Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Headed Back to My Happy World






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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Smug: A Cautionary Tale


I am stubborn. I am arrogant. I am smug.

This makes life difficult for me. People are often trying to share good reads with me. But I am quick to cut them off with a scathing remark. Oh, no thank you, I say, that's not really my kind of read. Not my kind of read. I say it very stubbornly. Arrogantly. Smugly.

Every now and then I let down my shields and try something that, initially, I might condescendingly scorn. 

And I'm shocked to discover some amazing reads. 

Here are ten of those books I almost (smugly) passed up:








Please tell me you are not a book snob like me. 
But, if you are, do you have books that have surprised you out of your smug-ness?
And, if you're not, do you have recommendations for me? (I ask this very humbly.)



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, August 17, 2014

My Book-ish Week: Mood-Boosting Books



What I Read Last Week

I read two books and I'm halfway through with a third from the Mood-Boosting Books list, and, based on that, I heartily recommend this list, if you, like me, are in occasional need of a good mood-boosting book. The first two I finished and the last one I'm halfway through with:

Happy All the Time  Life According to Lubka    Life With the Lid Off

 I also read one more book last week. I'd definitely put it on the Comfort Food Book list.

Tales From the Yoga Studio
           





What Arrived in the Mail
Dinner: The Playbook
This could be life-changing!
How to bring dinner back into our lives....It's a 30-day plan.
Can't wait to read this.

 A Natural Man                       Pickin' Peas  
        Two new folktales from the publishing master of folktales, August House.  Yippee!                     
           



What are you reading today?! Any suggestions for my personal mood-boosting list? 


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, August 12, 2014

♫ ♪ ♫ My Kind of Town! ♫ ♪ ♫







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Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I Want to Read


Here's the truth: (1) These books are on every Must-Read list. (2) I want to read books that many, many people have said are amazing. 

But something about each of these puts me off.

Today I will make my stand. I'm crossing these off my (long) list of books I must read before I die. 

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The whole idea of this book is creepy to me. Yes, I've heard over and over that Nabokov is an amazing writer. But I can't get past the subject of the book. I don't think I ever will.


Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
The title. Ugh. 


Ulysses by James Joyce
I've read a page or two from this one. It took me hours and, when I got the end, I still wasn't very clear about what I'd read. Do I really want to do that to myself?


Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
This one seems dangerously close to my idea of porn. Ick.


The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
If there is one book that was a universally bad experience for those of us who loved to read in high school, it was Heart of Darkness. HofD spoiled Joseph Conrad for me. Forever, I think.


The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
I dare to call myself a reader, and yet I've never read Faulkner. Nothing. And everything he's written is on every Good Book list. But he just doesn't ring my bell.


The Golden Bowl by Henry James
Henry James is another author I've skipped over. Again, no bells ringing with this author.


Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
How long is this book? Is it a book or a life experience? 
Does it ever end? And does it have any plot?


War and Peace. Crime and Punishment. Fathers and Sons.
Or any of those other enormous Russian novels. Shudder.


Beloved by Toni Morrison
I hate to admit this, but I've never read Beloved. Or any other Toni Morrison. And I don't think I ever will. Why TM isn't working for me I do not understand. Everything about her says she should be a perfect author for me. And yet, no.


Have I acted in haste? Should I reconsider any of these? Talk me into it!





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, August 10, 2014

Last Week of Summer





What I Read Last Week

My summer reading frenzy is almost over. Next week, school resumes and 
my weekly reading consumption will go back to my normal two-to-three-books-a-week.
Sigh.






Happily, I had one last big bang of a reading week: How Georgia Became O'Keeffe (thank you, Natasha!), War Horse, Riveted, Seven Letters from Paris, Never Mind Miss Fox, and Before Happiness. Reviews are coming soon.

           






What Arrived Last Week


Don't these look promising?! The Upside of Your Dark Side and
The Industrial Revolution for Kids!
           








What I'm Reading Now

I ran across a cool list of books a few months ago. It's a list of Mood-Boosting Books from a social service agency in the UK. This week, I finally had a chance to try one from this list that was new to me. And I agree; this is a mood-boosting book. 
Inspiring, but not in an awful pedantic way. 
Life According to Lubka.


Have you read it? Have you read any other books from the Mood-Boosting list? Do you know anything about that agency? Is it still in existence?

           








What are you reading today?!



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, August 6, 2014

A Pigeon Tale Visits Our School!


I first realize that something magical is going to happen when
I receive this package in the mail.


The author reads the story accompanied with music by the illustrator.

It is a packed library, but the children are mesmerized.

video


The illustrator paints moments from the book.

Lucky children!

The author shares music with a student.

What a great day! Thank you, author Dana Knox Wright and illustrator Harriet Myrick!


P.S. A little serendipity:
The author and illustrator told us that one of their pigeons had, sadly, died.
One of our teachers raises pigeons,
and was able to procure a baby that day for A Pigeon Tale!


For more information about having A Pigeon Tale come to your school or organization,


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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.