Sunday, May 15, 2022

BW20: 52 Books Bingo - Ensemble Cast

Headlines  - Darren Thompson

Happy Sunday! It's time for another round of 52 Books Bingo and this week it's all about Ensemble Casts. My favorite kind of book. I love books with ensemble casts, especially series books because they make it seem like the story goes on and on and on.  There are books in which the cast revolves around one main character and others which rotate through a series of characters, all working together for a common end.  









Do you enjoy reading books with an ensemble cast of characters?  From Agatha Christie and Leo Tolstoy to Robert Jordan's and J.D. Robb, there is a wide variety to choose from.  Who is your favorite author and/or books with an ensemble cast you've read and would recommend?


I just noticed that we have a predicament, a quagmire, a problematic quandary.  Que Pasa!   When I pondered and questioned why my weeks weren't adding up, I realized I missed P and Q in our letter and word of the week.  We missed a pilgrimage, a quest. Oops, my bad. Jumping back on the Quixotic path for a moment.  

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

BW19: Happy Mother's Day

 


Happy Mother's Day my lovelies!  Hope you all are having a marvelous day, celebrating with your families.  We all have colds so I gave my son one task: go to my Amazon wish list, pick something out, make sure it's prime, and will arrive in one day.  Easy Peasy.  I'll let you know what he found for me.  

Read a book with your mother's name in the title or is written by an author with your mother's name

Read a book with mother, mom, mama, mater, or other variation in the title. 

Read a book about a mom.

Read a book about becoming a mother.

From stalkers to saints, moms run the gamut in kids' books.  We read Horton Hatches the Egg and the Runaway Bunny so many times over the years. Another favorite not listed is Lisa McCourt's I love You Stinky Face about unconditional love which we enjoyed reading so much, I had to duct tape the cover together to keep it from falling apart. 

11 Memoirs That Shine the Spotlight on Mothers

The Best Books for Every Type of Mom

Books that keep it real for Mother’s Day

Women's Prize for Literature Shortlist showcases global talent

And for our letter and word of the week - U and unconditional


“When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the 

purest love you can find on this earth.” ~~ Mitch Albom, For One More Day


Happy Mother's Day! 

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

BW18: May Crime Spree - Historical Mysteries

 




Welcome to May! It's time to join Sandy and Amy in reading some tantalizing and tempting historical mysteries. 

The genre of Historical Mysteries is fairly recent with our dear Agatha credited with writing the first historical mystery novel in the 1940s (Death Comes at the End set in Ancient Egypt.) The genre remained stagnant until the 1970s when Elizabeth Peter’s (Amerlia Peabody series) and Ellis Peter’s (Brother Cadfael) cause the genre to become legitimate and then the late 1990’s when it grew wildly.

Common historical mystery era:

Tudor: CJ Sansom (Matthew Shardlake), Fiona Buckley (Ursula Blanchard), Kathy Lynn Emerson (Lady Appleton)

·     Georgian: Anna Lee Huber (Lady Darby)

·     Regency: Kate Moss (Julian Kestrel) & CS Harris (Sebastian St Cyr)

·     Victorian: Tasha Alexander (Lady Emily), Deanna Raybourne (Lady Julia Grey), Christine Trent (Lady of Ashes)

·     WWI: Anna Lee Huber (Verity Kent), Charles Todd (Inspector Ian Rutledge & Bess Crawford)

·     WWII: Jacqueline Winspear (Masie Dobbs)

Challenge: Harken back to a simpler time before we had to worry about DNA evidence or even fingerprints and swipe a historical mystery to read.

Thank you, ladies.  Which brings us to our letter and word of the week - T and Twist 

Have fun diving into these tantalizing mysteries. 

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

BW17: Happy Birthday Larry Niven


 

Happy Sunday! In honor of science fiction author, Larry Niven, who is celebrating his 84th birthday on April 30th, read one of his books.  He's written over 400 stories since he published his first book in 1964, alone and in collaboration with Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes, and Gregory Benford.  I discovered Niven back in the 70's and enjoyed reading His Ringworld series, along with many of his other books, including The Mote in God's Eye.  He is currently working with Jerry Pournelle on Burning Mountain, the sequel to Burning City and Burning Tower.

