We enjoyed the last of the warm weather and fall color camping this weekend with our pop-up camper. We kayaked on the pond, took a short hike along the water, and just relaxed with our son and his girlfriend, playing games and enjoying a campfire. It was all very relaxing. Best of all, I was completely unplugged all weekend and had plenty of reading time! Now, it's time to get back to real life...
Here's what we've been reading this week:
- I finished Song Yet Sung by James McBride and enjoyed a lively discussion about it with one of my book groups. It's set in 1850 on Maryland's Eastern Shore and is about slaves trying to escape...but we all agreed it was a unique perspective. No wealthy plantation owners here, just poor white people trying their best to make a living oystering or farming, with both slaves and free blacks among them. The author did a great job showing many multi-dimensional characters - both white and black - without the typical stereotypes. It was a fascinating novel that garnered a lot of interesting discussion - and we all enjoyed the local setting, too.
- I finished the creepy classic Dracula by Bram Stoker, a free download from SYNC this summer. I loved the novel, and the audio production was excellent, with a full cast of narrators. I even reviewed it already - I'm catching up!
- I am now reading another book group selection for this week: The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls. I enjoyed The Glass Castle and Half-Broke Horses, and this is her first fully fictional novel, about two sisters whose mother abandons them, set in 1970. I am loving it!
- I never found time to download a new audio book last week, but I just put it on my iPod this morning, so I will be starting Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman today. He is one of my favorite authors, and this teen/YA novel was nominated for the National Book Award this year.
- My husband, Ken is reading A Dance with Dragons, Book 5 in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series and 1150 pages! He and our son LOVE these books. He says Book 5 is better than Book 4 so far.
- Jamie, 21, is reading The Bone Palace by Amanda Downum, Book 2 in The Necromancer Chronicles series.
Movie Monday: Dark Places, based on the Gillian Flynn novel
TV Tuesday: Red Oaks, a funny Amazon original series set in 1985
Fiction Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker, creepy and fabulous on audio
Summary of Books Read in September - yes, September, finally! Great reading month.
Middle-Grade Review: The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann, Book 1 of a magical dystopian series
What are you and your family reading this week?
What Are You Reading Monday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, so head over and check out her blog and join the Monday fun! You can also participate in a kid/teen/YA version hosted by Unleashing Readers.
|Me kayaking in Delaware this weekend|