Friday, January 28, 2022
Jan. 28, 2022

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Check It Out: 500 ways to enjoy a book


Is 500 a magical number? “Check It Out” debuted in May 2011, and a decade later, I am officially in the 500-plus column club. Well, I have no idea if such a club exists, but I’m pretty tickled at this milestone which is why I hope you don’t mind a little personal back-patting. Pat, pat — there, I’m done. 

Themes are my friends in this particular writing endeavor, so I simply cannot pass up a themed column celebrating the number 500. A quick search of my magical number in the library’s catalog produced multiple results, but the trick, of course, is how to highlight a large number with a small list.

Presto! I have an answer. The joy of magic is surprise, so I have conjured up a diverse reading list that includes “500” in each title. Subjects covered are photography, Black history, travel, cooking, knitting, automobile racing and chickens. Abracadabra, dear readers, I hope this 500-plus column enchants and casts a spell among “Check It Out” followers.

Hocus pocus!

“The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits” by Mihaela Noroc.

“Black Firsts: 500 Years of Trailblazing Achievements and Ground-Breaking Events” by Jessie Carney Smith.

“Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips” by National Geographic Society.

“Pontifical Swiss Guard Presents the Vatican Cookbook: 500 Years of Classic Recipes, Papal Tributes, and Exclusive Images of Life and Art at the Vatican” by David Geisser.

“Selbu Mittens: Discover the Rich History of a Norwegian Knitting Tradition with Over 500 Charts and 35 Classic Patterns” by Anne Bardsgard.

“The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500” by James Craig Reinhardt. 

“Wisdom for Hen Keepers: 500 Tips for Keeping Chickens” by Chris Graham.