Sunday, April 12, 2015

Back from China and Off to TLA!

It's time for another Sunday Salon. I'm happy to be here once again, talking books. I'm happy you stopped by and I thank you for sharing your thoughts.

I spent last week in China. It's always fun to travel the world in the library.



And it's going to be a fantastic week, book-ish-ly speaking....I'm headed to the Texas Library Association Conference in the wonderful city of Austin, Texas. I'm not sure what the week will hold, but some of the things I'm especially looking forward to are:

     (1) Learning about Makerspaces in the library
     (2) Hearing Dick Allington share his always-daring thoughts on reading
     (3) Bringing home lots and lots and lots of new books to share with the students at my school!

Here's what I managed to drag home a few TLAs ago!


What Arrived Last Week



Can't wait to get to these!



What I Finished Recently






Reviews coming soon! 





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.



31 comments:

  1. Oh have fun! I know that you always enjoy the Austin TLA. Your week in China sounds so fun. What books did you read? And what did you think of Being Mortal? I sure wish I could keep up with your reading output.

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  2. Last week I read Demi's The Empty Pot and that old classic from 1938, The Five Chinese Brothers.

    Being Mortal took me where I never think about going: that last weeks or months of life. It reminded me of my mom's last two months and how much hospice helped our family make that time a good one.

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  3. Have a fun time at TLA! I was hoping to volunteer there, but it didn't work out with my schedule. Maybe next year.

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  4. Your students should be really happy to have all those books!

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  5. Ah, that's what TLA stands for. Should have realized since you're a librarian *sigh* <-- the sigh was for me, not you. :)

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    1. Yes. So sorry about the crash-and-burn of your meet-the-author plans. I will share my week at TLA. Promise.

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  6. Isn't it wonderful to travel through our bookish world? I actually prefer it...or through movies. After I retired, I did a little traveling, and while I enjoyed being in those new places, I didn't like the process of getting there: packing, flying, living out of a suitcase. So I decided that I was more of an armchair traveler, like the character in The Accidental Tourist. Love that book...and movie.

    The Promise has such an interesting cover, I must check it out! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. You should definitely check out The Promise. It's historical fiction, set during the Galveston Storm of 1900.

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  7. Sounds like you are having fun! Hope you have another great week!

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  8. I hope you all had a good learning experience about China! Have fun at TLA! I love the Missouri Library Association conference in October.

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  9. Have a great time at the convention. I imagine it is more sedate than reader cons like Authors After Dark. Enjoy!

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  10. Have fun :) I am currently read The 5th Wave it's pretty good.

    My Sunday Post
    http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/sunday-post-12-us-virtual-road-trip.html

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  11. Today, I am reading The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Sounds racier than it is.

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  12. That's awesome that you went to China! Enjoy your time at TLA, I admit I haven't heard of it but there's so many events down in the states. Have a great week!

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  13. I love the idea of traveling the world through books... why don't I do it more often?!

    Perhaps this summer, in an effort to add more delight to life, I will select a country to visit. I could find fiction as well as non-fiction books, and perhaps attempt to prepare a few meals to showcase the local cuisine.

    Thank you for opening my eyes to possibilities :)

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  14. Have a great time at TLA! I just finished Being Mortal, too... now I'm reading Lucy Knisley to lighten things up. How did you like Dead Wake?

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    1. After reading a couple of less-than-stellar reviews of Dead Wake, I admit that I was worried going in. Now that I've finished it, I'd say to completely discount any negative reviews

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    2. It was as good or better than any of his other books.

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    3. Thanks, Deb. Hope to read it before too much longer.. also considering it on audio for our drive home.

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  15. Enjoy your time in Austin! I'm interested to hear what you thought of Dead Wake and Being Mortal. I'm interested in reading both. thanks

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  16. I want to read Dead Wake. I loved Devil in the White City. If all non-fiction books were written like Larsson's, I would read more of them!

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

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  17. Ha! I thought you really meant you went to China last week and was thinking you were being very laid back about it!

    Have a great week.

    Deb

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  18. I just saw Dead Wake on a table at a friends house. Now I want to read it too but must be patient until I get further in to The Woman in White, my Classics Club selection of the month.
    My Sunday Salon

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  19. TLA sounds fun! Enjoy and I hope you get lots of lovely books :)

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  20. Oooh, I really love the cover for The Detective's Assistant, it's so pretty! Hope you had an awesome week in China, it sounds like you had lots of fun!

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