Wednesday, March 22, 2017

When You Really, Really Want to Know Alice in Wonderland...

I wanted to thoroughly read Alice in Wonderland for our book club read, and so I ended up requesting all of these wonderful AinW books from the library. 

A map of Alice in Wonderland from a book of maps of imaginary lands

An easy reader


A board book

A play and an audiobook.

The Annotated Alice


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

100 One-Night Reads

I'm crazy about short books. I'm not one for an author who goes on and on; I'd much rather read someone who can tell it all in a little.

The best book I've ever found on short reads is 100 One-Night Reads. Every book the authors list is a book that can be read in a single evening. No more excuses like I don't have time to read, folks. Turn off the tv and read a book.

Over the years (the copyright is 2001) I've picked up many books from this book of books. Here are some of the best from this book:

Dubliners               The Great Gatsby               Mrs. Bridge

Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris          Breakfast at Tiffany's 

Animal Farm          As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning          84, Charing Cross Road

The Sun Also Rises          True Grit


I am off now to request some other books from the list from the library. I think I'll try Where Angels Fear to Tread and Snow Country and Pale Horse, Pale Rider.

Do you have any short books that you recommend?







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 here 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 here 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 19, 2017

Spring Break!

What I Did

There's nothing like trying to cram a month's worth of activities into a week. Over spring break, I:

*drove eight hours to Arkansas
*went quartz crystal hunting
*stayed in a cabin
*ate s'mores over a campfire
*drove eight hours home
*had a dental appointment
*went to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
*had a sleepover in my friend's cousin's beach house
*stayed up until midnight, laughing and talking like teenagers
*had another dental appointment
*made a homemade apple pie
*went to my sister's for a wonderful dinner with my extended family
*helped my daughter-in-law with the farmer's market
*wrote on my book
*read three books

My nephew finds quartz crystals on his first dig.

 My granddaughter, Annie, at her (and my!) first Houston Livestock Show.

My friends and I at our beach house sleepover.


What I Finished Reading

 Maybe in Another Life
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
The Old Ways: A Walk on Foot

What Arrived in the Mail

 The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story
The Winged Girl of Knossos (a 1934 Newbery Honor Book, republished)



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! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Balloon Release



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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My Spring TBR

I've whittled down a bit of my TBR this winter, but I hope to plunge in and swim through lots this spring. I'm working on four books, so let's start there, shall we?



I still have eighteen books on my Goodreads To-Read list, so that should be the next place I go to plan my spring reading, I think.

Which of these should I aim to read over the next few months?


Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful WordsThe Eight (The Eight #1)

Appointment in SamarraCarry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)

White Sands...
Carry On, Jeeves...

Appointment in Samarra...
The Eight...
Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary...
Word Catcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words...
Any Human Heart...
Highly Illogical BehaviorJellicoe Road...
Any Human HeartHighly Illogical Behavior...
The House in Paris...
Little Pleasures of Paris...
The Narrow Road to the Deep North...
The House in ParisOrthodoxy...
The MothSee How They Run...
Three Men in a Boat...



National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the ExtraordinaryThe Little Pleasures of Paris






What should I read next?



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 here 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 here 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 12, 2017

A Night with Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders has come to Houston two times already but I passed on him both times. I'd never read Saunders and, frankly, wasn't interested in reading him. I'm not a huge short story reader.

Then I heard he was coming out with his first novel. Intriguing. Plot summary: Willie Lincoln and fellow ghosts in the afterlife. Intriguing. And I had a ticket to his author reading via my season subscription to Inprint. And, rather than an author reading, Saunders had organized a choral reading with actors from the Alley Theater. Intriguing. Furthermore, though I couldn't initially get my hands on a copy of his novel, I was able to find and read his most recent collection of short stories, and I was amazed at the freshness of Saunders' writing. Sold.


The set at the Alley Theater, arranged for a play, was actually eerily appropriate for a reading from Saunders' novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. The story takes place in a mysterious bardo, an afterlife, shortly following the passing of young Willie Lincoln. His father comes for a final visit with Willie at the cemetery where the little body has been temporarily interred in a friend's crypt, and Abe Lincoln, full of grief, acts on an impulse and pulls the child's body from his coffin and takes him in his arms. All around Lincoln, though unseen to him, are the ghosts and spirits of others who have passed away yet linger with the child in the bardo. "A laugh riot, " Saunders jokes.

The story is written like a play, of a sort. The author intersperses paragraphs and phrases he has taken from letters and books about Lincoln and the Civil War and the time. It sound It's brilliant and new and poignant.


After the reading, Saunders was interviewed by a faculty member of the UH Creative Writing Program, Mat Johnson. Saunders, like Johnson, is both a writer and a teacher of writers, and he tossed out tiny quotes and inspirations and thoughts for writers all night. "No worthy problem is ever solved within the plane of its original conception," says Einstein. And from author Donald Barthelme: " A writer is one who, embarking on a task, does not know what to do...." Saunders might be best when talking about the writing process. 

To close out the night, Saunders shared a little poem, Trump L'Oeil. The title is, apparently, a play on trompe l'oeil, which is an artistic device in which something appears to have more depth than it really has.

What else? Well, happily, I was approved for a media pass to BookExpo, so it looks like I'll be headed to New York City in May. Please share suggestions for what to do, what to see, what to eat, where to stay. I'm terribly excited.

Here's what I'm reading next week:


Anne of Green Gables
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
Stand Up and Sing: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice

These are all wonderful books. I wouldn't be surprised if they were all in my Best of 2017.

Where am I, this fine spring break? If all goes well, I'm up in the Ozarks, on my hands and knees, digging through the beautiful red soil for quartz crystals. Weather forecast is for rain and freezing temperatures. Let's hope the weather folks get that wrong.






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! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.