Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My School is Torn Down





Don't forget to throw your name into the hat to win
The giveaway runs through the end of the day on Wednesday, November 4.



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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Rereading

Rereading


Fact: Good books hold up to a reread.
Fact: There is not time in this life to read everything.
Fact: Many contemporary reads are overhyped, poorly edited, and disappointing.

Conclusion: I should reread more.

Here are some I loved on first read, but which I've never reread:

The World is Not Enough by Zoe Oldenbourg
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
Happenstance by Carol Shields
Magister Ludi by Hermann Hesse
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner



What did I forget? Any suggestions for me?


Don't forget to throw your name into the hat to win
The giveaway runs through the end of the day on Wednesday, November 4.



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 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 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.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Another Book-ish Week



I still haven't gotten around to writing about the Texas Book Festival. Sigh. Soon. I'll post soon. I promise. 

It's been a good week for books. I finished reading four and lots of new books arrived (happy birthday, me!) Here's my week:


What I Read Last Week

 



Marilynne Robinson leaves me crying for her characters every time. Lila is no exception. How does she do it? Robinson shows all the achingly painful places in her people’s lives and then shows how her characters heal each other with small acts of goodness. Is there a better preacher and a less preach-y preacher in the world than Robinson? She saves me and redeems me every time.











What I'm Reading Now


 

Now that I have finished Lila (and it was the kind of good where you don't want to finish), I've decided to shift gears completely and read...a cookbook. Yes, a cookbook. I think it will help me. And I will be reading and reviewing the next thirteen Cybils nominees that arrived from the library. 

That should keep me busy this week!
           








Don't forget to throw your name into the hat to win
a $15 Book Depository gift card in my Literary Blog Hop Giveaway!
The giveaway runs through the end of the day on Wednesday, November 4.



What are you reading today?!



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.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

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. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

It's Time for the Literary Blog Hop!



Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Bonjour!
It's time once again for the Literary Blog Hop, a thrice-yearly event sponsored by Leeswammes in which bloggers from all over the world who love all-things-literary visit other bloggers  and offer lovely prizes. It will be held from midnight on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 to 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.


My Giveaway


As part of the blog hop I will be giving away...


                                                  A $15 gift card to Book Depository, open worldwide!!!
.
Rules for the Readerbuzz's November Literary Blog Hop Giveaway are simple:

(1) You must follow me.
(2) You must leave a comment here that (a) names the five best literary books you have read
(b) tells the literary book you'd most like to win from Book Depository, and (c) includes an e-mail address (posted in an elusive way to thwart the wicked).


BONUS:
If you really, really want to win this giftcard,
you are welcome to receive extra entries by:

Following me at Twitter

Befriending me at Goodreads

Befriending me at Facebook

I will leave this giveaway open until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.



Good luck!


For more fun, visit all the wonderful literary blog hoppers!


Linky List:
  1. Leeswammes
  2. Read Her Like an Open Book (US/CA)
  3. My Book Self (N. Am.)
  4. The Book Stop
  5. My Book Retreat (US)
  6. Books in the Burbs (US)
  7. Guiltless Reading
  8. Word by Word
  9. Juliet Greenwood
  10. BooksandLiliane
  11. Words for Worms (US)
  12. The Relentless Reader
  13. The Misfortune of Knowing
  14. The Friday Morning Bookclub (US)
  15. Readerbuzz
  16. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  17. The Emerald City Book Review
  18. Wensend
  1. Laurie Here
  2. A Cup Of Tea, A Friend, And A Book (US)
  3. Moon Shine Art Spot (US)
  4. I’d Rather Be Reading At The Beach (US)
  5. Lost Generation Reader
  6. Books Speak Volumes
  7. Mom’s Small Victories (US)
  8. Books on the Table (US)
  9. Orange Pekoe Reviews
  10. Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams
  11. Words And Peace (US)
  12. Booklover Book Reviews
  13. Inside the Secret World of Allison Bruning (US)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Roots



Wilkinson County, Ms.



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Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads.

100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go (and You Can Win a Copy!)

100 Places cover
I'm a lucky girl. In 2010, in what must have been a heavenly intervention, I was able to leave my ordinary life, fly across the big ocean, and spend two weeks in amazing France.

I still can't quite believe it happened. And I will never forget that trip.

And how about you, my friend? Are you like I was for so many years, desperately hoping to find a way to go there? Or have you been there, like me, and think every day about going back?

I have the perfect solution for all of us women...everyone who has been once and hopes to go again...everyone who has never been but hopes one day to go...and even those who know in their hearts that they will probably never get to go...and here it is: 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go by Marcia DeSanctis. It is perfect for you to plan, to dream, to scheme about all the best places we women should visit in France. DeSanctis choose all the beautiful places, all the fun places, all the quiet places, all the secret places that we want to go---sometimes places we don't know we want to go.

And even if you never get to put these plans into reality (as I suspect will happen to me), so what? You can still read about these hundred wonderful places, and, for a time, you will be there.

It's much more than a Best of book; I felt while I was reading it like DeSanctis herself was sitting in the room with me, telling me stories about places she had ventured to in France, sharing secrets she was afraid to tell too many people.

