Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two is Always Better Than One








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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Singing My Way Through the October 2014 Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon



End of Event Meme:


  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? At midnight, I turned back into a pumpkin and fell asleep.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? All of my children's easy readers and early chapter books were perfect reads for the Read-a-thon. Unfortunately, I read them all just before midnight.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? It is perfect just as it is.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I was a crazy Rogue Cheerleader.
  5. How many books did you read? 21
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
    Woodward and McTwee
    Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
    Tugboat
    Ten Eggs in a Nest
    Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
    Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
    Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
    Moldylocks and the Three Beards
    Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
    Fly Away
    Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
    The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
    Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
    Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
    Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake
    Number One Sam
    Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete
    Annika Riz, Math Whiz
    The School at the Chalet
    Love Letters to the Dead
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Every book was very, very good.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? NA
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Make sure you are officially signed up. And don't wait until the night before to check!
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? 100%

HOUR 23 and 24

Currently reading: Love Letters to the Dead
Books finished: 20 books 
Running total of pages read: 1831 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 18 hours
Running total of time spent sleeping: 4 hours
Snacks: Lots of less-than-nutritious snacks
Running total of blogs visited: 200
Songs sung: 21

"Know that I've tried my very best....If I could reach higher...." 




HOUR 20, 21, 22, AND 23

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HOUR 19

Currently reading: Love Letters to the Dead
Books finished: 20 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake
Number One Sam
Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete
Annika Riz, Math Whiz
The School at the Chalet
Running total of pages read: 1831 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 18 hours
Snacks: 7 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
2 cups of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar, 
3 slices of jalapeño and pineapple pizza
Running total of blogs visited: 200
Songs sung: 20

Wouldn't be much of a readathon without this song!





HOUR 18

Currently reading: Love Letters to the Dead
Books finished: 20 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake
Number One Sam
Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete
Annika Riz, Math Whiz
The School at the Chalet
Running total of pages read: 1831 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 17 hours
Snacks: 7 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
2 cups of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar, 
3 slices of jalapeño and pineapple pizza
Running total of blogs visited: 185
Songs sung: 19

Don't stop believing!





HOUR 17

Currently reading: The School at the Chalet
Books finished: 19 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake
Number One Sam
Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete
Annika Riz, Math Whiz
Running total of pages read: 1626 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 16 hours
Snacks: 7 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
2 cups of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar, 
3 slices of jalapeño and pineapple pizza
Running total of blogs visited: 180
Songs sung: 18

"I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down."



HOUR 16

Currently reading: The School at the Chalet
Books finished: 19 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake
Number One Sam
Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete
Annika Riz, Math Whiz
Running total of pages read: 1626 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 15 hours
Snacks: 7 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
2 cups of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar, 
3 slices of jalapeño and pineapple pizza
Running total of blogs visited: 175
Songs sung: 17

Let's get up and stand up...and don't give up the fight.




HOUR 15

Currently reading: Number One Sam
Books finished: 16 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake
Running total of pages read: 1436 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 14 hours
Snacks: 4 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar, 
3 slices of jalapeño and pineapple pizza
Running total of blogs visited: 170
Songs sung: 16

"It's getting harder to stay awake, and my strength is fading fast...." but stayAwake and Alive...You can do it!




HOUR 14

Currently reading: Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake
Books finished: 15 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
Running total of pages read: 1253 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 13 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar, 
3 slices of jalapeño and pineapple pizza
Running total of blogs visited: 155
Songs sung: 15

"There's hope in front of me...." Keep going!




HOUR 13

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
2. How many books have you read so far? 14
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Annika Riz, Math Whiz
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Nada. Happily.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How much I love focusing on reading and visiting blogs.

Currently reading: Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys
Books finished: 14 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Running total of pages read: 1168 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 12 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar, 
3 slices of jalapeño and pineapple pizza
Running total of blogs visited: 135
Songs sung: 14

We will survive....keep on reading...




HOUR 12

Currently reading: Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Books finished: 13 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Running total of pages read: 1077 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 11 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar
Running total of blogs visited: 130
Songs sung: 13

We are doing alright for the shape we are in. Close to the halfway mark!




HOUR 11

Currently reading: Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
Books finished: 13 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Running total of pages read: 1077 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 10 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar
Running total of blogs visited: 115
Songs sung: 12

"Try to hold on...."



HOUR 10

Currently reading: The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
Books finished: 12 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
Running total of pages read: 985 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 9 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar
Running total of blogs visited: 105
Songs sung: 11

Yes, keep going and we shall overcome.





