Friday, July 17, 2015

The Hustling, Rustling Weekly Link Round-Up

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◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • 22 tired dogs that are definitely not letting you sleep in your bed tonight.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

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!


  1. It's so good to hear that your friend got good news, Cathy! What a relief. Oh, and I loved Rowling's response to that troll - classic!! Trust a writer for that!

    On another note...thank you for including my study in your links. I really do appreciate it. Thanks for your own participation too.

    1. You're welcome, Margot. I really liked seeing those questions and look forward to the results of your research.

  2. Another great round-up, loved the pictures of Scotland.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it-- and I have to admit that I'm a bit partial to Scotland!

  3. Science Fiction--You believe humanity is capable of amazing things, and you have the imagination to predict where technology could take us. Combining present reality with your creativity, you have foresight and love seeing things as they could be. You’re quite the visionary and you often focus on the big picture, enabling you to find positivity in any situation. However fantastic your ideas may be, you’ve got a strong sense of logic to keep you tethered to the ground.

    Ok, I can see that, I guess. Some of those choices on the quiz were awfully hard to decide between.

    1. They usually are for me, too, Pepper. Mostly because there are a lot of quizzes that give choices that wouldn't be my answer AT ALL so I have to sit and ponder over which one comes closest, or which one is the least of all the evil choices! LOL

  4. This quiz makes no sense at all. My genre came up Science Fiction -- which I intensely dislike and never read these books. I don't think I've ever read Science Fiction, but I avoid it and Fantasy, in general. My sister is the same way.
    We want books based in reality. That's why detective stories are good -- a murder, a scientific investigation, a solution.

    I was started on the Master Detective, Sherlock Holmes, in my teens. He was into scientific investigations, clues, information gathering, etc. I remain a fan of this genre.

  5. Did it again, got Crime and Mystery, but it sure puzzles me why.

    1. Sometimes I think that's the purpose of these quizzes-- to make us wonder what in the world is going on!


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