For the Weekend

Despite my miserably horribly wretched headache and the fact that the Romgi has to work tomorrow morning, I’m so glad it’s the weekend because…

we get to go to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner!

The Romgi got a $50 giftcard from work because he’s fantastic, and we wanted to celebrate our month-long eat-things-like-Ramen-and-cereal now-we-have-no-balance-on-the-credit-card accomplishment. Here’s to good food (finally) and small victories!


The Fablehaven Series

by Brandon Mullfablehaven

All I can say is: why do I have to wait until next year to read book 5?

Ok, that’s not all. Many thanks to Katie for loaning me not only Fablehaven but also books 2, 3, and 4, which I read over a span of about 3 days and nights. (If I didn’t have actual things to do, like take care of the Bwun and eat and sleep and try to keep our house somewhat presentable, I would have finished a lot faster.) Seriously, I loved the books. They were well-written to the extent that I hardly noticed the writing – it was more like playing out very intense movies in my head. It’s been a while since characters were so lifelike to me. And Mull passed the real Roni test: I cared what happened to the characters. Well done!

Absolutely recommended for anyone who enjoys fantasy, or fiction at all. That means you!


The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevensonjekyll

I confess to knowing very little about the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde character beforehand, although that was partly intentional. I’ve wanted to read the book for a while and so tried to avoid spoiling the whole plot. Most of what I knew was that Jekyll is good and transforms into Hyde, who is bad.

Luckily, the plot is much more textured than that, and Stevenson does an excellent job of not giving any real details or explanations until the very end of the narrative. My interest was held the entire time, piqued by tantalizing hints throughout the book. These days, that’s quite an accomplishment (regardless of the fact that the book is short).

Along with The Picture of Dorian Gray (one of my all-time favorite books), Jekyll/Hyde explored the balance of good and evil in a man and how our actions define us. Hmm. Interesting. Recommended for mature high schoolers (I doubt I would have enjoyed it back then) or intelligent adults (as most of you are who read my blog, right?).