Monday, April 25, 2011

It's Monday 4/25! What Are You Reading?

Good morning and happy Monday!  I hope you all had a nice Easter.  Ours was a bit odd - spent in the car mostly - but we arrived in Oklahoma in time to have a nice Easter dinner with my father-in-law.  The kids got their Easter baskets in our camper in the morning in Arkansas!

With all the work of packing up last week, then 3 1/2 days of driving, my husband and I haven't had much reading time (I get sick if I read in the car), but between being sick all last week and having 8 hours a day on the road, my oldest son has been reading non-stop!
  • I am still reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  It's a hefty one!  It's different than I expected, but I am engaged by the story now and enjoying it.
  • My husband, Ken, is still reading Eyes of the Innocent by Brad Parks, from our library.  This is the thriller that's been compared in style to Janet Evanovich, so he's enjoying it very much.
  • Jamie, 16, has been on a reading marathon, reading about a book a day!  While sick last week, he read three books in the series by Orson Scott Card: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide.
  • Still sick, Jamie decided to take a break from the Ender's Game series and comfort himself with some old favorites from the Redwall series by Brian Jacques.  I haven't tried to keep track of the titles, but I think he's now on his 4th Redwall book since we left home!  It's probably the third time he's read most of these.  He says he has two more that he brought along with him before he resumes newer books.
  • We've all been listening to Sapphique by Catherine Fisher in the car.  Last spring break, we listened to the first book in the series, Incarceron, on our way to Louisiana and loved it!  The sequel is excellent so far.
  • Last night, we began reading the book from Craig's Easter basket together, 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson, a middle-grade novel about kids finding alternate worlds through cupboards in their attic.  We've just started it, but it sounds intriguing. 
Last week, I posted reviews of The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton at Book By Book and a middle-grade novel, The Kind of Friends We Used to Be by Frances O'Roark Dowell.  I also posted a preview clip for the movie adaptation of The Help - I can't wait to see it!

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


Cinnamon owl said...

My stepmom was just reading Cutting for Stone, and said she couldn't put it down. I put it on my list to read!

Andrea said...

I'd like to try the Incarceron books on audio one day.

Anne Bennett said...

Oh goodie- You are finally reading Cutting for Stone. I was so grumpy about starting it then I couldn't put it down either. I am fascinated by medical stuff, though, so perhaps if one wasn't the book might be disturbing.

I listened to Incarceron on audiobooks a few months back and I found it to be a bit tedious. Sometimes I think that YA books can seem too long in that format. I haven't read Sapphique yet.

I've always wanted to read Sylvia Plath and finally had an excuse..that I had to introduce the book for a class project. It is fascinating to me that The Bell Jar is thought to be autobiographical and yet more people weren't more concerned about Plath's own mental stability. I really must read more about her. Did you ever read, "Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath" by Stephanie Hemphill? It is very good.

pussreboots said...

I must add 100 Cupboards to my wishlist! Coming up I'll be reading a Harry Harrison book, more manga, more assigned reading for school and whatever else strikes my fancy. Come see what I finished this week.