Jamie, my 15-year old son, had a bad flare-up of his chronic illness last week and spent 5 long days on the couch. He watched a lot of movies but also read some good books:
- Jamie finished Sharp North, a chilling novel about a future in which wealthy people keep clones of themselves. He says it was excellent, so I've added it to my own waiting-to-be-read stack (which is overflowing my bookcase!).
- Jamie also read The Seven Rays by Jessica Bendinger, a spooky teen novel about a girl who can suddenly see people's secrets, dreams, and pasts when she looks at them. This one sounds good, too!
- Craig, 12, is reading another Hardy Boys book, The Bombay Boomerang - he loves these fast-paced mysteries, just like I loved Nancy Drew when I was his age!
- I finished Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten. I really liked this suspenseful teen thriller. You can read my full review here.
- I also read an adult novel, I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn, for my library book discussion. It's a fictional story about what might have happened to Amelia Earhart when she disappeared. It's a beautifully written, almost poetic, novel that would also be appropriate for older teens and young adults.
- I just started a middle-grade mystery, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: In Search of Watson by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin. Jamie has read other books in this series and recommended them; they're stories about a group of street urchins who helped Sherlock Holmes solve his mysteries. I'm not sure I've ever read a Sherlock Holmes story myself, but Jamie is a big fan. A couple of years ago, he read our huge Sherlock Holmes anthology (encyclopedia-sized!) from cover to cover.
- Finally, on a trip to visit cousins last week, the boys and I listened to a new audio book by Andrew Clements, Benjamin Pratt & The Keepers of the School: We the Children, a mystery about a couple of kids who want to save their historic school from being torn down to make room for an amusement park. We all really liked it; our only disappointment was that, like so many new series now, it seemed to end right in the middle of the story! I prefer series where each book can stand on its own.
What are you and your family reading?
(What are you reading Mondays are hosted by One Person's Journey Through a World of Books).