I love Monday mornings - the start of a new week and a bit of quiet solitude for me after a busy weekend. I don't think my solitude will last this week, though - there is a big storm headed this way, so it is likely that my high school son will be dismissed early today and have a snow day tomorrow. Ha ha - just after I wrote that line, my son texted me that he's getting out early!
Anyway, we all had a great reading week:
- I finished The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I first read it in 1999, and I re-read it as part of The Posionwood Bible Readalong, hosted by Tanya at Mom's Small Victories, as part of her Travel the World in Books Challenge. It was even better the second time around! This is such a clever book, with intricate layers of emotion and meaning. I am really enjoying the online discussion. Definitely still in my Top 5 of all time!
- I am determined to read more books from my own shelves this year, especially since I realized during a recent bookshelf clean-out how many amazing books are sitting there patiently waiting for me. So, I picked up one of those next: Wool by Hugh Howey. This highly acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel has been recommended by many of my good friends, so I gave it to my husband last Christmas. He also loved it - and now I am finally getting to it! It's excellent already - compelling from the first chapter.
- I finished listening to When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson, a novel that was first published in 1967 and is being re-released on audio, in advance of a new Japanese anime movie adaptation. It's about a lonely, withdrawn orphan named Anna who is sent to a seaside town to live with a kind older couple for a few months. While there, wandering among the sand and water, she meets a girl named Marnie and makes her first real friend. I enjoyed it, especially since the story turned out to have more complexity and mystery to it than I expected. Now, I need to choose a new audiobook to start!
- I am still reading an adult graphic novel, Black Hole by Charles Burns. I'd heard from several sources that this is one weird story, a sort of sci fi, grotesque, Bodysnatchers kind of novel set in 70's Seattle, but I decided to give it a try since it appears on most lists of Best Graphic Novels. Yup, weird doesn't even begin to describe it!
- My husband, Ken, finished Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo and said, "Another good one." He's not much into discussing what he reads - that's why I'm in 3 book groups!
- Now, Ken is reading one of his Christmas gifts from me, The Three by Sarah Lotz. This is one that I also want to read when he is finished (the best kind of gifts!).
- Jamie, 20, home sick from college, finished Enclave by Ann Aguirre, Book 1 of The Razorland Trilogy, a new post-apocalyptic teen/YA series. Another one I want to read!
- Next, Jamie specifically searched for the best zombie book he could find because he is totally hooked on The Walking Dead TV show. He downloaded The Apocalypse, Book 1 of the Undead World Series, by Peter Meredith. Reviews compared it to The Walking Dead, so he was sold!
Review of Smile by Raina Telgemeier, middle-grade/teen graphic novel
3 Mini Reviews of Audiobooks for Teens/YA, 2 thrillers and 1 realistic fiction
2014 Reading Challenges Wrap-up (finally!)
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.