We had a very full weekend, with two celebrations for my father-in-law's 91st birthday, my son's prom (#2 this spring), his soccer game, and a big family dinner Saturday night. Yesterday, I got my college son ready to go back to school for the week, my husband and his dad left for an overnight trip to Atlantic City, my younger son went to work...and I was all alone in the quiet house! Finally caught up on my e-mail backlog, went through some of the paper clutter that collected this week, and enjoyed a movie (watch for a review later today for Movie Monday!).
Amidst all that activity, we enjoyed our books this week:
- I was reading - and thoroughly enjoying! - A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki but I had to temporarily set it aside. I had been wanting to read it ever since its release, so I was glad to finally get to it. I am loving it so far - an intricate, interwoven story about a Japanese teenager and a woman writer in British Columbia (I love stories about connections). However, I had to set it aside to start a review book that is due soon. I really hate to stop in the middle of a good book! I don't know how some people read multiple books at a time - I just can't manage that.
- So, now I have turned my attention to Marriage on the Street Corners of Tehran: A Novel Based on the True Stories of Temporary Marriage by Nadia Shahram, my review book for Publishers Weekly. So far, it is an engrossing but disturbing novel about a young girl in Iran in the 1980's who is married off to an abusive older man when she is only 12 years old (and she's one of the older child brides mentioned here!). Parts of the book are hard to read, but so far, it is a powerful and compelling story.
- I am still listening to a teen/YA novel, My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter, about a free black boy during the Civil War who is sold into slavery and taken to the South. It's an engrossing story so far.
- My husband, Ken, is reading The Cell by Stephen King, one of many King books we inherited from my dad. Ken is partway through and pretty sure he's read this one before! We always traded books back and forth with my dad, so it's quite possible my dad lent it to him years ago when he first read it.
- Jamie, 21, has been re-reading the first two books in the A Pattern of Shadow and Light trilogy by Melissa McPhail: he finished Cephrael's Hand and is now reading The Dagger of Adendigaeth, in preparation for reading book 3. With finals starting this week and projects due today and tomorrow, he hasn't had much reading time!
- Craig, 18, is reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, a wonderful graphic memoir about growing up in Iran during the Revolution there, for his World Lit class (I read it last year - see my review at the link). Should make for some great discussions in his class!
TV Tuesday: Catastrophe - a unique & hilarious comedy on Amazon Prime.
Graphic Memoir Review: Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley - her latest book about her wedding.
Free YA and Classic Audiobooks All Summer! - I love downloading these free audiobooks - it's already started, so join the fun!
Saturday Snapshot: May in My Neighborhood - some late spring blooms.
Fiction Review: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens - a fast-paced but thoughtful thriller that my book group enjoyed.
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, my sons & husband with my father-in-law on his birthday|