Sunday, February 26, 2017

Banished Words, a Library Sale, BookExpo Plans, and Other Bookish Thoughts This Week

Books That Arrived in the Mail (or Have Been Awaiting Me on the Shelf)

I got a nice little stack of books in the mail this week, and when I went to set them on my (upcoming) TBR shelf, I had a little shock: there were six books I received during the end-of-the-year Cybils rush that I never got around to reading and reviewing. I hereby vow to read and review these...well, soon. Very soon. Promise.

These are the books that arrived this week: The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty; Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee; Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question; and The Fall of Lisa Bellow.

Here are some that have been lingering on my shelf, that I have somehow forgotten to read and review (oh dear!):

BookExpo Plans

I registered as media for BookExpo yesterday. I'm terribly excited and terribly nervous. It's one thing to go to BookExpo in Chicago; I know Chicago. It's another to go to...New York City. Whew. I don't know NYC. I looked up hotels and checked out flights. Just for grins, I looked into staying at the Library Hotel. Mighty pricey. But oh-so cool for all of us bookish types. Maybe one night?

Are you planning to go to BookExpo?

Banished Words

I ran across a crazy article on banished words last week. Every year Lake Superior State University makes a list of words that it is asking to banish because of "mis-use, overuse, and general uselessness."

I'm apparently so out of it that some (lots) of these words are completely unknown to me. Do you know about a dadbod? How about on fleek? Listicle?

The ones I do know are appropriately annoying, so I concur with LSSU (if concur is still an un-banished word) about guestimate and historic. Even though I'm not horribly familiar with 831, I agree that when you tell someone you love them you shouldn't use numbers.

What would you put on a list of banished words?

What I'm Reading
I'm reading (and enjoying, if that is the proper word) Lincoln in the Bardo. I've also started Effie Star Zook and The Fall of Lisa Bellow.
How about you? Are you reading anything good 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. Not going to BookExpo, but bet you'll have a good time. Library Hotel sounds like lots of fun. And one night seems worthwhile. LOL

  2. I am going to BookExpo! I have gone every year since 2012, except last year. I am not a fan of flying, so Chicago wasn't really an affordable option. I have a friend who lives outside of the city, and usually I stay with her, but this year the Hubs is coming, so we did Airb&B, so we'll be pretty close to the Javits. Can't wait to see you there!

  3. I thought of going to BookExpo, but decided it was too complicated. I'll be trying to do more local blogger events instead. But I hope everyone who does go has a blast!

    Lincoln in the Bardo sounds really interesting from all I've read. I hope I'll get to that one at some point.

  4. We are going to NYC mid-June, so I will just miss the Expo. I did go in 2009 when it was also held in NYC, and it was a fantastic experience. You will love it - and the city - and staying at the library hotel would be the cherry on top :)

  5. Have a wonderful time at BookExpo - I'm hoping you get to stay at the Library Hotel:). As for those banished words, I'm a bit nervous at the thought of expunging words from our language - even ones I dislike, like f**k, when it becomes a universal adjective. But I think it's an intriguing idea. Thank you for swinging by my blog earlier and have a great week:).

  6. I think with other travel plans, going to BookExpo is too complicated this year, so I'll just have to hear about it from you & other bloggers. I'm sure it'll be a blast, I enjoyed it being in Chicago last year. That was more doable for me. I hope the Bardo is a good read, I'm reading The Nightingale right now.

  7. The Fall of Lisa Bellow caught my eye.

    As for Book Expo! When is it ever going to return to the West Coast? It was here last in 2008, the only time I've attended. I'm starting to feel persecuted...LOL. I would love to see NYC, but it just won't work for me. I thought when it was in Chicago last year that it was slowly making its way west.

    Enjoy the trip and the experience...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. I've heard good buzz for Lincoln in the Bardo so I'm glad to hear it's proving to be worthwhile! How exciting about BookExpo! Sounds like a it'll be amazing. The Fall of Lisa Bellow looks interesting and I love the cover Big Bear Small Mouse. I've read another book from that duo (Bear Feels Scared) over and over. Have a great week!

  9. Wow! That's a lot of good books you got there! Hope you have a good weekend!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

  10. I am forging all bookish trips this year and getting a new laptop and wireless headphones instead.

  11. Ooh a ton of fun looking books! Book Expo sounds fun, Chicago was a lot closer to me last year but I didn't go. Hope you have a great time!

    Interesting about the banished words. Is that Lake Superior State in Michigan? If so that's close to home. :)

  12. 831 is the only banned word I am not familiar with, but then again, I teach middle school! My take is that jargon and slang come and go. If you don't like a term, just wait awhile. Either it will go away, or it will become embedded into "regular" language and stop sounding so weird. My parents' high school yearbooks were covered with "swell." You're a swell guy! Have a swell summer! Sure was swell having English with you! I'm sure their parents all rolled their eyes.

    I've never gone to anything like Book Expo. It's hard enough to justify time and money for professional conferences; I'm not in a position to jet off across country for something just for my reading/blogging life. Though I agree with an earlier poster that if it ever makes it to the west coast, I'd be more inclined.

  13. Lincoln in the Bardo is on my list!

  14. I've been going to BEA for years and my application to go as media this year was denied. I know several other long term bloggers who got the same rejection email.

    I knew on fleek and listicle.

    Happy reading!

  15. 831 is new to me! I will likely go to BEA, but I haven't finalized my plans yet.

  16. VERY nice mailbox.

    The Fall of Lisa Bellows has a very interesting cover. Lincoln in the Bardo looks good too.

    Have a wonderful reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  17. I'm reading and listening to Lincoln in the Bardo and enjoying it immensely. The book and the audio complement each other nicely. Happy Reading!

  18. I hope to get to Book Expo some day but not this year. I can set aside the funds but I have to make sure my hubby is in stable health before I go off gallivanting.
    I had never heard of word banishing! Doesn't seem quite right to me ... unless they want to banish curse words. I could go for that. :-)
    You have a great collection of books to read and review. The Rock Maiden looks particularly charming!
    Happy Reading!

  19. Not going to BEA this year. NYC is a bit of a financial stretch for me right now. Maybe next year!

    I have Lincoln in the Bardo in audio. Should be interesting with the large cast of narrators.

    1. I bet Lincoln is great in audio!

      Wish you were going to BEA. It was fun to meet up with you last year.

  20. I love the look of that Emily Dickinson picturebook! :) I've been reading so many great things about Lincoln in the Bardo - looking forward to finding that novel and reading it.

  21. Am going to wait for featured books to be reviewed on this blog to decide if I want to add them to my TBR list. Thank you for doing this for me! We soooo enjoy your reviews.

  22. Going to Book Expo. Looking for roommates. Have a hotel reservation. Lost two of our roommates.

  23. Have fun at the BEA. I decided to not go this year. Just didn't feel like it.


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