Monday, May 31, 2010

It's Monday 5/31! What Are You Reading?

Happy Memorial Day!!

It doesn't feel like a Monday, with the whole family here with me.  It feels more like a second Sunday.  I wasn't sure everyone would be posting their usual Monday stuff, but I checked this morning and my blog reader was full of it, so I decided to take a few minutes out of our family stuff today to post our reading update, too.

Thanks to everyone who posted updates from BEA - I really enjoyed living vicariously through you!  I love NYC and would love to go to BEA.  And meeting up with fellow book bloggers sounds like a lot of fun!

We've read some good books this week:
  • Jamie, 15, is reading a new middle-grade book this week, The Game of Sunken Places by M.T. Anderson.  He says it's interesting and very unique, a story about two boys who play a weird board game that launches them into all sort of real life adventures (but Jamie says it's nothing like Jumanji).
  • Craig is finishing The Wind in the Door today, Madeleine L'Engle's sequel to A Wrinkle in Time.  He's trying to choose his next book, but he's only got two weeks left of school and still needs 11 points for the Accelerated Reader program.  He really wants to read Charlie Bone and the Red Knight by Jenny Nimmo, but it's too new to be on his school's AR list, so he'll have to write a summary of it instead.  He and I will both be glad when summer vacation starts, and he can read whatever he wants (though then I'll have trouble getting him to read at all!).
  • I managed to squeeze in Tinkers by Paul Harding with only a 2-day fine at the library!  This short novel just won the Pultizer, and I was hoping it would be a quick read, but it was a very dense book with lots of description and long, twisty sentences where I'd forget how the sentence had started by the time I got to the end.  I'm glad I stuck with it, though.
  • This weekend, I've been reading Morpheus Road: The Light, the first novel in DJ MacHale's new trilogy.  That's been just the opposite of Tinkers - I've been blowing through the chapters like it's popcorn - stuffing big handfuls in!  Wow, it's an amazing book, with incredible suspense.  I've stayed up way too late every night reading it and hope to finish it today.  We're all huge fans of MacHale's Pendragon series, and this new one is just as good (though scarier!).
  • My husband, Ken, has been reading grown-up books lately, rather than teen novels.  His favorite genre is suspense/thrillers, but last night I talked him into reading This Is Where I Leave You, a hilarious drama by Jonathan Tropper that I reviewed in January.
Last week was so hectic I didn't even fit in a review, but I plan to write one of Morpheus Road this week.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!

What are you and your family reading this week?

(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey).

P.S. Trying to write a blog post with the whole family home, demanding my attention, was beyond challenging!!


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I had a pretty good reading week! My post is up in Inklings

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Hi Sue! I really enjoyed doing the posts from BEA - wish I would have had time to do more but did not anticipate the business of every night! :)

It doesn't feel like Memorial Day to me at all - having been gone during this time I am behind on everything and haven't even taken flowers to the cemetery yet. I am going to do that tomorrow. My releatives are going to wonder what happened to me - I am usually the first one out there.

Looks like good books all around as usual Sue! Have a super week!

Jan von Harz said...

I look forward to your review of Morpheus Road. It was my May book pick of the month. Now I am anxious for MacHale to write the next one.

Laura @ I'm Booking It said...

I hope you're having a great reading week :-).

I'm looking forward to doing some shared reading with my daughter. Right now, I couldn't really tell you what she's looking at most of the time (I do know it is Goose Girl by Shannon Hale today).