Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The World from the Back of a Truck



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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Banished Words, a Library Sale, BookExpo Plans, and Other Bookish Thoughts This Week

Books That Arrived in the Mail (or Have Been Awaiting Me on the Shelf)

I got a nice little stack of books in the mail this week, and when I went to set them on my (upcoming) TBR shelf, I had a little shock: there were six books I received during the end-of-the-year Cybils rush that I never got around to reading and reviewing. I hereby vow to read and review these...well, soon. Very soon. Promise.


These are the books that arrived this week: The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty; Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee; Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question; and The Fall of Lisa Bellow.

Here are some that have been lingering on my shelf, that I have somehow forgotten to read and review (oh dear!):





BookExpo Plans

I registered as media for BookExpo yesterday. I'm terribly excited and terribly nervous. It's one thing to go to BookExpo in Chicago; I know Chicago. It's another to go to...New York City. Whew. I don't know NYC. I looked up hotels and checked out flights. Just for grins, I looked into staying at the Library Hotel. Mighty pricey. But oh-so cool for all of us bookish types. Maybe one night?

Are you planning to go to BookExpo?

Banished Words

I ran across a crazy article on banished words last week. Every year Lake Superior State University makes a list of words that it is asking to banish because of "mis-use, overuse, and general uselessness."

I'm apparently so out of it that some (lots) of these words are completely unknown to me. Do you know about a dadbod? How about on fleek? Listicle?

The ones I do know are appropriately annoying, so I concur with LSSU (if concur is still an un-banished word) about guestimate and historic. Even though I'm not horribly familiar with 831, I agree that when you tell someone you love them you shouldn't use numbers.

What would you put on a list of banished words?

What I'm Reading
I'm reading (and enjoying, if that is the proper word) Lincoln in the Bardo. I've also started Effie Star Zook and The Fall of Lisa Bellow.
How about you? Are you reading anything good 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, February 22, 2017

Laughter Yoga










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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Books I Loved (Much) More Than I Thought I Would


H is for Hawk
I hate violence. This is a very violent book. But deeply true.

March by John Lewis
A graphic novel which I'm not wild about AND it's the story of the Civil Rights Movement, which doesn't sound engaging. Wrong, wrong.

I, Claudius
The story of a stuttering Roman emperor doesn't sound compelling.

Lab Girl
I'd never expected to be captivated by an autobiography of a science nerd.

Lonesome Dove
A western? Really?

True Grit
Please. Another western? And, c'mon, I've already seen the movie. This book is going to surprise me?

A Wrinkle in Time
I think I've spent the last fifty-something years since I read this book trying to find a book as wonderful.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
This was my introduction to the amazing-ness that is Mo Willems.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Nothing prepared me for the power of this book on my life.

Tenth of December 
Author Khaled Hosseini puts it best: "Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time."




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, February 19, 2017

Four ✭✭✭✭✭ Reads, Plus My Favorite Love Story, Tadpole's Promise

I've read 56 books so far in 2017 and 16 of them have been five star reads. That seems pretty remarkable. How can I account for this? The best reads have mostly been books I didn't get around to reading from last year. Oddly, the best books are not books I thought I'd love. I know nothing about hunting with hawks, for one, and who'd have thought I'd be so taken with a children's book with a scarecrow for a main character?

covertitleauthorreview
H is for Hawk
I'm not a hunter, and I'm not mad for animals, but great writing is great writing, and this book is great writing. Helen Macdonald's dad collapses and ...more [edit]
Remove from my books
Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea
I've always been completely fascinated with utopias, and I've secretly longed to join one or start one. I'm a natural reader for this little travel na ...more [edit]
Remove from my books
Worzel Gummidge
Worzel Gummidge is a classic not-quite-human, not-quite-other character, who is able to be in the world without being of the world, who throws out bri ...more [edit]
Remove from my books
Homegoing
Two sisters in Africa. One becomes the wife of a white man who rounds up slaves. And the other is captured as a slave.

Each chapter moves forward a gen
 ...more [edit]


I finished four books this week and every one of them was a five star story.


I'm reading two George Saunders books right now and I'm pretty sure that both of these will also be five star reads.

I can't explain it, this Amazing Book Phenomenon, but I say, keep on coming, great books.


I almost forgot...I also read my favorite picture book love story, Tadpole's Promise, to many of my classes this week. I snapped a picture of the typical reaction of a class to the story...Don't you love this?!








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, February 15, 2017

The Texas Star

Yes, another gemstone cut by my husband.



For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Stories I Love (and Hate)

I don't read a lot of genre fiction, but (who knows why?!) I adore love stories. Although I generally will permanently close a book after a few pages of sappiness or trite story lines, I can put up with a lot if the story is a romance.


Some of my favorite reads ever have been romances. Here are a few love stories I've loved...

Gone With the Wind
Pride and Prejudice
The Fault in Our Stars
Me Before You
Memoirs of a Geisha
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Age of Innocence
I'll Give You the Sun
Tell Me Three Things
Our Souls at Night
Everything, Everything
All the Bright Places
Eleanor & Park
The Rosie Effect
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Remains of the Day
As Simple as Snow
Possession

I'm always on the lookout for a good romance. Although...

Don't slam me, but I'm not really a fan of these love stories:
Outlander
Jane Eyre
Twilight
Bridges of Madison County
Time Traveler's Wife


What romances have 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.