I know, I know, it's still October, but the books started rolling in and I just couldn't wait. Bill Bryson's new book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, is one of those books that drives my spouse crazy. I read a little and then run to find him with a Did-you-know fact from the book, and then I go back and read some more, and run to find him again. A great start to Nonfiction November in, um, October.
Here's what has come in for me so far from the public library for Nonfiction November:
The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human
Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream
The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime by Harold Bloom
Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life by Dacher Keltner
What should I read next? How can I possibly decide?
I'm spending part of this weekend at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. As usual, I've charted out all the authors I'd like to hear and books I'd like to buy. I'd need about five of myself to see and do all the authors and books on my list, of course. Sigh. Still it's wonderful to have so many good choices. I'll be sure to give a full report soon.
Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is always a bit of a juggle for me, but this weekend I expect it will be even more so, with four balls in the air. I'm (1) attending sessions at the Texas Book Festival; (2) approving and updating last minute nominations at the Cybils; (3) going to my granddaughter's birthday party; and (4) reading for Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon. Whew! Let's see how this goes!
Lory at The Emerald City asks an interesting question in her post last week: What Counts as Reading? What do you think? Audiobooks? Ebooks? Books you skim? Books you read very quickly? Thoughts?
Last week was the Brazoria County Fair, and it was delightful to walk around the fairgrounds and smell the cotton candy and the goats and chickens and to see my daughter-in-law's pickles and photography take home ribbons, including this wonderful collage of her kids, my grandkids, getting ready for the fair. Aren't Annie and Wyatt adorable? It's Annie's birthday weekend, too, and we'll be celebrating at the Kemah Boardwalk for her fourth birthday on Sunday.
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