June 1??? How can that possibly be? I thought today was my last quiet day at home alone before summer, but my son doesn't have any finals today, so he's home. On the plus side, we are squeezing in a mini vacation later this week - three days was all we could fit in between our sons' many commitments and busy schedules. We are heading to Shenandoah National Park, one of our all-time favorite places, for a few quiet days of camping.
Meanwhile, we are enjoying our books:
- I am still 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, about Ursula's brother Teddy's life.
- I am still 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 4, 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, has also gotten into the spirit of the Big Book Summer Challenge and is reading 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, finished the semester late Thursday night, so he hasn't had much time to read yet, but he's started the sequel to Wolfshead, a novel about Robin Hood that he read last summer. He will probably read nonstop through our short trip this week!
Review of Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan, a novel about an Irish immigrant in the 1920's
Saturday Snapshot, with a few photos from a local hike last week
Weekend Cooking: Review of French Milk by Lucy Knisley, a graphic travel memoir
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!