Monday, May 3, 2010

It's Monday 5/3! What Are You Reading?

How can it possibly be May already?  (and do I say that at the start of every month?)  It hit 90 degrees here this weekend and feels like August already - yuck!  Good thing we had good books to read:
  • I finished Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin and really enjoyed the story written from the perspective of a 12-year old autistic boy.  Review to come this week.
  • I also read a grown-up book, Sea Trails: Poems and 1977 Passage Notes by Pris Campbell, a slim volume of poems, prose, and pictures about the author's sailing trip down the east coast.  Pris has the same immune system disorder that I have, and I was really impressed with her new book.  I'll review it at Book By Book.
  • The book that's been keeping me up at night this weekend is a new teen thriller, Num8ers by Rachel Ward.  I've been carrying this compelling and unique suspense novel everywhere with me this weekend!
  • Jamie, 15, continues with his personal quest to re-read the entire set of Deltora Quest series by Emily Rodda, an old favorite of his.  There are 14 books in all in these middle-grade fantasy series, and I think he has only two left to go!
  • Craig, 12, is enjoying A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle very much, but he's frustrated that he can only read a little at a time.  This is a book he's reading for his Literature Circle in English class, and he's not supposed to read ahead of his group.  I love to hear him complaining that he wants to read more!
  • In between his assigned sections of A Wrinkle in Time, Craig is also reading The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett.  He loves mysteries but says it's a little slow to start.
  • I finished the audio book Northward to the Moon by Polly Horvath, the sequel to My One Hundred Adventures.  I thoroughly enjoyed both of these sweet middle-grade audios and will review them here soon.
I posted a review of Kate DiCamillo's tender and beautiful novel, The Tiger Rising, this week.  Even though I'm on leave from my other book blog, Book By Book, I posted a review there this week of a funny new road trip novel, Roastbeef's Promise.

What are you and your family reading this week?

(What are you reading Mondays is hosted by Book Journey).


Julie said...

Roastbeef's Promise sounds great! Sounds like you had a good week of reading. I hope you have another good one!

Unknown said...

Oooh, I've heard some really good things about Num8ers. That will have to go on my list.

I've actually been perusing a book called Sewing a Friendship written and illustrated ten year old Natalie Tinti. I was pleasantly surprised at being so drawn in by the storyline and it's themes of acceptance of others and 'girl power'. I really enjoyed myself with this one, and can't stop talking about it, lol! =)

Thanks for the above recs! I look forward to finding the Ward book.

Jan von Harz said...

I agree with Craig the The Wright3 was slow, but it gets better. Still not as action packed as I like. I also glad he is liking A Wrinkle in Time. Glad you are enjoying Numbers. Have a great week.

Lydia said...

Love A Wrinkle in Time! One of my favorites!

Here is my Monday:

Andrea said...

I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Anything but Typical and Numbers! I love the Wright3 and A Wrinkle in Time and I was the same way about class readings, always wanting to read ahead.

parenting ad absurdum said...

Thanks for the great suggestions! We are starting to read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to my four year old - my very very favorite series of all time... Otherwise everything in our house is about superheroes :).


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Numbers is one I really want to read Sue! I hope it is a good one :)