Sunday, April 2, 2017

Poem in Your Pocket Day, Dewey's Readathon, and Powerful True Stories






I've finished two great books this week, and that is enough for me to say it's been a good reading week. Both books have a lot of similarities. Both On Living by Kerry Egan and All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown are nonfiction. Both books are about times in one's life when a person faces an enormous, potentially life-changing situation and about how those situations play out. All These Wonders is stories told at various locations around the world at The Moth on the storytelling stage. On Living has stories related by Egan, a hospice chaplain, that were shared with her in her role of talking with the dying. Both of these books are composed of powerful stories, stories that worked their way into my heart, into my bones, as I read them. Both books are reminders to live, folks, reminders that it is people and experiences we need. I highly recommend them both.

What else is coming up in my book world?


We are starting to work on Poem in Your Pocket Day at school. We will celebrate on April 27th.



Monday night will be the Inprint author reading in Houston, and since this is April, you know what that means. Yes, it will be two poets, Ada Limรณn and Gregory Pardlo.



The Texas Library Association Conference will be coming to San Antonio in late April.



Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon will be at the end of April. Sign up here.



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.

23 comments:

  1. Nice post.

    I can't do 24-hour read-a-thons, but have fun.

    I just finished reading THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT by Karen White....loved it.

    I am about to start CUTAWAY by Christina Kovac.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog

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  2. I have only done one full 24-hour readathon, but I love to jump in and do a little reading with others.

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    1. That is a great way to support the marathon readers.

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  3. I have to break up my reading and couldn't sit down for so long to read! So I haven't done marathons, but I guess it could be fun for those determined to follow through.

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    1. It is very fun. I break up my reading with little games hosted by the readathon.

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    2. I didn't know they had games. Sounds fun.

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    3. Yes, games and this year the readathon is attempting to raise money for an organization that helps children to re books in Africa.

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  4. I would be interested in All These Wonders. I love hearing how people deal with major events in their lives. Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week.

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    1. It's a great read. I hope there are more collections of Moth stories.

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  5. I can't wait for Dewey's Read-a-Thon!

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  6. I've never done the 24 hour reada thon! As much as I love reading I don't think I'm ready for that ha ha. Still it is fun to see everyone's progress.

    Glad you had a good reading week, hopefully this week is a good one as well. :)

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  7. Great week you had! I might join in Dewey's 24 Readathon myself!


    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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  8. Both the non-fiction books at the beginning of your post does seem lovely. I used to read and love those type of stories when I was much younger. Don't know why I've stopped. Thanks for reminding me again!

    We had a 24 hour readathon at one of the previous schools I worked at! It was GREAT fun!

    Hope you will have good week ahead.

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  9. Both books sound interesting. My sixth graders are working on Book Spine Poetry this week to celebrate Poetry month. I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  10. I love the idea of those books...and of read-a-thons, but can't make it for the 24 hours. I tried once, but gave out after just a few hours. Since I actually do a lot of reading anyway, my process works best for me. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  11. I think the On Living sounds interesting, especially since I used to volunteer at a hospice. I'll have to seek that one out. I used to write poetry and will have to look up this poetry project too.

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  12. Both of these nonfiction books seem good to me and life-affirming. I think they could be helpful with advice on overcoming major life challenges. Thx for highlighting these!

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  13. I have never been tempted to do a readathon. I like reading but the combination of all day reading and all day blogging wouldn't be fun for me. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2017/comments_04/what_are_you_reading_0403.html

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  14. I really want to read "All These Wonders." The Moth is one of my favorite podcasts!

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  15. Great post :) I've never done such a long read-a-thon, not sure I could!

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  16. I am definitely going to do Dewey's. Your post this time was great, but then it always is! TY for Poem in Your Pocket info.

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  17. I've never joined a 24-hour readathon. I don't think I could actually do it LOL. I love going out too much to be stuck at home reading for so long.

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