Huh? What? November?? How'd that happen? I feel like Rip Van Winkle. I spent much of my favorite fall season sick, so I feel like I missed it. But the sun is out today, those wild winds from the weekend have died down, and it's supposed to be back in the 60's by tomorrow.
No matter what the season or the weather, we love our books! Here's what we read last week:
- I finished The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown, the selection for last week's neighborhood book group discussion. In a rare agreement, everyone in our group loved the nonfiction book!
- Now I am reading another nonfiction book (a lot for me!), Bill Bryson's One Summer: America, 1927, for another book group meeting this week! It's interesting so far, though I wish I had time to read a novel in between the two nonfiction books. I will never finish it in time for the discussion Thursday, but I'm enjoying it so far.
- I finished the audio, On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers, a teen/YA dystopian novel. It definitely has some flaws, but I enjoyed it - just wish it had been a little longer so that it might have felt more complete.
- I started and finished another audio, the middle-grade novel The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm, a fun story about a twelve-year old girl who suddenly finds herself hanging out with her fourteen-year old grandfather, when he succeeds in his search for a cure for old age. It's a combination of science, real-life preteen and teen scenarios, science fiction, and a nice dose of humor. I really liked it.
- My husband, Ken, finished The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, about a time-traveling serial killer, that I read last month. He enjoyed it.
- Now he's reading his birthday gift from me, Personal by Lee Child, part of his favorite series.
- Craig, 16, is reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller for his American Lit class. I'd like to read it when he's finished - that's one I missed in school.
More Spooky Halloween Reads - some great gift ideas for the holidays in these lists, even though the spooky season is over.
Review of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a classic that was far more thoughtful than I expected.
Review of Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, a middle-grade novel that was great on audio.
Saturday Snapshot, with a few photos from our Halloween celebrations.
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.