Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ten Books With Characters I'd Want as Family Members


"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy one is unhappy in its own way."

Here are some happy families
I met in books along the way:

Little Women


The Penderwicks


Swallows and Amazons


Half Magic


The Saturdays


Wrinkle in Time


Little House on the Prairie


Cheaper by the Dozen


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


All-of-a-Kind Family


101 Dalmatians


My Family and Other Animals


Finn Family Moomintroll

Dick and Jane: Fun With Our Family


The Story of the Von Trapp Family Singers


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here 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 13, 2011

New York, New York!

Manhattan Bridge by Scott Hudson

I'm going to New York City in July.

(Wait a minute.  You can't say that without
an exclamation point. Let's try again.)

I'm going to New York City in July!

(Much better.)

When I went to France last summer,
half the fun was anticipation.
Half the anticipation was
reading French books,
watching French movies, and
listening to French music.

My morning Google alerts this morning
Rob Silverman had fantastic suggestions,
including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,
Catcher in the Rye, and Bonfire of the Vanities.

I want to start reading New York books,
watching New York movies, and
listening to New York music.

So, my question to you,
what do you suggest?

Signs of Times Square in HDR
Signs of Times Square in HDR by iamNigelMorris

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

God Isn't Finish(ed)

Top Ten Dynamic Duos

Rivalries this time,
(as opposed to my earlier list of happy duos)
strictly from kiddie lit today....
(and if you haven't read these,
no matter what your age,
go to the library TODAY and read them....)

Sam-I-Am and Green Eggs and Ham
A classic rivalry.

Shark and Train
What do you think?
Shark? Or Train?


Dinosaur and Bedtime
All parents know who we hope will win.

Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy
This is a fake rivalry,
as they do not appear in the same book.
Both are pink and both are fancy.
But who is the pinkest? The fanciest?


Pigeon and the Bus Driver


Toughness and a Miniature Poodle


 The Grinch and Christmas


Tadpole and Caterpillar
A love match for the ages.
Well, for a season.


Miss Nelson and Her Class


Mayhem and Beauty






Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here 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 6, 2011

Revival

Sometimes I despair:

Are there really any readers out there? 

And, if there are, do any of them live here in Texas? 

I can start feeling very gloom-and-doom, very end-times
about the demise of reading in my small world.

Then I receive an invite to a Houston Book Bloggers Brunch.

Yesterday I drove 59 miles one way to meet up with a group of amazing readers,
readers who revive my hope in the Written Word,
who speak about books as brilliantly as they write,
who are actively passing on the Flame of Thought to
their children and their students and their communities and the readers of their blogs.

And I am revived.

Here are the blogs for
some of our Houston area book bloggers.
Stop by and visit them
and add your blog in a comment here if I left you out.

  

Friday, March 4, 2011

Can Literature Be Funny? (Sadly, the Answer is No.)

Welcome to the Literary Blog Hop

Gilion from Rose City Reader asks:
Can literature be funny?
What is your favorite humorous literary book?

Sadly, I did not know the answer to this important question.
I turned to my esteemed colleague, Doktor Büks.

Me: Doktor Büks, I have been asked whether literature can be funny.
What do you think?
Doktor Büks: No! Never! Nein! Ze literachure zhat iz important is zerious.
Pleaze! Iz zhere funny literachure?! Abzurd!

There you have it. Literature is not funny.

So think carefully about this
before deciding to spend your life
reading Literature.
Lots of very big words
in big thick books.
Plus, no laughing.


This blog hop is open to blogs
that primarily feature book reviews
of literary fiction, classic literature,
and general literary discussion.