Seize the Tuesday [2] – Thank goodness for Skype

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Seize the Tuesday is a book blogger meme created by Adi Alsaid and the Let’s Get Lost Buddies Street Team, to share stories about how we’ve seized the Tuesday, with a special focus on the particular book we’re reading. We’ll share our posts online with the hashtag: #LetsAllGetLost. The idea is to share little ways in which you may have embraced Bree’s motto of seizing the Tuesday. To relate it to books, you can talk about what book you’re reading, and how you stole some moments from the day to enjoy reading. It doesn’t have to be about reading, but we all know that a well-read day is a day seized. The idea is not just to help spread the word on LGL, but also to remind people to live fully, even/especially if that means spending a part of your reading.

Today I got to Skype with one of my favorite people. We have pretty much the same personality, recommend books to each other all the time (more on this soon), and just happen to live on different continents. Her name is Jo, and she blogs over at Drifting Pages. I met her when I lived in Scotland during late 2012-late 2013 while I was pursuing my Master’s degree. She’s one of the people that I always enjoy talking to and make time during my week to do so.

Jo and I have the wonderful ability to make each other laugh even when we don’t want to. We always have hilarious conversations and end up talking a lot longer than we intended to do so. It had been a little longer between Skype conversations than usual this time, but it never feels like it for us. I think our trick is that we don’t talk every day. We don’t need to. We hate the boring “Hey. How are you? I’m good. Good.” conversations. Do you know what I mean? When you message someone every day and nothing has changed, you’re still the same, there’s no news, you’re still good. Those conversations can be boring, and our conversations are never like that. Plus, we live on different continents, so we couldn’t really talk every day anyway with our schedules.

Another reason I appreciate Jo is that we both love books. LOVE books. And being passionate-about-the-things-we-love people, we really enjoy telling each other about books we’ve read and loved. Jo recommended The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (my current read) to me with a passion that I had felt when I recommended Matt Haig’s The Humans to her, which she read. One of the best things about our friendship is that even if the other person doesn’t feel the same passion about something as the recommender, it isn’t an issue. We just appreciate that the other person will listen to us fangirl and will try the thing we enjoyed.

So basically this whole post is about how much I appreciate having Jo in my life and being able to talk to her even though we are an ocean apart. I believe in showing people how much I love them, and I hope this shows Jo.

Miss you, Jo.

Children’s Book Review: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

I’ve recently become kind of obsessed (okay, super obsessed) with Oliver Jeffers’ books. I love them. They are adorable and genius and simple and wonderful. Did I mention that I love his books? Haha. I’ve already reviewed The Day the Crayons Quit and The Incredible Book-Eating Boy and The Way Back Home. Anyway, I’ve pretty much read all of his books that are currently in my library’s system, so this week, I’m going to do six mini reviews of his books. You ready?

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is in the same series as The Way Back Home which I already talked about (in case you were wondering, I loved it). One day, a penguin shows up at a boy’s door and he assumes it is lost. So he figures out where the penguin came from through research and sets out to return it home. The trip to the South Pole is long and to pass the time, he tells the penguin stories. When they reach their destination, he realizes that the penguin wasn’t lost.

Much like Jeffers’ other books, this is a sweet story of friendship. Instead of being about the words on the page, this book is much more about what isn’t said. The words are sparse but obviously chosen with care to invoke feelings of love, loyalty, kindness, and friendship. Jeffers’ is obviously quite talented: you can tell this by the fact that it is possible to see how the penguin is feeling with just his simple illustrations.

Loneliness is something that is really difficult to talk to a child about. I think this book would be a really wonderful way to start that conversation should it ever come up. It is also a beautiful story of friendship and finding it in places you might not expect.

Come back tomorrow when I’ll be reviewing Up and Down.