HOUR 9

Currently reading: Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
Books finished: 11 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Fly Away
Running total of pages read: 815 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 8 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee, a bottled water, a chocolate bar
Running total of blogs visited: 100
Songs sung: 10


"I keep on rising up...I keep on rising up...every day I'm rising up...." Hang in there.




HOUR 8

Currently reading: Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan
Books finished: 10 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Running total of pages read: 707 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 7 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee, a bottled water
Running total of blogs visited: 90
Songs sung: 9

A little reminder to Move Along for our Song of Perseverance this hour:





HOUR 7

Currently reading: Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey
Books finished: 9 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Running total of pages read: 629 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 6 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee, a bottled water
Running total of blogs visited: 70
Songs sung: 8
Time to Roll With It, Baby:


HOUR 6

Currently reading: Moldylocks and the Three Beards
Books finished: 8 books
Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Running total of pages read: 557 pages
Running total of time spent reading: 5 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream,
a cup of coffee
Running total of blogs visited: 60
Songs sung: 7


Let's see if Demi Lovato can keep us in the game with Can't Back Down:






HOUR 5

Currently reading: Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Books finished: Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Running total of pages read: 434
Running total of time spent reading: 4 hours
Snacks: 3 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Running total of blogs visited: 50
Songs sung: 6

Starting to falter a bit? "We lose our way...we get back up again...It's never too late to get back up again...." Here's Get Back Up Again by Toby Mac:





HOUR 4

Currently reading: Enchanted Sisters: Autumn's Secret Gift
Books finished: Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey
Running total of pages read: 434
Running total of time spent reading: 3 hours
Snacks: 2 fun size bags of M&Ms, 
1/4 of a carton of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Running total of blogs visited: 50
Songs sung: 5

And just 'cause I'm from Texas, the Song of Perseverance of the hour....




HOUR 3

Currently reading: Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
Books finished: Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Tugboat
Ten Eggs in a Nest
Running total of pages read: 254
Running total of time spent reading: 2 hours
Snacks: 2 fun size bags of M&Ms
Running total of blogs visited: 30
Songs sung: 4

More song inspiration, this time from Frank Sinatra.

"So any time you're gettin' low, 'stead of lettin' go, just remember that ant....Oops! There goes another rubber tree plant!"





HOUR 2

Currently reading: Ten Eggs in a Nest
Books finished: Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Woodward and McTwee
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
Running total of pages read: 192
Running total of time spent reading: 1 hour
Snacks: 1 fun size bag of M&Ms
Running total of blogs visited: 20
Songs sung: 3

I play this song every morning to get me going and I think it works well for the Readathon:





HOUR 1

Opening Meme:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I'm here in Alvin, Texas in the US of A.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? All of the Cybils Easy Reader/Early Chapter Book nominees.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? My amazing husband bought me two cartons of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and a 50 pack of M&Ms for the readathon. Wow!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm a primary school librarian, a reader, and a blogger. I love to read happiness books, travel stories, literary fiction and nonfiction, poetry, and children's books.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? The last two times I hosted the readathon for a few hours (very fun!) This time I'm hoping to stop in all the blogs on the list and say hello (700+) and read. I'm going to sing along with a Song About Perseverance each hour in the hopes I will make it all 24 hours.

Here is Hour 1 Song of Perseverance to inspire us:



PRE-GAME 

Denise from Flamingo House Happenings says, "Dewey's is better than (insert your favorite holiday here)." And I agree.

I organize my life around the twice-yearly Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon. It is the first blogging event I participated in as a blogger (in June of 2008!) and it is still my favorite. I've joined in fourteen times and every time it's been a ride. I've tried reading children's Christmas books and nonfiction Cybils nominees and books in French and 1001 Children's Books You Must Read. Twice I've had to break away to attend a bridal shower and one time I had to go to a library conference during the 'Thon. Once a severe cold snap knocked out our Internet connection and I had to seek out Starbucks in order to post. I've hosted twice (very fun), ran a mini-challenge once, and offered prizes many times, and this time I plan to read and cheer others on.

In all these times, I've only managed to make it through all twenty-four hours one time. Maybe this year will be my second time. To inspire me to read all twenty-four hours this year, I'm planning to listen each hour to a Song of Perseverance.

I'm hoping to sing my way through the Readathon, if you will.

GOALS?
(1) Read the 19 Cybils I've managed to accumulate so far.
(2) Visit all participating blogs (725? Eek!)
(3) Make an infographic for my final blog post.

Let's get this show on the road! Let's get to what we are here for...Reading!

