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It's Monday childrens books meme

It's Monday and I'm finally sharing another recap of my reading after two weeks. I just can't seem to get back into the rhythm of blogging. I keep thinking I will at some point but then another week goes by and I don't manage to post anything! I did write one review last week. It was of the novel After You by Jojo Moyes. If you've read Me Before You, go ahead and read my review. If you haven't, you probably don't want to read my review just yet.
I have been focusing on nonfiction for Nonfiction November, which means slow-going when it comes to reading. I finished Quiet by Susan Cain, which I really enjoyed. I need to find time to write my review. Now I'm reading The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson, which is interesting but I find myself skimming it a bit since much of it is written as a manual for people who are creating languages. It is quite fascinating, though.

Once I'm done with that, I may be done with Nonfiction November unless I turn to a memoir that reads more like a novel. I need something a bit lighter!

Since my last update two weeks ago, C finished the Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini and The Death Cure by James Dashner. He is now reading The Eye of Minds, which is also by James Dashner (I wish I realized it was only $1.99 on Amazon since I paid full price at the local bookstore!) and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

M is still reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but she is getting close to finishing. A lady at the car wash yesterday was amazed that an 8 year old was reading a 700+ page book! I guess we'll be watching the fourth movie soon since we told her she could watch it if she read the book.

What are you reading this week? It's Monday! is hosted by Book Date. Also check out the younger version of It's Monday!

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  1. The nonfiction burnout is so understandable for most readers! Maybe try a graphic memoir?? I think they count as nonfiction. :)

  2. One of the GatheringBooks ladies, Fats, has just read Quiet and she noted how lovely it is. :)

  3. I'm going to have to see about The Eye of Minds. While I found the Maze Runner series on the violent side for me, some of my readers love it so I'm sure this one will also appeal - although, from the write up, it also seems pretty brutal.

  4. I think I enjoyed After You a little more than you although agree it didn't carry the same impact as Me Before You. Yes I'd get a little exhausted by too much non fiction.

  5. I'm impressed - I hardly ever read nonfiction (except for memoirs & stuff my book groups pick!). Sounds like you are having an interesting month - definitely wind things up with a quicker-paced memoir!

    My husband, son, and I all LOVED Ness' The Knife of Never Letting Go and the rest of the Chaos Walking series - so amazing!! Read it if you get a chance - not to be missed.

    Enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

  6. I love seeing a child lugging a thick book around. It makes me smile. My tween read a few of the Potter books but got scared. My little one won't go near them but they're both open to listening to the audiobooks. They've seen a few of the movies as well.

  7. Oh yay! I'm glad you picked up and enjoyed Quiet too and I hope you're having fun with all the nonfiction this month :)


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