Larry Niven Wiki/fandom

Fifty years of Larry Niven's Ringworld

Amazon’s Ringworld Moves Forward with Game of Thrones Director

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

The 17 Most Influential Science-Fiction Books of All Time


“They do not use lasers, they do not use radio, they do not use hyperwave. What are they using for communication? Telepathy? Written messages? Big mirrors?"

 "Parrots," Louis suggested. He got up to join them at the door to the control room. "Huge parrots, specially bred for their oversized lungs. They're too big to fly. They just sit on hilltops and scream at each other.”

― Larry Niven, Ringworld


Which brings us to our A to Z and Back again - Our letter and word of the week are S and Space

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

BW16: Renew, Rebirth, Recharge, Restore


"Revel in your freedom. Live wholeheartedly,
laugh loud, love much, spread joy, be truthful,
and give yourself to everything.
You, who are already whole, can lose nothing.
Your ego may fall from time to time,
but you will not. Live big!"  ~~Robert Holden

Happy Easter, my friends. Our letter of the week is R and the word, the theme this week is rebirth, rechargerenewalor restore


“Poetry is the renewal of words, setting them free,
and that’s what a poet is doing:
loosening the words.” ~~Robert Frost

Or how about resurrectionrejoicerenaissance, revival or rejuvenation


“It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder,
let alone resurrection wonder, to another.
It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard,
to circumvent expectations and assumptions.
Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up.
It requires some sense of being there
and some sense of engagement.” ~~Eugene H. Peterson

Let's revel in whatever Re- word you chose this week, because, you guessed it; it's all related to reading or rereading our favorite books. 


“A truly great book should be read in youth,
again in maturity and once more in old age,
as a fine building should be seen by
morning light, at noon and
by moonlight.” ~~ Robertson Davies

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

BW15: 52 Books Bingo - Rebellion

Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire and Beauty by Nikita Gill.


Happy Sunday! Years ago when I introduced my son to Star Wars, never did I realize there was a difference between legend, canon and non canon.  Since then, we've watched quite a few you tube vloggers discuss and theorize over the movies, the books and tv shows, even video games and how they contribute to the world of Star Wars, the Force, the battle between good and evil, and the rebellion. Which brings us to our next 52 Books Bingo category: Rebellion.  

As defined by Dictionary.com, it is "open, organized, and armed resistance to one's government or ruler," or "resistance to or defiance of any authority, control, or tradition."  Literary Rebellion comes in many shapes and sizes,  the characters fighting for or against something; refusing to bow to authority, their parents, their friends; questioning, resisting, searching for change.  


Literary Rebellion by twelve Nobel Prize Laureates

11 Women in Classic Novels Who Rebelled Against Their Time Periods

21 YA Books About Rebellion

100 Must Read Books about Revolutions, Rebellions, and Uprisings.

Your guide to books in the 'Star Wars' canon

Dissident Rebel Literature


Who is your favorite rebellious character? 

Which bring me to our Letter and Word of the WeekO and Obstruct


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Sunday, April 3, 2022

BW14: Classic Children's Mysteries


Welcome to April and the beginning of National Poetry Month, National Card and Letter Writing Month, and National Humor Month and this week is National Library Week.  

And thanks to Sandy and Amy, we are also celebrating our childhoods, going back to the books we read when we were young.   Take it away, ladies.


Many of us began our life of crime early by reading under the covers with flashlights and lies of “I’ll read just one more chapter then I’ll go to bed.” If you grew up reading Classic Children’s Mysteries then you’ve like got a rap sheet and a read-list as thick as a Sears catalogue. Who were you solving mysteries with in the lunch room and during geometry class?

 Authors to explore:

  Stratemeyer Syndicate – Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins

·         Cherry Ames

·         Boxcar Children

·         Trixie Belden

·         Encyclopedia Brown

Challenge: Confess to starting a life of crime young and reread a favorite childhood mystery.


