Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Salon: In Which I Travel to Bhutan and the North Pole, with a Stop at a Convenience Store in Brooklyn



 Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli

What's going on when a country bravely tosses the idea of measuring a society's worth in GNP and seizes upon attempting to measure it instead with Gross National Happiness? I've always been curious about Bhutan. Sadly, Napoli reveals in this book that the food in Bhutan is abysmal, but in every other way Napoli finds a small Eden, epitomized by the fact that Bhutan is a country where the king's phone number is actually published in the local phone book.

(Side note:  Just when I was feeling all gooey and lovey-dovey about Bhutan, I went to a family get-together last week and my nephew started telling me the sad story of a new fellow at his job who is a refugee from Bhutan, fleeing Bhutan because of persecution there for his religious beliefs. So you might wait a bit before you start packing....) 



 
The Magnetic North by Sara Wheeler

Wheeler takes her readers places no one has been, places no one really wants to go except via books. This time, she guides us through the frozen north, the lands and waters north of the Arctic Circle. She's an ideal guide, one who seeks out all the coolest (in both senses of the word) spots and who finds all the best of the Arctic stories, and relates her tales with a delightfully literate vocabulary.


 

My Korean Deli by Ben Ryder Howe

There are books I read that make me wish I were as good at reviewing books as I am at reading them. This book is one of these. 

Howe is the WASP-iest of WASPs, with Pilgrim ancestors who came over on the first boats, and an A+ education. He's an editor at the Paris Review which, to the five of us who continue to salute the written word, is up there with the Supreme Ruler of the Western World. He's married to a woman who is a new immigrant, with that killer drive which leaves the rest of us watching her zip by as we watch by the edge of the highway, dazzled and dazed.

The story is really the story of America today told with both humor and sadness, an America sitting proudly on its crumbling throne, an America where new immigrants vigorously race around to throw together businesses that fail nevertheless, where intelligence doesn't work, where energy doesn't work, where nothing works, where everyone is left sad and bewildered. All in a humorous way.

What are you reading today? 


And don't forget!
The July Giveaway here at Readerbuzz is...


And it's international!


What is the Sunday Salon?
Imagine 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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Scene of the Blog


I'm thrilled to be featured this week on Scene of the Blog!
Scene of the Blog is a weekly feature on
Kittling: Books that spotlights
the creative spaces of book bloggers around the world.
Please stop by and take a look
at my beautiful Meditation Room
where I do my blogging!



And don't forget!
The July Giveaway here at Readerbuzz is...


And it's international!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Top Ten Twenty-Seven Authors I'd Love to Meet


Here's a rather long list of authors I'd love to meet,
in no particular order:


Robert Pirsig

Mark Twain

Dr. Seuss

E. B. White

William Carlos Williams

Michael Dirda

Nancy Pearl

William Steig

Herman Hesse

Haruki Murakami

Anne Lamott

Terry Pratchett

Bill Bryson

Ray Bradbury

Billy Collins

Tracy Kidder

Truman Capote

Esme Raji Codell

Madeline L'Engle

Shel Silverstein

Roald Dahl

C. S. Lewis

Chris Van Allsburg

Bill Martin, Jr.

Cynthia Rylant

J. R. R. Tolkien

Mark Salzman

What authors would you love to meet?

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I'm happy to announce that tomorrow
my blog will be featured on Scene of the Blog,
a weekly feature at Kittling: Books!

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And don't forget!
The July Giveaway here at Readerbuzz is...


And it's international!


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.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Literary Blog Hop: In Which I Ponder My Favorite Literary Device

Literary Blog Hop

Welcome to the Literary Blog Hop
hosted by The Blue Bookcase!


This week's prompt:
What is one of your favorite literary devices?
Why do you like it?
Provide a definition and an awesome example.


Shhhhh! Here's a Cheat Sheet for this week's Hop if your memory, like mine, needs refreshing....


My reply to this week's prompt:

Oh dear, oh dear,
how can I possibly choose a favorite literary device?
Similes are like fresh loaves of French bread while
metaphors are Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream.
Alliterations are always awesome.
I will break personification's heart if I don't pick him as my favorite.
And I adore hyperbole more than life itself!!!
Paradox is definitely my favorite literary device,
except that it is also the literary device I most despise....


How about you?
What's your favorite literary device?


And don't forget!
The July Giveaway here at Readerbuzz is...


And it's international!


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

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Top Ten Rebels in Literature



Top Ten Rebels in Literature


Asher Lev


Meg Murray


Holden Caulfield


Owen Meany


Scarlett O'Hara


The Little Prince



Stargirl


Anne of Green Gables


Pippi Longstocking



Huckleberry Finn



Muriel Pritchett



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.


And don't forget!
The July Giveaway here at Readerbuzz is...


And it's international!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Salon: I Have Trouble Reading Children's Books

I'm trying to read all 1001 books.

That sounds like a lot of books.
Until you are told that I'm trying to read 1001 children's books.
That sounds easier.

It isn't.

I've had to do some ridiculous things.

I can't find many of the remaining books
at any of the three library systems I belong to.

I've had to resort to buying these online.

Some of them aren't even available in English!
I've had to read one book in German, for example.
Do you know how long it takes me to read an entire book in German?
I don't even know German!

One book was only available in Japanese!
Can't even use Google translator there!

How about this book from the 1001 list?

The Quinkins.
There is one used copy of The Quinkins out there for sale.
$113.56.


And Marlaguette.
One used copy for $94.87.
And it's in French.


(Okay. Enough ranting about the difficulties of this task.
That's the fun of it: the difficulties of this task.)

Here's the bottom line:
My total number of books read:  432 of 1001!
Only 568 books to go!
I will press on.


Anyone have any good ideas for me?
How can I acquire copies of these 568 books
without exhausting my bank account?
And what about the books that aren't in English?
Any thoughts?




Here's what I finished this week:





What is the Sunday Salon?
Imagine 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.



And don't forget!
The July Giveaway here at Readerbuzz is...


And it's international!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Readerbuzz's July Giveaway: A $25 Amazon Gift Card!! (International!)


I'm happy to announce
Readerbuzz's July Giveaway!
Win an Amazon Gift Card!
(This is open to bloggers anywhere Amazon can ship!)

Rules for the Readerbuzz's July Giveaway are simple:

(1) You must follow me.
(2) 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).

BONUS:
If you really, really want to win this giftcard,
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 July 31st.
Good luck!
Readerbuzz's July Giveaway is scheduled to begin on July 1st at 12:01 am EST
and end on July 31st at 11:59 pm EST.


And if you'd like to meet other book bloggers, join me at
two of my favorite weekly events:
Crazy for Books' Book Blogger Hop
and
Parajunkie's Feature and Follow Friday!



Here is the question posed:
“What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book,
and what makes you want to stop reading a book
and put it back on the shelf?“


My reply:
I have no idea what keeps me reading.
Magic, I guess.