Busy weekend, but now I am enjoying the sound of crickets and birds out on my peaceful back deck. I have to admit I like the quiet & peace of a Monday morning, even if I do have a million things to do this week - new week, fresh start! I've still been struggling with my health issues, though I think making progress a bit at a time. For some reason, I seem to always feel the worst on weekends, which kinda sucks. But, hey, here it is a new week!
Our family enjoyed some great books this past week:
- I finished my first review book for Publisher's Weekly, A Paper Son by Jason Buchholz, a novel that goes back and forth between a present-day elementary teacher in San Francisco and the story of a family who moved back to China in 1925, with some supernatural elements linking the two stories. I really enjoyed it - the story and the writing pulled me right in. I'm working on my review now - look for the novel's release in January 2016.
- Now I am reading The Three by Sarah Lotz for my R.I.P. X Challenge - I gave it to my husband last year and am glad to finally be getting to it. It's the story of 4 simultaneous plane crashes that left only 3 children as survivors. Very compelling so far.
- I've been listening to a teen/YA audiobook, The Cemetery Boys by Heather (Zac) Brewer, and really enjoying it. It combines an engaging, realistic story about a teen boy struggling with major changes in his life with some supernatural creepiness - a perfect fit for October and my R.I.P. X Challenge!
- My husband, Ken, finished The English Girl by Daniel Silva, the first Silva novel he's ever read, and said he enjoyed it.
- Now, Ken is back to reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (recommended by our son). I just read last week that this book is being made into a movie AND a TV show!
- Jamie, 21, is still reading The Blood King by Gail Z. Martin, book 2 in the Chronicles of the Necromancer series, another epic fantasy series. He really enjoyed book 1, The Summoner, so he is looking forward to the rest of the series.
Movie Monday: The Cake Eaters, starring Kristen Stewart and Bruce Dern
TV Tuesday: How to Get Away with Murder, one of our favorites, back for season 2!
Middle-grade Review: Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper, historical fiction crossed with a (friendly) ghost story - I loved it!
Nonfiction Review: How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow by Toni Bernhard
As you can see, I have added weekly reviews of TV shows and movies to my blog recently, so if like me, you also enjoy TV shows and movies as well as books, check out all of my media reviews!
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.