Monday, February 20, 2012

It's Monday 2/20! What Are You Reading?

Whew, what an exhausting weekend after a busy week!  I drove Jamie and I to see our Lyme doctor in New Jersey (about 90 minutes away) on Friday.  Our younger son was in an all-day Academic Quiz Bowl Saturday (he did well and had a great time!), and we had a few friends over last night for a little Mardi Gras celebration.  We usually have a bigger party (we used to live in New Orleans), but with Jamie and I so sick lately, we decided to stick to a smaller, simpler gathering - just a few close friends who also used to live in New Orleans - you know, the kind of friends you don't have to clean the house for!

Despite the busy week, we all enjoyed our books:
  • This weekend, I finished Breathless by Dean Koontz - my husband was right - I loved it!  It is mystical and surprising and thought-provoking...not your typical Koontz novel.
  • As soon as I finished, I immediately picked up a middle-grade novel I've been wanting to read, The Whisper by Emma Clayton, sequel to The Roar which my son and I both loved.
  • I finished listening to The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore, the teen sequel to I Am Number Four.  I wasn't thrilled with the audio, but it's a good story.
  • I started a new audio, Falling Together by Marisa De los Santos. I enjoyed reading her earlier novel, Love Walked In, and am enjoying this one so far, too.
  • My husband, Ken, is still reading an e-book, Big Lake by Nick Russell, on his Kindle Fire, though I think he is spending much more time playing Solitaire and surfing the web than reading!
  • Ken is also still in the middle of Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman, a hardcover novel.
  • Jamie, 17, is still reading Timeline by Michael Crichton, one of my favorites of Crichton's many exciting novels.  He's enjoying it very much.
  • Jamie also finished his World Lit assignment, To Live by Yu Hua, a Chinese novel.  He said it wasn't too bad, for school reading, though it was sad.
  • Craig, 14, started Found, Book 1 of The Missing by Margaret Haddix Peterson, and realized his 5th grade teacher read it aloud to the class (which means he's already taken the AR test), so he had to switch to another book.  He was in the mood for a some comfort reading, a classic Hardy Boys book, so I brought a stack back from the library for him to choose from.  He settled on The Secret of Pirates Hill.
 Last week, I posted a review of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos plus two lists for Valentine's Day: Top Ten Books That Broke My Heart and Top Ten Kids/Teen Books That Broke My Heart.  I also posted my own little homage to A Wrinkle In Time's 50th Anniversary.

What are you and your family reading this week?

(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, and a kidlit version is hosted at Teach Mentor Texts.)


  1. I am interested in reading a Marisa de los Santos novel. Does one need to read the books in order, meaning are they a series? I also wonder if they may be a little too much of romance or chik-lit novels for me.

    Here is my Monday post.

  2. De los Santos' novels are each individual, not part of a series. The one I've read and the one I just started are not romances. I don't think I'd call them chick lit either, though I'm not fond of that term anyway! They seem to have more depth than that.


  3. Sandra Martin8:04 PM

    I just finished the audio tape of Madam excellent. Probably one of the best tragic tales ever told. Flaubert really gave The Baird a run for his money.
    This week I am reading "False Impressions" by Jeffrey Archer for my Pa. book club on Wednesday. I wasn't thrilled with this selection but it is exciting and I can;t put it down! Thats why we belong to book clubs!

  4. I wonder about DeanK also, I think I do have this one on my Wishlist. My favourite of his so far is Lightning.

  5. Sounds like you had a busy weekend and could use some downtime. Luckily, you have great things to read!