Monday, January 20, 2014

It's Monday 1/20! What Are You Reading?

It doesn't feel like a Monday because we were still away for the weekend, since the kids were off school today. We took our sons and two friends on a snowboarding weekend (staying at my mom's house) to celebrate our younger son's 16th birthday. They all had a great time, and I enjoyed some much-needed quiet time on the couch with a book in front of the fire!

We all enjoyed some good books this week:
  • I finished The House Girl by Tara Conklin just in time for my book group meeting Wednesday (actually, I read the last few pages after I arrived there!). It was very good and inspired some great discussions. Our group gave it one of our highest ratings!
  • After a glut of historical fiction, I am now reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, a teen novel that I've been wanting to read for a long time. I'm enjoying it very much.
  • I am still reading 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam, but, ironically, I am having trouble finding time to read it! We will be spending a lot of time in medical waiting rooms this week, so I am planning to carry it with me. I am already putting some of her insights to use.
  • I am still listening to The Real Boy by Anne Ursu on audio, a middle-grade novel by one of our favorite authors. It's very good so far, but I haven't had a lot of audio time with my older son home from college.
  • My husband, Ken, just finished The First Rule by Robert Crais, a thriller he picked up at the library last week.
  • Now Ken is reading The Bat by Jo Nesbo, the first book in the Harry Hole series. He's read several other Harry Hole novels and enjoys this renowned Scandinavian crime writer.
  • Jamie, 19, is still reading The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, Book One in The Obsidian Trilogy. It's a long one, plus he's been totally absorbed in playing video games during his winter break from college!
 I had such big plans for blog posts this week! But, between my son's birthday, my mom's visit, a flare-up of my chronic illness, and our weekend trip, I only found time for one post:

Weekend Cooking 1/19, with recipes for Banana Cake and Black Bean Soup.

What Are You Reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, with a kid/teen version hosted by Unleashing Readers.

What are you and your family reading this week?  


  1. Ooh I loved The Raven Boys so glad you're liking it. I also had every intention of reading The Bat, but haven't cracked it open yet. I look forward to seeing if you're son liked it. And I hope you're feeling a little better this week.

  2. The 168 hour book sounds good! You crack me up that you do not have time to read it :)

  3. I am a Raven Cycle Trilogy fan. Hope you enjoy Raven Boys as much as I did.

    Glad to know you are still alive after having your youngest get his license this week. The problem with driving teens is now you have less time in the car to talk to them. Sigh.

    Have a good week.

  4. Loving it so far, Anne!

    The way the licensing system works here in DE, he now has to complete 50 hours of time driving in the car with one of his parents over the next 6 we'll have plenty of time in the car together for now!