Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday: Beautiful & Pointless




'This book is about modern poetry. But a book about modern poetry can't be as confidently "about" its subject as a book about, say, college football or soap operas or dog shows or the pastas of Northern Italy. That's because poetry is poetry---it supposedly comes to us wrapped in mystery, veiled in shadow, cloaked in doubt, swaddled in...well, you get the idea. Consequently, the potential audience for a book about poetry nowadays consists of two mutually uncomprehending factions: the poets, for whom poetry is a matter of casual, day-to-day conversation; and the rest of the world, for whom it's a subject of at best mild and confused interest.'
from Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr


Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by A Few More Pages.
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read,
making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.


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

Anna and the French Kiss!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top Ten "Awww" Moments In Books

Top Ten "Awww" Moments in Books


Awww:  Those odd twists that propel a story in a direction the reader did not anticipate.
Shhh!  Don't give away the Awww....


Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis


The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Wife by Bharati Mukherjee


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry


We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver


The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid




Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


Old Yeller by John Gipson


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne


A Prayer for Owen Meany



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



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.

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!