Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fav Books Set in Libraries

Best Books Set in Libraries

Settings. Settings are a pretty popular topic here at Top Ten Tuesday. I've done lots of posts on settings. Top Ten Settings in Books. Top Ten Most Vivid Settings. Top Ten Settings I'd Like to See More Of. And Paris, of course. Even a Top Ten Books That Take Place in Paris

So let's venture off today to a new setting, a quieter setting. Let's take a look at books set in libraries. What are the top ten books set in libraries?

You may be saying, "Top Ten Books Set in Libraries? Really? I bet there aren't but ten books set in libraries!" I would reply, "Surprise! You'd be amazed at how many books are set at least in part in libraries." It was very difficult to pick just ten. So many, in fact, that I had to break the books into small lists.

Here we go....

Best Adult Mysteries Set in Libraries
The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom 
Mrs. Zukas and the Library Murders by
The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

Best Adult Fiction Set in Libraries
The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers
The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr
The Loop by Joe Coomer
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Books Set in Libraries With Odd Titles:
Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library!
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
Here Lies the Librarian
Please Bury Me in the Library

Nonfiction About Libraries
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
Biblioburro: A True Story Set in Columbia
The Librarian of Basra
The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

Best Kid Books Set in Libraries
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
The Library by Sarah Stewart
I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel
Bats in the Library by Brian Lies
Miss Brooks Loves Books (But I Don't) by Barbara Bottner
That Book Woman by Heather Henson
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams
But Excuse Me That is My Book by Lauren Childs

I'm something of an expert now, an expert on books set in libraries. 

Did I miss anything? Any other suggestions?

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 12, 2013

What Are You Reading?

What I Reviewed Last Week

The Night of the Comet

by George Bishop

I wasn’t looking forward to a book that has “coming-of-age story” slapped on the cover. I’ve done coming-of-age stories. To death, I think. But this book surprised me...more

The Lost Husband
by Katherine Center

I’ve read enough Katherine Center books (2? 3?) by now to know what I was getting before I added the book to my Amazon wish list. I like what Katherine Center...more

Eleven Rings
by Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson could have been anything---teacher, diplomat, even philosopher-king, perhaps---but he decided to become a basketball coach. And what a basketball coach...more

The Society of Timid Souls
or How to Be Brave
by Polly Morland

Polly Morland makes documentaries. Even if I wasn’t told this about her, I would have been able to figure it out from this book. Rather than a documenary...more

Picnic at Hanging Rock

by Joan Lindsay

It’s 1900. A group of college girls go on a picnic at a nature area. Some of the girls and one of their teachers do not return. It’s a mystery...more 

The Perfect Meal
by John Baxter

Some writers have all the fun. John Baxter, an expat twenty-year Paris-ite and writer, decides to set off around France in search of all the wonderful...more

Improbable Scholars

by David Kirp

It’s all bad news out of American public schools these days. Tests scores are declining, we hear, students don’t want to go to school, and the curriculum...more

What I'm Reading Now

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

by Anya Von Bremzen 

From Amazon:  With startling beauty and sardonic wit, Anya von Bremzen tells an intimate yet epic story of life in that vanished empire known as the USSR—a place where every edible morsel was packed with emotional and political meaning.

The Gravity of Birds
by Tracy Guzeman

From Good Housekeeping:  ""In this riveting debut novel, a famous artist-recluse unveils a 40-year-old painting never shown before, then sends collectors on a scavenger hunt to locate two teenage girls who posed for him, but disappeared decades ago."

What are you reading this week?

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. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

10 Edgy Picture Books: Picture Book 10 for 10

What are your favorite picture books? What if you had to pick your ten favorites? 

If you love picture books, today will be a happy day for you. Today is Picture Book 10 for 10! 

Mandy of Enjoy and Embrace Learning and Cathy of Reflect and Refine host this annual event. Parents, media specialists, authors, educators and people who love good picture books 
post the ten picture books they can't live without. Mandy and Cathy will create a magazine-like collection of everyone's lists to share.  

