Finally: The Book List For Book Lovers Who Can’t Find Books To Love

WIth 2018 well into its stride now – here’s a great ‘suggested musts reads’ list from Tara S from the 20th century – plus 1 from 2010! 😉

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The List for Book Lovers Who Can't Find Books To Love I don’t know what she’s so happy about. Her laptop is the size of a house but will make a crappy raft in about 5 minutes when they’re both swept out to sea

It’s well known around these parts that the commenters on this blog are very intelligent, discerning types. It would therefore be extremely remiss of me if I were to glean valuable information from them and not pass it off as my own.

Last week I asked which books from the century or so previous to 2010 I absolutely should have read.

I asked this question because back in the 1990s, I borrowed great books. All of the big readers I knew – and I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by them – were sources of the most excellent reading material. Some of it was old, some new, but all in all, I’d a legibly great time of it altogether.

And then…

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Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy and Bailey Get Motivated

Poster pups, Lucy and Bailey take a reluctant photo-call in the fresh air… 😀 Hilarious! 😛

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Lucy and Bailey

“Hey, Lucy. The sun is out.”

“Wa—huh. Oh, it’s you, Boss.”

“Come on let’s go outside.”

“Aw Boss. You know I’m still recovering from that teeth extravaganza.”

“How about you Bailey?”

“How about you Bailey what Pops?”

“Outside. You and me. Toss around the old tennis ball.”

“Mmm. Sounds delightful but I’ll pass.”

“Here. Take this toy. We’ll play fetch.”

“Gee Pops. Ever hear of siesta.”

“Sure, but you know I have a post tomorrow and I thought we could get some photos of a man and his dogs having a great time.”

“Hey, Lucy. You hear Pops. You in?”

“Oh yeah. I have the toy which you tucked under my paw. Now if I could only get up and take it to you, Boss.”

“Okay, you two. I can see we are going to have to spin this story in a different direction.”

“What are you doing, Pops?

“Bringing out the props.”


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The Eye of the North Book Launch

Standing on the shoulders of (giant) parental support – we all owe our achievements to those who made us what we are!
Traditional author SJ O’Hart tells us her personal tale at the launch of her debut children’s novel – The Eye of the North.

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The author, modelling her book, at the launch of The Eye of the North. Photo credit: Jan Stokes The author, modelling her book The Eye of the North, at its recent launch! Photo credit: Jan Stokes

Last Thursday evening, in Eason’s of O’Connell Street in Dublin’s city centre, I had the great joy of welcoming my book into the world in style. With the support of my publisher Stripes Books, and the fantastic organisational skills of Eason’s management and staff, I got to drink wine, make a (terrible) speech and read the first chapter of The Eye of the Northto a motley crew of friends, family and well-wishers.

It was a truly wonderful experience, and I will be grateful to everyone involved for as long as I have full use of my mind (which, hopefully, will be quite some time).

However, because I made rather a mess of the speech I had prepared – including forgetting to thank some very important people – I’ve placed the text…

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Views of the Neighborhood – The Fence

Heartwarming inspiration on the continuing theme of resurrection from the devastation of Harvey down in the Gulf of Texas.

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Some of you may recall on one of my tours there was a fence covered with numerous objects found on the beach. Hurricane Harvey took it and there was not enough left to take a photo.Fence Art - Port Aransas

I did have a photo of the original.

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I am pleased to report that the fence has been rebuilt.


Here is a shot of the one corner. The items on the new fence have for the most part been donated by residents.

Here is a longer view. That orange plastic thing on the right is a utility connection. The cover is gone, and the city ran out, and the plastic is temporary.

A close up of some of the items.

Another shot.

Pails, flip-flops, sand molds, a rake, and other trinkets that seem insignificant make up the inventory.

I love that shark shovel and the frog.

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Here is a photo of a piece of the…

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