Coraline by Neil Gaiman

My reading has slowed down a bit with my new job, but I am working on getting caught back up on all of the books that I want to read.  Today, I read Coraline by Neil Gaiman when I got home from work.  This book was a suggestion by my eldest.  We were at the bookstore and they suggested it right into my hands with the argument that I had started a book series that my son had suggested.  It was only fair that I should choose a book that they recommended as well.  Fair enough.

Tonight was a rainy, stormy night.  We had tornado warnings and thunderstorm warnings like it was spring already.  This made a perfect setting for reading Coraline.

The boys decided to watch a movie tonight, so the eldest and I were banished to my bedroom while they watched it.  We were invited to watch, but I had no interest in watching a movie called Boar.  So, I grabbed my book, my kiddo grabbed the Switch, and we headed into the bedroom and hunkered down.  Then the storm began.

I read my way through the storm.  I was intrigued by Gaiman’s twist on the “through the wardrobe” and “through the looking glass” experiences from books like The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and similar books.  Converting this into a type of ghost story made for an excellent read.

I often shy away from reading over-hyped and big-name writers, but perhaps my avoidance of Gaiman was misguided.  I have now enjoyed two of his books (for the other, see my review of his The Graveyard Book here).    I can honestly recommend them to others now, and I think I will see if I can pick up a few more of his books when I get a chance.  I should probably read through several of the books in my TBR pile first.

Now, I am going to curl up with another book and a ginger ale (my reward at the end of such a tough week).  I can’t decide which book to read next, but I am thinking a Cornelia Funke or the next Wings of Fire book.  There are so many books I want to read, and there’s so little time to read them in.  Until next time, Happy Reading!

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