Here are older Picture Book 10 for 10s: 
2010    2011    2012    2013 (Nonfiction)

NEW!  Here's a link to this year's Picture Book 10 for 10s:

If you'd like to have your blog linked to the conversation
just comment with the link (cut and paste your post address in the comments) 
for your picture book list here OR here

How could I resist joining in?
Picture books are my life.
I'm a primary school librarian.
My favorites are always books with bite.
Here are my current ten favorites,
books I just can't resist reading, year after year:

A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.
Ooooh. Look at that big toy dinosaur. A little bit scary, right?
And what's that he has in his mouth? A gift bag? What's inside?
Well, let's just find out.

WOLVES by Emily Gravett.
This cute and cuddly rabbit checks out a book about wolves from the library.
He's so absorbed in the book that he's oblivious to the 
appearance of the very creature he's reading about...until it's too late.

William Steig - The original Rotten Island - The Bad Island from 1969
Rotten Island is paradise for all the horrible, terrible monsters
that slither and spit and kick and bite there.

One of the great books! Such a funny approach to a kind of story that has been done and redone and overdone. Thanks, Jeanne Willis! I use it as a read-aloud with the teachers in my masters classes.
I've always wondered what would happen if junior high teachers read this to their students
on Valentine's Day. The real, cold truth about ooey-gooey romantic love.

I love all the Stupids books. The Stupids are just so...well, stupid.

Why does the Viper keep calling and calling Peggy Pig?

Just showing the cover, with a little boy of seven or eight holding a big rifle,
gets the ooos and aaaas going.

He wants his hat back.
And he's going to get it.

I warn children about The Green Ribbon.
And, of course, it's the first story they turn to.
One tiny step down from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Not for everyone. 
Beware of Beware of the Frog.

What are your favorite edgy children's picture books? What have I missed? 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


"Chiffonade is a knife technique used for cutting herbs and leaf vegetables such as lettuce into thin strips or ribbons. To chiffonade leaves of basil, for instance, you would stack the basil leaves and roll them into a tube, and then carefully cut across the ends of the tube with your knife to produce fine strips."                                                                                                      ---From About Culinary Arts

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I Poohpooh Sequels

"She silently watched him go up the stairs, feeling that she would strangle at the pain in her throat....She knew now that there was no appeal  of emotion or reason which would turn that cool brain from its verdict....

'I won't think of it now,' she thought grimly, summoning up her old charm.  'I'll go crazy if I think about losing him now.  I'll think of it tomorrow....'

With the spirit of her people who would not know defeat, even when it stared them in the face, she raised her chin.  She could get Rhett back.  She knew she could.  There had never been a man she couldn't get, once she set her mind upon him.

"I'll think of it all tomorrow, at Tara.  I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back.  After all, tomorrow is another day."

The End.

Why isn't The End always The End?

This will probably strike you as very, very odd, but I never read sequels. 

The first book is just fine as it is, thank you very much. 

Lonesome Dove? Amazing.    Streets of Laredo? No interest.
Stargirl? Great story.    Love, Stargirl? Not so much.
Dune? Brilliant.    Sandworms of Dune? I don't think so.
Wrinkle in Time? Yes, of course.   Wind in the Door? No, sorry.   

Author Nick Hornby says, "Sequels are very rarely a good idea...."

Author Connie Willis writes, "I hate sequels. They're never as good as the first book."

Author Laurie Halse Anderson is blunt: "Sequels are too often crass attempts to make money off something that worked the first time, but without the care and attention that made the first movie or book so special." 

I hanker for a sequel when I close a good book. But the sequels I've tried consistently founder.

What am I missing? You have run across wonderful sequels, haven't you? Convert me, please.

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 5, 2013

It's Monday!

It's almost time for school to resume. Two weeks of summer left.