Thank you, ladies for bringing back memories of the past. I read many The Hardy Boys as well as Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon books back in the day.  Does anyone remember the television show of Hardy Boy/Nancy Drew mysteries from the 70's?  I was infatuated with Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stevenson and wanted to be a detective just like Pamela Sue Martin who portrayed Nancy Drew.  

Which bring me to our Letter and Word of the Week:  N and Noteworthy

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

BW13: Happy Birthday Dana Stabenow

 


“Science fiction is the agent provocateur of literature.” ~ Dana Stabenow

Happy Sunday my dears. During my web wanderings, I found out today, March the 27th is author Dana Stabenow's birthday.  I checked out her blog and read an article about How My Mother and Josephine Tey Led me into a Life of Crime. Given I'd recently read Tey's A Daughter of Time, I was drawn.  I was fascinated by Stabenow's tale of discovering Nancy Drew in the library and the start of her reading journey. Lots of interesting authors, some I've read, some I haven't yet. Stabenow is a prolific writer and has written forty novels during her writing career beginning with a couple of science fiction novels and segueing into writing murder mysteries.  

It just so happens, one of the dusty books on my eshelves is Dana Stabenow's A Cold Day for Murder, book number one in the 22 book Kate Shugak mystery series.  I think I bought back in 2014 around the time I was enamored with freezing cold settings and read Nevada Barr's Winter Study and bought a bunch of other titles with snow in them, some of which I had yet to read.  Somehow I overlooked Stabenow's book so in honor of her birthday, I'll be reading it this week.  And suddenly I'm also in the mood to reread James Rollins Ice Hunt

Learn more about Kate Stabenow from The Thrill Begins: Meet Your Heroes - Dana Stabenow and PBS AK Alaska podcast Dana Stabenow talks about her latest crime novel, her writing career and her support for women writers and what books Stabenow likes to read with Poison Pen's Dana Stabenows Distractions

A to Z and Back again - Our letter and word of the week are M and Murder (Obviously... LOL!)

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

BW12: Spring Fling or Autumn Optimism


 
Today we celebrate the March equinox, welcoming Spring or Autumn, depending on where you are in the world.  Both seasons have something in common - nature's showcase of beautiful colors, bright and bold as well as rich and warm.  So let's dive into the season with our Spring / Autumn Reading Fling. 

  • Read a book with flowers or leaves on the cover.
  • Read a book with the colors of spring or autumn on the cover 
  • Read a book with Spring or Autumn in the title
  • Read a book about a Spring or Autumn Fling. (oh la la)
  • Read a book about life beginning.
  • Read a book about rebirth.
  • Read a book about life changing. 
  • Read a book about wine or with wine on the cover 
  • Read a book with any of the words from the poem below on the cover

 

Spring And Autumn.

By 

Thomas Moore 


Every season hath its pleasures;
Spring may boast her flowery prime,
Yet the vineyard's ruby treasures
Brighten Autumn's soberer time.
So Life's year begins and closes;
Days tho' shortening still can shine;
What tho' youth gave love and roses,
Age still leaves us friends and wine.


Phillis, when she might have caught me,
All the Spring looked coy and shy,
Yet herself in Autumn sought me,
When the flowers were all gone by.
Ah, too late;--she found her lover
Calm and free beneath his vine,
Drinking to the Spring-time over,
In his best autumnal wine.


Thus may we, as years are flying,
To their flight our pleasures suit,
Nor regret the blossoms dying,
While we still may taste the fruit,
Oh, while days like this are ours,
Where's the lip that dares repine?
Spring may take our loves and flowers,
So Autumn leaves us friends and wine.



A to Z and Back again - Our letter and word of the week are L and Life

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

BW11: All the World's a Stage

 


Happy Sunday, my darlings. For those of us who still have to abide by daylight savings time, did you remember to set your clocks forward? I'm appreciating the fact we only have a few clocks to adjust when I think about the clock merchant who has to reset a 1000 clocks.  

Speaking of time, our next 52 Books  Bingo category is All the World's a Stage.  Which works well with our golden age theme since William Shakespeare was alive during the Elizabethan era, considered the Golden Age in English history

There are many ways to go with this category including but not limited to

Five Best William Shakespeare Plays 

Goodreads Top 100 Stage Plays

Goodreads Listopia - Best Books about Stage magic 

17 sparkling and suspenseful novels set on the stage or the screen

A Complete List of Books for Every Stage of Your Life, According to Librarians


“All the world’s a stage”

by

William Shakespeare 

(from As You Like It, spoken by Jaques)

                                        All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.



