(In the best way).
I finally saw the "Rise of the Guardians" film a couple months ago, and throughly enjoyed it (Alexandre Desplat is on my favorite composers list now! He was already on my radar with "The King's Speech", I have not heard a more well-crafted movie score in a long time).
Although, back to the series, I did not realize that the books I had vaguely heard it the film was based on was a William Joyce series, whom I had only known for "Roly-Poly Ollie" and "Meet the Robinsons" (And now I also know his "Leafmen" books spawned the "Epic" movie).
I finally went to the library and checked out a bunch of his books (for myself and for the kids in my aftercare group, but mainly myself
). I've been drooling over the illlustrations and storytelling. I would like to purchase his children's book about the flying books; so sweet, an ode to book lovers everywhere. I've been delving into his "Guardians" series, zipping through them since they're an easy read and enjoying the wildly imaginative, J.M. Barrie-esque storytelling, where the improbable or fantastic is presented to the reader very matter-of-factly.
I also have been reading the favorite of my middle school years, Lloyd Alexander; reading the books of his I never got around to reading before. I'd like to finally own the Prydain Chronicles, the Vesper Holly Series and the Westmark Trilogy.
In adult reading, I've picked up a, so far well-written/researched, novel about Claudia, Pontius Pilot's wife, starting with her childhood, and probably ending after Pilot's removal from office (haven't got there yet).
The rest of the new town center opened up, along with it a lot of shops I could only get to at a mall 45 minutes away, like Francesca's
. I took three of my nieces shopping after church and spent a lot of money, but had a great bonding time with them.
Still working on fleshing out the characters of my airship story. I'm having so much trouble with the main guy!