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.
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.)