Well, good morning, sunshine! I feel quite like I've been through a war, and really ought not to be up at all. Yet, I have been. Up and reading for the last hour. And after going to bed at three in the morning. Partially because my rehearsal went until just about 2 o'clock and also because I was just determined to finish my book. Success!
But, going back to yesterday...
The Haunted Schoolhouse by Sally Watson
The story was one that the author apparently first wrote this novel when she was in college, but it was only published (independently) a few years ago. This one doesn't seem to follow any ancestors of her other books, and is set in northern California in the late 19th century. It was based on a story of a haunted schoolhouse the author heard while in college. And features four ginger Scottish lads with accents to boot. She had me at ginger. The main character, Emily, was recently orphaned and so was brought to Alderpoint, California to live with her aunt and uncle. And as she is the only age appropriate educated woman around, she is told that she will be the new teacher. Unfortunately for her, she not only has the second sight, but the school knows this and shortly after starting her teaching career, a presence is made known at the school. It starts off as being friendly, though with the appearance of Dawn, a new student, the activity grows more frightening with each passing day. Of course, the ghost only performs for the students and not the adults who come to witness the spectacle. This was a fun, if slight read. I did easily guess the truth about Dawn from the beginning of her appearance at the schoolhouse. And of course, I grew to love Ian and Robbie the most. The only thing that got a bit confusing was there was a lack of editing at some points (like when Dawn was referred to as Lark).
Illuminated by Erica Orloff
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
I'm leaving you with this quote from the beginning. Because, like Candide, I favor optimism and believe that even when things look seemingly bad, generally something good can come of it.
And just think, somewhere right now a butterfly might be flapping its wings and altering your future in some peculiar, yet beautiful way.
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Okay, it has taken me like an hour to write this up. That is just sad. I am going to take a break from writing and go back to my reading.
Total pages: 928
Hours reading: 12 hours 30 minutes
Hours blogging 1 hour 15 minutes