I'm finishing this link round-up a bit earlier than usual. I have a lot of things going on, and I'm trying to be organized. (Will wonders never cease?) Spring cleaning, pruning back shrubs that have gone wild in all the rain we've gotten, blocking completed knitting projects, trips to events at The Poisoned Pen. Then there are the lovely doctor's appointments Denis and I have to keep. At least Denis doesn't have to have a mammogram. Speaking of mammograms, I never understood some of my friends who didn't like to have them done because they were painful. I'm ashamed to say that I thought I had a bunch of wusses for friends. Now I know better, due to a technician who really liked to tighten those plates down. I came this close to telling her that I wasn't going to make a quick getaway so she could let up the pressure!
|L to R: Linda Castillo and Brunonia Barry|
I'd like to thank Jeff, web content manager of The Poisoned Pen, for the photo I'm using this week. It shows two favorite authors of mine, Linda Castillo and Brunonia Barry, chatting in the shipping room of the bookstore. Am I the only one who wants to be a fly on the wall when I see two authors chatting? It's terrible!
To take my mind off my unseemly curiosity, I'm going out to the link corral. Head 'em up! Mooooooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Margaret Atwood on what it's like to watch her own dystopia come true.
- A possible clue in Jane Austen's glasses-- did arsenic kill her?
- Kids' subscription book services take off.
- A short story that was smuggled out of North Korea.
- The cloistered books of Peru.
- Spreading empathy through children's lit.
- The FBI has shared some statistics: which zodiac signs are most dangerous?
- World Book Day: without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone.
- A literature report shows that British readers are stuck in a very white past.
- Male crime writers who were eclipsed by the golden age of female authors are being brought back into print.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- An ancient route that connected to the Roman "Emperor's Road" has been unearthed in Israel.
- Sixty-six statues of the Pharaonic goddess Sekhmet have been discovered in Luxor.
- A Biblical king's palace has been uncovered beneath a shrine that was destroyed by ISIS.
- Unusual 100,000-year-old human skulls have been found in China.
- An ancient Roman coffin which had been used as a flowerpot for centuries has been restored.
- A construction crew in Philadelphia has found coffins dating to Colonial times.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- A whale takes kayakers for an unforgettable ride.
- One of these days while Denis and I are in Cochise County, I hope to see this gorgeous jaguar. I don't think this beautiful fellow is too worried about border walls.
- There have been never-before-seen gatherings of hundreds of humpback whales.
- I think I'll give this 134-foot-deep sinkhole in Florida a miss. It's the favorite hangout of dozens of alligators.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Fifty of the most famous historic houses in America.
- Twelve of the biggest bookshops in the world for when you want to lose yourself in literature.
- Eighteen Airbnbs for anyone who just loves books.
- People hadn't set foot in this ancient "lost city" in the Honduran jungle for 500 years-- until now.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Ten great novels of the rural.
- Five reasons why your kids should meet one of their favorite authors.
- Top ten books about adopted children.
- Groundbreaking women in crime fiction.
- Seven weird, wonderful words you should use more often.
- Fifteen things all book lovers can't stop fighting about.
- Ten famous writers on loving Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
That's all for this week! 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!