This is a big deal: Gracie finally decided she could handle Harry Potter past The Sorcerer's Stone. She is absolutely loving them, and finished the second book in record time since her usual m.o. is no scary books after dark. She might break that rule by the end of the series, because she is hooked. Yay!
After a particularly hard week last week I marched into Barnes & Noble and bought Amy Tan's new book in hardcover. I buy only a tiny fraction of the adult fiction I used to buy and almost never in hardcover, but as I have every single Amy Tan book ever published in hardcover I decided no one could stop me. Also, cheaper than bail money. Related: I will look back with fond memories of the Shreveport Barnes & Noble after we move, as it has been a happy place for Dillows this year—convenient and comforting. Ha.
We went to the library yesterday; Maddie is desperate to get her hands on Mockingjay and the rest of the Fablehaven series (she's rereading that one). Funny story about Maddie and The Hunger Games: we gave her the go-ahead to read the series in fifth grade, and she liked the first one alright but kind of fell off reading somewhere in the second one, and was all "meh, I'm not going to finish the series." Matt and I were kind of incredulous—he won the toin coss to read Mockingjay first when our name popped up high on the holds list at LCLS, after all—but whatever. We've been encouraging her to go back and try it again, and she has now admitted to her outright craziness. So, serves her right that it wasn't there yesterday and we had to put it on hold. This is what she found in the meantime. I told her that was too many books to check out when the others would come in off hold soon and she played indignant, loudly saying "you're really going to tell me I can't check out library books??" Funny girl. [rolling eyes]
Bridget reads so many books it is difficult to keep up with her. She was recently inducted into the "300 point club" for her school's Accelerated Reader program (Gracie isn't far behind and Maddie will not let her first grade sister rack up more points than she did in a quarter ever again, haha). She most recently finished Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet series, which features children who are "...intelligent, artistic, affectionate, and, most of all, interesting." Isn't that what we all want our kids to be? Funny story about Bridget and the effect of reading books based in another era:
Matt was watching Antiques Roadshow recently and Bridget looked up and saw they were discussing this Andy Warhol poster. "Brillo!" she says with her face lighting up. "Can we buy some Brillo soap?" While I still am working on my last bar of old-fashioned Fels Naptha soap I bought in a 5-pack from Restoration Hardware some 14 years ago, we have never purchased Brillo soap in her lifetime (or mine). Turns out that Brillo plays a part in one of the Melendy books, which makes Bridget both knowledgeable and quaint here in the 21st century.
Despite the fact that I am a Twitter failure, I do occasionally happen to catch real-time campaigns through other social media channels, which is why I was able to participate in the New York Public Library's #libraryshelfie day last week. Gracie and Bridget still like to have stories before bed (which my picture-book-loving heart rejoices in) so we still check out quite a few (I have a theory that reading picture books should NOT end just because kids are reading longer chapter books anyway, but that's a story for another day). This is Ellie's favorite shelf; she almost always runs in to curl up and... well, listen—that's all we can figure. She is a fortunate dog to have found an adoptive family that has a few thousand pounds of books crammed into every nook and cranny of the house.
Finally: if you are an Oliver Jeffers fan like we are you'll be happy to know that he has another new book coming out soon, with a little hilarious advance marketing: the Hueys Argument Predictor.
Ha ha ha ha.