Quiet Monday morning home alone, after a nice weekend with my family. Spent Saturday evening with my husband, then he left for a business trip Sunday, and I had both of my sons home for dinner and even some TV together - very nice!
Lots of good books last week, and I am really enjoying my annual spooky October reading!
- I finished The Three by Sarah Lotz for my R.I.P. X Challenge - I gave it to my husband and father last year and am glad I finally got to it. It's the story of 4 simultaneous plane crashes that left only 3 children as survivors and is told in a journalistic way, with accounts from many different people involved in different ways. It was very compelling and creepy!
- Now, I am reading The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (one of my favorite authors!), a middle-grade dystopian fantasy about a world that favors usefulness where any child with a creative or artistic ability is labeled Unwanted and sent for Elimination, but there is a secret magical world focused on the arts. This is a different kind of October read but is very good so far.
- I finished the teen/YA audiobook The Cemetery Boys by Heather (Zac) Brewer and really enjoyed it. It combines an engaging, realistic story about a teen boy struggling with major changes in his life with some supernatural creepiness - another perfect fit for October and my R.I.P. X Challenge!
- Now, I am listening to a spooky classic: Dracula by Bram Stoker, a free download from SYNC this summer. It is excellent so far - such a creepy tone! The voices on the audio are great, especially that of the Count himself. In an odd way, it actually adds to the foreboding to know basically how the story goes.
- My husband, Ken, is reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. This is one of our son's favorite books and 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 Life Before Her Eyes, starring Uma Thurman, a haunting movie about friendship & tragedy, based on a novel
TV Tuesday: The Good Wife and Madam Secretary - two excellent shows about powerful women
Fiction Review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, plus a discussion of the controversies
Saturday Snapshot - First signs of fall in my neighborhood
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 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.