Monday, May 21, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?






What I Finished Last Week

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: 
Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo

The Voluntourist
by Ken Budd

The Beginner's Goodbye
by Anne Tyler

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
by Dr. Seuss


 
What I'm Reading Now


Long Way Home 
by Bill Barich

The Last Girls
by Lee Smith

The Loop 
by Joe Coomer



What I Might Read Next


Redeeming Love 
by Francine Rivers



What are you reading today?!



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!  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 BJ how many you visited.

Monday, May 14, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

                             




What I Finished Last Week
(Reviews Coming Soon)

Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith

Bloom by Kelle Hampton

How to Train a Wild Elephant &
Other Adventures in Mindfulness
by Jan Chosen Bays


 
What I'm Reading Now

The Voluntourist by Ken Budd

The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry
edited by Rita Dove

Long Way Home by Bill Barich



What I Might Read Next


The Loop by Joe Coomer



What are you reading today?!



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!  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 BJ how many you visited.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books


10. "Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, 'What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?' Instead, they demand: 'How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?' Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him."   Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, The Little Prince


9. "...I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."   Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


8. "We used to all come outside when the streetlights came on and prowl the neighborhood in a pack, a herd of kids on banana-seat bikes and minibikes. The grown-ups looked so silly framed in their living-room and kitchen windows. They complained about their days and signed deep sighs of depression and loss. They talked about how spoiled and lucky children were these days. We will never be that way, we said, we will never say those things."   Jill McCorkle, Creatures of Habit






7. "Listen to your broccoli and it will tell you how to eat it."   Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird



                                                                                                                           


6. "Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things.""I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."   Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland





5. "Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"
Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day" from The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays

4. "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for all of Paris is a moveable feast."   
3. "As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans."   Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast




2. "This inner peace of mind occurs on three levels of understanding. Physical quietness seems the easiest to achieve, although there are levels and levels of this too....Mental quietness, in which one has no wandering thoughts at all, seems more difficult, but can be achieved. But value quietness, in which one has no wandering desires at all but simply performs the acts of his life without desire, that seems the hardest."   




1. "The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there."   Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists 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 complete with one of our bloggers answers. 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 sign Mister Linky at the bottom to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Don't worry if you can't come up with ten every time..just post what you can!

Monday, May 7, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?









What I Finished Last Week

Bloom by Kelle Hampton


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith


A Journey to the Center of the Earth
by Jules Verne



 
What I'm Reading Now



Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman

Long Way Home by Bill Barich


What I Got in the Mail This Week
and Might Read Next:



The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland
by Catherynne M. Valente

Insurgent by Veronica Roth



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!  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 BJ how many you visited.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wish I Had Time to Chit-Chat, But I'm Off to the Center of the Earth


Wish I had time to chit-chat today, but I'm off to the center of the earth. With Jules Verne, of course. I've already found the secret instructions:

Descend into the crater of Yocul of Sneffels, which the shade of Scartaris caresses, before the kalends of July, audacious traveler, and you will reach the centre of the earth. I did it. ARNE SAKNUSSEMM*

Would you like to come along? It's certainly not too late and we'll be traveling with an accomplished (though perhaps a bit eccentric) geologist and his nephew, so there's nothing to fear. You aren't afraid of heights, are you? Or, should I say, depths? Easily remedied by a five-day course of ascending 150 steps to the top of a steeple on the Island of Amak, in the southeast quarter of Copenhagen.

How about supplies? A letter of introduction to the Governor of Iceland is already prepared and our geologist friend has packed all the ropes and torches and pickaxes and alpenstocks we will need.

So join us, if you will. We're waiting for you, if you'll hurry along.



*Verne, Jules (2009-10-04). A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (p. 17). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition. 


What is the Sunday SalonImagine 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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Top Ten Books You'd Like To See Made Into A Movie


Some books are so brilliant I fear 
they could never be made into good movies.

Here are some I wish could be made into movies:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
has it all: mystery and murder.

The Gold Bug Variations is
music, math, and intelligence.
A tough book to make into a movie.

Have any Haruki Murakami books
been made into movies?
This one or 1Q84 would be expecially tricky.

Half of a Yellow Sun is another big book
that would be difficult to make into a 
conventional movie.

I can see Major Pettigrew's Last Stand 
as a movie. Why hasn't it been undertaken?

With so many wonderful older actresses out there,
why not try to make a movie from Olive Kitteridge?
Meryl Streep, perhaps?

I'm amazed that no one has made Megan McCafferty's
Sloppy Firsts into a movie.

What could Hollywood do with 
The Lover's Dictionary?

And who wouldn't love to see a movie
made from one of M.F.K. Fisher's books like
An Alphabet for Gourmets?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created 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.