The good news? Books, books, books! When I'm this bad, there's nothing I can do but sleep and read, and I was grateful this weekend for so many wonderful books to help me forget about my own difficult circumstances for a while. I can't imagine getting through a rough period like this without books.
- I finished The 19th Wife in time for my book group's 100th book celebration on Wednesday! We celebrated with dinner at a nice restaurant, and the book generated a lot of great discussion. It's an interesting combination of modern murder mystery and fascinating historical fiction.
- I read the first middle-grade novel in a re-released series, George Washington's Socks: A Time Travel Adventure by Elvira Woodruff. It's about a group of 10-year old kids who get transported back in time to the Revolutionary War. I really enjoyed the novel and look forward to the rest of the series!
- I finally had a chance to read The Graveyard Book, a Newberry Honor winner by Neil Gaiman. It turns out that everyone was right - it's a delightful, clever novel about a boy who is brought up by ghosts in a graveyard. A wonderfully enjoyable escape!
- I also read a new teen mystery novel, Suspect by Kristin Wolden Nitz. It's a unique story-within-a-story about a teen girl and her grandmother trying to solve the mystery of the girl's mother's disappearance during a Mystery Weekend with a pretend murder at her grandma's bed and breakfast. This fast-paced suspense novel provided much-needed distraction this weekend.
- Finally, I started The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx, a novel that won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, for my other book group. I've wanted to read this book for ages and am enjoying it so far.
- My 16-year old son, Jamie, is still reading The Stand by Stephen King, and loving it!
- Craig, my 12-year old son, has started reading Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi for his English class at school. This is a favorite of both Jamie and my husband, and Craig is loving it so far (I still need to read it!).
- My husband was so interested in my description of The 19th Wife that he decided to read it next, so he started it this weekend.
- And, with the kids back in school, I was able to start a new audio book during my lunch times. I started the teen/YA novel She's So Dead To Us by Kieran Scott and am enjoying it so far.
What are you and your family reading this week?
(What are you reading Mondays is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey).