Tuesday, July 29, 2014

And You Say I Have Too Many Books?

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Ten Authors That Live Happily on My Shelves

Now this was an easy post to write. I don't keep many books these days. Just the good ones. The really, really good ones.

So...what authors do I have most on my shelf?

Ray Bradbury (7)...Seven books, including Illustrated Man and Martian Chronicles

William Steig (5)...Four, including Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Rotten Island

Maira Kalman (4)...Four, including Principles of Uncertainty and Looking at Lincoln

Robert McCloskey (3)...Three, including Blueberries for Sal and Make Way for Ducklings

Wallace Stegner (3)...The Spectator Bird, Crossing to Safety, and Angle of Repose

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (3)...The Little Prince, in three different languages

Carol Shields (2)...Happenstance and The Box Garden

Edward Eager (2)...Half Magic and Seven-Day Magic

Elizabeth Berg (2)...Talk Before Sleep and Open House

Pearl S. Buck (2)...Two copies of The Good Earth

Marilynne Robinson (2)...Two copies of Gilead

Update:  Little Book Pixie just shared the idea of using a Goodreads button to figure out which author one has read the most. Thank you! Here are my results:

Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance: Most Read Authors

What authors are living happily on your shelves?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!

What I Reviewed Last Week

Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories
MMM is a delightful little girl and this book is a charming account of all of her small but lovely adventures. If you are looking for a book that is a...more [edit]

Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves
People aren’t the only creatures that can go crazy. Braitman experiences this firsthand when she acquires a crazy dog, a dog that so desperately neede...more [edit]

This One Summer
A graphic novel about an important summer for a young teen and her friend, as the girls grow and change, sometimes connecting and sometimes irritating...more [edit]

The Summer Book
A grandmother and her young granddaughter come to stay on an island for the summer. The mother of the granddaughter, we soon learn, has recently died....more [edit]

The Week Before the Wedding
The cover hints at the story: a beautiful bride stands in her gown with a dog tugging urgently on the hem. No dog in the story, but you get the metaph...more [edit]

My Salinger Year
Joanna Rakoff’s first job out of college is a dream job working for a prestigious literary agency that represents, among others, J. D. Salinger. The A...more [edit]
A Long Way from Verona
Oh my goodness. I’ve just finished a book that has rocketed to the top of my list, and toppled all the other books nearby. It’s my new Favorite Book o...more [edit]
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages, #6)
A crazy man guiding the ship who has given up on mankind and who refuses to stand on dry land. A coral cemetery. Passing through the Suez. Atlantis. A...more [edit]
A Dog So Small
Ben wants a dog. Sadly, Ben can’t have a dog. Ben and his family live in London and London is no place for dogs.

Then Ben’s grandpa promises to get hi...more
The Dolphin Crossing
John and Pat, two boys from completely different worlds, meet and become friends in England. Both boys are disappointed to be just a little too young...more [edit]
Ordinary Jack (The Bagthorpe Saga, #1)
I fell in love with all the characters in this book, the members of the crazy Bagthorpe family. The story centers on Jack, who feels too ordinary in c...more [edit]
The Brothers Lionheart
Karl is dying. His older brother, Jonathan, comforts him with stories about the hereafter, a place he names as Nangiyala. Oddly, Jonathan dies first a...more [edit]

What I'm Reading Now


What are you reading today?!

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! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

How Alvin, Texas is Like Paris, France

It's July and you know what that means:  lots of my favorite bloggers are spending the month writing post after post about Paris in July. Posts about fabulous Parisian food. Posts about fabulous Parisian sites. Posts about fabulous Parisian books. Posts about fabulous Paris. On and on.

Before you know it, you find yourself filled with acute jealousy. We can't all go to Paris every summer. And Paris is truly fabulous. Oh, the longing to go there.

But wait. Yes, Paris is fabulous. But my hometown, Alvin, Texas, is pretty darn fabulous, too. And what is that old saying? "If you can't have what you like, then like what you have," right? 

So let's do a taste test and see how my town weighs in: Paris vs. Alvin.

Paris has cobblestones; Alvin has paving stones.

Paris and Alvin both have great old buildings.

Both Paris and Alvin have fun places for children to play.

Paris has Shakespeare and Company. Alvin has Laid Back Books

There's art in Paris and art in Alvin.

People like to carve in trees in both places.

We find fountains near Paris and in Alvin.

Outdoor cafes? Paris, check. Alvin, check.

It's easy to find pigeons in Paris and Alvin.

Of course you can find amazing desserts in Paris,
but did you know there is a wonderful dessert shop in Alvin, too?



Starbucks in both.



River Seine. Mustang Bayou. 


Water birds nearby.


More statues.

"Viva la France!" "We love America!"

Both Paris and Alvin have exceptional restaurants...

...and both have exceptional museums.

Lots of bicycles in Paris and Alvin.

Fabulous markets in Paris; Froberg's in Alvin.

Wine in Paris; wine in Alvin. 
(And we have a real winery just down the road!)

Paris may have its Eiffel Tower, but we in Alvin love our oil derricks

Good job, Alvin. Alvin, Texas is like Paris, France, I think. Perhaps some "I love Alvin, Texas!" 
t-shirts? Coffee mugs? Bumper stickers? 

Ah, J'aime Alvin!

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Full disclosure:  I took all the photos from Alvin, on the right, and most of the photos of Paris and environs, on the left (though a couple of the Paris photos were taken by my sister and my niece). My husband squired me around during the Alvin photo shoot. For more info about cool spots around Alvin, take a look here: Joe's BarbecueFroberg's FarmLaid Back BooksGordon Street PubNorma's CakesNolan Ryan Center, Helen's Flowers, Alvin Depot, Alvin Historical Museum, Goose GallerySuncatcher Stained Glass, First Presbyterian Church of Alvin, National Oak Park, City of Alvin.