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Book By Book
I was just looking back at my post from last Monday, about all the emergencies that cropped up that week and how things were returning to normal! ha ha I should know better than to say that! Our older son went back to campus Wednesday afternoon (after a stomach virus), and his younger brother came home Thursday morning with strep throat! He got on antibiotics and went back to school Friday afternoon…and his brother came home from work last night with a fever and cough. Seems like a bout of bronchitis, which he gets a lot due to his immune disorder. Oh, and now I just got a text from our younger son saying the strep is better but now his chest hurts, and he's coughing. Sounds like another bronchitis…sigh. Yup. We need to install a revolving door here. And invest heavily in antiseptic wipes, which we have been using by the truckload!
The good news is that my husband and I have stayed healthy through all of this (where's some wood to knock on?), and we had a very nice weekend. Lots of work on our mortgage refinance (we got a great deal, but it is a LOT of work) but also two great hikes in lovely, sunny 70 degree weather. We definitely needed that.
And, of course, we make time for reading every day! Here's what our family is reading now:
- I finished 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 was excellent – as you'd expect!
- Next, I returned to Anne Frank Remembered: the Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family by Miep Glies and Alison Leslie Gold. I started this book on audio back in early January, but my audio download was defective and ended abruptly in the middle of a sentence! It's a memoir, and the audio narrator was wonderful, with an accent and warmth that makes you feel as if Miep herself was sitting next to you telling her story. I REALLY wanted to finish it on audio, but after waiting for over a month for the audio to come in from my library, I gave up and requested the book. So, I finally got to finish this amazing book (highly recommended!), and there turned out to be a benefit to seeing the book – lots of photos included! Besides, I could still hear the narrator's voice in my head as I read.
- And, that led me to return to The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, to re-read the story in Anne's own words. I haven't read it since I was a teenager. My own copy (which was my mother's originally) cost 35 cents and every time I turned a page, it fell out! So, I got a copy at the library this weekend. Even knowing what happens, it is still a compelling, amazing story. I am totally hooked (again).
- On audio, I am listening to a teen/YA novel, The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. It's intriguing so far, about a fantasy dystopian world where everyone forgets everything every 12 years…except the main character who remembers everything but keeps that a secret, as she begins to uncover the secrets of her community.
- My husband, Ken, finished 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.
- Now, Ken is reading a review book I got, a noir thriller, Lucky Supreme: A Novel of Many Crimes by Jeff Johnson. The author (it's his debut novel) has been compared to Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane. The novel is due out April 4.
- 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 a lot, I think he's been watching more TV than reading lately.
Blog posts from last week:
Movie Monday: The Accountant, an intriguing & original thriller
Fiction Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, WWII from the perspective of two children
Middle-Grade Review: The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart, a moving, exciting adventure
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?