January 29th, 2007

Reading to Dragon

Book #28 - Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

This was an amazing, wonderful book. My son and I read this together because it was a selection for his homeschooling bookclub. (Well, we listened to the audiobook, actually, since it's so long I didn't want to read the whole thing aloud to him; it's huge - more than 15 hours long - and every minute was worth it).

The story centers on a young girl named Meggie and her father, Mo, both of whom love books. It's been just the two of them for many years, after Meggie's mother "left home" when Meggie was only three. When a strange man appears at their home one night, they find themselves on the run. Meggie soon realizes that her father has some secrets that he's not eager to share with her, but when she finds out the truth, it is stranger than she could have ever suspected. They find themselves drawn into an adventure that comes directly from the pages of a book. Literally.

This is a book about books and the people who love them (and a few who hate them), and this is part of the reason I loved it. (Being in the former category, obviously). The story is engaging, the characters are fantastic, and the prose is rich with delicious imagery and magic. This is a book worth of the word "classic," even though it's only a few years old. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time, the sort of book that reminds me of the way I would get consumed by good books when I was a child, and it's a wonderful feeling. It's also worth mentioning that Lynne Redgrave's reading was wonderful. She does such a lovely job with the voices.

Oh, and my son loved the book, too. After we finished listening to it this evening, I asked him what he thought, and in a hushed tone he said, "That was AWESOME." I agree with him completely.
Reading to Dragon


Here are links to a few more books I've read so far this year:

#23 - "Monster Bugs", by Lucille Penner
#24 - "The Ugly Duckling/El Patito Feo" by Merce Escardo i Bas
#25 - "The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston LeRoux
#26 - "Undead and Unreturnable" by MaryJanice Davidson
#27 - "Mirage" by Soheir Khashoggi
#28 - "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke

Currently reading: "Leap of Faith" by Queen Noor, and "Stalking the Wild Pendulum" by Itzhak Bentov

I'm plugging along on my various challenges, too (although also reading plenty of books that don't fall within the scope of any of them, except the over all 150 for the year).

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 28 / 150(18.7%)

TBR Challenge:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 1 / 12(8.3%)

Classic Literature Goal:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 1 / 12(8.3%)

Books in Spanish:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 12 / 50(24.0%)

Ooh! And last, but not least, check me out . . . I am currently the *thirteenth* most prolific reviewer over at LibraryThing! GO ME! (And really, I'm probably higher on the list, since I've got 614 reviews right now; they don't update that page very often, though).

(Here's a screencap, for posterity's sake):