Monday, February 11, 2013

It's Monday 2/11! What Are You Reading?

We had a busy week and a fun weekend, with our annual Mardi Gras party - you can read about the details (well, the food details, at least!) on my Weekend Cooking post.  Lots of work but also lots of fun. We used to live in New Orleans, so Mardi Gras is a major holiday in our house! This will be a hectic week, with both Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day. Also, my son is home sick, so we are heading to the doctor's office this morning.

With all that excitement, we still managed to enjoy our books this week:
  • I finished In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood, a book of essays on science fiction by the much-lauded author of The Handmaid's Tale. I enjoyed it very much, as well as the Bookrageous podcast discussing it. Now I have a long list of sci fi books I want to read!
  • I am now reading a memoir that my very kind cousin sent me last week: The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein. My local library's book group is discussing memoirs this week, so her timing was perfect! I am enjoying it very much - the beginning reminds me a bit of Angela's Ashes, only it is about a very poor Jewish family in England.
  • I am  - finally - almost finished with the middle-grade audio book, Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. It is a very long audio, but I have enjoyed it and am down to the last couple of tracks.
  • My husband, Ken, is reading Orson Scott Card's Pathfinder, after my son and I raved about it! It is a long one, but I told him it is well worth the effort.
  • Jamie, 18, is still reading Shaman's Crossing, Book 1 of the Soldier's Son trilogy by Robin Hobb. He's really not enjoying it much, but he insists on finishing it! Now that he's back at college in the dorms, he doesn't have much reading time.
  • Craig, 15, is still making his way through his freshman lit novel, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - slowly and painfully!
I wrote two reviews last week: I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg and Trapped by Michael Northrup, a teen/YA novel. I also posted my January reading summary, a Weekend Cooking post about Mardi Gras, and a preview of 2013 book-to-movie adaptations - lots of good movies to look forward to!

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.)

Mardi Gras 2010 - me with my sons


  1. I've always wanted to read an Atwood book but never have - even though I own one. (Cats Eye, I think) That's a great pic, by the way! I lived in New Orleans as a baby, so of course, I don't remember any of it. But I've always wanted to go there for Mardi Gras!

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  3. I completely forgot about Mardi Gras! I think I'll have to rethink our meal plan for the week - must make pancakes on Tuesday night! In Other Worlds sounds really interesting. I'm going to check it out. Have a great week!

  4. I remember reading The House on Mango Street during my freshman year too. I didn't love it, but I may have had an easier time with it than your son is having!

    Happy reading this week. :)

  5. I keep trying to find "Trapped' here in OZ but it's not being stocked it appears. Sounds great so I shall have to order a copy for the kids and i. I finally finished an Australian book called 'The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer' which I dipped in and out of for months but couldn't put it down in the end and really enjoyed the writing style and unidentifiable setting all the way through. Probably not available in US. I also read 'This Is Life' by Dan Rhodes on the weekend and really enjoyed it. Much quicker read and slightly deeper than one expects from appearances. Highly recommend it...sorry I'm not sure if you've already recommended it?! : )

  6. Trapped is a good one, Annie - great suspense! I am trying to get Craig to read it;)

    No, I hadn't heard of This is Life before - I'm adding it to my (very long) list!! Thanks for the tip.


  7. Can you believe that I've never read The Handmaid's Tale? I am a terrible Canadian. (Note: I have read several of Atwood's novels). The short science fiction sounds intriguing.