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?


A book review for World Book Day

World Book Day is a modern tradition.  It is (today) 6th March in the British Isles.  I had to send my children to school dressed as characters out of books.  It began in 1998, so they may even have been involved the first time it was marked.

I remember designing and making a soft toy whale; my daughter took it to school as Jonah.  It couldn’t possibly have swallowed her!

I am very excited to be able to include a book review in this post.  A whole series of events led to a book, which will not be on sale in the UK until 13th March 2014, dropping through my letter-box.

“The Shepherd’s Song: A Story of Second Chances” is by Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers, @WritingSisters.  It is published by @HodderFaith.

The shepherd in question is King David, who wrote one of the best-loved passages in the Bible, Psalm 23.  The words of the psalm were written in a bygone age, but this is a book with a contemporary message.  Below the title on the front cover are the following two lines:

One piece of paper
Twelve lives changed forever

Although it is a work of fiction, it is based on truth – the truth that the words of the Bible are powerful.  The twelve main characters are as different from each other as possible.  A different part of the psalm is particularly meaningful to each of them.  The stories are well-crafted and drew me in.  More than once I found my eyes filling up as I read.  For me the story of the farmer in the olive grove in Italy was the most moving.

By the time World Book Day arrived, I had been transported to many different countries and been caught up in the lives of the characters in this book.  I hope you will read this book and make your own journey.  It is a book for the head and the heart.

Daily Prompt: Time After Time

by Krista on March 6, 2014

Traditions: we’ve all got ‘em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us RITUAL.