Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Settings In Books


Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux
(Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa)

A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson
(Japan)


Shooting the Boh by Tracy Johnson
(Borneo)

Andorra by Peter Cameron
(Andorra)


Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
(Canada)
(Mexico)

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
(Vietnam)

Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
(India)


Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
(Nigeria)

Dreamers by Knut Hamsun
(Norway)


Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier 
(Siberia)


And don't forget about
my June Giveaway here at Readerbuzz...

Anna and the French Kiss!


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, June 5, 2011

Sunday Salon: Blissfully Happy

At the request of mi hijo menor,
instead of book reviews,
today my Sunday Salon post will be personal.
(Apparently, some people think I focus too much on books. Hmph!)

(Okay. Big breath. You can do this.)

Today I am blissfully happy. ¿Por qué? you ask.

1. I have no work obligations for the next ten weeks!
2. I have thirteen items checked out of the library and sixteen hold requests!
3. I have a brand new bicycle!
4. My mom is out of the hospital and she is eating better!
5. Tomorrow I will start walking every day!
6. I have free use of Rosetta Stone: Spanish for the entire summer!
7. I am taking a poetry writing class this summer! And a photography class! And a cooking class!
8. My husband is having a wonderful time looking for rocks in Montana!
9. This morning I planted a pumpkin plant mi hijo mayor brought me yesterday!
10. Did I mention that I have no work obligations for the next ten weeks?!

"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

How about you?
What are you doing today that makes you happy?
Are you (sorry...but I have to ask it, hijo) reading any good books?



And don't forget about
my June Giveaway here at Readerbuzz...

Friday, June 3, 2011

Blog Hop and June Giveaway: Anna and the French Kiss!


“Share your favorite post from the last month and
tell us why it’s close to your heart!”

I'm happy with every post I made in May.
May's almost the end of school.
I'm happy to have posted anything
in that crazy time!

How about you? What's your favorite post in May?



June Giveaway!

What if each month
I give away a book?

So, for my second giveaway,
how about...

Anna and the French Kiss!

Rules for the Readerbuzz Monthly Giveaway
are simple:

(1) You must follow me.

(2) You must live in the US.

(I apologize to those who live outside the US,
but mailing costs are now ridiculously expensive.)

(3) You must leave a comment here
that expresses your interest in this giveaway
and includes an e-mail address
 (posted in an elusive way to thwart the wicked).

(4) If you really, really want to win this book,
you are welcome to receive extra entries by:

Following me at Twitter
and leaving a comment +1 

Befriending me at Goodreads
and leaving a comment +1

Befriending me at Facebook
and leaving a comment +1

I will leave this giveaway open until June 30th.
Good luck!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Books That Should Be In A Beach Bag, or Summer, Here I Come, Part II

Summertime is my best time for reading.
If you know me at all,
you know that I will be reading
every day this summer.

This summer I plan to read mostly
nonfiction and
children's books.

Here, then, is what is going in my beach bag.


Children's Books:
Old Yeller
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Tom's Midnight Garden
Playing Beattie Bow
The Arrival
The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley
My Place

(These are the books our online group,
 is reading this summer.
If you like children's books,
 join us.)


Nonfiction Books:
I'm on the panel to choose the best nonfiction book of 2011
and summer is a fantastic time for me to read some of the possibilities.

Here are some nonfiction books of 2011 that I hope to read this summer:
The Magnetic North
Beautiful & Pointless
The Reading Promise
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
The Information
My Korean Deli
Moby-Duck
The Social Animal
Moonwalking with Einstein
Dressmaker of Khair Khana
Planting Dandelions


How about you? 
What is going in your beach bag this summer?




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, May 29, 2011

Summer, Here I Come!

I read a lot. Over a hundred and fifty books a year, on average.

Still, I never have enough time to read all the books I want to read.

Except during summer. And my summer starts next Friday.

I've already requested books from the three libraries I frequent.
 I've ordered books from my favorite booksellers.
I've got little stashes of books from the library conference
here and there, waiting for summer.

I've also signed up for a Teachers as Writers class
 that meets for a few hours a week.
A Technology for Tots mini-conference in mid-June.
 A Spanish Rosetta Stone license for the summer.
Walking with friends every morning.
A new bicycle to get me around town.
Plans in the works for taking a cooking class and a photography class.

Summer---Here I come!


MINIREVIEWS

I'm playing catch-up here.
Here's a tiny bite of the reviews I posted today
 for the last nine books I just finished.
See what you think.

The Memory Palace: A Memoir by Mira Bartok
...by sifting through items from the storage room, her “memory palace”
Bartok tells the story of her mother’s life and her own life.

Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure
Wendy McClure loves Little House on the Prairie. And I mean loves....

Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World by Tina Rosenberg
Wouldn’t it be lovely to discover that something as simple
as peer pressure could actually transform the world...

Joy for Beginners: A Novel by Erica Bauermeister
Joy for Beginners has Summer Read written all over it....

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
I thought this would be an Angst-y Teen book, and it is that, filled with prerequisite (though not, in the book’s defense, of an in-your-face sort) Eating Disorders and Mean Step-Parent Difficulties and Young Troubled Love. But somewhere along the way, Rosoff threw in a Small Nuclear War....

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher
You will be able to anticipate much of this story (not to give too much away, but you know Heidi will be meeting a handsome yet equally troubled Frenchman, right?) but it has a nice freshness combined with
the predictability that we love in our summer reads...

365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik
You have to respect a book that initiates positive changes in the reader....

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron
This is my second book by Thubron and, for the second time,
I have to say that I’m not wild about his writing....

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Ay, faith, I ken Scotland be a braw place, no sae bad as ye would think, in this bonny tale of a man and a halfling boy, who werenae feared of being laid by the heels, hoot-toot, hoot-toot....


Enter to Win DIVERGENT!

Don't forget to enter the Readerbuzz Monthly Giveaway!
I'm giving away Divergent.
Last day to enter the contest is Tuesday, May 31st.