It’s been flu-week at our house. So far, only two of us – Noah and Josiah – were sidelined, and I’m hoping and praying it stays that way. Poor Noah – I don’t think he remembers the last time he had a respiratory flu, and he was miserable. Josiah seemed to kick the fever/body aches stage faster, and he’s good to go except for a nagging cough.
Because of sickness, we’ve had a quiet weekend. We took Friday off school, which allowed me to get caught up with some housework stuff, while Noah and Josiah laid around watching Netflix. Natalie was gone yesterday to Revolve Tour in Spokane, a Christian event for teen girls. Kevin took me out to breakfast and then we vegged the rest of the day, too.
While I hate sickness, I have to admit that the low-key week that sickness necessitates means more reading time. It was an awesome week for audiobooks – I finished two five-star listens: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (the link will take you to my review) and The Last Child by John Hart (review to come). Completely different, but both were full of audiobook brilliance.
I also gave up on two books in print this week. One was Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies by Mikey Walsh, which was too disturbing for me to finish. It is a beautifully written book, though, and Kelly has graciously agreed to read and review my copy for me.
The other book I gave up on was You’re (Not) the One by Alexandra Potter. This was also a review copy, but an unsolicited copy, and so I don’t feel guilty about laying it aside. I thought the characters were flat and the dialogue seemed unnatural. This could be a case of poor timing, though, as I think any chick lit would suffer when read directly after Sophie Kinsella.
In other blog news, I answered eleven questions, posted another edition of Ten-word Movie Reviews, posted a flashback review of Anne Fadiman’s essay collection Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, and reviewed the completely amazing The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney.
Today will include church in the morning, and then I am off to my folks’ house for lasagne and The Oscars! Anyone else planning to watch? I have only seen three of the Best Picture nominees (The Descendants, The Help, and Moneyball), and within those choices, I am rooting for The Help to win Best Picture and George Clooney to win Best Actor. Do you have Oscar picks you would like to share?
Not sure I’ll have much time for reading today, but here are the books I am currently reading or listening to.
~ The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
~ Legend by Marie Lu
~ The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry
~ The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
~ Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
What are you reading today?