Monday, September 28, 2009

It's Monday 9/28! What Are You Reading?

(Thanks to J.Kaye's Book Blog for starting What Are You Reading Mondays)

My kids have the day off, so I slept in a bit this morning (Happy Yom Kippur to those who celebrate it!).

Another good reading week:
  • I finished The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs (you can read my review at the link) - it was an entertaining and edifying book.
  • I'm on the last CD of the audio book The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells. I think I may have to revise my list of Top Ten Favorite Novels (though I don't know what I'd push off the list...)
  • I read a teen/YA novel, Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. It is an absolutely chilling yet compelling book about a young girl who was abducted at age 10 and has been living with her captor for the past five years. I'll post a review of this haunting book at Great Books for Kids and Teens this week.
  • I started a new novel, Travel Writing, by Peter Ferry that explores the thin line between memoir and fiction. I'm enjoying it very much so far - I always like books about writing and writers.
In the books-to-movies category, my husband and I watched The Reader this weekend, and I thought it was an excellent film adaptation. I was pleased to see that the movie retained all of the complexities of the thought-provoking book.

I also posted reviews of the teen novel Bounce and a wonderful fantasy trilogy for middle-grade and teen readers, The Cronus Chronicles, this week at Great Books for Kids and Teens.

So, what are YOU reading this week?


  1. The Living Dead Girl sounds intrigung especially given the kidnap stories in the news.

    Here is mine

  2. The Year of Living Biblically is on my TBR list and I am think I will add Living Dead Girl. Happy Reading this week. Mine is here:

  3. Great List and its great how you managed to read do many books in a week. I wish I could do the same!

  4. I read Living Dead Girl and then couldn't get it out of my head for weeks -- it just stuck with me so much.

    I thought The Year of Living Biblically was great -- had a lot of fun with that one :-)

  5. Is your Top 10 list the favorite novels EVER or just 2009? I think I'm going to just have a 2009 Favorite Books list because I can't limit it to ten this year. Lots of good reading so far!

  6. Marie -

    yes, I had the same reaction to Living Dead Girl - it's something you don't soon forget.

    Mary -

    I think I limited my list to the past 5 years, since I've been keeping a list of books read - too hard to choose the 10 best over a lifetime!


  7. I've read part of Year of Living Biblically. Thought it was funny, but not really my type of read. Glad you enjoyed it though.

  8. Twice I have seen Elizabeth Scott's posted today. I really want to read that one.

  9. Thanks for the Yom Kippur wishes. My husband celebrates. I felt bad as tonight he was breaking the fast, and I was at a wake fvor an uncle so he had to make his own dinner:(

    Oh well stuff happens. Hope you are having a good week Sur.

    Looking forward to your review on Calla Lilly Ponder :)

  10. Happy reading this week! :D

  11. I have The Year of Living Biblically on my shelf. I am excited to read this one...