Monday, March 22, 2010

It's Monday 3/22! What Are You Reading?

Very busy week here but beautiful weather! It's finally officially spring - hurray!

None of us had a lot of reading time, but we're all reading some good books:
  • Jamie, 15, is reading Sharp North by Patrick Cave, a new teen thriller set in a future Great Britain where mysterious murders occur and the wealthy keep illegal clones of themselves, just in case. He says it's an awesome book!
  • Jamie finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows for his British Literature class at school and enjoyed it very much. I'm next!
  • Craig, 12, finished Hunting for Hidden Gold by Franklin W. Dixon, a Hardy Boys book and moved onto another one, The Bombay Boomerang. He also loves to watch our DVDs of the old Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew TV show from the 70's, especially on sick days. I enjoy them, too - I used to have a picture of Parker Stevenson hanging in my locker!
  • My husband, Ken, finished Icecore, a new teen thriller by Matt Whyman that both Jamie and I loved. You can read my review here.
  • I'm reading Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten, an excellent teen book that combines mystery, suspense, and romance. I'm about half done and loving it so far!
  • I finished My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath on audio and am now listening to its sequel, Northward to the Moon. They're both excellent.
I posted a review of Murder at Midnight by Avi last week.

Now, for an embarrassing admission. I've been wondering why I never get any comments on this blog...and just now discovered I get lots of them but wasn't being notified! Seriously, I had no idea anyone was leaving comments which is why I never reply to any or visit your blogs. My other blogs are set up with e-mail notification and comment approval. As soon as I post this, I'm going to change my settings so that I'll actually see your comments from now on - sorry! Boy, do I feel stupid...

Anyway, what is your family reading this week? I really do want to know and will even read your comments this time!

(What are you reading Mondays is hosted by One Person's Journey Through a World of Books).


susan said...

Hi Sue,

There is also a widget you can add to your blog that shows you recent comments. My email overflows with notifications. I like my comment widget.

It's a habit for me to visit commenters' blogs. I visit those who take time to comment to me and I try to comment to blogs I regularly read.

Sometimes, it's simply a one-liner, but I appreciate knowing someone read my blog so I do what I can to say, "I'm reading you."

Sue Jackson said...

Yes, Susan, that's what I usually do, too! I rely on the e-mail notifications and used to get them for this blog, too - no idea how that got turned off...but it's fixed now!

Thanks for visiting!


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Jamie accomplished what I have not - the Potato Peel Pie book still within my fingertips and I have not read it.

Wherever Nina Lies is one I would love to read as well.

Have a great week Sue!

Sue Jackson said...

Sheila -

I've heard great things about that book from so many people! My book groups considered it, but too many people had already read it. I hope to get to it soon - I'll let you know what I think!


parenting ad absurdum said...

Oh, Nancy Drew - I ADORED her.

I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, and am moving on to The Girl who Played with Fire. Stieg Larsson's are the most addictive books I've come across in a long time - those Swedes sure do know how to write :).



Sue Jackson said...

Peryl -

I really enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, also. My Mom and two women in my bookgroup all said The Girl Who Played with Fire is even better!

Enjoy -


Julie said...

I agree that The Girl Who Played with Fire is better. And definitely get your hands on the Guernsey book. It's good. I'm impressed Jamie read it and enjoyed it! Sorry to hear about the issues with your comments, but I'm glad you figured it out!!

Nise' said...

Glad you figured out the comment thingy! Great reading week. I am going to have to dig out Wherever Nina Lies. I started it, but got distracted with other books.

Sue Jackson said...

Julie -

Yes, Jamie's got a great teacher for British Lierature. They're reading the classics - Beowulf, Shakespeare, Paradise Lost - but also contemporary Brit Lit. Besides the Guernsey book, they've also read The Mysterious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - another excellent, recent novel. I wish we had read stuff like that in high school!