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August 2017

Barn owl

Barn owl by oldbilluk (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

This month the theme is #nightread.  Will you be looking at the night sky to see the stars?  The Sky at Night by Patrick Moore will help you identify them.  Skies in remote dark places are the best viewing spots.  A blanket of stars surrounds you and reaches almost to the ground, a truly magical experience.  Perhaps you use a telescope to enable you to see the stars in more detail.  How about looking at: The universe through the eyes of Hubble by Oli Usher and Lars Lindberg Christensen – photographs taken by The Hubble Space Telescope.

Maybe you prefer to read fiction for your #nightread staying up all night to read more of an amazing novel that you are engrossed in: The Trap by Melanie Raabe.  Just one more page or just to the end of this chapter then you will turn out the light and go to sleep. Before you know it’s the early hours of the morning and you have to be up for work soon.

Do you play music while reading your #nightread choice? Maybe some Nightwish, Welcome to my Nightmare by Alice Cooper or Night Prowler by AC/DC

Perhaps you read a bedtime story to your children before you tuck them up in bed.  Are they afraid of the dark like Plop in The owl who was afraid of the dark by Jill Tomlinson or are they scared of the monster that lurks under the bed.  Read Things That Go Bump in the Night: How to Help Children Resolve Their Natural Fears by Paul Warren for advice and don’t let the bed bugs bite.

Do you like to watch a scary film at night, something that’s going to make you check you locked the front door and closed all the windows.

Nocturnal creatures come out to play and hunt at night.  Foxes scavenge in dustbins for leftovers and vampire bats come out of their caves to drink the blood of their unsuspecting victims. Owls silently swoop on their prey while the mice try to scurry out of harm’s way.  Read Creatures of the night by Camilla de la Bédoyère. In your garden hedgehogs snuffle along the ground for food and badgers hide in their labyrinthine underground setts.  Badgerlands : the twilight world of Britain’s most enigmatic animal by Patrick Barkham will tell you more about them.  In your home hamsters run in their wheels in the middle of the night and wake you up and the cat flap rattles as your cat goes out on its nightly prowl.

Then there are other creatures of the night that might appear during the witching hour: demons, and ghosts and witches.  A discovery of witches by Deborah Harkness is an atmospheric #nightread

What will be your favourite #nightread this month?  While you are reading, watching or playing your #nightread, you might like to tweet about it using the tags #nightread and #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you.

There will be a Twitter discussion on Tuesday 29 August starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

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