First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books, encourages us to copy the first line of a book to see if it immediately “grabs” the reader.

Here is the first few lines of a book I hope to read soon, Bob Goff’s Everybody Always:

Chapter One, “Creepy People”

“My friends and I finished what we were doing at the restaurant and took the windowless van back to the airport.”

While they were in the restaurant, someone broke into the van and stole everything. A few minutes later, when they went to catch their plane, the author “reached into my pockets and turned them inside out. I had nothing…’Man, it all got stolen. My luggage, my wallet, everything.”

What a predicament to be in. I will be looking forward to finding out how Goff got out of it!

Have you ever read this author? He blends practical advice with a…

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Usually I do my personal readathons on a holiday; once Christmas Eve Day and once on Labor Day Weekend.  I missed D.E.A.R.(Drop Everything and Read) day; it fell on Easter. I have decided to get some serious reading done in the middle of on-line teaching, staying at home and feeling slightly anxious about the coming “new normal” by dropping everything and staging a readathon. It will begin at 8:00 CST tomorrow, Saturday, March 18th, and run until sometime Saturday night. I will begin by posting Saturday Morning For Kids, my usual Saturday practice and see where it goes from there. I’m not setting specific goals, just reading, reading, and reading.

Who would like to join me? My Better Half has said he would participate, and I’d love to IMG_0720have my blogging friends along for the day’s journey.

Don’t forget the preparation we must do today: cooking ahead and having plenty of…

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Today’s Tuesday Teaser is from Robert Inman’s Old Dogs and Children, my selection for the “I” of the author’s version of the 2020 Alphabet Soup Challenge.ALPHABET-SOUP-2020-AUTHOR-EDITION-BE-820.jpg

“Suds flew. Bright sat on a stool next to the counter by the sink while Hosannah washed the dinner dishes. It was her second-favorite place in the house, next to the big green overstuffed chair in the music room where she snuggled with her father.”
This story which opens with Bright as a sixty-year-old woman greeting the morning sun from her front porch, flashes back frequently  to her childhood and upbringing in the Deep South from the storytelling author of Deep Fires Burning.

What are you currently reading? List the author, title, and a few lines from where you left off last. Maybe you will “tease” me into adding your book to my TBR list.

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Just like the Saturday mornings during the 50s and 60s when cartoons were the only thing on TV, this post is aimed at kids.

Here are a few more books I read aimed at 5th-8th graders during my 2019 stint as a Cybil’s first round reader:

Jada Sly Artist and Spy by Sherri Winston presents a ten year old frequently involved in adventure and hilarity. The author/illustrator is best known as the first African American cartoonist, but here she aims her talents directly at 10 year olds.

Laurel Snyder’s My Jasper June , recommended by the author of Wonder, deals with a homeless girl, Jasper, living in Atlanta, who makes a friend at school, an unusual event for her. The friend, Leah, and she construct a “hideaway” in an an abandoned house, something that begins as a lark, but puts them in real danger. A secondary plot of Leah’s guilt…

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Two on a Rant

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There are good ways to travel, and bad ways during these trying times.

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My God, we can’t even get a decent roll in the hay any longer without a mask.

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I just through this in to point out that I’m in Florida and we love our Gators.

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Multiply this by 6 dogs and 3 cats, and you have an idea of what my daily commute looks like. 

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And I’ll end this with a great pun.

Now, I’m off to work.

Or possibly just plain “off.”

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