Monday, March 26, 2012

It's Monday 3/26! What Are You Reading?

What a rollercoaster week! My older son is finally doing a bit better (he's been incapacitated from his treatment for Lyme disease) and started back to school part-time last week.  He was even able to have his two best friends over this weekend, so we were all in high spirits!  Then, my younger son hurt his knee running around the yard and ended up in the ER for hours last night.  No diagnosis yet - Ortho can't see him until tomorrow - but it seems pretty severe.  The worst part?  Soccer season begins today, and Craig was so excited to be "playing up" on the high school-age team with his brother.  He's exhausted today and also pretty bummed out.

So, for the first time in months, Jamie is actually in school, and Craig is the one lying here on the couch.  I may never be alone in the house again!

Thank goodness for books to help distract us!  Last week, we read:
  • I am still reading Bill Bryson's childhood memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and loving it.  It is highly entertaining, educational, and often laugh-out-loud funny.
  • I am still listening to Marisa De los Santos's novel Falling Together.  I'm enjoying it, but it takes forever to listen to an audio book when you can only manage 10-minute increments!
  • My husband, Ken, finished Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian yesterday and really liked it.  I'm not sure what he is starting next - probably something on his Kindle after all those hours in the ER last night.
  • Jamie, 17, finished re-reading The Magician of Hoad by Margaret Mahy.  He enjoyed it but said that Maddigan's Fantasia is still his favorite of Mahy's novels.
  • Next, Jamie decided to re-read a favorite trilogy, The Books of Umber by P.W. Catanese, starting with Book 1, Happenstance Found, then Book 2, Dragon Games, and he is now reading Book 3, The End of Time.
  • Craig, 14, read The Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen, a sailing adventure that was right up his alley!
I didn't have any time for writing reviews last week, but I hope to catch up this week.

What are you and your family reading this week?

(What are you reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, with a kids/teen version hosted by Teach Mentor Texts.)


  1. Yay - so happy your older son is feeling better - but so sorry to hear your younger one's knee is messed up and I hope for a speedy recovery for him. I just got The Night Strangers by Bohhjalian on audio - it'll be a while before I get to it but I hope it's good. And my 12 year old is on Blood Red Road, but he says it's slow. I might let him have my copy of The Knife of Never Letting Go until I can get to it.

    Have any of you read it yet?

  2. Thanks, Tanya. The Night Strangers sounds really good - I bet it will be a good one to listen to on audio.

    Jamie has read both Blood Red Road and The Knife of Never Letting Go trilogy - he enjoyed both. He didn't like the writing style of Blood Red Road (I guess the author doesn't use quotation marks) but said it was a good story. Both are currently sitting on my own TBR shelf!


  3. Oh your poor boys! I hope they are both feeling better by know

    Sorry I am a bit late stopping by this week, I've been swamped! I hope you have been enjoying your books!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out