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Week in Review

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Good morning. Another week gone in this fall season. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week. Although, the weather has been unusually cold here, so it does feel like fall. I'm hoping we have a warm-up by the end of next week so we aren't freezing while putting up all of our Christmas decorations on Thanksgiving weekend!

I'm still working through National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), and I have managed to publish a blog each day. Over halfway done with this challenge!

Reviews and Blog Posts
Reading
I have been reading a lot this week! I finished Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray and will be publishing my review for the tour tomorrow. I also read and reviewed The Giver by Lois Lowry. And then I started reading The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad Book 5) by Tana French, and I'm almost done! It's a very long book but I couldn't put it down this weekend. I just kept reading it and am dying to finish it when I'm done working today!

Once I finish The Secret Place, I'll be picking up First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett.

Kids Reading
I finally gave in and let C read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. He flew through it and is just about done with Catching Fire too. I'm sure by next week, he will have finished the entire trilogy. In between, he also read the last two books in the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell.

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. I love a great series, so I'm intrigued by these Dublin Murder Squad books. I'll be checking them out today and possibly adding them to my library list :)

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    1. You know, I haven't read the previous books in the series but I'm going to look into them. This one definitely stood on its own.

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  2. I read In the Woods and I loved Tana French's lyrical writing but I was disappointed with the end so I have not read any further in the series. Looks like a great reading week for you and your son. Great job with NaBloPoMo. I missed Saturday so I really do hope we were able to take wknds off!

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    1. Hmm. I have just a bit more to go in this one. I hope the ending isn't disappointing!

      As far as missing a day, I think you'll be just fine. The point is to write a lot more than usual, which I think we're all managing to do!

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  3. I feel the same way about the calendar - I was stunned this morning to see that it is already November 17! Seems like it was just Halloween - how can Thanksgiving be next week? Time always flies by this time of year. And Thanksgiving is late so Christmas will seem to come FAST - I have so much to do!

    I am so impressed by your daily blog posting - good for you! And you seem to be reading a lot, too. That's record time for finishing a Tana French book - they're pretty dense.

    Enjoy your books this week!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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    1. I couldn't believe how fast I read that Tana French book. It helped that my husband and daughter were camping on the weekend, and my son had a friend over, so I had lots of time to read. :-)

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  4. I have hardly read at all in the last two months - which is very strange for me, because usually I read at least two books a week. I'm scared to log into goodreads and see how far behind my reading goal I am this year (and I'm pretty sure I will not be making it - sad).

    But I do have a couple of YA books heading my way from the library that my daughter wanted to get approval on before she reads. Not that I read every book first, but some of those YA books can take quick turns into not-quite 11 year old territory, so I do tend to check them out first.

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    1. I totally understand your wanting to read some of the YA books ahead of time. I have tried to steer my 10 year old toward Juvenile Fiction instead of YA, but he's getting more into the YA lately. I finally gave in on The Hunger Games and I'm going to read Maze Runner soon so I can decide if it's okay for him.

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  5. Hi there Julie. My 12 year old girl read The Hunger Games when she was in the 4th grade but dropped the second book and did not pick it up again until she turned 12. She still didn't get much of what was going on particularly in the last two books, particularly Book 3, but she did enjoy the read.

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    1. I keep asking if he doesn't like it as much but he says he does. Then he doesn't pick it up. So I'm guessing he really doesn't. I know I didn't like the last book as much either.

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