Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Monday 11/28! What Are You Reading?

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  We drove about 8 hours to spend the weekend with my extended family in Rochester, NY.  It was a full weekend, with a large gathering each day with a different part of my family.  It was tiring but lots of fun - it was great to see everyone.  I've included a photo below of my sons with some of their cousins.  To me, that's what holidays are all about!

So, I had no time at all for blogging last week, after my Monday posts, but we still found time for reading:
  • I finished Goldstrike by Matt Whyman, a teen techno-thriller and the sequel to Icecore.  The fast-paced suspense novel was perfect for a busy week.
  • Now, I am reading the next selection for my neighborhood book group, The Songcatcher by Sharon McCrumb, about a song that has been passed down through generations from Scotland to the present-day Appalachians.
  • My husband, Ken, finished reading Unwind, Neal Schusterman's amazing teen dystopian novel.  He said the premise was super-creepy (yup), but he enjoyed the novel.
  • We stayed with my dad and his wife this weekend, and my dad lent Ken Stephen King's very new release, 11/22/63: A Novel, about someone who time travels back to 1963 to try to prevent Kennedy's assassination.  It sounds SO good!
  • Jamie, 17, was home sick early last week and then had 16 hours in the car, so he read a LOT.  He continued re-reading a favorite series, the Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan, with Book 5: The Sorcerer of the North, Book 6: The Siege of Macindaw, Book 7: Erak's Ransom, and Book 8: The Kings of Clonmel.  He enjoyed the series very much (again).
  • Now, Jamie is reading a new teen dystopian series by Robin Wasserman, The Cold Awakening trilogy, starting with Book One: Frozen.  He and I really loved Wasserman's middle-grade trilogy, Chasing Yesterday.
  • Craig finished Revenge of the Witch, Book One in the series The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, and loved it.  I haven't seen him this excited about a series since Charlie Bone and The Unicorn Chronicles a couple of years ago.  We can't find Book Two - I think we lent it to a friend - so I need to check the library for him today.
  • I started a new middle-grade audio, Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, last week.  Anne is a great author and a friend of mine, so I've been looking forward to this one.  Her trilogy The Cronus Chronicles was great!
  • We also started another middle-grade audio during our car ride, Wildwood by Colin Melot.  Mostly, it was just Ken and I listening.  I was disappointed that the boys weren't interested in listening to an audio book on this ride, despite the variety I brought along!  They preferred to listen to their iPods and read their own books.  I guess they are getting older...sigh...
What are you and your family reading this week?

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


  1. Hi!
    Sounds like some interesting book. I'll have to check them out. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  2. It sounds like you all got a lot of reading done last week! That's great! I love the photo. Have a great week!

  3. You guys sound like you had an awesome reading week. Thanks for the recommendations - I'm definitely going to borrow The Last Apprentice series from the library for my (older) step-son.

  4. Tanya -

    I haven't read The Last Apprentice series myself, but for my younger son to take a recommendation from his older brother - and then want to read another book - it must be good!


  5. Hi Sue ... thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I was going to chime in with some more recommendations for your younger son -- a la The Ranger's Apprentice -- but I see there is already someone in your family reading these! So, here's one that felt like a good match for those who like The Last Apprentice: The Crowfield Curse. He might also like the new Sherlock Holmes series, beginning with Death Cloud. Leviathan is really great too!


  6. Leecat -

    Thanks for the suggestions! He almost started Leviathan this weekend, but he really wanted to continue The Last Apprentice series instead. And I think I may have just included the Crowfield Curse in a big donation of books to his English classroom - I may have to ask for that one back LOL.