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It's Monday (5)

What up, everyone! It's Monday! What are you  reading?
I think that is one of my favorite questions in the world. I love knowing what everyone is reading.....

Last week I challenged myself to read:
The Iron Witch
one ebook
one library book

I did pretty good!

Finished: The Iron Witch, see review
Finished: Bigger Than a Breadbox
Read a huge chunk of Fateful
Put a large dent in Anna Dressed In Blood (ebook)

So this week is clean up week: finish these two and maybe start Ashes.

Now for a recap of some cool things that are happening: there are several blogger holiday swaps! They are so much fun. I have buttons on my sidebar for anyone who is interested. Warning: these sign ups are only for a really short time.

The Story Siren has opened up sign ups to the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. I really organize my year's reading with this list. I print out the spreadsheet, yes I am THAT kind of a dork. But, if I could express how many wonderful authors I have discovered this's good stuff.
The only thing I don't like about the Story Siren anything is that it is SO huge. The odds of winning anything or even getting a conversation going in the 100+ comments is pretty nill.
Cue music: I like small blogs and I cannot lie....

I will probably be taking on double the amount of challenges next year, as I will finally be done school.
What challenges are you thinking of participating in?


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I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

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Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

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