Monday, November 1, 2010

It's Monday 11/1! What Are You Reading?

Eeek!  November already?  How on earth did that happen?  From here on out, time seems to go double-speed through January. 

Back to October for a moment.  We had a wonderful Halloween weekend, filled with pumpkins, cider, and fun costumes.  Our whole family dressed up as rock stars for Halloween (that's me in front), and the boys had a blast trick-or-treating.  We love our Halloween traditions - fun weekend, but tough to have Halloween on a Sunday night.  My son was getting ready for school this morning and said, "Mom, we have a problem!"  The insides of his ears were black from the spray-on hair dye!  I got him cleaned up before the bus came.  Personally, I had a terrible time washing off the black lipstick and eyeliner.

Besides Halloween, we had a very busy week - my husband was out of town, my mom stayed with us most of the week, Jamie was sick for another 3 days, then had a mountain of make-up, we had very little reading time.  Here's what we read:
  • I finished The Deadly Sister by Eliot Shrefer and enjoyed it very much.  It's a murder thriller for teens/YA with some unexpected twists.  Review coming this week.
  • I usually alternate kids/teen books with grown-up books, but I made an exception this week so I could read something spooky for Halloween.  So, I'm in the middle of Unwind by Neal Shusterman, a chilling book about a time in the future when abortion is illegal but parents can choose to "unwind" their kids when they're teens, sending them to a harvest camp where all of their organs are transplanted to donors so that life doesn't technically end.  I loved Shusterman's Everlost and Everwild, and Unwind is just as good.  A perfect Halloween read!
  • My husband, Ken, worked long hours on his business trip, so he just finished Cover Her Face by P.D. James, which he said was a classic British mystery.
  • Next, he's starting a book I gave him for his birthday, New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith - I thought he'd enjoy a mystery set in our favorite city!
  • Jamie, 16, is still reading Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury for school and The Stand by Stephen King for fun (he's on about page 500 of 1000!).
  • I don't think Craig, 12, read much at all last week, but he's still working on The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost, the first book in an exciting, fast-paced time-travel series.
I had a lot of fun last week posting my Top Ten Books to Read for Halloween, and I posted a review of a teen audio book, She's So Dead To Us (which sounds a bit Halloween-y but really isn't).  I also posted a review of Who Has Seen the Wind on my grown-up book blog, Book By Book.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


Andrea said...

Love your costumes! So fun.
Looking forward to your thoughts on Unwind.

Jan von Harz said...

Oh I am so glad you are reading Unwind, that was one of my favorite read last year. How is Jamie liking Fahrenheit 451?

Halloween looked fun loved the costume! Have a great week!

pussreboots said...

Not listed in my post are the ton and a half of peer reviewed journal articles I read. It was otherwise a good mixture of books this week. Here's what I'm reading this week.

parenting ad absurdum said...

I love PD James so much! I love the entire you read Elizabeth George?

ibeeeg said...

Yes, time sure does seem to go in double-time speed. ugh.
Great picture. What a good sport you are for dressing up for Halloween.
As we were taking the children around my parents neighborhood I saw other parents and they were dressed up. I thought that maybe, just maybe, I should dress up next year.

Ooo...I cannot wait to see what you thought about The Deadly Sister. My 13 year old may like something like this. She has always been into this type of book.

I think is very cool that your whole family reads...including your husband. This is not a fact in my home. Most read, but a few do not.

Sue Jackson said...

Peryl -

I remember reading and enjoying a PD James book while I was nursing my youngest son (weird how things stick in your mind, isn't it?), but I don't think I've ever read anything by Elizabeth George - I'll have to check her out!