I finished The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DeCamillo. Edward is a china rabbit doll that belongs to a little girl, Abilene. She loves him, but he doesn’t know how to love her back. Then she loses him at sea. He’s rescued, and then lost again, several times. During this “miraculous journey” he learns how to love the various people who find him and care for him. It’s a sweet little book, and a nice palate cleanser after Where the Red Fern Grows. The short chapters and beautiful illustrations would make The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane an excellent read-aloud book. Having finished it, I now have only 14 of the Top 100 Children’s Books left to read!
I also finished Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett. Emily Wilde is a fairy scholar who travels to a small town in the far north to gather more material for the encylopedia that she’s writing. Part fantasy, part romance, totally enjoyable.
I had planned to read Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match by Sally Thorne next. In this ghoulish romance, Angelika Frankenstein worries that she’s not going to find the perfect mate. Being a Frankenstein, she has it within her power to literally create the man of her dreams, so she goes to the morgue and starts looking for the perfect body parts. That’s as far as I got into the story. There were a lot of crude references to the male anatomy in the morgue scene. That wasn’t a deal breaker, but it did suggest that I ought to check the reviews before getting too far into the book. The reviews were not promising. I decided to return the book to the library without finishing it. So I’m not sure what I’m going to read next. I guess it will depend on what seems appealing later today.