Monday, January 7, 2013

It's Monday 1/7! What Are You Reading?


Ahhh....Monday morning - a new week in a new year, and I am (almost) alone in the quiet house (college son is still asleep) and ready for a fun and productive week!

Lots of great reading lately - it was a week of sequels for our whole family!
  • I finished The Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede, an inventive middle-grade/teen novel that offers an alternate history of pioneer times in the U.S. in a world where magic and magical creatures exist. It's like a cross between Little House on the Prairie and Harry Potter!
  • I was enjoying the story so much that I am now reading book #2 in the series, Across the Great Barrier, which follows the adventures of young Eff as she graduates from school and goes along on an expedition to catalog the wildlife in the Far West, past the Great Barrier Spell (which keeps wildlife, both natural and magical, away from the established towns and cities east of the Mammoth River). It's fun to just jump right into a sequel when you've enjoyed a book, instead of having to wait for it to be released.
  • My husband, Ken, finished The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (a dystopian YA novel recommended by our son) and loved it so much that he is now reading book 2, The Ask and the Answer. Now both of them are telling me I have to read this series!
  • In between, while traveling home from Oklahoma, my husband read West of Sheridan by Dean Ross, a post-apocalyptic novel, on his Kindle.
  • Jamie, 18, finished City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, after first re-reading the first 4 books of the Mortal Instruments series! This is one of his favorite series.
  • Now he is reading a sequel that he and I have been eagerly awaiting for over a year: Ruins by Orson Scott Card, the sequel to Pathfinder which he and I both loved.
With some time off, I was able to post quite a bit on my book blogs last week. I wrote two reviews, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. I LOVED both of these books, so check them out.

I also posted my December Reading Summary and my 2012 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up. Finally, I wrote a Weekend Cooking post about the quick and easy comfort foods we had this past week.

What are you and your family reading this week?

(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, with a kid/teen version hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.)

5 comments:

rockyriverteenlibrarian said...

So much great reading in your house! I loved the first book in the Chaos Walking series and resolved to finish it this year. I agree City of Lost Souls is the best one yet in the series. Can't wait for it to wrap up. I plan to read Ender's Game this year. Who know, maybe it will lead to more Orson Scott Card reading? Here is my week http://wp.me/pzUn5-1m6

Stephanie (Love.Life.Read) said...

I have not read Thirteenth Child yet. It sounds good though so I will add it to my ever growing TBR list. :) Happy Reading!

West Virginia Red said...

I love the fact that you talk about what everyone is reading. My daughter would put me to shame each and ever week. :)
And you do need to read The Knife of Never Letting Go series, really really great stuff.

Anne Bennett said...

I haven't heard of of the Wrede books but they sound fun by your description. I am a Chaos walking fan, too. I'll be glad to read what your husband thinks of the sequels.

thechroniclesofachildrensbookwriter said...

The Thirteenth Child sounds interesting. I'm glad when the first book in a series is so good that you immediately have to get the rest!