Monday, February 25, 2013

It's Monday 2/25! What Are You Reading?

Well, we had another rough week here, with very little time for writing or blogging. My 15-year old son is still struggling to recover from his knee surgery and also has his second sinus infection of the month. So, my focus last week was on taking care of him. On the plus side, I finally filed our taxes this weekend (woohoo!!), so maybe I can get back into the groove of blogging more regularly this week.

And I read some fabulous books last week:
  • I read Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Underground Railroad by Judith Redline Coopey for my neighborhood book group this week. I loved this novel about a Quaker family in the 1850's (and beyond) who are part of the Underground Railroad - excellent writing, in-depth and likable characters, and a fascinating plot.
  • Now I am reading The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Schusterman, one of my all-time favorite YA authors. It's very good so far - fast-paced with surprises around every corner.
  • I also started a new audio book (finally downloaded one to my new iPod so I could listen while I walk) - Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel. I have high expectations after my recent Kingsolver love fest (The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven).
  • My husband finished Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card and enjoyed it - my older son and I had recommended it. 
  • Before he moves onto its sequel, Ruins (another brick of a book), he is reading a lighter suspense novel I gave him for Christmas, The Dark Hour by Robin Burcell. I thought he'd enjoy the setting in Amsterdam because he travels there for business. He says it is overly complex so far with too many characters to keep track of - maybe it will all come together soon.
  • Our sons have been busy with college and too sick, respectively, to read much lately, though my younger son did listen to some of his all-time favorite audio book, Looking for Bobowicz, written and read hilariously by Daniel Pinkwater - that cheered him up a bit!
Like I said, almost no time for writing last week, but I did squeeze in one review at the end of the week:  Wildwood, a middle-grade audio book by Colin Meloy. I also wrote a Weekend Cooking post on Sunday, with several of our favorite recipes.

What are you and your family reading this week?

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

Happy Birthday to my Dad today!


  1. That's a lot of reading going on in your house! I might have to look into that book on the underground railroad. I got interested in reading about the quilts that were hung out on the line with different patterns to advise Those who were escaping slavery if the path was clear or not by the patterns on the quilts. Have you heard of this?

  2. Pat -

    Yes, the novel did mention the role of quilts in the Underground Railroad, but it did not go into detail about different quilt patterns, only that the presence of a quilt on a porch railing was a sign that it was clear - no quilt meant it wasn't safe to stop by now.

    It's an excellent novel.


  3. Glad you are getting a little reading done Sue! I often think my IPOD was one of the best purchases I ever made and I do not listen to music on it - only books :)

  4. Anonymous9:54 PM

    I liked Flight Behavior as much as the other Kingsolver books I've read. I hope you will, too!

  5. I love that you do family posts like this. Can't wait to get my hands on Barbara Kingsolver's new one.

  6. It sounds like you've been busy just like me! I can't seem to find time to write reviews or even read a lot lately!

    Hopefully this week has given you more time to do those things.

  7. Julie!

    So good to hear from you. I went by your bog this week and was worried when I saw you hadn't posted in a while. Glad to hear it is just typical busy-ness!!