Aloha. Howz it? Fellow Americans, did you go away this three-day weekend?
Mahalo plenty for all of the thoughtful well wishes for our Big Kahuna. He is actually back to work today after having last week off. While my husband’s had a period of adjustment since his foot surgery, he is coping well and being vigilant about not putting any weight on that foot. We recently changed the dressings which made him feel betta as they were too thick for his liking and chafed against his side sutures from wearing the boot.
Despite being housebound for days, our crew has been chillaxin. The keiki have been playing outside with the neighbor in the mid-70’s sunshine. The husband got his Masters homework done. I’ve been listening to Adele’s 25 on repeat besides knitting and reading. I even had some energy to fry some organic, cremini mushrooms since we’re taking a break from elaborate dishes.
It’s been wonderful to get more QT with the written word. I eventually finished off this early 1900’s mystery. Even though there were no gruesome scenes nor any flash and bang, I enjoyed the introduction into the mystery, the flashbacks to the development of Maisie’s character, and the tying up of the mystery.
Some examples are the following:
Sayings I’ve Never Heard of:
- “(Billy)…winking and tapping the side of his nose with his forefinger. ‘Nod’s as good as a wink to a blind ‘orse, if you know what I mean, Miss.’ [Page 9, 3%]
- “…’Memory Is A Golden Chain That Binds Us ‘Til We Meet Again.'” [Pages 22-23, 8%]
Things Maisie Learned from Her Mentor:
- “‘The extraordinary hides behind the camouflage of the ordinary. Assume nothing, Maisie.'” [Pages 11-12, 4%]
Maisie looked at the woman, whose grip had relaxed as she told Vincent’s story. Celia was exhausted. Maurice had counseled her, in the early days of her apprenticeship, when she was silent observer as he listened to a story, gently prodding with a question, a comment, a sigh, or a smile, ‘The story takes up space as a knot in a piece of wood. If the knot is removed, a hole remains. We must ask ourselves, how will this hole that we have opened be filled? The hole, Maisie, is our responsibility.’ [Page 40, 14%]
- “‘Allow grief room to air itself,’ Maurice had taught her. ‘Be judicious in using the body to comfort another, for you may extinguish the freedom that the person feels to be able to share a sadness.'” [Page 58, 20%]
This sixth Harry Potter installment is finally finished. Many of you have read it so I’ll just point out a few quotes that set the tone of it:
(Dumbledore speaking) “‘And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue the flighty temptress, adventure.'” [Loc 782, 9%]
“Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.” [Loc 4011, 47%]
So I knew before I had finished the two books above that I’d be in the mood to read some middle grade/young adult fiction. In my mind the titles, The Black Circle (The 39 Clues #5) by Patrick Carman and Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter, popped up inside. However, I had to put a hold on the first eBook and request the second one. While waiting I grabbed the third installment of the Bridgerton series from my nightstand.
I read it in less than two days! I loved it so much that toward the end I stayed up past midnight to finish it. The way the plot is laid out is vaguely similar to the fairy tale of Cinderella but it’s different at the same time. The dialogue between the couple is fun to follow. There is strength in both of them but vulnerability at the same time. The banter between members of the Bridgerton family entertained me as usual. This is the best one (five stars) in this series so far. Unfortunately, I don’t have the next book so I’ll have to hunt it down first.
Right now I don’t have a book to read as I need to pick up the hard copy of Uncommon Criminals at the library. That’s okay as I need to finish up knitting my cowl that will be shown off this Friday.
Before I sign off…what the keiki are reading:
8-year-old, Princess Jellybean: Lucy (The Puppy Place #27) by Ellen Miles. She has been getting her hands on any of this series that the library owns because (in her own words) “I like reading about the doggies.”
Tween Princess Cupcake: A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius by Stacey Matson, a book written in letters, emails, and journal entries, something she is enjoying.
Happy reading to you. Aloha.