It's Friday, Friday...


This picture has nothing to do with anything, except I never shared it before.  Last Sunday, while I was working on dollhouse #2, Little Sis was having a quiet memorial service for Grandpa Bear.  You see, Grandpa was 200 years old, so apparently, it was his time to go.  She made little sympathy notes for the mourners.  She also made a big mess, but that's nothing new.  I should be working on their rooms right now, in fact, but she stayed home from school today (just a cold, I think).  I can't keep up with anything around here anymore.

I thought I'd share a few more books we've read lately.  Just a few.  Unfortunately, my personal reading is about to take a hit - really, it should have already taken a hit - as I begin rehearsals next week for Clybourne Park.  I have lots of lines to learn, and I tend to read less when I'm in a play.  We only have a month before we open, and I'll be back in the reading swing of things after we close, but ohmygoshonlyamonth!!!!  Yeah, I'll be concentrating on lines.

Now, on to what we have read lately:

Unspoken [2012] and Untold [2014]
by Sarah Rees Brennan.
Random House Books for Young Readers.

I know there are some YA-paranormal-fiction fans out there.  Before Christmas, I finished the first two books in Sarah Rees Brennan's The Lynburn Legacy series.  There is much to like here!  Imaginary friends that turn out to be real, a sleepy English village (called Sorry-in-the-Vale!), a brave heroine with a wicked sense of humor, her wonderful girlfriends, brooding teen boys, sorcery...  I enjoyed these very much.  The books have a romantic vibe to them, but I think it's the humor that I liked most of all.  The second book ends with a cliffhanger, but we must wait until September to find out what happens next.



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Fortunately, The Milk
by Neil Gaiman,
illustrated by Skottie Young.
HarperCollins, 2013.

Considering I first checked this one out at least two months ago (perhaps longer), I admit it took me a very long time to get to it!  By now, I'm sure everyone has read it or considered it or at least heard about it.  I read it very quickly to myself one day, then handed it off to Big Sis, who read it very quickly to herself over the course of the next two or three days.  We both agree:  this was a very funny book!  Big Sis would add, "Especially when the kids ask the dad questions, trying to catch him lying."  She also liked the ending, and wanted to know why the dad in the illustrations has such crazy hair.  I showed her a picture of Neil Gaiman.  "Oh!  Okay."



I also read some Christmasy things, but since I did not get to them this season, I have decided to hold onto them until the end of the year!

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What I've been reading, but it's taking me forever and now I'm worried I won't get a chance to finish before I have my lines memorized.  (Once you're well into your thirties and kids have taken over, it's a lot harder to memorize!!!):

Bellman & Black
by Diane Setterfield.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2013.
This one is categorized as a new release at out library and only available to be checked out two weeks at a time.  Two weeks wasn't enough the first time.  I was halfway through the book when I had to return.  I just picked it up again yesterday!  I would love to finish it.  I wasn't a fan of Setterfield's first book, The Thirteenth Tale, but I was really enjoying this one.  


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The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai.
Penguin, 2011.
Lucy suggested this one to me in the comments of one of my Oz posts.  I'm loving it so far.  Only halfway there, though.  No trailer, sorry.

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What We Read Together:

Nursery Rhyme Comics
edited by Chris Duffy.
First Second, 2011.

It took us three nights to read Fairy Tale Comics, but you know, nursery rhymes are a lot shorter.  We read this one last night!  It was wonderful, too.  Nick Bruel, Jules Feiffer, David Macaulay, and Patrick McDonnell are among the artists this time!

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Junie B. Jones and the YuckyBlucky Fruitcake
by Barbara Park,
illustrated by Denise Bruckus.
Random House, 1995.
(Aww, I just noticed this one came out the year I graduated high school!)  We have several new Junie B. Jones books to read, but this one is my favorite this year.  Big Sis had us start with this one, because it's one
of her favorites, too.

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What We're Reading Together Now:

Another Oz book...  but that will wait until next week!


Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!


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  1. My fingers are itching to buy a book but I really should wait until we are through the Christmas haul. But that Junie B will be pretty cheap - and necessary, right? ps lovely new blog look!

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    1. Junie B. books are pretty inexpensive. ;) And thank you! I was ready for a change.

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  2. Great post! I love YA fiction, add a bit of magic and paranormal stuff and I'll love it for sure! There are so many things in this post I want to read, yet I know too I have to wait a bit. Junie B must be great :)
    Great that you 're in a new play! What an exciting thing to do. I miss the theatre -I was in a group some years ago too (amateurs of course). I totally loved it.
    Sorry to hear about Grandpa Bear! But since he was 200... :)

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    1. Most of my theatre gigs are nonpaying. This one isn't. Yay! Of course, that's all the more reason for me to work harder. I'm backing off to one play a year or so, unless something really jumps out at me.

      200, 8... ;) I think the bear that "died" was a womb-sounds crib bear someone gave us when Big Sis was born.

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  3. YAY!!! I was in dire need of new reading material. I think I will love ALL of these!!!! Oh my goodness good luck with the play! You'll be wonderful, I'm sure!!!

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    1. If you haven't read Unspoken, trust me, I think you'd love it! And thanks, we'll see. :)

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    1. Thank you! I've wanted to change it for a long time, but had no idea what to do. Friday morning was a good day to be inspired, for some reason. ;)

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