Yikes! How can it be July already? The year is officially half over - and there is so much I meant to do that I haven't gotten to yet! June flew by, but the good news is that my son is back on his feet after his knee surgery in early June. He started walking without crutches last week, started PT on Saturday, and is feeling great. Even better news? I no longer need to wait on him! Of course, now that he is able to get up and around, our schedule is filled with doctor's appointments, haircuts, PT, etc.
So, it was another busy week, but we enjoyed plenty of reading:
- I finished Arcadia by Lauren Groff in plenty of time for my book group on Wednesday. It was a bit slow to start, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying this novel about a boy who grows up on a hippie commune in the 60's. There was lots of good discussion, too.
- Next, I read a short middle-grade novel, Lucky for Good by Susan Patron, the last book in the Lucky Hard Pan trilogy. This one was just as fabulous as the first two - warm, intelligent, and surprisingly sophisticated for a middle-grade novel. I will miss Lucky!
- I am now reading Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, an impulse pick-up from the library's New Paperbacks shelf, even though I have a stack of books waiting to be read for my Big Book Summer Challenge! I had heard such great things about this novel that I couldn't resist it. I'm only on chapter 3, but it's good so far.
- I am still listening to Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter on audio and enjoying it very much. I think things are building to the end, and I can't wait to hear what happens!
- My husband, Ken, finished Gone for Good by Harlen Coben and enjoyed the light suspense read.
- Now, he has started The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, a novel I purchased on his Kindle earlier this year for one of my book groups (and loved!).
- Jamie, 18, continued to tear through fantasy novels on his Kindle, starting with The Weight of Blood by David Daglish.
- He is now reading The Sorcerer's Ascension, Book 1 in The Sorcerer's Path series by Brock Deskins.
- And Craig, 15, has finally started his required summer reading for school with The Lord of the Flies by William Golding. He's not too impressed so far, but he's not even through chapter one yet! I think he'll like it once he gets into it.
I posted my review of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas on both book blogs (Book By Book and Great Books for Kids and Teens) because it was marketed for adults but is just as good for teens and YAs. The audio book just blew me away.
And I wrote my Weekend Cooking post, with a couple of recipes using the bountiful summer produce available now.
Don't forget, it's only the first week of July, so there is still plenty of time to sign up for the Big Book Summer Challenge! It's super-easy and relaxed, as summer should be, and you only need to read one book of 400 pages or more to participate. So, join the fun!
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 Unleashing Readers.)
Our book club discussion on The Light Between Two Oceans went very well. Everyone liked the book and we had a lot to discuss about how decisions we make send us out into new directions from which we may not return. I always enjoy your blog.
"Required summer reading" makes me sad if they are forced to read a certain book that they probably need scaffolding for. I hope he ends up enjoying it.
Happy reading this week! :)
Ah, but "required summer reading" makes me very happy in this case, Kellee, because if it weren't required, he would never read a single word! Somehow, in our family of book fanatics, we ended up with one son who doesn't enjoy reading. He doesn't like to sit still long enough to read, but if he starts something for school, he often ends up enjoying it.
For some reason I thought I'd read The Higher Power of Lucky but it must have been on my to-be-read list. I'll have to read that series.
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