Last week, I mentioned needing to learn how to hold a book, not move my head, and use the zoom function on my camera phone while sitting in the pool. Turns out, I didn't need to learn any contortionist's tricks or buy new gizmos for my phone. Fortune smiled upon me, yes it did!
I grabbed my phone and held it in front of me as though it were my book, and I waited. Mere seconds later, the towhee flew out of the oleanders and lit on the hose for his drink. He didn't just drink; he also sat down and got his tail feathers good and wet, too. Humans aren't the only critters who like to cool off in the pool!
On that note of success, I'm going to mosey out to the link corral and take care of business. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Bibliomaniacs in Battersea, or a rare book fair in London.
- Who killed the Kiev protesters? A lesson in recreating a virtual crime scene.
- How The Staircase invented true crime TV.
- Another Chinese crime novel goes global.
- The detective story as meta-fiction.
- The Sherlock Holmes extended universe: spin-offs, histories, and more.
- How Jurassic Park made history twenty-five years ago, propelling computer-generated animation forward. (One of my favorite movie memories-- I was in line for the very first showing of the film the day it opened, and not many people got there ahead of me!)
- At least 110 Confederate monuments and symbols have been removed since 2015 (and I hope we keep up the good work).
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Conservatism took hold here 1,000 years ago. Until the people fled.
- The princes in the tower were supposedly murdered 500 years ago, but science might prove differently. (Anyone read Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time?)
- Egypt's treasures are to receive a new $1 billion home.
- A wartime fortune has been found stashed under the floor of Winston Churchill's tailor.
- A stash of classic car parts worth millions of dollars has been found in shipping containers.
- Roanoke: secret maps and the search for a lost colony.
- A "hugely significant" collection of paintings by a renowned artist has been discovered hidden away at a country manor in Wales.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- What dogs really think of your puppy voice.
- How does your vision compare to other critters in the animal kingdom? (A timely link, since I have an appointment with my eye doctor in an hour!)
- These Portuguese libraries are infested with bats, and they like it that way.
- Stefanie Dreyfuss made a secret code to review every book she read.
- Elsie Janis, the sweetheart of the American Expeditionary Force.
- John Mackay, the mining millionaire Americans couldn't help but love.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Books you'll never finish reading.
- The thirty best female detectives and amateur sleuths in mystery fiction.
- Thrillers in disguise: ten essential literary novels that master suspense.
- The four rules for a good book club.
- Which famous music icons lived in these Chicago homes?
- Read twenty famous authors' very first published short stories.
- Twenty Latin phrases you should be using.
- The twenty-five best heist movies of all time.
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!