Sunday, August 16, 2015

Yellowstone Summer


Yellowstone summer. This summer I've had a Yellowstone summer.

Forty years ago, I worked in Yellowstone. For the last year and half, I've planned a return trip to Yellowstone. I took a writing class this summer and spent the summer writing about Yellowstone. I bought books on Yellowstone and spent the summer reading about Yellowstone.

And I went back to Yellowstone.

I read through my Yellowstone books again, and bookcrossed them, and released them all around Yellowstone. Maybe you found one of my Yellowstone books; maybe you read one of them.

I hope you go to Yellowstone one day. Or some place like Yellowstone. A place that changes you. And lingers with you. And calls to you. So that one day you go back.

Then you can have your own Yellowstone summer.



Books read: 
Photographer's Guide to Yellowstone & the Tetons
Watching Yellowstone & Grand Teton Wildlife
Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone's Hot Legends and Cool Myths
A Yellowstone Reader: The National Park in Folklore, Popular Fiction, and Verse
Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park
Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park




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. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Authors I've Read the Most

Skipped children's books. (Oh my gosh, how many Mo Willems books have I read? Dr. Seuss? William Steig? I've got a huge number of children's books completely memorized I've read them so many times...Wanna hear me recite How the Grinch Stole Christmas? No, I had to skip children's book authors.) 

Skipped fiction. (Good grief, I've read so many Alexander McCall Smith books that I've lost count. How many Sue Grafton books are there, anyway? I think she's up to X, which makes...oh, twenty-something. Lots of fiction I read is like a donut...tasty while you are reading it, but, really, what do you take away from a donut?)

So, today I decided to focus on authors who write nonfiction that I've read the most. See what you think about these folks....


Anne Fadiman  (4)






Atul Gawande  (3)





Malcolm Gladwell (4)







Tony Horwitz (5)









Maira Kalman (5)











Tracy Kidder (5)











Barbara Kingsolver (4)








Erik Larson (4)










Anna Quindlen (4)





 Anne Lamott (9)





P. S. I got curious and went back to Goodreads. Here are my top-read authors, according to Goodreads:  Terry Pratchett (10), Anne Lamott (10), Kathleen Krull (11), Haruki Murakami (11), Janet Evanovich (15), Beverly Cleary (15), Ray Bradbury (16), Elizabeth Berg (16), Alexander McCall Smith (18), Anne Tyler (20), Phyllis Whitney (20), Mo Willems (22), and Dr. Seuss (30).





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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Forgiveness




Texas Hill Country. March, 2010.



"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." Mark Twain





For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

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.

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, August 4, 2015

Fairy Tales* I Love

Fairy Tales* I Love


The Little Match Girl...poor girl selling matches in the cold...




The Little Red Hen...he who works receives...




The Twelve Dancing Princesses...dancing shoes are found mysteriously worn out each morning...




The Three Pigs...hay, sticks, or bricks?




Little Red Riding Hood...danger in the forest...




Jack and the Beanstalk...magic beans...




Hansel and Gretel...a witch with a candy house...




The Boy Who Cried Wolf...be careful when you try to trick someone...




The Ant and the Grasshopper...prepare for winter, little grasshopper?




The Gingerbread Man..."Run, run, as fast as you can...."




The Emperor's New Clothes...only a little child is brave enough to tell the truth...


*Fairy tales and a few other sorts of folk tales




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.