Today is my sister’s birthday!
We had a good chat on the phone today while she opened up the gifts that I mailed her.
(It’s the birthdays and other special occasions that making living far apart a little harder. We manage, though.)
I got to put my crafty itch to good use by making her a necklace and earring set with turquoise beads from the local stone and bead store. (Turquoise is one of the December birth stones.)
Homemade jewelry usually seems to be a hit with family members. (I haven’t tried it with my dad, though.) Anything homemade is typically well-received. Plus, those kinds of gifts are fun to make.
In honor of my big sis, I started reading a book she’s been recommending to me for a while.
Okay, I actually just wanted some easy reading this morning. I bought the book a couple of weeks ago (ish) because I needed a fifth paperback to get the 5-for-$1 deal at the thrift store, and my sister had been talking it up for long enough that I decided it was worth 20 cents.
That came out sounding wrong, but it’s the truth.
One of the many things my sister and I have in common (not that we aren’t really quite different in numerous ways) is a love of young adult fiction – especially fantasy. We just never grew out of it.
And there’s not a gosh darn thing wrong with that. Books for teens and so-called tweens can be every bit as good as books for adults. Some of my favorite authors, who are excellent writers, write mostly or all books for folks younger than themselves.
I had a bit of a rushed morning, so I haven’t made a great deal of progress in the book, but so far I’m enjoying it and eager to read more.
I’m a bit disappointed that there’s apparently only one film, but then again, I may not even want to read the other books when I’m done with this one.
Sometimes I need to remind myself not to put the cart in front of the horse.
I gave my sister a book for her birthday in addition to the jewelry, one that corresponds to another shared love – The Princess Bride!
Let’s just get a closer look at Cary Elwes in that costume, shall we?
All righty. I’m good.
The book looked like a lot of fun for someone who has probably seen the film at least as many times as I have, which is firmly in the double digits. Firmly.
Also, this is the same sister (I only have the one) who once gave me a gorgeous copy of the 25th anniversary edition of the book.
Given the evidence, this year’s gift of As You Wish seemed appropriate. I hope it’s good.
Even if it’s only mediocre, there are still pictures of a young, swashbuckling Cary Elwes inside it, and honestly, that’s probably enough.
So, Happy Birthday to my sister, and happy reading to all (and to all a good night).
Over on my Elizabeth Editorializes book review blog, I’ve just posted a review of Sarah Addison Allen’s “Garden Spells.”
Here’s an excerpt:
Though similar to “Practical Magic” and Alice Hoffman’s overall ‘magical realism’ style, this more recent novel stands on its own, and while also calling Joanne Harris‘s “Chocolat” to mind, is fresh and unique. There is less of an occult feel, and more of a garden-variety magic, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Any story that involves the making and eating of food is going to be at least marginally enjoyed by me, regardless of its other merits. Sarah Addison Allen has taken that theme and made it into something more mysterious, mischievous, and utterly irresistible to me by adding a dash of the supernatural. What might be metaphor in real life has become literal in this book’s world.
Ms. Allen combines the elements of romance, misunderstandings, small town pettiness, and family ties in just the right amounts. It makes for a very satisfying read, keeping you turning the pages long past the time when you should have put the book down and done something more practical with your day. At least, that’s what happened to me.
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I’ve just posted a book review of Muriel Barbery’s “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” on my other blog, Elizabeth Editorializes.
Head on over there if you’re interested!