Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Child Book Characters Who'd Make For (Wonderfully) Vexatious Adults

A list of child book characters and the qualities they possess that might make for an onerous adulthood.

Henry Huggins

Pippi Longstocking


Tom Sawyer
Lack of work ethic


Fancy Nancy

The Pigeon
Argumentative Nature

Tacky the Penguin
Disregard of peer pressure

Little Red Riding Hood
Inability to see danger

No, David
Mischievous spirit

Still, I refuse to condemn these child book characters to a problematic adulthood. Who knows? Perhaps these character traits will serve them well. Could be refreshing, even.  :-)

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

In Which I Finish the Perfect Book for Arbor Day, and Twelve Other Good Books

Thank you, Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon, for my numbers this week. 

Can you guess which book I started and finished on Arbor Day? Quite happily, I might add.

What I Read Last Week

Lab Girl
Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state.
Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting.
Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book.
Clue 4. No interest in picking up another
Tell Me Three Things
Jessie suddenly finds herself moved from her hometown in Chicago to LA. Her mother died and her father has unexpectedly remarried someone he met online ...more
Sunset City: A Novel
Noir doesn't (apparently) mean what it once did.

I was expecting mystery and I was expecting dark. I got mystery and I got dark.

But not just dark. Black
Pagan's Crusade (Pagan Chronicles, #1)
Pagan Kidrouk turns to the Templar Knights for work as a squire. He's had some trouble and needs their protection. He goes to work for Lord Roland, ...more
Somewhere Among
Ema doesn't fit. She's always felt like she didn't belong anywhere---not in her father's Japanese world or her mother's American world. Now she has a ...more
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Gertie wants to become the greatest fifth grader in the universe. And she's got a plan to obtain greatness. She's got the support of two wonderful...more
Inspector Flytrap and The Big Deal Mysteries
A Venus flytrap (yes, a plant) that solves mysteries with the help of his assistant, a goat.

Inspector Flytrap overcomes the obstacles of being a plant
I'll Wait, Mr. Panda
Picture books. They make my little heart go pitter-patter with joy. Good picture books, that is.

Please, Mr. Panda makes my little heart go swish-swis
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing! (Elephant & Piggie)
I could clear my entire primary library of every book except Elephant and Piggie and children would still learn to read.

Or so I sometimes think.

I would
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Cookie Fiasco (Elephant & Piggie)
I've been crying out, "We need more Elephant-and-Piggie-ish books!"

I've been crying out loudly.

Someone has heard my cries.

Someone has written this
The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
I don't worry about death. I don't think about death. I don't care about death.

Nevertheless, this book is a brilliant book. Whether you care about
Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart
I can ask one simple question and your answer will tell me if you will like this book.

Here goes: Do you like Paris?

If you answer yes, you will like it
Old Age: A Beginner's Guide
You can reframe your fifties as the new forties. You can pile on the hair color and Botox and all of the other magical transformative potions. Neverth ...more
Luckiest Girl Alive
This book confirms it: Your high school years, for most of us, are not the best years of your life. For Ani, these years were soul-crushing, and, worse...more

What Arrived Last Week

Another busy week at my mailbox:


I'm still floating from finishing Lab Girl yesterday.
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! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Open Sign on a Bookstore

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My Top Bookworm Delights

My Little Free Library

Watching kids read in my library

A book festival

Accumulating books

Reading books aloud

A library conference

Favorite books

Meeting favorite authors

A day to just read

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It's Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-Thon! ¡Vamos a Leer!

It's my...GULP!...seventeenth time doing a read-a-thon. 

I definitely know the routine. I've cleared my slate for most of the day. I've accumulated a huge stack of possible reads. I have some yummy snacks. 

Ready? Set? Let's read!

Hour 0: Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
I'm here in Alvin, Texas, 
between Houston and Galveston.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 

Here are the 275 books I obtained free
from the library conference last week.
I don't think I have to worry 
about not having enough to read.

I'm especially excited about
Tell Me Three Things and Side Effects May Vary. 
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? 
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! 
School librarian. Reader. Blogger. 
I love to read happiness books, travel stories, 
literary fiction and nonfiction, and children's books.

5) What’s one thing you’ll do different today? 
Read. And read. And read.

Hours 1-2
Books read so far: 1
Titles read: The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
Snacks consumed: 1 cup of coffee
Currently reading: Gertie's Leap to Greatness

Hours 3-7
(Took off a few hours to help my d-i-l with a project.)

Hours 8-11
Books read so far: 3
Titles read: The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End
Gertie's Leap to Greatness
Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
Snacks consumed: 1 cup of coffee,
15 Hershey's Kisses
Currently reading: Tell Me Three Things

Hours 12-13

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger
2. How many books have you read so far? 3
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Tell Me Three Things
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, but it's okay. It's all good.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? It's been very, very quiet here at my blog. Twitter is can't-keep-up-off-the-map.

Hour 14
Finished Inspector Flytrap.

Hour 15-24

End of Event Survey
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I fell asleep at 9.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Children's chapter books, graphic novels, travel books, picture books.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I missed having cheerleaders visit my blog.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? It was easy to co-host.
  5. How many books did you read? 4
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End, Gertie's Leap to Greatness, Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Inspector Flytrap
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Violet Hour
  8. Which did you enjoy least? NA
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely. I may take any role.