Like many of you, we actually saw snow this weekend, in October! Crazy! Fortunately, we only got a dusting and didn't lose power - my thoughts are with those of you in New England without power. Hope you have a roaring fire in the fireplace and a nice stack of books to keep you warm.
We love Halloween here, so today is a busy day. We carved pumpkins last night and (finally) came up with costume ideas....kind of last-minute! Even though our sons are teens, they still enjoy trick-or-treating, and our whole family gets into the fun. Jamie decided to dress as Thing 1 for school today (with a friend as Thing 2), so Ken immediately started in on a Cat in the Hat costume for himself. I have to hit the store today for a nightgown so I can be Cindy Lou Who. A bookish theme for Halloween - fun!
Meanwhile, we did find time for reading last week:
- I finished The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, a newly released teen/YA post-apocalyptic novel that my husband recently read. I really enjoyed this multi-dimensional novel; you can read my review here.
- I decided to keep up my October theme of fun, quick reads, so I am now reading Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich. I just love Stephanie Plum and was already laughing in the first chapter! Sometimes, you need a little light-hearted fun.
- I finished listening to Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love and the Search for Home, a memoir by Kim Sunee. Though it dragged a bit in the middle when she was suffering from depression, I enjoyed it overall.
- My husband, Ken, is reading a thriller I gave him for his birthday, The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian author who has been compared to Stieg Larsson. He says it just gets better and better and has a very intriguing plot.
- Jamie, 17, finished Blood Red Road by Moira Young, a much-anticipated new post-apocalyptic novel and loved it. That one is high on my own TBR list, though Jamie has made me promise I will read Roar by by Emma Clayton next.
- Next, Jamie re-read the first two books in a favorite series, The Gatekeepers by Anthony Horowitz, so he could read the third book which he recently purchased. He read Book 1, Raven's Gate; Book 2, Evil Star; and Book 3, Night Rise. He says this series is great!
- Jamie is also reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini for his World Lit class.
- Craig, 13, is almost finished with Woodsong, a memoir by Gary Paulsen, author of one of our favorite novels, Hatchet and its sequels.
I also posted a discussion of skimming books versus reading every word for the Fall Into Reading Challenge.
(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.)
Hope you have a great Halloween and a good reading week! Any other book-inspired costumes out there?
|Ready for school! (Their hair is blue, though it doesn't show here)