So, back to reality now! Trying to catch up after a weekend offline. Looks like 162 new e-mails - not too bad. Not a lot of time for reading last week (I can't read in the car), but here's what we've been enjoying:
- I finished Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, a novel I last read in 10th grade. I probably didn't have time for an extra book but wanted to squeeze in another quick classic this summer. I enjoyed it very much, including my notes all over the pages from high school!
- Now, I am onto my third Big Book of the Summer, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, a novel I have been wanting to read ever since its release and that's been sitting on my bookcase since Christmas. It is so far just as strange as I'd heard but it's definitely getting interesting!
- I've been listening to Dreamology by Lucy Keating, a teen/YA audio book that's been far more intriguing and engrossing than I expected. It explores the line between dreaming and reality when a teen girl starts at a new school and meets face-to-face with the boy she's been dreaming about for years. I am getting close to the end and enjoying it very much.
- 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!" 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! But the poor boy picked up the wrong book by mistake when packing for the weekend so had to endure a 7-hour car ride without a book (he can and does read in the car!).
- Craig, 18, has been reading his All-Freshman summer reading book, When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Ironically, he read this same book for his summer reading assignment when he was entering his freshman year of high school. He doesn't enjoy reading much but is so excited to start college that he doesn't seem to mind re-reading this one!
TV Tuesday: Feed the Beast, a new drama starring David Schwimmer about grief, the Mob, and opening a restaurant
Teen/YA Review: The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice, a moving story of one sister seriously injured in a car accident
Teen/YA Review: The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork, a powerful story of teen depression and suicide, with a focus on hope and healing
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.
We are in the last month of summer now, but there is still time to join the Big Book Summer Reading Challenge - five 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!