Monday, October 15, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!

                 
               



What I Finished Last Week


















Can you tell I did a readathon this week??






What I'm Reading Now

Search Inside Yourself:
The Unexpected Path to Achieving
Success, Happiness, and World Peace
by Google's Chade-Meng Tan


The Shoemaker's Wife
by Adriana Trigiani




 

What Arrived in the Mail This Week

The Thankful Book
by Todd Parr

The Spindlers
by Lauren Oliver


                                                                                                      





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, October 13, 2012

My Tenth Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon!





It's hard to believe,
but this is the tenth time I've participated in
Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon!

I've had a lot of obstacles in the past.

One time I had to leave during the readathon
to attend a bridal shower. A huge storm blew in
during the shower and flooded the streets and 
I was trapped for hours at the shower, without Internet access.
Of course that was the year I was to post my first Mini-Challenge!
(It all worked out.)

Another time an ice storm came in during the readathon
and knocked out our Internet.

This year, I decided to try co-hosting.
I was at the helm from 10 pm to 1 am CDT. 
I was filled with trepidation at first,
but it was easy as pie.
Very fun!


AANNDD...WE'RE OFF!



My delightful Meditation Room? Check.
Candle? Check.
Relaxation fountain? Check.
Italian music? Check.
Coffee? Check.

New comfy Cybils shirt and pajama bottoms? Check.

Enormous stack of Cybils nonfiction picture book nominees? Check.

We have liftoff!


Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Alvin, Texas, USA!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Bon Appetit (children's biography of Julia Child!)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Hershey's Kisses!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Librarian! Blogger! Reader!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Co-host!


Book Puzzle Mini-Challenge:
  What book do these pictures represent?
(Hint: It's a book I'm reading today!)
 (Who knew the plural of a golf tee is "teet"?)



Andi's Six Word Story Mini-Challenge:
Reading. Reading. Blogging. Snack. Coffee. Reading.



FINAL READATHON UPDATE:

Hours spent reading: 12
Hours spent meeting son for breakfast, chit-chatting in real life, and
otherwise existing offline: 6
Hours spent sleeping: 6
Mini-challenges attempted: 6
Prizes won: 0 (Oh well!)
Blogs visited: 28
Books read: 24
Pages read: 568
Titles read (all children's nonfiction picture books): 
Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland
Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin
Bird Talk: What Birds are Saying and Why by Lita Judge
It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate
Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter
Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Monica Carnesi
A Leaf Can Be...by Laura Purdie Salas
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche
Out on the Prairie by Donna M. Bateman
I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen
Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley
Here Come the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey
Monsieur Marceau by Leda Schubert
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time by Steve Jenkins
Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons
There Goes Ted Williams by Matt Tavares
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel
Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson & Raul Colon
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang
Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta
Overall assessment of Dewey's October 2012 Readathon from this blogger:

Thanks, everyone, for a great Readathon!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top Ten Words I Love





Top Ten Words I Love



10. Serendipity
Life is play.


9. Paradox
All deep truth is paradoxical.
No one knows why.


8. Quirky
My real friends call me this,
not the harsher "crazy".


7. J'aime
In French, this is pronounced "jim" and means "I love".
My husband's name is Jim.
It is fun to say, "J'aime Jim." 


6. Zephyr
I like "z" words.


5. Whimsy
I wish we had more of this in life.
I wish we had more of this in algebra.


4. Czechoslovakia
I planned to name my two children
this and "Yugoslavia."
Sadly, I grew up
and named them Jon and Ben.


3. Maranatha
The beautiful word I use in silent prayer.
It means, "Come, Lord Jesus."


2. Books
Obviously.


1. Yes
Studies show that just hearing the word "yes"
makes people happy.




What are words you love? 
Please share them with me.




Reposted from September 7, 2010.

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, October 8, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!

