Monday, April 22, 2013

It's Monday 4/22! What Are You Reading?

Happy Earth Day! We are finally getting some spring weather with lots of flowers and trees in bloom, though it still feels more like March than April here in the mid-Atlantic!

I had a very hectic week last week, with my husband out of town for eight days, and lots of things going on here. Some of it was fun - like my mom visiting and coming to one of my book groups with me - but all of it together was very tiring! I was glad to have my husband back home this weekend and am happy to be alone in a quiet house this morning.

It was a great reading week:
  • I finished The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom for one of my book groups. I loved this novel about family and race in the late 1700's, where a young orphaned Irish girl is brought up by a family of slaves. We had a lively and interesting discussion - lots to talk about!
  • I read Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix next, a teen/YA novel with a fascinating premise: a pair of scientists discover a way to reverse aging and give the drug to a group of elderly people in nursing homes. The catch? They don't know how to stop the "unaging" process. The narrative switches back and forth between the start of the project and 80 years later, when two of its participants are back to their teens and still getting younger. I enjoyed this so much that I lent it to my mom for her train ride home!
  • Now, I am - FINALLY - reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Am I the last person on earth to finally get to this wildly popular novel? It is excellent so far - gripping right from the first chapter and on my mind constantly!
  • My husband, Ken, read an e-book on his Kindle while he was traveling, a suspense novel by Robert Crais, one of his favorite authors. This was his first time borrowing an e-book from our local library.
  • Yesterday, Ken finished The Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede, as recommended by my son and I! He referred to it as Little House on the Prairie at Hogwarts, and he enjoyed it and liked the premise but said it didn't have quite enough action for his taste.
  • Ken just started A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin, book 3 in his A Song of Ice and Fire series which our son loves, too.
  • Our sons were both busy with school work last week, with no extra time for reading.
With all the running around last week, I didn't have enough time to finish any reviews, but look for them this week! The only book blogging I managed after Monday was my Weekend Cooking post.

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.)   


Andrea said...

Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix sounds good. I'll add to the TBR list. Thanks!

Book Blather said...

Don't worry I still haven't read Gone Girl, but I'm starting to consider it - it's not a genre I'd usually read. The Kitchen House sounds wonderful, I'm off to add it to my wishlist. If you'd like a recommendation for one of your book groups I would suggest 'The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared' by Jonas Jonasson. :-) Have a great reading week.

Anonymous said...

You are not alone! I haven't read Gone Girl either. I tried the audio but disc one skipped and just did not have the patience to deal with it. Maybe some day.

Holly Mueller said...

I read the Kitchen House and Gone Girl - both for book clubs and thought they both provided lots to discuss! I just heard about The Thirteenth Child. I will have to check it out! Have a great week!

Heidi’sbooks said...

I haven't read Gone Girl either. I'll be looking forward to your review.

SJ said...

Looks like a busy reading week. I haven't read any of these, but they sound good.

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