Fives and sixes and hugs and kisses take me this week from romantic comedies to love poems for #sixdegreesofseparation and #fiveforfriday
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Six Degrees: Romantic Comedies to Love Poems
Here is my six degrees: Romantic Comedy –> Twelfth Night –> Cutting for Stone –> Fire on the Mountain –> Talkin’ About Bessie –> One Last Word –> Love Poems –> Romantic Comedy
Romantic Comedy –> Twelfth Night
The link: Romantic Comedy!!
I am yet to read the book that is starting off this month’s six degrees – Romantic Comedy – but it sounds like one right up my reading alley! As for Twelfth Night, it is my favorite of the Bard’s plays!
This Manga adaptation of the Twelfth Night was a recent delightful read for me!
Twelfth Night –> Cutting for Stone
The link: Twins…
Cutting for Stone –> Fire on the Mountain
The link: Ethiopia
Fire on the Mountain by Jane Kurtz and with illustrations/artwork by E.B. Lewis is a picture book that tells a story familiar to many around the world, this time set in Ethiopia. A story of cleverness, bravery, and of standing up for ourselves as well as for those around us. I loved the Kurtz’s narrative of this story, the Ethiopian setting, and I totally was stunned by E. B. Lewis’s amazing, emotive, realistic artwork.
Fire on the Mountain –> Talkin’ About Bessie
The link: E.B. Lewis
Of course I had to feature Lewis again after reading the previous book with his beautiful illustrations! This time, it is a picture book biography by Nikki Grimes – Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman. Once again, Lewis’s illustrations shine and soar just like Bessie herself! Told uniquely through the voices of many other people (real and imagined), this book is a beautiful tribute to this incredible woman.
Talkin’ About Bessie –> One Last Word
The link: Nikki Grimes
One Last Word –> Love Poems
The link: Nikki
From Grimes to Giovanni, it is Nikki once again. Like with Nikki Grimes, I also love reading Giovanni, and this book Love Poems proved no different with her brilliance shining through every poem within these pages.
Love Poems –> Romantic Comedy
The link: Love
Closing the circle with love!!
Five Book Memes For Friday
The Book: A Long Time Coming
A Long Time Coming: A Lyrical Biography of Race in America from Ona Judge to Barack Obama by Ray Anthony Shepard and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Teen and YA Biographies | 12 – 15 years, and up | Calkins Creek | August 8, 2023)
Description: This YA biography-in-verse of six important Black Americans from different eras, including Ona Judge, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama, chronicles the diverse ways each fought racism and shows how much—and how little—has changed for Black Americans since our country’s founding.
Source: Netgalley.. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the digital review copy of this book
My Current Thoughts: Empowering narrative in stunning verse..Just started reading it but know already that it is a must-read..
(1 & 2) Book Beginnings and First Line Friday
BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY is hosted by Rose City Reader. What book are you happy about reading this week? Please share the opening sentence (or so) on BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY! Add the link to your blog or social media post and visit other blogs to see what others are reading.
Happy Friday and welcome to the FIRST LINE FRIDAY, hosted by Reading is My Superpower! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.
Why there were the unfreed/ in the land of the free?
3 Friday 56
THE FRIDAY 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. To play, open a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% on your e-reader). Find a sentence or two and post them, along with the book title and author. Then link up on Freda’s Voice and visit others in the linky.
And then we saw the lightning/ and that was the guns; / and then we heard the thunder/ and that was the big guns; / and then we heard the rain falling, / and that was drops of blood dropping; /and when we came to get in the crops, / it was the dead that we reaped.
4 Book Blogger Hop
The purpose of THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, and befriend other bloggers. THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
Do you have a routine for getting ready to read?
Not really! For I read whenever I have the chance (standing in line at the checkout counter, waiting in the car while picking up my kids from wherever, and well whenveer and wherever I can in general!!)
5 Another Lyrical Biography (Plus Continuing Connections with E.B. White — from E.B. Lewis!)
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider: The Story of E. B. White by Barbara Herkert with illustrations by Lauren Castillo (Illustrator)
Description: A lyrical biography of E. B. White, beloved author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, written by Barbara Herkert and illustrated by Caldecott honoree Lauren Castillo.
My Quick Thoughts: A delightful poetic peek into the childhood of E.B. White for young readers with stunning illustrations by Lauren Castillo that beautifully complement Barbara Herkert’s lyrical narrative. Don’t miss the backmatter for more on E. B. White.
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear reader, have you read any of the featured books? Your thoughts on them? If not, which one would you pick first? Also, any recommendations for similar books?