Here's my Song of Perseverance to kick off Readathon:



Handy links:

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon

List of Participants in Readathon

Readathon Twitter Feed

Readathon Facebook

Readathon Instagram

Reading Log Tracker

Readathon Hourly Update






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Mysterious Case of the Brazoria County Fair Ribbons



Perhaps a little explanation....I was going through some old boxes in the garage last summer and ran across a couple of these beautiful ribbons won many years ago at our Brazoria County Fair. Here's the mystery: Who do they belong to? I won some for my quilts at the fair. My older son, Jon, won some for some Lego creations he entered in the fair. You'd think you could flip them over and easily solve the mystery with information written on the back. But there is no information written on the back. And so...the mystery.

I say they are mine. Jon says they are his.

How can we solve this mystery?


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Places I've Visited Because of Books



Places I've Visited Because of Books


The search for books has sent me many places.

The Strand in NYC.


Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon.

City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.


Sandmeyer's in Chicago.


Ocotillo Books and Rocks in West Texas.


Strange Maine in Portland, Maine.


Shakespeare and Company in Paris.


You can find books wherever you go these days.


Even though I don't really have to leave home to find books any more,
I still love visiting all these wonderful bookstores.



What did I forget? Any suggestions for me?


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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, October 12, 2014

My Book-ish Week (and a Preview of Book-ish October...or is that Boooook-ish October?)



October is always book-ish here. First we have the school Scholastic Book Fair, including the always-exhausting yet ever-fun Open House late night book fair. It's followed by Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon. Next weekend, I'll be cheering you on while trying desperately to read, complete mini-challenges, and---most of all---stay awake. Then it will be time for the Texas Book Festival. Once again, I'll spend Saturday taking photos and making short videos of author presentations to share with children at my school. On Sunday, I'll be an Author Escort. In years past, I've escorted children's author Adam Rex and children's author/pop star Jewel. Who will I get to escort this year? Can't wait to find out! And this whole month is the start of Cybils time. I set my alarm for midnight on October 1st so that I could be first to nominate my favorite children's books of the past year. I started putting in requests at the library to find all the books I'll be reading as a Round 1 Cybils Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books panelist. And then I'll try once again to read all of the sixty (seventy? eighty?!) nominated books!

Want to come to the Texas Book Festival? Take a look at the lineup of authors here.

Want to join in for Dewey's Readathon, but think you can't do 24 hours? Check out my Readathon Lite.

Wanna nominate a children's book for the Cybils? You have until the 15th. Click here.



What I Read Last Week




I thought hosting the school book fair would put a crimp in my reading last week, but, happily, this did not happen. Three excellent reads. 

Are you a teacher, too? Or raising kids? Or (oh dear!) both? You should read master teacher Rafe Esquith's new book, Lighting Their Fires. Have you almost given up (in despair) your hope of raising and teaching children who are respectful, hard-working, and self-motivated learners? Esquith tells it like it is. He shows us a few of his best at a baseball game and showcases their amazing behavior in sharp contrast to other children (oh double-dear!) and adults. You will be moved to try again. Esquith will light your fire so that you can light their fires. 

Debbie Stier? What a mom! Her underachieving son prompts her to figure out a way to light his fire toward being accepted into a top college. The way she comes up with is helping him score big on his upcoming SAT. And how to do that? She decides to jump in and take the test herself. Seven times. Yes, seven times in one year. And, in the process, she tried every single possible SAT-score-enhancing practice method. This book is full of ideas for ways to do better on this all-important test. The Perfect Score Project is a must-read for anyone with an SAT in one's future. 

Sisters. A graphic novel that captures that love-hate relationship between sisters that happens from the very beginning. It's a memoir for our young students that interweaves themes all children face---sibling rivalry, parent conflict, parent-child conflict---in a way that is reassuring yet genuine. 
           






What Arrived Last Week



Here's the plot: In A Fifty-Year Silence, Mouillot tries to discover what happened to her grandparents' marriage shortly after WWII. Her grandfather was an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials and her grandmother was a physician. After the war, the two moved to a small isolated village in the South of France. One day, her grandmother moved out. Her grandparents never spoke again, never saw each other again, and never explained what happened between them.

Doesn't that sound intriguing?
  








What I'm Reading Now



Next week, we will be going to France at my school library. I'm pulling together a Madeleine costume (did you know this is the 75th anniversary of this classic children's book?) and we are taking a trip to France. This will be the perfect time to read my new book, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go. I also hope to read a couple more Frenchies, Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles, Dodsworth in Paris, Everybody Bonjours, and Zat Cat!
           









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.