Monday, October 25, 2010

It's Monday 10/25! What Are You Reading?

Another Monday after another very busy week.  Soccer, school functions, and house guests this weekend.  My mom and her husband were visiting.  The guys all went to a Ravens-Bills football game, while my mom and I took the train to NYC to see a show on Broadway.  We saw Next to Normal which was stunningly good, with amazing music, great acting, and very powerful emotions.  So, lots of fun for all of us, but not a lot of reading time!  Things should start to slow down a bit, as the boys' soccer seasons begin to wind down.

Here's what we're reading:
  • I finished Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell, a classic coming-of-age novel set in the Canadian prairie.  It was wonderful - warm and tender, funny, sad - just like real life.  My mom is reading it now; our book group meets Wednesday to discuss it.
  • Now I'm reading a teen suspense novel/murder mystery, The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer.  I'm only on chapter 9, but it's already a very compelling story about two sisters, one of whom may have been involved in a murder.  It's hard to put down!
  • Jamie, 16, made a little more progress on The Stand by Stephen King, unfortunately because he was home sick for much of last week.  
  • Jamie also finished Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer for his American Lit class.  He said the story was interesting, but he didn't like the way the book was written (he would have preferred to hear the story told from a first-person perspective, but, of course, that's impossible).  His class has now started Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury, an old favorite of mine.  When I was in high school, I read every Ray Bradbury book in our public library!
  • Craig, 12, has started The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost, the first book in an exciting, fast-paced time-travel series.  The real surprise is that Jamie and I both loved this series and have been trying to get Craig to read it for years.  He likes to be independent, so he rarely takes our advice on reading materials!  I think he'll really enjoy this book.
  • My husband, Ken, is still working on his English mystery, Cover Her Face by P.D. James.  He had very little reading time last week!
Last week on Great Books for Kids and Teens, I posted a review of Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel, a wonderful teen novel about a boy who has a chimp for a baby brother.

What are you reading this week?

(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.)


  1. Hopping by & will be following. I haven't started The Stand yet, but hope your son enjoys it. Be sure to let us know how it went! It's so great that everyone in your family reads reguarly--you should be very proud :)

  2. Oh, I'm so envious of your trip to NYC -- I've only been there once, two years ago, but we LOVED it! I have kids who love theater so we saw two shows then, "Avenue Q," which I enjoyed, and "Spring Awakening," which I hated but my girls really liked. We're thinking of going back next year.

    As for reading, check out "Stronger than Sin," a thriller with medical suspense and paranormal elements, not to mention lots of hot romance. A former pro-athlete has undergone experimental gene therapy and his gorgeous body is superhuman, though at a price. Throw in some blackmail, and a beautiful doctor and you've got a great book! there are other books planned in this series, too (this is the second, but it stands along just fine, I thought. I didn't know it was part of a series when I started it, in fact).

  3. I love to hear of a family of readers, hubby and I read a lot as do our daughters, our sons are more into computers, video games etc.


  4. Liz -
    We saw Avenue Q a while back and loved it (not exactly a kids' show, though - did your kids like it?), then Wicked, then Mama Mia - it's an annual event for us - my mom treats us as my birthday gift each year. There's just nothing like a live show, is there? Thanks for the thriller recommendation!

    Lori -
    My oldest son is an avid reader, but my younger son would rather do something - anything - active than read! He's a good reader, but it's hard to get him to pick up a book. Thank goodness they require him to read for school!


  5. i just finished THE FINKLER QUESTION and am trying to decide what to read next!

  6. I just finished "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese and was surprised by how caught up I became in the story and the medical information. Highly recommend it.

  7. Patricia -

    I'm dying to read Cutting for Stone! I voted for it for our next book group book but another book won the mom and I decided we're going to read it anyway and have our own mini discussion!