Thursday, December 29, 2022

A Spanner in the Works Weekly Link Round-Up


Christmas was a little too quiet for Denis and me. I was suffering tremendous pain from a pinched nerve in my hip and spent most of the day in bed. As soon as I'm done typing this, I'm heading back there. The pain has eased significantly, but I'm going to continue to rest it and not push my luck.

Denis and I have found the critter situation here at Casa Kittling to be quite interesting. Where we were having weekly visits from JR the raccoon, he's missed two or three times, and the only reason why has to be because Wile E. Coyote has been sniffing around the premises. All the feral cats stayed away for well over a week, and even now they show up much less than in days of old. At least the female kestrel is still performing her toilette in the birdbath out front.
John French's The Great American West (Reminds me a bit of Sedona, Arizona.)

I hope you're managing to stay warm and well read during the frigid weather most of the country is experiencing. I hope to be back under full power for the next round-up.

Enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Reclaiming a place in animation history for Bessie Mae Kelley.
  • Artist Raku Inoue forages fallen flora and arranges it into exquisite portraits of animals and insects.
  • Ann Cleeves recovered her laptop containing a half-finished novel after a blizzard in Shetland.
  • How audiobook narrator Robin Miles finds her voices.
  • What a young, aspiring John Singer Sargent learned from the beauty of Florence.
►Best of 2022 Lists◄
►I ♥ Lists◄
     ● Five character-driven mysteries from European authors.
     ● The best historical fiction coming out this winter.
     ● 11 atmospheric mysteries with Southern settings.
     ● These non-fiction books will take you around the world.
     ● The baby names authors chose for their own children.
     ● 20 of the best audiobooks of all time.
     ● Eight authors like Hilary Mantel.
     ● Ten bingeable (and complete) mystery series you can enjoy right now.
     ● Four atmospheric thrillers with unexpected settings.
     ● The new seniors of crime fiction, on page and screen.
     ● 25 of the best non-fiction books of all time.
     ● The 72 best crime drama and thriller shows on Netflix: 2023 edition.

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.

Wishing All of You the Best of All Possible New Years 
With Plenty of Good Books to Read!


  1. I’m sorry you had an uncomfortable Christmas Day Cathy. I hope the rest since has helped.

    1. Yes, the rest did the trick, I'm happy to say. :-)

  2. Thanks for all of these links. The book banning is just ridiculous and harmful to everyone, especially young people and librarians. I have read several "Best of 2022" here and elsewhere, and I figuree if I live another 50 years, I can make a dent in the lists. And that Netflix list; I"ll be drowning in the streams. I couldn't get into the list, but I'll fill out the form that intruded, and then read the list. But, oh, no, there goes my productivity and reading. I was watching a mystery on Netflix which just popped up. I didn't choose it. And I paid bill, but then the bills were paid, but 3 more episodes were still to be seen. And that's just one show! Yikes. Have a lot of fun, better health, no pain and good books and TV shows and movies.

  3. So sorry to hear you've been in such pain, Cathy! I hope you heal up soon; you're being wise to just rest. I will, too, as soon as I get back from that shipwreck and a visit to that mosaic floor....

    1. You will need to rest up after all that exploring!

  4. Pinched nerves are the worst! Hope yours eases up in time to enjoy the new year. Wishing you all the best! :D

    1. Thankfully, it has eased up. I haven't experienced agony like that for a long time.

  5. So many lists this time of year! Fun to see things I have yet to read--gotta keep an eye on the library holds list, sometimes I wait for a book to become a little less popular. Hope you are on the mend, take it easy and Happy New Year!

  6. So sorry you are suffering from a pinched nerve, they are quite painful. Glad to hear you are on the mend. So excited to see all the lists! They should keep me busy for a while. Happy New Year!

  7. Glad to see the added comments that you're feeling better by the time I read this! Hoping the holiday and the entire New Year are better for both of you :)

  8. Yeah the defenders against book bans have got to be the people of the Year. It's just ludicrous what's happened this past year. And I wish for you a speedy & safe recovery.


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