Hello all! How’s life going? I’m pleased to announce that this week has been easier for all of us. My daughter is feeling better after contracting Covid-19; although, she does still have some strange symptoms. Luckily, they haven’t been debilitating. What she’s dealing with now seems to be lingering headaches, lack of taste and smell, fatigue, and coldness. She should be able to be free of quarantine in the next few days. I’d like to thank everyone who commented and offered well wishes last week. It was much-needed.
Because my daughter was feeling good enough to get back to reading a few days ago, they’re just about to finish up The Graveyard Book.
The kids have enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, I was distracted and lost and therefore gave up on it. I’m still trying to listen in to see what’s happening. They’re reading the audio along with the physical. The story is basically about a boy who’s dropped off at a graveyard by his dying mother, and he’s left to be raised by the ghosts who reside there. A very interesting story, but one that requires attention I couldn’t give this week.
IT TAKES A GRAVEYARD TO RAISE A CHILD.
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy – an ancient indigo man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible fleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will be in danger from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family . . .
I’m back to my Gaiman marathon now that things have settled down. Currently, I’m reading Smoke and Mirrors which is a compilation of short fiction stories. I’m enjoying it, but a few of the story endings have left me displeased. I’ve always enjoyed short stories because I can read them at night before bed without crashing, especially those that are quite short in length.
The astonishing and impressive first collection of short stories from New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman
An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat in a second-hand store . . .
A stray cat fights and refights a nightly battle to protect his adoptive family from an unimaginable evil . . .
A young couple receives a wedding gift that will reveal a chilling alternate history of their marriage . . .
Beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks, a frightened little boy bargains for his life with a most persistent troll . . .
Such miraculous inventions and more await within Neil Gaiman’s first collection of short fiction, a gift of wonder and delight from one of the most unique literary artists of our day. In his capable hands, magic is no mere illusion, but a powerful means to reveal the nature of our humanity obscured in the smoke of our fears and anxieties . . . and reflected in the funhouse mirrors of our dreams.
I’m in need of some comfort reading, so The Princess Bride is my main book pick for this week. I picked up this beautiful hardcover edition at Barnes and Noble last month. This is a reread for me, and that’s exactly what I need: something familiar. The movie has been a favorite since I was a child. This book has some lovely illustrations within, which is always a plus.
Here William Goldman’s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment.
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts — The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.
As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini—the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik—the gentle giant; Inigo—the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen—the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
My youngest daughter has picked a horse book for us this week: This one is an Usborne storybook titled Usborne Illustrated Stories of Horses & Ponies. It’s filled with magical stories about horses.
A wonderfully illustrated collection of timeless myths and fairytales about horses and ponies. Perfect for horse and pony lovers, or children who simply want to be whisked away to a magical world of adventure. Stunning illustrations, coupled with top-of-the-range production values, make this a beautiful gift that will appeal to horse and pony-mad children on any special occasion. Seventeen traditional tales include The Magician’s Horse, The Black Stallion, Pegasus – and lots more enchanting tales.
These are traditional fairy tales, all involving horses with sweet endings. This isn’t the first time we’ve been in this book, but we’re reading it from front to back this time. I’m enjoying this book as much as she is. The illustrations are captivating. Pictures don’t do it justice.
Finally, we’re finishing up The Return of the Indian. We only have a few chapters left. This book has been even more enjoyable than the first. Omri decided to start playing with the cabinet again, so you can imagine the adventure. Hopefully, I’ll have this one up for the next Shabby Sunday.
I just finished up with Cold Hearted by Serena Valentino. If you’d like to see that review, please just click the image below. The retelling challenge is going well. I don’t think I’ll have any issues complete my goals for 2021; in fact, I may go above and beyond!
So, that’s it for us this week. What are you reading? How’s your summer going? Are you looking forward to reading this fall? I certainly am. Let’s chat about anything in the comment section.