Welcome to Friday Fiction #5
During April I was nominated by Donna, from Retirement Reflections, to join in a fun Facebook challenge. The rules were to post a book cover every day for seven days and then nominate someone else to share their books.
Little did I know what I would uncover and the resultant sibling book war!
As I’m a bit contrary sometimes, I decided to feature my favourite books from my teenage years and after the first few days I gave up nominating someone, opening it up to anyone who felt so inclined 🙂
Accepting this challenge from Donna, my blogging friend in Canada, to post books that I love, one per day, for seven days. No exceptions, no reviews, only covers.
Each day I am to ask a friend to accept the same challenge. In this time of social isolation, and closed libraries, let’s share what we are currently reading or books we have loved from our childhood (that might just be a clue right there).
- Day 1 – Anne of Green Gables series by L M Montgomery
- Day 2 – Pastures of the Blue Crane by H F Brinsmead
- Day 3 – Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
- Day 4 – Trixie Belden series by Julie Campbell Tatham
- Day 5 – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Day 6 – Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
- Day 7 – Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
I had a great time remembering, then finding and photographing my old favourites. The responses from many of my facebook friends was heartening, they also enjoyed remembering and being reminded of long lost books from our past. It was also interesting to see what books others shared.
I also started a sibling book war!
When I posted my Day 4 book, one of my many Trixie Belden favourites, I inadvertently found that it was in fact my sister’s book, given the inscription inside the front cover.
After my sister’s way out of proportion reaction, given how old she is and how long ago it was, I decided to check some of my other old faves and blow me down, I found another few books that were actually hers – OOPS!!! Well that went down well with my sister – NOT – and she even told mum on me 😲
I have since promised to return said books after these isolation restrictions are lifted, but hopefully she’ll forget in the intervening months and my stash of old faves can stay together in my book case where they have been for over 40 years!!
It certainly brightened our lives for a week and we needed it! Life is so different at the moment and we’re all still trying to get our heads around it.
Anything that makes us laugh, even a sibling war between two sisters who are old enough to know better, has to be celebrated in these social distancing/isolating times 🙂
Thanks to Donna for the fun and to everyone else who also joined in.
Non Fiction Updates
Teacher: One woman’s struggle to keep the heart in teaching by Gabbie Stroud
Our bookclub book this month is Gabbie Stroud’s Teacher, and although we aren’t actually meeting together in person like we usually do, we are still making the effort to catch up but it’s now moved online, like much of our lives these days!
In 2014, Gabrielle Stroud was a very dedicated teacher with over a decade of experience. Months later, she resigned in frustration and despair when she realised that the Naplan-test education model was stopping her from doing the very thing she was best at: teaching individual children according to their needs and talents. Her ground-breaking essay ‘Teaching Australia’ in the Feb 2016 Griffith Review outlined her experiences and provoked a huge response from former and current teachers around the world. That essay lifted the lid on a scandal that is yet to properly break – that our education system is unfair to our children and destroying their teachers.
In a powerful memoir inspired by her original essay, Gabrielle tells the full story: how she came to teaching, what makes a great teacher, what our kids need from their teachers, and what it was that finally broke her. A brilliant and heart-breaking memoir that cuts to the heart of a vital matter of national importance. Goodreads
We need to talk about Mum & Dad by Jean Kitson
I have now finished We Need to talk About Mum and Dad: a practical guide to parenting our ageing parents written by Jean Kitson. I enjoyed the information she shared from her own experiences and the way she told it too. It wasn’t depressing or boring, it was told with humour and absolute love for her parents.
Everything you need to know about supporting ageing parents, from author and comedian Jean Kittson.
This warm and witty practical guide is a one-stop shop for information on how to support your ageing loved ones: how to protect their health and wellbeing, keep them safe and secure, and enable them to be self-determining and independent for as long as possible.
So what are you currently reading?
I’m an avid reader and have set myself a goal of 100 books for my 2020 Reading Challenge. You’re very welcome to follow along on my progress or even join me on Goodreads.
I started this Friday Fiction series a while ago, to share what I’ve been reading, what has taken my fancy or what I’d like to read. This is post number 5 so far in my series. I don’t post every Friday, just when I feel I have something to share.
This series was sparked by an item on my list – 12 things to do before turning 60 – which was to write more book reviews and share them on my blog.
I’m loving the clever creative types who are sharing themselves reading or singing online to anyone who wants to join in, much like Joe offering PE classes online everyday, we really are lucky to have technology at our fingertips.
Over to you
Leave me a quick comment with what you’re reading at the moment and how it’s going.
Are you reading more at the moment, or reading a different genre to your usual fare? How has your reading changed since the pandemic hit us and changed our lives? Some people aren’t able to read at all due to lack of concentration, distractions, and feelings of overwhelm.
As well as looking back at my old favourites I’m loving watching Anne with an E on Netflix as a continuation of my need for comfort, much like many others are comfort eating during this time. You too?
Thanks for joining me for Friday Fiction and I look forward to reading with you again soon.
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