Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Thanks to our amazing friend, Huy, Boomer and I have tickets to see Hamilton in San Francisco this summer! So we are studying up! I am reading the Ron Chernow book, and we have been listening to the soundtrack at home.
Hamilton: The Revolution explains the backstory of how Hamilton the musical came to be. It's a pretty short listen, only about four hours, but it's very interesting. My only wish is that there were excerpts from the songs when the book is describing certain elements of the songs.
Monday, April 24, 2017
I've been reading more books about grief. Maybe you've noticed? It's coming up on the year marker when a family friend died after so much hope that he was going to live. And it's been about six months since another friend died after a long, long battle with cancer. So yes, loss is on my heart, and reading books about grief helps my heart make more sense of the confusion and sadness.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Julia Marks is short. And her beloved dog, Ramon, just died. Her mom makes Julia audition for the local theater's production of The Wizard of Oz, and Julia is cast as a Munchkin. She has no idea how being a Munchkin and how this summer will change her life.
This was the first time that I've had this reading experience: I read the book and cried at the end. I immediately started re-reading the book and picked up on so many more details the second time around. When I got to the end, I cried again! Same intensity! What a book.
This is a wonderfully heartwarming tale about a girl, her dog, her grief, and how much others can change our lives for the better if we let them in.
Posted by Elaine at 5:00 AM
Monday, April 17, 2017
Salamanca Tree Hiddle is on a cross-country trip with her grandparents. They ask her to tell them a story, so she tells them about her friend Phoebe and how Phoebe's mother disappeared. Interwoven into Salamanca's re-telling of Phoebe's story is Salamanca's own story of her mother disappearing.
Super-sweet, with lots of heart and humor. Recommended if you're looking for a well-told, thoughtful book. Oh yah, this is another book that falls under my category of Gentle Reading.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
At first, I thought that this would be good bedtime reading, but nope, it was way too intense. Also, I'm particularly sensitive about animal books and animals dying in books (see this post) so I had Boomer skim through the book to make sure no animals die.
Appleblossom is one of a litter of possums, and their mom teaches them how to take care of themselves. But one day, Appleblossom accidentally falls down a chimney and into a house full of people. How will she escape?
Recommended for elementary school kids! Or if you're looking for a sweet, possum family adventure! :) Plus, no possums die!
Posted by Elaine at 6:30 AM
Monday, April 10, 2017
Enter Thibault, a man wandering around in the hospital while visiting his brother, who stumbles upon Elsa's room and learns about her condition.
I devoured I'm Still Here in a day. If you're looking for a short, fast, intriguing read, you might want to give this a try.
Posted by Elaine at 12:55 PM
Reading Voracious was a great walk down memory lane of my own childhood favorite books like The Indian in the Cupboard, Pippi Longstocking, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Strega Nona. So fun!
Thanks to my neighbor, Rebecca, for the recommendation!