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Weekly Reading Recap

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Welcome back to another weekly recap. I was actually rather active here on the blog last week, but I didn't manage to participate in this meme last Monday. That means today is a two-week recap instead of just one. You would think that would mean I'd have a lot of progress in reading and reviewing to share, but I didn't accomplish quite as much as I had hoped.

I did host book club last week, and that was fun. We had a nice discussion of The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos. I made mimosas and snacks and enjoyed the company of my neighbors.

Blog posts and reviews

image of my bookshelf
I did some reorganizing in my office and ended up with a bookshelf devoted to my TBR books. There were 51 books on it when I shared the picture, but I've found more books around the house and am up to 57 now...

I wrote two book reviews, both thrillers:

What I'm reading

Since I last posted, I finished The Ex by Alafair Burke. I credit the A Winter's Respite Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading for that, although I never did write a recap of the readathon. Now I'm about halfway through The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, which I will be discussing with my book club this month.

What my kids are reading

M, who is in 3rd grade, is about halfway through Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.

Carter, who is in 6th grade, is reading The Sorceress by Michael Scott. He is also about halfway through Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin for his nonfiction novel study at school.


I'm linking up with Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading? as well as Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for the children's and YA version of this weekly gathering. What are you reading? Please share in the comments!

Comments

  1. It is nice to have all the TBR books in one place isn't it? Mine are one shelves in my office. Your children must be excellent readers. Those books are a stretch for their ages. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  2. I like the shelf of TBR books. I may have to try to round up all the waiting-to-be-read books lying around my house just to see how many there are! I loved BOMB. It's one of the books that turned me on to nonfiction. I hope your son is enjoying it.

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  3. The Boys in the Boat is our book clubs next read. Not my kind of read but I have heard great things about it. Enjoy

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  4. I have seen alot of good reviews of The Ex so it is now on my everygrowing tbr list!!

    http://thebestbasicblogger.blogspot.com/2016/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-8.html

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  5. Well, 51 book is not that bad. My total TBR (books I *own* and haven't read) is currently at 537 books, although the majority of those are eBooks.

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  6. I didn't know about The Precious One - but it's always great to host a book club session. A friend just hosted one this weekend, and we had fun. I think my TBR stack has gone beyond the 3-digit number at this point. I have bookshelves and bookshelves of books I wish to read within my lifetime. :)

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  7. Circle of Betrayal sounds good.

    I have seen The Ex on quite a few blogs.

    I hope your week has been good so far.

    Happy Wednesday!!

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

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  8. ha ha - I hear you - I also have an entire bookcase for TBR books! There are less than a dozen on one side for my husband and all the rest are mine!

    My book group LOVED The Boys in the Boat - one of our highest ratings ever. It was chosen for our All-County Reads book this spring, and the author will be visiting in April - we are all excited to hear him speak. Hope you enjoy it!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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