I do like the weather we are currently experiencing. But it is strange.
I left the house early yesterday. I had wanted to stop off to pick up some trouser socks that I’ll need to start wearing. When I left the sun was shining. I had stopped to take off my jacket and put on Roland’s safari hat (recently purchased at Hogle Zoo) and removed it along with my sunglasses before I got to the store.
As I waited for the bus (so that I could continue on to the school) I took out a book to read. As I was reading, I noticed that light drops began to fall – not enough to concern me if the book had been my own – but it’s a library book. I’ve already purchased more lost and damaged books than I care to admit. I’d rather not have to make a purchase for replacement anymore.
The skies were weird. Blue sky with puffy white clouds mixed in with shades of grey threatening to rain. I tried to capture what I saw, but the picture doesn’t do it justice (does it ever)
By the time I arrived at the school, it was just too wet to read – unless maybe I had had my umbrella – which I didn’t.
The books I am currently reading are “Cookies to Die For” by Dene Low and “The Storybook Legends” by Shannon Hale.
“Cookies . . .” is the one I read while on the bus. It is an adult novel (that’s right – adult. Are you impressed) a mystery-comedy, if you will, with a flavor of LDS lingo and Mormon culture.
Thus far Jane (the narrator) has been kidnapped by two thugs whom she calls Beard and Kid. She doesn’t know why they’re in her home or what they want with her husband – but he is out of town – along with her boys and dogs. But she does have neighbors. Unfortunately for her, they are all at Church.
Beard finds her neighbors more than annoying as they are constantly calling to find out why Jane is not at church. Or if they can stop by or pick her up or visit, etc. Meanwhile, Jane is still wearing her yellow scouting shirt from the previous day. Right now it is stained with tomato and she thinks it might look like blood. It is the middle of the night and they have left her house and are now at the auto parts company where her husband works (I’m really not that far into it)
“ . . .Legends” appears to be part of a series called “Ever After High”. I wonder if Jenna will want to read more from the series.
Jenna and I do not have to have this one read until we meet in November. It’s for the mother/daughter group that we attend. We’ve already read the one for October. Jenna was hoping to start on the one for May. But I think we should do them in order.
Actually both of them seem to have a similar theme – that is to retell fairytales from another point of view. In this case it is two daughters: Apple White – daughter of Snow White (though I wonder why Apple’s last name would be White and not Charming for her father?) and Raven, daughter of the wicked queen.
In the book each has completed her first year of school and has entered the second. In the second year students are expected to sign the book of legends and follow the story the way the parents have. Only Raven does not wish to be wicked.
The students have returned from summer break, and Raven is happy to see that she’ll be sharing her dorm with Madeline Hatter – who she considers to be a fun crazy type person. But Apple has just made arrangements for the two of them to room together.
Last time we read, Raven had just been handed her schedule, and though she tried to make some adjustments, the headmaster wouldn’t allow it. Jenna and I both love reading fairytales that have been rewritten in a different way from the same old, same old.
In May (though I suspect we’ll be reading before Christmas) we will be discussing the book “Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin” by Liesl Shurtliff. I placed a hold at the library, but it hasn’t been set aside as of yet. I don’t know why. The West Valley Library has a copy on display. But as I am not a gifted speed-reader, and the “Legends” book has more than 300 pages, I’m really not in a hurry to check out another book when I have less than two weeks left on the other. I may have to renew it – or wait until November to finish it.
I will be writing another review. I've already written reviews on some of the books that we'll be reading this coming year.