Saturday, September 02, 2017

Monthly Reading Mews (August Wrap-Up) & What Should I Read Next? (September's My TBR List Poll)

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. As well as Stacking the Shelves hosted by the great Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently.

Leave it for the first week of school to be the hottest week this summer. Temperatures were well into the triple digits, reaching a high of 112. The air conditioner is getting a good workout. Thunderstorms came into town, bringing with it rain. I have heard and seen the news coming out of Texas. I can't even imagine. My thoughts are with those impacted by the hurricane and flooding there. 

August In Review: In some ways, August was less crazy than July, and I fit in more reading. I finally got through A Brave New World, a book I had attempted to read numerous times before. I am so glad I am finally done with it. Overall though, I think it was a good reading month. There was a nice balance of serious and not so serious reads.

Here is what I read last month:

Solely For Me:
  • The Ice-Cream Makers by Ernest van der Kwast
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • The Girl With the Clock For a Heart by Peter Swanson
  • Going Dark by Monica McCarty
  • Sadie's Highlander by Maeve Greysen
  • A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Some of the Books I Read With My Daughter in August: 
  • Wonder Woman Classic: Maze of Magic by Liz Marsham, illustrated by Lee Ferguson
  • Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance by Ian Wallace
  • The Berenstain Bears: The Bear Detectives by Stan Berenstain & Jan Berenstain
  • I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words by Michael Frith, illustrated by P.D. Eastman
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  • The Queen of France by Tim Wadham, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
  • Home for the Holidays by Sonia W Black, illustrated by Joy Allen
  • Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed, illustrated by Doug Chayka
  • A Smelly Story by Erica Farber & Huck Scarry
  • Young Cam Jansen and the Ice Skate Mystery by David A. Adler & Susanna Natti
  • Toy Story 2 (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading) by Walt Disney Company
  • Sophie's Fish by Ann Edwards Cannon & Lee White
  • Every-Day Dress-Up by Selina Alko
  • Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson #1) by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall
  • Mini Mia and Her Darling Uncle by Pija Lindenbaum
  • The Music in Derrick's Heart by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert, illustrated by Colin Bootman
  • The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Remy Charlip
  • The Moon Lady by Amy Tan, illustrated by Gretchen Schields
  • This School Year Will Be the BEST! by Kay Winters, illustrated by Renee Andriani
  • The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Deborah Zemke

Non-Book Review Posts in July:

How did your August shape up reading wise? What was your favorite book you read in August?

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New To My Shelves:





Gifts for Mouse from Grandma
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Deborah Zemke
What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom
This School Year Will Be THE BEST! by Kay Winters, illustrated by Renee Andriani



Book Fair Purchases
Fairy Hill: Ruby and the Magic Garden by Cari Meister, illustrated by Erika Meza
The Water Princess by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
The Too-Scary Story by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
and a journal my daughter couldn't resist



Miss Jane by Brad Watson (Going Postal Book Club)


Have you read any of these? What new books did you add to your shelves recently?


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What I Am Reading/Listening to Now: I currently am  reading Gin and Panic by Maia Chance, a cozy mystery set in 1923 New York City, featuring a former socialite turn private detective and her friend. I haven't yet made a lot of progress in it, but it's definitely got a bit of humor in it from what I can tell so far.

I am in between audiobooks at the moment, but I am considering listening to J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander and narrated by Eddie Redmayne next. I need something quick and fun to make up for my last audiobook.


What I Am Watching: I am on season ten of Supernatural, into episodes I have never seen before. They did a musical episode! Not nearly as good as Buffy the Vampire Slayer's musical episode, but it was done in a way that fit Supernatural.

I have also been watching Beats Bugs and Glitter Force, two shows my daughter has taken to.


Off the Blog:

In August my husband, daughter and I decided to end the summer with some good ol' rest and relaxation. We spent a week in the mountains: swimming, hiking, playing cards, reading, drawing (my daughter, anyway), and lazing about. It was a really nice way to end the summer break.

