As you can see, I've changed up the look here at A Patchwork of Books and am really liking it so far! The header may change a bit in the next week or so and the dimensions still need some tweaking, but for now it's looking nice and updated. I have to extend thanks to my good friend, Katie at Katie's Literature Lounge who designed the header and Izzie Grace blog for the background. I've needed an update for a looong time and since I'm getting close to 200 followers, now would be the perfect time to be fresh and modern.
Some bookish announcements for the week...
Abby at Abby (the) Librarian and Kelly of Stacked have announced the newish book meme to hit the Kidlitosphere, with AudioSynched. Each month they'll be alternating hosting a roundup of all the audiobooks us bloggers are listening to, helping to give us ideas of what to listen to next. Great idea, eh? Starting March 1, head over to Stacked and link your post to the roundup! Thanks to Abby (the) Librarian for the link.
A Fuse #8 Production, one of the most informative (and hilarious) kidlit blogs around, recently asked us all to submit our favorite chapter books EVER for her Top 100 Chapter Book poll. The countdown begins today with numbers 100-91. Go check it out and see if your favorite made the list!
Apparently President Obama has lost his mind and proposed the elimination of federal funding to Reading Is Fundamental. Carol Rasco, CEO of RIF blogs about the announcement and encourages us all to contact our congressional representatives to continue this vital program in our country.
The Guardian has an awesome interview with author Rick Riordan (of Percy Jackson fame) about his son's dyslexia and ADHD preventing him from enjoying reading. Well Mr. Percy Jackson's story helped fix that! Thanks to PW Children's Bookshelf for the link.
And my own news...
I survived another big snowstorm! Again, nothing on a good Upstate NY storm, but for the Northern VA area, this 30 inches was huge. We kept our power and water and only lost 2 trees in the backyard. We were blessed with a forced relaxation-filled weekend and even were given snow days from work today. Awesome! Here are some photos of our weekend in the snow:
My bulldog, Zoey, was swimming in it...it measured about twice over her head! The first photo is actually of the street in front of our house, though you can't tell there is even a road out there. And the pretty sunset photo was taken by Aaron once it finally stopped. Pretty eh?