Monday, August 27, 2012

It's Monday 8/27! What Are You Reading?

Ahh....what's that sound?  Silence!  We took our oldest son to college on Saturday and helped him move into the dorms, and our youngest started high school today.  And that means...I am alone in the house!  Woohoo!  I need to mostly work on catch-up stuff today, but I am excited to finally have some time to myself to do more writing.

So, we had a very, very busy week, but we still enjoyed our books:
  • I am still working on my last Big Book of the summer, 11/22/63 by Stephen King.  It is excellent, but after two weeks of reading, I am still just past half-way!  I'm not sure if I'll finish it by Labor Day for the Big Book Summer Challenge, but I am enjoying it very much.
  • I started a new audio book, Young Fredle, a middle-grade novel by Cynthia Voigt.  It's great so far (another winner of the Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audio Books), but it may take me longer to finish it than usual - my son took the car with the CD player to school with him.  My old 92 VW only has a broken cassette player and a radio!
  • My husband, Ken, finished A Clash of Kings, Book 2 in the popular George R.R. Martin series - woohoo!  He enjoyed it very much, but it was a hefty one!
  • Ken has now started Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, the summer's hottest novel that we've both been anxious to read.
  • Jamie, 18, took A Feast of Crows, Book 4 in George R.R. Martin's series, with him to college, but I suspect he hasn't had a lot of time to read this weekend!
  • Craig, 14, finished his required summer reading, In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, in plenty of time to return to school.  He did a great job getting all of his required reading done this summer!
I had a super busy week last week, but I DID manage to write one review, of The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls, a teen/YA novel by Julie Schumaker which I enjoyed very much.  Hopefully, I will have a bit more time for blogging this week.

Remember:  If you are participating in the Big Book Summer Challenge, this is the last week!  The challenge officially ends on Monday, Labor Day, so finish your big books and be sure to add your big book review links to the list on the challenge page.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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

My favorite ad for this time of year which has been in my head all morning:


Tea said...

I wonder how much you enjoyed In The Time of Butterflies by Alvarez. Want to read it. Hope your son has a terrific time at school.

Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind said...

Gone Girl is supposed to be fantastic. My cousin's wife is reading it.

I haven't started The Game of Thrones yet because I would worry if I was not posting on my blog.

I also started school. Why does everyone start a week later than me!?

Just did my first of this post:

Hannahlily said...

I have had a hold on Gone Girl for ages. I've heard some wonderful things, can't wait to read it! I listened to Young Fredle last year. It's a very cute story.

Sue Jackson said...

Tea -

I haven't actually read In the Time of the Butterflies - my son read it for school this summer.

Thanks for stopping by!


Linda B said...

Lots of great books shared. Hope your sons have a good year & you have some good time too! I've also heard that Gone Girl is so, so good. Young Fredle is a sweet book, as are all of Voigt's. Alvarez is wonderful, but haven't read that one in a while. Maybe it's time for a re-read. Thanks!

Leeanna said...

Ahhh, I almost miss dorm life ;)

It's not on my list, but I just started Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines. You and your husband might like it, based on what you mention reading.

Jen Vincent said...

Yay for college! Yay for high school! I wish you the best with your writing. It would be hard for me to be a stay-at-home mom...but if my kids were at school and I got to be home and write and do housework, I would sign up in a heartbeat! :)