Monday, April 30, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?












What I Finished Last Week

Nothing.

Oh dear. 
Nothing?  I finished nothing last week?
 Odd. Disconcerting.



 
What I'm Reading Now

Bloom by Kelle Hampton


What I Reviewed Last Week


Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
by Lauren F. Winner


When I Was a Child I Read Books
When I Was a Child I Read Books
by Marilynne Robinson

And here's a treat:
I received a little audio clip
from the Macmillan audiobook, When I Was a Child,
read by the author herself:

Audio Clip:  
When I Was a Child I Read Books



What I Might Read Next


Tomorrow is the start of my Book Un-Birthday Month,
so I hope to read any un-birthday books that
will arrive in the mail for me.

Of course, I'm always open to suggestions!


What are you reading today?!



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. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling BJ how many you visited.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Library Conference, a Photoblog

 


Even though the conference was just thirty miles from my home,
I decided to stay in a hotel in Houston.
What a great view!

As usual, there were lots of great authors,
including this author, one of my favorites,
Hank the Cowdog author John R. Erickson.

Zita the Spacegirl author/illustrator Ben Hatke.

 Divergent author Veronica Roth.
I came that close to getting a copy of Insurgent.
A kind librarian generously offered to loan me her ARC.

Great sessions, including this one about
 the ALA Every Child Ready to Read
program that we initiated with a small grant
 at our school this year.


 Some of the usual unusual characters at the library conference.

Wouldn't it be nice to have an outdoor reading room at my library?!

I took home a first place medal in the Fun Run this year!


 I found a geocached book,
even though I really didn't know what to do with it when I found it! 

 And, best of all, I took home a gentle wolf puppet 
and a nice little stack of free books 
from the conference!




How was your reading week?


What is the Sunday Salon
Imagine 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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books


Here are my top ten favorite book characters:

Meg from A Wrinkle in Time

Anne from Anne of Green Gables

Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird

The Little Prince from The Little Prince

Stargirl from Stargirl

Precious Ramotswe from 
No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Asher Lev from My Name is Asher Lev

The Pigeon from
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

The Tree from The Giving Tree

Fancy Nancy from Fancy Nancy

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 here 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 here 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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?






 





What I Got in the Mail Last Week



Such a cool idea for a book!


 
What I Brought Home from the Library Conference


Yes, that's me standing on a chair and,
yes, the books do stretch from the floor to the ceiling.



What I Finished Last Week 
and What I Might Read Next


Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
(Review coming soon)


When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson
(Review coming soon)


I don't know what I'm reading next,
but I have lots and lots of choices, don't I?!



What are you reading today?!



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. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling BJ how many you visited.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon!


It's time again for Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon!

FINAL UPDATE:  Hour 24

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  Nine pm.  I just could not keep my eyes open for one more minute.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  Children's books work for me.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  I think prizes might be nice. Maybe I can help with that in October.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The little videos posted each hour were clever and motivating.
  5. How many books did you read?  Twelve. (Fine print: All were children's books and ten of these were simply children's picture books.)
  6. What were the names of the books you read?  
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Because of Winn-Dixie
  8. Which did you enjoy least? I enjoyed all of the books.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I've never participated as an Official Cheerleader, but I think that's what I'll do in the fall readathon.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will definitely be back. I might serve as a Cheerleader.


UPDATE:  Hour 6

I haven't read much so far. In my defense, I had to give blood (Woo hoo! I have now given 10 gallons of blood!) and then had to go to the library to pick up the book I really wanted to read today, Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.

Now I've given my blood, I've gotten my Winn-Dixie book, I've poured myself a big, cold glass of ice water, and I've planted myself in the most comfortable reading chair in the known universe. Here I go, ready to read away....

More later....


Introductory Questionnaire

 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I'll be reading today in my beautiful town of Alvin, Texas, on the Texas Gulf Coast.


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

I hope to reread Because of Winn-Dixie, the children's book I'll be giving away Monday on World Book Night.


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I'll be drinking lots of delicious ice water.


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I'm Deb Nance. I started reading spontaneously when I was two, and it's my favorite thing to do. I'm also deeply interested in happiness and spirituality and education and creativity. 













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?

I always do a Readathon Lite. Feel free to join me if you, like me, want to participate but need your beauty sleep. 

I hope you will stop in here and say hello! 



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top Ten Tips For New Book Bloggers

(10) "Build it and they will come" is just for ballparks.
For blogs, I'd advise, 
"Build it and visit other people's blogs; then they will come."
If you (9) leave a comment.
(8) Always leave a comment.
(7) Visit other people's blogs.
(6) Leave comments.
(5) Do you want to make some friends?
Then I suggest you visit other people's blogs...and...
(4)...Are you getting my message...It's simple, really. Just visit other blogs...
(3)...visit lots of other blogs...
(2)...lots and lots of blogs...and...
Last of all, and most important, (1) COMMENT

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 here 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 here 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.

Monday, April 16, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?






 




What I Finished Last Week

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
(Review coming soon)

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience 
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
(Review coming soon)


 
What I'm Reading Now

Italian Days by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison



What I Might Read Next


Here's what I brought home from the
Texas Library Association Conference one year:
And another year:
What will I find next week at
TLA??





What are you reading today?!



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. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling BJ how many you visited.