rest of the year would be lovely for your two kids! :) Great to see what they've been reading as well. :)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

April Reading Review

Where exactly did April go? I swear it was just the middle of March and now it's May. Once again, I'm going to provide a quick review of each of the books I read last month. For the last two weeks of the month, I participated in the Spring Into Horror Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. The only rule was that you had to read at least one book that was horror, thriller, etc. I read one book that qualified. With the exception of the first book in my list, the books I mention below were read during the readathon


My book club's May selection was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I had started reading this nonfiction book about the author's work representing men, women and children who were on death row in March but finished the book in April. This is an eye-opening story that everyone at my book club discussion agreed should be required reading for law schools and police officers and even legislators who are making the laws related to judgements. I learned to…

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …