Suggestion Saturday: November 29, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

When My Mom Was an Astronaut. This should be fleshed out into an entire book. I was haunted by the author’s wish to know something, anything about her biological mother.

House of Strays. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what this is about. It’s still beautiful.

This Is What the Skeletons of Famous Cartoon Characters Would Look Like via ShykiaBell. When I was a kid I used to wonder about Sheldon, a cartoon chick that decided he never wanted to hatch. One time he put a big crack in his shell while hanging up a picture on the inside of it. That scene irritated me because it broke so many rules about how baby birds actually develop.  It looks like I’m not the only one who takes cartoon animal physiology seriously. Ha!

Honoring Those You Love: Blessings of the Thanksgiving Season via cjnapoet.  I almost didn’t click on this link because I’m usually not into holiday-themed poems. This was a good one though.

From Zygodactylous via This_Is_Talon:

Mythology claims

one can rise from the ashes

of a fiery re-birth

From Better Girls From Broken Parts:

Jasmine stood with her arms clasped behind her back, leaning forward a little, weight on the balls of her feet. She wanted to look like a cat ready to spring. Don’t think I forgot what happened in the pine grove, she thought, loud and clear inside her own head. Don’t think I forgot even a bit.

A friend recently recommended The Bad Beginning to me. I’d heard of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events books before, but had never bothered to pick them up.

Now I wish I had given them a try much sooner. The gist of the first book in the series is this: three young siblings are orphaned and then sent to live with a dastardly relative. The narration is what makes this story so much fun. It’s told from a third-person perspective that already has a lot of knowledge about how young adult novels are supposed to go. If you can think of a trope from this genre, it’s almost certainly mentioned here.

Of course, a lot of those rules about what is (and isn’t) supposed to happen to plucky orphans are broken by the characters for reasons that I’ll leave up to my audience to uncover.

It was a delight, though, and I’m eagerly waiting for the library to deliver the sequel to me.

What have you been reading?

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