School started earlier this week. Mouse was a bundle of nerves but excited too (okay, so maybe I was the one who was the bundle of nerves and her only a little). She was practically glowing when I picked her up that first day. Back to School Night was also this week, and Mouse and I joined the crowds at the school book fair. I heard a couple of parents telling their children they could choose "just one book". And here I was asking Mouse if she wanted this or that book after she'd already made her selection . . . Because, you know, books!

Soccer kicked off to a good start mid-August, and Mouse started her new dance class this week. Girl Scouts won't start until later this month, although I was busy this summer coordinating, organizing and collecting the school supplies which our troop donated to local foster children.

I can already tell it will be a busy year, but I think we're ready! Hopefully, anyway.

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Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 




Which of these three books should I read this month? I can't decide . . . They all sound good!


Veiled Magic (Veiled Magic #1) by Deborah Blake 
Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world… 
Police officer and Witch Donata Santori spends her days interrogating dead witnesses by summoning their spectral forms. Normally the job is little more than taking statements and filing reports. But when she’s called in on the case of a murdered art restorer, she finds herself suddenly in possession of a mystical portrait that both the human and paranormal communities would kill to get their hands on. 
Unable to take on the forces hunting her alone, Donata seeks help from two unlikely and attractive allies: a reluctant shape-changer and a half-dragon art forger. But as the three of them hurry to uncover the truth about the powerful painting, Donata realizes that she’s caught in the middle of not one but two wars—one for possession of the painting’s secrets and one for possession of her heart… [Goodreads Summary]


Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1) by Kristi Charish
Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.

Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides. [Goodreads Summary]


The Veil (Devil's Isle #1) by Chloe Neill
Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…[Goodreads Summary]




Thank you for voting!

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Idyllwild campgrounds

Idyllwild Public Library

Idyllwild Public Library

Mouse & the Horses at Idyllwild campgrounds

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San Jacinto Mountains

Idyllwild campgrounds

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Back to School


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66 comments:

  1. So many things starting for Mouse! We are just coming to that with school, soccer and gymnastics. It is about to get busy! Great pictures :) I voted for The Veil. Hope you enjoy the winner!

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    1. Grace - There's nothing like jumping into everything all at once, or just about. :-) I hope you and your family have a wonderful school year.

      Thank you for voting! I think I will enjoy whichever wins. Or at least I hope so. :-)

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  2. Mouse looks like she's having fun in those pics and then of course, school! You have been busy this month! I've been lagging behind in August, but plan to get back to normal as much as I can.

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    1. Verushka - She had a blast on our stay in the mountains. And so far she's enjoying school. Of course, the homework hasn't started yet so we'll see . . . Thanks for visiting!

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  3. 112? Holy cats- too hot for me! Your new books remind me I need to get to the Lady Trent series one of these days...

    Glad you guys had a nice vacation, and that school got off to a good start. That's always nice. :)

    I voted for Owl and the Japanese Circus as that's the only one I've read. Have a great week!

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    1. Greg - It was only 108 today, but there doesn't feel like much of a difference. I am looking forward to giving the Lady Trent series a try. It sounds like it will be good.

      We probably won't get into our back to school rhythm for another week or so, but so far so good.

      Thank you for voting. I've had that one on my shelf for quite a while and am looking forward to reading it. I hope you have a great week too!

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  4. Sounds like you've been busy! I'd have a hard time limiting myself to just one purchase at the school book fair too. I think Owl and the Japanese Circus sounds really interesting.

    Have a great weekend. - Katie

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    1. Katie - It was a busy summer all around. I almost hate to see it go. Although, it'll be a fairly busy school year too, I imagine.

      I went crazy last year every time my daughter brought home one of those Scholastic catalogs. I'm going to try to do better this year and not spend so much. It's really hard though . . .

