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A Book Fairy

As a family, we are in love with books.  There are books everywhere, even though I stopped buying books for myself when I received an iPad as a present.  I still buy books for the children, as I feel they should learn to read with hardcopy books.  Little Mouse always had a book tugged under her arm from the time she started to walk. Read more

Sir Terry Pratchett, Reading oder and quotes about the Discworld books. Until the ripples die away by Practicingnormal.com

Sir Terry Pratchett: Until the ripples die away

Terry Pratchett sold more than 70 million books during his career.   He was one of my favourite authors and my literary hero. I still see the Discworld characters as some of the best friends I will ever have.   The Watch and DEATH helped me through a really tough time in my life and if you ask me who had a huge influence in my life Terry Pratchett will always be in my top ten.

It was a sad day for me when I heard the news that he died on March, 12, 2015.   In typical Terry Pratchett style he said farewell to the world in a way that true fans can appreciate by announcing his own death on social media with a tweet from DEATH.

 

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Source:  Terry Pratchett/Twitter

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Words that make your heart sing from Practicingnormal.com

Words that make your heart sing

I love words and I love poetry.  There is something about reading or listening to beautiful words that makes my heart sing and fills me with joy.

If you think poetry is still the stuffy words that you had to listen to as background music while gazing out the window in class while daydreaming, you are wrong.

There is so much more to poetry than the stuffy poem where the teacher explains that the poet was sad and that was why he used the colour blue while you were thinking ‘oh please, maybe he just liked the colour blue’.

Listen to this Spoken Word Poem If I should have a daughter from Sarah Kay and tell me you didn’t have to swallow twice to get past the lump in your throat.

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Unforgettable Dr. Seuss Quotes from Practicingnormal  #drseuss #books #quotes #reading

Unforgettable Dr. Seuss Quotes

It is almost time to celebrate the birthday of the famous children’s author, Dr Seuss.  He was a writer, poet and cartoonist, among other things, in America that wrote funny, zany children’s books.   His real name was Theodor Seuss Griesel and was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

What makes this year remarkable is that twenty years after his death, there will be a new Dr Seuss book released in July 2015 called “What Pet Should I Get?”   Read more

Celebrate love with books from Practicingnormal.com #reading #books #bookmarks #bookgivingday

Celebrating love with books

“Every great love starts with a great story…”  – Nicolas Sparks

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with books.  Even better, International Book Giving Day is on Valentine’s Day.  So instead of just celebrating love, celebrate love with books.  Give the love of your life a book that tucked your heart strings or made you cry.

I love reading books with people I love, not only can you discuss the story and linger over the beauty of language, but you can highlight passages that you love.  I read on an Ipad an one of the wonderful features is that you can leave sticky notes in the book.   This is a wonderful way of sharing how a book makes you feel.

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