I've had lots of children's books arrive lately. 

I'm reading these, finishing two books about improving education in America, and reading a mysterious 1001 Children's Book You Must Read book, Picnic at Hanging Rock. 

What are your reading plans for this week? 


Chamelia and the New Kid in Class
by Ethan Long

From Amazon:   "Chamelia is a chameleon who loves to stand out in a crowd. She's always the star of the show, especially at school. But when a new kid in class becomes the center of attention, Chamelia feels left out. Can she figure out how to beat her competition? Or will she learn to share the spotlight and make a new best friend?"

Violet Mackerel's Personal Space

by Anna Branford 
From Amazon:  "Meet Violet Mackerel - a girl with a mission to think outside the box. Violet invents her "Theory of Leaving Small Things" (when you leave something small in a nice place, so a tiny bit of you gets to stay too). Then there are lots of special news: Mum and Vincent are getting married, and they'll all be moving to a new house. Violet is excited about the wedding part (she will wear a dress with fairy wings) but not so keen on the moving house: brother Dylan is not keen on ANY of it. "

Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days
edited by Michael Oren Fitzgerald
From Amazon:  "What was it like to grow up in the world of the pre-reservation Plains Indians before the coming of the white settlers? Prior to our modern era of television, video games, and computers how did American Indian children live, learn, and play? In this beautifully illustrated book, award-winning author, Michael Oren Fitzgerald, combines stunning photographs and simple quotations by Indian chiefs and elders to explain to today’s youth what life would have been like growing up on the American plains."

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World
by Henry Clark
From Amazon: "When River, Freak, and Fiona discover a mysterious sofa sitting at their bus stop, their search for loose change produces a rare zucchini-colored crayon. Little do they know this peculiar treasure is about to launch them into the middle of a plot to conquer the world!"

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
by Kathi Appelt
From Amazon:  "Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man—the massive creature who delights in delicious sugar cane and magnanimously rules over the swamp—is an honor, and also a big responsibility, since the rest of the swamp critters rely heavily on the intel of these hardworking Scouts. Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn is not a member of any such organization. But he loves the swamp something fierce, and he’ll do anything to help protect it."

The Merits of Mischief: The Bad Apple
by T. R. Burns
From Amazon:  "Twelve-year-old Seamus Hinkle is a good kid with a perfect school record—until the day of the unfortunate apple incident.
Seamus is immediately shipped off to a detention facility—only to discover that Kilter Academy is actually a school to mold future Troublemakers, where demerits are awarded as a prize for bad behavior and each student is tasked to pull various pranks on their teachers in order to excel."

The Merits of Mischief: A World of Trouble
by T. R. Burns

From Amazon:   "Sometimes you find trouble, and sometimes trouble finds you.

It’s Seamus Hinkle’s second semester at Kilter Academy, where he’s quickly become an ace troublemaking student. In fact, the headmistress has even entrusted him with a special assignment—one he’s forbidden to share with any of his friends."

Pirates on the Farm
by Denette Fretz
From Amazon:  "No one ever imagined that five swashbuckling pirates would settle in our proper little southern community. But they did.' When pirates move in next door, life on the farm is bound to get interesting. "

Saturday, August 3, 2013


School supplies choke the main aisles at Kroger and Wal-Mart;
that's a mayday siren that my langorous days of summer are almost spent.

I've made fresh bread every week this summer.
My happiest weeks are when 
I luxuriate in the bread one night as a side
and savor it again by repurposing it into a main dish the next night.

I've puttered around with bread recipes this summer.
I've experimented with a Texas version of Croque Monsieur
and today I try Bruschetta.

Start by chiffonading fresh basil from the garden.
(I'm proud of this shot, btw; I used the timer on my camera.)

Brown a loaf of homemade bread in butter.

Mix fresh tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar.


If you want specifics, here's the

Anyone have any other great ideas to use homemade bread?

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