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Hello there. I'm way off track yet again, and to be very honest I do not feel like blogging right now. My day job has been so busy lately, I hardly have a moment away from my computer or my phone all day long. So in the evenings, like today, I do not want to be here typing. It doesn't matter that I'd love to tell you all about the books I've been reading that I never get around to reviewing anymore. I just don't want to be typing right now. My eyes are squinting and my head is saying, Go to sleep!! But here's a quick update because I can't let this blog completely fall away from me.

Blog events and challenges

Last week was the annual FrightFall Read-a-Thon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. This year, I participated solely through Facebook because it's just easier these days for me. I did read one creepy book, The Dinner by Herman Koch. It wasn't horror but some of the characters did some horrible things, and thrillers do count! I also finished Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, which had its own horrible scenes within it.

What I'm reading

I am now reading The English Teacher by Yiftach Reicher Atir, which I have for review. So far it's definitely intriguing and different than the books I've been reading recently. I'm hoping it will be a quick read because I expect to receive Life After Life by Kate Atkinson in the mail tomorrow and want to get started on it. I'm hosting book club next month and recommended it to my group based on all the positive things I've heard about it from Sue at Book By Book. It's much longer than most of our books, though, so I'm hoping we all manage to get through it in time!

What my kids are reading

M, my 4th grader, is on the third Genius Files book by Dan Gutman, You Only Die Twice. She is loving this series as much as Carter did!

Carter, who is a 7th grader, finished Seeker and Traveler by Arwen Elys Dayton, and then we finally got some more books from the library in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. He's reading Crocodile Tears now and has the next two ready to go after that!

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. Do your children have any favorites that were published within the last year? Have you nominated for the Cybils award? Only two days left!

  2. Do your children have any favorites that were published within the last year? Have you nominated for the Cybils award? Only two days left!

  3. Thanks for joining us, Julie! I did the Facebook thing too. Did not do one post about it. I'm glad to hear about The Dinner. I just ordered a copy in my order from Better World Books this week (my birthday present to myself). :-)

    I hope you will be joining us for Christmas Spirit next month. Enjoy Life After Life. I really liked it.

    1. I do hope to join the Christmas Spirit readathon next month. Can't believe it's almost time for that!

  4. Oh, my gosh...Life After Life is one of my favorites!! I just loved it - hope you do, too!

    I've been reading spooky, suspenseful stuff for the season, too - love to do that!


    Book By Book

    1. You are the reason I'm subjecting my book club to a 500+ book for November. I'm just hopeful they'll read it as we don't usually go that big. But they voted for it from my choices and you've raved about it so we're giving it a try! I just got it in the mail today so I'm going to start reading soon.


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