Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Where IS that Gingerbread Man?



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Authors I Really Must Read More Of

Know this about me: I rarely read more than one book from an author. I've only read one John Grisham, one Stephen King, one Nancy Drew...and that was enough.

Yet there are other authors....


Marilynne Robinson
Jane Austen
Charles Dickens
Annie Dillard
Hermann Hesse
Chaim Potok
Jane Gardam
Betsy Byars
David Mitchell
Colum McCann

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, September 14, 2014

My Week in Books





What I Read Last Week


One yes and one maybe from my reads last week.

If you and your family find yourselves constantly eating out of a box, Dinner: The Playbook is for you. It is masterful and covers every possible question you might have about learning to eat supper together as a family. I will go so far as to say it could be life changing. Strong words, I know, but I think making dinner together, trying new and healthy foods, and eating together in the ways this book shares could completely reshape your family.

I liked We Are Not Ourselves. It's a solid story of an Irish woman in NYC who wants more for her life than her drunken parents gave her. In spite of her dreams, she marries a man who is not ambitious and (BIG SPOILER ALERT) unfortunately develops Altzheimer's. Solid, yes, but also long. It could have (and should have, I think) been edited down to a nice three hundred page novel. But on and on it went. I was very, very tired of the storyline by the end.
           





What Arrived Last Week



Oh yes, don't these look good?! 




           







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. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My Family!













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Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors You May Have Missed

Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors You May Have Missed

Come with me, my friend. I'm going back, way back, to some of my first grownup reads. I was crazy about fantasy and science fiction in those early read-whatever-you-want-you're-done-with-school years. It's all I read. 

I'm writing this post with you in mind. You are young-ish, right? Maybe in your late teens, twenties, maybe early thirties? You grew up on Harry Potter and you are wild about the Hunger Games series? 

You might have missed some fabulous reads, I think. Now remember that I read them a long time ago (Whew! Has it really been---gulp!---forty years?) But I remember them. Vividly. And that's the important thing.

So if you are feeling brave and want to try some older, fabulous fantasy and science fiction, try these:



Ray Bradbury. Anything Ray Bradbury. 
Mind you, I have a deeply sentimental place in my heart for Ray. I was reading a Bradbury book when I met my husband. And he was reading the same Bradbury book. Yes. Fate, I suppose.

I highly recommend The Martian Chronicles, I Sing the Body Electric, A Medicine for Melancholy, R is for Rocket, and Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow. These all still sit on my shelf. And I don't keep many books these days.

Here are more that I remember fondly:


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

 
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

 
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

 
The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner

 
Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson


Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester

 
A Canticle for Lebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

 
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner

 
Little, Big by John Crowley

I was so mad for fantasy and science fiction that I belonged to the Science Fiction Book Club (does it still exist?) It was my lifeline. I bought and read a whole series of "The Best of" short stories from the SFBC. They were amazing. The Best of Fritz Leiber. The Best of Henry Kuttner. The Best of Frederik Pohl. The Best of Murray Leinster. The Best of Cordwainer Smith. I loved these books. I read them over and over. 

Have you read any of these? Any thoughts? Are there any you've read and think I should reread? Any suggestions to revive my love for fantasy and science fiction?



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.