Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Virtual Children's Library



What's stopping you from reading today? No way to get to the library? No money to buy books?

Here's an idea from Dublin. You've got a phone, don't you? Here you go...


 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland...Andersen's Fairy Tales...Anne of Green Gables


 Arabian Nights...At the Back of the North Wind...A Girl of the Limberlost


 Just So Stories...The Pied Piper...Seven Little Australians


 The Jungle Book...A Little Princess...The Prince and the Pauper


 The Railway Children...The Wind in the Willows

Now...I just need to make some nice cards like the ones in Dublin 
and put them out in my Little Library. And zingo! A virtual children's library!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Book-to-Movie Adaptations Worth Watching



I'm not a big fan of book-to-movie adaptations. Too often moviemakers butcher books.

But these were well done, I think.




Life of Pi




The Hunger Games





The Devil Wears Prada





The Time Machine





The Help




The Fault in Our Stars




One for the Money




One Day




Ordinary People




The Hours


Do you have any that I missed?



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, November 8, 2015

Stillness, Silence, Nonsense, and Big Magic





What I Read Last Week


     After all the gloriously happy drama of last week (my birthday...a little flooding...and the arrival of my beautiful granddaughter), this week I had a reading week. November is my Birthday Book Club month and my first two birthday books, The Art of Stillness and Silence, arrived. Perfect. My son and his family moved into their own home last week and our house is now...well, still and silent, and I soaked it up. I jumped right into The Art of Stillness, a little sixty-six page TED book. I followed it up with Thich Nhat Hanh's Silence, subtitled The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise. Just reading these two books reminded me of the importance of taking time to sit in silence and stillness, and so I did.  I also finished off Nonsense, an exploration of how powerful it can be to not-know, which sounds a little out-there and, of course, it is, and it's full of wonderful paradoxes that will zing your brain one-two, one-two. Finally I read through the last couple of chapters of Big Magic, which will slay every silly illusion you have about creativity and well done, I say....It's about time creativity was looked at clearly and boldly instead of from bowed eyes, lying prone at its feet. 

     And I read 55 more Cybils fiction picture books. That should be my last huge week of reading for the Cybils. Now I have to wait for the books to arrive in the mail or at my five public library systems, one by one. That brings me up to 192 Cybils read out of 253. I'm quite happy with that. Next week at school, I'll be trying them out with the 700 children at my school. I don't know when I've read more wonderfully surprising Cybils and I can't wait to see what the children think.

     I must share a photo of my first grand-child, Annie; it seems that I can't stop myself from doing that these days. But I know you want to see her, don't you? 

      

My Annie
           





What Arrived Last Week



Don't these look good?


I've just started my latest 1001 Children's Book You Must Read, Noughts & Crosses. Quite promising.
           





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! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

I Dare You to Top My Week: 137 Books Read, a Book Fair, Flooding, My First Grand-baby, and My Birthday

How's this for a week?

The book fair ran this week at school. That's always madness. Along with the book fair, we had Red Ribbon Week, Open House, and Book Character Day. Whew!

On Wednesday, the doctor induced my daughter-in-law and my beautiful granddaughter was born. A whopping nine pound girl and my heart is full. Annie Nance has arrived and I am Nana Nance.

If that wasn't enough, I found time in the spaces this week to read on in my quest to pick the best fiction picture books for 2015 for the Cybils. Our panel has 253 books to read before the end of the year. I've swamped my wonderful local library, the Brazoria County Library, with requests for books, and I've put holds on books at the Houston Public Library and the Harris County Library. I was up to 119 books read when I remembered that I have several more library cards and looked up books online. The Texas City Library turned out to be an amazing resource, so I drove down there Saturday morning and found 26 more books on the shelf that I had not yet read.

It had rained and poured all through the night, but I thought the worst was over. I decided to hit the Harris County Library and pick up some holds and stop by the Friendswood Library for a few more.

Mother Nature decided otherwise. I was skillfully bypassing pools of water in the street by weaving to the left and to the right when I came to a dead halt. A river of water was streaming across the one-way street I was traveling down. I'm not talking a Chocolate Bayou river of water; I'm talking Mississippi River, folks, and, like the Goin' on a Bear Hunt chant, I couldn't go over it, I couldn't go under it, I couldn't go around it...I had to go through it. A Toyota Yaris is probably not the best car to traverse the Mississippi River, so I sat there. For two hours. Waiting for the water to go down. As hundreds of other cars and trucks drove up, accessed the situation, sat there with me for a while or took the plunge. A few stalled out, which added to my resolve to wait this out.

It never went down. Cars behind me started turning around on the one-way road and going back the way they had come. Good girl that I am, I called 911. What was I to do? I asked the dispatcher. She never told me what to do (apparently the dispatchers can't do that) but she did say that extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures sometimes. I got up my courage and drove the wrong way down a one-way road. Once I got to higher ground, I was determined to make my way home, even skipping over my planned stop at the Friendswood Library. And I did.

I brought home a total of 46 more books to bring me to a grand total of 165 books.

So, here's the short version: This was a week in which I ran a book fair with sales over $9,000 along with Open House and Red Ribbon Week and Book Character Day...welcomed my granddaughter into the world and spent lots of rocking and hugging and singing time with her...tracked down and read 137 picture books, despite torrential rains and flooding...

And today is my birthday. A day of rest. I think a restful birthday might be just what I need 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 now being hosted at The Book Date.