      Thank you for voting! I hope you have a great week!

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  5. Haven't read any of these, but they all look interesting for Pre-Halloween reading! I love a little spooky for Fall. :)

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    1. Jenclair - Originally I had planned to go a historical fiction route, but I am more in the mood for a little magic and supernatural right now. It probably is because of the time of year. :-)

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  6. It's typical that the weather gets too hot when everyone has to be inside stuffy classrooms again *sighs* I hope it will cool down for you!
    Your new books look great, and August was a very productive month for you.
    Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading, Wendy.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Lexxie - I felt bad for the teachers and kids having to be inside the entire day, but better that than in the heat. I hope things will cool down for us soon too! I hope you have a wonderful week too, Lexxie! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Oooh, Miss Jane looks so pretty! I hope you'll enjoy it! Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Lynn - I think so too! I have heard good things about Miss Jane and am looking forward to reading it. I hope you have a great week too!

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  8. Such lovely campgrounds, reminding me of years ago when our family always went to Yosemite at some point.

    Enjoy your reading...and I keep meaning to read In the Time of Butterflies. The title alone captivates me. Plus, there are so many great recommendations for the book.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Laurel-Rain - It was our first time there, but won't be our last. It's beautiful up there. I have never been to Yosemite, which is crazy considering how close my in-laws live to that area. One of these days.

      I hope you do get a chance to read In the Time of Butterflies. It's an emotional read, but a good one. I hope you enjoy your week too!

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  9. August looks like it was a great month for you! I hope September is just as good! I voted for Owl and The Japanese Circus it sounds really interesting.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Tina - It was a good month. And I'm hopeful September will be too. :-) Thank you for voting! I think that one sounds really interesting as well.

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  10. Great stack of new reads! I love a good book haul. (And I remember that episode of Supernatural; you're right, it wasn't as good as the Buffy musical, which I love, but it was still a lot of fun. Gotta love the Winchesters!)

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    1. Lark - Thank you! I'm going to miss the boys when I'm all caught up with the show.

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  11. Glad you had a nice vacation. The Flash tv show did a musical this year and it was really good.

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    1. Ellen - Thank you! It was our first visit to that particular campground and it was very well kept. I haven't seen the Flash TV show. I'll have to watch it so I can see the musical episode. :-) Thank you for letting me know!

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  12. You had a great August. Those pictures are wonderful. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yvonne - It was a good summer all around I think. :-) Thank you! I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  13. Your end of the summer trip sounds amazing! I'm so glad to hear the school year is off to a good start for Mouse.

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    1. Kathy - It was a great way to send the summer off, I think. :-) I think it's going to be a good school year. At least that's my hope. Have a great week!

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  14. Glad you had a nice time at Idyllwild! Nice pictures!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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    1. Ronyell - It was beautiful there. So many stars at night!

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  15. Sounds like you had a great reading month! I love that you read so much with your daughter. ;)
    Looks like you've got some great new books!
    Back to school week.. Wow! I remember those being scary but exciting too!
    Love your photos!!
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Maureen - I think it turned out well reading wise last month. I was hoping to finish The Sworn Virgin before the calendar turned to September (I was so close!), but that's okay. Now I can say I have one book read for September already. :-)

      Thank you for all your kind words! I hope you have a great week too!

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  16. Wow, that is a crazily busy month! My fav book from August was either Ride the Storm (Karen Chance) or Magic Breaks (Ilona Andrews).

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    1. Nicola - It was busy, but fun. :-) You can't go wrong with Ilona Andrews! I haven't tried Karen Chance yet, but I'm sure I'll enjoy her books when I get to them. Sounds like you had a good reading month too!

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  17. Can't believe it's September already! And our weather here is hot, hot, hot too! We went to the swimming pool yesterday and though it was cooling and fun in the water, it's never fun having those sunburn (sunblock often works but the sun could be scorching depending on what time it is.)

