Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The I-Can't-Wait-to-Read Books You Must Add to Your TBR: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year


Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Not Exactly a Memoir

I've already read this and it's fun and surprising and interactive. You won't go away sad from this little breath of cleverness. Rainbows. Sound of a ringing wineglass. Self-portraits. Random. Delightful. August 2016.


Pancakes in Paris

I've got the ARC of this book, too, but I'm trying to hold off reading it until it's time for Paris in July. (I do hope Thyme for Tea will take us to Paris in July this year.) September 2016.

 The Cookie Fiasco          We Are Growing

I've already read these two, too. And I've already read them to my primary students at school. Big, big hits. Love, love, love. September 2016.


Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet

If you have seen any of Melissa Sweet's other illustrated books...if you love Charlotte's Web...or if you are just looking for a wonderful book...get Some Writer!  October 2016.

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

As soon as I figure out what these creatures are saying, I'm going to read this one. Du Iz Tak? Anyone? October 2016.

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Here's the blurb: "England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren't convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God---they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home." July 2016.

Sea Change by Frank Viva

I think Frank Viva, a wonderful graphic artist/picture book author/illustrator, said this is his first non-picture book book. And Lemony Snicket likes it: "Sea Change is alike a dip in cold Canadian waters: just step inside, and soon you're completely swept away, finding yourself overwhelmed and breathless, entranced by this whirlwind of a book. Bravo, Frank Viva. And glub, glub, glub."

Lead With Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses

I really know nothing about horses, but I'm intrigued with the teeny-tiny bit of this book that I took home from BEA. Hamilton's first book was Zen Mind, Zen Horse, so it may be about more than just how to ride. September 2016.

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life

Oh my! Who could resist this one? Homemade crusts? And life? October 2016.



What are you looking forward 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, June 12, 2016

If it's Quiet Around Here, Don't Worry About Me...I'm Off to the Wilds of New Mexico

WILDS OF NEW MEXICO
I may be a little quiet this week here on my blog. I'm off to the wilds of New Mexico. It's time for a little rockhunting.

I'm sure that I'm fine. After all, this blog post appeared on Sunday morning, just as it should. Right?

Still...the last time I set out for the wilds, this is what happened to me:


See that huge red blotch on my leg? Scorpion. My husband and I are twenty-five miles off road in the middle of nowhere Oregon, digging for rocks. I look down at my leg and a scorpion is stinging me. No cell phone reception. No people around for miles and miles. Was my husband worried? Nope. The smell of rocks had overcome his good sense and he told me to keep digging. He felt sure everything would be okay.

And, of course, it was.

We've also had flat tires, gotten lost, stepped on a rattlesnake, stepped on a nail, had a deer jump over our car, and almost got eaten by a bear.

I'm sure everything's good this time. 

Say a little prayer for me, if you will.

 
WHAT I'M READING IN NEW MEXICO
What am I reading in New Mexico, you ask? I'm reading Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather, set in New Mexico. We're listening to a Tony Hillerman mystery audiobook, Sacred Clowns, set in New Mexico. We stayed in the Frank Waters room at the Mable Dodge Luhan Lodge in Taos and I was happy to find a Frank Waters book at the Taos Book Gallery, People of the Valley, which was set, of course, in New Mexico. And I brought along Hour of the Bees, a new children's book I picked up at the library conference, which is set in (you guessed it) New Mexico. 


BEST WAY TO START A DAY
I got an e-mail this morning from the wonderful Kathryn at the wonderful blog The Book Date telling me I am the winner at her blog's giveaway! I won a $15 Amazon gift card! Woo hoo! Thank you, Kathryn.



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, June 8, 2016

BookExpo: My First Press Pass


Here are my posts from Armchair BEA:

Live from BEA: First Impressions and Bloggers Conference

Mo Morning

One Little Fun Reason You Shouldn't Have Missed BEA This Year - Litographs

Goodbye, BEA!


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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I Love Authors and You Should, Too



Authors! Authors! How I love authors! Let me count the ways...


