School has reopened. The public library has reopened. The gas stations have reopened.
Contractors are handing out their business cards at Kroger. Piles of sodden drywall and carpeting lie in heaps for the garbageman. Friends and family wait to hear from the insurance adjustor and FEMA.
Life after the hurricane.
Mail has resumed, too, and I got in a lot of books:
I'm always happiest when I get a lot of review books in my mailbox. And when hurricanes aren't raging outside.
WHAT I'M READING NOW
Nicole Krauss is coming to Houston (the event had to be moved from the Wortham to Rice University because of flooding, but the event is still going to happen) next week, so I'm busy reading her latest book, Forest Dark. I read two reviews before I started it from disappointed readers, but I'm not disappointed, at least so far. Krauss is such a thoughtful writer that I find myself rereading lines as I go along, and that's one of my favorite ways to read.
If I had to pick another favorite way to read, it would have to be reading while laughing. And that's how I'm reading A. J. Jacobs' latest real-life adventure, It's All Relative. He's exploring the world of our kin and DNA and, like every Jacobs book I've read, it's strange and zany and smart and clever.
TACKLE YOUR TBR READ-A-THON
THE CALL FOR CYBILS JUDGES
The call for Cybils judges went out on Monday, August 21. The volunteer application will be open until September 11. If you love children's books or YA books, and you love to write about the books you read on your blog, we'd love to have you on our Cybils team. I'm especially interested in finding some bloggers who love children's fiction picture books and board books. I hope you will apply. Apply here.
What are you reading today?
What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine 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.