"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

11/22/13

Our Family Reading List

This post is part of Patty Wysong's 
 A to Z meme. This week's letter is "R."
A to Z blog hop at Patterings.

I love to read. Pretty much always have, and almost positive I always will. And in the Sher household, that's pretty much the norm (though not COMPLETELY). Both my husband and daughter love reading - maybe as much as I do. My son? Not so much - but he still does it (mostly because it's required for school - but at least he DOES it! And maybe he'll find some books that really grab his interest, and that will change. Maybe).
And here we are!
So I thought, because this week's letter is "R," I'd share a bit about what my family is currently reading.

I'll start with my lovely daughter (who turns 10 this coming Wednesday, by the way. WHERE did the time go!??). At bedtime, we are reading The War of The Ember, which is the fifteenth and final book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. This is my second time through the series (read it with my son a few years ago - though I must admit that my daughter read the majority of these herself, without my help), and there's some fine storytelling in there.

She is also reading two books on her own: a novelization of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (she read the first two in the series already), and Newberry Honor book Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm. She's enjoying them both very much.

My handsome son (who is three months shy of being a teenager!) has developed a liking for a book series that his father read when he was younger called Alfred Hichcock and the Three Investigators (in fact, the books are the ones my husband read himself when he was Andrew's age). His required reading for school (he needs to read two hours a week outside of class) is the fourth book in this series - The Mystery of the Green Ghost. At bed (yes, I still read to him - though he reads to me too on occasion), we are working on the third book - The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy. Delightful and interesting stories - and if he's enjoying them, I'm all for it!
And then there's my loving, wonderful husband. He's been reading Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (that's a staple for him - guess he has always liked mysteries!) on his Kindle, as well as Idiots at Work - Chronicles of Workplace Stupidity (humor is another big one for him!) and The 17-Day Diet (which I finished reading myself not too long ago).

And we can't forget yours truly. :) In addition to the December issue of The Writer (to be followed quickly thereafter with January's issue of Writer's Digest), I'm reading Shelly Beach's Ambushed by Grace (lovely and helpful book on caregiving) and Randy and Nanci Alcorn's Help for Women Under Stress (for a FRIEND. Stress? Me? Nah ;)). NEXT on my list will definitely be fiction - probably something historical that screams at me from my Kindle Fire.

So, what's on YOUR reading list?

 
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14 comments:

  1. Hi Joanne! I'm currently reading "Shoofly Pie" by Tim Downs and a pre-release novel by John Faubion. ("Friend Me"). I love Randy Alcorn's books and I'm sure you'll enjoy Nanci's writing. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for sharing yourself, Tom! Have heard of Shoofly Pie - hope you're enjoying it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Stress? Pfft. It's nothing.
    ROFL
    Love your reading list, Jo! So cool to see what everyone in your house is reading. =]
    Hugs!!

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    1. Was fun for me too! The kids and I discuss this kind of stuff, but Marc? Not so much. So now I know!

      Thanks, sweets :)

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  3. Growing up in my family of 4, my mom read to my brother and I. I always loved to read, but brother and father never did learn to appreciate the joy of books. Mom and I continue to have a mini book club! She gets a subscription of those inspirational romances so we read and discuss the story. Reading is my way of running away from reality and sometimes, I spend a lot of time reading. (After all, I do live by myself :) )

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    1. Reading can be a GREAT companion, can't it? The little book club with your mom sounds fun. Great idea!
      Thanks for stopping by, Barb!

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  4. Ohh, I love to see that you all have more than one book going at a time! My husband says that I'm a freak because I do this. He doesn't like to read (says he's too slow & reading is "too calm" for him). Sounds like you have a plethora of subjects, which I like as well. I love that a book can take you to places you've never been and just get you out of the house without ever leaving! Great post, Joanne! ;-]

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    1. I guess we can all be freaks together, Shelley LOL. Love reading - and finding time is SO much easier with my ereader! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love to read and always have a dozen or so books going at one time. Many are for research, of course. Right now I'm reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher and Sweet Olive by Judy Christie and a bunch on Marco Polo and Steamboats for research on two different books. I am going to have to check out that book your daughter is reading. Looks fascinating. Great post!

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    1. Love To Kill a Mockingbird! Research reading can be so interesting. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. What fun. What memories have surfaced. I loved reading with my girls. I still remember reading what they were were reading, then we would talk about it. Loved those times! It's always fun to hear what others are reading - thanks for sharing.

    As far my current read, I'm reading Philip Yancy's book, "The Question That Never Gods Away" and I just finished "A Candle In the Darkness" by Lynn Austin.

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    1. Oh - both those books sound great!

      Love reading with my kids too. Such a special time! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I have books stacked everwhere begging to be read. One series that will probably be an all-time favorite is the Savanah Series by Eugenia Price. I woke up each morning wondering what the characters would be doing that day, and was really sad when I finished the last one. I have no common sense when it comes to reading and that weakness keeps me from jumping in. Your family list sounds like great reading.

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    1. My house could easily BE a library, so I can definitely relate, Nancy! Thanks for stopping by!

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