Monday, September 13, 2010

It's Monday 9/13! What Are You Reading?

Wow, mid-September already - two school weeks behind us!  We're all struggling a bit to adjust to the early mornings and hectic evenings.  We spent a very lazy Sunday yesterday, watching movies together and just relaxing - it was the perfect weather (dark and rainy) to just hole up in the house together.  Now, it's a new week - the first full 5-day week of school for the boys. 

So, none of us had a lot of time for reading last week, but we're all in the middle of some really good books:
  • I've been reading The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff.  This is one of those books I probably wouldn't have read if it weren't for my book group, but I'm glad I did - it's a compelling story (two stories, really) set in a fascinating historical context.  This is my neighborhood book group's 100th book, and we'll be celebrating this week with a nice dinner out.
  • My husband, Ken, has been reading some of the top books in the nation.  He finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (he loved the whole series) and started Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
  • Jamie, 16, is working his way through The Stand by Stephen King.  He's totally hooked - I had to go into his room late last night to tell him to turn off his reading light and get some sleep!
  • Since The Stand is too big to haul around at school, Jamie is also reading Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve.
  • Craig, 12, is reading Alabama Moon by Watt Key, a family favorite.
Last week, I posted reviews of Mockingjay and of Ruined, a teen ghost story set in New Orleans.  I also posted a summary of the books I read in August, including some mini reviews, at my other book blog, Book By Book.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


Julie said...

It sounds like you had a good week. I also just finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. And I'm hoping to get to Mockingjay very soon! I didn't read your review of it - I'm trying to avoid seeing any information about it until I've read it!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I may add The 19th Wife to my list...there's a movie on TV tonight based on that book.

Here's my reading week:

Sue Jackson said...

@Julie -

You can read my review without worrying - I made sure to avoid any spoilers!

@Laurel - Thanks for the heads-up on the TV movie - I'll have to check it out.


Jan von Harz said...

The family had a great week. I enjoyed your reviews as always. Hope you have a pleasant week this week too.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Telling kids to quit reading and go to bed... it doesn't get any better than that. :) AND The Stand by Stephen King.... I used to read those when I was about that age too.

parenting ad absurdum said...

I've fallen madly in love with Kate Atkinson, a British author. She has a huge range, all fantastic. I just finished Human Croquet and am in awe. Brilliant!

Violet said...

Glad you liked Mockingjay so much! I loved it too & enjoyed reading your review. I'm excited to check out the Underland Chronicles with my children. :)

Violet @ The Eager Readers

Sue Jackson said...

@Sheila -
Me, too! Stephen King was just becoming popular when I was a teen, and my mom, dad, and I read ever book of his that came out...and then went to see the movie versions!

@Parenting/Peryl -
I've never heard of Kate Atkinson - thanks for the recommendation! She sounds great!

@Violet -
Yes, do check out the Underland Chronicles - one of our family's favorite series!


Andrea said...

ooh, the Stand. I never could make myself read it. I was too scared :)

Happy reading to you and your family.