Monday, October 10, 2016

Walking and Listening to "Counting Thyme"

Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
8 hours, 10 minutes
Listening Library, 2016

Narrator: Kathleen McInerney

The last few months haven't been easy for Thyme and her family. Her younger brother Val has been battling a rare form of cancer and while he is in remission, the best hope for him is a drug trail in New York City. For Thyme this means moving away from her best friend Shawnee, her grandmother and all that she loves in San Diego for three months.  Life in a new place should be exciting, but for Thyme it's full of ups and downs. She needs to learn how to navigate both long distance and new friendships, her brother's illness, an unfriendly neighbor, homesickness, and parents who aren't being upfront and honest with her. While Thyme knows that this move is only temporary, she secretly hopes to return to San Diego sooner than planned by collecting time by helping out around the house. This all changes though as Thyme's discovers something her parents have been hiding from her. 

Counting Thyme was one of those books that made me look forward to going out walking everyday. I truly cared about these characters and wanted to know what had gone on in Thyme and Val's lives since I had last gone walking. I needed to know more about Mr. Lipinsky and if he was ever going to turn that frown upside down. I wanted my own Mrs. Ravelli, not only for her amazing cooking, but for her calm, quiet wisdom. 
Kathleen McInerney did an amazing job capturing all the joy, pain, anxiousness and genuine emotion that the characters were feeling. I really can find no fault in this book other than it ended.

Favorite Chapter Title: You're a Poo

I took this picture of a lifeguard stand while out walking one morning. 

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