It happened. And it took place peacefully. I don't know about you, but I cried all through the ceremony, as our new vice-president was sworn in, as our new president was sworn in, as beautiful songs were sung, as our new president spoke about his promises, as our new national poet laureate read. As my sister-in-law said to me, "Even the air feels cleaner now."
The Moon Was the Best by Charlotte Zolotow (Picture Book; Paris)
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling (Picture book; Caldecott finalist)
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Reread)
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (Classic)
Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce (Fiction)
Be More Japan by DK Travel (Nonfiction)
Rabbityness by Jo Empson (Picture Book)
A good reading week in which I finished three excellent novels. The reread of A Gentleman in Moscow---I noted good quotes, thought about the idea of a gentleman, considered America from Russia-of-the-time's point-of-view, discussed the book with our book club---was especially wonderful.
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Chapter-a-Day Read-along)
Yes, and...Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr (Daily Meditation Reading)
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (Japanese Literature Challenge)
Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread (Book-About-Books)
The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson (Naturalist Book Club)
The Atlas of Happiness by Helen Russell (Nonfiction)
On the Narrow Road to the Deep North by Leslie Downer (Japanese Lit Challenge; Nonfiction)
Take a look at this story of one middle-grade reading teacher, our friend Wendy from Falconer's Library, @WendyGassaway, delivering books to her students: The Bookmobile.
Coming Soon! Multicultural Children's Book Day on January 29, 2021. #readyourworld. A chance to get more diversity into homes, libraries, schools.
We saw all the All Creatures Great and Small (original series) that our library had on DVD, so we had to subscribe to BritBox to finish the last four seasons. We are so enjoying this old tv series. Have you seen it? Have you watched any of the new series?
Good Thing #1:
"Before God and all of you, I give you my word I will always level with you. I will defend the Constitution. I’ll defend our democracy. I’ll defend America. And I will give all, all of you, keep everything you--I do in your service, thinking not of power but of possibilities, not of personal interest but the public good. And together, we shall write an American story of hope, not fear; of unity, not division; of light, not darkness; a story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness."
Good Thing #2:
"But the American story depends not in any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us. On we, the people who seek a more perfect union. This is a great nation. We are good people. And over the centuries, through storm and strife, in peace and in war, we’ve come so far, but we still have far to go."
Good Thing #3:
"Some days when you need a hand, there are other days when we are called to lend a hand. That is how it has to be, and that is what we do for one another, and if we are this way, our country will be stronger, more prosperous, more ready for the future, and we can still disagree."
I'm happy you found your way to the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.
Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:
- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
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