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Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Monday ! What Are You Reading 7/16/18

 After a week on vacation with the family I am excited to be home and linking  up with Kelly Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?  I know this is supposed to have a kidlit focus, but I am going to sneak in an adult book I read/am reading into this post. 

Book Mail   
I'm pretty sure my neighbors who got our mail think I have a serious shopping addiction because I got 4 packages while I was away.  Here are the four books that came in the mail.  I'm excited to start Ghosted. 






Picture Books 


We did not read one book on vacation. I have a whole bunch on hold at the library that I need to pick up including this one.



 Chapter Books  


We are still reading Thunder Girls.  I swear we will be done soon.  I packed it with us for vacation and C. Bear never cracked open a book the entire time.  Too busy swimming in the pool and jumping in the waves.  



I bought this adorable travel journal for vacation that is geared towards kids and I was pleasantly surprised that C Bear was into it (he tends to avoid anything where he has to write).   This is a nice combination of drawing pictures, checking off pictures and writing.

C Bear and I will be reading the next book from his TBR list which is  How To Train Your Dragon.  I tried to watch the movie with him and he wasn't really into it, but I think the book is something he will like. 






 Adult Books  


I brought two books with me on vacation and both are kind of meh.  The first book I read was The Story Of Our Lives.  



Here is one of those books that got tons of 4 star reviews on Goodreads and if I had to rate it I would give it 2 stars.  I hate when a book is so predictable and this book was very easy for me to figure out.  I didn't think that all of the characters were developed enough for me to be emotionally invested into what happened to them.  The only thing that remotely interested me was when the "big secret" was revealed I wanted to know how that effected others.  It was a total miss for me, but a lot of people LOVED it (according to Goodreads). 

The second book I brought with me on vacation was Sorority.  I am almost done with this book (maybe 50 pages left), but this was another book that I felt let down on.  Full review will be coming when I finish the book.


What are some good books you have read this summer?







11 comments:

  1. Glad you had a relaxing vacation! Looking forward to your reviews next week!

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    1. Thanks! It feels good to be back into our routine!

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  2. Just goes to show you always have to take reviews with a grain of salt! I've had the same experience a bunch of times - books that have either had amazing or terrible reviews that I ended up totally disagreeing with!

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    1. Oh yeah there are quite a few books that have been hyped up and then I read them and just didn't get the hype. Maybe that should be a separate blog post.

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  3. Ooooh, it looks like you got some great book mail! I find it harder to make reading time in the summer. With 5 children, we're always doing something around town or outside. So when all my teaching friends are like "YAY, it's summer and now we can read" I'm all... "It's summer, now we get super busy and spend all our time outside gardening, walking/jogging, and playing basketball." LOL Hope you had a wonderful vacation!

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    1. YES!!!! I feel like we are so busy in the summer that we barely have time to read though I am trying to make time each day.

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  4. I love Fergus and Zeke! I think the second will be published in September.

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    1. Fergus and Zeke is new to me. I won the book in a blog giveaway and flipping through it looks like it will be a great book for my son.

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  5. I've read a lot of mixed reviews about Ghosted so looking forward to reading how you are finding it. I loved the Dragon movie adaptation - while I have a collection of Cowell's middle grade novels, I have yet to read them. Have a great summer reading wonderful books!

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    1. I started Ghosted and I am only 40 pages in, but I just feel like maybe the premise of it doesn't resonate with me. Basically the main character spends 7 days with a guy and then they both go on separate already planned vacations and when they get back he ghosts her. She is obsessive about it (which I can totally see at first), but apparently the rest of the book is over the next months and even years (can that be right?) of her thinking about this guy she spent 7 days with. I just can't understand why she continues to think about him over a long time period, but let's see if the rest of the book gives me more insight.

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  6. My kids say the books and movies of Dragon Trainers don't have much to do with each other, so not liking the movie doesn't say anything about the book.

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