My husband and I did something really amazing this weekend: we relaxed! Our weekends are usually hectic and busy, with school, soccer, and trying to get to the items on our to-do lists that we missed during the week. This weekend, my son was away, so we just chilled out and did some things we haven't managed in ages: we went on a hike together Saturday morning, we started a jigsaw puzzle (it's been years since we've done that!), and we spontaneously called some friends to meet us for dinner Saturday night. My to-do list is still here, but it was wonderful to just enjoy the weekend for a change!
And, of course, we did plenty of reading, too:
- I'm still reading Bill Bryson's One Summer: America, 1927, a nonfiction book that I started for one of my book groups, though I didn't feel well enough to make the meeting last week. I'm torn on this one. I normally love Bryson's books, but this one is lacking his usual sense of humor and almost TOO filled with information. I keep thinking I should just set it aside...but then I keep reading. My husband says I alternate between complaining to him about the book and reading passages out loud to him! So, I am still reading.
- I also started - and finished - Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, a middle-grade graphic novel, another memoir-style book (like Smile) based on her own relationship with her sister during a long road trip when they were kids. It was excellent, as all of her books seem to be!
- I started a new audio book, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. It's a memoir written in verse and is being marketed as a middle-grade children's book, but it's one of those unique books that will be enjoyed by all ages. I'm not much of a poetry fan and would normally have passed on this one, but I kept hearing rave reviews. So far, it is absolutely amazing - powerful, warm, and moving.
- My husband, Ken, read Personal by Lee Child, his favorite author, in record time and loved it.
- Ken is now (finally) reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, a book I have been recommending to him for years. He seems to be enjoying it.
- I assume that Craig, 16, is still reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller for his American Lit class - I haven't seen him in a few days!
I only managed one review last week (still trying to catch up!), but I squeezed in another couple of posts this weekend:
Review of Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel, a middle-grade graphic novel
Saturday Snapshot, with a few pics of a late-fall hike at our local nature center
Weekend Cooking, with several recipes for tasty family dinners using fall produce
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.
|Covered bridge & lovely stream at our nature center|