Weekly Review: Sunday, April 13, 2014


Oh, Lord, y’all, the Pathologically Literate home has been overrun with tween boys all weekend long. I cannot wait for Monday to get here so I can have some peace and quiet! Don’t get me wrong – I adore these little guys, these little almost-teenagers trying to act so grown and tough but who still let their little boy sides shine through much of the time. All my life I thought I wanted a daughter some day, when all along it turned out I was best suited for a son. I don’t know what I’d do without The Boy – or his sweet little friends, who have become like family to us. I’ve even managed to get a few of them onto the reading track – ha! My ulterior motives are coming to fruition. Love it! Let’s take a look at what I read this week:

Books I read this week:

Book I’m currently reading:

Posts from the week of April 6th:

Upcoming posts for the week of April 14th:

  • Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • Library Love, Family Edition
  • …and more!

What a week of great reads! Where do I begin? Loteria was so, so powerful and I won’t soon forget it. Truly a must read, folks. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry was an sweet and enchanting tale that stole my heart. Little Bee… Oh, Little Bee. You know those books that you run across now and then that change you just a little bit at the core of your being? That’s what Little Bee did to me. If you read any book out of the books I’ve brought to you here, make it this one. Alias Grace was an epic tale of a (wrongly?) accused young woman in 1800’s Canada and her trip through the justice system and beyond. Epic as in looong, y’all – but still a good read. Accused was one of my “guilty pleasure” reads, kind of one of those mystery novels that drive themselves along without you having to think too much on your own. I do still like to enjoy one of those from time to time. I just earned some Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks so I’ll be making some purchases soon – can’t wait to start the book shopping later this week!

What did you read this week?



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Book Binge – April, 2013

Yes, people, I realize it’s May. So I’m a little late to the game. But I had to tell you about all of the free books I got for my Kindle during the month of April. Amazon often has great deals on Kindle books and if you keep your eyes open you can score some great content. Now, there are several sites and newsletters that showcase these deals, and I will highlight several of them for you in a future post. The books I share with you today were all purchased via BookGorilla, an e-newsletter for free/cheap Kindle books, or with free Amazon gift cards that I earned through Swagbucks. Swagbucks is an online rewards program that allows users to earn digital dollars which are then redeemed for real-life select merchandise or gift cards – again, future post (aren’t you sick of hearing that?). I tend to use the SwagBucks that I personally earn exclusively for Amazon gift cards, which I in turn use exclusively for Kindle content – it’s the only way I can afford to buy books these days…

Oh, I’m so excited about some of these books! I’ve been wanting to read some of them so badly, and they haven’t been available through the library. Squeee! A few of them are books I’ve read previously, but at a price of free or nearly so, decided to add to my Kindle library. Check out these great titles:

*Indicates books that have been previously read

Ninety-nine cents, people. $0.99! That is how much I paid out-of-pocket for all of these books. With a combination of great deals found via Book Gorilla (as well as my own savvy shopping skills, I might add) and many free Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks, I paid absolutely no cash for the remainder of these great reads. How can you pass that up? Check out BookGorilla.com and Swagbucks.com today!