I'm so glad to be back to chatting with all of you.  I desperately missed the blog while I was away, and I missed Thursdays the most.

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So, enough with that nonsense.  Let's get down to the chattin'!

Today, because we've been apart for so long now, let's catch up.  Tell me all about your summer of reading.  If you're like me, your reading habits turn to dust during the summertime.  I have my kids to entertain all day long, 24/shoot me/7, so it doesn't leave much time for reading.  If I'm reading on my balcony and Jude catches me, he will crawl on my lap and weave himself between my kindle and my face so that I have to look at him.  Who does this kid think he is?  (but adorable, amiright?)

This summer hasn't been too bad.  I have finished a few great reads.  

I discovered a new favorite author, Jojo Moyes.  You might have seen my review of Me Before You yesterday and next week I'll have a new one by her.  

I finally read all of The Sorcerer's Stone from front to back.  That took far too long, but I'm glad I just did it.  I'm on the second and feeling slightly stuck.  Not because it's not good, but it takes some discipline on my part to power through a story I feel like I already know.  Even the most clever parts of the book aren't a surprise to me anymore, and it mostly just makes me mad at myself for not reading these when they would have been surprising, ie. fifteen years ago.  Oh, who else was shocked that Harry Potter was 33?!  I don't feel so old anymore, so HP for the win. 

I finally read Shadow and Bone and while that was a great YA read, I can't help but feel like YA just isn't blowing me away anymore.  Tisk tisk, YA.  I'm not even feeling inspired enough to review them.  Blah.  Maybe it's me?

Because an old blogger can't learn new tricks...I'm reading another YA right now.  So far...it's pretty decent.  But again...it needs to blow me away.

I'm still powering through for this summer reading challenge.  I'm way behind and have no chance of finishing in time, but I still love to participate.  I mean, it got me to finally read HP, so what's not to love? 

So, there's my reading update for the summer.  What about you?  What have you been reading?  Are you participating in any summer reading challenges?

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