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Sunday Salon: January 31, 2021

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz runs The Sunday Salon. 

These reviews will be posted in mid-February after the winners of the CYBILS have been announced.
  • Burn by Patrick Ness
  • Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold

We had actual, hard, and sustained rain in southern California this week. My daughter is unhappy about the rain since she is returning to cold and snow in NY soon, but I am totally pleased; I feel like an 8-year old in my night time rain-walking outfit of rainbow umbrella, turquoise boots, and reflector vest. Hey, at least no car is going to hit me!

The next night it cleared up in time for our post dinner walk and the full moon was gorgeous. It's hard to tell it's the moon in this photo, because it  makes it look like day time (it was actually 8:00pm and pitch dark).

I haven't watched anything all week. We've been hanging out and talking, sitting by the fire, and reading.

Last weekend we had our first zoom with my dad's family and it was wonderful to see everyone. I have 4 cousins on that side of my family and I haven't seen 2 of them for about 15 years since they live further away from their parents and haven't been home when I've gone to Scotland. It was great that we got us all together given our various time zones (US west coast, UK, and the UAE). As exhausting as a day of Zoom is, it's also amazing how it has enabled people to come together during this pandemic.

I have finished all the finalists for the CYBILS and am really interested to see which ones we choose as winners. 
While I got this candle a while ago, I thought it was very clever of Book of the Month to give this as a "free" gift and I love the description of the fragrance. In reality, it smells like vanilla and amber.

This week the American Library Association announced their Youth Media Award winners and I must say that I am shocked. Usually, I've read about 5 or 6 of them and I am not surprised by the books they chose. This year, I have read only 2 and I haven't even heard of many of the winners. I feel like I must have been really out of touch in 2020. Hmmm. Wonder why that is?!

This graphic is a link to my Challenges page.
I finished the Diversity mini challenge for January--a retelling of a folk tale (Red Hood).

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