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Weekly Reading Recap

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It's Monday! I'm dragging a bit today after staying up too late last night. We had a Super Bowl party here, which was fun from a social standpoint but incredibly disappointing from a game standpoint (I do live in North Carolina, after all). Once everyone went home and the house was fairly cleaned up, I sat up until midnight reading! I'm finally getting toward the end of my book so I couldn't resist. It's going to be a long day.

Blog posts and reviews

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Last week, I reviewed The Ex by Alafair Burke.
I also posted an update on my Bookish Resolutions challenge.

What I'm reading

I'm still reading The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. A neighbor who is in my book club mentioned it was a slow read but worth it, and I have to agree. I am enjoying it but it's not something I can read quickly. I hope to finish tonight and move on to something new. Not sure what yet.

What my kids are reading

M, who is in 3rd grade, is almost done with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. I'm hoping I can report that she has moved on to the last book by next week's recap.

Carter, who is in 6th grade, is reading The Enchantress by Michael Scott. This is the last book of the series but he has already expressed interest in finding another book or series by the author. He also finished Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin for his nonfiction novel study at school. He seems to have enjoyed it.

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!


  1. My daughter is working on reading the first Harry Potter book. She LOVES the movies - so she wants to go back and read all the books since I told her the books have much more in them! I haven't read any Brown novels, but this one sounds interesting :)

    Happy Reading!
    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
    Punkie @Fluttering Hearts Reviews

    1. That's great! I've seen all the movies but *gasp* I have never read any of the books myself. Someday...

  2. The Super Bowl coincided with the eve of Lunar New Year, which is a MUCH bigger deal where I live, so it was all about the new year's eve parties last night, which is why I'm dragging myself around a little more slowly this morning, too :) So sweet to see new generations getting into Harry Potter.

    1. Ah yes! I'm sure the New Year parties were a lot of fun!

  3. Super Bowl ran late this year, yeah? We were all the way up at my brother's so we got home late and to bed 10 or past. We are all somewhat zombies today. I'm reading HP6 right now and enjoying it. I can't remember how many times I've read it, definitely not as much as the first four, but at least twice. It's nice to suck in all of those little details Rowling wove to set up for the last book. I follow HP on Pinterest and there are so many fun links to extra tidbits that didn't make the book.

    1. I'd love to sit down and read the books at some point. My kids both tell me there's a lot missing in the movies. I just haven't managed to read them yet.

  4. Big sporting events are fun though, I take it however that the team you wanted to win didn't!

  5. I enjoyed The Boys in the Boat but most in my book group LOVED it! It got one of our highest ratings ever! It was chosen as our All County Reads book this spring, so we'll be going to hear the author speak in April :) I love those events!

    Glad your son has liked the series - we enjoyed the first one on audio but never read more.

    Tired here today, too, after Mardi Gras & Superbowl celebrations!

    Enjoy your books this week -


    Book By Book

    1. I look forward to seeing what the rest of my book club thought as well. I thought it was very well done and really got at the story of the boat, not just the boys, which is what the author's goal was.

  6. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh no, why is Boys in the Boat a slow read :-( it is for a book club and honestly I have been so happy with 2 months of no book club, that really depressed me, sigh. I don't read 2 books at a time but I just may have to. I can't afford another reading slump.

    1. I'm sorry! It just requires a bit more attention than a lighthearted novel. Perhaps you'll find it a bit faster. I'm a very slow reader to begin with. I just don't take as much time for reading anymore. So it took me two weeks when I generally finish a book in one week these days.

  7. I have the entire Michael Scott series - and really looking forward to reading it soonest. :)

    1. Good to hear. Carter definitely recommends them! :-) Now I just need to find something else for him to read.


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