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Books I finished in the last week:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I read a lot of books. Some books I find time to read in the quiet moments of the house, fitting in 10 minutes of reading here or there. Other books, the best kind of books, mean the house is going to fall down around me because I’m reading. They are stay up late, kids are eating cereal for dinner, no one has clean laundry books. I am reading and don’t interupt me, don’t talk to me, I AM READING.
This is one of those books, the best kind of books. And even now, after I’ve just finished the book, I don’t have the words to describe what I just read.
A memory shaded with magic, spooky and mystical, the storytelling is beautiful. The story in the end confronts how we remember things, specifically our childhood.
The Lost Sun
I listened to the audiobook version of this.
This was a book I had to pay attention to! No multi-tasking while listening to this one. The world building was subtle and wonderful. I loved all the little touches — like elf-kisses instead of goosebumps.
Soren Bearskin is a berserker who doesn’t want to be controlled by his beserking nature. Astrid Glynn is the daughter of a famous seether and a seether herself.
Their adventure together begins when Baldur, the sun god, and son of Odin disappears. Astrid convinces Soren that they should go find him.
The second half of this book is action-packed and I was sad when it ended. I’m already waiting for the next book to be published!
Capture the Flag
What a wonderful read! This is going to be a read aloud in my classroom this year.
The Center of Everything
I am such a sucker for books between a young character and a grandma figure. Maybe because The Lilith Summer was one of my very first books I remember crying while reading. Maybe it was because I called my great grandma Gigi, like Ruby’s calls her grandma. I adored this book. I loved everything about it and plan to use it as a read alound this fall.
Up on Deck this week
a fun picture book is slated to arrive tomorrow:
and because I’ve never read it, I’d also like to try to listen to The Graveyard Book. My son read it years ago and loved it, and now that I’m enamored with The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I feel like I have to read it.