 

1. Authors have beautiful smiles. 
(Children's poetry author Marilyn Singer and Because of Winn-Dixie author Kate DiCamillo)


2. Authors have an amazing sense of style.
(Top: Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey with Lunch Lady author Jarrett J. Krosoczka;
Bottom: Guys Read author Jon Scieszka with Sam and Dave Dig a Hole author Mac Barnett)

3. Authors look good holding their books.
(L to R: Fancy Nancy author Jane O'Connor; La Llorona storyteller Joe Hayes; 
children's author and illustrator Melissa Sweet)

 
4. Authors graciously sign their books.
(Shark vs. Train author Chris Barton and Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney)

5. Some authors can write and draw, too.
(Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey)

6. Some authors can play musical instruments. Some can sing.
(Left: Hank the Cowdog author John R. Erickson; 
Right: Author/singer Jewel)

7. Some authors are so famous they have bodyguards. 
You can just barely, barely, barely see them.
(Children's author/actress Jamie Lee Curtis)

8.  Authors can strike a pose.
(L to R: Author Jonathan Auxier and author Aaron Reynolds)

9. Sometimes you can go with your librarian friends and 
see an author and get your picture made with an author. Happy day!
(I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You author Ally Carter)

10. Sometimes, best of all, authors come to your school. Happy, happy day!
(Caldecott winner Jon Klassen)


How I love authors!




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 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 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, June 5, 2016

That Happy Place: It's Time for Summer Reading

School's out, and it's reading time for me. I've dived in and I'm neck deep in books. Not only did I finish and review fifteen books, but I also got another fifteen books in, either from publishers or from the library. I'm in a happy place.


What I Finished Last Week


E Is for Enchantment: A New Mexico Alphabet
We're off to New Mexico next week. How best to learn about the wonders of this place? How about taking a look at the wonders a child might seek out?...more 

The Summer Before the War
Simonson starts slow, but, boy-oh-boy, can she ever plot out a story.

This book is the tale of a woman who comes to teach Latin in an English town just
 ...more 


Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Funny. I tell people I read just about anything but horror and textbooks.

Well, if this is a textbook, you can scratch textbooks from my do-not-read list
 ...more 


The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
Happiness. I'm fascinated with happiness. Which led me to this book.

I knew, of course, about Chris Guillebeau and his quest to visit every country in
 ...more 

Imagine Me Gone
What if you knew the person you were marrying wasn't well...wasn't emotionally well? Would you go ahead and marry him? How would it go? What would you ...more


Waiting for Augusta
I know nothing about golf. Who would have guessed that I would read a book about golf? And...believe it or not...love it.

There is just something about
 ...more


Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road
Take a street in Shanghai. Zoom in. Closer. Closer. Closer still.

Let's meet the people who live here. What are their lives really like? Where did they
 ...more 


Side Effects May Vary
She's got cancer. He never had a chance before; he was just a friend. But now things have changed.

And then she doesn't have cancer. And things change
...more 

Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat
If Gary Paulsen wants to write a play, I say he should write a play. He wanted to write a play. He did. I read it. It's quite nice, actually.

Six kids
 ...more


Diana's White House Garden
Victory Gardens were big in World War II. But did you ever hear the story of how the White House got involved in the Victory Garden business?

Who got i
 ...more 

Every Exquisite Thing
How many times have I had someone's first novel wow me only to find that the second novel was simply ho-hum? I don't know, but it has happened many, m ...more
Your Idea Starts Here: 75 Ways to Find and Build More Creative Ideas
Need ways to come up with ideas? Here's a great place to start. Seventy-five ideas. With illustrations.


The Tale of a No-Name Squirrel
Squirrel is a slave, and when he receives an unexpected invitation to a wedding, he learns there is a way to become free. This sends Squirrel off on a ...more


Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
I love Melissa Sweet's writing, but it's the illustrations she makes to accompany her text that wows me. Sweet's technique is unique; she uses a colla ...more


Vinegar Girl
Anne Tyler. You know what you get when you get Anne Tyler. You get difficult people. Antisocial people. People who don't get along well with others. I ...more




We are headed to New Mexico next week. I love to read books set in the place I'm visiting. Anything New Mexico-ish to recommend to me, friends? I always get my best books from you.


           


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, June 1, 2016

BEA: The Year of (Adult) Coloring Books

Good grief! They were everywhere at BEA this year.

 Coloring books. For adults.

Coloring books with gemstones. Coloring books with famous places.

Coloring books of anatomy.

Botanical garden coloring books.

Mindfulness coloring books.

Coloring books with famous cities and famous buildings.

 Coloring books for classic books.

 Coloring books with the seasons.

Color along to soothing music.


(Adult) coloring. I don't get it. 



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.