Monday, August 13, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!

                 
               


What I Finished Last Week


The Unconquered by Scott Wallace
It’s all here in this book. 
Anacondas. Alligators. Poisonous plants. 
Stinging insects. Heat. Rain. 
And, best of all, a tribe of natives known only for...more




Law Man by Shon Hopwood
Don’t let this three buzz rating 
stop you from reading this book.
 True, it’s not especially well written, but...more



We Sinners: A Novel by Hanna Pylväinen
To tell you the truth, lately I’ve felt burned out on Sad Stories...more







What I Reviewed Last Week


Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down 
by Rosecrans Baldwin
Rosencrans Baldwin has loved Paris since he was a little boy
 and when he is given an opportunity to move to Paris and work there, 
he is jubilant. Real...more




The Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis
Parvana is a young girl living with her family 
in a bombed apartment building in Afghanistan. 
Her father is taken away by the Taliban and Parvana is...more




Le Road Trip:  A Traveler's Journal of Love and France
by Vivian Swift
You really have to see this book to really appreciate how lovely it is...more





 
What I'm Reading Now


Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman
by Alice Steinbach

                                                                                                      





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 12, 2012

In Which I, Once Again, Rant About the World and, Then, Find Hope in a Small Bookstore




Apparently yesterday was Australia's National Bookshop Day (thank you, Louise at A Strong Belief in Wicker!)  I'm not in Australia and I'm a day late to the show, but I'd love to use Australia's holiday to share a bookshop story of my own.




I often feel sad when I consider my great state of Texas (see my rant...that is, my blog post Book Sale? Or Gun Show? You Decide! or take a look at any of Bill Crider's Once Again, Texas Leads the Way posts, especially the recent link to a story about a new $60 million Texas high school football stadium).

So much potential.  We are Texas, after all.  But we could be so much more than we are. Must we take pride in our many Texas citizens who find themselves in the People of Walmart videos? Is that all we've got these days? Sadness.



And then I take a trip with four of my fellow librarians to the amazing Blue Willow Bookshop in nearby Houston and my hope is restored.

You wouldn't know Blue Willow was there if you weren't told about it. From the street it's just another tiny little space in a strip center. But don't let first appearances fool you.

Blue Willow is all about books. And reading. And authors. And good writing.

My four librarian friends and I spent Friday chatting with the wonderful owner of Blue Willow, Valerie Koehler, and the events coordinator, Cathy Berner. What a great day!  Hope in the universe restored!

Now I must prod all of you out there to take action. Visit an independent bookstore. Visit it often. Buy something there. Buy one more book. And another.

We must show our love. We must not let the bad guys win.

Blue Willow Bookshop







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, August 7, 2012

"I AM OZ....the Great and Powerful! Pay No Attention to that (Wo)man Behind the Curtain!"


Our challenge this week at Top 10 Tuesday:
List the ten blog posts that best reveal who you are. 

Here, then, is a random selection of ten blog posts
that tell a little bit about me.




This photo says it all. I'm a reader
and I love books.
So much so that I am willing to spend 
large amounts of time at a conference
nabbing free books.
Some might call me obsessed,
but those people are probably just jealous.





9. My TBR
Of course this leads to another thing 
that you have probably surmised about me:
I have an enormous TBR.
No surprises there.
Admit it:  you have a big shelf like this at your house, too, don't you??





Random. I'm very random.






Love the Texas Book Festival.
Who wouldn't love sitting on the floor of a tent
for two days
watching authors read their books aloud
and illustrators
showing children how they draw?!





A long, long, long
list of my favorite reads.





The first event I participated in as a blogger.
Knocked my socks off.
I vow to do it every year.





Random thoughts about motherhood.
Photo was taken at my Older Son's wedding.
A happy day.




One of the (many) things in life that perplex me to this day:
Who would choose to go to a gun show over a book sale??!
Makes me honestly question my identity as
a Loyal Texan.




I love a challenge!




Paris and Provence 056

How going to France made me a shiny new person.





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, 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.