A to Z and Back again - Our letter and word of the week are K and Keen

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Sunday, March 6, 2022

BW10: Crime Spree Bookology - Josephine Tey

 


Happy Sunday! Continuing with our Golden Age mystery writers, this month's Crime Spree Bookology choice is Josephine Tey.  I've had The Daughter of Time sitting in my stacks for quite a while and look forward to reading it now.  Tey is the creator of Inspector Alan Grant series and also wrote plays under the pseudonym of Gordon Daviot.

There are a number of ways to complete the Crime Spree bookology challenge, including but not limited to:

Spell out the author's name - one book per letter from the title on the cover.

Read one or more books written by the author.

Read a book written in the country or time period of the author.

Learn more about Josephine Tey through a Crime Readers Guide to the Classics and Decades After Her Death, Mystery Still Surrounds Crime Novelist Josephine Tey.


A to Z and Back again - Our letter and word of the week are J and Justice

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

BW9: The Golden Age of Mystery

 


Happy Sunday!  This month we’re waving goodbye to February and winter in my neck of the woods, and saying hello to March and the beginning of spring. We are also celebrating Women's History Month and women who were vital to history. 

And speaking of history, our Crime Spree hostesses Sandy and Amy are taking us back to the Golden Age era this month.  Take it away, ladies: 


If you find yourself spending the weekend at your curmudgeonly uncle’s manor and he ends up murdered, you’re probably in a Golden Age mystery. Luckily, you’re innocent of the crime if you’re young, beautiful, and in love. But if you happen to be a ne'er-do-well that recently been cut out of the will then…

This website is fantastic for exploring even more authors. Who are some of your favorite Golden Age authors?

Authors to explore:

    Agatha Christie’s website is a fun place to lose an hour

·         GK Chesterton

·         EC Bentley

·         Dorothy Sayers

·         Margery Allingham

·         Edmund Crispin

·         Georgette Heyer

·         Patricia Wentworth (sidenote from Amy: Skip the first book and start here.)

·         J. Jefferson Farjeon

·         Josephine Tey

 

Challenge: Evade Scotland Yard by choosing a new to you Golden Age author to read.

Thank you ladies.  Juan and I are trying to stay out of sight of the gents at Scotland Yard as we follow in the footsteps of the the queens and gentlemen of the Golden Age. 

Which brings me to our A to Z and back again -- Our letter and word of the week are I and Informer.

Have fun investigating! 

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

BW8: Bookish miscellanea

 

Sun Glare: Alaska by Rockwell Kent 

Happy Sunday! In my web wanderings, I was drawn into an article about artist Rockwell Kent and his quest for solitude and inspiration in Wilderness, Solitude, and Creativity: Artist and Philosopher Rockwell Kent’s Century-Old Meditations on Art and Life During Seven Months on a Small Alaskan Island, which lead to Musings on Art: Rockwell Kent - A Champion of Peace,  which lead to Kent's illustrated Moby Dick. Makes me want to read the Moby Dick, or The Whale illustrated versionnow as well as Kent's book, Wilderness, his journal about his time in Alaska.  Rabbit trails as so much fun. 

Another interesting article about Author Joanne Harris turns down US book deal over censoring of ‘f-bomb’, particularly because it was pertinent to the story.  Which lead of course to her blog and her response about sensitivity readers the publishing houses have begun to employ. In her blog post On Sensitivity readers, weakness, and staying alive, Harris makes a good point. 

"Books all have shelf lives, just as we do, and Dickens’ work has survived in spite of his anti-Semitism, not because of it. The work of many others has not. Books are for readers, and if an author loses touch with their readers - either by clinging to outdated tropes, or using outdated vocabulary, or having an outdated style – then their books will cease to be published, and they will be forgotten. It happens all the time. What one generation loves and admires may be rejected by the next."  

