The Harry Potter train seems to have slid to a halt, for now, anyway.
Alice admitted defeat somewhere around the halfway mark of Order of the Phoenix, though she did devote some time to going through books 6 and 7 and folding down the corners of the pages where there were references to Tonks (her favourite character). She's still listening to the audiobooks though. Mind you, we have been almost banned from the library from borrowing them any more, because we have (ahem) hogged them somewhat.
And she's taken the new Truly Tan: Jinxed! to school to read in the mornings, which is exciting.
Meanwhile, Evie is steadily ploughing through a series by Erin Hunter called Warriors, which is about warrior -- cats! At least she is stretching her wings slightly by reading about animals other than puppies. She's also started to write her own version of Warrior Cat tales.
Tigerpaw's dark green gaze flickered as Brindlepaw came in through the medicine den with a crow cramped in his jaws. "Nice catch" purred Tigerpaw with a flick of her black-brown tail. Brindlepaw blushed but soon got over it. His heart ached for the tiny orange tabby she-cat...
Well, you get the picture.
Michael is in the grip of a book too. He's reading Robyn Annear's A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne which is absolutely fascinating, judging by the snippets he keeps reading out to me. Annear uses the history of the demolition company to chart the story of Melbourne's lost -- and sometimes rediscovered -- buildings. Did you know that when the Queen visited Melbourne for the Olympic Games in 1956, all the buildings along Swanston Street had to tear down their historic verandah awnings to make the street look tidier?
And I am about to embark on the monumental-looking Servants by Lucy Lethbridge (what a fabulous name) and I expect to learn heaps about what life was really like behind the green baize door. Goody, more material for shouting at the television during Downton Abbey! I can hardly wait.
Jinxes, cats, wrecking balls and housemaids. Something for everyone.