Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Sunday Salon: The Wardrobe Door is Now Open!

 





We went into the children's department at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe in Waco through a wardrobe entrance on a recent visit.

I'm going straight from Nonfiction November into the wardrobe. December is the beginning of #Narniathon21, an event in which we read C. S. Lewis' famous heptalogy, a book per month, in publication order. We are beginning with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Join us by finding out more here.








 An Alphabet for Gourmets by M.F.K. Fisher ⭐⭐⭐⭐






Book Towns by Alex Johnson ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Why Do Robins Have Red Breasts? by Jo Stevens ⭐⭐⭐⭐


I wrapped up nine nonfiction books during the last week of November. Frankly, I'm a little tired of nonfiction now! Click on the link to read my full review.




The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings by Liz Ireland
and any other good fiction I run across!





The Cybils are pouring in. Here's my husband bringing in a stack of books I received one day last week.




Last week I posted here at Readerbuzz:






Good Thing #1
Christmas decorations are up.

Good Thing #2
I love the winner of the Great British Bake Off.


Good Thing #3
Project FeederWatch has begun again.




I'm happy you joined us here at the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 

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?

Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

My linkup for Sunday Salon is below. 

68 comments:

  1. Those stacks of books you have to read are really impressive! Too bad you maxed out on nonfiction, but I hope you find some good fiction soon. I've just read two very good novels -- one review is linked here.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I've never overloaded on nonfiction during November until this year. I'll remember this next year and maybe I'll do some fiction along with the nonfiction.

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  2. Look at all of those books!! I can't wait to find out what you've chosen :)

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    1. It's going to be difficult with 251 books to choose from!

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  3. I imagine you are a little tired of non-fiction! But it looks like you read some really good books.

    I am looking forward to Narniathon! I read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe a couple of months ago.

    I love watching the birds outside our sliding glass door.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I got several reference books about Narnia to go along with my read of the series.

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  4. Love that wardrobe! Nice to have a husband to carry your books. :)

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  5. Great snail mail for sure. I hope you post after the unveiling. (How cool about the wardrobe in the bookstore.)

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    1. The wardrobe was a delight. I am eager to go back to that bookstore. The whole store is very fun.

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  6. Ooh how did I not know about this? Happy Narniaing!!!

    I LOVE that doorway into the children's section. Awesome!!!!!

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    1. I've been looking forward to #Narniathon 21 for several months.

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  7. I'm joining the #Narniathon21! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. You had a great reading November. Looks like December will be a great one too. Enjoy your books!

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    1. I just finished David Copperfield...I've been reading it since August.

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  9. What a wonderful bookstore! I've been to Parnassus in Nashville and they have a door kind of like that but not nearly as magical. Have a wonderful week!

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  10. I love the Bake off winner too! And Wow to that pile of books for the Cybils!

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  11. Congrats on getting the decorations up. I will try to this week. I was struck by the Bicycling with Butterflies book ... that's a wild journey! Enjoy your week.

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    1. I couldn't believe the way the bicyclist camped along the way. I don't think I could be that brave.

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  12. Such an impressive week of reading!
    I was pleased with the choice of GBBO winner, but now it’ll be another whole year til the next,
    Enjoy your adventures in Narnia!

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    1. We have a Holiday version of the British baking show, so I'm happy about that.

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  13. I love the winner too! All the contestants were fantastic, but the winner was the one I was rooting for.

    And I have had my eye on that Bicycling with Butterflies book!

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  14. We haven't got the latest British Bakeoff series yet. Unfortunately I did see a photo somewhere on social media so I know what the winner looks like.

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  15. I had to think where that that door was leading. Lol, The lion, the wtich and the wardrobe has been on my mind a bit lately as I've been reading film scripts and whenever I read anything classical, it comes to my mind. it's so well done really.

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    1. I'm happy to be reading this whole series. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time.

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  16. Good luck with the Narnia reading! I decorated for Christmas and watched Bake Off last week too. I'm happy with the winner. Have a great week!

