Monday, November 29, 2010

It's Monday 11/29! What Are You Reading?

 Happy Monday - hard to believe it's almost December already!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family.  We had a very special holiday week.  My mom and her husband treated us and my sister's family to a vacation in Jamaica at the Beaches Negril resort!  It was our first trip to the Caribbean (aside from Puerto Rico) and our first time at a resort, and the entire week was magnificent.  We spent the week swimming, snorkeling, and eating a lot!  My chronic illness even cooperated so that I could enjoy the trip - I realized it helps a lot when I have absolutely no responsibilities, no stress, and can sleep for 11 hours a night!

I wasn't here for last Monday, so this is a 2-week catch-up on our reading:
  • I read lots of short books in the busy week before we left, starting with a sweet middle-grade novel, Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord, author of the award-winning Rules.  Check out my review at Great Books for Kids and Teens.
  • I finally got to The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey, a wonderfully moving and inspirational book written by an author disabled with the same illness my sons and I have, ME/CFS.  I'll post a review this week.
  • Before we left, I squeezed in one more middle-grade book, a humorous take-off on the Hardy Boys called Brixton Brothers: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett.  Lots of fun - review to come this week at my kids' book blog.
  • On our trip, I read a classic, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, for one of my book groups that's meeting tomorrow evening.  I'm not a huge fan of period novels, so it dragged at times for me, but overall, I enjoyed it.
  • Jamie, 16, decided to leave our hardcover copy of the 1,000-page The Stand at home for vacation (he's somewhere around page 700).  Instead, he brought along and read two old favorite paperbacks.  He likes to read themed novels when we travel, so he read two novels set among pirates in the Caribbean:  Peter Raven Under Fire by Michael Molloy (this might have been his third read of this one!) and The Angel's Command by Brian Jacques.  He says both are excellent (appropriate for middle-grade or teens).
  • Craig, 12, read absolutely nothing!  That's his idea of vacation.  I really need to get him back in the reading habit this week (kicking and screaming).
  • My husband, Ken, spent two weeks in Europe on business, came home for one night, then left with us for Jamaica the next day!  He finished New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith, a mystery novel set among the wealthy high society of our favorite city.  He started a new paperback he picked up for his travels, The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd, a new author for him but one recommended by a favorite of his, Lee Child.
So, lots of reading and lots of fun.  Now it's time to catch up, read those 400 e-mails waiting for me, and get back to writing reviews. Hope you had a great holiday, too!

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


  1. What a fantastic gift from your mom and her husband. I love your family photo!

  2. Sweet photo! Glad to hear you had a wonderful vacation and I'm envious that you got so much reading in to boot!

  3. Beautiful photo! I'm glad your body cooperated with you for the holiday. Mine started acting up Saturday evening and hasn't let up yet. Back to the doctor in the am! But I'm glad I made it through Thanksgiving feeling just a little tired. I just finished a novel entitled Winter Bloom by Tara Heavey, an Irish author. It was originally publish in Ireland and the UK as Sowing The Seeds Of Love and was published here with Winter Bloom as the title. (The first of her 5 novels to be published in the US). What a beautiful and moving book! I fell in love with it right off the bat and didn't want it to end. Not sure what to begin next (have plenty here at home to chose from) but I'm supposed to finish Love In The Time Of Cholera for the evening bookclub this Thurs. (Not sure if I will or not). Fun post! I may have to do this on my blog too!

  4. Love the family photo! So glad you had a wonderful vacation and that you felt well. Truly something to be Thankful for!

  5. Jamaica! Wow! Such great books! Have an awesome week.... I am still thinking Jamaica! :)

  6. What a wonderful gift! I too like your family photo--everyone looks so happy and relaxed. :)

  7. Lucky you Sue; what a fabulous family photo as