Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy




My 87-year-old dad dancing with my beautiful sister at my son's wedding in Chicago this summer.



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own...Yet

Sometimes I stumble across a book that I love. What do I want to do then? Read more by the same author.

Unfortunately, some books are not widely available. Wouldn't it be lovely if you could use a 3D printer to instantly print any book you wanted to read? Or what about a plain old magic wand?

Here are some I really want to read but that I don't own yet:

Paris Dreambook by Lawrence Osborne

Looking for the Lost: 
Journeys Through a Vanishing Japan
by Alan Booth

The Man in the Empty Boat
by Mark Salzman

My Favorite Things
by Maira Kalman

By the Book:
Writers on Literature and the Literary Life
by Pamela Paul

True Stories, Well Told:
From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine

Small Victories:
Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace
by Anne Lamott


Bilgewater
by Jane Gardam

The Desert Fathers:
Sayings of the Early Christian Monks

The Public Library:
A Photographic Essay


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My Week in Books





What I Read Last Week


  

     Aimless Love by Billy Collins                     The Year of the Book              The Upside of Your Dark Side



The Awakening of Miss Prim                  Life With the Lid Off                        Murder Strikes a Pose



I'm really not sure how it happened, but, despite starting back to work after my summer break, I still managed to finish six good books last week. Here are my one sentence summaries:

Aimless Love is Billy Collins and I think that's all I need to say. The Year of the Book's main character always has her head in a book. The Upside of Your Dark Side reframes bad things; I like that. The Awakening of Miss Prim and Murder Strikes a Pose were both absolutely solid books, but I'd say to skip them both unless you have a desperate need for a Person-is-Transformed story (Awakening) or a Yoga story (Murder). I heartily recommend Life With the Lid Off, my latest read from the Mood-Boosting Books list.



         





What I'm Reading Now



 Biggles is from my 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up list. It's about the fighter planes from WWI. I read two pages and stopped; I didn't understand a single thing I'd read. I'm not giving up yet, but I can see this is going to be a tough read for a war-stupid person like me. Thursdays in the Park is my latest choice from the Mood-Boosting list. And Dinner: The Playbook is a for-review book sent from the publisher.

           







Have you read any of these? 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! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Headed Back to My Happy World






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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Smug: A Cautionary Tale


I am stubborn. I am arrogant. I am smug.

This makes life difficult for me. People are often trying to share good reads with me. But I am quick to cut them off with a scathing remark. Oh, no thank you, I say, that's not really my kind of read. Not my kind of read. I say it very stubbornly. Arrogantly. Smugly.

Every now and then I let down my shields and try something that, initially, I might condescendingly scorn. 

And I'm shocked to discover some amazing reads. 

Here are ten of those books I almost (smugly) passed up:








Please tell me you are not a book snob like me. 
But, if you are, do you have books that have surprised you out of your smug-ness?
And, if you're not, do you have recommendations for me? (I ask this very humbly.)



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Book-ish Week: Mood-Boosting Books



What I Read Last Week

I read two books and I'm halfway through with a third from the Mood-Boosting Books list, and, based on that, I heartily recommend this list, if you, like me, are in occasional need of a good mood-boosting book. The first two I finished and the last one I'm halfway through with:

Happy All the Time  Life According to Lubka    Life With the Lid Off

 I also read one more book last week. I'd definitely put it on the Comfort Food Book list.

Tales From the Yoga Studio
           





What Arrived in the Mail
Dinner: The Playbook
This could be life-changing!
How to bring dinner back into our lives....It's a 30-day plan.
Can't wait to read this.

 A Natural Man                       Pickin' Peas  
        Two new folktales from the publishing master of folktales, August House.  Yippee!                     
           



What are you reading today?! Any suggestions for my personal mood-boosting list? 


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! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

♫ ♪ ♫ My Kind of Town! ♫ ♪ ♫







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