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  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
  2. Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
  3. Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
  4. Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories
  5. Kincaid, Jamaica — Lucy
  6. Christie, Agatha — The Unexpected Guest
  7. Dick, Philip K. — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  8. Cooper, Susan — The Dark Is Rising
  9. Cooper, Susan — Greenwitch
  10. Shaffer, Peter — Amadeus
  11. Anonymous — Go Ask Alice
  12. Cooper, Susan — The Grey King

It really should not have taken me a week to read The Grey King, but, well, you know… I've had other things on my mind, and focusing has been extremely difficult. I was often frustrated because I tried to read as an escape, but my thoughts kept intruding themselves on my reading; I found myself re-reading paragraphs two or three times. This shouldn't be the case when reading children's literature!

I finally finished it this morning, though. I found it quite enjoyable — at least, as enjoyable as anything could possibly have been this past week — and quite possibly my favorite of The Dark Is Rising sequence. I liked that Will was mostly on his own and wasn't always being told what to do by an older Old One. I thought Bran's character was very well realized. And I liked how certain characters, such as Rowlands, seemed to know there was something different and special about Will. This installment, I felt, had more depth than the others.

One more book to go in the sequence. Unfortunately, that means the Drew children become involved again. I'm not thrilled by that, but I'm sure it will be a good book nonetheless.

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