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Good morning! I'm a few days late for my weekly recap but at least I'm getting one written this week! Life is getting a bit more manageable now that the kids are back in school and we're on a normal routine again. We still have a few activities, but nothing too crazy. Music and dance lessons seem to be our big things this school year. We have piano, tuba, dance and chorus all going on now! M has decided to join the Battle of the Books this year. I had a great time reading the Battle books along with Carter back when he did it in 4th grade, so I'm looking forward to it. This year's list has about half of the books Carter read, which means we already own half the books. Nice!

Blog events and challenges

It's Banned Books Week. I usually go all out and post every day about banned books but I just don't have it in me this year! I am, however, reading a banned book. I decided to read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. I hadn't read it before and thought it might be a good one to hand off to the kids when I'm done. It's a book about racism in American during the Depression, and it has been banned for offensive language and racial slurs. I chose it from the list of Frequently Challenged Books with Diverse Content. Later this week I will put together a list of other books on this list that I've read and recommend.

What I'm reading

I finished Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and really enjoyed it. I read Fangirl a while ago and didn't write a review so I may try to review both together. Now I'm reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and then I'll be moving to my October book club selection, The Dinner by Herman Koch.

What my kids are reading

M, who is a 4th grader, finished The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman and has started on The Genius Files #2: Never Say Genius.

Carter, who is a 7th grader, read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton for school. He seemed to like it but said it was sad. I agree. He is still reading Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton. Thank you to everyone who provided ideas for him last week. We have a great list of books to check out next time we head to the library!

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. Hi!

    I just wanted you to know that I mentioned your wonderful blog today as one that makes me happy in The Happiness Tag:

    Don't feel obligated to re-post, unless you want to (it took me two months to find the time to do it!), but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate your blog.


  2. I know this is last week's update, but I missed it! In fact, I missed ALL of Banned Books Week, so don't feel bad. We were on vacation (camping - no internet!). I usually enjoy reading & reviewing 2 banned books that week.

    I SO want to read Eleanor & Park - have wanted to ever since it came out. I have no excuse - have a copy on my Kindle now - but just haven't found the time.

    I've also heard good things about The Dinner - seems like an appropriate choice for October!

    Enjoy your books this week -


    Book By Book

  3. I remember Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry as a book that really impacted me as a young reader. What a great pick for Banned Books Week!

    My son really enjoyed the first Genius Files book. I have to remember to look for the rest of the series!


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