Monday, November 15, 2010

It's Monday 11/15! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday!  I can't believe it's mid-November already, and the holiday season starts next week - yikes!  Things will get really hectic from here out.

Last week was a busy one, too.  Craig was home sick for two days, I was under the weather myself most of the week, my husband was still out of town, and Craig hurt his knee on Thursday.  Typical week with kids, right?  He got an MRI Friday night, and we're headed to the orthopedic specialist this morning.  It's feeling a lot better, so hopefully, it's nothing too serious.

I did find time to read during all that craziness (actually waiting rooms are a great opportunity to read!):
  • I finished Beloved by Toni Morrison.  Wow.  I understand why it's considered a modern classic.  Review to come this week (somehow I ran out of time for reviews at the end of the week...)
  • I read a sweet middle-grade novel, Touch Blue, by award-winning author Cynthia Lord.  I loved her first novel, Rules, and this one was very good as well.
  • I started The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, a beautifully written memoir by Elisabeth Tova Bailey who has the same chronic illness I have.  So far, it's just as good as everyone said it was.
  • Jamie, 16, is still making his way through The Stand by Stephen King.  A friend was teasing him this weekend, "You're still reading the same book?"  Jamie said, "It's over 1000 pages long with small print!"  Despite all the school work that keeps him busy, he is still finding time to enjoy this novel and says it just keeps getting better and better.
  • I honestly have no idea what Craig, 12, is reading right now.  I'm having trouble getting him to read much of anything, and he keeps switching books after reading only a chapter or two!  I know he started a Hardy Boys book last week while he was home sick (his version of comfort reading).  If anyone has any suggestions of a book for a 7th grade boy that grabs you in the very first chapter, I'd love to hear it! 

Last week, I posted a review of the teen suspense novel, The Deadly Sister.  I also posted a couple of fun items on my adult book blog, Book By Book:  some new videos by the author of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and a trailer for a new movie version of Jane Eyre.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


heather said...

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating sounds interesting.

Jan von Harz said...

I am looking forward to your review of Beloved. I just finished a book I think both Jamie and Craig might like call the Jumper Chronicles: Quest for Merlin's Map. It is a new series and it reminded me a little of both Harry Potter and the Lightening Thief. Have a great week!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Hi Sue - glad you enjoyed Beloved!

Andrea said...

I hope your son is ok.

I suggest the Gatekeeper series by Anthony Horowitz or the Gone series by Michael Grant if he hasn't tried them yet.

Happy reading to you all!

Anonymous said...

I received for review "Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms" by Mark Whiteway from the author.

Sue Jackson said...

Thanks for the great suggestions, Jan and Andrea! I will check those out for Craig.


Julie said...

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating sounds fascinating. I think I'll add it to my list of future reads! I hope Craig is doing well.