Friday, August 13, 2010

70 New Followers!

If you have a book blog, I visited you last Friday.

I went to the Hop and Follow Friday. I visited blogs that have been around for years and I visited blogs that started last week.I visited bloggers that post many times a day and bloggers that post once a month.  I visited blogs that have 1000+ followers and blogs that (now) have 1.  

And now, because I am a librarian, I must do what librarians do best: Organize Chaos. The chaos that is my Google Reader. I am tagging and moving blogs into folders so that I can now visit some of these new wonderful blogs each day.

 Let me introduce myself. Bonjour! Enchanté! I am Debnance at Readerbuzz. I love to read. I especially love travel memoirs, children's books, books about happiness, creative nonfiction, and literary fiction.

 Is it possible that I missed you? Are there book bloggers I have not visited? If so, follow me and leave a comment and I will hop over and follow you.

I also invite you to:
Befriend me at Goodreads.
Follow me at Twitter.
 Befriend me at Facebook

And, the question of the week from the Hop is:
How many books do you have on your 'to be read shelf’?

My answer: I have 1,764,432,865,973,201 books to be read.*
*just a rough estimate....

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Debnance or Debfrance?

Bonjour! Enchanté!
Did you take a trip this summer?
Did you know that you can upload pictures
into a movie or a photo book? For free?

A photo book from Bookr:
(Turn the pages by clicking on the bottom corner of the page.)

Movie made with Windows Photo Story:
(Click on arrow to start)

I did the Hop this week.

If you missed it, I would love it if you:
Befriend me at Goodreads.
Follow me at Twitter.
 Befriend me at Facebook

Please say leave a comment here.
I will also seek you out.
I will add you to my Reader and/or Follow you.

Books I Read This Week:

Friday, August 6, 2010

Book Blogger Hop: Bonjour!

Book Blogger Hop

I'm back at the Hop for the first time since March.
I'm trying Follow Friday and for the first time.
I will be visiting a lot of book blogs today!

Let me introduce myself for those who have not met me.

Bonjour! Enchanté!  I am debnance at readerbuzz.
I spent seventeen days in France this summer and
I feel like I am a new person.
Je suis nouveau.

So what do I like to read?  I want to read
the best books. I like books that surprise me.
I like books with wonderful vocabularies. I like books
 that make me think.
 I like books that reveal the world to me.
 J'aime les bons livres.

love to read children's books, travel narratives,
literary fiction, spiritual books,
books about happiness, history books, cookbooks,
books about education, and creative nonfiction.
never read genre fiction or
nonfiction that reads like a textbook.
Befriend me at Goodreads.
Follow me at Twitter.
 Befriend me at Facebook

Please say hello here. I will also seek you out. I will add you to my Reader and/or Follow you.

The question of the week: Do you listen to music when you read?
If so, what are your favorite reading tunes?
I have been listening to French music for months. Pandora is my favorite spot.
I have a station there named La Vie en Rose. Join me, if you like.
Oh, and I love to listen to SportsRadio610 in Houston.
Listen from 2-7 pm CST and you might hear my son, Ben Nance.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday Salon: 暴走機関車, in Which I Read My First Book in Japanese

What a fantastic week of reading!  As this will be my last week where I will be free this summer, I was happy to knock a bunch of 1001 CBYMRBYGUs off my list.

I loved them all. The fantastic Shirley Hughes appeared again, this time with Bathwater's Hot, a little book of opposites. Hughes knows little kids. Her books are ideal for the very young.

And then there was Sleep Well, Little Bear. Poetry, pure poetry, and with illustrations that seemed to lull me to sleep.

Dusty Wants to Help, and you know before you even open the book that this is not going to turn out well.

Baby Bear and Grandbear have a fantastic time together, whatever they do, so I adored reading the whole John Prater Baby Bear collection.

Are We There Yet? took me off to Australia, and I loved hearing little side comments about all of Australia's landmarks from a precocious child.

Mister Magnolia...I knew Quentin Blake could draw, but who knew that he can tell a tale, too.

The Sea Monster has pictures that are so realistic that the fantastic elements of the story seem even more fantastic and cool.

The Boy Who Grew Flowers takes the subject of special needs children and turns it on its head; who wouldn't want to be special needs after reading this book? It's a glorious gift!

Little Mole finds someone has pooped on his head and goes off in search of the culprit. I'm eager to share this with my nephew.

And then there is 暴走機関車. Yes, I said 暴走機関車. Here's how it happened that I read my first book in Japanese:  Oddly, this book that I can find all over Great Britain is not available locally...except in Japanese. And I mean totally in Japanese. No English. I could not even resort to typing the text into Google Translator this time. The pictures, fortunately, told the story well. Just wish I could have read the story in English. Or Spanish. Or even French!

For full reviews of all I read this week...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Only 662 Books to Go!

I am a person who likes to have goals.

Last Christmas, I was told of a marvelous book called 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. I was invited to join a bookgroup that is attempting to read all 1001 books.

Naturally, I joined this group. I am, after all, a children's librarian. And how hard could it be to read a few children's books, right?

Harder than one might think, it turns out. The rascally scoundrels...sorry, rather that is, the wise scholars, who devised this list of children's books cleverly broke the books up into five categories of books, by ages, with 0-3, 3+, 5+, 8+, and 12+. The easier books, what we librarians call picture books, comprise less than half the list. And look at some of the books these quacks...oops, sorry again, that is, erudite critics, have classified as children's books: Fahrenheit 451...Gulliver's Travels...The Hound of the Baskervilles...To Kill a Mockingbird...The Arabian Nights....A lot of these are well over 500 pages....

I was thrilled, then, to hit 339 books read from this list. That's a little over 1/3 of the way through.

I can see myself slowing down now that I've read most of the shorter books. Also, these books are from all over the world. I've been finding it very difficult to obtain copies of books published outside the US.

I can see myself soon at a point where I am only finishing a book a week. At that rate...let's see...662 books to go...a book a week...52 weeks in a year...Only twelve years and nine months! That's doable.

I'm quite certain that I still have at least twelve years and nine months before I grow up.