                 
               



What I Finished Last Week




Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
Bernadette is a brilliant architect who has had a major meltdown 
and is dismayed to find herself living in the cultural backwaters of Seattle with...more





Saving the School:
The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher,
a Coach, a Bunch of Kids,
and a Year in the Crosshairs of Education Reform
by Michael Brick
What was I thinking, reading this book during the school year? 
I already live and breathe...more






What I'm Reading Now

Are You There, God?
It's Me, Margaret.
by Judy Blume
(in honor of Banned Book Week)


My Boys and Girls Are in There:
The 1937 New London School Explosion
by Ron Rozelle





 


What Came in the Mail for Me Last Week



All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep
by Crescent Dragonwagon
and illustrated by David McPhail


Thank you, Little, Brown, for this beautiful review copy.



Julie Andrews' Treasury for All Seasons:
Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year

Thank you, Little, Brown, for this lovely review copy.




The Shoemaker's Wife
by Adriana Trigiani

Thank you, Harvee at Book Dilettante and Random Housefor this delightful review copy.

                                                                                                      





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, October 2, 2012

Top Ten "Older" Books I Don't Want People To Forget About





Nobody is hyping these books.

Nobody is reviewing these books.

Nobody is reading these books
because nobody knows how wonderful they are.



They are.
They are wonderful.






The World is Not Enough
by Zoe Oldenbourg

First published in 1949,
this book is the story of Alis and Ansiau
in twelfth century France.
A must-read for anyone who loves 
history or historical fiction.
And even if you think you don't,
you will after you read this book.





Window
by Jeannie Baker

It's marketed as a children's book,
but it is so much more.
It makes me cry,
just typing the title.
So beautiful. 
And poignant.




The Thirteen Clocks 
by James Thurber

A wicked Duke sends the endless line of suitors
for the hand of his beautiful niece
off on impossible quests.
Neil Gaiman calls this book
"one of the great children's books of the last century."






Adam of the Road 
by Elizabeth Janet Gray

Eleven-year-old Adam sets off
to become the best minstrel in England
during the medieval times.
Action and adventure like 
we don't often find in contemporary 
children's fiction.






Cider With Rosie
 by Laurie Lee

Lee tells delightful stories of the childhood of
a boy in a rural village in England
during the time before the first World War.





The Grass Harp 
by Truman Capote

Newly orphaned Collin goes to 
live with his two eccentric aunts.
When the aunts quarrel, 
Aunt Dolly and Collin go to live 
in a treehouse.





My Family and Other Animals
by Gerald Durrell

Naturalist Gerald Durrell
tells stories of his childhood living on the island of Corfu, 
with his quirky family and their various assorted pets,
including an owl, gulls, a tortoise, and spiders.





The Mouse and His Child 
by Russell Hoban

A beautiful story of a pair of wind-up mice,
a father and his son, who are joined at the hands,
and who set off to become self-winding.





Hank the Cowdog:
The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse
by John Erickson

Hank the Cowdog and his sidekick, Grover,
must defend their West Texas ranch
from Tuerto, the one-eyed killer stud horse.
You have to listen to the audio version of Hank
to fully appreciate this fabulous series.





If the World Were a Village 
by David J. Smith

Smith makes our world more understandable to children
by imagining our world of 6.8 billion people
as a village of 100 people.
Mesmerizing.



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, October 1, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!

                 
               



What I Finished Last Week




Visit Sunny Chernobyl
and Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
by Andrew Blackwell
How does this sound for a vacation: 
A fun-filled trip to Chernobyl, 
the site of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents? 
Or how about a boat cruise...more




The Cay
by Theodore Taylor
I am astonished at all the things I learned 
from reading this very short children's chapter book. 
I never knew that Caribbean islands lay just offshore...more







What I'm Reading Now



Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple




Saving the School:
The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher,
a Coach, a Bunch of Kids,
and a Year in the Crosshairs of Education Reform
by Michael Brick





 

What I Might Read Next



My Boys and Girls Are in There:
the 1937 New London School Explosion
by Ron Rozelle



Sahara
by Michael Palin


                                                                                                      





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.