Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Happiness Books*

I've been thinking about happiness.

I've been thinking about happiness for ten years.

Layers of Spirals: Version 2
Photo by Fractal Ken

Why should we be happy?

Happy people are healthy.
Happy people work hard.
Happy people are liked.
Happy people are successful.
Happy people are spiritual.


Bubble mix
Photo by robynejay
I am happy. But I want to be as happy as happy can be.
Can people become happier?
Yes. Research suggests that people can control 50% of their happiness.

So, books.
Here are some nonfiction books on happiness
that have increased my happiness:

The Happiness Project
Flow by Mihaly Csikeszentmihalyi
Stumbling on Happiness
Exuberance
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
Happiness:  Lessons from a New Science
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places on Earth
A Short Guide to a Happy Life
Happier by Tal Ben-Sharar
Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier
The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People
Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


Staffie on Hampstead Heath
Photo by markhillary

Do you have any recommendations for me?
Do you know of any good books on happiness?


*I know, I know. I just did a post on happiness books.
But can you really get too much happiness?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Catching Up, Bookishly Speaking





     It's time for another Sunday Salon. It's the third week of school and I'm still coming home every night and going to bed at eight. Exhausting. Hope things slow down soon.

 

     I finished three books this week. X is Sue Grafton's latest mystery. You know the drill. If you are like me, there are times when you just want the drill. A week like this one sent me happily turning pages in X. Grafton has grown as a writer since her A-E days, I think. Nice intertwining of several clever mysteries, one of which looks as if it will reappear and continue in Y. I also devoured Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books. The author has taken lots of her favorite books and closely looked at the food described within. It makes for a fun collection of blog posts, especially if you, like me, are a big fan of books-about-books. And, finally, I dashed through A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. The author is a quite-famous producer of movies (including Splash and Apollo 13). The secret of his success, he reveals, is his explorations of things he is curious about. And that's the whole book. Lots of little stories about his interviews with other quite-famous people, if you like that sort of thing. But really, if you want to save time, just read the title. That's all you need to know. 


     Normally, at this time of the year, my thoughts go to the Texas Book Festival. I won't be there this year; it's the same weekend my first grandchild is due. A wonderful reason to miss my favorite event of the year, I think. I hope you won't miss it unless you have an equally good reason. The author lineup has been announced. 


     Though I'll be missing the TBF, I do have lots of great book-ish events planned for the next few weeks. I'm excited to be serving as a moderator of the Five Funny Guys panel at Tween Reads Book Festival on October 3. Who are these Five Funny Guys, you ask. Well, Jeff Anderson (Zack Delacruz), Nicholas Gannon (The Doldrums), Geoff Rodkey (Tapper Twins), Gene Luan Yang (Secret Coders), and Daniel Handler (known more commonly as Lemony Snickett). The event is free, so if you are in the Houston area, I hope you can come. 


     I'm also planning to head to two Inprint events in Houston in the next couple of weeks. This Thursday Mary Karr will be speaking about her new book, The Art of Memoir. And the next week I plan to see Jonathan Franzen talk about his new book, Purity. The panels for the Cybils are also forming and will be announced very soon. Lots of wonderful book events coming up.

     I'm still reading A Walk in the Woods and it's every bit as good as I remembered. More when I finish.... I'm also making my way through Anita Desai's A Village by the Sea and a big stack of children's picture books including Fab Four Friends, When a Dragon Moves In Again, The Leaf Book, and Tell Me a Picture. 


             
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.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hunting for Garnets, Ruby Reservoir, Montana







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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.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ten Series I Have YET to Finish

I'm not much of a series reader. I'm just not. I feel perfectly happy to read the first book of a series (or even, to be completely honest, any book in the series...third...ninth...last) and stop.

It would be easier for me to make a Top Ten list of series I HAVE finished. Let's see: There's Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings...and...and...well, that may be it.

So there are lots and lots of series I have not finished.

Here are a few of them:

Percy Jackson




Discworld




Anne of Green Gables





A Series of Unfortunate Events






Twilight




Oz



Song of Fire and Ice



Magic Tree House




Outlander




Narnia






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, September 6, 2015

Weekly Wrapup

   


What I Finished Last Week


     It was Bookcrossing that motivated me to finally read two books I've had in my TBR for a long time. I signed up for a bookbox and it arrived last week. The bookbox was crammed full of amazing books, and all of them had a medical theme. I thought I'd have plenty of books to trade out in the bookbox, but I needed a few more. I went in search of medically themed books in my TBR and found two. Surprisingly, I read them both this week. And, even more surprisingly, they were both very, very good.

     Here's what I finished:



     My mailbox was full this week. Look what arrived:





Just for Fun



     Play Judgey. Judge a book by its cover and then see how close you get to its Goodreads rating.




How'd your week go? Any good reads this week? 


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. 




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Old Faithful














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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.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Characters I Just Didn't Click With

If I don't like a book, it is usually because I don't like a character. Here are some of the characters I just didn't click with.

Didn't like him. Didn't like her.

Please don't judge all middle-aged women by this vindictive woman.

The main character man is so miserable he kills himself early on.
His wife doesn't seem to lament his loss much either.

No love for Marlow. Certainly no love for Kurtz.

I really hate it when I dislike a character who is a real person.

Good grief. My most despised stereotype? The alluring nerd.


Loathed the book. Loved the movie. Go figure.

I had a teacher who loved this book.
I just couldn't connect with a doll made of hickory nuts.

I realize I'm stepping into dangerous territory.
But I will dare to say it...I hate Owen Meany.

And now, what will probably be the final nail in my coffin,
I will speak this out loud:
No, I didn't like either of our romantic characters in this book. Not a bit.
Please don't hate me.


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.