ProjectTwentyNine: Weeks 12 and 13 | Audiobook sprint and Phantom of the Opera

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Weeks 12 and 13 Update. What do you all think of the biweekly updates instead of weekly? I’m thinking of continuing this pattern unless I have a particularly busy week.

The last couple weeks have been relatively uneventful and slow on the ProjectTwentyNine front, though I did manage to catch up a bit on my reading through an intense Audiobook weekend last weekend. I also managed to finally go to the British Museum – after almost a year of living in London. Less than a half an hour away. Oh well, better late than never, right?

1. Life Experiences/Adventures (#5)

  • The 29th Anniversary Showing of Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. What better way to complete an item on my ProjectTwentyNine list, than by celebrating the 29th anniversary of an amazing show. This was actually the first time I’ve seen Phantom performed, and it was absolutely amazing. The end of the opening scene, where the chandelier is lifted and the show goes from the present to the past, is absolutely breathtaking and definitely gave me goosebumps. Such an amazing musical with an amazing score. It was even more amazing to see it performed in the theatre where it made it’s official debut. And at the end, the John Owen-Jones (the Phantom) had the audience stand (those that weren’t already) and he led everyone in singing Happy Birthday to the show. So much fun!

3. TV Shows (1 completion – yay!)
I have been a bit distracted with watching shows that are not actually on my list, and probably won’t end up on the list. That being said, I did catch up on some current shows and came close (see next week) to my first show completion (though that show is a substitution/swap)

  • Random shows I’ve been watching? Bones (I’m finally all caught up on the current season), CSI: New York, Ghost Whisperer, and I’ve also been watching the newest season of Doctor Who as it airs. One or two of theses might end up as part of my list, but that is still yet to be decided.

4. Children’s Reads (#6 and #7)

  • Stuart Little by E.B. White. This was not a new read; I read Stuart Little as a child, but I haven’t read it recently. As much as I still enjoyed it this time around, I have to say that I did not enjoy it as much as when i was younger, and it is not one of my favourite children’s works. In many ways it reads more like a collection of short stories, and I think if I had gone into it thinking that it would have been a bit more enjoyable. Especially the ending, which does not come to conclusion, and makes the reader feel like they’re missing the last couple chapters. The stories are enjoyable, but I definitely wish there was one more chapter to wrap things up.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: If it’s your first time reading E.B. White, try Charlotte’s Web instead.
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. For whatever reason, I never read this book as a child, and I think I would have enjoyed it. Though I suspect, based on the other girl detective type books that I read, that Harriet would have gotten on my nerves a bit, even as a child. As much as I loved reading about a young girl who loved writing, and loved pretending to be a spy, it bothered me that she wrote such terrible things about her peers. And it bothered me more that, even when she was ostracized by her friends, they never really explored the idea that it was her own fault and that she should apologize; Harriet was allowed to continue to believe that she was wronged.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: Recommend, but with the caveat that it will never make my list of ‘childhood books you just have to read.’

7. Impulse Reads (#4, #5, #6)

  • Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon. This book is very recently published (this year I think), and it was an impulse read based on the recommendations from my library. And I have to say, I am so glad that I stumbled across it. This was one of the books I listened to on Audiobook, and the first 10-20 minutes I was not totally sure I was going to enjoy the book, but after that point I enjoyed it more and more with every minute.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction/Fantasy Verdict: Highly Recommend.
  • Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene. Though I do have two Nancy Drew books listed on my “Re-reads” list, I currently have these two listed in impulse reads, because I would still like to re-read the two books listed specifically. I’m not going to comment on the books themselves, because I’m sure you’ve heard about Nancy Drew before. But I will say that, even though they can be formulaic, I always enjoy re-reading them.
  • Nancy Drew and the Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene.

I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

Keep Smiling!

Megra12

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