Sunday, November 17, 2019

BW47: Bookish News and Not so Bookish Birthdays

If sixty is the new forty
Then forty is the new twenty
And twenty is...slightly young.
Which would make sixty middle aged.

If sixty is middle aged,
Then eighty is getting up there,
And a hundred is...slightly old.
The point is, sixty is now here.

Sixty is here, and that's that.
No different from fifty-nine or sixty-one.
Except it's sweet. Sweet and good.
And I wouldn't change it, even if I could.

I figured it was time for another round of Bookish Birthdays and News since I'm joining the ranks of the sixty something club this week. A milestone, not a millstone, and totally in tune with 60 Perfect Reasons You Should Be Psyched About Turning 60. No matter what age you are, it's always an opportunity to celebrate. Let's celebrate with a mini challenge this week and read a book which takes place in the year you were born or was written in the year you were born.

Take a look at the New York Times Adult Hardcover Best Seller Listings which is an awesome resource. Since this has been a year of reading mysteries and crime fiction, I picked out Devil's Advocate by Morris West, a new to me author. Another good resource is Goodreads (What a shock!!!) Search for 'most popular books' along with your birth year and see what pops up.

Check out Lit Hub's series of A Century of Reading: Ten Books that Defined from the 1910's through the 1990's.

Whether you are feeling up or down, 46 Hilarious Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh.

And just because: The First Line of Harry Potter and The Last Line of Harry Potter: A Close Reading.

Are you hooked on the new Disney Streaming Service. Me too! Celebrate with 15 Disney Channel Original Movies and Book Pairings.

Did you know November 17th is Homemade Bread day, November 20th is Absurdity Day, and November 21st is World Hello Day? Now you do!

Little known facts: Actor Danny De Vito and Saturday Night Live's producer, Lorne Michael were born November 17, 1944.

November 18 is Mickey Mouse's birthday as well as Margaret Atwood.

Larry King, Dick Cavett, and Ted Turner were all born on November 19th. Not in the same year, of course.

November 20, 1939 is Dick Smothers Birthday, the favorite smothers brother from Laugh In.

I share my birthday on November 21st with an eclectic group including Voltaire, Harpo Marx, Goldie Hawn and Marlo Thomas.

November 22nd is the anniversary of George Eliot's birthday, the author who wrote Middlemarch.

November 23rd is the anniversary William "Billy the Kid" Bonney.

And last but not least, a bit of mind filler --- November Pop Culture History.

Now, see what you can do to turn any of this information into a reading goal and challenge for yourself for next year!


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