It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday, Reader Friends!

I hope you had a good weekend and managed to read a bit… or not… it’s your weekend, you do you.

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As for me- I got to do some reading at the park on Friday, the beach on Saturday, and I even got to sneak a few pages in at the baseball field on Sunday.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

Last week I listened to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The audiobook was very well done- there were multiple narrators for the two main characters/timelines and the tabloid articles.

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I had heard nothing but wonderful things about this book. I have to agree, it was fantastic! Evelyn is such an engaging character- you simply cannot help but fall in love with her. She’s a manipulative bitch in the best way, and she is proud of it. She built herself up from nothing, didn’t allow the men in her life to dictate her success, and even at her most selfish moments she felt the need to protect the people she loves. The racial and sexual diversity in the book was amazing. The relationships were all so real in that they were full of the good, the bad and the ugly.

One disappointment I have, and this is just me, is that I didn’t cry. Every reading vlog I watched that featured this book left the reader in tears at the ending. I thought the ending was beautiful and, while sad, didn’t wreck me the way I anticipated.

If you love books with dynamic characters…. this book is where it’s at. check it out.

Also last week: I made slow progress through The Final Empire. I am definitely enjoying it, but I am so discouraged by my own reading pace.

Which brings me into my reading plans for this week:

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FINISH THE FINAL EMPIRE!

My ebook actually contains the entire trilogy- a whopping (and intimidating) 2,045 page count. I think I’ve made it to the half way point of the first book so I am hoping to get it done by the end of the week, and with that, the end of the month.

The next question is: go right into book two, The Well of Ascension, or take a break from this world?

I am worried that if I don’t continue right away, I will take a long time to get back in and finish the trilogy. HOWEVER… as of right now, I feel like I need to move on to something different. I am very eager to start my fall/Halloween reading, and this series is not giving me those spooky vibes. I guess we will see how book one ends and if it leaves me needing more right away.


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Last week, with the kids, I read The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. I vaguely remembered it as something I read in early elementary, and we picked up a copy from the thrift store to read together. It was a really fun read- the kids both loved it and always wanted me to “read the next chapter!”

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The kids also started listening to The Penderwicks at Last audiobook. We actually read about 90% of the book together but then never finished it (well they didn’t… I went ahead and read the last couple chapters myself).
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The kids also started reading some books on their own last week:
So the reading goals for the kids’ week will be for kid 1 to finish The Magic Tree House #10- Ghost Town at Sundown, and for the little brother to finish Frog and Toad All Year.

We also have a bag bursting of picture books and graphic novels from last week’s library trip. There is no shortage of books in our house!


What are your reading plans for the week?
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17 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. I’m sure I’m one of the only #kidlit readers who hasn’t yet read The Penderwicks. I hear so many good things, so I must get started on that series soon. Love your pictures and the idea of hanging at the beach. My neighbor just told me we might get snow this coming week, so probably not exactly beach weather in my area (at least not next week). LOL Thanks for all the shares, Alex!

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    1. I really love the series. My kids and I listened to the first four books all last year and this year we were at Barnes and Noble on the release date for this fifth book. They are just so sweet, I wish I was part of the Penderwick Family! I would love one more book, but to be written as young/new adult and follow the sisters who are now in their 20s. A little something just for me, since I’ve become so invested in these characters! Just a dream- it will never happen!

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  2. lindabaie

    Love seeing all the reading pics, and lots of places, too. Summer’s end is the time to savor each one. 2000 + pages, wow. I liked hearing about Evelyn Hugo, will put it on the list!

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    1. They really are lovely books. My kids haven listened to the audiobooks over and over. They are 6 and 8 now, and I love they will get something new out of these stories for years to come as they reach the ages that the characters do throughout the books.

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  3. I often find that when I hear so much about a book, my expectations end up being so high that I never end up reacting in the way I expected to. I wonder if this is also the case with your response to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo?
    I too love seeing the photo’s of the children reading.

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