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Week in Review


Good morning. It's Monday and my kids are finally back in school after being out almost all of last week. It's refreshing to have a quiet house and to be able to focus on work today.

Reviews and Blog Posts

Book Review: Night is the Hunter by Steven Gore
Books that Teach Compassion #1000Speak
Saturday Snapshot: A View from My Window

I finished reading Son by Lois Lowry, so I've officially finished that series! Now I just need to write my review. After that, I started reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. My book club is meeting to discuss it on Thursday so I need to finish it soon!

We visited the library on Saturday, and C picked up two books, which he read over the weekend: Countdown Zero by Chris Rylander and The Genius Files #5: License to Thrill by Dan Gutman.

M has been reading several picture books for school lately, but she's also still reading Maleficent by Elizabeth Rudnick.

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 need to read Genius Files #5, but my students are hogging them. Maybe this summer! I still don't understand Son as a book for teenagers. Loved Countdown Zero. Awesome for middle grade readers!

    1. I'd love to hear more about your comment on Son. I let C read it before I did, and I was a bit surprised by the fact that the entire book is really about reproduction and childbirth! I don't think I would have recommended the book to him if he hadn't read the whole series already. I need to write my review so I can share all of my thoughts on that one!!

      I am hoping to read Countdown Zero before it goes back to the library. I loved the first book. I'm a few books behind in the Genius Files series so it will be a while before I get to #5 of that! Love that series, though.

  2. I recently finished The Giver series, also. I loved it. I loved seeing how all the books and characters came together. Lois Lowry is brilliant!

    1. I loved the way the books came together too! My only issue is the way the series evolves from feeling like middle grade to absolutely feeling like YA by the end.

  3. Congratulations on finishing the series! You are inspiring me to get back to it. Interested to hear what you think of Dark Places. I really liked Sharp Objects - better than Gone Girl - but my husband says Dark Places is darker and more graphic, so I wasn't sure whether to read it or not.

    Enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

    1. The murder of the family is pretty graphic, and there are some other things that are kind of gross too. But it was an excellent story. I haven't read Sharp Objects, so can't compare. I like the way she develops characters and stories.

  4. I've read the first two in the Lowry series and have stalled since then. There are so many books to read. I'd like to find time to read at least one of The Genius Files. I'm constantly humbled by these kinds of books that I think will be just fluff. I'm reading My Life As a Book. I expected another Diary of a Wimpy Kid, only to discover this is a book with depth. I'm also hoping to read Codename Zero. I loved The Fourth Stall!

    1. There are many really deep middle-grade books lately. I've been quite impressed with some of them. I love The Genius Files! I only read the first book (maybe the second also). I haven't read The Fourth Stall yet, but loved Codename Zero.

  5. Would be interested to know what you book club thought of Dark Places. :) Still have to read it myself. :)

    1. We're meeting tonight and I'll write my review tomorrow so I can include what they thought. :-)

  6. Thanks for the lovely book reviews! I am now following you on Bloglovin from Happy Kids Inc. Bloglovin party! I have a love for books too. I hope that you will follow me back too on Bloglovin. I'm Julie at Julie's Lifestyle!

    1. Thanks for following! I'll definitely find you on Bloglovin!

  7. Did you finish Dark Places yet???? SOOO good. And crazy. But good. :)

    1. I did. Finally posted my review last night.


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