Thought you might like to see what’s happening over at Books to Pen this week. I have two new 100-word flash fictions and last night, I posted the second episode of Luann Is Lying. Here are the links in case you’re interested:
Last week, I read that Joan Walsh Anglund passed away on March 9 at age 95. One of my favorite books as a young girl was A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You. When I was in Kindergarten, I bragged that I could read it, and soon found myself at the front of the class at story time. I didn’t really know how to read it or anything else, but I knew most of the book by heart. I stumbled through a few pages, but the pictures carried us through and no one seemed to care. I like to think it was because the story and pictures are so nice.
A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You was published in 1958 and was selected as one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books that year.
You can read my review here and Anglund’s obituary in Publishers Weeklyhere.
Hi all! I hope you are doing well. Thanks to everyone who visited my blog this month. I very much appreciate your support! February was a pretty good month. We got a lot more snow, but now most of it has melted, except for a big pile the plows made on the island in our cul de sac.
Unrelated to books, this month I participated in the 24th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. For four days, I counted the different types of birds I saw in our backyard. I downloaded and app called Merlin Bird ID on my phone and it helped me identify them. The data goes to researchers at the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada and helps them learn more about how birds are doing and how to protect them and the environment. I had a lot of fun doing it and the app was easy to use. This is a global event and anyone can participate. If you’re interested in doing it next year, you can learn more about it at birdcount.org.
I also got back in the reading and blogging swing this month. Here’s a rundown of what I read and other posts.
What is it about perfection? Though impossible to achieve, we like to strive for the perfect job, house, relationship, etc. In books, the pressure is off. Seemingly perfect fictional characters are fun to read about because we can watch (from a safe distance) when it all goes wrong! Here are some perfect books I’ve read and a few more you might like.
What’s happening now? After finishing The Woman in the Window, I was in the mood for another psychological thriller and recently finished The Perfect Wife by Blake Pierce. Keep an eye out for my review. Right now I’m reading a new biography by Scott Eyman – Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise. It’s long, but I’m enjoying it very much and will probably review that before I get The Perfect Wife review out. I have two more books lined up. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel and My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing.
Pretty soon, I’m going to get up from under this blanket and make some soup for dinner. Back to work tomorrow! What are you doing on this winter day?
Last week I shared a link to a reading challenge from listchallenges.comand we had a lot of fun seeing how well read we were. Today I went back to the list of 500 books and picked out these to read. I’m hoping to get to them this year because they are books I had already wanted to read.
What was funny about the list is that these two books are already on my schedule to read for our mystery book club at work
Have you read any of these books? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!
(By the way, today I tried out the tiled image and gallery options from the new block editor and I think they worked out pretty well.)
My book club friend (hi S!) sent this link to our group and we had a lot of fun seeing how we did. There are 500 books on the list and the challenge says if you’ve read 10% of them, you are well read.
I thought this was a good one because it reminded me of books I’ve wanted to read, but somehow never go to. I was also glad to see that some of the ones I haven’t read are on my mystery book club’s 2021 reading list.
Happy New Year Everyone! I’m all for saying goodbye to 2020, but it’s always good to remember the positives that occurred this past year too. In my case, I read a lot of great books! Today I’m sharing the best of the best.