    Hope you've a great week ahead and happy reading!

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    1. Melody - I can hardly believe it either. The month snuck up on us. I'm sorry you are having to deal with hot weather too! I got a really bad sunburn on our trip to the mountains, so I know what you mean. :-( It sure was fun while we were in the water though.

      I hope you have a great week too, Melody!

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  18. I love how much you were able to read with your daughter this summer. That's wonderful!

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    1. Suzanne - We didn't read every day like we had planned, unfortunately. She had a lot of fun reading for the library's summer program--although I think she was more interested in the prize at the end. LOL

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  19. Hottest week huh! We had only rain D: how did you like A Brave New World? I remember I blasted through that one in like a few days. It simply hooked me.

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    1. Evelina - I wish I could say I liked A Brave New World, but I really didn't care for it. It took me two months or so to get through the audio version. Although that isn't saying much because it always takes me awhile to get through an audiobook . . .

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  20. Temps at 112 is crazy hot! You had a great reading month, I've heard good things about Julia Alvarez.
    I just finished up The Silver Linings Playbook and it became a favorite.
    Your week in the woods sounds wonderful! Those mountains and the sky are gorgeous! Good luck to Mouse with school. I can't believe summer flew by so fast.

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    1. Naida - I hope to read more of Alvarez in the future.

      I haven't read The Silver Linings Playbook (or seen the movie), but I have heard good things about it. I am glad you liked it so much!

      The sky was so blue up in the mountains--and the stars at night! Not something I see much of in the city.

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  21. The start of school is always such a busy time! Wow-112 is HOT! Its been pretty mild here (mid 80's) so we have been lucky (our school does't have AC because its almost 100 years old!).
    Have a wonderful September!

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    1. Samantha - It really is! I'd give us another week or so to settle into our new normal routine. Right now it feels like we're running around like chickens with our head's cut off. LOL

      I can't imagine a school without AC, but then, I live in a desert like climate, so it's kind of a necessity.

      I hope you have a great month as well!

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  22. Your temps are way too hot for me. Yah for the mountain getaway though, the pics are beautiful. Mouse look she had so much fun. Hope she has fun at school too. Enjoy the new books. :)

    Jenea's Book Obsession's Sunday Post

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    1. Jeanea - Summers do tend to get hot here, living in a more desert like climate. At least the winters aren't too cold on the other hand. We loved our time in the mountains. Hopefully we can go again next summer. Maybe for a weekend getaway. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  23. Tough to be read choice! I really like Chloe Neill, but I went with Owl and the Japanese Circus because I'm interested in that one too!

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    1. Shaunesay - I'm excited about all of them. I've had Owl and the Japanese Circus on my to read shelf the longest, which is a shame since it sounds really good. Thank you for voting!

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  24. Those temperatures sound beastly, more like Phoenix than California. At least you got a wonderful mountain vacation beforehand. Congratulations to Mouse on starting school, and to you for encouraging her love of books and learning.

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    1. Lark - It's not too uncommon in the part of California where I live, unfortunately. A coworker who lives about 30 minutes from me has been having to deal with even hotter temperatures. I think it was 122 one day. Now that, I couldn't stand, I don't think!

      I hope you have a great week!

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  25. Oh my gosh, I LOVE Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman!!

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    1. Erica - It's one of my daughter's favorites. :-)

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  26. I love the mountains - my favorite place to run off too! :) I love the look of your new books! So many are on my list as well. :) Have a great week!

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    1. Erin - I love the mountains too. I do wish we'd been closer to a lake, but still. So peaceful and beautiful. I hope you have a great week too!

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  27. Such pretty pictures. I just grabbed Deja Vu from my library a week or so ago and I need to catch up and read the latest two Chloe Neill books in that series. I feel so behind. I love some of the books in your haul and have several there I want to check out as well. Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by The Farm earlier.

