I've read some good ones lately! Kristin Lavransdatter is still on my mind and I didn't think I would find anything suitable to follow her but Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague was just the thing. It is the story of a village isolated by the black plague (see:Eyam). I remember reading about it on Lissa's blog but thinking, "Who wants to read about the plague?" Especially right now? But it was an engaging and fascinating book. I'm usually very sensitive to reading about death but this wasn't too disturbing to read at bedtime. I'm not really sure why unless it is that I found the author's demeanor rather distant.
My daughter and I hunt for out of print books at the used bookstore from time to time and we have finally gathered all the Little House: Caroline books. Is she too old for Little House books? Am I? No. We still love them. Probably I should read aloud something more challenging, but at this point in our relationship, I'm more about spending pleasant time together and this fits the bill. She reads plenty of challenging stuff on her own.
I'm anxious to start my son reading the Redwall series as it seems so many families enjoy that one. My daughter never warmed to it, but I think my son will. I'm reading Five for Victory (The Mitchell Series) aloud to him right now.
The baby has discovered Maisy Mouse. I kinda love those books even as I find the books and the show slightly bizarre. I still have them memorized from when I read them to my daughter 13 years ago. Do y'all remember the television station Noggin? I miss Noggin.I don't know what they've done to Franklin but I cannot even turn it on. We stick to Little Bear exclusively these days.
I would love suggestions on what I shall read next. I have a secret love of British comedy and I'm very tempted to order (hangs head in shame) Graham Norton's new autobiography, The Life and Loves of a He Devil. So save me from that, friends.
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