I went away. Internet was expensive and spotty. I am back.
So, it seems, is Battle of the Kids Books. Here are this year's contenders. I have only read FOUR of them. Oh MY! I must get some eye drops and those clips that keep your eyes open and hire a house minder so that I can read, read, read.
What I Read While I Was Away:
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson - best book of the batch!
Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones and Ursula Jones - so good, sigh!
The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud - can NOT wait for the next book in this outstandingly fun and creepy series
Three adult mysteries - one set in Singapore (Aunty Lee's Delights), another featuring crossword puzzles (The Crossworder's Delight) and a short story starring Hercule Poirot. All a lot of fun.
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel - surprisingly good and suspenseful
The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp - galloping adventure
I started The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett. Not quite done with it yet. Considering that the first version was written - and published - when Sir Terry was 17, it's pretty darn good. I am, I confess, a Pratchett fan.
Still in pjs - retirement is awesome! - now I must get moving or the day will be done before I know it.