So Zarafa, by Michael Allin, was.......eh. The 'worst' of my book list thus far...but it had some pretty heavy competition, so I'll over look that. It was a quick read, at 198 pages, and had a lot of art work inside, which was a redeeming value. I really like true stories about animals in history (read: The Lady and the Panda) whether they be presents from a far away place, as in Zarafa the giraffe's experience, or new findings for the first time. I thought I would love this book, but it was very slow. The first 100 pages were just background about Egyptology (and I love that topic, too...and it was still boring) and talking about numerous dead Frenchman who were somewhat in the mix of finding/shipping/paying for this animal from Sennar. ANYWAY. Unless you love French and British history, you won't like this book much. I was wanting a 'fairy tale' like the front cover expresses. I got a bunch of old letters from dead men about their problems relaying a giraffe a few hundred miles in the middle of winter. Sorry, 2 1/2 stars out of 5. One of those stars belongs to me being a lover of French culture. Ouch.
Next read up is They Like Jesus but Not the Church, by Dan Kimball , about the emerging church movement (sort of a west-coast thing, I think...will soon find out.)
PS. happy Valentine's Day. Lukka's too small to get it or do anything special with, Stefan and I never celebrate it. If you're one to enjoy this (sorta weird) holiday, have a good night with your sweetheart.Hop on over to Shutter Sisters for Love Thursday (only the coolest photo-blog I've ever seen...and they encourage readers to participate with their own!)