But that doesn't mean they need to be banned or changed.  It's all in the context.


Free books, who doesn't love them.  Lots of books are entering the public domain this year such as Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Milne's Winnie the Pooh, Franz Kafka's The Castle, and many others.


Moving on to movies about books, check out the Netflix Book Club, if not to join, but to see what books are being adapted for Netflix. 


While we are on the subject of books to movies, Lee Child's Jack Reacher first book was adapted for a series on Amazon Prime.  I watched the first episode and had to close my eyes during the prison fight, but otherwise I think Alan Ritchson is a great choice for Reacher. 


Reading choices when it comes to narrators.  Years ago, I only read books written in third person narration and refused to read any written in first person. Until I came across a writer who usually wrote in third and had switched to first, captured my attention, pulled me into the story without confusing me and sold me on first person narration.  Since then I've found some really good books from writers who do first person very well.  The ones who don't, forget about it. You know the ones I mean.  

I went back to school in my late forties to finish my Bachelor's Degree and during a literature class, imagine my surprise when I had to read a book written in second person narration.  Yes, it was weird, but once I got into the story, was able to accept the narrator and keep going.  Since then,  I'll stumble across another written partially or totally in second person and give it a go.  Of course, we're back to whether it's well done or not and does it pull you in. I'm currently reading such a book which has mixed narration, both 2nd and 3rd and finding myself enjoying it.  All this to say, which style narration do you enjoy?   Have you ever tried Second Person narration stories?  

For our writers, have you ever tried writing a story in second person?  Give it a try   Here's my attempt for our A to Z and Back again for E.  

And speaking of which:  

A to Z and Back Again -  Our letter and work of the week are H and Harried.

Did you know that today is Hoodie Hoo day?  So go outside at noon and wave your hands and yell Hoodie Hoo and chase away your winter blues. Go ahead, I dare you.  

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

BW7: 52 Books Bingo - She Did What?


Happy Sunday! I'm declaring this week Valentine's Week as we continue with our romance theme for the month.  I'm combining it with our 52 Books Bingo category "She Did What?" which bumps it up into a lot of different genres including literary, suspense, thriller, psychological, or maybe young adult. What do you think of when someone says 'She did what?"  Said yes, or no? ran away, started her own business, blasted into outer space, or stole something from someone?  

9 Books Similar to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

20 Best Romantic Suspense Novels

Unlikely Romances

Literary Romance Novels, 20 Love Stories for Every Reader

 11 Fictional Female Scientists Who'd Rule the Lab

12 Books That Prove Women Outlaws Are Even Cooler than Women Heroes

Could be anything! Even a book title. 


A to Z and Back Again -  Our letter and word of the week are G and Gadfly


Happy Galentine's Day!

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

BW6: Crime Spree Bookology - Jayne Ann Krentz

 


Happy Sunday!  We are going to continue with the romantic suspense theme and align our bookology spelling challenge with the crime spree authors, highlighting  one of the authors Sandy and Amy mention at the beginning of the month. Decided to mix things up after I discovered the Book on Books Bookology wasn't working for me with two failures in a row.  The Trial and error method told me to move on to something more fun and hence the birth of Crime Spree Bookology.  

We get three for one this month with Jayne Ann Krentz, who encompasses three different worlds writing contemporary romantic suspense, as well as historical romantic suspense under the pseudonym of Amanda Quick, and futuristic paranormal suspense under her real name, Jayne Castle. Some of her series encompass all three genres and some are standalones. Krentz is a prolific writer and has written many books under 7 different pens names over the years from the 80's to the present. I've read quite a few and all are very entertaining. 

There are a number of ways to complete the Crime Spree bookology challenge, including but not limited to:

Spell out the author's name - one book per letter from the title on the cover.

Read one or more books written by the author.

Read a book written in the country or time period of the author.

Read a book by an author similar to Jayne Ann Krentz

Learn more about Krentz through A Conversation With Jayne Ann Krentz, and How I lost control of my Jayne Castle World.


A to Z and Back Again -  Our letter and word of the week are F and Foiled.

Happy Trails! 

