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Catching Up On Summer

Summer is rapidly hurtling to a finish which makes me draw breathe as I haven’t knocked too many things off my summer bucket list, except for a few books. How about you? Did you have plans to read the next great work of fiction, or even write one?

While you were relaxing and enjoying summer lots has been going on in the literary world. Just in case you missed some things here is a little collection of some highlights,

Do you remember being read to as a child? Or even better, sharing a read aloud with a little one? There is really nothing better. Well, how about making adult story time a thing? And yes you can,.

Why the world needs librarians.

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How literary are you? Do you think you know your books? Well, 92% people can’t identify a book by the first sentence. How do you compare?

In a recent post the name Shirley Jackson came up. She is having a moment apparently. The Economist (that is – heavy, serious fact based reading) has a great article encouraging you to try her short story. If The Economist says to read it, you had better believe there is some truth. Go check her out. And in case you need encouraging the article says….. it was shocking!!

Looking to update your fantasy reading. With strong female characters? Book Riot has some good suggestions. Perfect for the beach reading bag.

And in a HUGE omission we forgot to mark National Book Lovers Day. August 9th! Did you know that? No matter it is a day late, honor the day and spend some time with a book.

So what are you reading?

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When The Cat’s Away… Mom Takes Over

Hello Book Lovers!

While MLCWO travels the globe this little corner of the reading internet is too quiet and so much is going on in the world of print and books. As promised by my lovely book loving daughter I will keep you up to date on bookish things until she returns. Even though it is summer there is plenty to be on top of as the book world never really sleeps.

Before I start just a bit about me so you’ll know what to expect.

I raised one seriously devoted reader and that is something I am fiercely proud of.. Bringing up a child that shares your love for books is a delight especially as  I  myself am a reader and passionate book lover. However, my choice in books is quite different from my daughter’s. My passion is literary fiction, classics really, a dabble of memoirs, travel writing especially historical travel and children’s picture books –  all with a side of non-fiction. We don’t really read the same thing. I also love altered books, typewriters, classical music, cooking and cats. So, you might not find what you normally would here, but it is only for a few weeks so hopefully you can bear with me. Long time readers might have seen some posts I wrote years and years ago while this was a very young blog. Posts on how to raise a reader, word of the week, banned book week and poems were often me. Nice to be back talking books!

Now onto book things. It is summer and beach reads are the thing, but it is also the time for hammocks and shade and indulging in things you might not usually choose.  But what do you do if you don’t know what to read next?

Penguin UK is a great website with lots to read and discover. They have a very useful area “Find Your Next Read” which has lists, suggestions, podcasts and so much more.  One of my favorite sections is “Where to Start” where they give nice lists of 5 books for particular authors. Why not check out “Where to start with Sherlock Holmes” because it’s Sherlock! Or the enticing  “Where to start with Shirley jackson” because if you haven’t read The Haunting Of Hill House you should. I know, I know….older writers, archaic, etc. etc. But these are classics and this is summer. Why not try something completely different?

Summer means road trips for many and what is better than hitting the open road and seeing new places?  If you are traveling around the US why not dip into some books that are relevant to the states you are visiting? Here is a great list of books from each state, with several to choose from, and once reading you can add your photos to an Instagram page. Only trouble is not all 50 states are there so maybe there are some titles readers can suggest.

And as a final note not long before MLCWO took off to distant shores there was a visit to a brick and mortar Amazon store. You can read the post here. Book Riot has a very interesting article about why you should be really angry about the success of Amazon’s real world store. It is well written and makes some interesting points. Take a read, give it some thought and consider both sides. This is important to book lovers. Monopolies aren’t always a good thing and for you the reader where you shop might be important to you. But of course there is always the library!

Thanks for reading along! M.O.M.

 

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“15 Things You’ll Understand If You Love Reading in Bed”

Well if you’re a reader you love reading in bed, or really anywhere comfortable.

BookBub got a list of 15 things you’ll understand if you love reading in bed….and they are so accurate!

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“18 Steamy New Romances to Heat Up Your Winter”

So I’ve recently come across BookBub and it has some fantastic bits of pieces which I definitely want to share now and then.

One of their most recent posts was 18 Steamy New Romances to Heat Up Your Winter.

I’m always looking for a good new romance novel and this list caught my attention – of course they are adult reads (not YA).

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Last Day Of September

Oh dear, where did the summer go? Last day of September, tomorrow it’s October, Halloween is fast approaching, rapidly followed by the end of the year. Scary.

However, the best part if that it is cool, you need sweaters and it is time to curl up with a book. Or plural, books…. lots of them. Reading season is here. The long evenings and quiet times are back. Nothing better than hunkering down in the cool than with a new (or old) friend. What are you planning to read? Any saved specials? Now might be the time for the bigger ones….(.War And Peace anyone?). Now is the time to plan your autumn reading, winter reading, snow reading. Take a moment today and think what might be your to read list. Make a commitment: let MLCWO be the soap box where you state your goals and share your intentions. What are you planning to read? What will dark nights and cozy fires inspire you to read?

And to put you in the mood take a moment to get in the spirit here with this wonderful seasonal piece.

Happy reading everyone!