Monday, October 11, 2010

It's Monday 10/11! What Are You Reading?

Another Monday morning.  We had a wonderful weekend, camping with good friends.  The weather was absolutely perfect - I love fall!

We had a busy week but managed to fit in some reading:
  • I finished Blind Descent by Nevada Barr - a satisfying mystery by a favorite author who sets all her novels in National Parks (this one was set in Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico).
  • My husband, Ken, finished Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel, a middle-grade novel about a family that raises a chimp as if he were a human baby in order to teach him sign language.  After he finished it, I picked it up!  I'm really enjoying it so far.  Oppel is an excellent writer (my oldest son was a huge fan of his Silverwing series) and the premise is fascinating.
  • Ken is traveling this week, so his next book is a slim paperback, Cover Her Face, a mystery by P.D. James.  We've both enjoyed her books in the past.
  • Jamie, 16, hasn't had much reading time because of so much homework, but he's still working on The Stand by Stephen King for fun and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer for his American Lit class.  He says he'd enjoy Into the Wild more if he was reading it on his own and didn't have to think about underlining important passages!  I want to read it when he's finished.  I loved the movie.
  • Craig, 12, is still reading Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi for his English class.  In conjunction with the book and their study of Medieval England, his class will be going to the Renaissance Faire next week!
Last week, I posted two new reviews:  Suspect by Kristen Wolden Nitz, a teen mystery, and The Graveyard Book, a delightful middle-grade novel by Neil Gaiman about a boy brought up in a graveyard by ghosts.

I participated in a fun meme, posting my ten favorite authors of kids/teen books here and my ten favorite grown-up authors at Book By Book.  I also posted a short review of the novel, A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White, at Book By Book.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


Kristen said...

So jealous! I would've loved a trip to the Ren Faire when I was in school. Great reading all around keep it up family!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Into the wild was a good read! Looks like you all had a great week!

Jan von Harz said...

You had a very busy week. How cool that Craig is going to the Renaissance Faire. Our school use to do a Fair at the end of the year for the 7th graders before No Child Left Behind came around and changed the way we did things.

Tell Craig I am anxious to me Avi who will be attending out book battle in the Spring. His newest book Seer of Shadows is one of the book on the list this year.

pussreboots said...

I'm surprised at how much I accomplished. Here's what I'm reading this week.