Monday, August 08, 2011

It's Monday 8/8! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday morning!  I always look forward to hearing what everyone is reading each week.  It makes Monday a day to look forward to!

We spent the weekend doing much-needed yard work, shopping for my son's birthday, and relaxing with some movies and TV shows (we enjoy catching up on TV shows on DVD during the summer, like Bones, The Mentalist, and Glee).  Our boys both had sleep-overs.  So, busy, busy!

Here's what we've been reading this week:
  • Yes, I am STILL reading The Passage by Justin Cronin!  I only have about 50 pages to go.  It is a big book that has taken me three weeks to read, but it has been well worth it - an excellent, well-written novel with a unique plot and in-depth characters.
  • My husband, Ken, finished his Jeffrey Deaver novel, The Burning Wire, and is now reading Tropic of Night by Michael Gruber which he picked up at Borders' clearance sale last week.  He enjoyed Gruber's other novel, The Book of Air and Shadows, which I got him for Christmas one year.
  • I forgot to mention last week that he and I started a new audio book when we went to pick up our kids from their grandparents' house.  We're listening to Dying for Mercy, a mystery by Mary Jane Clark.  It's good so far - we listened to a bit more while birthday shopping yesterday - though it's hard to say when we'll next have time alone in the car.  This could be another 6-month long audio!
  • Jamie, 16, is reading Across the Great Barrier by Patricia Wrede and loving it.  This is the second book in the Frontier Magic series that started with The Thirteenth Child.  Jamie says it is a great series.
I posted two new reviews last week.  Here at Book By Book, I reviewed the audio book The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee, a funny and outrageous memoir by comedienne Sarah Silverman.   At Great Books for Kids and Teens, I posted a review of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, a teen road trip novel that I absolutely loved.  And I posted a summary of what I read in July.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


  1. I have never read The Passage, but did hear good things about it. Happy reading.
    My Monday:

  2. After leaving anote of "hi" I will drop over and read your review of Amy and Eric's Epic Detour (or something like that ) I need to get to that book. It has been "on my list" for a while now! Argh! So many books!!!!! Hope you are having a good week!


  3. I love it that your family are readers! I enjoyed The Passage and look forward to the next book.

  4. Nise -

    The next book??? Don't tell me there's a sequel to The Passage? Last night as I was reading (after three weeks of working on this one book), I said to my husband, "I have loved this book, but I really hope it's not the start of a series - it's too much of a commitment!"

    Don't tell me - I only have 50 pages to go...


  5. I gave up on the Passage when it first came out, but plan on getting it for my Kindle and trying again. Then I want to read the Stand;S. King and see how they compare. I'll be watching for your review Sue.

  6. Interesting that you mentioned Stephen King, Diane, because the whole time I've been reading The Passage, I've been thinking that certain aspects of it remind me of King's books, esp. The Stand. Certainly there are surface similarities in the story - post-apocalyptic survivors - but also, the writing style reminds me somewhat of King, too. However, The Passage is definitely unique. I've really enjoyed it - a bit gruesome at times but a really compelling story.