A week has gone by, and one of my friends whom I was so worried about has been celebrating with her husband. They received some long overdue good news. My heart feels so much lighter, and it certainly gives me incentive to redouble my efforts at positive thinking for other friends carrying heavy burdens.
This summer has been a season of some marvelous reading, but I have a backlog of reviews to write that's big enough to choke a horse. I think I'm going to be forced to do something like "Cathy's Quickies"-- shortened reviews that will allow me to catch up. And yes, I've always been fond of alliteration!
If you're wondering whether or not a Sonoran Desert summer has withered my newfound passion for knitting, I thought I'd show you the photo to the right. As you can see, it hasn't. I'm knitting gifts, alternating between scarves and dishcloths... smaller things. I'm not about to take on something big like an afghan or blanket; I can break into a sweat just thinking about that!
But before I pick up a book or my knitting needles again, I'd better hustle and rustle up those links! (I also like to rhyme....)
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The Christie estate has taken back control of TV rights and aims to create a new era of dynamic mysteries before copyright on one of the UK’s most potentially lucrative literary franchises runs out in 32 years.
- I recently participated in a research project being conducted by a friend. The study "addresses the question of what adults learn and remember from reading crime novels." I'm hoping as many of you as possible will help her with her research, so I'll let the delightful Ms. M tell you more about it (and give you the link to the short questionnaire).
- In honor of her 18th birthday, Malala Yousafzai has launched the #BooksNotBullets social media hashtag, and I sincerely hope that world leaders will pay attention to her. There is also more information about it on her Malala Fund Blog.
- More states need to follow suit: Oregon is going to become the second state to offer free community college.
- Raising children who love reading.
- Something tells me this didn't make it into her cookbook: Julia Child and the OSS recipe for shark repellent.
- Is William Butler Yeats the 20th century's greatest poet?
- A self-published author challenges Amazon's review policy changes (and there's a change or two I'm not thrilled with either).
- If you're being an idiot on Twitter, you'd better hope J.K. Rowling never finds out about it. I love her!
- Take this quiz to find out which book genre you are. (Three guesses and the first two don't count as to what my answer was!)
- The writers who invented languages. (I think I'll study High Valerian instead of Dothraki.)
- Here's a video showing the dangers of being a book lover.
- Sometimes many of us need to be reminded: a three-star review is not a bad review.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A 2,000-year-old collar-wearing bobcat has archaeologists in Illinois a bit puzzled.
- Bronze Age gold spirals have been unearthed in Denmark-- and they certainly cleaned up nicely!
- A refrigerator prototype designed by Leonardo da Vinci is on display in Milan, Italy.
- Russia is seeking to identify and bury the remains of the last of the children of Tsar Nicholas II.
- A rare Bentley ordered by 007 author Ian Fleming is set to be sold, and you won't believe the price!
- A pre-Roman town has been found during a Bournemouth University dig.
- After stealing artifacts twenty years ago, a thief has learned his lesson.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- 22 tired dogs that are definitely not letting you sleep in your bed tonight.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Ultimate holiday reads by destination.
- Own the Evanston home of circus magnate Charles Ringling.
- Or not so happy, if this airline seating arrangement ever comes to pass!
- 15 places you won't believe are in Scotland. (Gee, anyone following these link round-ups for awhile would think that I like Scotland....)
- Breathtaking walks around the world.
- This Sicilian town is giving away free houses. I'm tempted!
- Books on buildings-- take a look at these murals from around the world.
- Here's a little something to get you started planning a visit to America's best fall foliage destinations.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The 20 best book covers of 2015 (so far).
- 10 books to read based on your favorite songs of summer.
- 10 things you may not know about Pride and Prejudice.
- Book lovers on Instagram vs. Reality.
- 11 charts that accurately sum up being a book nerd.
- 100 legal websites to download literature.
That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!