Monday, March 09, 2015

It's Monday 3/9! What Are You Reading?

Struggled to get up this morning - not a big fan of Spring Forward. It usually takes me a couple of weeks to adjust. Glad it is Monday, though, with a fresh start to a new week. I must be feeling better because I am filled with motivation and writing ideas - always a good sign!

Last week was a great blogging week and a good reading week, too, for all of us:
  • I finished The Danger Box by Blue Balliet, a middle-grade novel, and loved it just as much as Balliet's Hold Fast. I love how she creates quirky characters that you want to root for!
  • Now I am reading a hefty brick of a book: Personal History by Katherine Graham, an autobiography of the Washington Post owner and this month's selection for one of my book groups. It's not only long but very dense, so I was dreading it. I'm not usually a fan of celebrity autobiographies (I'd rather read memoirs about "regular" people), but I have to admit that it is interesting so far...just too long.
  • I finished listening to a new teen/YA novel, The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall, a thriller & romance. I enjoyed it, though it ended so abruptly that I thought my iPod had been switched to Shuffle by mistake and skipped ahead to the credits! Apparently, it is the start of a series.
  • Now I am listening to The Law of Loving Others by Kate Axelrod, a teen/YA novel about a young girl who comes home from boarding school for winter break to find that her mother has schizophrenia. It's excellent so far - very moving.
  • My husband, Ken, finished Joyland by Stephen King, a novel I bought him for Christmas. He really enjoyed it.
  • Now he is reading Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, part of his goal to read some nonfiction this year. Hillenbrand is a favorite author in our house because she is not only a brilliant writer but also suffers from the same disease as my son and me. What she has accomplished is absolutely amazing.
  • Jamie, 20, has been on a zombie kick in honor of The Walking Dead coming back to TV recently. I assume he is still working his way through the 10 books of the Dead series by T.W. Brown, though he's been busy at school.

Lots of blog posts last week:
Review of Wool by Hugh Howey, a unique & compelling novel

Review of Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult, a novel about a difficult topic

Summary of Books Read in February

Saturday Snapshot, with photos of ice and snow (hopefully the last of them!)

Weekend Cooking - Movie Review: Chef, highly recommended!

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

Every pine needle coated with ice


  1. I read Personal History several years ago and enjoyed it, but it was definitely a heavy read. I think it was due more to her style (it was very "journalistic" and sometimes overly stoic) than subject matter...that woman DID live a fascinating life!

    1. Yes, Melinda, I think you're right - her style is a bit dry and factual, not a lot of emotion...though given the way she grew up, that's not surprising!


  2. I need to read more Blue Balliet books. I've only read 1, but all of them are intriguing.
    I am not very jealous about the snow, but I just wish that we had a little bit more winter down here--some parts of winter are beautiful.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  3. Seabiscuit is great, profound! I hope your husband likes it. And goodness, spring forward is so frustrating!

  4. My husband is reading all of The Walking Dead books! Too funny. The Spring Ahead thing is awful. We should really stop doing this to ourselves. :)

  5. I think I'd better look into The Law of Loving Others. Sounds like the Psychology teacher might be interested in it, too. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I hope you are feeling better and the time change adjustment isn't too long.