Reading slowed just a tad for me last week. I finished up Crying in H Mart the week prior and chose Spinning Silver for last week. The kids are finally closing out the school year, but we’re getting into our summer reading pile now, and let me tell you: we have some good stuff in store for summer reads. I have no doubt I’ll be reading more YA and middle-grade over the summer.
We took one of our first shopping sprees since the pandemic began on Friday. It was nice to hang out in the bookstore for over an hour. The kids found some good books and I grabbed some books to beef-up our Neil Gaiman collection. I’ll share the full haul later, but here’s what I grabbed for the shelf.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is the book my kids will be starting next. Right now we’re reading The Return of the Indian, which is the sequel to The Indian in the Cupboard. We are loving this book so far. A year has gone by since Omri sent Little Bear back to his time. Now he misses him and begins experimenting with the cupboard once more.
It’s been over a year since Omri discovered in The Indian in the Cupboard that, with the turn of a key, he could magically bring to life the three-inch-high Indian figure he placed inside his cupboard. Omri and his Indian, Little Bear, create a fantastic world together until one day, Omri realizes the terrible consequences if Little Bear ever got trapped in his “giant” world. Reluctantly, Omri sends the Indian back through the cupboard, giving his mother the magic key to wear around her neck so that he will never be tempted to bring Little Bear back to life.
But one year later, full of exciting news, Omri gives way to temptation when he finds that his mother has left the magic key lying on the bathroom sink.
A whole new series of adventures awaits Omri as he discovers that his Indian has been critically wounded during the French and Indian Wars and desperately needs Omri’s help.
Now, helplessly caught between his own life and his cupboard life of war and death, Omri must act decisively if he is to save Little Bear and his village from being completely destroyed. What began as a harmless game has tumed into a horrible nightmare, a nightmare in which Omri is irrevocably involved, and from which he may never escape.
They’re also reading Fever, 1793. This is a recommendation from my oldest daughter who read it last year.
It’s late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn’t get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family’s coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie’s concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family’s small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie’s struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight—the fight to stay alive.
I’m reading Stardust. I grabbed this beautiful cover and oddly shaped edition which looks to have been published on my birthday. It screamed out to me! I love it. I’m on page 57–just getting into chapter 3. So far, so good. It took me some time to get into it, especially after a major time forward which niggled me.
Go and catch a falling star . . .
Tristran Thorn promises to bring back a fallen star for his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester—and crosses the wall that divides his English country town from another, more dangerous world of lords and witches, all of them in search of the star. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s most beloved tales.
Who knows if I’ll move on to another Neil Gaiman right after this one or not. He’s one of my favorite authors, but I normally need a break in between his books because of my love hate relationship with some of them. My plan is to move on to Smoke and Mirrors and to chug on with the others to continue the marathon. We’ll see what happens.
So, that’s what we have going on this week. What about you? What are you reading? Let’s chat in the comment section.