Monday, January 11, 2016

It's Monday 1/11! What Are You Reading?

I had a good first week of the year - my chronic illness was mildly flared up, but it was a relief to be home and back in my normal routine. I didn't get to all the 2015 left-over urgent to-do's I meant to (yet), but I did finish my look back at 2015 and setting goals for 2016, a process that I find very satisfying and inspiring each year! Now I need to find the time to catch up on my blogs...

We all enjoyed our books last week:
  • I am still reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt, a highly acclaimed novel that I've been meaning to read for ages. It is an odd but intriguing novel, and I'm finding it more and more compelling the longer I read. It's a long one, but I am enjoying it.
  • I am still listening to Solitaire by Alice Oseman, a teen/YA novel about a high school girl named Tori who's a loner and a blogger and gets caught up in a mysterious website/blog called Solitaire. Like the best YA novels, Tori is struggling to deal with some very serious issues in her life, but there is also a sense of humor to the story...and I love the British accent of the narrator.
  • My husband, Ken, finished Dean Koontz's Prodigal Son, Book One in his Frankenstein series, one of many Koontz books we inherited from my dad. He said it was good.
  • Now, Ken is reading Broken Harbor, the fourth book in Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series. Once again, he says he is blown away but what an amazing writer French is!
  • Jamie, 21, is back at school for winter session, but I believe he is still reading The Brethren Prince: Piracy, Revenge, and the Culture Clash of the Old Caribbean by Ira Smith. It is historical fiction about real-life pirates in the mid-17th century Caribbean - he started it for our trip to Jamaica last week! He also mentioned that the new TV in his apartment bedroom (a birthday present from us) is proving a huge distraction, and he's playing a lot of video games!
 I got back into the blogging routine last week!
TV Tuesday: Legends, a suspenseful show about a deep undercover agent that we enjoy

Middle-Grade Review: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, especially wonderful on audio!

Fiction Review: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, compelling, suspenseful, and full of surprises

Saturday Snapshot 1/9: Surf, sky, and sunsets in Jamaica

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


  1. I like the way you've been this a family affair! My husband has never been much of a reader, but I introduced him to Terry Pratchet's Discworld novels and he's been methodically reading his way through the series. There's a reader inside most of us, just waiting for the right books! :)

  2. I really need to catch up on Tana French...I have the first book on my Kindle...must read soon!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  3. I am glad that you're back in the routine, it sometimes takes awhile!! Enjoy your reads!!

  4. The Dean Koontz books are really good. You should read them after you husband finishes the series. You can see mine h

  5. I've heard great things about "The Secret History" and it is definitely on my "someday" list....

  6. Yes great to set those goals for 2016 and I know - satisfying. I know some don't set them but I do too, and I usually set ones I want to achieve!

  7. I love hearing what your family is reading.

    My husband doesn't read that much, but he does listen to what I tell him about my books. :)

    ENJOY this week of reading.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  8. I am so glad you are getting into the swing of things! I haven't read any of the books you mention, so thank you for introducing me to them! I love how you report on your family's reading! Enjoy your week!

  9. I don't know any of these books! Thank you for the intro to them; specifically Solitaire which seems right up my alley.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  10. Great to see that you're enjoying The Secret History - I own a copy of the book, and I hope to read it in the coming months.