I'm still here and I'm still Booking It with Jessica over at the Life as MOM blog. I had just about given up hope of finishing my Booking It selections, but then got encouragement from Peter and various blog readers to keep going. What I had to come to peace with in my own mind was that it was going to be okay if I didn't finish reading the books I selected back in January - as long as I was making more of an effort to read new books. And that I have most certainly done!
However, I did finally manage to finish Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild which was my selection for July. Once I started it I finished it quickly as it is a very easy-to-read children's book. I had already read Ballet Shoes and liked it, but Skating Shoes was, I am sad to say, a disappointment and is already in the bag to be traded in at our local used book store. I had a hard time getting into the story and felt that the character developement was lacking. Neither Lalla nor Harriet were lovable little girls (though Harriet tried), and most of the time I felt myself tired of hearing Lalla's talk about her amazing skating ability. I was also disappointed that there was very little change in Aunt Claudia's attitude - as one might expect in the end of a book. Overall I can't recommend this book - too bad because I so very much wanted to like it.