Monday, March 14, 2011

It's Monday 3/14! What Are You Reading?

Ugh...I hate Spring Forward.  And my husband is out of town today, so it was a double-whammy for me:  I had to get up at 6 am to get the kiddos off to school AND it felt like 5 am!  I don't like getting up when it's still completely dark outside!  On the other hand, I did enjoy a walk yesterday at 5 pm with the sun still shining...

Well, my older son returned to school last week, and my younger son ended up missing the whole week because of a severe case of bronchitis and a sinus infection!  Today is the first time in weeks that they've both been in school (hurray!) - I am really looking forward to life returning to normal this week (or as normal as it ever gets...)
  • I finished reading Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran and enjoyed a very lively discussion with my book group last week.  Everyone enjoyed it.
  • I am now reading Pathfinder, Orson Scott Card's latest release for teens/YA.  So far, it is just as good as Jamie told me it was!  It's a time traveling story with lots of secrets and twists from one of our favorite authors.
  • I just started listening to 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Gralik on audio.  I'm only on chapter 2, but it has already grabbed my attention.  I'm a big fan of gratitude :)
  • My husband, Ken, finished Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton.  This was Crichton's last published novel; the manuscript was discovered after his death.  Ken said it was good but different than the typical Crichton approach of taking some new scientific tidbit and building a story around it.  Instead, this novel is an old-fashioned pirate story.
  • Jamie, 16, continued reading some old favorites with The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Three: Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud.  He loves this series.
  • Craig, 13, was very sick all last week but started working on make-up work this weekend.  He's reading an O. Henry short story, A Retrieved Reformation, for his English class.
With another sick week here, I didn't have much spare time for either writing or reading blogs last week, but I did manage to write two reviews:  Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson at Book By Book and  an excellent teen/YA audio, Thunder Over Kandahar by Sharon E. McKay.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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

The only good thing about turning the clocks ahead?  It means spring is on the way, as do these snowdrops blooming in my neighborhood.  Now can I go back to bed??


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Cleopatra's Daughter was so good! I have her new one and can not wait to get to it! I also love spring forward only because for me it is a sign of Spring! (I hope) :)

Eli said...

Oh, I'm sorry your sick! I hope you feel better! Happy reading!

Here is my What are you reading Monday!

Jan von Harz said...

I so glad you are enjoying Pathfinder as I have been eyeing this for a while waiting to see if anyone liked it. I love Ender's Game and will have to check this one out. Have a great week!

Andrea said...

Oooh, love Bartimaeus! And I'm curious to see how you like Pathfinder.

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog again today. I'm sorry to hear that the kiddos have been sick, glad to hear they are back to school today.

I just finished the Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton. It really caused me to stop and think about what I think is good not always being good for others.

I am now wasting my time reading The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy. A little dalliance. Ha!

I am always so delighted to hear from you. It feel like you are a true friend even though we live across the nation from each other.


Sue Jackson said...

Anne -

What a kid and lovely thing to say! Thank you. I feel the same about you - that you're a friend, even though we've never met. Not feeling great today, so thanks for cheering me up!!


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