Monday, August 6, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!

                 
               



What I Finished Last Week


No Cheating, No Dying:
I Had a Good Marriage. Then I Tried to Make It Better.
by Elizabeth Weil
(Review coming soon)




Flourish
by Martin Seligman
(Review coming soon)


Forgotten Bookmarks:
A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages
by Michael Popek
(Review coming soon)






What I'm Reading Now


The Unconquered:
In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes
by Scott Wallace



The Secret Garden (Audiobook)
by Frances Hodgson Burnett




 
What I Might Read Next

PHL Sunrise
Photo by brentdanley 

We are headed to Maine soon for one final fling of the summer.
So, I'm hoping to read...well, a book called Maine.



Has anyone read this one?
               
                                                                                       





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.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Little Libraries

Who says all libraries must be housed in an enormous building?

Maybe we shouldn't wait for people to come to libraries,
but bring libraries to people!

Here are a few libraries I've found interesting:

Architect John Locke, through his organization Department of Urban Betterment,
is repurposing phone booths in New York City into mini libraries.


This library in Bogota, Colombia is found in a city park.
It is part of the Paraderos Paralibros Paraparques (PPP),
a project begun more than ten years ago to promote literacy.


To celebrate the anniversary of their most popular bookshelf,
IKEA installed a one-day library on the beach in Sydney, Australia. 


Nashville, Tennessee opened up 
in 1962.

In Madrid, Bibliometro has created libraries in the subways.

Looks like lots of people enjoy libraries


Leon Reid IV 100 Story House Site Rendering
Here's the 100 Story House,
described as "an interactive art project,"
a tiny lending library in Brooklyn.


And 
most interesting of all is
 the Biblioburro,
a mobile library in Colombia.



So, of course, I had to get in on the idea of a little library.
I don't know where I first heard of the Little Free Libraries,
but ever since our Houston Chronicle featured them in a story,
people have been handing me the article and telling me
it is something I should do.

Yesterday, with the help of mi marvilloso esposo,
we started work on my very own
Little Free Library.


I printed out the plans.


My husband started cutting out the pieces.

We still have more to do
until I can place this Little Free Library on a post
in front of my house,
but at least we've made a start!



BTW, a great book for children about all the different
sorts of libraries there are in the world is this one,
My Librarian is a Camel.



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, July 31, 2012

Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Hang Out With


I live a quiet life.
The biggest adventure of my entire existence
was the summer I worked in Yellowstone Park.

So, for this Top Ten Characters I'd Like to Switch Places With,
I'm going for Adventure.

I'd like to go along on some adventures 
with real people. 
Real people featured in children's nonfiction picture books.

And then, of course, Return Safely Home.

So, here we go...




I'll start by travelling along with Jacques Cousteau
under the sea.




How about zooming across America with Jackson and Bud
on the first cross-country automobile trip?





Maybe I could go camping with president Teddy Roosevelt next.




I love the American West,
and I'd love to help Yellowstone Moran paint all the beautiful sites.




I have a terrible fear of heights,
but surely I wouldn't be afraid
 if I walked between the towers
with tightrope performer Philippe Petit.




And if I'm already on a tightrope,
it will be easy-peasy to head off to the moon
with the Apollo 11 astronauts.




When I get rested up from that big trip,
I'll take off for Africa,
and teach there.




While I'm in Africa anyway,
I'll head over to gorilla country
and hang out with Jane Goodall.





All these adventures are going to make me hungry,
so I'll zip over to Paris and
spend time cooking with Julia Child.




I might need to take a little break from all these adventures
and relax in Paris by writing poetry with Gertrude Stein.



Who'd you like to hang out with?



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 30, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!

                 
               



What I Finished Last Week




Two more Paris books



Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down
(Review coming soon)




Le Road Trip
(Review coming soon)






Two more 1001 Children's Books You Must Read



The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
(Review coming soon)



Teddy Robinson by Joan G. Robinson
(Review coming soon)





What I Might Read Next

I've got all these books awaiting me.
Who can choose?!
      

               











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 28, 2012

Pain Fran├žais




We're off for one last weekend in Paris.
I couldn't resist sharing with you
the recipe I love most and make most:
Pain Fran├žais.


If you are not a baker,
you are thinking,
Non, non, non!
Pain? Non!
Trop difficile!


Shhh! Come here. Now I'm going to let you in on a secret:
Baking bread is the easiest thing you will ever do. Shhh!

Any book on baking will have great ideas to help you.
I used this book, Baking, by James Peterson.


Here's all it takes to make two wonderful loaves of French bread:
6 cups flour
.75 ounce active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups warm water
That's it.


Just flour, yeast, salt, water.
What could be easier?


I stir some of the flour with some of the water and the yeast
and let it sit until it bubbles a little (an hour?)
Then I stir in more of the flour and water
and add the salt.



I knead it for about ten minutes.
It will feel smooth when it is just right.

I let it rise until it doubles,
punch it down, and knead it again.

After it has risen again,
I roll it out into long lovely loaves and
let it rise for a little on the baking pan.

Then I pop it into the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

(Sometimes I slash the tops of the loaves
before I put it in the oven,
and sometimes I place a glass bowl of water on the bottom rung of the oven
to give the bread a beautiful crust.)

Then it is out of the oven
and I slice enough for our meal,
and add lots of butter.



Yum!


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