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Weekly (sort of) Reading Recap

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It's been another two weeks. These weekly posts are tough to keep going lately. And I have not been writing reviews. I love to write reviews and share my thoughts about books so I need to get back into the groove soon! Work has been crazy busy and at the end of the day, I just can't bring myself to turn my personal computer on and start typing. I have been keeping up with reading though, and lots of wasted time perusing Facebook... And at some point I really will sit down and write some reviews! I truly appreciate all of you who are continuing to read my posts when I get around to writing them.

What I'm reading

It took me two weeks, but I finished The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. I loved it. Definitely a 5 star book for me (in case you're wondering and it takes me a month to write the review!). Now I'm reading a middle-grade book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It's very different than I expected but I'm enjoying it.

I have several things on my TBR list right now. I've actually picked up a few new books this past week or two. I bought The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey on a whim at Target. I also bought Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell because the Kindle edition is only $1.99! Today, I got We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman through the Kindle First program. And I got Hot Start by David Freed in the mail for review as well. I also have Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon for a book tour in early June.

I think I'll be reading Mystic Summer next to make sure it's ready for the tour. Then I'll be turning to The Fifth Wave to read during the Sci-Fi Summer Read-a-Thon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading.

What my kids are reading

M, who is in 3rd grade, finished the third book in The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer and we're waiting for the release of the fourth book in paperback in a couple weeks. So she has been reading things from her shelf, like a couple Bad Kitty books.   

Carter, who is in 6th grade, has been making his way through another series. This time it's The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series by James A. Owen. He's really enjoying this one.

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. Reading usually is a constant for me, but reviews fall to the wayside when things get crazy!

    Eleanor and Park is a great read, and you got it for a song!

  2. So many great books at your house now! I like Kate Morton but haven't read The Secret Keeper yet. I enjoyed The Forgotten Garden (think that's the title).

    We have had The 5th Wave for several YEARS now and none of us has read it yet! Crazy, right? I do want to get to it, and so does my son.

    Thanks for the heads up on Eleanor and Park!! I've wanted to read it for ages so clicked your link and snatched it up! I am behind on my e-mails so probably wouldn't have seen the sale price until tomorrow when it was too late - thanks!

    My son LOVED the Imaginerium Geographica series (I read the first one & enjoyed it) - hope your son enjoys it, too.

    Enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

  3. Ooh, that dragon series sounds great to read. My tween is reading through many of The Royal Diaries and the 3rd grader is reading many of the Mermaid Tales. I requested all that the library had and what they haven't read. I have a nice little stack of books on my nightstand. In one library visit I found three books in the New Fiction section and then I got one hold in that's a newly published book and another hold that is an old historical romance all the way from Sacramento. I've been sadly behind in my reading.


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