Sunday, February 24, 2019

Weekly Wrap-up: Books Read, Books Being Read, and a Fabulous Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza

Read...


Emily Climbs (Emily, #2) Merci Su�rez Changes Gears Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1) Rosie and Rasmus The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science

I finished five books last week, and all five were children's books. Emily Climbs is one of a series written by the author of Anne of Green Gables. Merci Suarez Changes Gears is the winner of this year's Newbery Award. Five on a Treasure Island is the first in the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I also read and reviewed a new picture book Rosie and Rasmus as well as a new early chapter book series The Acadia Files.

That puts me at 54 books read so far this year.



Reading...


The Night Circus Don Quixote Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

I'm currently working my way through The Night Circus (at last!), Don Quixote, and Edith Hamilton's Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.



Thinking about...

I've been thinking about The Sunday Salon. I was offered The Sunday Salon, and I decided to give a go to running it. Right now it is a Facebook group, but I'm thinking about making a few changes. I've posted a poll about it, and I welcome suggestions. The poll is here.


I've been thinking about all the different places I've read about in books. I have a blog post coming on Tuesday called Places I've Visited Through Books. I set a goal back in 2013 to try to read books set in eighty different places in the world. I'm getting very close to my goal now, with seventy-five.



Baking, photography, drawing, and other projects...



I tried a baked Chicago-style pizza this week. I overworked the crust a tiny bit, and that was a little disappointing. I will do better next time.


I had visits this week from my sweet friend, Rae, and my wonderful sister, Cathy. Rae surprised me with a delightful gift of Novel Teas. Isn't that fun? And my sister, who is just home from three weeks in Paris (!) brought me the amazing gift of two knives from Dehillerin, the store in Paris where Julia Child bought all her cookware. 



In real life...

My daughter-in-law started having serious contractions Friday. She is at 35 weeks. Her doctor admitted her to the hospital and gave her some medication to stop the contractions. They slowed, and finally stopped late yesterday. Prayers are appreciated.







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.


42 comments:

  1. I still haven't started The Night Circus, even if it's been on my kindle for ages!
    Sending positive vibes to your daughter in law :)
    It's funny, Brandee also has a feature about books and traveling, like you do. But she's doing it for places she has visited after reading a book, which I thought was really neat, too. Yours is about reading books set in different places, right? So you're truly traveling through the books your read :)
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

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    1. I like how Brandee did her feature, too. I could also do one about books I read set in the places I was traveling to (if that makes sense!)

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  2. I'm impressed you're reading Don Quixote! I'm sending prayers for your daughter-in-law and your grandbaby.

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    1. The chapter-a-day makes it very readable. This is honestly a great way to read a long and complex book.

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  3. First and foremost, prayers for your daughter-in-law.

    Second, I still have to get over to give my comments about The Sunday Salon. Basically, I think it could stay on Facebook but maybe also leave a link on a blog too? If that makes sense. That way it could include other platforms such as Instagram.

    Third, I give you and others that I know who are working their way, or who have read, Don Quixote credit. I couldn't finish it and I don't feel like I ever need to. I'm okay with leaving some books unfinished and unread. Ulysses is the same for me. Zero interest.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers. I would great appreciate your comments about Sunday Salon.

      I felt the same way about War and Peace. I think it's okay to set aside books and say that one's not for me.

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  4. I remember the first Sunday Salon, and it was delightful...but the FB group has been so user-friendly. Enjoy the process of changing things...

    Congrats on the upcoming birth of your new grandchild.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Yes, I'd like to do something to encourage people to visit each other's blogs more and to leave comments. I love that part of blogging. The conversation part.

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  5. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed The Night Circus. I'm anxious to read her next book, which is due out in November.

    Sending good thoughts to your daughter and grandchild.

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    1. I will look for that book. I like it that the second book didn't come out right away. Too many times, I think, an author gets a two-book-deal based on the first book and a little blurb about the second book, and the second book is horribly disappointing.

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  6. I hope the contractions stop and she goes a few more weeks. My daughter was born at 38 weeks and was just fine.

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    1. They say that girls do best when they are a bit premature. My daughter-in-law is expecting a boy, so they want to give him a little more time.

