Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Summary

All right, a check in at what I've finished and what I'm reading. This has been a quiet week, with one son off having adventures with gramma. I got a few books finished that have been hanging about for weeks:
  • Is Pluto a Planet? by David Weintraub
  • Left By Themselves, by Charles Paul May (kidlit)
  • The Science of Fear, Daniel Gardner
  • The Fire King, Marjorie Liu (paranormal romance)
  • Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception, Wendelin Van Draanen (kidlit)
I still have bookmarks in these library books:
  • Nine Gates: Breaking the Wall, by Jane Lindskold. I'm nearing the end, but had to take a break because the characters were too reasonable.
  • Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. Traumatic childhoods make me go slower.
  • The Language of Bees, Laurie R. King. Now I wonder if they just didn't mention the big deal that supposedly happened years ago, so it's not that I forgot it. Mary Russell is a very smug woman, but since the author keeps letting her be smarter than Sherlock Holmes I guess that is justified.
  • Finding Serenity is a group of essays about the old Firefly series. I like reading commentary on popular shows.
I'm also occasionally carrying around some of my books, including:
  • Powers, by Ursula Le Guin. Which reminds me that I have to give my son Wizard of Earthsea soon.
  • Broom of the System, by David Foster Wallace. I'm having problems believing in the main female character.
  • Astroturf, by M.G. Lord. NASA stumbles into the eighties, to notice modern work conditions.
P seems to be enjoying the first Sammy Keyes book, as well as the picture books we brought home. He reads aloud with great expression, both to me and to his cousin. He now has a reading log from school, which only asks for titles, not opinions, which we both prefer. It also has a column for whether he read independently, shared read, or was read to. I invented a category for him reading out loud, which impressed him no end. A spent the week at Gramma's, but came home having read his first Heinlein (Have Spacesuit, Will Travel) but ignoring the Ibbottson I gave him. He also reread The Thief, and left it with my mom. I like it when my sons push books on other people. That's my kind of family values.

1 comment:

kmitcham said...

Consider Finding Serenity pushed on me; it is in my Library hold list now.