Life is still insanely busy and rushing past at breakneck speed, but I did manage to do some catching up on my book blogs last week!
Despite the busy week, we all enjoyed some good books:
- I finished Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson, a unique thriller about a woman with amnesia that kept me captivated until the very last page. Everyone in my book group enjoyed it, too.
- I am now reading Dicey's Song, a middle-grade/teen novel by Cynthia Voight, part of her award-winning series about the Tillerman family. The books have recently been re-released, and this is my first time reading any of them. It is excellent - warm and real, about four siblings who have lost their mother and gone to live with their previously unknown grandmother in another state.
- I am also still listening to Leisl and Po by Lauren Oliver on audio. I am almost done (finally) with this excellent middle-grade novel about a girl and a ghost.
- My husband, Ken, temporarily set aside The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman, a nonfiction book about World War II, so that he could read Before I Go To Sleep before it is due back to the library! I think he is enjoying the unique suspense novel so far.
- Jamie, 17, finished re-reading Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy, one of his all-time favorite novels. He and I are still reading lots of ancient Persian poetry and prose, trying to get him caught up in his World Lit class. Not the most exciting stuff I've ever read.
- When he needs a break from all his make-up schoolwork, Jamie is re-reading The Exiled Queen, Book 2 of The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima.
- Craig, 14, is reading Book 4 of The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, Attack of the Fiend.
- Review of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, a British novel that won the Man Booker Prize for best novel last year and kept me engaged with its thoughtful story of a man looking back at his life;
- Review of another British novel (I've been on a British streak lately), The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart, which was entirely different, with its funny, warm look at love and marriage;
- A summary of the books I read in April;
- Review of Ship Breaker, a teen/YA dystopian audio that my family enjoyed on a recent road trip;
- And a review of the middle-grade novel Night of the Spadefoot Toads by Bill Harley.
(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, with a middle-grade/teen version hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.)