Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Little Bloggiesta, a New-ish Header, and Twenty Book Reviews






What I Read (and Reviewed) Lately



covertitleauthoravg ratingreview
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
4.25
Matt makes his living by stealing from travelers and he makes an old castle his headquarters. On the night his daughter, Ronia, is born, a lightning bolt...more
A Kid for Two Farthings
3.29
I can still hear these people talk; the characters are that real. It’s a street in London, but it could be a street in NYC in the middle of the last c...more
The Wonderful Farm
3.84
The farm is a wonderful farm. It’s a regular farm except that the animals can talk and mysterious things happen. Each chapter is another wonderful adv ...more
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
4.01
You know what this is. Another leadership book. Change your mindset. To this one.
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters
4.29
Oh my. Gotta read this one, no matter what your age. A nice story for each letter of the alphabet.
Superstars of History
4.39
All about the most famous people that have ever lived. Told in first person. In comic book style.
9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes
4.07
Patricia Morrisroe is me. And you. And you, too. All of us American Baby Boomers.

And 9 Narrow is a memoir of her life. You will read it and nod your
...more

If You Find This
3.89
Nicholas is one of those kids that isn’t fitting in and he knows it. His dad is off in another part of the state working and his mom is trying to make...more
The Grasshopper & the Ants
4.69
You know it’s going to be good the minute you see Jerry Pinkney’s name on the cover. And, of course, it’s even better than you might have hoped. Not j ...more
I Love You, Blankie
4.75
Sometimes you wonder if it’s all been said. Then you run across a little story like I Love You, Blankie and you know, happily, there are lots of fabul ...more
One Witch at a Time
4.25
There’s trouble in Brixen, and Rudi knows he better get a handle on it. A stranger has come to town, offering to trade magic beans. Pretty soon, Rudi ...more
My Secret Guide to Paris
4.06
Nora desperately wants to visit Paris. Her grandmother has shared story after story with her of the delights of the city, and now Nora hopes to finall ...more
Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing
4.18
Goldberg was my first introduction into the simplicity of writing every day. Now she is my first intro into painting every day.

She takes away our fea
 ...more
Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are
4.32
Art should be like breakfast: something you do every day. And if there is anyone who can guide you into seeing art opportunities in your everyday life ...more
The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That
3.78
Isn’t this fun? Yes, it’s a real scratch and sniff book. And, no, you probably won’t become a wine expert, but you will know lots more about this myst ...more
Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life
4.25
In January I received Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life from the publisher.

And I started drawing.


Drawi
 ...more

Redwall (Redwall, #1)
4.07
It’s the rare book that my sons have recommended to me...the rare book whose author I have actually met and heard speak and adored...the rare book tha ...more

The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life
3.44
First, let’s make a few things clear: Andy Miller does not read dangerously. He does not save his life by reading. And he only reads fifty great books ...more
Hausfrau
3.81
It’s an uncomfortable feeling to read a good book with a main character you don’t like. Hausfrau is one such good book. The first sentence sets the mo ...more
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
4.07
How embarrassed I feel to admit that I haven’t read this book before now? Very embarrassed. It’s been recommended to me a million times. But the truth ...more 


           



Whew! It feels so good to get all of these book reviews posted here.

I didn't do much with Bloggiesta, but I did a couple of things I wanted. I worked on my blog header. (Do you like the slight changes?) And I updated my perpetual challenges. I hope to get in on a Twitter party if I can get the time right. (3 pm today Eastern time would be 4 pm today Central time, right?)

I want to take a look at A Day in the Life of a Blogger when I get a chance. Very fun, Trish.


How about you? How did Bloggiesta go for you? Are you caught up?





What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.  It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chicago from the Hotel Window















Summer 2014



For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads.

Books from My Childhood I'd Love to Revisit


A Wrinkle in Time


Half Magic by Edward Eager


Chancy and the Grand Rascal by Sid Fleischman


Henry Huggins


Homer Price



Trixie Belden Mysteries


Fun with Dick and Jane


Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars


Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine



Phyllis Whitney Mysteries


A Book of Ghost Stories from Scholastic Book Club 
(It's not this one. Wish I could remember the title. Those stories were SCARY!)


Best in Children's Books

The Red Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book.
And all the other colors.




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bloggiesta: Time for Some Spring Cleaning Around the Blog


It's time for some spring cleaning around my blog....It's Bloggiesta! 

