Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Yellowstone Hitchhiker

Summer 2015

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Inspiring Books About Inspiring People

When I was a little girl, we were encouraged to read biographies. It was thought that reading about extraordinary people would inspire children to become more than they thought they could be.

We don't hear much about inspiring people these days. 

I still love to read about inspiring people. Here are some of my favorite books I've read about extraordinary people:

Mountains Beyond Mountains

John Adams 

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Kathleen Krull's The Lives of series

Wilma Unlimited

Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott


The Glass Castle

Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America

Have you read any of these? Do you have any suggestions for me?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

If I wasn't reading or reviewing books...

What I Read Last Week

Lonesome Dove
Look at the title. Take a look at that cover. Read the synopsis of the plot. Nothing about Lonesome Dove appeals to me. Yet I've read its 858 pages...more
Lily and the Octopus
I think it’s best if you read this one for yourself. How do you know it might be a book for you? Take a look at the cover. What do you think?...more
Patsy is a professor. And she’s a drunk. A serious drunk. So much of a drunk that when she finds herself, yet once again, at the jail, she isn’t shock...more
Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live
When he was a college student, Daniel Klein began keeping a notebook with quotes from philosophers he liked. Now, at the other end of life, Klein take...more
Why the Whales Came
Gracie and Daniel know they are not to go near the Birdman. But is the Birdman really the dangerous figure others say?

A little story about perception
The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life
When you join the Catholic Church, there is a long instruction process for the rites and procedures you will be expected to participate in. But what a...more
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
It takes skill to write a wonderful fiction book. But, to me, the most magnificent writers aren’t those who write fiction but those who take what is...more
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Sometimes I go into reading a book with such big hopes and yet the book can miss when it comes to plot, miss when it comes to characters, and miss...more
Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives.
We can all agree on this, I think: Our world needs readers. And we are not doing a good job bringing kids to a love for reading.

Denby takes on this
Lonely Planet's Beautiful World
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful collection of beautiful photos from our beautiful world. Yes, indeed, a beautiful world.
More Than Enough
A family experiences the wonders of Passover in this beautiful children’s picture book, with the theme of Passover, “dayenu”, thankfulness, more than...more
Mister Cleghorn’s Seal
Mister Cleghorn sees an orphan seal on his vacation and brings the seal baby home with him. An if-only story Kerr created based on her father’s real life...more
Platero y yo
It’s hard to write a book review of a book you don’t like (no, let’s be honest)...hate. I almost never finish a book I don’t like. Sometimes, though...more
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
(Shhh! I got this book for one reason: how to make the best biscuits in the world. I’ve taken down the relevant info and I plan to try this folding...more 

...I was carrying books in from the mailbox!

What Arrived Last Week

What a week! Look what arrived in my mail box this week:

Old Age: A Beginner's Guide..........Somewhere Among..........The Little Free Library Book

Wee Gallery: Pets..........Wee Gallery: Safari

Cat's Playgroup: A Drawing and Coloring Book..........Dog's Day Out: A Drawing and Coloring Book

The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End..........Luckiest Girl Alive

I'm also busy preparing for next week's book fair, the Texas Library Association Conference the week after that, Dewey's 24-Hour-Readathon on April 23, and Book Expo America mid-May!


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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Last summer our niece's husband pitched for the New York Yankees against our Houston Astros. We went to the game. It was a strange feeling to see him on the pitcher's mound and then see his name and number on the shirt of a Yankee fan. The Yankees won and Nathan got the win.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Bookish Folks I Listen To


Oprah magazine.

Bookmarks magazine.

School Library Journal magazine.

Book bloggers with similar reading tastes including Paris books, books-about-books, spiritual books, excellent literary fiction, wonderful children's picture books, travel stories.

Goodreads. And LibraryThing.

Anyone who makes a list of his/her favorite books. 


Blue Willow Book Shop staff. My local independent book store.

Book-loving friends. (You know who you are.)

What bookish folks do you listen to?

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, April 3, 2016

What Is It About This Book? Ten Reasons I Love Lonesome Dove

Look at the title. Take a look at that cover. Read the synopsis of the plot. Nothing about Lonesome Dove appeals to me. Yet I've read its 858 pages three times. It may be my favorite book.

What is it about this book?

Here, then, are ten reasons I love Lonesome Dove:

1. My second-best-friend Karen and I don't agree on much ("You say tuh-may-tuh, I say tuh-maw-toe"), yet we are both crazy about Lonesome Dove.

2. I personally know three teens who were converted into readers by reading this book. Non-readers into avid readers. That's some book.

3. The movie is as good as the book. That never happens.

4. I'm sorry, but if Gus showed up at my door, I'd have to leave my husband and run off with him. He's a lazy, good-for-nothing, philosophizing scoundrel but I just adore him.

5. It takes place in Texas. (Well, mostly.) Enough said.

6. The characters live their lives right now. They have to. They may not be here tomorrow. There's real danger in the world. Lots of it.

7. Funny. And sad. The secret to a good book is that it's funny. And sad. Like real life, I think.

8. Love the names of the characters. Lippy. Dish. Newt. Boot. Pea Eye.

9. These folks can talk. Here's a bit between our two main characters, Gus and Call, partners in the Hat Creek Cattle Company:

          "It's a good thing I ain't scairt to be lazy," Augustus told him once.
          "You may think so. I don't," Call said.
          "Hell, Call, if I worked as hard as you, there'd be no thinking done at all around this outfit. You stay in a lather fifteen hours a day. A man that's always in a lather can't think nothin' out."
          "I'd like to see you think the roof back on that barn," Call said.

10. I guess the craziest thing is that there are a hundred reasons why I should hate this book. I don't like Westerns, for one. I don't particularly like stories written by men, for another. The women do whatever they have to do to stay alive and a lot of that isn't pretty. At least a hundred reasons I should hate this book, but, nevertheless, I don't. I love it. Crazy.

Have you ever had this happen to you? Have you ever fallen in love with a book you'd never expected to like?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

One Book, One School

School cafeteria manager reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle

One of our school's wonderful paraprofessionals reading M&M during lunch duty

The school nurse reading Mouse & Motorcycle at the Houston Texans game

The school custodians reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle together