I had a rough week because it seems that my Lyme disease is back (third time's a charm?) on top of my chronic immune disorder, so I had severe knee pain all week and all of my "normal" symptoms were badly flared up, including just feeling totally wiped out. Not a very productive week for me. I have a whole new appreciation for people who live with chronic pain every day. I saw my Lyme specialist on Friday and have started treatment, so I am hoping to start feeling better soon.
Meanwhile, as always, books bring me comfort and escape! Here's what we've been reading this week:
- I finished Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, one of this spring's hottest new releases. All the rave reviews were right on target - it's SO good!! It's a novel about the discovery of a giant metal hand in the ground and the investigation that follows to figure out what it is and where it came from. Highly recommended, even if you think you don't like sci fi!!
- Now I am reading this month's choice for my library's discussion group, A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. I rarely have time to squeeze in the library's book group (I belong to 3 other book groups!), but this book was on my TBR shelf and it fits in perfectly with my RIP XI Challenge for this spooky season. A wealthy, successful man in the early 1900's in rural Wisconsin places an ad looking for "a reliable wife." Catherine, the woman that answers and is chosen, says in her letters that she is a "simple, honest woman," but she is anything but. We know from the start that she plans to poison and kill her new husband but not why or who she really is. It's good so far and full of surprises, with a very dark and creepy tone perfect for this month!
- On audio, I am listening to The Hunt by Megan Shepherd, a teen/YA novel and sequel to The Cage, which I enjoyed. This series takes place in another world, where a group of teens from Earth are being held captive. Gripping suspense and intriguing concepts here!
- My husband, Ken, finished The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett, a very old paperback we had here at the house (I was surprised he'd never read it before!). It's a classic spy thriller - Follett is an excellent writer. He loved it.
- Last night, Ken started one of the new books I gave him for his birthday last week, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, author of the books that were made into the Wayward Pines TV series. In this intriguing novel, a man is knocked out and abducted and wakes up with a completely different life - different wife, no kids, everything changed. Sounds great, doesn't it? I definitely want to read this one, too (those are the best kind of gifts to give!).
- Last I heard, Jamie, 22, was reading book 3 in the Scott Lynch series Gentleman Bastards, The Republic of Thieves, which he bought this summer. He loves this series (so does my husband) and says it is about con men in Medieval times.
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Fiction Review: The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson, an immersive story within a story about Chekhov's summer at a guest house in Ukraine - captivating
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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.