Monday, January 17, 2011

It's Monday 1/17! What Are You Reading?

Happy Martin Luther King Day!  The kids are home from school today, recovering from Craig's 13th birthday party this weekend.  My husband took them and five friends snow-tubing, then the boys all slept over.  A wild weekend with a house full of teen boys!

Now that Craig's birthday is past, our extended holiday season is finally over.  Now it feels like the new year can finally begin!  Those January birthdays are tough.

Despite all the activity, we did find some time for reading this week:
  • I quickly finished Gone by Lisa McMann.   I loved the first two books in the somewhat supernatural teen trilogy, Wake and Fade, and enjoyed this final book as well, though it was quite different from the first two.
  • I'm now reading a book for my neighborhood book group next week, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks.  I've always wanted to read something by Oliver Sacks, but this one is kind of dragging for me, probably because I'm not at all musically inclined and know very little about composing or playing music.  It's mildly interesting, but I'm craving a good bit of fiction now.  I'm sticking with it (though skimming a bit) in the interest of the book discussion.
  • I'm still listening to the audio book, The Three Weissmann's of Westport by Cathleen Schine and enjoying it very much.
  • My husband, Ken, is reading Nation by Terry Pratchett, a renowned teen sci-fi novel that our son has been telling both of us to read for a while now.  Ken is traveling this week, so he wanted a light paperback! 
  • Jamie, 16, read The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby this week and loved it.  He finished it last night and said he wishes it were the start of a series but doesn't think it is give the ending (anyone know for sure?).  I asked him what he's going to read next, and he said, "I need more steampunk!"  He's planning to re-read Leviathan so he can read Behemoth next.
  • Craig, 12 (oops - 13 now!), is doing something similar.  He set aside The Time Pirate: A Nick McIver Time Adventure by Ted Bell so that he could first re-read Nick of Time, the first book in the series.
Last week, I posted a review of the middle-grade/teen audio book, A Million Shades of Gray, a unique tale set in the jungles of Vietnam during the war.  I also posted about a reading challenge, Where Are You Reading 2011?

On my grown-up book blog, I posted a review last week of The Lovely Bones.

What are you reading this week?

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


Kristen said...

I loved The Clockwork Three so much that I bought it for my library and my 4th and 5th graders have been digging it so far. :) Enjoy your reading this week!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

That's right - it is a holiday today isn't it! I am hoping to read the McMann series this year. I have one of the books but I don't think it is the first one and that is the hold up for me!

Matthew J. Kirby said...

I'm so glad Jamie enjoyed reading THE CLOCKWORK THREE!

But I can say that it's not the beginning of an ongoing series. There may be a sequel one day, but not for a while. My next book, due out this October, is a viking novel, and I hope Jamie enjoys that one, too.

Best wishes,
Matthew J. Kirby

Sue Jackson said...

Matthew -

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment. My son LOVED your book. Thanks for the inside scoop on what's next - I'll pass that along to him. I'm sure he will love the Viking novel - sounds right up his alley!


Anne Bennett said...

Hi Sue,
Thanks for dropping by my blog and my Top Ten Inspirational Characters. I was looking forward to your list but I don't see it here or over at your "grown-up" book blog. No worries. I always pay attention to the prompt for the upcoming list so that I can work on it during the week first mentally then in the creation of the blog post. Next weeks prompt, if you want to participate since it dovetails nicely with this blog, is:
What are the top ten books you wish you read as a child?

I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with (but no pressure if you don't have time to "play".

I hope your hectic week wasn't related to health issues.

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