Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday May 11th 2021 – #Review D.G. Kaye, #ReadingAloud Jennie Fitzkee, #DogBooks Jacqui Murray

A small selection of posts that I have enjoyed over the last few days that I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.

The first post is by D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies and is her Sunday Book Review.. this week No Happy Endings by Nora McInery

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Sunday Book Review – No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny – #Grief and Loss

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. As I’ve explained before in other reviews for books I’m currently on a tangent with reading during my time of grief. Before and after losing my own husband, I couldn’t concentrate on reading any books as my mind was preoccupied with my husband’s welfare, then ultimately, his passing. But I have found that I can easily read books on grieving, and stories about life after death, in the literal sense, and as a grieving widow. Such books give me a bit of comfort right now in my life, books that equate with what is currently going on inside me, questions swirling around, the need for a kinship with those who’ve walked in the shoes before me in this journey, and a sense of ‘fitting in’ somewhere new. 

Head over to read Debby’s review of the book: No Happy Endings by Nora McInery review by D.G. Kaye

The next post is from Jennie Fitzkee who shares the benefits of reading aloud to children in concert with the written word.

Reading Aloud & Reading – There’s a Big Difference.

My greatest passion is reading aloud to children. I thought it was time to talk about the difference between reading and reading aloud, as I often post about good children’s books. While reading is the goal, the dream- reading aloud is the pathway to that dream. Jim Trelease, author of the million-copy bestseller “The Read-Aloud Handbook” says it best:

“People would stand in line for days and pay hundreds of dollars if there were a pill that could do everything for a child that reading aloud does. It expands their interest in books, vocabulary and comprehension, grammar, and attention span. Simply put, it’s a free “oral vaccine” for literacy.
~Jim Trelease~ 

Head over to read Jennie’s informative post in full: Reading vs. Reading Aloud There’s a big difference

The final post today is from Jacqui Murray who is a dog lover… and in this post she shares some recommended books featuring our canine companions. Sue Vincent – Notes From a Small Dog is a delight and two new ones to me now on the list – Leave No Trace by Sara Driscoll.. and The Keepers by Jeffrey Burton.

3 More Great Dog Stories

Other than Westerns, one of my favorite genres includes dogs–as intelligent human companions, devoted and loyal to human partners who feel the same. Here are three favorites:

  • Notes from a Small Dog–from the dog’s perspective; delightful vignettes from Small Dog’s life
  • Leave No Trace–no better partner for this FBI agent than her working dog, Hawk
  • The Keepers–the amazing Vira gets her handler in more trouble

–a note about my reviews: I only review books I enjoyed, that inspire me to write. That’s why many of my reviews are 4/5 or 5/5 

Head over to read the reviews in full: 3 More great dog reads reviewed by Jacqui Murray


Thank you for dropping in and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.