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

BW5: Isn't it Romantic

 



Welcome to February's month of love as we celebrate Creative Romance Month as well as an Affair to Remember month and National Weddings month. And least we forget, February 4th is Thank a Mailman day. Did you remember to send those letters you wrote?   

A to Z and Back Again -  Our letter and word of the week are E and Earnest

Speaking of earnest and romance, our Crime Spree hostesses Sandy and Amy have a challenge for you to partake in.  Take it away, ladies: 


Few things go together better than crime and romance. Actually, there are hundreds of things that go together better, but few things are as exciting to read as Romantic Suspense. These novel are equally balanced with the romance playing as bit a part as the mystery/suspense elements. Are you a fan?

Authors to explore:

For a gothic feel check out: Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart

 If you like modern heroes/heroines escaping likely murder, then check out: Nora Robert/JD Robb, Laura Griffin, Marie Force

For a sweet Christian take on Romantic Suspense: Terri Blackstock and Dee Henderson

Suspense? Romance? Werewolves/Vampires/Ghosts? We got that too! Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Jayne Ann Krentz

Challenge: Bat your eyes at your favorite getaway driver and read a book featuring someone in love and in danger.


Thank you ladies! Batting my eyes earnestly at Juan, my oh so hunky getaway driver, as we drive hastily away from some serious risky business we found ourselves part of. 

Happy trails, mi amors! 

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

BW4: Bookish Birthdays and Notes


 

Happy Sunday! Today is National Handwriting Day  Which coincidently goes hand in hand (pun intended) with those letters we could have written in week 2. Yes, I know, I didn't either. But I have been having fun writing A to Z and back again stories, all by hand, and currently working on the letter K. How about you? Ready to give it a try yet?   

A to Z and Back Again - our letter and word of the week is D - Deduction


Time for a round of literary birthdays and notes to tempt and amaze you:

Jan 23: French author Stendhal, American poet Louis Zukofsky, and West Indies poet Derek Walcott

Jan 24: American novelist Edith Wharton , English dramatist William Congreve, British novelist and zoologist Desmond Norris

Jan 25: Scottish poet Robert Burns, English poet William Somerset Maugham, and English novelist Virginia Woolf

Jan 26:  American author and activist Angela Davis, and American Mary Mapes Dodge

Jan 27: English author Lewis Carroll,  and  English novelist D.M. Thomas

Jan 28: American author and activist Julius Lester, and French author Colette

Jan 29: American political author Thomas Paine, Russian playwright Anton Chekov and French novelist and Nobel Prize winner Romain Rolland


Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

Mystery Writers of America Announces 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominations

Screen grabbers: mysteries adapted for film

Nick Cave on Creativity, the Myth of Originality, and How to Find Your Voice

And Just Like That...Carrie Bradshaw's Library Card is a Must-Have Accessory


Have fun following rabbit trails! 

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

BW3: 52 Books Bingo - Space Opera



Happy Sunday! Today is  Appreciate a Dragon Day, created by Donita K. Paul, author of the Dragonspell Chronicles back in 2004 to celebrate our favorite dragons in books and television. Great series by the way, which I enjoyed and has since disappeared into the book jungle in my son's room. 

Combine dragons, beasts and other fantastical or scary creatures that characters may encounter in outer space with our first 52 books bingo category - Space Operas and what do you have? Scary and/or thrilling, entertaining stories set in outer space, alternative worlds, and other planets. 

I came across Barnes and Nobles 55 Essential Space Operas from the Last 70 Years and took a trip down memory lane as I've read quite a few of these books over the years and still have them in my personal library.  From Harrison and Heinlein, Niven and Asimov to Weber and Donaldson to Scalzi and Chambers.  I currently have a few on the nightstand I haven't read such as Corey's Leviathan Wakes to Vinge's Snow Queen.  They are in the queue for this year.  

11 of the best sci-fi books that transport you to another world reminds me to move Robinson's Red Mars as well as Ursula Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness up in the queue as well.  Both dusty books have been calling to me to read sooner than later. 

And don't forget Star Wars which my son loves to read, as well as Star Trek novelizations. 


A to Z and Back Again - our letter and word of the week is C Conundrum. 


Have fun exploring the outer regions of space! 

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