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    1. Funny that two of the best bakers this time were born outside GB.

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  17. That doorway is so cool! I haven't read those books in a long time, I hope you enjoy!

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  18. I love The Great British Baking Show and this year was truly great. Enjoy all those books!!

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  19. I'm sure you'll enjoy your Narnia reading... quite an abrupt switch from Nonfiction November, lol! Thanks for sharing the link to Amor Towles talk. I'll listen this evening. Hope you have a great week, Deb.

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  20. Project FeederWatch - one of my favorite citizen science projects; one that everyone of any skill level can participate in.

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  21. I also think this was a fantastic season of the The Great British Bake off and am happy with the winner. All three were wonderful.

    CYBILS! I am really excited to see which graphic novels make the finals for me to read in January.

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  22. Someday I plan to read the Narnia books. In the meantime, I am reading up on C.S. Lewis via a few books.

    Enjoy your week!

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  23. We had that Brilliant Maps book at our library. I didn't realize there was a website. I'll definitely check that out later today.

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  24. You are such a prolific reader! I love your little tree and feeder, too!

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  25. A wardrobe entrance is kinda cool.
    My decorations are up too.

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    1. I spent a lot of time in the children's section of the bookstore. Next time, I will check out the adult section.

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  26. I used to read the Narnia series over and over when I was a kid. I loved those books! My copies are well loved and well read. Have a great week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

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  27. Enjoy your switch to fiction. I haven't read the Narnia books for years. I first read them as an adult. I thought I had copies but LibraryThing says I don't. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  28. How fun to go through a wardrobe into the children's department!!! I was all excited to participate in Narniathon, but, unfortunately, after rereading TLWW, I discovered I'm either not in the mood for it or else the magic is gone for me. So, moving on to other books for now. So sad.

    How exciting to get a stack of books like that! Cute picture of your husband carrying them in. lol

    Have a great reading week!

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  29. Lovely idea to read through the Narnia books. Have you seen Once Upon a Wardrobe - I think you might enjoy that alongside.

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    1. That sounds perfect, Kathryn. Thank you for the recommendation.

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  30. Bookish mail is my favorite mail! The wardrobe is super cool. I would be tired of reading nonfiction as well, I usually read a couple a month, I am always reading at least one fiction and one non-fiction read, although I don't read the nonfiction as quickly as the fiction, LOL! Have a great week. https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/12/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-10.html

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  31. I love love that wardrobe!
    I am drooling over all those books.

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  32. OK, I have now added An Alphabet for Gourmets, Bicycling with Butterflies, Five True Things, Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds, Book Towns, and Factfulness to my TBR. Because, why not, right?!
    I had a few Cybils books arrive at my doorstep these past few days too.. loads still left to read..
    And, yes, love that open wardrobe door.. Narniathon sounds fun but maybe next time for me..

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  33. I haver read ALL of the Narnia books and many serious essays and book by C. S. Lewis. I first came across him as a literary critic while I was doing my graduate work, then "grew" into him when I taught The Lion... to 6th graders.

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  34. Love the photo you shared from the Fabled book shop! What a great display they have of the "fabled" wardrobe. :)

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  35. Next time you come to Chicago, be sure to schedule a visit to https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/wadecenter/. It's in Wheaton easy of access with the Metra line from Chicago. Fabulous place with lots of manuscripts and memorabilia from CS Lewis (and Tolkien, MacDonald and others). They even do have a wardrobe that was made by a member of CS Lewis's family!

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  36. Here is the direct link to the CS Lewis memorabilia collection, with a picture of the wardrobe: https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/academic-centers/wadecenter/plan-your-visit/museum/featured-museum-artifacts/

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  37. What a fun bookstore! I bet the children love walking into their department through that doorway.

    Thanks for the link to the Towles talk. I've got it bookmarked and just need to decide if I should listen before or after reading the book. Suggestions?

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    1. I don't remember any spoilers, but it would probably be safer to watch after you read the book.

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