Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I had this list. Laughing at myself so hard right now, because otherwise I might cry. What was I thinking??? I KNEW that school was starting up again for my kids this month. I am their teacher after all. I also knew that I would be doing hard core planning for the start of our homeschool co-op in August. I knew exactly how far behind I was getting on my galleys, library books, and purchased books. Yet there is that list. Mocking me.
I did get some rereading accomplished though.
From the list:
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Stuff I reread because I'm teaching it (or will be soon):
Bomb: the Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
D'Aulaires' Norse Gods and Giants
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Not on the List but I Reread Because I Wanted To:
Romancing Mr. Briderton by Julia Quinn
I love Quinn's novels. She is an auto-buy author for me, but this is far and away my favorite. I adored Colin from his first appearance in The Duke and I and couldn't wait for when he would get his own novel. I wasn't disappointed and felt Quinn developed his character so well. Contrary to typical romance tropes Colin isn't tortured by something from his past, he doesn't have some terrible blight he is trying to overcome, his struggles are so completely normal. He is so very real. And yet as much as I love him I was thoroughly taken by surprise on my first read by how much more I love Penelope. This is really her story. Way back when it first came out I remember the joy I felt that first day I read it. Despite my enjoyment of romances, I don't find many heroines in them that remind me of myself. That could be me. But Penelope could. This book is about books and writing and other nerdy things to. That this is Colin and Penelope's bonding point makes my love for this book infinite. There is even an entire conversation at tea about grammar. It is the only romance novel I reread on a regular basis, and it is just so good.