Happy Cyber Monday! I need to get my Monday blog post done early, so I can start my online shopping.
We had a quiet holiday week, with my college son home with mono and my husband down with a nasty respiratory virus. We had to cancel our travel plans to visit family, but we made the best of it. We ended up watching a LOT of TV and movies together, with those two feeling so horrible - I think even trying to read was difficult for both of them. Still, we always manage to read at least a little. Here's what we're reading now:
- I finished the next book group pick for my online family book group, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. I'd wanted to read it for years, and it was excellent, an in-depth portrayal of a mother and her large family, told through short vignettes of her children's lives throughout the years. There was a lot of tragedy in this story, but it ended with a sense of hope. Since I missed seeing all my cousins and aunts this weekend, I am looking forward to "discussing" the book with them online!
- I finished listening to The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi, a teen/YA thriller on audio. The first half was very good - mysterious and fast-paced - but the second half really dragged and got preachy and tedious.
- I am now reading Hild by Nicola Griffith for my neighborhood book group. It's interesting so far but moving very slowly. It's set in seventh century Britain and includes both a map and a family tree filled with unpronounceable names at the front, plus it uses a lot of Old English words (there's a brief glossary at the back). So, reading is going slowly, as I flip to the front and back every sentence to decipher it! The story, however, is interesting so far.
- I just started a new audio last night, Us by David Nicholls, the story of a marriage falling apart amidst a family vacation across Europe. I've only just started it, but it's already excellent - interesting and compelling, with a sprinkling of laugh-out-loud moments (my family probably thought I was crazy, laughing to myself while I made dinner last night!).
- I'm also reading a teen/YA graphic novel, Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gullidge, when I need something light to break up my heavy novel. It's excellent so far - creative, warm, and engaging.
- My husband, Ken, is reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This is one of our son's all-time favorites, though I think it's been slow going this past week, since it's a complex story, and the virus has slowed him down.
- I believe Jamie, 20, is still reading Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburn. His concentration has been poor, too.
Review of One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson, nonfiction
Review of The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, an outstanding middle-grade novel
Weekend Cooking: Turkey and Wild Rice Soup, a great use for that leftover turkey
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.
|A quiet Thanksgiving at home|