Monday, September 6, 2010

It's Monday 9/6! What Are You Reading?

Happy Labor Day!  Hope you're enjoying your long weekend - we sure needed it here!  My sons went back to school last week, so we were all tired by Thursday (they had Friday off) and ready for the holiday weekend.  And the weather has been perfect - it finally dropped below 90 degrees.  I actually have a sweatshirt on this morning - love it!

Lots of good reading this week:
  • I finished Ruined by Paula Morris - I enjoyed this teen ghost story very much.  The author made the most of the setting in New Orleans, one of my favorite places in the world.
  • My review copy of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins finally arrived on Friday, and I dove right into it!  I finished it at 11 pm last  Like her first two books in the series, this one was not only a can't-put-it-down suspense novel but also a thought-provoking look at some difficult issues in our own society.  I'm dying to discuss it - how about you all come over to my house so we can sit and talk for an hour or two??
  • Despite the start of school, my 16-year old son, Jamie, finally started The Stand by Stephen King.  It may take him a while, with the added time constraints of homework and soccer season.  He says it's awesome so far.
  • Jamie quickly realized he couldn't carry the encyclopedic The Stand with him to school (they're supposed to have a book to read with them each day), so he also started a nice slim paperback, Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve, author of The Hungry City Chronicles, including Mortal Engines.  It's a King Arthur tale - always a favorite!
  • Craig, 12, was thrilled to find out he can read any books he wants for English class this year (in addition to whatever they are reading together in class), so he picked up an old family favorite last week, Alabama Moon by Watt Key, a fantastic middle-grade novel that I reviewed last year.
  • My husband, Ken, is in the middle of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson and still loving this renowned thriller series.
If you're a fan of Stieg Larsson's books, too, you might enjoy this NPR show I heard last week.

Last week, I also posted a review of the hilarious middle-grade audio book Boom! by Mark Haddon.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


Jan von Harz said...

Jamie is reading my all time favorite King book. I have reread it at least three of four times. I also enjoyed Alabama Moon. I think it is great Craig's English teacher encourages independent reads. I wasn't as taken with Mockingjay though. Hunger Games will remain my favorite of the series. Hope you are having a great holiday and enjoy the upcoming week.

Kristen said...

Oh I really enjoyed Alabama Moon - it was a Caudill nominee two years ago. Mockingjay was great as well and I have been meaning to read Ruined for a while now.

Marce said...

Everyone in your family loves to read, that is exciting. Some good books also.

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Sue Jackson said...

So excited to hear that other people know about Alabama Moon! It's one of our all-time favorites.


Donna said...

It's great that your family reads. One of the reasons I started blogging about books was probably because my family doesn't—not on a regular basis. They all know I love books. I'll just continue suggesting titles.

jedi145 said...

I loved Mockingjay !! i want to discuss it w someone but none of my friends or family have the read the series
pm me :D

I need to read a Stephen King book but I don't know what to start with

I've seen Hear Lies Arthur and Heard good things about the author

E.J. Stevens said...

So many fabulous books. Enjoy!

From the Shadows

Sue Jackson said...

@Donna - Too bad your family doesn't share your love of reading, but you can always come here to talk books!

@Jedi145 - I'll discuss it with you! I'm dying to talk to someone, too, about it. Sheila at Book Journey (her link is that the bottom of this post has a special section on her blog for Mockingjay discussion - hidden away with a Spoiler button, so we can talk openly without runing the book for anyone who hasn't read it yet - it was one of her posts last week. The spoiler button is in this post:

As for Stephen King, The Stand is without a doubt his best book ever, but it's a whopper! I also really enjoyed The Dark Half.


Teddyree said...

Wish my boys enjoyed reading, although they do read the soccer results :) I cannot wait to read Mockingjay, it appears to be coming via the slowest snail in the world LOL
Have a wondeful week and happy reading!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I love seeing what your entire family is reading Sue! Oh how I envy that! My hubby rarely picks up a book and then it is equipment auctions (we own an excavating company.

Enjoy your books!

ibeeeg said...

Currently, my reading is suffering because my time is being pulled towards a school issue. However, I did finish The Graveyard (audiobook) and my 11 year old is starting the read. The book prior was Starvation Lake and EJ finished The Limit. We have liked all the books.

Hope you have a fantastic week Sue!

jedi145 said...

Great !! I'll check out the discussion

I own IT, the shining and Under the Dome, and actually now that I think about it I've read part of Gunslinger

I'm going to my local indie/used bookstore this weekend so I get a few more of his and might start reading them

I don't know why I haven't read any of his book yet , I'm just addicted to YA right now

Sue Jackson said...

Jedi45 -
Oh, The Shining is another classic King book!! Very, very good, and a great place to start. I haven't read Under the Dome yet, just because its size is a bit intimidating!

The Gunslinger series is completely different than any of the rest of his books.

Have fun!