News Worthy 4/18 – 4/22

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It’s no secret that I find the royal family fascinating and just love the history behind the lineage and monarchy. So, I obviously adored the photo of Queen Elizabeth with her three heirs, and loved reading this New York Times article about the plans for her 90th birthday and why she is such a strong figure for Britain. It made my night when other photos, including the one of the queen with her great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren, came out later that day. I was in London in September when the queen became the longest-reigning monarch, and even snapped a picture of a sign on a cab that read “Congratulations, your Majesty.”

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Thoughts on Beverly Cleary

Inspired by this piece, which commemorates Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday on April 12, I wanted to try and write about what Beverly Cleary and her books meant to me as a kid. I can tell that her works were so ingrained into my childhood because I can’t remember how I was introduced to her books or when I started reading them. All I recall are the constant rereads, which were also common with the works of Judy Blume, Andrew Clements, and Ann M. Martin. 

Somewhere along the line, I read books like Henry Huggins, Socks, and Ellen Tebbits (I have very strong memories of my mother’s old copy on the shelf and Ellen’s encounter with a beet), but my allegiance rested strongly with the Ramona books. Like with Blume’s Fudge books, I read the Ramona stories over and over again.

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All in the Family

I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog how the Weasleys are my all-time favorite fictional family. I want to be one of them. I want to grow up in the organized chaos of the Burrow and eat Molly’s meals and have six older brothers. In a contradictory manner, I’ve also always said I’d marry a Weasley boy, so if my alter ego in the Wizarding World isn’t cool enough to be in this family by birth, I guess she’ll hunt down Charlie Weasley and make an honest man of him.

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