Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ten Wishes I'd Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me

Oh, Book Genie! Do I have a few wishes for you!

10. Could you start by restoring reading to a place of respect here in the US? No more awful movies and tv where nerdy people are the only ones reading, please.

9. I'd like a new huge series that seizes the imagination of children worldwide, Book Genie.

8. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see people carrying around books everywhere they go? I've seen this in big cities I've visited, like Chicago and NYC, but wouldn't it be wonderful to see it even in little spots like my own small town?

7. I'd love to hear people talking about books instead of hearing that constant jibber-jabber about celebrities. It would be so refreshing. I can hear a bit of it now..."Didn't you love the way the author...."

6. I've only ever seen ads for books a couple of times. How about a book ad during a Super Bowl commercial? In Times Square? I'm not a fan of ads, but I'd love to see book ads everywhere.

5. Book Genie, could you please bring back some of people's old favorites that we don't see any more? Where are the Babysitters Club books, for example? Goosebumps?

4. Kids just don't get the whole book experience when they don't have big beautiful books of their own. Let's start a Christmas campaign, Book Genie: Give a book for Christmas to your child.

3. Reading used to be a child's default setting. Could you restore the defaults, BG?

2. Let's hear what our candidates are reading. Our CEOs. Our teachers at school. Professors. Doctors. The mail carrier. The checkout clerk at Wal-Mart. The barber. Go ahead. Share what you are reading in casual conversation.

1. I think you know what I'm getting at, Book Genie. I want to live in a world where people are thoughtful and considerate and well-spoken and expressive and empathetic and...well, literate. Could you make that happen for me, Book Genie? 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.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

My 16th Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon!



Hour 24

Finished All the Bright Places.


Which hour was most daunting for you? 
Hour two. I had to leave and help my family do several tasks. I really wanted to keep reading.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Graphic novels. Children's books. YA. Short stories.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
It is perfect as it is.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The cheerleaders were so supportive.

How many books did you read?
3.

What were the names of the books you read?
The Death of the Hat.
Hairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros
All the Bright Places.

Which book did you enjoy most?
All the Bright Places.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
100%. Any role that needs to be filled.




Hour 23

Awake. 
Back to All the Bright Places.




Hours 16-22

I slept.




Hours 14-15

I read two small books:
The Death of the Hat (poetry)
Hairs/Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros


I got 100 pages into All the Bright Places 
and fell asleep.



Hours 2-14

I spent the last thirteen hours:
(1) working at the farmer's market
(2) unloading furniture at my son & daughter-in-law's new house
(3) wishing I was reading

Okay. Done with all that. 
Now, let's bring on the good stuff.
Reading, here I come.




Hour 1 - Survey Time

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Alvin, Texas.
Just south of Houston in the USA.
Or, as we say, "Just south of high pressure."

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I'm hoping to reread all the books I nominated for Cybils.
The graphic novel of Macbeth especially.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Coffee. 
I must do a snack run later in the day.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
Primary school librarian.
Book blogger for seven years.
Puppeteer. Artist. Writer. Guitar player.
Happy person.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? 
This is my 16th readathon.
I've only read for all 24 hours one time,
and I know it won't happen today.
My plan today is to read a little and visit a little,

read a little and visit a little, and so on...all day.



Pre-Hour 1

Ah, my book-ish friends, once again it's that time that we love...it's time for Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon! It happens but twice a year and oh-how-eagerly we await it. 

I'd planned to co-host but instead I'll be spending most of the daylight hours selling things for my very-pregnant daughter-in-law at a local farmer's market. 

It's all good.

I decided to spend the time I have just reading and cheering others on. It's what I love best about the read-a-thon, anyway: wonderful reading time and wonderful time meeting other bloggers.

I'll be cheering on the Sycamore team. Hope to visit all of the bloggers on my list at least once during the 'Thon.

Here are the books I have at the ready: two Sandra Cisneros books, a graphic novel of Macbeth, Did You Ever Have a Family, Crossover, The Death of the Hat, and All the Bright Places. (A little bit of everything...poetry...picture books...YA...children's book...and fiction).




Wednesday, October 14, 2015

TweensRead Book Festival

Another book-ish goal achieved! I served as moderator for the Five Funny Guys panels at the 2015 TweensRead event held at South Houston High School in Pasadena, Texas on Saturday, October 3.

Oh my. Are these five guys ever a hoot!

They didn't need a moderator; they needed a ringmaster with a whip.




Five Funny Guys: Gene Luen Yang, Nicholas Gannon, Jeff Anderson, Geoff Rodkey, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snickett)


 The tweens had lots of questions.

I was happy to see some of my librarian friends in the audience.

It was fun being moderator.

And I came home with an autographed book from each author.


Did I tell you how much it cost to attend?
Yes, it was free. Free.

