Monday, April 23, 2018

It's Monday 4/23! What Are You Reading?

I'm back after a week's hiatus. My husband and I took a camping trip to Virginia last week. We went south seeking warmer weather, but it was still pretty cool! We did get some nice days in the second half of the week, though. We enjoyed hiking, kayaking, campfires, exploring a few small towns...and reading! It was very relaxing and just what I needed. Now, I am feeling refreshed and ready to tackle real life again. But I have over 500 e-mails to wade through, so if you left me a message or are waiting for a reply on Facebook or Twitter, just be patient!

Here's what we've been reading the past two weeks:
  • I finished Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate for my neighborhood book group, and we had a great discussion (my review is at the link). Its premise is based in real life - an illegal adoption ring in Tennessee in the 1920's through 40's that stole poor children from their families and arranged expensive adoptions. How have I never heard of this before? The novel, which tells the story from several perspectives (including the children involved), moving back and forth through time, was captivating. Almost everyone in my group liked it (we had one dissenter!).
  • Now, I am reading The Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles, another Booktopia selection (just 2 weeks to go!). It's a novel written as if it were an in-depth investigative report of a true story, about a young man on the Mississippi Gulf Coast who was paralyzed in Afghanistan and suddenly just stands up from his wheelchair and walks. The book delves into many different aspects of the story - his doctor at the VA, the Catholic church's investigation into whether this constitutes a miracle, a reality TV show made about him, and the backstory of his life before. It's been good, and I'm enjoying it (almost finished).
  • I finished listening to the middle-grade audiobook Refugee by Alan Gratz, which follows the lives of 3 refugee children from different times in history: a Jew escaping Germany in the 1930's, a Cuban seeking refuge from poverty in the 1990's, and a Syrian caught in the midst of war in 2015. I have loved the other Gratz novels I've read - Code of Honor and Projekt 1065 - and this one was even better, riveting and powerful and a unique look at the refugee crisis.
  • On our trip, my husband and I started a new audio, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. This one's been getting a lot of buzz, and since my husband likes suspense, I saved it to share with him. It's sort of a modern version of the Hitchcock movie Rear Window. In this case, it features a woman named Anna with agoraphobia who hasn't left her house in 11 months. She amuses herself in part by watching her neighbors from her window, and one day she sees a horrible crime. She tries to report it to the police, but the people involved deny it happened and no one believes her, due to her unstable mental condition, loads of medications, and a heavy drinking habit. Lots of suspense over whether it really happened or not! We are almost finished with it and enjoyed it.
  • My husband, Ken, moved onto the third book in the sci fi classic Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation, after finishing Foundation and Foundation and Empire. He enjoyed re-reading these classics from the 1950's.
  • Now, Ken has started a novel I gave him for Easter (books for all occasions here!), Fifty Mice by Daniel Pyne. It's a thriller with an intriguing plot: a man has been put into Witness Protection and moved to a community on Catalina Island in CA, but he doesn't remember what dangerous information he knows.
  • Our son, Jamie, 23, is still reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. He is on book 7, A Crown of Swords. He loves this epic fantasy series.
Blog posts from the past two weeks:
Movie Monday: Ready Player One - a fun adaptation of one of our favorite books!

My First Shelf Awareness Column: Spring Has Sprung! - 5 books perfect for spring

Fiction Review: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate - a novel based on a real-life adoption scandal

Summary of Books Read in March - a great reading month!

Fiction Review: Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala - a powerful, moving novel

Happy Earth Day - Celebrate with a Book!

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?  

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20 comments:

  1. I have Woman in the Window on my list ... maybe I'll go audio! Sounds like a great trip.

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    1. It was great on audio! We love a good road trip with an audio book!

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  2. I am not sure what to read next. I think I'm in the mood for YA though and only have a couple on my shelf from which to choose.

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    1. Come to my house, Helen! I have a whole shelf - with double rows and extra books piled on top - of YA books waiting to be read. Suppose I should just get rid of some of them at this point, but they all sound so good!

      Too many books, too little time...

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  3. I’m especially excited to hear what you shared about Refugee! I have this one checked out and I’m eager to dive in soon. Before We Were Yours has popped up on my radar before, so I need to check to see if that’s already on my TBR list. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great week, Sue!

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    1. Both were great, Shaye - hope you enjoy them, too! Refugee review coming soon!

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  4. You read to listen to Prisoner B now by Gratz. I LOVED it and Refugee.

    Happy reading this week :)

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    1. Oooh! Another Gratz! I hadn't heard of that one - thanks!

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  5. I read Refugee for the Cybils last year. Glad you liked it. Come see what I'm reading

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    1. Such a moving book and such an intriguing approach!

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  6. I’m glad you had a good vacation. I’m hopefully going to be reading Refugee soon, so it’s good that you liked it. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Such a good book - hope you enjoy it, too!

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  7. I've heard rumours that there's going to be an Asimov tv series soonest - so that is something to look forward to. :)

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    1. oh, boy!! I told my husband when he got home from work yesterday - that would be great!

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  8. I would love to visit Virginia because I believe its a strong quilting area. Before We Were Yours is one on my radar, I'd listen to it if I read it.

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    1. Yes, you are right, though I think where we live is even more of a quilting area. We are in northern Delaware, very close to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which is home to many Amish and Mennonite communities - they are well-known for their beautiful quilts! Just in case you are ever in the US...

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  9. Hmmm...I entered a comment but it disappeared?

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    1. This one showed up, Patty, so try again!

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  10. Sue Refugee sounds great! Have a great week!

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

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    1. It was! Thanks - you, too!

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