OK, I'm back. Anyway, here's what we read last week:
- I finished The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's like Nancy Drew for grown-ups. I want to be Flavia when I grow up.
- I am now reading The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, a newly released teen/YA post-apocalyptic novel that my husband recently read. I really like it so far. It's a bit like The Road, only not nearly as dismal and hopeless.
- My husband, Ken, is reading a thriller I gave him for his birthday, The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian author who has been compared to Stieg Larsson. He likes it so far, though he says the translation is sometimes a bit rough.
- Jamie, 17, finished his Dad's old favorite fantasy series, The Belgariad by David Eddings with Book Five: Enchanter's End Game, the last book in the series.
- Jamie was home sick all last week, so he treated himself to a book he's really wanted to read, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. He loved the Mortal Instruments series and has been looking forward to this prequel series. He and I listened to the beginning of this book on audio, but he said he preferred to read it.
- Now, Jamie is reading Blood Red Road by Moira Young, a much-anticipated new post-apocalyptic novel. He says it's good so far, though he doesn't like the author's convention of not using quotation marks for dialogue. This one is on my TBR list, too.
- Craig, 13, is reading Woodsong, a memoir by Gary Paulsen, author of one of our favorite novels, Hatchet and its sequels. He's enjoying it, though he says it's not as good as Paulsen's fiction.
I also posted a recap and photo from my book group's meeting with author Rachel Simon, which we all thoroughly enjoyed, and a discussion of how many books we have in our house, with pictures of our overflowing bookcases!
What are you and your family reading this week?
Ooh...now I have a bit of a sugar-rush headache from that donut, but it was so worth it!
(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.)