Monday, February 03, 2014

It's Monday 2/3! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday...and it's snowing again! It was no surprise that the groundhog saw his shadow yesterday. My son already had a scheduled day off school today, so at least its not another snow day, but I do need to figure out when to pick him up from his friend's house in this storm.

Anyway, we had a pretty good week here last week and enjoyed our little family Superbowl party, even though the game itself was incredibly boring! And we enjoyed our books:
  • I am still reading Moloka'i by Alan Brennert, the February choice for my family book group (I started an online family book group last year on Facebook - it is so much fun sharing books with my far-away cousins and aunts!). It's a novel about a little Hawaiian girl who is exiled to a leper colony on Moloka'i in the 1890's. It is a wonderful and captivating book - I need to hurry up and finish it for our discussion.
  • I am also still reading 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. It's very good, but it's taking me a while to get through it just because I don't normally read two books at once. 
  • I started a new audio book, Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, a middle-grade book I've been meaning to get to for a while. I finally figured out how to keep the non-titled tracks in order on my iPod! It's good so far - a lot of fun, with DiCamillo's famous sense of whimsy.
  • My husband, Ken, is reading The Bat by Jo Nesbo, the first book in the Harry Hole series, on his Kindle. 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. He says it's good (and very long!), but not one of his favorites. He has one more week at home and then heads back to college for spring semester.

I posted nothing at all here in between my Monday posts last week! That gives you some indication of how hectic things have been here, with both sons at home, lots of medical appointments, too many snow days, and a busy weekend. I did manage to write one review for Great Books for Kids and Teens:

Review of The Real Boy by Anne Ursu, a middle-grade audio book.

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. That's so great you have a family book club. Only my kids, my parents and my father in law enjoy reading in our family. Guess that would be a very diverse book club but it'd be hard to find something everyone would want to read!

    Interested to see how Moloka'i turns out for you. I'd like to read 168 things as well. I hear good things about the author.

  2. 168 Hours was helpful to me. I tried the three week time log. It didn't change much about how I spent my time, but made me more accepting of the realities of a day with only so many hours in it. Just because I make my to-do list longer doesn't mean the day will stretch to let me get it done.

  3. The online family book group has been a lot of fun, Tanya! There are about 7 of us right now - about 5 cousins plus 2 aunts - and we have read some really great books. It's sometimes hard to keep a discussion going online, but it's fun to all be reading the same books - we are spread out geographically now, so this helps us stay close.

    Moloka'i is wonderful so far - really amazing!


  4. Joy -

    yes, I am doing the time logs now (though I keep forgetting!) - it is confirming what I suspected - that a lot of my very limited "productive" time is taken up with e-mail, Facebook, answering queries from people, etc.

    I am hoping the book will help me to revise my goals a bit for 2014 (I still haven't done that yet!). Of course, with kids around, all bets are off - it doesn't really matter how you PLAN to spend your day - life just gets in the way!


  5. I loved Molokai when my book club read it a few years ago. I have his Honolulu book on my to read list for this year!