For us, the holiday season lasts through mid-January. Our youngest son turned 19 on Friday. We went out to a Japanese Hibachi restaurant (family tradition) for dinner and then he and his brother and a few friends headed to the Poconos for a weekend of snowboarding. Seems weird not to at least be accompanying them after so many years of birthday parties, but my husband and I enjoyed the quiet time this weekend. They come back tonight, so I have a pork roast in the crockpot and a cake in the oven! Birthday celebrations in my family tend to last a week or more :)
Anyway, lots of good books being read in our house last week:
- I just this morning finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, a book I've been meaning to read for ages (and that my husband gave me LAST Christmas). It's a Pulitzer-Prize winning novel about the stories of two young people on opposite sides during WWII and how their lives intertwine. It was excellent - just as I'd heard and deserving of all of its awards - but it also felt a little too long to me. I think I have overdosed on long WWII novels lately!
- Today, I will start a new review book (due out in May), 'Round Midnight by Laura McBride, author of the highly acclaimed We Are Called To Rise (which I haven't read yet). This new novel is about four women in Las Vegas whose lives are intertwined.
- On audio, I am listening to Anne Frank Remembered: the Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family by Miep Glies and Alison Leslie Gold. It's a memoir, and the narrator is wonderful, with an accent and warmth that makes you feel as if Miep herself is sitting next to you telling her story. It's fascinating so far. The only problem is that my audio ended abruptly in the middle of a sentence! Something must have gone wrong with my download (I got it free from SYNC two summers ago). I was loving it and am desperate to hear the rest! Now waiting for a copy from my library system to get delivered so I can finish it.
- My husband, Ken, is reading the latest Jack Reacher book by Lee Child, Night School. He loves this series and is enjoying the faster pace after reading The Last of the Mohicans.
- Jamie, 22, has been reading The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. He is up to book 3, The Dragon Reborn - and flying through it! He may be done by now - I haven't seen him in a few days.
Movie Monday: Favorite Movies Watched in 2016 - all of my 2016 reviews & my faves
TV Tuesday: Favorite TV Shows of 2016 - all of my 2016 reviews & my faves
Fiction Review: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis - a fun & farcical time-travel story
Fiction Review: LaRose by Louise Erdrich - a moving story about family & community
Saturday Snapshot: Cloudy Skies - from overcast to blue!
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.
|My son's 1st birthday|
|My son's 19th birthday (he's between his brother & his Grandad)|