It was another hectic week ('tis the season!), but my husband and I had a nice, relaxing holiday weekend mostly on our own. We've taken walks and a hike, had good friends over for dinner, and just spent some down time recovering from the busy week.
I also launched my annual Big Book Summer Challenge this weekend, so be sure to check it out and join the fun!
And, as always, we enjoyed our books this week:
- I finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue, book 3 in the Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater. I love this series! The third book was just as good as the previous ones and now I am ready for book 4.
- To kick off my own Big Book Summer, I started reading A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, companion novel to Life After Life which I read in January and immediately added to my list of Best Books Ever! My husband gave me this book for Mother's Day, and it will count as my first Big Book of the summer. It is different from Life After Life but totally engrossing.
- I have been listening to Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, a teen/YA novel, on audio. This was one of my downloads from the first week of SYNC - be sure to check out this great source for free YA and classic audio books all summer long! They feature a new pair of audio downloads (one modern YA paired with one classic) each week. This is only week 3, so you still have plenty of time. So far, I am enjoying this popular YA novel that I somehow missed before. The story and excellent audio production have been riveting.
- My husband, Ken, finished Enclave by Ann Aguirre, the first book in her YA Razorland trilogy. Our son recently read this novel and enjoyed it. I still need to read it!
- Ken has also gotten into the spirit of the Big Book Summer Challenge and started A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin, the fourth book in the Game of Thrones series. He says this one could take him all summer to finish!
- Jamie, 20, has been overwhelmed with end-of-the-semester work (almost done!). He said he was reading Mountain Man by Keith C. Blackmore, a book his dad lent him, but then it disappeared from his Kindle (possibly it was a loaner and the time ran out). He says he is now reading the second book in a Robin Hood series, though I'm not sure what the title is. He should finish up the last of his projects today and then will go on a reading binge!
2015 Big Book Summer Challenge - Sign up and Join the Fun!
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Review of Get in Trouble by Kelly Link, a short story collection
My Big Book Summer 2015 - the books that I plan to read for my challenge
Saturday Snapshot 5/23 - flowers in our yard and neighborhood, welcoming summer!
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.
The Big Book Summer Challenge just started - you have plenty of time to join the fun! You only need to read 1 book (though you can read more if you want) longer than 400 pages to participate. And this year, for the first time, there'll be a Big Book Giveaway at the end of the summer for participants!