Today is a beautiful, silver, snow-dusted morning in Voorburg. I’m getting ready to have my second cup of coffee, Aaron’s still asleep and Theo is at the bay window twitching his tail in alert supervision over the front garden. For the past two weeks I have been reading Young Adult literature and keeping copious notes on characters, settings, quotes and summaries for my booktalk lessons with English 9. Monday is the last one and I take so long to tell a teaser for a book I enjoyed, I still have plenty to share with the last group of three. So today I’m going to finish my Adult book, The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry before starting Impossible by Nancy Werlin. Both of them have a softly supernatural core to them, not full-out fantasy, and I want to be able to share them before February Break begins next Friday. The Lace Reader I’m going to sell to Laurie or Anya or Martha or Ellen—once any of them read it, it will fly from hand to hand with all of their book group friends in the parent community at our school. Impossible I’m going to have to read to know which student would enjoy it more.
I’m three quarters of the way through The Lace Reader and there’s no sign of disappointment yet, just an enjoyable, increasing feeling of dread as the main character Towner Whitney reveals what exactly happened in the tense months before her twin sister Lynley’s death. No problems picking it up after a break, either, which is a good sign. Now for a second cup of coffee.