Here are some of the wonderful places DeSanctis shares: the lavender route in Provence; make-your-own-perfume in Grasse; the inspiring Marie Curie Museum in Paris; French language immersion classes; a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a 3-star restaurant in France; George Sand's house in Nohant; the beaches of the Battle of Normandy; the lighthouses of Brittany...oh, I could go on and on.

Not only does DeSanctis make great choices, but can she ever write! Here is a little sample from her book:
                    "Ile Saint-Honorat is a place to pose your own questions and find the silence
                    in which to resolve them in the dry heat among 17the century olive trees and
                    gatherings of palm, parasol pines and cypress. This is where to come for a
                    spiritual retreat (you don't need to be Catholic---you just need to crave some
                    solitude) and to live from two to six days as the monks do: simply, closely
                    connected to the land they carefully tend. When I disembark at the island's
                    tiny harbor, I head past lavender bushes along a densely packed red soil path
                    that leaves a claylike residue on the soles of my shoes. I ask my friend what
                    smells so sublime. Eucalyptus, pine, dry wood, tea olive blossoms and vine,
                    perhaps something sweet that blows in over the waves. The island is blanketed
                    by the pastel shadows of the Mediterranean sun and supported by a foundation
                    of secluded coves, chalky cliffs and rugged beaches, which frame the vineyards
                    and wild vegetation that cover the parts of Saint-Honorat that the remains of
                    medieval chapels do not...."

You see what I mean, don't you? Yes. Let me give you a minute to take in one more breath of that eucalyptus and pine. Ah. Now go on. Go. Go get this book.



Author Marcia DeSanctis 

on Tour

October 27-November 5, 2014
with
100 Places cover

100 Places in France
Every Woman Should Go

Travel Essays

Release date: October 21, 2014

at Travelers’ Tales

380 pages

ISBN: 978-1609520823

Goodreads

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SYNOPSIS

Told in a series of stylish, original essays, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is for the serious Francophile, for the woman dreaming of a trip to Paris, and for those who love crisp stories well-told. Like all great travel writing, this volume goes beyond the guidebook and offers insight not only about where to go but why to go there. Combining advice, memoir and meditations on the glories of traveling through France, this book is the must-have in your carry-on when flying to Paris.
Award-winning writer Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of travels and living in France to lead you through vineyards, architectural treasures, fabled gardens and contemplative hikes from Biarritz to Deauville, Antibes to the French Alps. These 100 entries capture art, history, food, fresh air and style and along the way, she tells the stories of fascinating women who changed the country’s destiny. Ride a white horse in the Camargue, find Paris’ hidden museums, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, and buy raspberries at Nice’s Cour Saleya market. From sexy to literary, spiritual to simply gorgeous, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is an indispensable companion for the smart and curious traveler to France. [provided by the author]
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Photo credit: Ron Haviv
Photo credit: Ron Haviv
Marcia DeSanctis is a former television news producer for Barbara Walters, NBC and CBS News.
She has written essays and articles for numerous publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Town & Country, O the Oprah Magazine, Departures, and The New York Times Magazine.
Her essays have been widely anthologized and she is the recipient of three Lowell Thomas Awards for excellence in travel journalism, as well as a Solas Award for best travel writing.
She holds a degree from Princeton University in Slavic Languages and Literature and a Masters in Foreign Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, and Twitter
Buy the book: Amazon, upcoming on Travelers’ Tales.
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*Note*: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation, and the views expressed in my review are my own opinions.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Book-ish, Pre-Birthday Week





It all started on Wednesday. Suddenly, I started receiving birthday greetings on Facebook. You are probably saying, Uh-huh...everybody gets birthday greetings on Facebook. But here's the thing: My real birthday isn't until next week. November 1st. The day after Halloween. It's downright spooky.


Then on Thursday night, a lovely retired librarian and I went to hear Stephen Harrigan, author of Remembering Ben Clayton, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.


Our book club read (and loved) Harrigan's latest novel, Remembering Ben Clayton, as part of our regional Gulf Coast Reads program. Harrigan said it took about three years to research and then write this novel. He's written three other novels, including New York Times bestseller and notable book, The Gates of the Alamo. What makes him write about Texas? "I need to get under the hood of of the place where I live," Harrigan says.

I left Friday for the Texas Book Festival for more book-ish, pre-birthday events. I'm afraid I will have to save that for another post.
         






What I Read This Week
Last weekend was Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon and I read my heart out. For eighteen hours. At midnight, I fell asleep and turned back into a pumpkin. Woke up at four and read for the last couple of hours. Grand total: twenty hours of reading, which makes me quite happy. I finished a lot of books, too. A Lot.


Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake
Number One Sam
Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete
Annika Riz, Math Whiz
The School at the Chalet
Love Letters to the Dead



After the readathon, I read A Paris Apartment and I'm almost finished with 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go. I came home from the Texas Book Festival with a huge stack of books but that, too, will have to wait for another day.
         






To sum up: lots of early birthday greetings, an evening author event in Houston, the 24-hour-readathon, 22 books read, and the Texas Book Festival. Now that's a book-ish pre-birthday week! And just six more days until my book-ish birthday!


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.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

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.