Monday, August 24, 2009

It's Monday 8/24! What Are You Reading?

Hello! We took a mini vacation last week, so I haven't posted in awhile, but I've been reading some good books!
  • After watching the movie The City of Ember, I was inspired to finally read the middle-grade books my son had been recommending. I loved The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau and quickly devoured book 2, The People of Sparks. In a fit of selfishness disguised as generosity, I bought my son book 3, The Prophet of Yonwood, for his birthday last week! Do I have to wait for him to read it first?
  • Since we were heading off on another summer road trip (a short one this time), I decided to read Jack Kerouac's 1955 road trip classic, On the Road. I'm almost finished and have enjoyed it, though it's very different from the contemporary books I normally read.
  • In the car, we listened to the start of a wonderful new kids' series, Eric Rex: the Dragon's Eye by Kaza Kingsley. It's about a boy suddenly thrust into a magical world, and we all loved it. Even after arriving home, the kids wanted to start listening to the second book.
In the category of books made into movies...
  • We watched the movie version of Inkheart, a favorite family book. The movie was very well-done, and my 15-year old son Jamie says that the next books in the series, Inkspell and Inkdeath are even better! So many good books to read and so little time...
  • My husband and I watched The Nanny Diaries, which is also based on a book. I haven't read the book, but the movie was pretty good.
Last week, I posted reviews of Benny & Shrimp, a Swedish love story of opposites attracting, and Building a Home with My Husband, a wonderful memoir by Rachel Simon.

So, what are YOU reading this week?

(What are you reading Mondays is sponsored by J. Kaye's book blog)


  1. My younger teens, the twinks, liked Inkheart et al. My oldest has always been a deep thinker and prefers works by Lovecraft. Happy reading. Is it not great to have teens that love to read? My selections are here:

  2. Anonymous2:43 PM

    How did you think the movie and book compared for City of Ember? I loved the book, but got mad at the movie! I'm also curious what you think of the Prophet of Yanwood. There's also The Diamond of Darkhold.

    Thanks for sharing!

    here's mine

  3. Anonymous3:59 PM

    I've really wanted to read The Nanny Diaries, but haven't found the time. Sounds like you are having a fun reading time!

  4. Jill -

    I saw the movie before I read the book, so I liked it. I did think, however, that it had a slightly comical or cartoonish tone to it - but my kids disagreed and said I only thought that because Bill Murray was part of the cast! They're probably right. In any case, it's a great book series!