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Weekly Reading Recap

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I want to start today by honoring all of the servicemen and women who have given their lives for their country, and thank you to those who continue to put their lives in danger to protect ours. I hope all of my readers are spending time with loved ones this weekend. My daughter and I have had a very lazy weekend reading and watching all eight Harry Potter movies. We were supposed to be in Tennessee with my husband and son, but M has been sick and so we stayed home. Thankfully, her fever is finally gone, after five full days of temps in the 102-104 range. She'll be heading back to school tomorrow; she hasn't been since last Tuesday!

What I'm reading

I finished the middle-grade book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. I then read Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon and The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Seltzner.

Now I am reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant at the recommendation of Andrea from Good Girl Gone Redneck. The Kindle edition is on sale for $2.99 so I couldn't resist!

Next I will move on to The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. The Sci-Fi Summer Read-a-Thon, hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading, starts on Wednesday.

What I'm writing

I didn't manage to write any reviews last week, but I did sign up for the Big Book Summer Reading Challenge hosted by Sue at Book By Book. I already read the first book on my list ~ Hugo Cabret. I'll be starting the second on Wednesday. After that, I'm not sure what I will read; however, I have been considering finally tackling the Harry Potter books this summer and several of those qualify for big books!

What my kids are reading

M, who is in 3rd grade, has read so many books this past week, I'm not sure I can remember all of them. The two big ones were Charlotte's Web by E.B. White and The Invention of Hugo Cabret. We also got a copy of The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester so she could keep up with her school reading group since she's been out sick. And she has started Wonderstruck by Brian Seltzner.

Carter, who is in 6th grade, took the last two books in The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series by James A. Owen to Tennessee with him. I'll find out later today if he finished them. Then we'll be on a mission to find something new for him. M has plenty of books on our shelves to choose from but Carter has already read all of them!

Book links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links. 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. Wow. The Owen is tough stuff; the books made my brain hurt! There are lots of good fantasy series out there. Sixth grade boys' books are my specialty, so pop over to my blog if you need any suggestions. My daughter (who's 18) just reread Charlotte's Web last week.

    1. Your blog has definitely been helpful! He read The Invisible Man in 5th grade. He tends to be a bit ahead of his age when it comes to reading. :-)

  2. I'm glad M is feeling better! I think she and my son have a lot of favorite books in common. He has read all of the ones you mentioned except The Girl Who Could Fly (which I'm going to go look up now).

    Have a great week!

    1. She says it reminds her of Harry Potter.

  3. I hope you enjoy "The Red Tent." I read that several years ago and really loved it!

  4. Yay! HP's our next movie marathon this weekend! I've introduced Twilight and LOTR to my kids and they loved them all (except the romance part lol)! Named my kids after the LOTR characters (Elessar and Eowyn) so for years they didn't want them and so happy that they finally gave in to mommy's request LOL (they're now 10 and 7). They too didn't like HP so I'll try again if I can get them to watch this weekend. Happy Monday!

    1. We didn't watch the HP movies until the kids had read the books. I think that helped them enjoy them more.

  5. Hope is was a great HP marathon! I really liked The Red Tent hope you do as well.

    1. It was fabulous! Very fun to watch all the movies within such a short timeframe.

  6. It took me a while to get into The Girl who could Fly, but when it hooked me, I was totally hooked. I read the first two of The Imaginarium series. I liked the first one a lot but the second one didn't live up to it.

  7. Running behind on my hosting duties! Hope you're still with us and that you're enjoying the reading. Thanks for joining in once again. Happy Reading!

  8. I have a 2 year old who is just getting into books and I love that you share what your kids are reading, too :) Gives me some great suggestions for future reads! Thanks so much! I'm a new Facebook follower!

    Megan @ Doodles 'n Scribbles


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