Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Sunday Salon: Learning to Rescue Sea Turtles

    

Welcome! I'm happy you joined us here at the Sunday Salon. What is the Sunday Salon? The Sunday Salon is a place to link up and share what we have been doing during the week plus it's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 





I'm at Padre Island National Seashore (Are you, like me, unfamiliar with the idea of a national seashore?) this weekend, and I am learning to rescue sea turtles. When I'm finished with the training, I will be part of the Sea Turtle Patrol that runs during the nesting season. We will be walking the Gulf, watching for sea turtles, especially endangered Kemp's Ridley turtles, coming ashore to lay their eggs. 





What I Read Last Week:

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Classics Club Spin)
The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum by Rebecca Loncraine (Bio)
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum (Ozathon)






What I'm Reading Now:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 
Cheerfulness by Garrison Keillor 
Whatcha Mean What's a Zine? The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics by Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson







Here are the powerful picture books I read for 2024 Black History Month. 

I hope you will check some of these out and share them with others. 

written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and illustrated by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt

written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome

written by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

written by Alicia D. Williams and illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu

by Langston Hughes and Daniel Miyares

written by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee and illustrated by Sean Qualls

written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

written by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr.

written by Paula Young Sheldon and illustrated by Raul Colon

written by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Bryan Collier

written and illustrated by Gordon C. James

written by Ruby Bridges

written by Stacey Abrams and illustrated by Kitt Thomas

written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier

written by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

illustrated by Kadir Nelson

written by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes

written by Grace Byers and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Shana W. Evans

written by Rio Cortez and illustrated by Lauren Semmer

written by Jabari Asim and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

written by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Frank Morrison

written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison

written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison


I'd also love to hear suggestions for other good books for me to read next year.









What I Posted Last Week Here at Readerbuzz:
















I began to list 3 Good Things every day during the pandemic. 

Here are 3 Good Things from last week:


Good Thing #1:

Duolingo 275 day learning streak!




Good Thing #2:

A new Little Free Library is on its way to me.
My LFL was built by my husband in 2013.
I'll be getting a new sign, too, for #2924.




Good Thing #3:

Backyard visitor last week: 
a Red-shouldered Hawk.




Weekend linkup spots are listed below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

I hope you will join the linkup for Sunday Salon below.

 

Friday, March 1, 2024

Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir: Book Beginnings on Fridays, First Line Friday, The Friday 56, and Book Blogger Hop


 

Today's Featured Book 

Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir

Genre: Fairy Tale

Published: November 30, 2020

Page Count: 113 pages

Summary: 

When the witch built the forty-flight tower, she made very sure to do the whole thing properly. Each flight contains a dreadful monster, ranging from a diamond-scaled dragon to a pack of slavering goblins. Should a prince battle his way to the top, he will be rewarded with a golden sword—and the lovely Princess Floralinda. 

But no prince has managed to conquer the 
first flight yet, let alone get to the fortieth. 

In fact, the supply of fresh princes seems to have quite dried up.

And winter is closing in on Floralinda…




 


BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY is hosted by Rose City ReaderWhat book are you happy about reading this week? Please share the opening sentence (or so) on BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY! Add the link to your blog or social media post and visit other blogs to see what others are reading.

Happy Friday and welcome to the FIRST LINE FRIDAY, hosted by Reading is My Superpower! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.


What had happened was that the witch put Princess Floralinda in a tower forty flights high, but said it wasn’t personal. She told her to cheer up. “Princes will be flocking from near and far to rescue you,” she said. “I’ve covered all my bases. There’s a golden sword at the gates for a prize, if the prince doesn’t care overmuch for princesses, and once he battles his way up thirty-nine flights you’re free to go. I don’t really mind what happens from this point in.”








THE FRIDAY 56 is hosted by 
Freda's Voice, but Freda is currently taking a break and Anne of Head Full of Books is filling in. To play, open a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% on your e-reader). Find a sentence or two and post them, along with the book title and author. Then link up on Freda's Voice and visit others in the linky. 

“Will it bite me, do you think?” 

Cobweb thought No, for salamanders didn’t have teeth; but she said, “It will slap you with its long tongue, which it keeps hotter than boiling, so if you let it touch you, you’ll get a terrible burn and die. And it will take you ever so long to die in that way, and hot water and orange-peels won’t save you.”






The purpose of THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, and befriend other bloggers. THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer   

March 1st-7th - What was your gateway book—the book that made you want to read more—into reading or into a specific genre? (submitted by Meezan @ Caboodle of Cozie)

It was the very first book I read by myself...Go, Dog, Go!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Nature Books: Some Excellent Books to Read or Reread


Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard



H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald



Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drors 


Walden by Henry David Thoreau



Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey



Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer



World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks and Other Astonishments 
by Aimee Nezhukmatathil



The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers



Extraordinary Insects: The Fabulous, Indispensable Creatures Who Run Our World 
by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson




What It's Like to Be a Bird---From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing---What Birds Are Doing and Why by David Allen Sibley



What nature books would you recommend to me?

Thank you, Jessica @ a GREAT read, for this excellent suggestion for a prompt.








Top Ten Tuesday was created by 
The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.      

Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Sunday Salon: A Week in Which I Try to Rest and Find Inspiration in the Life of L. Frank Baum

     



Welcome! I'm happy you joined us here at the 
Sunday Salon. What is the Sunday Salon? The Sunday Salon is a place to link up and share what we have been doing during the week plus it's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 



I spent most of this week trying to get over the exhaustion I felt as a result of overdoing it last week. Note to self: Slow down.





What I Read Last Week:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Audiobook)

The English Understand Wool by Helen Dewitt (Novella)




What I'm Reading Now:

The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum by Rebecca Loncraine (Bio)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Classic)





Two quotes from my reading this week in The Real Wizard of Oz: The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum by Rebecca Loncraine give me hope that I will eventually write a novel:

“It would become a painful truth that when Baum stopped trying so hard, success came to him.”


“He (Baum) couldn’t have written such a wise story so full of complex ideas as well as simple ones if he hadn’t suffered and strived for so many years…His experiences as a child and as a man, his extensive reading through which he’d absorbed the oldest archetypes from folktales, had all jumbled together in his mind to make a brilliant cocktail, which surfaced intuitively as this brilliant, hyperreal story.”







Here are the powerful picture books I've read so far for 2024 Black History Month. I hope you will check some of these out and share them with others. 

written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and illustrated by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt

written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome

written by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

written by Alicia D. Williams and illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu

by Langston Hughes and Daniel Miyares

written by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee and illustrated by Sean Qualls

written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

written by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr.

written by Paula Young Sheldon and illustrated by Raul Colon

written by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Bryan Collier

written and illustrated by Gordon C. James

written by Ruby Bridges

written by Stacey Abrams and illustrated by Kitt Thomas

written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier

written by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

illustrated by Kadir Nelson

written by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes

written by Grace Byers and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Shana W. Evans

written by Rio Cortez and illustrated by Lauren Semmer










What I Posted Last Week Here at Readerbuzz:









I began to list 3 Good Things every day during the pandemic. 

Here are 3 Good Things from last week:





Good Thing #1:
Beautiful East Texas,
where we spent last weekend
with my son and his family.



Good Thing #2:
We stayed in a log cabin last weekend, and
we played with this tic-tac-toe board there.




Good Thing #3:
We enjoyed seeing 
granddaughter Annie, 8,
play basketball for the first time.




Weekend linkup spots are listed below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

I hope you will join the linkup for Sunday Salon below.