Summertime and the reading is easy...and a lot of fun! We're settled back into a routine at home and mostly caught up after our long trip.
What we've been reading this week:
- Jamie, 15, finished his first Stephen King book, Firestarter. He was impressed with King's writing and the intense suspense of the book, though a bit disappointed in the ending (I read it so long ago, I don't remember how it ends!)
- A good friend of ours, a 16-year old girl, has been telling us for years that her favorite series of all time is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, so last week, Jamie picked up a copy of the first book, City of Bones, with a Target gift card. He finished it yesterday and said it was excellent - he's looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
- Craig, 12, finished Sounder by William H. Armstrong last night. He liked it but said the ending was really sad. He has one more book to read for school this summer, one of his choosing from a list of about ten choices.
- I finished The Sunday Philosopher's Club by Alexander McCall Smith but then didn't feel well enough to go to the book discussion at the library on Wednesday!
- As soon as I finished that book, I dove back into The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson. Wow! I finished it yesterday. It was just as good as the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - fast-paced, well-written, and so compelling I could hardly set it down! As a bonus, I also got to see the Swedish movie of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with a friend this weekend. Another wow! The movie was very well-done. I can't wait to borrow the third book from my mom this weekend.
- I just started a middle-grade novel, William S. and the Great Escape by Ziplha Keatley Snyder. Jamie read it on vacation and said it was excellent.
What are you and your family reading this week?
(What are you reading Mondays is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey).