Monday, May 23, 2011

It's Monday 5/23! What Are You Reading?

Huh?  What?  Monday already?  I was just sitting here trying to catch up on my 100 e-mails from the weekend, when I remembered it was Monday, and I was late writing my book post!  Slow start...

This time of year is just so busy, with all sorts of end-of-year school functions, last soccer games, overwhelming yard work needed, plus last-minute vacation planning before summer starts.  We spent our weekend on all of those, with more coming up this week.

Still trying to squeeze in some reading, as well!
  • I finished reading The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht (though not until the day after my book group discussion!).  It was well-written but a very complicated book - we all agreed it was a good thing we had each other to talk to!  I still have some lingering questions about it.  Definitely a literary novel.
  • As soon as I finished The Tiger's Wife, I moved onto my book group book for this week (sometimes they fall one right after the other like this!), The Condition by Jennifer Haigh.  I am loving this novel so far.  Haigh is one of my favorite authors - she is especially talented at writing about family relationships.
  • I finished Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton on my iPod, a fascinating memoir about a very unusual life.
  • I started a new audio, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, a teen/YA novel about a troubled teen girl who becomes engrossed in the story of a teen girl during the French Revolution.  It's excellent so far.
  • My husband, Ken, finished Once a Spy by Keith Thomson and moved onto its sequel, Twice a Spy.  He's enjoying this author.
  • 16-year old Jamie is still working his way through a re-reading of the entire Redwall series by Brian Jacques.  We're planning a 3-week trip to California, and he's very worried about how to bring enough books.  On our usual road trips, he packs a whole duffle bag with nothing but books, but this time we're flying.  I think we'll ship a box out there to my aunt's house before we go!
I posted two reviews last week:  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese here and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher at Great Books for Kids and Teens.  I also posted a link to an excellent radio interview with author Diane Ackerman that I really enjoyed last week.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


  1. Uh oh! I've been anxiously awaiting your review of Tiger's Wife since I've been fence sitting on this one. Your description of it as "literary novel" is the death knell for me. I NEVER like any book that is described as being "literary." I may have to leave this one off my tbr list. Thanks for helping me make up my mind.

  2. We're on the fourth Harry Potter - Goblet of Fire. The family is addicted, esp. my almost 6 yr old!!

  3. We all love Harry Potter, Peryl, but isn't it a bit scary for your 6-year old? Wow, my kids would never have made it through Harry Potter at that age. They made me stop reading A Wrinkle in Time when they were somewhere around that age. That's great that you are all enjoying it together!


  4. I really loved Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, and I listened to it in the audio format, too, but I must admit that I got tired of the whiny voice of the reader and decided that I probably would have liked it better if I read it myself. Let me know what you think. I especially liked it when it focused more on the French Revolution.

    I, too, am in two book clubs and sometimes just feel like I can never catch up with one club before the book for the second starts screaming at me. Ugh.