I have only ever played one April Fool's joke on my blog. I had hoped to make it an annual event, but it was extremely time consuming to set up and I never managed to recreate it. It was the day my dog, Riley, took over my blog. The anniversary of his death is coming up in another month, and I found myself giggling at the fun we had that one day in 2010. Despite the name of my blog, this was also very much Riley's blog during his life. He had such personality. If you have time, I hope you will take time to re-visit Riley's exploits on April 1, 2010. Think of this as my flashback Thursday on a Tuesday.
There will be no April Fool's jokes today. At least not from me. I would like to hear from you, however. What are some of your favorite April Fool's jokes? Do you like to pull pranks on people in honor of the day?
As for books, I recently read the first Rachel Morgan book by Kim Harrison called Dead Witch Walking.
All these years people have told me I would love the books, and yet I let the book sit on my shelf and collect dust. Yeah. So now I am kicking myself for not listening to all of you who told me to read it sooner.
Yesterday I began reading Lisa See's Shanghai Girls, another book I should have read a long long time ago. My online book group is reading it this month. I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, the only other book I have read by the author. So far, I am really enjoying Shanghai Girls.
Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood is on my April must read list. My husband has been trying to convince me to read the book for years. It's the next book up on Carrie's "I've Always Meant to Read That Book!" Challenge list. I hope you will consider joining us. If you have read the book already, feel free to join in on the discussion.
What are you reading at the moment? Is it something you would recommend?
Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea hosts
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where
participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a
book they are reading or thinking about reading soon.
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See is a historical novel about two sisters who travel from Shanghai to Los Angeles with their husbands from arranged marriages during the 1930's:
"Our daughter looks like a South China peasant with those red cheeks," my father complains, pointedly ignoring the soup before him. "Can't you do something about them?"
Mama stares at Baba, but what can she say? My face is pretty enough--some might even say lovely--but not as luminescent as the pearl I'm named for. I tend to blush easily. Beyond that, my cheeks capture the sun. When I turned five, my mother began rubbing my face and arms with pearl creams, and mixing ground pearls into my morning jook--rice porridge--hoping the white essence would permeate my skin. It hasn't worked. Now my cheeks burn red--exactly what my father hates. I shrink down in my chair.Would you continue reading?