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.