Monday, April 18, 2016

Weekly Reading Update

book and coffee

Good evening. Welcome back to my weekly reading update. I actually managed to post a week after my last update so this one will truly be a single week update. We are finally having real Spring weather here in North Carolina. It was up in  the 80s today and is supposed to be about that warm for the next two weeks. I doubt we'll have many cold days after this. I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, red and yellow onions, bell peppers and hot peppers this weekend, so the gardens are all ready.

Twisted River book cover
What I'm reading

Since last week, I finished Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald. I hope to review that one this week. I'm also about halfway through The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, which is my April book club selection. I must admit I'm sick of Holden Caulfield and it's going to be a struggle to finish it, but I'm determined to do so. I may have to put it aside and read Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes, though, because I need something different.

What I'm writing

I wrote one review last week: 
The Changing Season by Steven Manchester

What my kids are reading

M, who is in 3rd grade, finished the first book in The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer and is now about halfway through the second book.  

Carter, who is in 6th grade, has been reading a lot. He read the Mortality Doctrine series by James Dashner. Now he's reading The Lost Heiress, the second book in the Relic Master series by Catherine Fisher.

I'm linking up with Book Date for It's Monday! What Are You Reading? as well as Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for the children's and YA version of this weekly gathering. What are you reading? Please share in the comments!


  1. I'm with you on Holden Caulfield. I read Catcher when I was a teen the first time and gave it another shot in my thirties and still had a hard time with it. He drove me nuts. ;)

  2. I had one book club member who just absolutely adored The Land Of Stories by Chris Colfer (she was nine at the time).

  3. I was too old when I read Catcher in the Rye. I think you have to be 15! Not as wild about Land of Stories.

  4. I love seeing a child with a book, especially with a big ol' fat one. My tween reads several books at a time. My little one likes to read, favoring more graphic novels as she likes pictures along with the words but I'm so proud of her. She just finished Serafina and the Black Cloak, wanting this book at Book Fair after seeing a video in her class. It is quite an older level book of 5.5 (looked that up) and she's 8.5 in third grade. I'm killing time this week with a simple, historical romance that's been sitting on my nightstand for some time, a find at the used bookstore we have in town. I can't wait until this Saturday.

  5. Good to hear from you! It finally got nice here, too :) Your veggie garden sounds wonderful!

    I re-read Catcher in the Rye a few years ago for Banned Books Week & I really enjoyed it. But I think it is often misunderstood - I rarely hear people even mention that Holden is grieving over a terrible loss - they just say he is spoiled. I'll be interested to hear what your book group thinks!

    Enjoy your books - and this gorgeous weather - this week!


    Book By Book


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