Ok. Today I have done a significant amount of nothing. Task #1 accomplished!
I have no idea what is in the local water, but everything went nuts last night. A racoon got chased up our fence by something and it hurtled itself off the fence so fast it hit the side of the house with a great hairy WHUMP. [I know because I went outside to see what happened and the silly thing was running hell for leather across the front yard]. About an hour later, I heard a series of six gunshots in quick succession–handgun not hunting rifle. I live in a neighborhood on the edge of civilization and farm fields…so that is NOT a common sound. Although, if someone found that nutcase racoon, I can understand. And, first thing this morning, the power blows out for two minutes for no logical reason at all. It’s a waning gibbous moon, folks, not a full one.
I spent last evening reading Tithe and today reading Ironside both by Holly Black. To be honest, I don’t remember reading a ton of YA growing up. Or maybe what YA is today wasn’t the same as back then. I know I read L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. I read Little Women and Little Men (Alcott) and Jane Eyre (C. Bronte) when I was twelve. But at this time I was also reading Poe and Stephen King and Stendhal. Not too much after that I was obsessed with Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy. So, I don’t really remember my transition books from childhood to adult reading. I know there had to be some, but they just do not stick in my mind.
So now I am taking the time to explore the YA genre when the book looks interesting. I enjoyed Black’s Valiant a few years back and so I thought I’d tackle the books on either side (it was a series). And, I loved it! Yay!
I also finished The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. Spectacular!