Sunday, October 14, 2018

Reading Frenzy


You probably aren't going to believe this, but I read and reviewed 32 books last week. Yes, the Cybils reading frenzy has begun. We now have almost 150 nominations for best fiction picture book and board book, so I am a hot mess of approving nominations, trying to find nominated books at the libraries I frequent, picking books up from the libraries, reading nominated books, and reviewing books.

I am also trying to read a few more books I hope will inspire me my NaNoWriMo writing adventure that starts in about two weeks. And there is my regular grownup books, including my book club book, Bluebird Bluebird. I'm only a few chapters into Bluebird and our club meets Tuesday. Eek!

Here are some of the books I read and reviewed last week:


I spent Thursday up on a deck three stories in the air in a remote part of the Bolivar Peninsula watching for birds of prey. There were a flock of us (sorry) there that day, as the weather finally cooled down here into the lower 80's, and the sun came out strong for the first time in four weeks. We counted over 600 falcons, hawks, vultures, and eagles for Hawk Watch, so it was a good day.

I spent Saturday at the KBR Kids Day in Houston teaching children to pet and hold alligators. Yes, that's right, alligators. I couldn't begin to count how many kids dared to pet the baby alligator I was holding, and I wish I knew how many kids were willing to hold the alligator. I don't know how many did, but it was a lot. 

Here's a photo from one of our Texas Master Naturalist group holding the alligator at the 2015 KBR Kids Day in Houston.


Have you nominated? There are only two more days left for nominations from the public. Here's a link to the nomination form. Anyone can nominate a favorite children's or young adult book. Add this image to your blog once you have nominated.

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon will be held on October 20, 2018. Sign up here.

How about you? 
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 hosted at The Book Date.


  1. I was having trouble with my comments. I think I have fixed the problem (fingers crossed).

  2. Birding is so much fun! My post is here:

  3. Quite a busy week and a LOT of reviewing! Makes me feel like a real slacker. That's such a cute photo of the kids with the baby alligator!
    Happy reading!

  4. I"m also buried under Cybils reading but I don't have the added stress of the administration aspects. Good luck! My weekly updates

  5. Wow, you’ve been busy. The birdwatching sounds fun. We have tons of hawks and owls around here. I always grab the binoculars when they land in my backyard trees. Good luck with the Cybils reading. Have a great week.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. Despite being a tropical country, I have an aversion for alligators! You've been really busy.


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