Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cat in the Hat (with Thing 1 and Thing 2)


“Look at me!
Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.” 

Happy April Fool's Day!


For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Great Books that Independent Booksellers Recommend

I'm always running across books made of wonderful lists of books. Last summer, I found one that I have subsequently spent a lot of time browsing through.



A lot of time.




 Hours and hours.





 Possibly too much time.





Each independent bookseller was asked to provide a list of top one hundred books. After careful analysis of the lists of books handpicked by booksellers from America's indie bookstores, I found ten books that lots of booksellers recommend that I also recommend.


And now I will share those with you.




The Things They Carried (recommended by 6 different booksellers)
Let the Great World Spin
Crossing to Safety
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles





Lonesome Dove
A Fine Balance
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families




Gilead
The Phantom Tollbooth
Suite Francaise



Does anyone know books as well as indie booksellers?










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, March 29, 2015

A Little Bloggiesta, a New-ish Header, and Twenty Book Reviews






What I Read (and Reviewed) Lately



covertitleauthoravg ratingreview
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
4.25
Matt makes his living by stealing from travelers and he makes an old castle his headquarters. On the night his daughter, Ronia, is born, a lightning bolt...more
A Kid for Two Farthings
3.29
I can still hear these people talk; the characters are that real. It’s a street in London, but it could be a street in NYC in the middle of the last c...more
The Wonderful Farm
3.84
The farm is a wonderful farm. It’s a regular farm except that the animals can talk and mysterious things happen. Each chapter is another wonderful adv ...more
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
4.01
You know what this is. Another leadership book. Change your mindset. To this one.
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters
4.29
Oh my. Gotta read this one, no matter what your age. A nice story for each letter of the alphabet.
Superstars of History
4.39
All about the most famous people that have ever lived. Told in first person. In comic book style.
9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes
4.07
Patricia Morrisroe is me. And you. And you, too. All of us American Baby Boomers.

And 9 Narrow is a memoir of her life. You will read it and nod your
...more

If You Find This
3.89
Nicholas is one of those kids that isn’t fitting in and he knows it. His dad is off in another part of the state working and his mom is trying to make...more
The Grasshopper & the Ants
4.69
You know it’s going to be good the minute you see Jerry Pinkney’s name on the cover. And, of course, it’s even better than you might have hoped. Not j ...more
I Love You, Blankie
4.75
Sometimes you wonder if it’s all been said. Then you run across a little story like I Love You, Blankie and you know, happily, there are lots of fabul ...more
One Witch at a Time
4.25
There’s trouble in Brixen, and Rudi knows he better get a handle on it. A stranger has come to town, offering to trade magic beans. Pretty soon, Rudi ...more
My Secret Guide to Paris
4.06
Nora desperately wants to visit Paris. Her grandmother has shared story after story with her of the delights of the city, and now Nora hopes to finall ...more
Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing
4.18
Goldberg was my first introduction into the simplicity of writing every day. Now she is my first intro into painting every day.

She takes away our fea
 ...more
Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are
4.32
Art should be like breakfast: something you do every day. And if there is anyone who can guide you into seeing art opportunities in your everyday life ...more
The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That
3.78
Isn’t this fun? Yes, it’s a real scratch and sniff book. And, no, you probably won’t become a wine expert, but you will know lots more about this myst ...more
Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life
4.25
In January I received Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life from the publisher.

And I started drawing.


Drawi
 ...more

Redwall (Redwall, #1)
4.07
It’s the rare book that my sons have recommended to me...the rare book whose author I have actually met and heard speak and adored...the rare book tha ...more

The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life
3.44
First, let’s make a few things clear: Andy Miller does not read dangerously. He does not save his life by reading. And he only reads fifty great books ...more
Hausfrau
3.81
It’s an uncomfortable feeling to read a good book with a main character you don’t like. Hausfrau is one such good book. The first sentence sets the mo ...more
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
4.07
How embarrassed I feel to admit that I haven’t read this book before now? Very embarrassed. It’s been recommended to me a million times. But the truth ...more 


           



Whew! It feels so good to get all of these book reviews posted here.

I didn't do much with Bloggiesta, but I did a couple of things I wanted. I worked on my blog header. (Do you like the slight changes?) And I updated my perpetual challenges. I hope to get in on a Twitter party if I can get the time right. (3 pm today Eastern time would be 4 pm today Central time, right?)

I want to take a look at A Day in the Life of a Blogger when I get a chance. Very fun, Trish.


How about you? How did Bloggiesta go for you? Are you caught up?





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, March 24, 2015

Chicago from the Hotel Window















Summer 2014



For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads.

Books from My Childhood I'd Love to Revisit


A Wrinkle in Time


Half Magic by Edward Eager


Chancy and the Grand Rascal by Sid Fleischman


Henry Huggins


Homer Price



Trixie Belden Mysteries


Fun with Dick and Jane


Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars


Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine



Phyllis Whitney Mysteries


A Book of Ghost Stories from Scholastic Book Club 
(It's not this one. Wish I could remember the title. Those stories were SCARY!)


Best in Children's Books

The Red Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book.
And all the other colors.




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.