3 things that are making me happy lately ...
(OK, I confess that these are book reviews disguised as a happy Monday post. But there's ice cream at the end!) :)
1. "Dangerous Angels." Last week I immersed myself in this book (YA lit class, how I love that you require me to do such delightful things). Imagine swimming through an effervescent pink champagne sea, and you have a good idea of what it's like to read Block's prose. Coexisting in this world of rose petals, glitter, and spun sugar are
characters struggling with self identity, searching for love, and
longing for family. I haven't read these books for a long time, so it was very pleasant to reread them and see new facets of the characters and stories. I remember discussing Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" with my storytelling instructor. I asked why
the story only came in picture book form, and she commented that the
beautiful illustrations of the girl's wishes balanced out the sadness of
the story. I think Block does the same thing in her work -- the beauty
makes the dark parts bearable.
2. "Pretty Dead." After reading "Dangerous Angels" straight through, I have to admit that I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. I warmed to it by the end, though, as I enjoyed Block's unconventional take on the stock vampire tale and her musings on life, love and creativity interspersed in the story.
3. Ice cream = great way to end a Saturday night.