What is Bloggiesta, you ask? Let's ask the Bloggiesta gurus themselves and see their answer:

           "Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon (sometimes over a weekend, sometimes four days and this time one week!) where we as bloggers gather together to help each other work on all sorts of blogging tasks, stuff that we often put off and avoid. Or stuff that we’re scared of trying. Or stuff that we haven’t had time for. But during Bloggiesta all that stuff suddenly becomes fun! There are others doing the same thing ! So, it becomes a party! Wait, no. It’s a FIESTA!"

There will be Mini-Challenges:

Organizing and Simplifying
Kassiah from Pretty Sassy Cool has a tutorial on Getting Organized with Trello.
Amanda from On a Book Bender challenges us to Simplify Blogging.
Brittany from Book Bumblings shows us how to Create a Blogging Schedule.
Belle from Ms. Bookish shows us how to Create a Treasure Trove of Blogging Ideas.
Andi from Estella’s Revenge has some ideas on how to Organize your Feed Reader.


Book Blogging
Lindsay from Nighttime Reading Center challenges us to Pin Your Author Interviews.
Stacy at The Novel Life shows us Eight Not-to-be Missed Podcasts.
Katie from Doing Dewey has a plan for tracking our Diversity Reading Goals.


Fun Stuff
Joy from Joy’s Book Blog teaches us How to Make Memes.
Jessica from The Bluestocking Society teaches us how to Create a Blog Style Guide.
Sheila from Book Journey teaches us all about Commenting and Following.
Suey from It’s All About Books has a Twitter Chat Tutorial.
Tif from Tif Talks Books challenges us to re-discover some Past Bloggiesta Mini Challenges.


Disqus Challenges
Shannon from River City Reading helps us to Improve our Disqus Experience.
Alysia from My Little Pocketbooks shows us how to Retrieve Lost Comments from Disqus.



There will be a Twitter chat party every day with a different theme:
  • Monday March 23rd at 4:00 p.m. Eastern: PEOPLE: Giving and Getting Comments and Followers
  • Tuesday March 24th 7 p.m. Eastern: E-PRESENCE: Social Media Savvy
  • Wednesday March 25th at 12 p.m. noon Eastern:DISPLAY:  Side Bars and  Page Layout
  • Thursday March 26th at 9 p.m. Eastern: REVIEWS and Other Content Ideas (guest hosted by Jessica from The Bluestocking Society)
  • Friday March 27th at 9 p.m. Eastern: ORGANIZE: No Stress Allowed (guest hosted by Amanda from On a Book Bender)
  • Saturday March 28th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern: Books and Reading (guest hosted by Rachel Noel from Purple Owl Reviews)
  • Sunday March 29th at 3 p.m. Eastern: Feedback and Free for All
And, to get started, here's a nice to-do list you can use to plan your week (thank you, Suey!):

A Bloggiesta Master To Do List!

❏  write two reviews
❏  update link lists and archive lists
❏  update Goodreads reviews
❏  clean up labels/tags
❏  do two mini challenges
❏  change or fix one thing on your sidebar
❏  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc)
❏  change one thing on your layout and/or look
❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants' blogs
❏  participate in at least one Twitter chat

What am I planning to work on? I hope to:

(1) Do one mini-challenge
(2) Tidy up my old posts
(3) Visit other Bloggiesta participants' blogs
(4) Participating in at least one Twitter chat 

So let's go! Let's bloggiesta!


Sulking through Spring Break



"No expectations. No disappointments."

That's what they say. I should have listened and heeded. 

I thought I ordered the books in plenty of time. A month early, I placed an order from an Amazon vendor headquartered in the UK for the seven books I hoped to read during my leisurely spring break. 

Turns out, a month isn't enough time for books to get to the US from the UK. I waited and stewed and got more and more annoyed as the days passed and the books didn't arrive. I finally decided to quit waiting for the books I'd planned to read and make the delay an excuse to make a bookstore run. 

And the books finally did show up. What the British mail system lacks in speed they make up for in presentation. Royal Mail, indeed.


Because I spent so much time sulking, I actually read fewer books during my spring break than I do in a regular work week. But I did finish these excellent reads this week:




What did you read over your break? Did you squander your spring break time? Let's hope not. 






What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.  It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Magic of Storytelling: 658 Children, Mesmerized




For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads.