I finished Brothers Karamazov!!!
I must say, this experience was very different from the first time through, in 2011, during the Lent that followed Anthony’s birth. At that time I knew I hadn’t read well. I noted: ” don’t know that I got very much out of my solitary read. I really need a group, a class setting, to push me to dig deep as I read.” And indeed this time through I hardly remembered what I’d read before. It was very hazy and the novel actually surprised me this time. I really didn’t remember it being such a whodunnit.
Read The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder because Sophie picked it up and I wanted to be able to discuss it. I remembered it as being rather dark and disturbing. And it was fairly dark, but now as an adult I understand the shape of it much better. Such a sad story about a single mom and her imaginative daughter who feels neglected as her mother goes out on dates leaving her home by herself under the supervision of a neighbor. She begins to imagine that her cat is a witch cat and that it makes her do witchy things. Nothing too bad, really, but the kind of acting out you might expect from a lonely girl who doesn’t have any friends.
Also The Egypt Game, which was much better than I remembered it– I think in my memories it was a little entangled with Witches of Worm. Bella and Sophie loved The Egypt Game because the way the children play is so much like how they play.
Read The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
I know I owned this and the prequel when I was younger. I remember that I’d read it. But I’m not sure I read it more than once. I don’t remember loving it, I don’t remember hating it. I just remember it being on my shelf. But I guess I didn’t really connect with it much? I liked it this time through. Harry is a fun heroine. The fantasy world is an interesting set up. It feels very colonial Britain, but in no specific time and place.
I’m continuing to read Can You Forgive Her, but I’m almost done.
Reading The Hero and the Crown.
The prequel to The Blue Sword, I didn’t love this one quite as much. I liked Aerin as a character and I thought the dragon fight and recovery was one of the best scenes of its type ever. But I didn’t love the plot where she falls in love with the mystical mountain man and then goes back home and marries someone else because she’s determined to keep the kingdom together, but knowing she’s maybe not mortal so she can go back to the other lover someday. That plot line I did not love so well.
With the Kids
Kids and I finished Little House in the Highlands, the first in the delightful series by Melissa Wiley about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s great-grandmother, Martha Morse (sadly they are now out of print and the publisher has released a much abridged version).
Also a book about St John Neumann, who I really didn’t know much about before. .
Kids listening to The Saturdays in the car. It’s from Kay Ray Reads to You, a nice free podcast with a selection of books. I like her voice and have found it to be a thoroughly charming podcast. Her reading isn’t perfect, it’s a podcast not an audiobook, so it has some places where she begins a sentence, makes a mistake, and goes back to re-read it. But that has a charm of its own– it feels like having someone read to you.
What are you reading?