I just looked back at last week's Monday post where I said I was looking forward to getting back to normal - ha! My father-in-law moved here last week from Oklahoma, so the week was chock-full of helping him get settled. He arrived with a bad toothache, so he and I spent much of the week going to the dentist, oral surgeon, drugstore, etc. (he's fine now). And my husband and I spent the last few days helping him move into his apartment nearby. He seems very happy here so far, glad to not be alone anymore. He is enjoying time with us and getting to know the other residents in his independent living building. There is still a lot to do, but hopefully things will begin to settle down a bit this week.
We didn't have a lot of time for reading last week (and I had almost no time for blogging!), but here's what we're reading:
- I finished The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, though not in time for my neighborhood book group (I still went). It was an unusual sort of novel - kind of historical fantasy set in Malaysia in 1893 since it takes place mostly in the afterlife as defined by Chinese beliefs. It was unique and interesting and was my first book for the Travel the World in Books Challenge and Readathon.
- After reading several giant novels for various book groups this past 6 weeks, I was happy to choose anything I wanted to read next. I chose The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, a middle-grade novel about a young girl spending the summer with her Japanese grandparents, harvesting wheat in the heartland. Although it's set in the U.S., I am also counting it for the Travel the World in Books Challenge since it is partly about a different culture. I am loving it so far - the grandmother is hilarious!
- I didn't have any time alone last week to listen to an audio book, so I need to start a new one today.
- My husband, Ken, finished The Magicians by Lev Grossman on his Kindle and enjoyed it. He's looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.
- Now, Ken is reading Reaper's Run: A Plague Wars novel by David VanDyke and Ryan King. He says it's a twist on the typical apocalyptic series - here, the plague actually heals people.
- I'm guessing Jamie, 20, is still reading The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider, though I'm not sure since he is at college. He was sick last week so might have had more reading time than usual.
Review of In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang, a teen/YA graphic novel
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.