Wednesday, July 18, 2012

♫ ♪ ♫ Chicago! Chicago! It's My Kind of Town! ♫ ♪ ♫

Chicago Skyline
Photo by Nimesh M

♫ ♪ ♫ Chicago!  Chicago!  It's My Kind of Town! ♫ ♪ ♫



Pardon me for interrupting my lovely Paris in July,
but I must head off for a few days for a little
Chicago in July.


My Younger Son chose Love over Madre y Padre
(they always do, don't they?)
and set out for Chicago in May.
It's taken me two months but I've finally talked my husband into
venturing into the Big City and ensuring YS is 
eating his veggies and otherwise Being Good.


So here's the question you are waiting for:
What books are you taking along, Deb Nance?


This was tricky, choosing books to match my destination,
as I've already read (and loved) 
Devil in the White City
and 
A Long Way from Chicago
and
and Studs Terkel's Working
and even
The Coast of Chicago by Stuart Dybek.




This is all I managed to come up with:

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Title:  Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Rationale:  Set in a futuristic Chicago

City Walks: Chicago: 50 Adventures On Foot
Title:  Chicago Walks
Rationale: Self-evident


And that's it.
Any other suggestions to offer?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Books For People Who Like Harry Potter




This is the most common question I've been asked as a librarian:
"I loved Harry Potter.
Do you know of any books that are like Harry Potter?"

My answer is, "Yes, I do."



Inkheart


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


The Neverending Story


Watership Down


Half Magic


The Hobbit


Animal Farm


The Lightning Thief


Eragon


And, of course, my personal favorite,
A Wrinkle in Time.

Other suggestions?



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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.

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!

                 
               



What I Finished Last Week
(Paris Books)

Paris My Sweet
by Amy Thomas
(Review coming soon)

The Sweet Life in Paris
by David Lebovitz
(Review coming soon)

A Town Like Paris
by Bryce Corbett
(Review coming soon)




What I Finished Last Week
(1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up books)



Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis
(Review coming soon)



Figgie Hobbin by Charles Causley
(Review coming soon)


The Little Horse Bus by Graham Greene
(Review coming soon)


The Lighthouse Keeper's Rescue 
by Ronda and David Armitage
(Review coming soon)


Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
by Catherine Storr
(Review coming soon)


The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm
by Norman Hunter
(Review coming soon)



 
What I'm Reading Now


Le Road Trip 
by Vivian Swift


The Teddy Robinson Storybook
by Joan G. Robinson
     

The Light Between Oceans
by M. L. Stedman
                                                                                                      




What I Might Read Next



I'm headed to Chicago this week,
so I plan to load up a suitcase with some of these books.
Which do you recommend?


      
      
      







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.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Paris in July






It started with this picture:
It's a blueberry pie.
Look at that beautiful crust.



I got this cookbook at the school bookfair this spring:

That blueberry pie is in this book.




I've been reading The Sweet Life in Paris: 
Delicious Adventures in the World's Most 
Glorious---and Most Perplexing---City. 
It is written by pastry chef David Lebovitz and
 it's full of little stories and recipes 
about all the glorious pastries and desserts and foods in Paris. 




One of the recipes is for Gateau Therese Chocolate Cake.
Here's a picture of the cake from David's website:
The recipe is in the book. 
Butter. Sugar. Eggs. Flour. Salt. Bittersweet chocolate.
Yum.



And I'm reading Paris My Sweet:
A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate).
It's written by food writer Amy Thomas
and it is also full of little stories (though no recipes, sadly) 
about all the glorious pastries and desserts and foods in Paris. 



Amy has lots of great photos of pastries from Paris bakeries
posted on her blog, God, I Love Paris
Here's one:
There are a lot more. You should take a look at all these beautiful pastries.


Reading about cakes and madeleines and muffins 
and pain perdu and bonbons and viennoiseries and 
macarons and chocolates and truffles and baguettes and eclairs....
Well, I had to cook something.


I love to bake. I started looking carefully at that recipe for Lattice-Top Blueberry Pie. 
The recipe said to start with Pâte Brisée,
to make that wonderful pie crust.

Pâte Brisée.

That sent me off to this book:
It's yet another book I'm reading this month.
All about baking.


James Peterson taught me about Pâte Brisée (basic pie dough)
 as well as Pâte Sablée (very buttery sweet pie dough) and 
Pâte Sucrée (sweet and crisp pie dough).


Which is a long, long way of saying 
that I ended up making this beautiful blueberry pie today:

The dough looked exactly like
the dough on the cover of Baking.

Here it is,
right out of the oven!

Am I too old to go to Paris and
study baking at Ecole Lenôtre?




Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend.You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Best Books on Happiness



I've been studying happiness for a couple of years.
Here are a few of my favorite reads:

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience 
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi



The How of Happiness:
A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want
by Sonja Lyubomirsky



The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin



Be Happy:
A Little Book to Help You Live a Happy Life
by Monica Stephen



Learned Optimism:
How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
by Martin E. P. Seligman



Five Good Minutes:
100 Morning Practices to Help You Stay Calm
& Focused All Day Long



Happiness:
Lessons from a New Science
by Richard Layard



The Pocket Therapist
by Therese J. Borchard



Life is a Verb:
37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful,
and Live Intentionally
by Patti Digh



The Little Prince
by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



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.