I discovered San Diego children‘s author Kathleen Krull last year at the virtual lecture. Such an enthusiastic writer whose research uncovered ordinary people with extraordinary ideas kids could relate to:giants in science & women who break the rules.Sadly Krull passed away this year, but her engaging books live on. This one lauds amazing Frances Perkins, staunch advocate for workers‘ rights.
What better way to celebrate Halloween week than with Elvira—and her honest, eye-opening & truly inspiring memoir.I‘ve been a fan for years ever since she skewered the corniest sci-fi films on Movie Macabre with her witty repartee to her outrageous live performances at Knott‘s.This Queen of Halloween aka Cassandra certainly had a rough road of frightful events & heartaches, but she overcame them all being resilient, fearless & true to herself.🙌🏻
Started off my Halloween month with this spooky fun YA graphic novel by Reading Glasses podcast cohost Brea Grant. Loved the funny quips, creepy twists, quirky ghosts and especially the perplexed great x 5 granddaughter trying to live up to her famous ancestor‘s legacy. A perfect homage to author/radical thinker Mary Shelley. Brilliant premise...hope there‘s more to come.
What a moving and nostalgic journey through the amazing career of Anna Marie “Patty” Duke! She shares untold stories about the people who touched her life, the films & TV shows that made her proud and the family and friends who stood by her during her struggles with mental illness. Loved reading about Patty‘s conversations with Helen Keller and her stint as “Queen of the TV Movie.” She certainly made her mark on the world and left us too soon.😢
I almost expected this to be a fantasy tale. But when your vineyard is on a farm in Kenya, next to a game preserve, you really will find hippos(and other animals)eating your grapes! A sweet story about a young boy learning to handle responsibility, a community that comes together when neighbors are in need & a crop in Eastern Africa that still thrives today due to the unique climate & rich soil.
Happy (almost) Thursday! If I have to choose, I‘m going with:
Tagging @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaneyWaneyB @Mrs_B @iread2much @Mitch @TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads @PurpleyPumpkin @Mynameisacolour
and anyone else who wants to play!
We may already know your favorite holiday @Sleepswithbooks , but please play too! 😁🎃😁🎃😁🎃
This inspiring book is billed as a “spiritual” memoir, where the dashing actor extraordinaire Sidney Poitier recounts childhood stories and life lessons that shaped his strong moral compass. He only chose film roles that would make his parents proud and honored the legacy of his family. He broke barriers and struggled for his artistic integrity, and I adore him even more after reading this. I‘ll be rewatching many of these movies this week.🥰
Feeling very grateful today for all my sweet friends and #LitsyLove penpals. Thanks so much for all your birthday wishes, cards, gifts, goodies and love! You made this year my most memorable one yet! Hugs to you all!🤗 P.S. Still answering July mail, but gaining ground!🤪
@PurpleyPumpkin @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz @catiewithac @Mynameisacolour @Mitch @BookNAround @iread2much @aroc @Q84 @CoffeeNBooks @Kappadeemom @Sleepswithbooks
I‘ve learned so much about my Slovenian heritage from this fun memoir/travel guide #setintheBalkans for my #ReadingwithMaja challenge. I can see why author Noah Charney is considered Slovenia‘s biggest cheerleader. I loved his funny & colorful stories about this beautiful country and all of its hidden gems. I even discovered new musicians, traditional foods and Bill Murray trivia! My only gripe: no photos were included.
Check out these stunning bookmarks I just received from @magyklyXdelish for the #summerbookmarkswap 2021! Wow! My books are going to loooooove wearing this elegant new bling! Thanks SO much, Samantha!
(P.S. I‘m still trying to figure out how the finger works. 😆☺️🤔)
Cheers to our amazing bookmark swap host @cwarnier
What a witty MG book about a boy who spins quite a wild tale about his summer vacation! While chasing a stolen treasure map, he winds up traveling the world and beyond, meeting the kookiest characters. It even ends with the coolest twist! Why haven‘t I read more of the 90 books written by this clever Italian author and cartoonist? And to think of all those boring summer essays I turned in when I was a kid! 😁
Anne Tyler wrote this one, her 12th novel, over 30 years ago—and it‘s still a masterpiece in my book! Saint Maybe is a rollercoaster ride where love, guilt, family, self-sacrifice and second chances can turn our lives upside down and all around, yet still allow us to land back on our feet again. The tagline from its vintage movie adaptation sums it up quite well: “Sometimes life leads us to where we least expect it and most need to go.” 😍🙌🏻
Here is my #crimethriller for June for the #ReadingwithMaja challenge. I hope this entertaining novel qualifies since it‘s a thriller with several mysterious crimes plus a sassy septuagenarian librarian, a very astute Persian cat, a curious yet sluggish pug and a plot centered around a well-loved bookmobile called “Words on Wheels.”
(This adorable photo was found on author Nora Page‘s Instagram page #norapageauthor)
This delightful book and its cheerful author—along with the charming film version with Hayley Mills—made me glad inside and out.
What a wonderful reminder to look for the good in every challenging situation!
Thanks to @TheBookHippie and our #ChildrensClassicRead2021 posse for making this such a memorable read!
This sharply written short story collection shook every one of my senses. It‘s funny, gritty & haunting. Some stories were tough to get through, especially those about incarceration, addiction & abuse. But Lucia‘s gripping writing style kept pulling me back in. This manual reads almost like a memoir. But as Lucia‘s son revealed, “Ma wrote true stories, not necessarily autobiographical, but close enough for horseshoes.” 😉
Who would have thought that our beloved Herman Munster aka vintage actor extraordinaire Fred Gwynne wrote and illustrated 9 children‘s books! Fred depicts how children misinterpret everyday phrases with his ingenious play on words and literal meanings. What a hoot! Loved Fred‘s memorable characters and so happy to discover that he was a creative author as well.
Just finished my #DoubleSpin book before a new month of #BookSpinBingo. Loved the diverse Latinx characters, telenovela setting and strong family bonds-especially between Jasmine and her cousins. The on-set intimacy coordinator was hilarious! Good thing author Daria kept sneaking into her mom‘s rom-com collection for a steamy read when she was young. It paid off!
Thanks @PurpleyPumpkin for this birthday gift that I finally read!
Thanks to @TheBookHippie and our #ChildrensClassicRead2021, I finally read Black Beauty for the first time. Not at all what I expected! It‘s powerful & heart wrenching. My respect & love for these beautiful and misunderstood animals have grown even stronger. Now I want to read more about Sewell after learning about these 2 bios on her.🤔
@PurpleyPumpkin @batsy @GingerAntics @curiouserandcurioser @amber_ldsmom @ravenlee @IndoorDame @Butterfinger
Finally read this beautiful book for the #ReadingwithMaja April challenge. Now I know why it‘s a #Bestseller! Thank goodness we have kind-hearted, loving and creative authors like Charlie Mackesy who remind us about life‘s most precious gifts. 🥰👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
What a deliciously satisfying sequel! Revisiting all the edgy & endearing characters from Fried Green Tomatoes made my heart sing.Purchased my signed copy to support Fannie‘s favorite charity:Free2Teach. “I was lucky enough to have had several wonderful teachers in my life who encouraged me even though I am dyslexic to keep trying and keep fighting," says Flagg. "If I hadn't had these teachers, I don't know if I would have ever started to write."
An amusing premise about a meek postal worker and his over-the-top obsession with the beloved author. Loved the trivia tidbits, book references & especially the volleying conversation on the profound impact that women have had on Ernest‘s writing life. Too bad the ending chapters felt rushed, bungled and a bit weird. Still, I must thank @TheAromaofBooks for picking lucky #BookSpin number 13 to coincide with the new Hemingway PBS documentary. 🙌🏻
Feeling so blessed to have the kindest and most generous #LitsyLove pen pals! 🤗💕 Your letters put this big smile on my face even if it‘s hidden behind this coolest mask from @CaliforniaCay !(You Rock Cayla!🙌🏻) Gotta also thank @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for all the extra goodies and ❤️ you send us.😘 Hugs to all! P.S. Still answering Feb and March letters. Thx for your patience.🤪
There are more animals meandering on my #BookSpinBingo list for April. A couple of horses, a fox, a moose, a mole, along with some fish, an octopus and quite a few sea creatures. 😁🤔😉
Anne Fadiman grew up in an almost obsessive literary family and shares the funniest insights in this brilliant essay collection. It even helped me appreciate my own bookish quirks & compulsive proofreading!🤪Anne‘s stunning writing style and stories make this my best read yet. Thanks to @maich & #ReadingwithMaja for challenging me to read a green covered book for March, or this delightful book might have sat on my shelves for another 20 years!
One reviewer said readers either adored, despised, DNF‘d or found this book oddly comforting. I‘m going with the latter! Yes, there were many digressions & nonsensical twists.(No wonder it was first serialized in a kid‘s magazine.)But Diamond‘s mystical encounters with the North Wind were utterly mesmerizing. I couldn‘t wait for more! Plus Diamond captured my heart with his curious & compassionate nature.
I expected more juicy gossip in this vintage 1944 memoir by the famous movie columnist. The title is a nickname from her peers since her writing style was too chatty with reckless disregard for grammar & fact checking.Oy!😬 Too much self-grandeur for me, but still some fun stories about movie icons like Pickford, Gable, Hayworth & more. Plus cool backstory about Parsons‘ longtime newspaper boss William Randolph Hearst!
Finally put together my #BookSpin list for March before this month slips away. I‘ve also added a few with a green cover for my #ReadingwithMaja challenge. Does teal count? 😁🤞🏻☘️
What a cool dad Kipling must have been to concoct these outlandish bedtime stories for his “Best Beloved” daughter Effie! If he didn‘t tell them “just so” or altered one word, she‘d correct him! My favorites: how elephants got their trunks and how the first letter was written. But I had to agree with the once humpless camel. I, too, would rather sit still and “frowst with a book by the fire.”
