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Back to School Reading Challenge and Wednesday Book Club

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

logo for the Back to School Reading ChallengeWelcome to the Back to School Reading Challenge and Wednesday Book Club! We’re reading books to learn new things.

You’re welcome to join us! The challenge runs until September 30 and I’ll post our final link-up next Wednesday, October 2 — so you have a week to learn something new from a book.


We had three book reviews last week.

cover of On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliott House
Maphead’s Book Blog continued to take us to intriguing times and places in the world with two book reviews.

I finally wrote the review of Julia Child Rules by Karen Karbo, a book I read a month ago, but I was saving the review for closer to the October book release.

I’m really looking forward to the Question and Answer session with Karen Karbo that I’ll post this Friday.


My Update and our Read Along

I finished Clean by David Sheff last week and will get that review up in a day or two. That means I’ve finished five of the eight books I meant to read for this challenge. I have the other three in various stages of completion. I’m not sure I’ll finish them in a week, but we’ll see.

Is any one still working through our Read Along selection: How Children Succeed by Paul Tough? I found fascinating echoes between that book and Clean. There are discussion questions in each of these posts:

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough — A Back to School Read Along

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough — A Back to School Read Along, September 4

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough — A Back to School Read Along, September 11

Discuss How Children Succeed on your blog and link to the post below, or I’d be happy to discuss it in the comments of any of these posts.

Your Update

What are you reading and learning right now? Link up reviews and update posts below so we can all visit. Or, discuss in the comments.

Chat Tonight!

We can also chat about How Children Succeed and other things we’re learning from books on Twitter tonight for our final chat of the Back to School Reading Challenge. We’re meeting at 9 Eastern Time (8 Central, 7 Mountain, 6 Pacific). We’ll be using the hashtag #WSChat. WS stands for Wordsmith Studio, a group of writers learning together on the internet. They have graciously allowed us to take over a normal time slot that they use for book discussions to talk about what we’re reading for the Back to School Reading Challenge. Writing books may make an appearance in the discussion. Join us!


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