Monday, October 10, 2011

It's Monday 10/10! What Are You Reading?

We finally had a few gorgeous days here that actually felt like fall....but now it is in the mid-80-'s again!  I was able to get outside and take some walks last week, so that was wonderful.  These cool nights make me yearn to go camping, but it's such a busy fall for us, with college preparations as well as all the usual stuff, that I'm not sure when we'll be able to squeeze it in.  We spent all day Sunday touring the campus at Rowan University.

Still, we always find time for reading:
  • I finished Linger by Maggie Stiefvater and immediately moved onto Forever, the final book in the trilogy.  I think procrastination paid off because it was fun to be able to jump right into the next book!
  • I finished When Parents Text: So Much Said, So Little Understood by Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli. I admit it - I read it in the bathroom!  It's actually the perfect bathroom book...and so funny!!
  • I am still listening to Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love and the Search for Home, a memoir by Kim Sunee, and enjoying it very much.  My poor little '92 VW has been sitting in the garage lately because whenever I go out, I want to listen to more of this audio, so I take the newer car that has a CD player and iPod dock!  Don't worry, little red car, I haven't forgotten you!
  • Ken, finished reading The Passage by Justin Cronin and enjoyed it very much.  He sort of missed the hint on the last page that there will be a sequel, so when I pointed that out to him, he said, "What??  There's another one?!"  It is a long book, but well worth the time it takes to read it.
  • Ken was looking for a quick book to read before his upcoming business trip, so I suggested The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, a newly released teen/YA post-apocalyptic novel.  He's the first one on our house to try this new novel.
  • Jamie, 17, was back in school last week, so he had less reading time.  He is continuing to read his Dad's old favorite series, The Belgariad by David Eddings.  He finished Book Two: Queen of Sorcery and moved onto Book Three: Magician's Gambit.  He's enjoying this classic fantasy series very much.
  • Jamie is also reading Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn for his World Lit class.
  • Craig, 13, started a new book, Woodsong, a memoir by Gary Paulsen.  His novel, Hatchet, and all of its sequels are old favorites in our house, and Craig is enjoying the memoir.
I posted two new reviews last week, The Things They Carried, a Vietnam War novel by Tim O'Brien, and Bruiser, a teen/YA audio by Neal Schusterman.  Both were excellent.

I also posted a discussion of re-reading books for the Fall Into Reading Challenge and my Books Read in September summary.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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


  1. I'll admit it, I read in the bathroom as well :) Sounds like a productive week of reading. You'll be happy to know I've started The Stand (I think it was you who recommended it). Have a great week :)

  2. That When Parents Text book sounds good. I also will have to try those Maggie Stiefvater books at some point. Everyone seems to like them. Have a great week!

  3. Teacher/Learner -

    Hey, that's great! The Stand is one of the best books I've ever read. It's a long one but well worth it - hope you enjoy it!


  4. Julie -
    It took me a long time to finally read Shiver because I am just not a fan of the typical teen paranormal romance novels (still haven't read Twilight!). But so many people said, "I don't like paranormal romance but I loved Shiver" that I finally tried it. They were all right - it's very well-written and engaging, with lots of depth.


  5. When Parents Text, lol, I want that one.

  6. I've dodged Shiver for long enough, I think! I've seen so many recommendations for the trilogy but for some reason, I'm dawdling! Glad you're enjoying it! I've also been considering The Passage too - there's just too many great books! :)

  7. I'm not a fan of the paranormal, too, but maybe I should give Shiver a chance.

    Stop by my It's Monday post if you get a chance.

  8. Marce -

    It's hilarious! I'll post a review later this week.

    Lit Addicted Brit -
    You sound just like me! I'm glad I finally read Shiver - the whole series has been great. You're right - too many good books and too little time!

    Kristin -
    I have to admit, the Shiver trilogy surprised me!