It was a gray, overcast week. The temperatures were in the low 70's all week. I'm not ready for winter to be over. Please send some cool days. A little sunshine would be nice, too.
All that gray, wet weather led to me finishing up ten books this week.
Three of these were children's books: War is Over by David Almond; Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee; and The President Sang Amazing Grace: A Book About Finding Grace After Unspeakable Tragedy.
I read and reviewed one cookbook, Pastry for Beginners. I finished a book of poetry, Penguin's Poems for Life, which I thought was good, but not great. I wrapped up Bob Goff's new book of daily inspiration, Live in Grace, Walk in Love, which is filled with wonderful reminders of living a life of love.
And I read three books which I heartily recommend: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the true story of nine young men, of impoverished backgrounds, who through hard work and determination, overcome numerous obstacles to get to the Berlin Olympics; Around the World in 80 Trees, a beautifully illustrated look at eighty fascinating trees around the world; and the very quirky and fresh fiction book, A Tale for the Time Being.
I'm almost finished with The Truth is, a book I will be featuring on Multicultural Children's Book Day at the end of January. Whew. I'm not finished, but, after reading about the much-bullied teen in A Tale for the Time Being, and now reading about the much-bullied teen in The Truth is, I'm quite worried about how teens are treating each other in our schools.
The new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature was announced last week. It's one of my favorite authors, Jason Reynolds. I did a whole post on Jason Reynolds when I met him at BookExpo in New York. I took the photo (above) when I saw him at BookExpo holding a fan's baby. He's the author of the marvelous Ghost and the fabulous Long Way Down. Wouldn't the world be a different place if we let our National Ambassador for Young People's Literature handle all our political dealing with other lands? Congratulations, Jason Reynolds!
My husband and I presented our first program for the Texas Master Naturalists, Mineral and Gem Hunting in the USA, this week. There was a nice turnout for the program. We unexpectedly found ourselves on the front page of the county newspaper the next day in an article called "Taken for Granite."
I tried making puff pastry for the first time last week. I read and reviewed the cookbook Pastry for Beginners. I'm pretty happy with the Strawberry and Cream Danish. Next I hope to try choux pastry....
I'd love to hear about your week.
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Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:
- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
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