Monday, March 28, 2011

It's Monday 3/28! What Are You Reading?

Monday already?  We spent the entire weekend working on our tax return (and still haven't finished) - doesn't feel like we really had a weekend at all!

I had to take a little break from blogging the second half of last week - just too far behind in too many things and feeling overwhelmed.  So, I apologize if I didn't get a chance to visit your blog last week.  I'm hoping this week will be better, in many ways!

We did manage some reading last week, though:
  • I am still reading Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, a fascinating and compelling story about an Olympic runner who was a POW in World War II Japan.  Besides being captivated by the tale, I'm learning a lot - I really knew very little about Japan's role in WW II.
  • I finished listening to 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Gralik on audio.  I really loved this book and hope to review it here soon.
  • My husband is on a sci fi run lately.  He first read an old favorite, Riverworld by Philip Jose Farmer.  He told me a bit about it - a world of resurrection, where every person who has ever lived goes after death - and it sounds interesting.
  • He's now reading a new sci fi release we found at the library, Leviathans of Jupiter by Ben Bova.  This was just a spontaneous pick from the library's new release shelf, but he says it's pretty good so far, a classic life-on-another-planet sci fi story.
  • Jamie, 16, read Goldstrike, the teen techo-thriller sequel to Icecore by Matt Whyman, and loved it.  I'll have to check that one out, since I enjoyed Icecore, too.
  • He's now reading Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull, a new release from a favorite author (author of the Fablehaven books).
  • Jamie is also reading The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane for his American Lit class.
  • Craig, 13, is reading Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain for his English class - now there's a school assignment anyone could love!  We've listened to some great audio books of Tom Sawyer, but this is the first time he's read it on his own.
Before I went into overload and had to take a blogging break, I posted a review of Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran and my list of Top Five Bookish Pet Peeves.

What are you and your family reading this week?

(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  Thanks for giving me something to look forward to on Mondays, Sheila!)


  1. I love the idea of giving family updates! I hope you have a better week!
    I hope you will have some time to stop by and visit!

  2. Hi Sue, Just stopping by to see what you have been reading because it is Monday. I noticed you listen to audiobooks. Join me over at for my Jog and Blog. Since the weather is getting nice we can get out, get some exercise and listen to great audiobooks.
    ~ Lauri Chandler

  3. As you know, I took a break last week too but here we are back to it! Unbroken sounds fascinating as I don't know much about Japan during WW II either. Interesting that your husband is reading a lot of sci fi right now. I just got a request from an author to read a sci fi novel and am seriously considering it. I find that 2011 is turning into a year of very diverse genres for me.

  4. Isn't that fun, Julie? I love discovering new books and genres to like - I find book groups help with that a lot.

    When I first met my husband, I didn't think I liked sci fi (which is funny because in high school, I read everything Ray Bradbury wrote and loved it all!). Then my husband lent me a few of his favorite sci fi books - among them, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card! I discovered I really enjoyed certain types of sci fi - I especially like anything with a time travel-type theme. Riverworld, that he just read, sounds like something I'd like, too.