Saturday, July 11, 2015

Crêpes by Suzette





It was the Paris setting that persuaded me to review my first-ever book app.

Crêpes by Suzette is a book app that was developed from 
the children's picture book of the same name written by Monica Wellington.

Although the book itself is now out of print, 
I was, happily, able to find a copy of the actual book at my public library.

It was a taste test.

I read the real book first.
Then I went through the book app.

And the result?

I loved the real book.

But...oh, I hate to admit this...I loved the app, too

.
Here are the things I loved about the book and the app:

1. Both the book and the app have the crêpe recipe.

2. On the app, you can read the story to yourself or it will read the story to you.

3. On the app, the story can be translated into French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Italian.

4. On the app, there are wonderful French music and French sounds in the background. (The author said she collected these in Paris on her digital recorder.)

5. On the app and in the book, there is a map of Paris with all the stops highlighted in the story.

6. On the app, there is a crêpe maker's demo video.

7. On the app, there is a crêpe cooking lesson. 

8. In the book, it is explained that Suzette's customers in the story are based on figures from famous paintings and sculptures by French artists. 

9. In the book, there is a glossary of French words used in the story.

Conclusion: Magnifique!


Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Saturday Snapshot is now hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. 


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Essayer at the Musée du Louvre

Essayer: Trying out. From which comes the English word "essay."
                                                                                             






And I hope you'll stop by and throw your name in the hat
to win a finished hardback of Eight Hundred Grapes 
along with a clever little EHG coffee mug. 
Stop by here to win!





For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words
that we’ve encountered in our reading.
If you want to play along, grab the button,
write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky at Bermuda Onion!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Most Hyped Books about Paris I Haven't Yet Read


Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July!*




It has come to my attention that, although I have read many, many books set in Paris...
for example...



...there are many more books,
books that have been widely hyped as the best books about Paris,
many more books I have not yet read about Paris:







Have you read any of these? 
Which Paris-ish books should I definitely not miss?



*It is July and it's time for that wonderful Paris in July!




And I hope you'll stop by and throw your name in the hat
to win a finished hardback of Eight Hundred Grapes 
along with a clever little EHG coffee mug. 
Stop by here to win!


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.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Weekly Wrapup: Eight Hundred Grapes, New Slow City, Little Book of Happiness, Creative Schools





What I Read Last Week

I finished four good books last week:


I reviewed Eight Hundred Grapes here.
Now I'm giving away a finished copy of the hardback
along with a very cool Eight Hundred Grapes coffee mug.
Enter to win the book and mug here.

In New Slow City, William Powers, after living happily and simply in a twelve-by-twelve cabin (a story recounted in the appropriately named Twelve-by-Twelve), marries and moves with his new wife to NYC. The challenge is on: can the couple live happily and simply in a 350-square-foot micro-apartment in New York? Be warned that Powers is, shall we say, somewhat west of the status quo when it comes to living simply and slowly...I honestly can't see the mass of American people adopting many of his ideas. But even if you are inspired to try a few of his ideas, it's a book well worth reading.

O's Little Book of Happiness is exactly what the title states: little stories about everyday happinesses. I swear that I could physically feel little jets of happiness enter my bloodstream as I read along in the pages of this book. It is quite delightful. Perfect little boosts of happiness in each story.

Ken Robinson is determined to help education, and I think Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education is his best effort yet. Robinson seeks out schools and teachers and methodologies that produce fabulous results and shares these schools and teachers and methodologies with us. You can't help but be motivated to join Robinson's revolution after reading this book, I think.
           





What I'm Reading Now


 
You can see my bookmarks are all near or past the halfway mark in all of these books:
Magister Ludi, As I Lay Dying, Lone Star, Far From the Madding Crowd, and Lists of Note.
I'm also on disk 10 of 14 on my audiobook, In the Kingdom of Ice.
These are all fantastic reads; it's hard to decide what to read on each day.
I've been especially taken with In the Kingdom of Ice...
I don't know when I've enjoyed a more compelling audiobook.
           







What are you reading today?!



And I hope you'll stop by and throw your name in the hat
to win a finished hardback of Eight Hundred Grapes 
along with a clever little EHG coffee mug. 
Stop by here to win!


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.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Eight Hundred Grapes...with a Giveaway!




Eight hundred grapes. That’s how many grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine. Georgia Ford should know this; she grew up in her family’s vineyard. A week before her wedding, Georgia learns something about her fiancé so upsetting that she returns to her family’s vineyard to regroup, and discovers that the family she thought so untroubled and secure just might have some difficulties of its own.

This is a perfect read for summer. You know from page one that everyone is going to go through troubles, but that everything will be resolved by story’s end.

Now you can win a beautiful finished hardback copy of this book for your very own! And the book comes with a fun coffee mug as well! All you need to do is leave your e-mail in the comments (posted, of course, in an elusive way to thwart the baddies). 

I’ll pick one winner at random for the book and mug at the end of the month.



Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

Saturday Snapshot is now hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Makerspaces


So I tried doing Makerspaces in my school library during the last month of school. What a fun time we had! Starting from the upper left hand corner and spiraling clockwise...we had children with drawing books and sketchpads...children assembling a flashlight 
(it worked!)...origami and paper airplanes...puppets...building things with plastic cups...putting together the human body...flying paper airplanes...and building things with Legos.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Best Books I've Read So Far in 2015

I've had a great reading year and it's only half over. I've already read 68 books. Of the 68, twelve were five star reads and thirty-eight were four star reads.

Here are eleven memorable, mostly-new-ish books from my reading this year (so far) that you may have missed:

Three novels: 
The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
Dept. of Speculations by Jenny Offill
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion



Four nonfiction books:
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year by Matt McCarthy
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande



 Four book-ish nonfiction books:
By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life
How to Be a Heroine or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience


One not-very-new-ish novel (but a fantastic read):
True Grit by Charles Portis





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.