This Week In Reading


Meet Jenny.  We have two cats (officially), an old Siamese named Katie and my Jenny girl.  Here you see Jenny with my current reading material.  I still have my usual stack, but I'm working my way through my library check-outs now.  The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesy is a modern retelling of one of my favorite books, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.  Jane Eyre is a book I've re-read several times, in addition to seeing most film and television adaptations.  I am only on chapter four, but I like it so far.  The story is very familiar, although the names, settings, and details are different.  I wondered if I could get into a book that, despite these basic changes, tells a story I know inside and out.  At this point, it has my attention.  And for all I know, the plot may veer off in new directions.  It's still early.



And here is the book I finished earlier in the week:  The Diviners by Libba Bray.  I have Melissa at Julia's Bookbag to thank for pointing me to this one.  There is so much to say about The Diviners...  Where should I start?  The main character, Evie O'Neill, is everything one loves in a 1920s flapper character:  brash, young, irreverent, witty, naughty.  But Evie is more than she seems.  She also has the power to divine the past by touching an object.  And this power comes in handy when a series of murders begins, terrifying Jazz Age New York.

Evie is so much fun.  The story?  CREEPY.  The killer is true evil incarnate, and as the book continues, characters surprise you by not being what you expected them to be.  It's the first book in a new series, so don't expect a pat resolution, either.  

This was a perfect October read for me.  I stayed up until three AM reading, not only because I was enjoying it, but also because I had the heebie-jeebies so badly, I needed to know how it ended!  If I didn't know that night, I knew I would lie in bed, haunted by all the horrible what if?s.  


Take some time and explore the official website.   Check out The Diviners Radio.  I'm excited to read more.

Big Sis is zipping through the Junie B. Jones books.  We read the first one together several months ago, then we discovered Ivy & Bean and Junie B. was put on hold.  Now she's back to Junie B!  She's reading them on her own.  The second book in the series was read at home, and a later book (#11) at school.  (Her teacher doesn't want them to take their library books home, since she has problems getting them back.  They have free reading time every day, though!)  Now she's on to Book 3 at home and Junie B., First Grader (at last!) at school.


I'm still reading Three Tales of My Father's Dragon (the middle book now!) and On the Banks of Plum Creek to the girls at bedtime, along with a neverending stack of picture books.  Little Sis also talked me into reading the first book in the Molly McIntire American Girl series to her.  I have a couple ideas for some Molly-related projects, although the Dust Bowl weather outside is making me think we should be looking into the 1930s (Kit Kittridge!) instead. 

This picture was taken at four PM.  The orangey sky?  DIRT.

So we hope to do more reading this weekend.  And we have a Daisy Scout Halloween event.  And I'm in an F. Scott Fitzgerald readers' theatre.  And I'm going to a Scentsy party.  And I'll probably be hunting down a techie to figure out why the domain I purchased from Blogger isn't working.  

Merry Weekend!

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  1. Ooh, I love Jane Eyre so I will have to try out that first book. I like Jane Eyre better than Wuthering Heights.

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    1. So do I. Wuthering Heights is twisted and full of mean, unlikable people. I love it, but Jane is such a great character. I've always preferred Jane Eyre, too. I also love Anne Bronte's second novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

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    2. That's why I don't get it when people say that Wuthering Heights is such a romantic book - it's like, um.... really??? Yes, Heathcliff and Catherine are unexplainably connected and love each other, but I wouldn't really call it romantic. It's too messed-up and gothic for that.

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    3. I think it comes from too many teenagers reading the book, and thinking all that drama and passion is a sign of true love. ;o) Heathcliff and Catherine are so cruel to each other, and worse to the people around them.

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    4. Not a Wuthering Heights fan either. Jane Eyre all the way! OOOOOOH Now I really can't wait to read The Diviners even more so than I felt before!!! So glad you liked it! All of your pix and book picks are lovely and that theatre sounds so cool!! This wkend we're going to a Halloween party given by the parents of a school friend of J's and we will know maybe one person -- Andrew is terrified :) -I guess we'll just be talking to each other!

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    5. forgot to acknowledge the xtreme CUTENESS of your kitty!!!!

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    6. The Diviners was a LOT of fun! Thanks for posting about it! And Jenny would say thank you if she could. Or cared. She's a cat, you know how they are.

      That sounds exactly like my hubby and me at a party. We may go to a theatre people Halloween party next week. That should be fine, although I haven't dressed in costume in years. We're talking theatre people. The host is a costumer. The pressure!!!!! Gah!!!!

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  2. That last picture is very Halloweeny. Up into the wee hours of the night reading because of creepiness? That sounds like fun! :) Love that kitty, I had one very similar as a kid.

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    1. Thanks, Robyn! It was pretty gross yesterday. The wind was whipping so much dust around that they closed part of I-35 south of us, in Oklahoma. No visibility. Staying up late to read scary books in October is awesome! Jenny is my sweet girl. She thinks she's my girls' other mama. She reminds me of a feline version of Nana in Pete Pan. Katie, my Siamese, was my hubby's kitty before we were together. She's awesome, but she's hard to photograph. She wants to be human. This morning, my hubby found a wad of toilet paper in the litter box. She regularly covers her messes with toilet paper! (We have a litter box in our tiny half-bath off of the laundry room.)

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