Sunday, September 4, 2011

Wolves in the Library and a Five Hour Bookish Lunch


A book-ish week for me!


WOLVES IN THE LIBRARY
Classes came to our school library for the first time.
I read the wonderful children's picture book,
Wolves, written by Emily Gravett.
It was quite the hit with the kids.


FIVE HOUR LUNCH WITH BOOKISH FRIENDS
It was lovely to meet up and enjoy a five hour lunch
with book friends. Louise, center, is from Australia,
and I've happily already met her, in Paris.
Susan, right, is from Houston like me,
but this is the first time I've had the chance to meet her.
Isn't that odd and interesting?

Louise shared three wonderful Australian children's books
with me. I plan to read the two Australian picture books
with the children at school soon.

MY UN-BIRTHDAY BOOK MONTH HAS BEGUN!
I'm in a un-birthday book club
and September is my un-birthday month.
I got my first un-birthday package in the mail yesterday.
Inside were three books from my wishlists,
two of which are 1001 Children's Books You Must Read
that I have not been able to find anywhere.

IT'S TIME TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITES
FOR THE INDEPENDENT LITERARY AWARDS!
All readers are invited to nominate their favorite reads
of 2011 in seven categories for the Indie Lit Awards.
I'm especially interested in you

MORE BOOKISH EVENTS COMING SOON....

Don't forget to enter

A $25 Amazon Gift Card!
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, August 31, 2011

Readerbuzz's September Giveaway! A $25 Amazon Giveaway! and It's Time to Nominate Your Favorite Books for the Indie Lit Awards!


I'm happy to announce
Readerbuzz's September 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 September 30th.
Good luck!
Readerbuzz's July Giveaway is scheduled to begin on September 1st at 12:01 am EST
and end on September 30th at 11:59 pm EST.


And...


It's Time to Nominate Your Favorite Books
for the Indie Lit Awards!


I bet you've read some fantastic books this year, right?
Why not nominate your favorites for an award then?!

What are the Independent Literary Awards?

From the website, here is a little about the award:
The Independent Literary Awards are book awards
given by literary bloggers.
All judges and panelists for theses awards
are completely independent
and do not receive compensation for reviews
nor their work on the award board.
The Independent Literary Awards is currently in its second year
and will be presenting the winners for
the 2011 calendar year in March of 2012.

What genres may receive awards?

The genres that will be represented and receiving awards for 2011 are:

·         Literary Fiction
·        Non-Fiction
·        Mystery
·        Speculative Fiction 
·         GLBTQ 

·         Biography/Memoir

·         Poetry
What, then, are the rules for making nominations?

■ Nominations are open to all readers
who do not make their income through the sales of books
(i.e. not authors, publishers, or publicists) —
hence “independent” from the publishing industry.
■ Books nominated must have a 2011 release date.

■ You may nominate a book that has already been listed
(the books with the most nominations
will be what we add to the Long List).

■ You may nominate books in more than one genre,
but only one per genre.

■ Nominations close December 31, 2011.


I'm happy to be serving as a Voting Member
 on the Non-Fiction team of the Indie Literary Awards!

I am anxious to read some great non-fiction titles,
so please, please, please head over to the links above
 and nominate some great books.
Please share this information on your blog
so that other great titles will be nominated.
Please tweet about it and Facebook about it.
Spread the word, literary bloggers!

Wordless Wednesday: MOMA Free Friday



 





For more wordless photos,

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Top Ten Books That Are On The Top Of My TBR List For Fall


Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France


The Language of Flowers

The Night Circus

Dawn of the Belle Epoque:
The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends



The Tiger's Wife:  A Novel


Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War
by Tony Horwitz


Rules of Civility


Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future


Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time


Ready Player One


1Q84


What are books are you waiting for this fall?



Tomorrow is the last day to enter
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares!

(This is open to bloggers internationally!)





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.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Readerbuzz October Giveaway: Matched! plus It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


WHAT I'M READING TODAY

It's Monday and I'm reading One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni. It's the Gulf Coast Reads selection for 2011. Gulf Coast Reads is the combined effort of the Houston Public Library along with several other Texas Gulf Coast library systems, including, happily, the system in my county.

WHAT I FINISHED LAST WEEK


The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

A book about the pleasures of reading ought to be a pleasure to read. I did not find this book to be a pleasure to read....more....

The Wild Hog Murders: A Dan Rhodes Mystery by Bill Crider

It has been a long time since I’ve read a Bill Crider mystery. According to the reading log I keep at Goodreads, it has been since 2003. That's too long...more....

My Place by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins

Wheatley starts with present day Australia in this children's picture book from the 1001 CBYMRBYGU list and moves back ten years for each two page spread...more....


WHAT I WILL PROBABLY READ NEXT



How about you?  What are you reading today?



Only a few more days to enter
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares!

(This is open to bloggers internationally!)


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! D This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Friendship Bread---Starter for a Real Book Club in My Town

I can hardly believe it. We have a real live book club in my town.


We started out with a bang.
We met for the first time in July,
and chose our first book for discussion,
 Friendship Bread by Darian Gee.

At our August meeting,
we shared bags of Friendship Bread starter....


and loaves of Friendship bread...


and Friendship Bread cookies.



Author Darien Gee skyped with our group here
in Texas from her home in Hawaii...


Would anyone like a bag of Friendship Bread starter?!


I'd love to hear any book club ideas 
from those of you who have been
in long-time, real-life book clubs.
Suggestions? Tips? Advice?



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.