Amid all the busy-ness, we found time to read, as always:
- I finally finished The Secret History by Donna Tartt, a highly acclaimed novel that I've been meaning to read for ages. It took me several weeks to get through it - it is a very dense novel. I liked it, though I still have some questions about its unusual tone and unique feel - I need to find an online discussion somewhere. Some books just beg to be discussed, you know?
- I also finished listening to Solitaire by Alice Oseman on audio, 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 struggles to deal with some very serious issues in her life, but there is also a sense of humor to the story...and I loved the teen British accent of the narrator. Very well done and compelling story.
- Now, I am reading my next review book for Publisher's Weekly, Work Like Any Other, a debut novel by Virginia Reeves, due to be published on March 1. It's about an electrician in 1920's Alabama whose illegal power lines kill a man. Sent to jail for 20 years and separated from his family, he must carve out a new life for himself. I'm only on the second chapter so far, but it's already pulled me in.
- On audio, I just started The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman, a teen/YA novel. I'm not too far into this one yet, either, but it is already intriguing, about a teen girl who lives in a world where spells can help you overcome life's challenges - make you prettier, more popular, less sad. The main character, Ari, seeks a spell to help her forget her boyfriend Win, who died, but all spells come with a cost.
- My husband, 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! He is really enjoying this novel, as he did her others. I've only read the first one so far, so I have some catching up to do.
- I believe that Jamie, 21, 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 over New Year's. Having his own TV in his apartment now, plus getting Netflix this weekend, may slow down his reading!
Movie Monday: The Intern, a fun, warm, and funny movie starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway
TV Tuesday: Transparent, a show about the ultimate dysfunctional family (whose patriarch is now a woman) - I am totally hooked on this one! Sooo good and often hilarious.
Improve Your Life with Books in 2016! - a reprint of my monthly book column from Vital! magazine
Middle-Grade Review: Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, a warm, fun graphic novel that tackles some serious issues
Fiction Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - fun, original, and hilarious
Saturday Snapshot 1/16 - A Warm Winter Walk
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.