His Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
This audio book set off a bit of a trend for me actually, a Cassandra Clare trend. After one really bad movie and one better, although not perfect, TV series, plus having read the book before there isn’t much to say other than, this book is great! I love it and I was happy to listen to it again.
Last movie I watched:
Pirates of the Caribbean. You know what? The first one was really fun. I really liked it. Obviously they went down hill a little later, but they started off strong.
Saga Volume 5 by Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan
So I read this months ago, but it’s so great so I wanted to write about it, even though I don’t remember any intelligent things to say about it.
Alana and Marko have been separated. Alana is with Hazel and her mother-in-law, kidnapped and Marko is searching for them, hell bent on getting his family back. The Will is in a coma and a crew of people are looking for a cure to save him.
The illustrations are stunning, the story is full of sex, drugs and swearing but all of the beautiful intricacies of love, grief, loss, addiction and parenting.
This is basically a baby chapter book (seriously, I watched a baby try to read it this morning). I’ve previously reviewed Owly and I don’t have a lot more to add to it. Owly is great for earlier readers because it’s basically a graphic novel but instead of text it’s got pictographs of sorts – mostly punctuation and the occasional picture image so it really helps teach early literacy skills to children with very little letter knowledge. There’s lots of opportunity for decoding, literacy skills like page orientation and narrative understanding without getting the frustration of letter knowledge and phonetics. Obviously it’s a stepping stone book, and your kid should grow out of it, but particularly for struggling readers, Owly is a great place to gain confidence and prepare for their future of prolific reading when at present, things are a little challenging.
Last movie I watched: Home I think. Very sweet although apparently no one’s favourite Pixar. I loved it though.
Last TV episode I watched:
Smallville. One of the things I love most about this show is how many women are on it (no tokenism here) and that they are friends with each other, not rivals (or even if they are, they’re still friends), not enemies but friends.
On the Run: Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman
The On the Run series is the stories of two children who’s parents were arrested for treason and they were sent to a detention farm but they know they have to escape to find a way to prove their parents are innocent. So they’re forced to become fugitives and head out on a quest, without an adult.
It’s a really short, easy read, clearly a step into chapter books kind of story. But it’s fast paced, fun and almost certainly a good choice for kids who like adventure and are looking for the chapter books that will help them move to reading at a higher level.
Lucky for them there are like 800 million Korman books, so if this makes a good impression, your kid is set for reading material until high school.
Last movie I watched:
Might have been Die Hard 2. Also might not have been.
Last TV show I watched:
A bit of the Crown. It’s really slow, but somehow completely captivating.
This is another short blog post. I’m way behind. There was this vacation and then that got me behind and suddenly it was Christmas and that got me even more behind and now I’ve only got a few thoughts about anything because it was months ago that I read it and the list of books I’ve finished is as long as my arm.
I know, I know, why don’t I just skip a few?
Because they were wonderful books and I don’t want to forget them.
I loved this book. There. That’s my thought.
Last movie I watched: The start of Star Trek Beyond. I’m a little disappointed but maybe it’ll pick up shortly.
Last TV episode I watched: Supernatural. One of the tail end of season 11. God’s back, so that’s neat.