Today’s selections are books I read while I was a Cybils’ first round reader for middle school readers last fall. I am happy to mention these books as good reading for this age group.

Beverly Right Here by Kate DiCamillo is for older junior high to early high school readers. It deals with runawaysdrugs, and other mature themes. After Beverly’s dog dies, that is the last straw in her troubled family relationship, so she buries the dog and runs away. She is a strong, self-sufficient young woman with whom the reader immediately bonds.

The secondary characters in this novel are strong as well: Elmer, Beverly’s love interest; and Iola, the eccentric elderly lady she meets at the VFW turkey raffle (Iola rigs the raffle, a hilarious plot gimmick). Oftentimes laugh-out-loud funny, the story is also heartbreaking in places. The author’s portrayal of teen angst is spot-on as is…

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A shout out to women over forty!

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This is a copy/paste of a post by Amanda Ricks.     Basically, this is a reblog of a reblog of a post from women over forty.

I thought you might enjoy reading it, too.

 A shout out to women over forty!

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It’s not a secret that I’m over forty, (and possibly, maybe, over fifty). So, when I saw this cute and funny post from Women Over Forty, I felt an immediate love for Andy Rooney.

Therefore, I accepted Women Over Forty’s invitation to reblog it.

Women Over 40…….
In case you missed it on 60 Minutes, this is what Andy Rooney thinks about women over 40:

“As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, ‘What are you thinking?’ She doesn’t…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Comedian in Residence D.G. Kaye and some new material from Sally.

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Firstly, with the results for some days sleuthing on the Internet some funnies from Debby Gies . 

D.G. Writes is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book review

Thanks to Debby for finding this treasures… please give her a round of applause..

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon USAndAmazon UK    BlogD.G. Writes Goodreads:D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Check out Debby’s new series here on SmorgasbordD.G. Kaye Explores the Realm of Relationships

And time for some new material from Sally…..who has also been out foraging

A dog thinks: ‘Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me and take good care of me … THEY MUST BE GODS!’

A cat thinks: ‘Hey, these people I live…

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Tuesday Teaser, which I first  found on Sarah’s “Brainfluff” is a meme that asks the blogger to copy a few sentences at random from his/her current read in order to tease readers into reading the same book. Read mine and let me know if you think you might read it, then place your own tease (or your blogging address where you have posted yours) in the reply box below.

Today’s Tease is from Erik Larson’s bestseller, The Splendid and the Vile. Larson writes history/non-fiction that read like a novel. Splendid & Vile is about “Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz” (WWII) I am ready to start chapter three which begins:

“America loomed large in Churchill’s thinking about the war and its ultimate outcome. Hitler seemed poised to overwhelm Europe. Germany’s Air Force, the Luftwaffe, was far larger and more powerful than Britain’s Royal Air Force, the RAF, and its…

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BOOKS “E” and “F” of the 2020 ALPHABET SOUP CHALLENGE, Author’s edition


Thank you Dollycas for such a great challenge. Here are books “E” and “F”ALPHABET-SOUP-2020-AUTHOR-EDITION-BE-820.jpg

BOOK “E”– Tony Evans, author of The Last Promise, set this 2002 romance at a Tuscan vineyard complete with Italian villa, resident artist, and asthmatic son. I had read Evan’s The Christmas Box years ago as a Third Tuesday December book club selection. When Promise showed up as a donation for my Little Free Library,A98244D5-A015-438B-BB9D-688C2EFD5E36.jpeg I set it aside where it sat on my TBR shelf for over a year.

The author is a great storyteller who makes the reader care about the characters. Eliana, an artist married to a womanizing, rich husband lives in one part of the villa. She meets another resident of the huge villa, Ross, an American turned tour guide at the Uffizi (an art museum) who is harboring a secret. The two fall in love, of course, but the path of…

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Several bloggers participate in First Line Fridays. The goal is to copy the first line (or couple of lines) from your current read and see if anyone has read/would like to read the same book. More than once I have found a Book Buddy to read and discuss a book with me.

Here is my First Line for March 13, 2020 from Erik Larson’s The Splendid and the Vile:

” No one had any doubt that the bombers would come.”

This is my latest library borrow. It has 101 chapters and 585 pages if you count notes, bibliography and index. Do I think I can finish it in two weeks? Who knows? LOL

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