Happy Monday! We had a more relaxing weekend than usual, with some of the deadlines (and pressure) for financial aid for college behind us. Not that there isn't more we have to do, but the big-pressure items are taken care of. And this weather is fabulous!! Supposed to be in the mid-70's most of the week here. It's very early for such warm temperatures, but I'm not complaining!
We all enjoyed lots of good reading this week:
- I finished a teen/YA novel, Irises by Francisco X. Stork (author of Marcelo in the Real World) last week - it was very good, though not quite as exemplary as Marcelo.
- I am now reading a novel that's been on my TBR list for a while, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. Our local library's lunchtime book group is discussing it this week - a perfect excuse for me to read a book I've heard so many good things about. I'm enjoying it very much (might finish it today), though it is a bit different than I expected. I'm very interested to see how it ends.
- My husband, Ken, finished Divergent by Veronica Roth, a teen dystopian novel that my son and I both enjoyed. He enjoyed the story but thought that aspects of the society described were unrealistic (I agree).
- Next, Ken decided to read the book I just finished, Skeletons at the Feast
by Chris Bohjalian, before we have to return it to the library. I
loved the novel set at the end of World War II. This is Ken's first
- Thankfully, Jamie, 17, got his requested book from the library very quickly last week! Within a couple of days, he had finished the 517-page The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima (A Seven Realms novel). He says this is a great series. He is tortured by the fact that the next book is not due out until October!
- Next, Jamie decided to reread a favorite of mine and his, Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. As with the first reading, he says it is extremely thought-provoking and wonderfully complex. We are both anxiously awaiting book two (another one not due to be released until October!).
- Craig, 14, was having trouble getting into the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan, so he switched books and is now reading Book 3 in The Last Apprentice series, Night of the Soul Stealer, by Joseph Delaney. He enjoyed Books One and Two recently.
What are you and your family reading this week?
(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. A kids/teen version is hosted by Teach Mentor Text.)