It was a crazy busy week - shopping for my younger son's dorm room and helping our older son move out of his apartment - but we always find a little time for reading! Here's what we are reading:
- I finished a review book for Publishers Weekly, Isra Isle by Nava Semel. It's (in part) an alternate history, based on a historical fact. In 1825, a Jewish man named Mordecai Noah bought Grand Island, NY (a bit of land just south of Niagara Falls) from the Native Americans. He wanted to start a Jewish state...but no one came. This novel imagines what would have happened if it had worked, and Jews had had a safe haven way back then. I grew up in Rochester, NY, and often visited Grand Island - its real-life history includes an amusement park called Fantasy Island! - so it was especially intriguing to me. All in all, it was a very interesting and thought-provoking novel, though the author uses a free-form narrative style without quotation marks and a lot of symbolism, so it was a bit confusing at times. Worth reading, though.
- Now, I'm trying to squeeze in a classic before moving onto my next Big Book, so I started Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, a novel I last read in 10th grade. I probably didn't have time for this extra book, but I am enjoying it!
- I just finished listening to The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork, a teen/YA novel about a serious topic. It's about a teen girl who tries to commit suicide and her slow, difficult journey of healing and recovery. It was moving and powerful, all the more so for me because a young person close to me has been suicidal. Highly recommended.
- My husband, Ken, is reading Shift by Hugh Howey, book 2 in the Wool series. He and I both LOVED Wool (review at the link), which several friends had said, "you must read it!" They were right! I gave Ken the second book for Father's Day, and I can't wait to read it, too!
- Jamie, 21, is re-reading Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings, book 1 in the Stormlight Archive so that he can next read book 2, Words of Radiance. The first one is 1200 pages long, and the second one is 1300 pages, so he is definitely in the Big Book Summer groove!
TV Tuesday: Aquarius, a creepy 60's detective show about Charles Manson starring David Duchnovy
Middle-Grade Review: Masterminds: Criminal Destiny by Gordon Kormon, a thrilling sequel!
Fiction Review: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, a 1950's courtroom drama with serious implications for our world today
Saturday Snapshot 7/30: A Summer Walk - blue skies and summer blooms
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.
There is still plenty of time to join the Big Book Summer Reading Challenge - six weeks of summer left! Just click the link to read the rules - super-easy for summer! You only need to read one "big book" (400 pages or more) before September to participate. Join the fun, choose your Big Book(s) & sign up today!