Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3 Scary Things I Saw at BookExpo in Chicago

#1
I almost got my head ripped off when I ventured too near the Magic Tree House.

#2
I barely escaped from an angry Stormtrooper.

#3
Scariest of all, I ran into you-know-who. Oh my!


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Funny, How Time Changes Things

I'm probably more fickle than most, but as time goes on, my reading tastes have changed dramatically....


The Age of Childhood Mysteries: Age 2-9 
If you are my age, you probably read some of these, too. The Bobbsey Twins. Trixie Belden. Phyllis Whitney mysteries for children. My mom was my chief reading advisor at the time and she loved mysteries as a child, so this genre was no surprise.




The Age of Gothic Novels: Age 10-14 
Does anyone read these any more? Do you even know what a gothic novel is? A young-ish woman goes to live in a scary place with a handsome but mysterious man. Dorothy Eden. Victoria Holt. Mary Stewart. Phyllis Whitney gothics for adults. Again, my mom guided most of my reading. She liked gothics, so I liked gothics. 




The Age of Classics: Age 14-17 
My wonderful high school English teachers put me onto classics. With a few exceptions (boo, Heart of Darkness), I got easily hooked after reading Animal Farm, It Can't Happen Here, Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Death of a Salesman, The Bell Jar, Metamorphosis, and Magister Ludi. 




The Age of Poetry: Age 18 
I became obsessed with The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry when I was eighteen. I read it over and over. And over. 




The Age of Science Fiction: Age 19-27
Then I met my husband and discovered science fiction. Please don't think I'm talking about fantasy; this was real science fiction. Nothing contemporary either. Old science fiction writers like Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester, Fritz Leiber, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon. 




The Age of Children's Picture Books: Ages 28-35 
I bet you can guess why my focus changed. Yep, it's all my Jonathan and Benjamin's fault. 

I will never stop reading picture books.

The Age of Literary Fiction and Nonfiction: Ages 35-Now 
This happened serendipitously. I did some work in League City, a town near me, and I stopped one day at the League City Library. I wish I could write the librarian from back then a letter and thank her. She knew how to pick some amazing literary fiction and nonfiction, and it completely upped my game.

That's my movement through the genres. How about you? Have you changed what you read over the years? Or have you pretty much stuck with one genre as the years have passed?


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

So, How Many Books Did I Bring Home from BEA?


So, how many books did I bring home from BEA?

158 books. 

(A pause to allow time to take this in.)

How in the world did I drag all those books home from Chicago to Houston, you ask?

Shipped home 88 pounds of books and crammed the rest into corners of our suitcases.

What are the fiction books from BEA I can't wait to read?


Faithful by Alice Hoffman; El Paso by Winston Groom; The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood; Invincible Summer by Alice Adams; and The Wonder by Emma Donaghue.

What about nonfiction books from BEA?


Pancakes in Paris; Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year; At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell; and Not My Mother's Kitchen

What graphic novels from BEA look promising?


Ghosts; The Best We Could Do; and Gemina

How about children's picture books? 




Let's Play by Herve Tullet; Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon; Good Morning Yoga; and Nanette's Baguette by Mo Willems (all autographed)


What do you think? Did I do well?


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.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Chicago Breakfast





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Sunday, May 15, 2016

88 Pounds of Books


Well, eighty-eight pounds plus one suitcase of books.

That's what I brought home from BEA this week.

It was quite a week. I'll have a full update later, but for now I'll say that the hype is all true: BEA is amazing.

Best of all, BEA was in Chicago, and we got to visit with our wonderful son and daughter-in-law who live there. We ate at the Signature Room one night. Look at this view. 


And then our daughter-in-law's ma (one of the many Chicago words I've learned this week) made us one of the most fantastic meals of my life: lobster tails, steak, shrimp cocktails, potatoes au gratin, and asparagus. Oh my! Lisa's mom is a fabulous cook.

We got home yesterday but the eighty-eight pounds of books haven't yet arrived. Luckily, the postman brought lots of books to tide me over until the BEA books arrive:




I didn't actually finish anything this week. I guess I was too busy hauling books around and painting up the town.



How'd your week go? Did you make it to BEA? Or did you participate in Armchair BEA? I'd love to hear.



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.