I can't believe that April is almost over. Yikes. Last week, it was spring break here, which is part of the reason I haven't been around reading everyone's blogs. I've also been busting my butt trying to get caught up with school. I really, really, REALLY can't wait until this school year is over! Seriously, I'm not complaining...I love homeschooling; I'm just ready for a break. The weather around here the last few days hasn't been conducive to being inside on the computer either. Man, it's been gorgeous! Weird, but gorgeous. It was in the 30s and snowing Thursday morning. It was in the 80s on Friday. Seriously weird.
Anyway, I never did review the books I read during the read-a-thon. So here's an extremely quick look:
The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech. Sweet, funny, feel-good. Fairy-tail-esque. Perfect for read-a-thon. Perfect for Once Upon a Time. Not terribly deep or complex, but wonderfully enjoyable.
Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. Okay, I will say that I absolutely loved this book. And I will say that Kim, the main character in this graphic novel, felt very authentic to me, and I really adored her. But other than that, I'm just going to wimp out and give you links to Chris's review and Annie's review. (We all read this book on the same day.)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Wow...bittersweet. I enjoyed this even more than The Tale of Despereaux, the only other of her books I've read. Yes, it made me cry, but it certainly left its mark on my heart. I know there's loads of reviews out there, but I'm trying to get this done before the boys get home from school so I'm going to skip linking them at least for the moment.
And this is also the reason, I'm going to keep the "blame" short and sweet.
In the bought/paperbackswap column:
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. Point for Nymeth.
Skellig by David Almond. Another point for Nymeth.
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart.
And for Library Loot (thank you to our lovely hostesses, Eva and Alessandra!):
Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis by Ali Smith. Point for Nymeth.
The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot. Points for both Dewey and Nymeth.
Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories by Gilbert Hernandez. Point for Nymeth.
Shooting the Boh by Tracy Johnston. Point for Eva.
one of those books where the mother dies by Sonya Sones. Point for Becky.
Aesop's Fables: A Classics Illustrated Edition.
The Scaredy Cats by Barbara Bottner and Victoria Chess.
The Cat Who Walked Across France by Kate Banks George Hallensleben.
The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer and Nicoletta Ceccoli. Point for Nymeth.