Monday, February 13, 2012

It's Monday 2/13! What Are You Reading?

Oh, shoot....is it Monday?  I completely forgot about What Are You Reading Monday this morning!  I jumped right into working on all the stuff I meant to do last week.  My oldest son and I were both in bad shape all week (again) due to a continued flare-up of our chronic illness.  I am doing a bit better this week, though he is still down and out. This past month has been rough around here.

Books are a welcome respite during these long sick weeks:
  • I finally finished The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel about two Cuban brothers who move to NYC in the early 1950's and start an orchestra. It was good though a bit long, and I am looking forward to discussing it with my book group this week.
  • Next, I read an excellent teen novel, The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin, about an emotionally scarred teen girl's experiences at a wilderness school, interacting with other damaged girls, trying to face their Things.  It was well-written and compelling.
  • Now, I am reading Breathless by Dean Koontz, a supernatural novel my husband has been telling me I would love - so far, so good!
  • While traveling for business last week, my husband, Ken, switched to his Kindle and read an e-book, Big Lake by Nick Russell, a mystery.
  • When he returned, Ken switched back to a hardcover suspense novel he started last week, Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman.
  • Jamie, 17,  finished The Whisper by Emma Clayton, sequel to The Roar which he and I both loved.  I wanted to read it next, but it was in his room while he was sleeping when it was time for me to choose a new book!  Definitely going to read that one next.
  • Jamie also read The Unwanteds, Lisa McMann's new middle-grade novel, and enjoyed it very much - another one in my towering TBR stack!
  • Jamie ran out of teen novels he was interested in (a rare occasion in our house), so last night he started Timeline by Michael Crichton, one of my favorites of Crichton's many exciting novels.
  • Jamie is also reading a new book for his World Lit class, To Live by Yu Hua, a Chinese novel.
  • Craig, 14, finished The Hunger Games and said, "It was SO good!"  This is very high praise from someone who usually prefers active pursuits to reading.
  • Craig had trouble choosing his next book this weekend but finally settled on Found, Book 1 of The Missing by Margaret Haddix Peterson.  Jamie and I both enjoyed this series, so I hope Craig will like it also.
So that's it - lots of reading for all of us this past week.  I wasn't well enough to write any reviews, but I did manage a couple of top ten lists: Top Ten Books for Kids Who Are Reluctant Readers and Top Ten Books for Someone Who Says They Don't Like to Read. I had fun with both of these lists!



What are you and your family reading this week?

(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, and a kidlit version is hosted at Teach Mentor Texts.)

5 comments:

Linda at teacherdance said...

I'll be looking at some of your list, like The Unwanteds, because your son liked it. Thanks for sharing all, as I think I said last week. I really enjoy your posts.

Jen Vincent said...

I really love hearing what your whole family is reading. I think that is soooooooo great. I liked the Unwanteds but just finished Emerald Atlas by John Stephens and I enjoyed it a lot more than the Unwanteds. I woudl definitely recommend it!

Anne Bennett said...

I'm glad that Craig liked Hunger Games. Just in time for the movie.

I'm sorry to hear that you and your son have been down due to illness. Wish I could do something to help.

Sue Jackson said...

Thanks, Anne. You are so sweet! I wish you lived close enough to help, too. Then you and I could meet at a coffee shop and talk about books for hours!! That would definitely help me ;)

Sue

Sue Jackson said...

Jen -
Thanks for the recommendation! i will look for Emerald Atlas at the library for my son.

Sue