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Week in Review & March Recap


April is here and Spring has finally sprung in North Carolina. The trees have bloomed and are already changing over to leaves. The daffodils and tulips are full of color. The kids have had their first big water fight in the yard and I've finally gotten back into running regularly, which is good since I have a 5K coming up next month. It is this time of year, every year, that I most appreciate our decision to leave Massachusetts and move to North Carolina. Seeing sunshine and flowers instead of remnants of snowstorms makes me so happy.

Reviews and Blog Posts
Book Review: The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
Book Review (by my son): Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger
GIVEAWAY! Win a paperback of One Plus One or The Invention of Wings

I was reading Unbecoming: A Novel by Rebecca Scherm, but just couldn't get into it last week. There's nothing wrong with it; I just was in the mood for something different. So now I'm reading Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace by Andra Watkins, and I'm really enjoying it. I'll get back to Unbecoming later in the month.

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!

Month in Review: March

Since this is the first Monday in the month, I'm also going to share what I read and reviewed in March, and a running total for the year so far.


  1. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley - reviewed
  2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn - reviewed
  3. Because of Winn-Dixie - read and reviewed
  4. The Daughter by Jane Shemilt - read and reviewed
  5. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - read and reviewed
  6. September Sky by John A. Heldt - read and reviewed
  7. The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos - read and reviewed


Total Books Read: 15
Total Reviews: 17

Historical Fiction: 0
Middle-Grade Fiction: 3
Elementary Fiction: 1
Young Adult: 0
Contemporary Fiction: 4
Mystery/Thriller: 4
Science Fiction: 2
Nonfiction: 0
Memoir: 1

For review: 5
For book club: 2
For me: 8


Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge - 4/10
Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge - 2/10
Library Challenge - 5/6
Finishing the Series Challenge - 3/7
Follow my progress here


  1. AJ Fikry is HIGH on my list. You did great though. Happy April reading!

    1. Thank you! I'm glad my book club read it so I had a reason to get to it sooner. It was very good.

  2. I loved your son's review. This series is very popular in our school library. Dark Places sounds like a good read, but a bit too creepy for me.

    1. Yes, that one is creepy. My son has loved all of the Origami Yoda books. He's sad the series has ended.

  3. This is a new-to-me title, sounds like a powerful title.

    1. It was good. It was powerful to some extent but plenty of lightheartedness too. I'll have my review up next week for the tour.


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