Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Monday 7/21! What Are You Reading?

Another hectic week with not a lot of time for reading. We went to go visit my dad who is recovering from surgery for cancer about mid-week, and then our sons took off for their other grandparents' house for their annual week on the sailboat with them. So, long days on the road for all of us. This is supposed to be my quiet get-caught-up week, but I have an out-of-state doctor's appointment today (I have Lyme disease again) and have to renew my driver's license at the DMV tomorrow - good times!

Anyway, we did manage to squeeze in some reading last week, amidst the chaos:
  • I am still reading my second Big Book of the Summer, Emma, my first-ever Jane Austen novel. Those of you who told me last week to stick with it were right - I like it better now, and Emma herself is becoming more tolerable! I only have about 50 pages left.
  • I finished a middle-grade audio book, P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widow by Caroline Lawrence, part of a mystery series set in the Old West that I enjoyed.
  • With our sons driving in a separate car, my husband and I were free to listen to an audio book on the way to Rochester! Our sons, now 16 and almost 20, don't like to listen to books with us on car trips anymore - they are all about their music. My husband and I listened to Uncaged, a teen/YA thriller by adult thriller writer John Sandford and co-author Michelle Cook. This is book one of a new series called The Singular Menace, and it's been excellent so far. We're at least 3/4 of the way through it, and it's been fast-paced and suspenseful, a great choice for a long car ride.
  • My husband, Ken, finished 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, and my dad was talking about it during our visit. It's been a big hit all around, and Ken enjoyed it, too!
  • Jamie, 19, is still 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.
 No time for writing any reviews last week, but I managed a couple of blog posts:

Summary of Books Read in June

Trailers for Before I Go To Sleep and Gone Girl Movies (can't wait!) 

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 6 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!If you've already signed up, remember to stop back by the challenge page to link to your Big Book reviews!


  1. Enjoy the rest of summer.

  2. Oh my goodness, Sue. You are not having a good time right now. I will be thinking of you and your father. Reading can certainly be a great escape from the troubles of life, but it stinks when we don't have enough time to partake in that escape. Sending warm thoughts to you.

  3. I did NOT know that Before I Go to Sleep was going to be a movie - I loved that book so much, so super excited to see the movie. Best wishes for you and the fam this week with te doctors appointment and the recovery for your dad.

  4. Emma is my favourite Jane Austen book

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  5. I never realized Emma was that big of a book..maybe I read the unabridge Anyway my favorite Jane Austen would be Persuasion then Pride and Prejudice..Emma is okay but I think I like it better in movie Enjoy your reads and listens. :)


  6. I read EMMA on a readalong last winter. It was a chore for me and I'm a huge Austen fan. I broke the book into bite-sized pieces of 50 pages a week and tried to find something in that section that surprised me. I am so familiar with the stories from the movies. Good for you. Sounds like you will conquer this book.

    Thanks also for visiting my blog today. I am grateful for blog friends like you who do visit and leave comments.

    1. It was a chore for me, too, Anne, especially the first half. Glad to hear I'm not the only one!

      Wish I had time to visit your blog more often - believe it or not, I get to yours more than any others!