We had a wonderful - though exhausting! - long holiday weekend with 3 different branches of my extended family in my hometown, Rochester, NY. And I squeezed in an hour with an old Junior High/High School friend, too. It was all very hectic, but it was great to see everyone and spend time with family. We stayed with my dad's wife - our first time back in the house since my dad died this summer. I was afraid it was going to be horribly painful to be there without him, but though I missed him terribly, it was actually kind of comforting to be in his house - he felt closer there. We went through some of his stuff and brought home old photos, some of his clothes for each of us, hats, and other momentos to remind us of him.
So, not a whole lot of time for reading last week - and no time at all for blogging! - but we each enjoyed our books:
- I finished reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, a YA novel whose cover is filled with award badges. It was just as good as I'd heard, and I'm so glad I finally found time to read it. It's the story of two teen boys in the 80's in El Paso, TX, who are each lonely until they meet each other and become best friends. It also deals with struggling with sexual identity. Just excellent all around.
- Now I am reading a novel my husband gave me for Christmas last year! I figure I better finish last year's gifts if I want more books this year. I am in the middle of Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian, the story of a teen girl in Vermont, on the run and homeless after a nuclear plant where both her parents worked melts down. It's been great so far - engrossing.
- I am listening to Echo, a middle-grade novel by Pam Munoz Ryan about a magical harmonica that links its users through time, though I didn't have much time to listen last week, since I was rarely alone!
- My husband, Ken is still 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. He definitely didn't have much time for reading last week.
- Jamie, 21, finished The Bone Palace by Amanda Downum, Book 2 in The Necromancer Chronicles series last night. Now he is reading The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, a gift we gave him for Christmas last year! Like mother, like son. He heard a movie adaptation was coming out soon and moved it to the top of his very long TBR list. I'm glad he finally got to it because I want to read it next!
Today is Cyber Monday, the day when I try to get almost all of my holiday shopping done, so I better get busy. In addition to all my online shopping, I will also be stopping by our little local bookstore with a long list of titles to order as gifts.
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.
|My family on Thanksgiving (I'm on the far right, middle row)|