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World Book Day, blogging and lockdown

Today 4th March 2021 is World Book Day. I was alerted to this fact by two emails. A rather unlikely source of this information was the one from the National Trust. The National Trust website has some literary podcasts about famous British writers.

It was not at all surprising that Penguin Books also mentioned it. There are books available for just £1. If your local bookshop is able to supply books in the lockdown, please try to support it.

Blogging in lockdown has kept me motivated. I know some people have been finding it difficult to write or to be motivated in other ways. (I have to admit that some of my household tasks tend to be neglected in favour of reading and spending time online.)

It seems to me that reading blogs has also become more popular as people have more time indoors. I find blogging challenges help me to stay motivated and also provide communities of supportive bloggers. Cee Neuner, who has Midweek Madness Challenges (CMMC) for which I have been posting entries for on Sue’s words and pictures, has a list of blogging challenges for writing, music and photography.

On this blog I have been using Linda Kruschke’s paint chip poetry prompts. I am learning a lot about poetic forms this year. If you have enjoyed my occasional photos accompanying my poems, do pop across to Sue’s words and pictures to see more.

I am looking forward to the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge, which begins later this month with the theme reveal sign up from March 8-11. My theme reveal will appear on March 11.

Some good books have been published during lockdown. S.L. Russell, whose book The Healing Knife came out in the first lockdown, has written another; I hope to read The Thorn of Truth soon after its publication date of 21 May 2021 . Joan E. Histon’s book, The Senator’s Darkest Days is likely to have a sequel. Tracy Williamson and Marilyn Baker told their story in A Beautiful Tapestry. Ruth Leigh’s debut novel, the diary of Isabella M.Smugge is being followed up with other books about this star of Instagram. Another debut novelist, Joy Margetts is going to be featured here on Sue’s Trifles in two weeks time. Her historical novel, The Healing, is already available from her website and will be in bookshops from 19 March. A new children’s book, My diary, is being launched today by Emily Owen.

Which books published in 2020 and 2021 have you read and enjoyed?

What I read in August 2020 (Part 3)

The Senator’s Darkest Days by Joan E Histon is a historical novel set in the first century CE, as we now are expected to call it. (I prefer AD.) It was published earlier this year by Top Hat Books and is available as a paperback or an e-book.

Book cover The Senator's Darkest DaysIt is an exciting story with lots of action, travel, interesting characters, intrigue, fighting, romance, religion*, family life and a well-researched historical background. I read it from cover to cover the day I started reading it.

This book was sent to me by the author, who is a member of the writing group I attend. My only criticism is that the first few chapters have not been edited to the same high standard as the rest of the book. I am glad that I did not let that deter me from reading to the end.

Although this is the third book in a series, it is self-contained and does not require knowledge of the earlier books (which I have not read). Where incidents from the other books have a bearing on the story, this is explained unobtrusively.

I enjoyed it.

* At the time there were various religions and faiths – many Roman gods, Judaism and Christianity form the background to the story.