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  7. I wondered what happened to The Sunday Salon... didn't know about the FB group! Praying for your DIL.. hope she can make it a little longer.

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    1. I think I need to advertise Sunday Salon more. I liked it so much when I was first a blogger.

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  8. Sending best wishes to your daughter-in-law and that her contractions have stopped. This is the first I've heard of The Sunday Salon but will be looking into it further.

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  9. I still aven't started The Night Circus but I hope to in the near future. Sending prayers that her contractions don't return and she can make it to full term:)

    My Sunday Post

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  10. Praying for your daughter-in-law and the baby, that all will be well.

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  11. Sending prayers. I hope you enjoy Night Circus Deb!

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  12. I'm really looking forward to reading Merci Suarez Changes Gears and I'm adding The Night Circus to my list. Thanks for sharing this new-to-me title! I also LOVE the idea of considering Places I've Visited Through Books. It makes me want to set up a big map and start putting in pushpins RIGHT NOW. Thank you for joining #imwayr and I hope you have a wonderful reading week, Deb!

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    1. I meant to add that I really hope contractions have not returned with your daughter-in-law. I had pre-term labor starting at around 30 weeks and was on the horrible meds (terbutaline) for much longer than it is recommended (I think it's supposed to be a few days, but I was on them for about 6 weeks). It gave me horrible shakes 24/7. When they took me off the meds it started back up and my water broke almost immediately -- my daughter was born at 38 weeks, no issues other than a little jaundice that resolved within 2 days. She was my first baby and I, thankfully, never had these issues with any of my other four babies. In fact, things went so smoothly that I went on to have home births for my last three. LOL

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    2. Thank you for sharing your story! My daughter-in-law hated the medication so much that she refused to take any more. The contractions have gone away, so we hope they won't return until closer to her due date.

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  13. Sorry to hear about your daughter but hopefully labor will hold off for a few more weeks. Both my children were born at 38 weeks (I had preeclampsia) with no issues and I hope for the same for her. I have Night Circus on my To Read list and I'm really determined to get to it this year. I'll be interested to see your thoughts. Have a great week!

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    1. It certainly helps a lot to hear positive stories about early births.

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  14. Great variety of books. The Night Circus is on my Kindle waiting until I fit it in. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. I've been meaning to read Night Circus for the last three years!

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  15. Praying for your daughter-in-law. I'm still reading Don Quixote too, but not exactly keeping up with the chapter a day I had been aiming at.

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    1. I think that's okay. I read ahead as much as I can, so that makes up for the slacker days.

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  16. I love your weekly wrap-up. I love the new "feel"/voice to the blog!!! It is not any longer "the children's librarian"; it is now Deb, or Debbie, "our blogging friend/literacy lady in Alvin, Texas. I LOVE the new you!!!! Thanks for showing my Literacy Teas. It just was a gift that said, "Debbie needs this!" I had such fun seeing your place! Thanks for letting me in.
    Luv U

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  17. I have the first of the Emily Climbs books on my TBR. I read most of it when I was a teen and didn't get around to finishing it. I can't recall why. My weekly update

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  18. I read The Night Circus a few years ago and ended up adoring it. I enjoyed Merci Suarez Changes Gears, but honestly, I enjoyed her short story in Flying Lessons & Other Stories better.

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    1. Funny! The truth from me is that I loved her picture book, Mango Abuela and Me, a little more than Merci!

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  19. I travel through books but I don't keep track. I do enjoy reading books with setting in places I have lived a lot to see if the places are as I know them.

    Mmmm pizza. I make ours these days because it has to be GF. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  20. Wow.. 54 books so far this year? That's amazing! How do you do that?
    Sorry to hear about your daughter-in-law. I hope everything is okay! I went in to labor with 36 weeks 7 months ago! Sigh..
    Have a great week and happy reading.

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  21. not sure if my comment went through earlier.. Night Circus - I enjoyed this book when I read it.. Famous Five - I grew up reading Blyton and wanted to be a mix of Julian, Dick, George and Anne (mainly George!).. And need to get to reading Merci Suarez

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  22. I loved The Night Circus! One of the few books I will try to read again some day :-)

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  23. Night Circus is one of my favorite "reads." It has such an etherial quality about it. And would you believe I read it just because I was attracted to its cover on a display "block" in the local library?

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