Sunday, May 1, 2016

In Which I Finish the Perfect Book for Arbor Day, and Twelve Other Good Books

Thank you, Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon, for my numbers this week. 

Can you guess which book I started and finished on Arbor Day? Quite happily, I might add.

What I Read Last Week

Lab Girl
Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state.
Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting.
Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book.
Clue 4. No interest in picking up another
Tell Me Three Things
Jessie suddenly finds herself moved from her hometown in Chicago to LA. Her mother died and her father has unexpectedly remarried someone he met online ...more
Sunset City: A Novel
Noir doesn't (apparently) mean what it once did.

I was expecting mystery and I was expecting dark. I got mystery and I got dark.

But not just dark. Black
Pagan's Crusade (Pagan Chronicles, #1)
Pagan Kidrouk turns to the Templar Knights for work as a squire. He's had some trouble and needs their protection. He goes to work for Lord Roland, ...more
Somewhere Among
Ema doesn't fit. She's always felt like she didn't belong anywhere---not in her father's Japanese world or her mother's American world. Now she has a ...more
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Gertie wants to become the greatest fifth grader in the universe. And she's got a plan to obtain greatness. She's got the support of two wonderful...more
Inspector Flytrap and The Big Deal Mysteries
A Venus flytrap (yes, a plant) that solves mysteries with the help of his assistant, a goat.

Inspector Flytrap overcomes the obstacles of being a plant
I'll Wait, Mr. Panda
Picture books. They make my little heart go pitter-patter with joy. Good picture books, that is.

Please, Mr. Panda makes my little heart go swish-swis
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing! (Elephant & Piggie)
I could clear my entire primary library of every book except Elephant and Piggie and children would still learn to read.

Or so I sometimes think.

I would
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Cookie Fiasco (Elephant & Piggie)
I've been crying out, "We need more Elephant-and-Piggie-ish books!"

I've been crying out loudly.

Someone has heard my cries.

Someone has written this
The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
I don't worry about death. I don't think about death. I don't care about death.

Nevertheless, this book is a brilliant book. Whether you care about
Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart
I can ask one simple question and your answer will tell me if you will like this book.

Here goes: Do you like Paris?

If you answer yes, you will like it
Old Age: A Beginner's Guide
You can reframe your fifties as the new forties. You can pile on the hair color and Botox and all of the other magical transformative potions. Neverth ...more
Luckiest Girl Alive
This book confirms it: Your high school years, for most of us, are not the best years of your life. For Ani, these years were soul-crushing, and, worse...more

What Arrived Last Week

Another busy week at my mailbox:


I'm still floating from finishing Lab Girl yesterday.
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.


  1. SO many great books here! Of course, you know which one I will have to read first :)

  2. Lovely books!! I definitely want Vinegar Girl...and I already have Luckiest Girl Alive. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. Lots of great books there! I bought Lab girl as soon as I read about it, it's nice to see that you enjoyed it so much! I read Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky this week and haven't been able to pick up another book since.

    Enjoy your week!

    1. I loved Suite Francaise and Fire in the Blood so much, and have just been recently wowed by Lab Girl, so I understand your difficulty in picking up a new book. I decided to try a children's biography next, but I love your idea of taking on an audiobook.

  4. All those books look so good. Vinegar Girl is going on my wishlist.

    Have a great week!

  5. What a great reading week! So that's where Mo Willems is going now that he has finished the Elephant and Piggie series. I had wondered. These look like the kids will love them too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. Vinegar Girl is next on my list. Hope you enjoy it. Happy Reading!

  7. I'm interested in Luckiest Girl and I loved my first JulieB so I am considering this one now.

  8. So glad you liked Lab Girl. I have that one on my list. It sounds great! Have a great week.

  9. OMG did you sleep last week!! Amazing reading for the readathon. I read a good review for Tell Me Three Things so it is on my radar.

  10. You read a bunch of books last week! I barely finished 2!
    Happy Reading! Dani @ Paulette’s Papers

  11. I've added The Violet Hour and Lab Girl to my teetering TBR pile. Thank you for all your great book recommendations.

  12. A hugely big week for you with the readathon Deb!


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