Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Monday 11/24! What Are You Reading?

Our household is in a tizzy, rushing to change our plans for this holiday week. Our college son came home Saturday night with a high fever and severe sore throat. We took him to Urgent Care Sunday, and it turns out he has mono, which is especially difficult and potentially dangerous for him, on top of his chronic immune disorder. We had to cancel our plans to travel to my hometown, Rochester, NY, this week to spend time with our family. We were going to stay with my Dad who is undergoing chemo for stage 4 melanoma, so it's particularly important that we stay clear of him for now (besides the fact that our son is no shape to travel). Living with chronic illnesses, we are used to having to change plans at the last minute, but this is a major Plan B moment!

So, we'll be staying home for Thanksgiving weekend, probably watching a lot of TV and movies to keep our son's spirits up, and of course, reading a lot! Here's what we've been reading this past week:
  • I finished Haunters by Thomas Taylor, a teen/YA novel about a group of teens that can time travel via their dreams. It was entertaining but not outstanding.
  • Now, I am reading my next book group pick, for my online family book group, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, a book I have wanted to read for years. It's very good so far.
  • I am still listening to The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi, a teen/YA thriller. The first half was very good - mysterious and fast-paced - but the second half is dragging and getting a bit preachy. I'm almost finished.
  • My husband, Ken, is reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This is one of our son's all-time favorites.
  • Jamie, 20, now home sick, finished The Drowning City by Amanda Downum, Necromancer Chronicles Book 1.
  • Now, Jamie's reading Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburn. He left his Kindle in his apartment at school, so we'll have to run down to get that for him.
I managed quite a few blog posts last week:
Review of On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers, a teen/YA novel

Review of City of Light, City of Dark by Avi and Brian Floca, a middle-grade graphic novel

Summary of Books Read in October

Saturday Snapshot, with the last signs of fall in our neighborhood

Weekend Cooking, with several weeknight meals full of flavor!
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 Unleashing Readers.   


  1. I'm so sorry your son is sick! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving together though and that he feels better soon. :)

    I will be interested to see what you think of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. I've heard nothing but rave reviews!

  2. It was interesting to read your take on On a Clear Day. I just finished it. I had great hopes for it but by the end I was forcing myself to read. The saddest thing is that Myers writes amazing stuff generally. I don't know if I could pick a favourite, but Darius and Twig is up there. you can read my review of it here.

    1. Thanks for your recommendation - from your review, it sounds like a great book! I've added it to my TBR list. Thanks!

  3. Oh no, sorry to hear of your son having mono and your dad with stage 4 melanoma. I hope your son is feeling better soon. Gonna have to stop by your weekend cooking post!

  4. I'm sorry your plans have changed so quickly, but you sound like you're on top of it & making the very best of plan B.

    I hope your son feels better soon.

  5. I own a copy of Avi's City of Light City of Dark but haven't had a chance to read it yet. :) Will do an Avi marathon one of these days.