Monday, April 23, 2012

It's Monday 4/23! What Are Your Reading?

Busy week!  And it's only going to get busier over the next 2 oldest son is graduating from high school, my youngest "graduates" from middle school and is playing the lead in his school musical, soccer season is in full swing...whew!  We had house guests this weekend, too (my mom and her husband), so none of us had much time for books this past week, but here's what we are reading:
  • I finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and loved it.  I went to hear the author talk on Wednesday (the book was our County Reads selection for this year), and he was wonderful - very entertaining, with a great sense of humor!
  • I am now reading a middle-grade novel, The Night of the Spadefoot Toads by Bill Harley, a favorite storyteller and entertainer of ours.  It's very good so far but different than I expected.
  • My husband, Ken, is still reading Black Hills by Dan Simmons and enjoying it.  We are now planning to visit the South Dakota Black Hills this summer (he has family there), and he says the novel is making him excited to visit again!
  • Jamie, 17, is still re-reading one of his favorite novels, Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy.  He hasn't had much reading time lately because he has been back in school most days and trying to catch up so he can graduate on time.
  • Jamie is also reading An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina, an autobiography by the man who inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda, for his World Lit class.  Jamie says it is an eye-opening, fascinating book.  I think I will have to read this one, too!
  • Craig, 14, is reading Book 4 of The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, Attack of the Fiend.  He really enjoys this series!
  • I am listening to Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver on audio, a middle-grade novel about a girl who befriends a ghost.  It's very good so far.
  • And, since my mom is staying with us for a few more days, I will include her in this week's overview.  She borrowed and just started reading The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, based on my recommendation.  She is laughing already!
I posted a review of The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid last week but didn't have time for any other blog posts.

What are you and your family reading this week?

(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, with a kid/teen version hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.)

So many gorgeous flowering trees in our neighborhood last week!


Teacher.Mother.Reader said...

I love that you are sharing what the whole family is reading! It's also cool that your husband is reading a novel about somewhere that you will visit together. I vacation with my parents, brother, and our families during the summer. We always have a book that we each read and discuss as part of our trip. In the past we've read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which was set in Savannah, our vacation destination. It made the trip an amazing experience having background knowledge, secret spots to visit, a great book to read, and a discussion to share. Loved that! Thanks for sharing all of your reading!

Heidi’sbooks said...

Graduation time is so, so busy. I hope it all goes well!

Kristin said...

I have Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet on my tbr list - I'm glad to see you loved it!

Have a good week!
Kristin @ Always With a Book

Sue Jackson said...

Teacher/Mother/Reader -

That sounds so cool!! I love the idea of the family all reading the same book, set in your vacation destination. Great idea! I may have to borrow that one...


Jen Vincent said...

You and your family are reading lots of books I don't even recognize! Except for Liesl and Po. I read it but I think the audio would be entertaining. I think the audio could even lend itself to bringing out the tone of the book more than just reading it actually. It reminds me a lot of Roald Dahl. Good luck with all your busy-ness coming up! Enjoy it!