Saturday, with our younger son away for the weekend, my husband and I took a last-minute 24-hour trip to Baltimore, about an hour away, and used some old hotel points that were about to expire for a night at a lovely Hyatt right on the harbor. We love Baltimore and thoroughly enjoyed the mini getaway. I'm pretty exhausted today but it was worth it!
So, not a lot of reading time last week, but we enjoyed our books when we could:
- I finished The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman, a debut novelist, due out March 8 and wrote my review for Publisher's Weekly. It's an engrossing family saga set in the 40's and 50's.
- I started my next book group choice, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. It's a fascinating topic - and an important one - and I'm learning a lot, but the writing is kind of dry and textbook-like, so I am struggling with it a bit and needing a fiction fix!
- I am listening to A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielson, a middle-grade audiobook about the Berlin Wall. It is fascinating and riveting - why hasn't anyone ever written historical fiction about the Wall before?
- My husband, Ken, finished The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), the first of her Cormoran Strike series. He enjoyed it.
- Now, Ken is reading The Eye, the Ear, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer, a middle-grade science fiction novel by one of our favorite authors. Our son read this one, and it's on my list, too!
- Jamie, 21, finished Trysmoon Book Two: Duty by Brian Fuller. He says this series is so good that it got him back into a regular reading habit.
- Now, Jamie is re-reading books 3 & 4 of Cinda Williams Chima's Seven Realms series, The Gray Wolf Throne and The Crimson Crown. This is one of his all-time favorite series, and he is getting ready for the upcoming release of the next book!
Movie Monday: All Good Things and Project Almanac, two good but different movies
TV Tuesday: Grace and Frankie, a funny Netflix show with an all-star cast
Fiction Review: The Art Thief by Noah Charney, a mystery set in the international art world
Teen/YA Review: The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman, teens in a world where spells can fix your problems
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 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor|