Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775.
In honor of her birthday, here are some links to interesting articles:
What’s your book nerd score? Take the test at Barnes & Noble to find out!
What’s Your Book Nerd Score? – Barnes And Noble
For what it’s worth, I got a 46. I guess I’m a true book nerd.
Musing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Who, in your life, are you best able to share your love of reading with?
Answer: I used to share my love of reading with my mother, but she passed away last year. We shared a deep loving of reading and would read the same books at times (not always!) and discuss them thoroughly.
I also used to talk about books with my mother-in-law, but she really can’t read books anymore. My husband doesn’t read the same books I do, nor is he as obsessed with reading.
That is one of the reasons I started a book blog: to share my love of books. However, I really want to be able to discuss books face-to-face, too! I now intend to join at least one book club in my area. I can’t wait!
Today is Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.)!
Why was April 12th chosen for this honor? It is because Beverly Cleary, possibly the most beloved writer in America, was born on April 12, 1916.
Beverly Cleary turns 99 years old today!
Cleary first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. She was inspired by some schools celebrating reading during the month of April. Since she wrote about it in that book, it has become a nationwide movement to celebrate it on her birthday.
Here she is in 2006 when she was a mere 90 years old!
Now we can have an excuse to not clean the house, not go to the mall, and not watch television.
We can read!
You can read more about it here.
Right now I’m reading so many books! I have books in every room and I’ll pick one up, read it for awhile, then put it down and read another. Here is my current list:
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter. Because I love cats and libraries.
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan. I love dogs, too.
An Innocent, A Broad by Ann Leary. An American gives birth to her son in England.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. A classic coming-of-age novel.
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller. Growing up in a dysfunctional family (is there any other kind?)
It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey.
Right now I don’t know if I’m going to be laid off from my day job. I’m severely stressed from worrying. I won’t find out until early March if my job is going to be part-time or if I will get a severance package. I come home crying from the stress. Reading helps me to relax and get away from my troubles. I’d love to read every book in the world!
Salinger started publishing inThe New Yorker at an early stage of his year. They eventually published 7 short stories. Catcher in the Rye, published in 1951, brought him fame and the kind of attention he grew to hate, although it made Holden Caulfield into an iconic literary creation (Holden had actually appeared earlier in a short story). While not as mysterious at Thomas Pynchon (who is he?!) Salinger retreated to the countryside of New Hampshire to try to lead a simple life.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Salinger.