Have you read The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau? What a lovely story! I guess technically, I haven't read it either- but I listened to it while driving through LA. It calmed me. It's the story of Lina and Doon, two twelve-year-olds who live in an underground city built 200 years ago. Here's the Amazon.com synopsis if you're interested:
It is always night in the city of Ember. But there is no moon, no stars. The only light during the regular twelve hours of "day" comes from floodlamps that cast a yellowish glow over the streets of the city. Beyond are the pitch-black Unknown Regions, which no one has ever explored because an understanding of fire and electricity has been lost, and with it the idea of a Moveable Light. "Besides," they tell each other, "there is nowhere but here" Among the many other things the people of Ember have forgotten is their past and a direction for their future. For 250 years they have lived pleasantly, because there has been plenty of everything in the vast storerooms. But now there are more and more empty shelves--and more and more times when the lights flicker and go out, leaving them in terrifying blackness for long minutes. What will happen when the generator finally fails?
Anyways, the reason I bring this up- is because I am now reading it aloud to the two monsters that I am a part time nanny for. They love it as much as I did. Observe the monsters:
Don't they look diabolical? I love reading to kids. I'm already starting a list in my head of all the books I want to read to my punks. The City of Ember has made the list.
In other news, today my darlin' is goin' fishin'. I was supposed to go too, but making money is taking precedence. Hopefull, he'll bring me home a seabass and we'll have some surf n' turf for dinner.
Have a wonderful and lovely Valentine's day!