I missed last Monday's post, in the midst of a flurry of activity and travel. We were out in Oklahoma, helping my father-in-law clean out his house, to prepare to move out here in September. It's been a busy and stressful time this past month or so, and my health is worse than usual.
But we still keep reading! Three days spent in airports gave us all plenty of time to read:
- I finished Endangered by Eliot Schrefer, a YA novel. It's about a teen named Sophie who is visiting her mom in the Congo, where she runs a sanctuary for bonobos, a type of ape. Sophie gets stuck there during a violent coup and must find a way to save both herself and the bonobos. It was wonderful - suspenseful and compelling.
- For the past two weeks, I have been reading my second Big Book of the Summer, Emma, my first-ever Jane Austen novel. I know there are a lot of huge Austen fans out there, but I'm struggling with it. I'm a little more than half-way and feeling a bit bored with it. The character of Emma is pompous and condescending, which really turns me off, and the whole society is completely wrapped up in trivialities and gossip. I considered setting it down, but I really feel like I should read at least one Austen novel, so I am trying to stick with it.
- I have been listening to a middle-grade audio book, P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widow by Caroline Lawrence. My son and I were huge fans of her Roman Mysteries series when he was younger (it's like Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys set in ancient Rome), and this is the third (I think) book in her new mystery series set in the Old West. I'm almost done and have been enjoying it.
- My husband, Ken, finished The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton, a modern classic, and enjoyed it.
- On our trip, Ken read Bent Road by Lori Roy, a thriller I gave him for Easter. I chose it from the bookstore shelves somewhat randomly, based on its being nominated for an Edgar Award. He liked it - said it was a bit gruesome but was suspenseful and interesting, set in Kansas, which was appropriate since we were visiting Oklahoma.
- Now, Ken is reading Raylan by Elmore Leonard on his Kindle, a book based on the character from the Justified TV show, which he loves. We recently bought this novel for both of our fathers.
- Jamie, 19, finished Ink Mage by Victor Gischler, a free fantasy novel on the Kindle.
- Next, Jamie read the first of two huge novels that he carried in his backpack through all our airport adventures, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
- He is now reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn trilogy that he recently enjoyed. This one is over 1200 pages and is book one of The Stormlight Archive series.
Play Summer Reading Bingo, hosted by Books on the Nightstand podcast
Review of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, a haunting and suspenseful teen/YA novel
Review of Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, a coming-of-age story set in the 80's
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.
There are still 7 weeks of summer left, so plenty of time to participate in my Big Book Summer Challenge! You only need to read one book, 400 pages or more, this summer to participate, so join the fun!