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Weekly Reading Recap

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Another week has passed. We had a good week with my daughter's 9th birthday and a sleepover on the weekend. She had lots of fun with her friends. I can't believe my baby is 9!! When I started blogging she was only 2!! I also had my neighborhood book club meeting last week. We discussed The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, which everyone enjoyed. I got some reading done this past week but no blogging. Someday I'm going to take time to write a bunch of reviews and you'll all finally know what I thought of all these books I've been reading.


What I'm reading

I read Maisie Dobbs by Jacueline Winspear this past week. It was a nice change from all the nonfiction I've been reading lately. My review will be published tomorrow for the blog tour. Now I'm going to pick up North of Here by Laurel Saville, which is my next tour review book.


What my kids are reading

[Harry Potter Spoiler Alert to follow!!!] M, who is in 3rd grade, is mere pages away from finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. We enjoyed watching the first Deathly Hallows movie last week, when she made it past page 502, which marks the split of the two movies. Last night, she was reading next to me and suddenly said, "Wait, Snape is good?" Carter and I were so excited for her to get to that part!

Carter, who is in 6th grade, finished the last book in the Books of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau tonight. He really enjoyed the series and is now looking for something else to dive into.

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. If he liked the Books of Ember series he might want to try Cove Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage. He visited our school in December and we had such a good time. The book has been in HIGH demand ever since! See it here here on Goodreads.

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  2. Oh I feel the "I've read a bunch of books but when will I write reviews?" thing!

    Happy Birthday to your daughter and to you (I always feel like the mom should be celebrated on birthdays too)!

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  3. Ooh, the cover of "North of Here" is beautiful--enough to make me want to read the book!

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  4. I went to my book club this past week as well. We had a great discussion, though everyone didn't like the book.

    All of the Snape stuff in the last two books is brutal. I'm glad your kids are digging their reads!

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