Monday, October 07, 2013

It's Monday 10/7! What Are You Reading?

Whew - rough week last week. Another busy one and my chronic illness was flared up most of the week, so I had to rest a lot and cancel many of my plans. One of the things we had to cancel was a camping weekend we were all looking forward to. That was disappointing, but after 11 years of living with chronic illness, we are used to last-minute changes and going with the flow! I'm doing a little better today and am hoping for a better week...though the calendar is chock full again!

The one benefit of feeling poorly is plenty of quiet reading time! Here's what we read last week:
  • I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, the classic teen/YA coming-of-age novel. It was amazing! It was a great choice for Banned Books week - check out my review.
  • Next I went back to Dreams of My Russian Summers by Andre Makine and finished it finally! It's a slow read - literary fiction - but it was a good story, and I was glad I stuck with it. I'm sorry I missed the book group discussion, though - I've found that my enjoyment of more difficult books is really enhanced when I can discuss it with others.
  • Before my next book group read, I wanted to squeeze in a teen/YA novel. I have been reading Unbroken by Paula Morris, sequel to Ruined. It's a ghost story set in New Orleans, and a perfect way to kick off October!
  • I also started a new audio book last week and am already halfway through it - amazing progress for me! I am listening to In the After by Demitria Lunetta, a suspenseful post-apocalyptic teen/YA novel.
  • My husband, Ken, finished Time and Again by Jack Finney, a classic time travel novel that he and I both enjoyed. He noted that it was slower-paced than he expected, and I agree - it reads more like historical fiction than science fiction.
  • Now, he is reading a Father's Day gift I gave him: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. I'd heard that this supernatural thriller written by Stephen King's son was a good one, so I hope he enjoys it.
  • Craig, 15, is still reading Beowulf for Brit Lit, and Jamie, 19, is still too busy with college to have any free reading time!
 I posted two new reviews last week:

Review of Hope's Boy, a memoir by Andrew Bridge.

Review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, a teen/YA classic.

And a summary of Books Read in September.

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.) 

I spent a relaxing weekend reading on the deck!


  1. You had me at New Orleans! I will definitely be reading that series, I love love love New Orleans, and read everything set there. So jealous you used to live there. ;) One of my best friends also did until a few years ago too. :)

  2. You write the best reviews! I am ready to go look for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.....a book I have hardly paid any attention to--nor the movie. Plus, the rebel in me likes to check out those banned books. :)
    Hope you feel better this week--take care of yourself!

  3. Oh, I've heard loads of great things about The Perks of Being a Wallflower but I still haven't got around to picking it up yet! And I hope you start to feel better soon :)

  4. I still need to read the sequel to Ruined, I really enjoyed the first one. I saw the movie for The Perks of Being a Wallflower and now want to read the book even more! I also want to read Nos4atu, or however it is spelled on the book! I'm a new GFC follower.
    Check out my Monday post

  5. what a beautiful place to read! and I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling 100%. I've lived with a chronic illness since 2001 and some days are good and others are simply "stay in bed & read" days.....sending you warm, healing thoughts!