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Weekly Reading Recap

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Good evening. I decided it was time for another reading update. I didn't post last week because I hadn't made much progress with reading, but this past week was a much better one for me. I have actually gotten a good deal of reading done in that time. Aside from reading, work has been taking up a lot of time. I took on a new role about a year ago and many of you will have noticed that my blogging and reading slowed down significantly over time. It's hard to sit down at a computer and type blog posts after sitting at a computer all day. But I do still take plenty of time for reading. It just takes me a few days to write a single post now (as in the case of this one that I started 48 hours ago).

What I'm reading

My May TBR stack of booksSince my last update, I finished The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. I skipped a few chapters in the middle because that's the only way I could bring myself to finish it. I'm not going to write a full review for this, but I will say that I did not enjoy Salinger's writing style at all. I didn't mind the overall story but it was tough to actually read it.

I also read Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes, which was a very nice change after that! Then I picked up Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell on a whim from the library and read it in two days over the weekend! Tonight I started reading Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and I'm already drawn in. I loved The Forgotten Garden.


Book cover of Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald What I'm writing

I wrote one review last week: 
Twisted River by Siobhán MacDonald

What my kids are reading

M, who is in 3rd grade, finished the second book in The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer and is now starting the third book.  

Carter, who is in 6th grade, has been reading too much to keep up with! Tonight he read The Marvels by Brian Selznick. He also just started Endgame: the calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton.

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. I've had a reading slump and it took me 3 weeks to finish the last review book I did. I have a tight review schedule for next two books but at least it makes me read more.

    I think I tried starting Silver Bay, is it about sharks? I didn't get into it. I have a the Secret Keeper on my shelf too. I'm going to have to read it soon. I loved The Forgotten Garden too! Happy reading this week!

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