Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It Doesn't Get Better Than This...A Bookstore AND a Rock Shop in One: Ocotillo Books, Rocks, and Beads in Alpine, Texas


























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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.


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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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