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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Inky's Fri-yay April 3

Well I hope you’ve got something to Fri-YAY about! Welcome to the first Fri-yay of April! I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad to see the end of a month as I was with March. It. Went. On. For. Ever. But hey, it’s April now, school holidays (yeah not that there’s much difference anymore) and soon there will be chocolate. Normally,I don’t even eat chocolate, but this year I’m eating chocolate. It’s that kind of year isn’t it? Where people who don’t think they need chocolate really do need chocolate? In fact, let me just interrupt this transmission to just got and get some *ahem* chocolate….

There has been a lot happening around here this week! Call me crazy, but anyone would think there is a whole bunch of bored bookish teens stuck at home and not allowed to go anywhere or something!

We welcome Pippa and her questionable book opinions  – that so far seem pretty well in agreement with the majority of you! If you don’t believe me, check out her review of the 2019 Gold Inky winning book Whisper by Lynette Noni (*hint, I think she liked it*). While muna at Lost and Found blog is bringing some much needed positive vibes (and spiders? maybe we don’t need spiders?) to the site. We also welcome wolfgirl (yes it IS a great name) with the blog Books, Twilight and More Books and swalmsle and The blog of awesomeness (in the running). If you haven’t already, go and say hi and welcome and check out what they are reading. You might find a kindred spirit or two…or three…or four…

As for you regular blinkies and blogdogs (for newbies, that’s what we call the *users* on here), it’s lovely to see that you have also been busy. So March felt like it went for a whole year and zitong read about as many books as some of us do, in fact, read in a whole year. You can find the wrap up of the month of reading here on Zitong’s Month in Review blog with some great highs and lows – what a roller coaster reading month! Also, the Between the Pages Book Club has announced the April book so head over there if you want to join in.

Laura’s reading adventures continue with a review of A Strange Kind of Brave and purplepanda has got some brilliant ideas for changing the world and asks the question, “What would you do if you were the president over the whole world for 1 month?” Head over there and see what you think. Can’t wait to vote for purplepanda!

I also encourage everyone to head over to Confessions of a Readerholic and check out THE INTERVIEW WITH LOVEOZYA SARAH EPSTEIN! Yes! Amazing! There is also a review of her hot-off-the-presses-just-released Deep Water! Our favourite bookworm imosshelf really has their finger on the pulse!

And from siany at Stories from Out of Space we have a poem! Oh you know how I love a poem!

And please, I beg you, go and talk to alisaaa at uhhlisa’s bloggle because I don’t think self isolation is really suiting their personality!

And just on that note – this pandemic situation is strange, surreal and scary. Some things I am doing that is helping me are comfort reads – I feel like I need the security of knowing what will happen in a book because the world is wobbly so I’m re-reading old favourites.  I’m also listening to Jennifer Ehle read Pride and Prejudice on Instagram. She is the actor who played Lizzie in the 1995 BBC production and listening to her read each chapter is lovely.

I’m also watching Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard from Star Trek Next Generation) read a Shakespeare Sonnet a day.  What are some of the things you are doing to feel better and stay entertained?

Some things I am missing – the library! The State Library where Inside a Dog exists, has closed to the public and we are all working from home. I miss the amazing building and the people. I am also missing my local library. How about you? I am downloading e-books and audio books. If you are in Victoria you can get a digital membership to Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries online instantly without having to go there so if you are looking for resources, check them out and then (e)check out a book or two!

Okay so that’s me over and out. Stay safe, stay home, wash your hands and don’t touch your face and be kind to everyone! (Especially the extroverts!)

 

 

 

8 comments

lauraamabel

The day before school shut I borrowed 23 books from the school library, so that review is the first of many to come over quarantine season. Hope you enjoyed your chocolate Inky!

4th Apr, 20
sekhmet

Well done with that!!

4th Apr, 20
sylvs

Good job! I just bought a whole stack of books and have some library one's to get through too!

4th Apr, 20
lauraamabel

What's happening with the Inkys this year?

4th Apr, 20
inky State Library Victoria

When I know, I will let you know!!!

4th Apr, 20
sylvs

In reply to inky

Yay! I'm so excited to keep my little tradition of reading all 20 books on the Inky longlist going :)

4th Apr, 20
alisaaa

indeed, my personality really isn't compatible with the ro-ro

4th Apr, 20
sylvs

Ugh same. Quarantine sucks :(

4th Apr, 20