I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with their families and got lots of books as gifts! If you're interested in seeing which books we received this Christmas, check out my blog posts on books the kids got and books my husband and I got. Looks like 2011 will be another good reading year!
Of course, this past week was super-busy with holiday preparations, but we did read a few books, especially this weekend when things got quieter. Now we're preparing to visit my father-in-law in Oklahoma (as long as the airport reopens soon!) and getting books ready for that trip, too:
- I finished Crossing the Tracks, a new teen/YA novel by Barbara Stuber, and posted a review at Great Books fro Kids and Teens.
- I read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, a novel mostly set in Savannah, GA, that made a few "best of 2010" lists. I enjoyed it very much and posted a review.
- Last night, I started a middle-grade/teen novel I've been dying to read: Pendragon Book 10: the Soldiers of Halla by D.J. MacHale. The Pendragon series is one of my all-time favorites for kids and teens (and me!), and I'm both excited and sad to finally be reading the last book of the series. I thought it was a good one to take on our trip (long but lightweight paperback and very compelling!).
- My husband, Ken, finished Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (and loved it). I was hoping to post a review of Leviathan and its sequel, Behemoth, but I don't know if I'll have time to finish it before I go.
- Ken started Roastbeef's Promise by David Jerome, a hilarious road trip novel that I reviewed this past spring. He's been laughing out loud and reading passages aloud to me, so I think he's enjoying it!
- Jamie, 16, is still working on The Magician of Hoad by one of his favorite authors, Margaret Mahy (he loved her earlier novel, Madigan's Fantasia). He's been too busy playing on his new ping-pong table and in the rare snow we got yesterday to read much, but he just ran upstairs to pick out books for our trip. Jamie does not travel light when it comes to reading material! He will read through our entire 6-hour trip.
- Craig, 12, isn't currently reading anything, since school is out, but I hope to entice him with his new Christmas books.
I better get to my packing. Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing holiday week and a Happy New Year! Talk to you again in 2011!
(What are you reading Mondays is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey).