Monday, April 9, 2012

It's Monday 4/9! What Are You Reading?

Happy spring break!  I hope everyone had a nice Easter.  We were camping Easter morning (but the bunny found us!) and arrived in time for an Easter dinner with my father-in-law in Oklahoma.

Not a lot of time for reading last week, between packing for our trip and several days spent driving (I can't read in the car, unfortunately), though the road trip gave us a chance to listen to audio books.  Here's what we read last week:
  • I just (this morning!) finished The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart.  I was only about halfway through it when my book group met last Wednesday, so I excused myself to the bathroom while they discussed the ending!  I really enjoyed this unique British book about love and relationships with a fabulous sense of humor.
  • My husband, Ken, is reading and enjoying Black Hills by Dan Simmons, a historical novel set in South Dakota's Black Hills, a favorite vacation spot of ours where some of my husband's family lives.
  • Jamie, 17, has no problem reading in the car, so he reads nonstop on road trips!  Before we left home, he read Book 4 of the Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon, Closer.  He loves this series and can't wait for Book 5's release in May!
  • During our drive, Jamie reread one of his favorite series, The Farsala Trilogy by Hilari Bell.  He read Book 1: Fall of a Kingdom, Book 2: Rise of a Hero, and Book 3: Forging the Sword.  This is one of Jamie's all-time favorites; he really wants his brother to read it.
  • Craig, 14, is reading Book 4 of The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, Attack of the Fiend.  This is the furthest he's ever read in a series, so it must be pretty good!
  • And...our audio books!  We finally found our own copy of our family's all-time favorite audio book, Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater, so we started our trip by listening to that...again!  This is probably the 5th time we've listened to it, and we still laughed like crazy.  Many lines from this book have made it into our family lingo.  It's a silly little middle-grade novel, but Daniel Pinkwater is just hilarious - both his writing and his reading of the audio.  Classic.
  • We also started a new teen/YA dystopian audio, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bagicalupi, which won multiple awards.  It is very good so far, a unique story of a grim future on the Gulf Coast with a likable main character.
No time for reviews last week, but I did post my summary of Books Read in March.

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 at Teach Mentor Texts.)

Easter Morning at Wooly Hollow State Park, Arkansas


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great looking books! Enjoy!


Kristin said...

I just read a fiction book that was set in the Black Hills of South Dakota -it was called Black Hills by Nora Roberts.

I love that your whole family listens to audio books together!

Hope you have a great week!
Kristin @ Always With a Book

Jen Vincent said...

Camping sounds like fun but it's still too cold for me at this point. :) I can sometimes read in the car but I can always listen in the car. I love my audiobooks. I have seen the Tunnels series but have never picked it up. Now I'm curious...thanks for sharing!

sawcat said...

The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise is one I am going to get from the library sometime after my soon to arrive flood holds come in.

Its great that your whole family reads. I was always the odd duck reader in mine.

Sue Jackson said...

Jen -

It's actually quite warm here in the south where we are traveling - high of 76 and sunny today in Oklahoma!

I only read the first Tunnels book so far but it was very good - about some kids who discover a subterranean world. My son says the sequels just get better and better!


Sue Jackson said...

Kristin -

That's so funny that there are two novels called Black Hills out at the same time!