Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ten of My Favorite Books Set in the American West



Lonesome Dove
This is a must-read. I've yet to meet a person who hasn't loved this book.


One Thousand White Women
This one is a book I read a long, long time ago.
A woman gets a chance to start over out west.

Sarah, Plain and Tall
It's a very short chapter book that will touch your heart.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
Two brothers attempt to travel the Oregon Trail. It's nonfiction.

These is My Words
It's fiction, but I would have sworn it was nonfiction.

Death Comes for the Archbishop
I just read this one this summer. It's full of the beauty and charm of New Mexico.

By the Great Horn Spoon!
I read this book as a child. 
It was so good that it sent me back to the F shelf in the library 
for every Sid Fleischman book the library had.

True Grit
You've seen the movie, and you aren't interested in this book? 
I said the same thing, but others finally talked me into reading it. 
One of the best books I've ever read.

Little House on the Prairie
Still a great read aloud for your children or your students.

Horseman, Pass By
A very different story than McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.
A powerful book, nevertheless.






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, August 14, 2016

Children's Picture Books This Summer With...a Giveaway!


Picture Books This Summer

I've had a lot of picture books arrive in my mailbox this summer. I love picture books more than any other kind of book, I think, so I wanted to save them for as long as I can before reading them....I had a delicious day yesterday, reading and reviewing all of these wonderful picture books....



And...

 
Journey                                Quest



So you can also enjoy some great children's picture books, 
how about a giveaway?!


 Book Trailer for Quest

Candlewick's Five Questions (Plus One) for Aaron Becker

GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway details
1 prize pack includes:
1 hardcover copy of Journey by Aaron Becker
1 hardcover copy of Quest by Aaron Becker

I will choose 1 winner from the US or Canada to win the prize pack.
The publisher will mail out the prize.
The giveaway will run from now until the end of August.

How do you win?
Leave a comment and tell me you'd like to win.
I'd love it if you'd follow me, too, but that isn't required.



The Mailbox Continues to Be Full....

     I don't remember another summer when I've received so many books...not that I'm complaining!
Here's what arrived last week:





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, August 10, 2016

Murals in Alpine, Texas

Alpine has lots of murals, we noticed on our recent trip there.


This one was on the side of a lumber company. Thus, the We Put "Pine" in Alpine.




We met the artist who did this huge "Greetings from Alpine, Texas" mural. It took six months, he told us.



Does someone repaint the calendar each month?



Iconic Alpine.


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, August 9, 2016

Armchair Foodie Travel Books

Could anything be better than armchair travel books?
Well, how about armchair foodie travel books?!


Here's a list of some of my favorites from that genre:


On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town



Spain: A Culinary Road Trip



The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France



American Pie: 
Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads



Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: 
A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China



Fried Eggs with Chopsticks



McCarthy's Bar: 
A Journey of Discovery in Ireland



Untangling Chopsticks: 
A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto



Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria



Two for the Road: 
Our Love Affair with American Food



The Spice Necklace: 
A Food Lover's Caribbean Adventure
Have you read any of these? Can you think of others I should add to this list?



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.
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pursuing Happiness: A (What?!!) Movie Review



I'm interested in happiness.

I've taken a course in happiness.

I've participated in a happiness study.

I've read lots of books about happiness. Lots.

And now I've watched a movie about happiness. So just move it on down the road, book bloggers, if you wish, but I'm about to post my first first movie review, a review of the movie Pursuing Happiness.


Adam Shell and Nicholas Kraft spent two years seeking out and interviewing four hundred of the happiest people in America. Pursuing Happiness is the result.

Shell and Kraft talk to the mayor of a Cajun city in Louisiana, a man who lived with a tribe on the Amazon for two years, a woman with cancer, a man who lost his hands when he was thirty, a fellow who creates little gardens of beauty in his big city, two men who make benches for tired people waiting for buses.

These happy people are mesmerizing. They zing with joy. They are alive. They make things. They scuba dive. They hug. They laugh. They are a sharp contrast to the usual Dr. Phil sort of folks you see interviewed.

Shell has had lots of time to think about the wonder of these people. What is their secret? he asks.

"What struck me most about the happiest people in America is how normal their lives are. The secret to happiness, then (if you can call it a secret) is how to face tragedy without allowing fear to cripple us. And how to do that? Well," Shell says, "that is what I learned from the happiest people in America."


What is it that keeps us from being happy?

"For it is fear that is the true enemy of happiness. When we do not let fear consume our thoughts and dictate our actions, happiness is right there waiting for us," Shell tells us.


This isn't a Steven Spielberg movie. There is a typo or two and the occasional odd camera angle and that annoying glare on people's glasses here and there. There aren't any special effects and nothing blows up. But it is a movie with a huge heart, a movie that has important things to share with the oodles of folks out here who just can't seem to be happy as well as with those of us who'd just like to be a teeny bit happier.


Here's a short preview:


Where can you see the entire movie? Check the website for more information.



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, August 3, 2016

Grand Prize Reader

I was having a bad day and then I stopped by the library. 

"Hey, Debbie," Dana Kay, the branch manager, called to me as I came in. "You are the grand prize winner."

"Oh my!" I told the library clerk. "I won the summer adult reading club contest. I wonder what the grand prize is. Maybe a $5,000 gift card to Barnes and Noble?"

"Yeah, right," the library clerk, Cynthia, said as she checked in books.

Dana Kay walked to the library office and brought out my prize. 

"Gracious," I said. "It's better than a $5,000 gift card to Barnes and Noble."

"Do you know what it is?" Dana Kay asked me.

"Yes," I told her. "It's a book pillow."

"Yes," said Dana Kay. "It's a book pillow, and I made it."

Isn't it lovely?





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, August 2, 2016

Ten Books (and Book-ish Things) I'd Buy Today If Someone Handed Me An Amazon Gift Card


Do you remember that I brought home eighty-eight pounds of books from BookExpo this year? I still have a few of those wonderful ARCs that I haven't read yet. I'm set for books coming out this summer and fall, I think. But what about older titles? And book-ish things?

It better be a huge gift card 'cause I'm buying big. Here are the books and book-ish things I'd throw into the Amazon cart today:


The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World...Hardcover...$41.35



Bookopoly Board Game...$64.23



Solid Oak Library Card File Media Cabinet...$208.69



In the Presence of Books...$33.62



Book Candles: The Library, including Antique Books, New Books, and Ancient Scrolls...$24.00



The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men's Prison...$18.38



National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary...$27.19



Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly...$12.00



The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School...$17.33



The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction...$90.00

And the grand total?

A mere $536.79!

Would someone send me a gift card for $536.79? 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.