We're back from our week's holiday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and let me tell you, it takes a lot more than one week to see all there is to see! Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States, having been one since 1607 when things were just getting started over on the East Coast. It's also the state capital at the highest elevation (7200 feet), and if you're not used to it, that elevation can take it out of you.
Denis and I went offroad a couple of times. We critter-watched. We appreciated some Victorian Era architecture, and smiled when we saw snow on the highest mountain peaks. We were defeated by the Memorial Day crush of traffic in Taos, but were thrilled to spend a few hours soaking up some culture on Museum Hill. We watched people white water rafting on the Rio Grande (yes, that Rio Grande). We ate good food, and we relaxed. But one of the biggest smiles came when we were wandering the plaza in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and I spied a bookshop. Tome on the Range-- what a perfect name for a bookshop in a small Western town!
Speaking of the range and the West and all, I'd better head on out to the corral. I think these links I've been saving for y'all are miffed that they didn't get to go to Santa Fe, too. Head 'em up! Moooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The rare archival photos behind one of the best books I read last year, Killers of the Flower Moon.
- The self-published authors being snapped up by Hollywood.
- The dangers of reading in bed.
- Is mass market dying, or just evolving?
- One of the earliest science fiction books was written in the 1600s by a duchess.
- The Double J bookshelf and lamp looks a tiny bit strange.
- What does Amazon Charts mean for the book industry?
- How the owner of the greatest mystery bookstore pulled the genre out of the muck.
- How Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch, and other famous characters got their names.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The mystery of Roanoke endured yet another cruel twist.
- An ancient sacred site at Shrewsbury is the oldest of its kind.
- Saving a one-of-a-kind gravestone-- a piece of an archaeological puzzle at historic Jamestown.
- The 400-year-old mystery of these bullet-shattering glass drops may finally be solved.
- Bones and artifacts from ancient Americans show an advanced prehistoric culture.
- Egypt has moved King Tut's bed and chariot to a new museum.
- An ancient grave in Siberia has revealed a "dancing" skeleton tied up after death in a ritual burial.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Hilarious winners of the first annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
- Young elk are just like young humans when they see puddles.
- A good Samaritan saved a tangled "Squirrel King" from certain misery.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Travel the world's book towns.
- The most popular fictional character in each state.
- A literary long weekend in Charleston, South Carolina.
- Monet's home and garden at Giverny get a fresh look, thanks to a new book.
- Jane Jacobs, the woman who saved old New York.
- A recently discovered document details the death of Pat Garrett, the lawman who killed Billy the Kid.
- The improbable life of Mary Phelps, the inventor of the modern bra.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Ten things Anne of Green Gables taught me.
- The ten best true crime books.
- Eight literary shower curtains to make your bathroom look like a library.
- Create your dream library and we'll guess your favorite classic novel. (From my choices, they told me Great Expectations, but it's not my favorite.)
- Seven reasons you should never feel guilty about what you enjoy reading, no matter what genre it is.
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!