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    1. Barb - Thank you! I am looking forward to starting the Chloe Neill series. I've heard great things about her books. I hope you have a great week too!

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  28. I'm so glad Mouse is having a great start this year, even though her friends are in another class. My kids this year have been happy and pleasant about schools starting back. It makes things easier. I hate when parents say they can have "just one" thing at the book fair, and usually it's the junk and not an actual book they are drawn to. If more kids had books as options at home, I don't think some would have so many problems.

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    1. Charlie - I am glad her year has gotten off to a good start. We'll see how things go once the homework starts. ;-) I probably spoil her by letting her get more than two or three books at a time, but I tell myself they are books . . .

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  29. So many great books! I voted in your poll. What a great idea!
    Have a great week of reading and blogging :)
    My Sunday Post

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    1. Jen - Thank you so much for voting! I can't wait to see which book comes out on top.

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  30. My daughter use to enjoy The Berenstain Bears when she was young, I miss those day's reading to her (she's 21 now). Sounds like you had a enjoyable time just relaxing with your family.

    Great selection you added this week and what a wonderfully fun TBR poll. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Jovita - My daughter really likes the Berenstain Bears. :-) I am enjoying reading with me daughter now as I know she won't always want me. I try not to think that far ahead just yet.

      Thank you so much for voting! I hope you have a wonderful day too.

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  31. As usual, I will definitely leave more than one comment! Lol. And this time around, I won't go in order, because I want to say that your TBR choices this time ALL look AWESOME, and I don't know which one to vote for! Therefore, I won't vote. Whichever one you pick, I'm SURE you'll enjoy it!!

    I LOVE the pics of Mouse on the rock, with her cute pink knitted hat, and then with the horse! I also LOVE the campground pics! Oh, to see mountains....sigh.... There are none here in Florida, you know.

    Well, I'll be back! (said in my best "Arnold imitation voice") <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. Maria - I can't decide between my own TBR choices. I don't even have a favorite this week. They all sound good.

      Mouse loves that pink hat. It wasn't cold enough for it, but she didn't care. My friend who made it for her got a kick out of her wearing it since she made it for her for the Women's March last winter.

      I love the mountains. I am more a mountain person than I am a beach person. I grew up camping in the mountains (the Sierra Nevada Mountains) every summer. To be surrounded by all those trees . . . I love it.

      I hope you have a good evening! I'm off to bed now, although I may try to sneak in a little reading before I officially call it a night. :-)

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  32. It looks like you picked a great place to relax a bit. The photos are gorgeous. I hope Mouse has a good school year. I was probably one of the moms limiting how many books my kids could buy...but that was because we had so many at home and went to the library every week. I voted for Owl and the Japanese Circus because that book is still on my tbr list. I did read and enjoy The Veil. Have a great week!

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    1. Carole - Thank you! It's beautiful up there. So far the school year has gotten off to a good start, but we are still only a week in, so we'll see. :-)

      Thank you for voting, Carole! I hope you have a great week too!

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  33. Rest and relaxation sounds like the perfect way to end the summer. I'm glad Mouse enjoyed her first day of school! It's typically us that have all the nerves - at least for now! You've got some of my very favorite books on your lists this month. I loved Cam Jansen! She was my absolute favorite and Miss Nelson is Missing is wonderful. We saw it in play form not to long ago and everyone loved it. I loved The Cottingley Secret too. I had never heard of the fairy photo until I read the book so now I want to read more about that.

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    1. Katherine - It made for a refreshing start to the new school year. :-) I had never read a Cam Jansen book before. Mouse and I both really liked it. I love the Miss Nelson is Missing book. I remember reading that as a child myself.

      I'm really excited about reading The Cottingley Secret. I remember your review of it and that you really liked it. I vaguely remember hearing about the fairy photo before--maybe seeing a movie about it? I'm not sure. It's a fuzzy memory.

      Thanks for stopping by, Katherine!

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