Having Fun With Books

Howdy, I’ve been reading. You’d think I would, right. I mean I write, therefore I should read. And if I’ve read a few fun books, I should share those books with you. So, I shall:

First Book… by Sarah Mlynowski, Don’t Even Think About It. I found more opportunities to chuckle through this young adult book then I have in a while. The concept was really good. (Wish I had come up with it.) Especially in this time of pandemic. Her characters are true to their age and colorful. You’ll fall in love with them from page one. The circumstance is believable and she carries it all the way through to the end. And, no two students are a like, (a pet peeve of mine is to read a resemblance between kids that aren’t related). There is a follow up that I will be indulging in.

Second Book… by C.T. Walsh, Middle School Mayhem Down with the Dance, Austin is starting middle school. That in itself is the pits, but add an older brother who is ‘the man’ and you can begin digging the hole to dump poor Austin in. This older brother Derek, along with a mean principal have it in for Austin and torture him in all sorts of ways. Then there’s Sophie, a pretty little gal who Austin wants to win, and you introduce embarrassment on top of that and these days are just starting. Its a fun read for any kid of any grade. Mr. Walsh has nailed his middle grade characters, school and the life of a student on the head. This also has another book in a series.

Third & Fourth Books… by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins, Upside Down Magic #1 and Upside Down Magic (Sticks and Stones) #2. This is a series of delightful Middle Grade books about a young girl who is working on her kitten shift into the realm of magic of which her family is a part of. Her first test into an elite school, she shifted into not one, but two animals so she didn’t get into the school she wanted. She’s attending another one where her duel animal shifts are allowed. Yet, she and her friends are practicing to overcome their tendencies to flub up uncontrolled shifts. Determination dictates that she retake and pass her admittance to get into the private school where her father is the director. These are cute and easy reads. Perfect books for young readers to enjoy. The characters pop out of the page with their wayward uncontrolled shifts. Each student has different forms of magic and run into unique complications in their control.

***I currently have my nose buried in The Essential Louise Hay Collection. I’ll give you a brief rundown when I’m through. When asked what my hobbies are, reading is always number one.

Take a few and open up a book or two and read. It’s a great way to enjoy a stay-cation.

Doree

Are we there yet?

Travel is going to be a whole new adventure now!

Remember when we used to pack the car and travel across the open roads to Grandma’s house. All five kids were crammed in with Mad magazines, car games, cards, books, and hands that couldn’t seem to keep to themselves. Arguing, (constantly) “mom, he’s touching me,” or “dad, he won’t leave me alone,” used to drive the older people in the front seat, nuts!

Those days are over now (?)… I think the introduction of Corvid-19 and any other strange virus’ strain that’s working it’s way to a (oops, did I do that?) broken test tube and into the air stream will be changing the way we had lived. Six feet apart is extremely hard to maintain in the middle or back seat of a car when there is only one back seat and three children required to sit there.

The size of families will have to change. The vehicle families own will decide. Two will be the limit if the family drives a car, four if you drive a van. That rule will be applied for both mom and dad. I’m going to admit that this situation makes me a little upset, I’d rather be able to set my own personal space. I don’t care for material covering my face and I don’t need the government telling me how to spend my day. But…

It’s a new world and a new way of living. It’s not just America, it’s affected every country. So, if you can… stay at home, pester your cat, play with your dog, converse with your kids, and drive your spouse bonkers, it will make homebound nice. Join me!

Doree