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Summer recap

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And another month has gone by without a peep from me. I sure have been enjoying my summer, though. Tomorrow, the kids start a new school year and things may get back to a normal routine in my house. Perhaps that will extend to a normal routine on my blog too. I've been blogging here for just about 8 years and I don't want to stop sharing my thoughts on books, so I'll find a way!

Last summer, we went on several big trips; this summer we went on just one: NYC in June. Other than that it's been mostly a staycation for my kids and I think they've really enjoyed it. Yes, there was lots of screen time for Carter, but they had fun with their friends and read a ton of books and M enjoyed a few weeks of camp. I think we'd all rate it as a good break. Now it's back to school ~ 7th and 4th this year!! It's hard to believe when I started this blog, Carter was just learning to read and M was a toddler!

What I'm reading

In August, I read four books.

I gave Calling Me Home and The Outsiders 5 stars and the other two books 4 stars, so overall it was a great month of reading!!

I had never read The Outsiders but Carter needed it for school, and when it arrived in my mailbox on Friday I couldn't resist reading it myself! I loved the movie; the book made me cry just as much. My book club will be discussing Calling Me Home this week and I'm looking forward to it.

The Big Book Summer Reading Challenge is coming to a close next week. Unfortunately, none of these books were over 400 pages. But I have Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty sitting next to me and I'm determined to finish it by Labor Day so I can add one more book to my list for that challenge.

What my kids are reading

M, who is a 4th grader, finished Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty and is now reading Serafina and the Twisted Staff. She also read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling in August.

Carter, who is a 7th grader, read The Siege by Mark Alpert. He also read the new Harry Potter book and a few others: Crisis Zero by Chris Rylander (see our review of the first in that series) and The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. He is now reading the rest of the Nielsen series since I was smart enough to get all three books from the library at one time!

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. I don't blame you for not blogging much this summer! The reading was fine for me, but actually writing posts was so hard.

    I remember reading The Outsiders as a kid. I'm so glad that it's still being read!

  2. Som summers I just read nd only blog about books that won't leave me alone. This summer I've been a bit more diligent, but isn't it great to have the opportunity to do what we want?

  3. My husband has been to NYC several times for work and is absolutely in love with the city - every time he comes back he can't stop raving about it. Well, except for the weather...we're not big fans of that East Coast summer humidity!!

  4. Your kids are the same ages as my girls. They start Wednesday. My little one has the second Seraphina book. I'll have to see if she finished it yet.

  5. Sounds like you had a great summer! Ours was a bit hectic and not all that relaxing, though our kids traveled to some great places! lol

    Looks like a great reading summer for you. I've never read The Outsiders either! Might have to tackle that soon.

    Did you finish your Big Book? I also did a last-minute cram for the challenge - the three of us did a readathon Labor Day weekend and all finished our Big Books :)

    Hope back-to-school is going smoothly for you!


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