Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Best of BookExpo


Ninety-eight pounds of books is a lot of books. It took a month for me to pick out my favorites from that huge pile of books. In the meantime, I actually managed to read a few of those I hauled home, including The Radium Girls (don't miss this one.) Here, then, are the books I hope to read soon:


The Best Cookbooks from BookExpo:
Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food and Family with Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers
The South's Best Butts: Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection
What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up


The Best Children's Picture Books from BookExpo:
Bizzy Mizz Lizzie by David Shannon
Mary McScary by R. L. Stine, illustrated by Marc Brown
Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Pena


The Best Middle School Books from BookExpo:
Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Authors
Little Bigfoot, Big City by Jennifer Weiner
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
The Frog Princess Returns by E. D. Baker
The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis


The Best YA Books from BookExpo:
North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds


The Best Adult Fiction from BookExpo:
Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green
The Windfall by Diksha Basu
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


The Best Adult Nonfiction from BookExpo:
It's All Relative by A. J. Jacobs
The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
Ageless Soul by Thomas Moore
Things That Join the Sea and the Sky: Field Notes on Living by Mark Nepo


Pretty cool, right?

Well, another cool thing about BookExpo is that the book continue to pour in even after BookExpo is over. Here are three more that came in this week:

Quirk Books sent Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, along with a #STAYPECULIAR book bag and pin and a poster from the upcoming movie.

From New Vessel Press came A Very French Christmas, and from Simon and Schuster came Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids.


I think I need to get busy reading!


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 21, 2017

The Scream: A Photo Booth at Art Night





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 20, 2017

Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't


I'm honestly not much of a series reader. When I worked as a librarian in a full PreK-6 school, I found I had to simply read book one in order to make a dent in all the series my students were wolfing down. I proudly made my way through all the Lord of the Rings books, the Harry Potters, The Give books, and the Hunger Games. But for every series I have completed, I have tens of great series that I haven't completed or even started. 

Here are some I wish I've started but haven't completed:






 Here are series I haven't even started:








Do you like series? What's the best series you ever read? Are there any of these I should read?






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!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day and The End of Men, Plus Week Three of A Book-a-Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! We are planning to cook some burgers on my husband's brand new Father's Day gift today for my husband, my son, my brother, and my dad. I love to get together with my family.

I did a post last week on The Most Amazing Fathers in Books (and Real Life), if you didn't get to take a look at that.

WHAT ARRIVED LAST WEEK

I got a couple of new books in last week:


The End of Men: A Novel by Karen Rinaldi
Yoga Bodies: Real People, Real Stories, and the Power of Transformation

And I also joined the Book of the Month Club. I know, I know, I just brought home 98 pounds of books from BookExpo and I joined BOTM? Inexplicable? The only people who can possibly understand this are my fellow book people. 





WHAT I READ LAST WEEK

I'm continuing to read a #bookaday this summer:





So many great reads this summer. Lots of five star reads, including Radium Girls, Tuck Everlasting, and One Crazy Summer.


WHAT I'M READING NOW





How is your summer going? Are you reading anything you recommend? 




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 14, 2017

Love It! Book-ish Attire at BookExpo

Love these.

Love this.

Of course, I took along my own book-ish shirt to BookExpo. 
Here are my library assistant and I, fashionably ready at our school library. 

Can you imagine, though, if I had the skirt and shoes, too? I think I need them.



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 13, 2017

The Most Amazing Fathers in Books (and Real Life)

I've been lucky enough to know some amazing fathers. I started out with an amazing dad that has become more and more amazing as he has grown older. Here he is on his 90th birthday last January:




What an amazing father my husband is! Here he is in one of my favorite photos of him while he is rock hunting in Utah:




How about fathers in books? Here are some of my favorite fathers in books:



To Kill a Mockingbird
Gilead
A Wrinkle in Time
Anne of Green Gables
Little House on the Prairie
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Last Lecture
Life with Father
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Lightning Thief


Do you have favorite fathers in books?

Vote for your favorite fathers in books here at Goodreads.



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!