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Good morning. I hope you had a nice week. Unfortunately, mine was rather sad as my brother passed away on Friday. He has had a lot of health issues for many years, but it was still a bit of a shock. He was a huge Stephen King fan, so I've decided to honor him by reading a Stephen King novel. I've only ever read one book by King, and it was his memoir, On Writing. So now I need help choosing the right novel to read. I'd prefer something that isn't 500+ pages long! Any suggestions?

Reviews and Blog Posts
I managed to write a few blog posts last week:
New Release: Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester
2014 Reading Recap
Saturday Snapshot: Ice on the pond
Book Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I have been reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (and it's only $3.99 on Kindle right now!). I'm really enjoying this novel about a bunch of kindergarten moms. It's funny and suspenseful and though-provoking all at once.

I haven't shared the kids' reading in a while, but they finally started doing some more reading after a bit of a break in the month of December.

C, who is 10, read The Giver by Lois Lowry. He really enjoyed it and we are now planning on reading the rest of the series together.

M, who is almost 8, is reading Maleficent by Elizabeth Rudnick. She's a slower reader, so it's taking her a while. But she seems to be enjoying it. She loves the movie, and I believe the book is a retelling of the movie storyline.

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!


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your brother, my thoughts are with you and your family.
    I don't know what sort of Stephen King book you are after, but I have enjoyed Misery and Salem's Lot, both of which are on the smaller side. Whatever you choose, it's a beautiful tribute.

  2. I was thinking about adding Big Little Lies to my list for 2015. Now that I've read this, I think I will! It's one of my goals to read a lot more this year and I think your blog will really help me out! Thanks for sharing in the BOBB group!

    1. I'm really enjoying it. It's long, though, so taking a while to get through!

  3. So sorry to hear about your brother! I like it that you're planning to read a book in his memory. I like some of King's novels, but mainly the bigger ones (The Stand or 22/11/63). I hope you'll find one you like.

    1. Thank you. 22/11/63 looks good but I think I'm going to go with one of his earlier books.

  4. Hmm, I didn't know that there was a book of Maleficent. I might read that to my daughter--she enjoyed the movie (although I have to say I was just so-so about it)

    1. We all enjoyed the movie a lot. If she liked it, I'm sure she'd like the book as well!

  5. So sorry about your brother! I don't read much Stephen King but did love 11/22/63!

    1. Thanks. It does sound like a good one. Maybe I'll get to it at some point!

  6. I am sorry about your brother. Grieving is hard work. I just finished rereading The Giver. I haven't read it for a long number of years, but am astonished all over at how good it is, and how it endures as a novel.

    1. Thank you. I really enjoyed discussing The Giver with my book club. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

  7. My daughter and I also read The Giver together, when she was around 10 or 11 too I think. We have already finished Gathering Blue and we hope to start reading the third novel soon. :)

    1. That's great! C is making his way through Gathering Blue and then it will be my turn. We also put in requests for the other books at the library. They all have waiting lists!

  8. Sorry for the loss of your brother :( As a Kindergarten mom myself, I decided to check out "Big Little Lies" and it looks interesting, so I bought it and will start it soon.

    1. I hope you enjoy it! And I hope your experience as a Kindergarten mom is nothing like theirs!


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