Wow, it just occurred to me that it is now August, and we left July behind last week. That should give you a hint as to what my week was like! Lots of stress, emotion, and a flurry of activity after our first meeting with the Office of Disability at my son's college. We have a very big decision to help him make this week regarding whether he is healthy enough to start college (3 weeks from today!) and if so, how much he can manage: 1 class, 3 classes, in the dorms, living at home??
Anyway, that has been completely occupying our minds and our time, so I had no time at all for either writing reviews or visiting blogs, but I hope to catch up a bit this week. We did all turn to our favorite past time, reading, to help distract us from the stress in our lives:
- I finished Sharp North by Patrick Cave and will try to write my review this week. It is a teen/YA dystopian novel that is full of action.
- Next, I attempted to start the book for my library's discussion group this week, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson's ground-breaking 1962 book that led to a public outcry against pollution and the use of harmful chemicals in agriculture and the formation of the EPA. Since I used to work in Environmental Management, I am very interested in the subject matter and am reading bits of it when I can, but it was just too heavy and depressing for me to focus on, given my emotional state. So...
- I picked up Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich, a gift from my husband for my birthday last month. This light and fluffy Stephanie Plum novel is just what I needed right now - a bit of reading fun with nothing at all to think about! I am laughing out loud while I read and enjoying it.
- I also continued making my way through the stack of graphic novels Scholastic sent with Bird and Squirrel on the Run! by James Burks. Talk about light and fluffy! This is a simple, fun graphic novel about...well, just what the title says...a bird and a squirrel who become friends and endeavor to stay away from the evil Cat. Think classic cartoons, like Tom & Jerry.
- My husband, Ken, finally gave in and set aside George R.R. Martin's A Clash of Kings so that he could read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, after our son and I raved about it! He is enjoying it, too, and should finish this morning while he is waiting to be called for jury duty.
- So, Jamie, 17, finished Ready Player One on Monday (with lots of laughs).
- Now Jamie is reading Taliesin, Book 1 in The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead. He says it's good so far.
- Craig, 14, is reading In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, one of his required books for school. He is waiting to get to the parts with more action; so far, it is mostly about sisters reminiscing about their days at school - not really his thing!
What are you and your family reading this week?
(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, with a kids/teen version hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.)