Saturday, June 07, 2008

Books and More

There’s nothing like starting out the summer with a political conspiracy thriller audiobook. I downloaded this book intending to use it for the four days that I will be driving to my daughter’s during the first two weeks of summer vacation, but I became so anxious about the outcome of the story that I listened while knitting, cleaning, and playing games on the computer just to find out what happened. All 110+ chapters of The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer were compelling. I found the shifts in point of view easy enough to follow and they added to the suspense. I did find the tendency of the audiobook to put in a musical interlude just after shots were fired or something slammed to be extremely irritating—the story had enough suspense without it. If you are not a fan of conspiracy novels, you may not like this book, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Even though it does not qualify as great literature, it is a wonderfully absorbing listen.

Other books I have read this week:

John, Paul, George, & Ben—If you’re of my generation, the tendency is to finish that phrase with “Ringo” instead of “Ben.” As quirkily humorous as this book is, I’m sure that effect was deliberate. It is listed for grades 2-5, but my kindergarten-age DGD appreciated the picture book part of the story even if she was not interested in the strictly historical information in the back. Historical information? Think of the title as Hancock, Revere, Washington, & Franklin. The first part of the book concentrates on a personal youthful characteristic of each future leader that later turns into an outstanding adult quality—boldness, loudness, honesty, and independence. The humor in the book is appealing to children but also to adults. For example, the writer made witty choices to illustrate Franklin’s proverbs.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star—no Amazon link for this one; there are too many. This is a tiny boardbook, my goodness-is-she-almost-17-months-old granddaughter’s current favorite. Reading it is not enough; she expects melody and sings along. The book has an extra verse about the moon. Reading it successfully also requires the ability to begin singing at random parts in the song because she opens the book at random pages. Judging from reader response, this literary work is a more compelling read than my conspiracy novel and much shorter.

I've been fortunate to spend time with all the DGC this week. That's been great fun! They grow up so fast.

I've also finished the second sleeve on the Wonderful Wallaby and measured for the third WW by trying the first WW on the child and noting what adjustments I need to make. I also did a little bit of spinning.

On the home improvement front, I cleaned some, organized some, and installed a robe hook in my bathroom. I intended to get more done, but life, and some unexpected work for school next year, intervened.

1 comment:

LizzieK8 said...

Try Google Book Search for links.

I reserved John, Paul, George, and Ben for my granddaughter. She's advancing pretty well in her reading and am trying to encourage 2nd grade reading books to her. We checked out one of the American Girls books yesterday.