Happy Mardi Gras!
Tomorrow is Mardi Gras day (Fat Tuesday), but Mardi Gras season began way back on January 6. We used to live in New Orleans, so we brought our annual celebration here to Delaware with us. Saturday night, we had a fun gathering of friends (including several who also lived in New Orleans at the same time we did, in the 80's), with loads of food, colorful decorations, and great music. It was a lot of fun, and our house is still looking very festive, until tomorrow, when we will finish our annual Mardi Gras celebration with Popeye's at a friend's house (yes, Popeye's is authentic Louisiana food - the chain started in New Orleans).
Oh, and both of our sons are finally well again and back to school. It took all last week for our oldest to fully get over the flu, due to his immune disorder, but Tamiflu helped immensely, and they were both feeling good by the party!
So, not a lot of reading time last week - mostly cooking, cleaning, and fun with friends! - but here's what we're currently reading:
- I am re-reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, after getting inspired by Anne Frank Remembered: the Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family by Miep Glies and Alison Leslie Gold. I haven't read it since I was a teenager. My own copy (which was my mother's originally) cost 35 cents and every time I turned a page, it fell out! So, I got a copy at the library and am almost finished. Even knowing what happens, it is still a compelling, amazing story, for so many reasons.
- On audio, I am still listening to a teen/YA novel, The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. It's intriguing so far, about a fantasy dystopian world where everyone forgets everything every 12 years...except the main character who remembers everything but keeps that a secret, as she begins to uncover the secrets of her community. I was slow to get into this one, but after a plot twist in the middle, I found it more compelling.
- My husband, Ken, is reading a review book I got, a noir thriller, Lucky Supreme: A Novel of Many Crimes by Jeff Johnson. The author (it's his debut novel) has been compared to Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane. The novel is due out April 4.
- Jamie, 22, has been reading The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. He is up to book 3, The Dragon Reborn, and enjoying it. Even though he's been sick a lot, I think he's been watching more TV than reading lately.
Movie Monday: La La Land - a joyful, original musical that won 6 Oscars last night
TV Tuesday: Travelers - we LOVE this new Netflix show!
Fiction Review: The Whip - a Western adventure based on a real-life woman who posed as a man and drove a stagecoach
Books Read in January - a great reading month for me!
Saturday Snapshot: National Parks of the Southeast
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.
What are you and your family reading this week?