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Book 7/15 - 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

I put down Water For Elephants because Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes came in the mail. I was interested to read it because she's a good friend of John Green and she seems like a fun person, so I thought if her writing is as fun as her personality, I'd enjoy reading it. The premise is seventeen year old Ginny's aunt Peg dies and leaves her a mysterious package filled with thirteen envelopes, each one with a task for her to do. She can only open each one after she's completed the one before it. The first envelope sends her to London.

I did enjoy reading the book, but more because I was excited to get to the next envelope to see what the next task was. I felt that Ginny did not do nearly enough with the gift her aunt gave her. She spent most of the book resenting the tasks and doing just enough to get to the next envelope. I could relate much better to the aunt than to Ginny, and I felt that her aunt set up what could have possibly been a great adventure, but instead turned out to be a painful slog through the shoes of an introvert uncomfortable with travel.

In the end, she loses the final envelope before she gets a chance to read it, and THAT drove me nuts. She figures out what the envelope probably said anyway, but it still made the book feel like it lacked closure. Those were her aunt's last words, and they got lost. I understand why Johnson wrote it that way, but I still felt a little cheated out of the Big Payoff.

Anyway, now I'm back into Water For Elephants and I'm enjoying it immensely. I suspect I'll be done with it soon. :)

I'm really glad getting back into reading has been so successful! I love looking at my bedstand at night, seeing a pile of books and knowing I'll actually read them all, rather than put them to the side to look pretty and make me wish I were reading them. It's pretty great. :)

Not a whole lot else is happening, which could be worse, I guess!
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