Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mixed Shelf #8

Despite -or perhaps because of- the warm weather, I didn't sit down and read a whole lot. I did spend a lot of time in parks lately, but usually with a friend instead of a book. But I'm sure I'll do my fair share of park-reading this summer too.

Wanting: The Owl Service by Alan Garner
Supposedly this is some sort of retelling of an old Welch folk tale. I should probably read that before diving into this, but since there are owls in this, it should come as now surprise that I'm drawn to this book. It's a children's book, but I hear it is actually pretty eerie. It's full of owl-forming magical puzzles, that lead to strange events...

Reading: The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
I have to admit that I already finished this book. It wasn't as great as I hoped, but maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it. I suspect it's a perfect book to read to kids and still enjoy it as the adult doing the reading. Also, the illustrations were really lovely! Anyway, it was a quick read and a magical story with a sweet little protagonist.

Waiting: Mariah Mundi and the Ghost Diamonds by G.P. Taylor
Not to be confused with the band Marina and the Diamonds. No, this is actually the second book of a children's mystery trilogy set in a hotel. This one is a whodunnit with kids acting as the detectives. I picked it up really cheap at a sale last summer. I think I'll just start with this one and see if I like it enough to read the other two as well.

Have you been reading much now that spring has really sprung? Anything worth sharing?


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    Benish | Feminist Reflections

  2. I should check out the owl service. I love books based on european fairytales


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