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Book By Book
Well, I started the new year off not with a bang but a fizzle. I've had a bad cold all this past week. That's extremely rare for me because of my immune disorder, but what is even rarer is that I've had sinus congestion for a full week but still haven't developed bronchitis. All of this is a major departure for me…and might mean that some of my latest treatments are helping to normalize my immune system. So, it's been a weird week – not feeling well but wondering if that's good news!
On the plus side, the silver lining to being sick is MORE READING TIME! I really hit bottom this weekend and spent all day Saturday in bed or on the couch, completely immersed in fictional worlds – ahhh! So, lots of good books to tell you about this week, from all of us:
- I decided to make a dent in my overflowing TBR shelves of middle-grade and teen/YA books. One of my favorite book blogs, Unleashing Readers, had just featured Ricki's Top Ten Books of 2016, and I noticed that one of her top picks was on my shelf, so I read The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. I gulped down this middle-grade novel in record time, and she was right – it was excellent! It's the story of a young boy with cancer who has given up and decides to run away and climb a mountain – suspenseful, thoughtful, and moving.
- Next, in the mood for some serious fictional escape, I read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, a novel I gave my husband for his birthday. Now I know why he wanted me to hurry up and read it so we could discuss it! It was SO mind-blowingly good. A man is kidnapped and wakes up in a world where everyone knows him, but it is completely different from his normal reality. Desperate to find his wife and son, he goes looking for answers. This is the author of the books and screenplay that the TV shows Wayward Pines and Good Behavior are based on (two of our favorite shows), and Dark Matter was excellent – fast-paced, compelling, and very, very thought-provoking. I'm still thinking about it!
- Now, I am reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, a book I've been meaning to read for ages (and that my husband gave me for LAST Christmas). It's excellent so far – the interwoven stories of two young people on opposite sides during WWII.
- On audio, I am listening to Anne Frank Remembered: the Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family by Miep Glies and Alison Leslie Gold. It's a memoir, and the narrator is wonderful, with an accent and warmth that makes you feel as if Miep herself is sitting next to you telling her story. It's fascinating so far.
- My husband, Ken, finished The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper! It was a long, dense book, but he enjoyed it and wants to read more of the series. It's been on his TBR list for years, so he's glad he finally got to it.
- In need of a change of pace (quite literally!), Ken is now enjoying the latest Jack Reacher book by Lee Child, Night School. He was telling me last night how great the writing is compared to typical thrillers – Child is his favorite author.
- Jamie, 22, has been reading nonstop during his break from school! He told me I missed one last week, and he read Heir of Fire, book 3 from Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series (a favorite of his) before he came home for Christmas.
- Jamie also finished one of his Christmas gifts from us, The Great Hunt by Robert Hunt, book 2 in the Wheel of Time series, which he's wanted to read for ages. He is now reading book 3, The Dragon Reborn – and flying through that hefty brick, too! Good thing he got Barnes & Noble & Amazon gift cards for Christmas, as well.
Despite my illness last week, I got back into the blogging routine after my holiday hiatus, with a bunch of new posts:
Movie Monday: Sing Street – a fun, uplifting story about boys starting a band in 1980's Dublin
TV Tuesday: The Man in the High Castle - a chilling alternate history where the Allies lost WWII
Memoir Review: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman – funny, thoughtful memoir that was the basis for the hit Netflix series
Teen/YA Review: The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight – a dark & suspenseful start to a new series
Saturday Snapshot: The Golden Hour – late afternoon sunlight makes everything glow
This week, I hope to finish up my December reviews so that I can do my 2016 summaries, best of lists, etc. I also need to choose my 2017 reading challenges – any suggestions? Finally, look for my 2016 movie and TV summaries this week, as well.
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.