Did you miss it this year?
Well, don't miss out next year!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Mary Karr Reading Frenzy







     Two memoirs. One poetry book. One writing book. Yes, it was a Mary Karr week.


     My Mary Karr reading frenzy all started quite innocently. I took a writing class last summer at Inprint in Houston. Our teacher told us Mary Karr was coming to Houston in September. I spontaneously decided to buy a ticket, vaguely remembering that I'd read her first memoir, Liar's Club, back twenty years ago or so. When the date of Karr's reading approached, I was exhausted by all the beginning-of-the-year stuff we teachers experience but I remembered a book was included in the price of the reading, and I didn't want to miss out on picking up that book. So I reluctantly decided to go. When I googled the address of the reading, I was surprised to see that it was being held in a church. Must not have been able to book the Wortham for that night, I thought. 

     
     I was wrong. It was no accident that Mary Karr was at Christ Church Cathedral, an Episcopal Church in downtown Houston, built in 1839; all her readings were being held in churches. 

     I was intrigued. An author in a church. Imagine that.

     Mary Karr was fascinating. "I was a strange child," she told her audience at the reading. "I was not a happy child. But there was something about reading memoirs that made me feel less lonely." Karr shared her new book, The Art of Memoir, and suggested that through our stories we manufacture a self. "Writing a memoir is like knocking yourself out with your own fist," she told us.

     All her books, Karr explained, could be summed up: "I am sad. The end." 

     In her life, Karr survived her alcoholic and dysfunctional parents to become an alcoholic and dysfunctional parent herself. And somehow she broke free of all that, mysteriously embracing both writing and the Catholic Church.
  

     Mary Karr is a little older, a little less functional Texas-rooted me. Like me, she has both the redneck-storytelling people and the salvation-through-reading people in her family tree. 

     That was enough. I raced home from the reading and put everything I could find of Mary Karr's on hold at the library. I was amazed to find that not only were all three of her memoirs at the library, but that I could also check out and read one of her books of poetry. 

     I'll just tell you that her books are mostly "I am sad." But, happily, there is a little more there before "The end." 

     Beautiful writing. Sad stories. And redemption. Mary Karr.
           






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. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gulf Coast Reads Presents Remember Ben Clayton

It's October and that means it's time for Gulf Coast Reads. Here's last year's Gulf Coast Reads author and book....

I've been lots of times to Inprint's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, but I had no idea until last year that the Museum of Fine Arts occasionally hosts authors. A book friend and I learned that Stephen Harrigan, author of the 2014 Gulf Coast Reads book, Remember Ben Clayton, would be speaking at MFA in Houston last October and we made plans to attend.



It's quite a book. Remember Ben Clayton is the story of a sculptor who is commissioned to make a statue of a young man killed in WWI. The story is based, in part, on the true story of Pompeo Coppini, an Italian sculptor who did lots of statues in Texas.

This could be a statue sculpted by Pompeo Coppini.
Photo taken at the Texas Book Festival in Austin in October of 2014.

It took about three years for Harrigan to write the book, he tells us. He spends much time researching his subject and then finally starts to write. The writing process is hard, he says: sitting at a computer and trying not to play Candy Crush.

What makes him write about Texas? "I have a need," he says, "to get under the hood of the place where I live."



Gulf Coast Reads is "an annual regional reading initiative focusing on the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living on the upper Texas Gulf Coast." The 2015 book is The Promise by Houston author Ann Weisgarber. Hope I get to hear Weisgarber talk about her book during the 2015 Gulf Coast Reads event.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ten Bookish Things I Have Quit

Ten Bookish Things I Have Quit


1. Reading to the end of a book
2. Reading every book that arrives in my mail from authors and publishers
3. Reading every book I buy
4. Reading books other people give me and tell me to read
5. Reading bestsellers
6. Reading a series in order
7. Reading all the books in a series
8. Reading a book just because I said I was going to read that book
9. Reading genre fiction
10. Reading a book I don't like


How about you?




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, October 4, 2015

Tiny Treasures: Books You Have to Dig a Little to Find


That's my husband. He's not actually digging for books; he's an avid rockhound and I couldn't resist including his picture in my new now-and-then meme, Tiny Treasures.

I have always loved best the books nobody else knows about; I've never been one for bestsellers. So I decided to create this meme.

Once-in-a-while, I plan to feature a book that is (1) little-known or was-once-known-but-has-been-forgotten, and (2) fabulous. I'll use this format:

Tiny Treasure
Publication Date
A Tiny Review
Why You Must Try to Dig It Up
Best Digging Spots

I bet you know some tiny treasures, too. It would be lovely if you'd like to share them along with me.

I plan to post my first Tiny Treasure soon. Hope to see you there!