This is Anne Tyler‘s 15th novel, which she wrote after the passing of her husband of 35 years. She fills almost every chapter with family parties & celebrations of life, but you still feel the hurt and loss as central character Rebecca(also a recent widow)questions her choices and self-worth. Anne certainly knows how to serve up a true slice of life topped with plenty of wisdom. Also loved the 2004 film version with Blythe Danner & Jack Palance.😍
Feeling very grateful today for all my sweet and creative #LitsyLove pen pals. Thank you for all the smiles and love! You made my month! 🤗❤️ P.S. Yep, I‘m still answering Dec and Jan mail. 🤪💌
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @Come-read-with-me @Moonprismpower @Crazeedi @Jee_HookedOnBookz @BayouGirl85 @catiewithac
Hard to believe out of all of my books, this was the only one I could find with a heart on the cover for Feb‘s #readingwithmaja challenge. It‘s a cute and entertaining series by actress/activist Alyssa Milano packed with plenty of girl power and positive lessons on speaking up and finding your voice. It even helped me reminisce (with much embarrassing laughter!) about my own Science Fair projects way back when. Remember those? 🤦🏻♀️
Oh, this Archie/Batman mashup set in the 60s was a gas, man! 😁🤭🤪 Just as campy, zany and “punny” as the Adam West TV series. What fun to see all my favorite villains flee Gotham to wreak havoc on Riverdale! And Bookworm trying to steal a futuristic invention: The Electronic Book? 😂 Nice to learn that the Batman has a love of classic literature—namely Twain, Poe and Austen!
Chalk up my Feb #BookSpin 🙌🏻
My Mom and I are spending the day together and taking time to catch up on writing our Valentine‘s Day cards. Maybe I‘ll get some mailed in time to my #LitsyLove pen pals??? 😆💌🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
Once again, the Queen of Rock and Roll has empowered me! This story of Tina‘s spiritual journey and her life-changing wisdom are just what we need to restore our hope, revive our joy, and wake up our hearts to all possibility. Can‘t say it enough—Tina is simply the best! 🙌🏻
Woweeee! Check out all the goodies I found in a surprise package from @Sleepswithbooks ! Stacy, you are one of the sweetest and most thoughtful pen pals in our #LitsyLove family! Plus you‘re pretty creative and funny, too! And I‘m not just saying that because it‘s “National Compliment Day” today either. 😘 Big hugs of gratitude to you, my friend. I‘m over the moon! 🤗❤️❤️❤️
Look what I just found in my mailbox! Thank you SO much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for all these uplifting treasures: pens, stationery, magnet, yummy candle, sweet treats and the absolutely coolest Snoopy bookmark I‘ve ever seen! 🤩 Plus Virginia‘s writing diary to dive into—okay, I‘m doing flips right now! My dear friend Misty, may all the love and kindness you share with us #LitsyLove pen pals be returned to you in endless abundance. 😘😘😘
Loved this 2nd memoir by Beverly Cleary! It covers her college days studying to become a children‘s librarian, which led to her writing life and publishing her first book. Can you believe this amazing author, who revolutionized the children‘s book industry, will celebrate her 105th birthday in April?❤️Thanks to @webhau1 for a great rec! It‘s my #BookSpinBingo read and also my January nonfiction book for #ReadingWithMaja.
Amusing memoir on the real-life family that launched the vintage 70s TV show. I had no idea the author lived in my city. What fun to learn more trivia about my neighborhood! Braden wanted his kids to be avid readers like him. When he put some classics on a high shelf and warned the kids not to read them, they did! Includes dated stories about hippies, the new morality & nonconformists, but still a fun read.
Finally finished my new #BookSpinBingo list for January. I‘m adding a handful of uplifting books I received for Christmas—like these! That‘s my current mood-Happy! And so ready to say goodbye to 2020. Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for my coolest bookmark and for being our tireless and amazing spin leader! 🤗❤️
Happy Reading and Happy New Year, dearest Litsy friends! 🥳🍾📚
I first discovered Anne Tyler in 1995 when my bookstore recommended this novel. Back then, I envied Delia‘s fearlessness. She just walked away from everything (boring job, ungrateful family) to start a new life. This reread made me appreciate Anne even more as she skewers the complexities of our relationships. They‘ll never be perfect, but they‘ll survive the storms with a little faith, compromise and much love.
Wow! Thank you so much @PurpleyPumpkin for this most creative Christmas gift! I‘m now equipped with all I need for a true outdoor adventure—right in my own living room! Honey cider tea 😋, the coolest Evergreen mug, a scented candle to make me feel like I‘m camping under a beautiful starry night AND a new book to escape into! I so appreciate your thoughtfulness, my dear friend. And I‘m so ready for a getaway from this year as we all are! 🤗❤️🎄
I jumped right in this Anne Tyler novel(her 8th) from 1980 for #BookSpinBingo. Morgan, with a closet full of costumes, reinvents himself whenever the occasion arises to spice up his humdrum life.This NYT quote says it all:
“Miss Tyler, witty, civilized, curious, with her radar ears and quill pen dipped on one page in acid, and on the next in orange liqueur, is asking whether art is adequate in impersonations life insists on.”🙌🏻