Yes. I went to Strand.
I bought two books and spend forever looking at some Harry Potter buttons as well as Fantastic Beasts pins. The books were:
1. Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
(blurb from Amazon)
“When eleven-year-old Thyme Owens’ little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it’s just the second chance that he needs. But it also means the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from Thyme’s best friend and everything she knows and loves. The island of Manhattan doesn’t exactly inspire new beginnings, but Thyme tries to embrace the change for what it is: temporary.
After Val’s treatment shows real promise and Mr. Owens accepts a full-time position in the city, Thyme has to face the frightening possibility that the move to New York is permanent. Thyme loves her brother, and knows the trial could save his life—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home, although the guilt of not wanting to stay is agonizing. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, the hours, and days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.
With equal parts heart and humor, Melanie Conklin’s debut is a courageous and charming story of love and family—and what it means to be counted.”
(the book is below)
So far, I’ve been enjoying the story. I’m nearly done, and kind of sad that it’s over. Fortunately, I have one more book to read:
2. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
(blurb from Amazon)
“There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. “
I haven’t started this one yet by the first line pulled me straight in! The cover is beautiful as well. It might just be me, but I have a great appreciation for beautiful covers. There are lots of nice-ish ones, but this one was truly lovely! While it’s the inside, the book, the story, that matters, I can’t help but be glad when the cover has a nice feel to it, or nice artwork! (I do like to draw, so, that’s my inner artist commenting.)
After strand, we had lunch, which I shoved down my throat without tasting as I was in the middle of a chapter.