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It's Monday 2/13! What Are You Reading?

Monday, February 13, 2017 9:43
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Whew, I’m glad THAT week is over! Just one of those weeks when things kept cropping up unexpectedly, which just made me feel even more overwhelmed than I have been lately. Took my father-in-law back to the doctor again for a recurrent infection, spent most of the week negotiating between two companies for a mortgage refinance (lots of work but it paid off with a great deal!), our college sons temporarily thought our car had been stolen, so that was a good 18 hours of stress and panic (they forgot where they parked it), and by Friday, both sons were very sick with a stomach virus. One came home immediately; the other stayed in the dorms until yesterday, when he came home and slept 14 hours straight! Now, he is back to campus, and the other is still asleep but hopefully will be also heading back today. Like I said, whew!

The good news is that I did end up getting a LOT done over the weekend, so I feel less “everything is late” kind of overwhelmed. And there’s that awesome refinance I negotiated, too! Quite proud of myself for that.

Whether the week was good or bad, we always enjoy our books! Here’s what we’ve been reading:

  • I am still reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, JK Rowling’s pen name for her mystery series starring private detective Cormoran Strike. I gave it to my husband for his birthday and am glad to have finally gotten to it myself. It’s excellent – as you’d expect! Engrossing and suspenseful novels are perfect for hectic times like this. I am almost finished.
  • I finished listening to a middle-grade audiobook, The Scourge by Jennifer Nielsen. It’s about a fantasy dystopian world where a disease is ravaging its citizens and one young girl learns some secrets while being held in a quarantine colony.
  • Now, I am listening to a teen/YA novel on audio, The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. It is turning out to be somewhat similar to the one I just finished, but it’s intriguing so far, about a fantasy dystopian world where everyone forgets everything every few years…except the main character who remembers everything but keeps that a secret.
  • My husband, Ken, is still reading a Christmas gift from me, The Trespasser by Tana French, the latest (#6, I think) in her books about the Dublin Murder Squad. He loves her literary murder mysteries, though he’s been laughing over some of the Irish slang! Skangers, jacks, gaff,  gaffer, and bickied! It’s weird that he and I are both reading Irish/British mysteries right now.
  • Jamie, 22, has been reading The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. He is up to book 3, The Dragon Reborn, and enjoying it. Even though he’s been sick, I think he’s been watching more TV than reading this week.

As promised, I focused on some book review catch-up last week (though I did not have time for my usual movie and TV reviews). I enjoyed all of these:

Middle-Grade Review: Friends for Life by Andrew Norriss, a moving novel about friendship, bullying, and ghosts.

Fiction Review: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, a story about a marriage, uniquely written

Middle-Grade Review: Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke – an exciting graphic novel

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.

What are you and your family reading this week?  


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