Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

Where do you get the books you read? I get books from the library, as gifts, from Paperback Swap, and from BookCrossing, in addition to buying books from a bookstore.

If a book comes in for me from the library, I'm going to read it. Right away. First thing. It will go back in two weeks, and who knows when it will come again?

A book that arrives as a gift? From Paperback Swap? BookCrossing? Books I've bought myself at the bookstore? I tend to set these aside until the stack from the library subsides.

And that's why I have this pile of books I really, really want to read that I haven't gotten to yet. 

The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin...I started this one during a lull in library books and I loved reading it, but then it got set aside...

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller...I pulled this one from a BookCrossing bookbox after reading and loving Madeline Miller's Circe, but I've yet to start it...

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez...It was Emma from Words and Peace that set me onto this one...from another BookCrossing bookbox...unread so far...

The Queen of the Tambourine by Jane Gardam...I discovered the amazing Jane Gardam through her novels for adolescents, Bilgewater and A Long Way from Verona...Her books were brilliant, I thought, so much so that I wanted to write Gardam a fan letter...but didn't...Still, I found her novel for adults and couldn't wait to read it...but still haven't...

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley...So many people have raved about this story and I've had this book for a long, long time...Absolutely no reason for not reading it...except that I haven't...

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah...I've checked this one out from the library several times and returned it, unread, and finally this arrived in my Little Free Library...still haven't gotten around to read it...

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger...A swim friend told me about this book one day at the pool..."My favorite book," she said...I've read it but I didn't really read it and think about it, if you know what I mean...So I found a copy, intending to reread it carefully...and I still haven't...

Village School by Miss Read...A book about a school...by "Miss Read"...and I've heard it's a comfort read...It sounds perfect for me...Why haven't I read this one?

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann...Over and over, I've heard great things about this nonfiction book, but I'm not really a true crime reader, so I hesitate...

The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber...This one just arrived last week, so I feel least guilty about this one...I'm eager to get to this collection of short pieces by one of the great humor writers, but there are lots of others I probably need to read first...

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.  

Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Sunday Salon: Kindergarten Graduation and a Nature Walk Across the Prairie and Even a Little Bit of Reading


We are home, though we will head out again next week for the high school graduation party of our granddaughter, Bailey. It's a busy time of year.

Le gentil petit diable et autres contes de la Rue Broca by Pierre Gripari (1001 Children's Books)

One Night on the Island by Josie Silver (Romance)
Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson (Romance)

Another Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Everyday by Clemency Burton Hill (Nonfiction)
The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis (Narniathon)
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (Chapter-a-Day)
Around the World in 80 Books by David Damrosch (Book-About-Books)
Poetry Rx: How 50 Inspiring Poems Can Heal and Bring Joy to Your Life (Happiness; Poetry)
Write for Your Life by Anna Quindlen (Writing)

Last week I posted here at Readerbuzz:

Author/illustrator Austin Kleon suggests not only keeping a list of the books you read, but mapping them here

Our naturalist group took a walk through Nash Prairie Preserve, a never-plowed, never-grazed pristine tall-grass prairie in our county, with a marvelous guide one evening last week. We were encouraged to pick wildflowers and walk in the grass and look closely at the flora and fauna (I was delighted to find a walking stick, three butterflies, a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar on a Purple Passionflower, and a Dickcissel.) 

Good Thing #1
Annie's kindergarten graduation.
Annie and her little brother, Wyatt.

Good Thing #2
We can check out odd things from our library,
including this huge unicorn sprinkler,
so we took this along to Big Sandy and
had a fun day with it and the kids.

Good Thing #3
The kids and I had a fantastic time
drawing in my journal and the journal we gave Annie for graduation.
Annie is really good at drawing horses.

I'm happy you joined us here at the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 

Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:

  • What was your week like?
  • Read any good books? Tell us about them.
  • What other bookish things did you do? 
  • What else is going on in your life?

Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.


My linkup for Sunday Salon is below. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Wondrous Words Wednesday: Service


It's a word we don't seem to know much about here in the US.

AirFrance knows this word. AirFrance is all about service.

The flight attendant offered to take a photo of my sister and me on the plane to Paris.
A hanger was on my seat to hang up my coat during the flight.

We were brought a warm moist cloth towel for our hands before we ate. 

A cloth tablecloth was placed over the tray table.

Champagne! And French wine!

The first course. Real silverware. Real butter. Real bread.

The main course. With more champagne. 


Service: the action of helping or doing work for someone.

United Airlines...American Airlines...Delta Airlines...Southwest Airlines, are you listening?

For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! It was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion and is now hosted at Elza Reads.

Weekend Cooking was created by Beth Fish Reads and is now hosted by Marg at The Intrepid Reader (and Baker). It is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.