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It's Monday childrens books meme

It's been over two weeks since my last blog post, three weeks since my last book review and a month since my last reading update. I guess you could say I took a bit of an unplanned hiatus from blogging. I have not, however, taken a break from reading. I may not be updating here or on social media, but I have kept up with reading. I've also been busy with a new project at work, which is my biggest excuse for the lack of blogging, family and all the bustle that goes along with the holiday season.

We spent Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach, SC. My husband and I went on our first helicopter ride, which was very cool. I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping, and have made a lot of progress with getting our guest room ready for my father's visit over Christmas week. We've also been spending a lot of time with family and friends.

I doubt I'll be blogging a lot over these next few weeks either, but I do have plans for 2016, and intend to get back to regular blogging, even if that's just a couple posts a week. I have several books that I need to review from this year still, and already have four reviews scheduled over the first four months of the new year.

Now on to my reading update. Over the past month, I found time to read:

The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson (you can read my review here)
Faithful Place by Tana French
The War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The kids have also been reading a lot this past month. M is now about halfway done with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She was very excited to watch The Goblet of Fire movie a few weeks ago when she finished that book. We have a deal that she can watch each movie in the series if she reads the book first. 

Carter has been reading a lot as well. He finished the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness and How to Fight a Dragon's Fury by Cressida Cowell (he was excited to see this 12th book in the series available at the library). Then he read Everlost by Neal Shusterman. He really liked that one so he wants to read more in the series. We also borrowed Airborn by Kenneth Oppel and Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz from the library, but he hasn't read those yet.

I'm currently reading the last book in the Chaos Walking series: Monsters of Men. I had read the first two a couple years ago and have been wanting to finish the series. I figure that I should do that since my 11 year old managed to finish it before me! After that is a review book: The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee. I'll have a giveaway of that one in January as well.


  1. I have "The Nightingale" on my list of TBR.
    ~ linda @ The Reader and the Book

  2. I think the most important thing is the reading - everything else is secondary. I loved The Nightingale and I have The Expatriates coming in Jan for review. Might be a little out of my usual reading range but will have to wait and see.

  3. I considered Nightingale as my next read but I think I will choose a Christmas themed book and read the Kristin Hannah as my first read of the year. Going to read your review.

  4. The Nightingale was wonderful, but I literally sobbed for over an hour after finishing this book (and all through the last two chapters). I actually wouldn't recommend it to everyone. It's on par with Sarah's Key, in my opinion. Both are about the women and children in France during WWII, and that's a very tough subject.

  5. I can highly recommend Airborn for fans of action-packed kids lit - Kenneth Oppel is one of my all-time favourites, he really knows how to spin an engaging yarn.

  6. Chaos Walking is so good! The How To Train Your Dragon books are fun too. There is a certain kid in my house who might discover the new one under the tree...:)

  7. I am ashamed to say I haven't read any Kenneth Oppel yet. I keep intending to read one of his books next, and then I get distracted. I need to get in the loop!

  8. I'm participating in Shelia's First Book of the Year meme again. I've been undecided on what will be that book. I just may go with Kristin Hannah's. I haven't read any of her books. You may have helped pushed that to the top of my list. I like reading about what ppl's kids are reading. I took my tween and 8 year old to the library yesterday. My tween has been beside herself having finished her books before the weekend and having nothing to read as we were busy doing other stuff. She is so happy to be stocked up and was filling up her bag to the max so she'll have books to read winter break. Told me this morning she knows how she'll make them last: Just read her school library books at school and only read one public library book at a time instead of three at a time. Funny huh?

  9. Really look forward to reading The Nightingale - been reading a lot of great reviews. :)

  10. I am sure you have heard The Nightingale is quite good.

    Sounds like a fun Thanksgiving and a great reading week for your family.

    I hope this week is going well for you.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  11. Wow, so many great books being read at your house! I love Tana French, Orson Scott Card, and Kristin Hannah but haven;t read any of those books yet.

    Chaos Walking trilogy was SO good!! And the Everlost series is a favorite at our house. Neal Schusterman is one of our favorite authors.

    Enjoy the holidays and your books!


    Book By Book


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