Monday, September 05, 2011

It's Monday 9/5! What Are You Reading?

This is pretty early for me on a holiday weekend, but I couldn't sleep this morning.  I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend!  I'm glad to say good-bye to the heat and humidity of summer; fall is my favorite season.  I will also be glad to get back into my weekday routine with the kids in school and have more time for writing, though of course, I will miss the easy-going summer evenings.

My oldest son had a rough week - oral surgery to remove his wisdom teeth on Monday, followed by a severe flare-up of his chronic illness.  We had to cancel a planned trip this weekend.  So, we spent lots of down time watching TV and movies and reading good books last week:
  • I am still reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and thoroughly enjoying it.  I am not quite halfway through this hefty volume yet, but it's been engaging every minute so far!
  • I finished listening to the teen/YA audio book, Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann, a creepy paranormal story.  My son and I both enjoyed it very much.
  • My husband, Ken, finished Tropic of Night by Michael Gruber and really enjoyed it - he moved it to my side of the TBR bookcase!
  • Ken felt like a bit of comfort reading next, so he picked up one of his all-time favorite books, Dune by Frank Herbert, to re-read (for the third time maybe?).  He's loving it!
  • Jamie, 17, was couch-bound all week, so he made the best of it and did a lot of reading.  He finished reading the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull with Book 4, Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, and Book 5, Keys to the Demon Prison.  He said it was a very satisfying end to one of his favorite series.
  • He is now re-reading a favorite series by Tamora Pierce, The Immortals, beginning with Book 1, Wild Magic.
  • Craig, 13, started back to school last week and back to required reading time.  He is reading Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, which he started this summer.
I posted two new reviews this week, both of books I enjoyed very much: Little Bee by Chris Cleave and Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted over at Great Books for Kids and Teens.   I also posted my Top Ten List of Books on My TBR List for Fall and my Top Ten List of Kid/Teen Books on My TBR List for Fall.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


  1. Happy Labor Day from a new follower! Sounds like your family is off to a great start this week! I enjoy catching books like 11 year old might like from your 13 year old's selections.

    Here is my Monday Review

  2. It is so nice to have a 3-day weekend. We stayed home, but are having family over today for pizza. Glad to see all the great books that you are into.

  3. Hi, Lisa -

    Thanks for following! You might be interested in my other book blog, Great Books for Kids and Teens which is filled with lots of great recommendations for an 11-year old! The book I just reviewed last week, Alibi Junior High, is a great one for an 11-year old. You can check it out at



  4. Oo, I will have to look for Cryer's Cross on audio. I'm almost done with Chime on audio, so that would be a good one to get next. Enjoy your reading!

  5. Wow you have some readers at your house. I have manged to make readers out of 2/3 of my kids but it seems to be despite the schools, not because of them

  6. I'll be curious to hear what you think of Little Bee in two or three months. It has been a completely forgettable book for me. Even a week after I read I couldn't remember important parts of the plot and neither could the gal I was talking to about it. Ha!

    I'm sorry to hear about your son. My youngest is having her wisdom teeth out on Friday before she heads back to college. She's been watching all the YouTube videos of goofy things people say and do on the way home from getting their teeth out. Ha!

    I'm listening to The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder at your recommendation. So far, so good.

    My Head is Full of Books

  7. Anne -

    Actually, I finished Little Bee on July 1, so it HAS been 2 months already. I was really affected by it and still find myself thinking about it. Sorry to hear it didn't stick with you!

    Good luck to your daughter with her oral surgery.

    Enjoy Cala Lily Ponder and get the Kleenex box ready!


  8. wow, sounds like everyone is keeping busy! :)

  9. I'm sorry to hear your son had such a rough week; hopefully things will go better this week for you. I'm glad you're enjoying Pillars of the Earth. I thoroughly enjoyed it (but did not like the mini-series on television). Enjoy your reading week!