Sunday, April 1, 2018

My Week in Books: The Texas 2x2 Tumble, The Great American Read, Plus Bella Figura

I still haven't finished a book (that's two weeks of no-books-finished, and it may be a record for me) but I did have a fabulous week in books.


I had the joy of taking these three students to our district Texas 2x2 Tumble competition. Each student read and reread the twenty Texas 2x2 books and the team answered every question right in the competition, making a perfect score. In a tiebreaker, the teams were asked a final question and, while our team answered correctly, another team answered more correctly and was awarded the trophy. We had a fabulous time and were proud that we had done our best to prepare.


I am terribly excited to hear about a new tv series. That is odd for me. I'm not a tv girl. But I can't wait to watch this show.
 Gabrielle Union, Jason Reynolds, George R.R. Martin, Wynton Marsalis, Morgan Freeman, Junot Díaz, Margaret Atwood and Many More Featured in the Series, As America Goes in Search of Its Best-Loved Book –

– Show Premieres Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS Stations Nationwide –

Meredith Vieira.
Credit: Courtesy of Inky Dinky Worldwide, Inc.
ARLINGTON, VA; March 28, 2018 -- 
PBS announced today that television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira will host THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, a new eight-part television series launching on PBS stations with a two-hour special event on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. In THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, Vieira will take viewers on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels, the people who love them and their authors.

Many key authors, celebrities and notable figures in the entertainment, sports, news and literary worlds will join Vieira in lending their voices and passion to THE GREAT AMERICAN READ. Margaret Atwood, Jenna and Barbara Bush, Chelsea Clinton, Junot Díaz, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John Green, Gayle King, George R. R. Martin, Shaquille O’Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jason Reynolds, Gabrielle Union, Ming-Na Wen and many others will share their personal stories and connections to their favorite titles throughout the series.

Following the two-hour launch event of THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, and throughout the summer, viewers will be encouraged to read and engage in the conversation by participating in local events, and by visiting the interactive website and voting for their favorite book on the list The series will return in September with a recap and additional themed episodes exploring the nominated books, leading up to the reveal of “America’s Best-Loved Novel” on Tuesday, October 23.

To complement THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, PBS KIDS will host PBS KIDS READ as part of an annual summer learning initiative for children ages 2-8 and their families. PBS KIDS READ will encourage reading and related activities through a variety of resources for children and parents, including social media engagement, digital games and tools, and downloadable activities. In addition, PBS member stations across the country will host literacy and learning events in local communities throughout the summer months.


 Bella Figura: How to Live, Love and Eat the Italian Way
Sass, Smarts, and Stilettos: How Italian Women Make the Ordinary Extraordinary
Paris in a Weekend with Two Kids
Hazelnut Days by Emmanuel Bourdier and Zau
Marwan's Journey by Patricia de Arias and Laura Borras
The Favorite by S. V. Berlin


I'm off to Dallas on Tuesday for the Texas Library Association Conference. How many books will I bring back from the conference?

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. Congratulations on your team doing so well - the three girls look a joy to spend time with, bright and brimming with potential... I love that age:). The Texas Library Association Convention sounds like huge fun - have a lovely time and I look forward to hearing what you bring back. In the meantime have a great week.

  2. You now have me excited for May - this series sounds fantastic!
    I always love your list of travel books - it helps me add to my wanderlust pile :)

    1. I can’t wait for the series!

      I love your travel books, too.

  3. How cute your team is and glad they are doing good! Have a good time at the convention it sounds like a ton of fun! Lots of great books this week too. I hope you enjoy them. I haven't seen that TV show. I will have to check it out. Have a great week!

    Mary my #SundayRoundup #12!

  4. Enjoy the conference! The Great American Read looks wonderful.

    Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. If Great American Read is successful, maybe we will see more bookish things on tv.

  5. Congrats to you and your team at the Texas 2X2 competition for doing so well. I am going to have to look into the new series The Great American Read now. Hope you have a wonderful ahead. And I hope you enjoy the new books you got too.

  6. Congratulations to your students on the competition success; I'll bet they had a great time. I hadn't heard about the PBS series; it sounds so interesting!

  7. Aww, your team is adorable. That TV show sounds kind of awesome. Have a great week and enjoy the conference!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  8. Texas Library Association Conference is on my bucket list. Have a wonderful time. Come see my week here. Have a great week!

  9. How great about the competition! I too can't wait to see the Great American Read.

  10. The Great American Read sounds fascinating. I hadn't heard of it before. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a good reading week. :)

  11. The Great American Read sounds a wonderful idea, I guess we may not see it here in NZ but I'll keep a watch out for it all the same.

  12. Congratulations to your three students. Hazelnut Days looks good. Come see what I'm reading

  13. Congratulations you've had a full week.

  14. Congrats to your little future UIL stars. Please remind us again of the Great American Read. I am very interested.


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