Monday, December 07, 2015

It's Monday 12/7! What Are You Reading?

Whew - whirlwind week! With Thanksgiving so late this year and our family Christmas celebration early, next weekend, this week was filled with gift-buying, creating photo gifts, and other rushed holiday preparations. We did have a very nice weekend, going to the tree farm to cut down our Christmas tree and then decorating it yesterday - super busy but nice family time. Putting the tree up together is one of our favorite traditions.

This will be another very busy week, getting ready to travel again for our early extended family Christmas celebration - lots to do! But then, we should have two nice, quiet weeks at home.

We still found time to enjoy our books this week (though not nearly enough reading time for me!):
  • I finished Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian, the story of a teen girl in Vermont, on the run and homeless after a nuclear plant where both her parents worked melts down. As with all of Bahjalian's wonderful novels, this one had a completely unique story and unforgettable characters.
  • Now, I have started a new review book for Publisher's Weekly, Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. I was excited to be offered this one because I really liked Cleave's novel Little Bee. This one is set during World War II in London. It's good so far - I like the characters - but it won't be released until May 3!
  • I am listening to Echo, a middle-grade novel by Pam Munoz Ryan about a magical harmonica that links its young users through time. I am now in Part 3 of the novel (i.e. the third owner of the harmonica), and it has been engrossing - each child's story has pulled me in. Now I am wondering how it will all end!
  • My husband, Ken is still reading A Dance with Dragons, Book 5 in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series and 1150 pages! He's getting close to the end.
  • Jamie, 21, made a last-minute switch and choose to read Demonsouled by Jonathan Moeller - the description says it is filled with swords and sorcery, so that is right up his alley!
 Like I said, a very busy week, so I only managed one review and one other blog post:
Review of The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls, a novel by the author of The Glass Castle

Saturday Snapshot - photos from a wet, foggy day last week

What are you and your family reading this week?    

What Are You Reading Monday is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, so head over and check out her blog and join the Monday fun! You can also participate in a kid/teen/YA version hosted by Unleashing Readers

The four of us at the tree farm Saturday - 50 & sunny!


  1. I'm glad you like Everyone Brave is Forgiven so far. I have it in my Netgalley queue somewhere!

  2. We also listened to Echo - Such an unbelievable book. Hoping it wins a Newbery. The picture of you and your family is just wonderful.

  3. Yes, this week HAS been busy! I have Echo on my TBR list. I want to read it soon. Your review makes me want to read it even more. Perhaps that one will have to meet a future big books challenge!

  4. Echo is definitely one of my lovely reads this year. Very compelling narrative.

  5. You have a great selection of books to read. Echo is intriguing as is Everyone Brave is Forgiven. How lovely to pick out your own tree and cut it down.

  6. So glad you are enjoying Echo as an audiobook. I loved how the music is integrated. I think it makes the story so much richer than just reading it would I been. I really need to read Little Bee. It's on my list, but I haven't found time for it yet.

  7. Anonymous7:05 PM

    You'll like how the end of Echo ties everything together so nicely. Great, complex yet accessible middle grade novel.