Sunday, December 10, 2017

Snow Day!




My friends and family are still repairing their homes after Hurricane Harvey, but this is Texas and we wake up Friday to a rare snow day. Look at these kindergarten faces...a mixture of delight (left and center) and brrrr-this-is-cold-when-are-we-going-back-in (extreme right). We aren't exactly prepared for this kind of weather; one boy wears the only coat he had---a suit jacket. But, man, do we ever have fun, making tiny snow angels and three-inch snowmen.


It is the first time our primary school children ever see snow, and it is a perfect day to share this recent arrival, Mouse Loves Snow. Poppa leads and little Mouse follows suit, as they sled and ice skate and build a snow house and make a snow-mouse-man. With hands and noses still glowing from their romp in our half-inch snowfall, the kids at my school delight in this book. "Mouse loves snow," the last line of the book reads, and the children chime in, "I love snow!" 



CYBILS UPDATE: ALMOST FINISHED! 327 BOOKS READ!

I will spend next week reading my last thirty Cybils nominees. Oh my! I can't believe I will read 357 books. That's a lot of books. 

I'm starting to work on a huge post about all the wonderful picture books and board books I read to share with you soon.

Now the hard part...choosing the best seven finalists. 


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.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Jólabókaflód


I am moving to Iceland. At least for the holiday season. What book lover wouldn’t choose to spend the month of December celebrating Jólabókaflód?

What is Jólabókaflód, you ask?

Oh my, get ready for a happy surprise....

Jólabókaflód is the Icelandic tradition of a holiday flood of books!

Some might say I've already celebrated Jólabókaflód...







...pretty much every time I come home from a conference. But, oh my, a Christmas flood of books!

Are you listening, Santa?





Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words
that we’ve encountered in our reading.
If you want to play along, grab the button,
write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky at Bermuda Onion!

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.



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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

If I Could Visit Any Setting from a Book...


Half Magic
I've always loved places with magic, and, yes, Half Magic is the story of four children who find a coin that works, well, only halfway, but, hey, half magic is pretty cool, nevertheless. So I'd love to visit the world of Half Magic and find a magic coin and make lots of wonderful wishes.


The Phantom Tollbooth
I'd definitely climb into that little car and zip off into the Kingdom of Wisdom. Who wouldn't love that adventure?


Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I'm sure it would be much more difficult to live in the Big Woods than I'm imagining, but I've always wanted to live in those simpler times.


The Magic Treehouse Series
A treehouse. Filled with books. Books that take you to all the wonderful places and times. Ideal.


Amazon Adventure by Willard Price
This is a book I discovered through the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read list. I don't think I've ever read a book packed with more wild action. And it's just one book in a whole series of books. 


The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant
If you are scratching your head over this book, I urge you right now to drop everything else you are doing and buy a copy of this book. It feels like the perfect place to be.


Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Amazing adventures AND extreme zaniness.


Any Haruki Murakami
You never know what will happen in a Haruki Murakami book. Anything can happen and will happen. And you will never understand why or what is going to happen next. Completely wacky.


How about a few books about my favorite places on earth...Japan...France...and Italy?

The Road to Sata: A 2,000 Mile Walk Through Japan


Any book with Paris as a setting would be wonderful...How about The Little Pleasures of Paris?


And as for Italy? I've always loved Extra Virgin, I think.



Finally, to finish up my Best Book Settings Tour, how about stops at each of the world’s most creative places in The Geography of Genius? And then I'll settle for good in the setting of The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country.




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.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Full Throttle Cybils Reading Frenzy: My Week



It's December, and my Cybils reading frenzy has shifted into full throttle. The mail carrier and UPS driver and Fed Ex guy know me by name and now follow my blog (apparently they are all big readers...who knew?) My husband's a bit worried about our house seems to be sinking on the side of my reading room. And by this afternoon I should hit 300 Cybils fiction picture book and board book nominees read!

As you might imagine, my non-Cybils reading has suffered a little. I'm currently reading the same six books I was reading last week:



I'm also busily writing up reviews for my Cybils books. I hope to post my favorite twenty-five books, along with reviews, just after the short lists are announced. I don't know how this can be, as you might think authors and illustrators might run out of new ideas for books, but I think this year there are more amazing fiction picture books than I've ever read in one year.

We visited Mexico in my school library this week. My library assistant went to Mexico City over Thanksgiving break and she shared stories of the jaguar in Mayan mythology along with tales of how she climbed (crawled, at one point) to the top of the pyramids. I read the old Mexican folktale, The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie de Paola. It was a satisfying week.




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.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

grenzbegrifflich

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Definition: That which is true, but which is beyond analysis






Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words
that we’ve encountered in our reading.
If you want to play along, grab the button,

write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky at Bermuda Onion!

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, November 28, 2017

Books I'm (Desperately) Trying to Read Before the End of 2017

THE STORY, SO FAR

I don't do well when I try to make myself read books. Do you?

I limited myself to four short books in the spring, so I did read all four. That's something, right?

I read 2 of the 5 books I hoped to read last summer.

I've only managed to read 2 of the 9 books I boldly asserted that I hoped to read this fall.

I've read 3 of the 11 books I announced on my blog I'd read this year in 2017.

So what should I try to read before the end of the year? Maybe I should list some sure things and get my attempt/finish reading stats up a bit.


MY OFFICIAL LIST OF BOOKS I'M (DESPERATELY) TRYING TO READ BEFORE THE END OF 2017:


BOOKS I'VE ALREADY STARTED 


Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Dear Fahrenheit 451


BOOKS ABOUT ITALY


A Literary Tour of Italy
Italy for the Gourmet Traveler


COOKBOOKS



Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker
Muffins and Biscuits
Cooking With Nonna
Flour Water Salt Yeast


I will definitely read all of these, and, whew! that's a lot of books.




WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO READ BEFORE THE END OF 2017?





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.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

7th Annual Black Friday Book Bonanza and The Thankfully Reading Weekend


Welcome to the 7th annual Black Friday Book Bonanza, hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality and Kimberly at The Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

My giveaway officially starts at midnight on Black Friday, November 24, and ends the following Monday, November 27, at 11:59 pm.   I will notify winners within 48 hours at the end of the Bonanza

What will I be giving away? To thank all the wonderful people who have read Readerbuzz now and then over the past (almost) ten years, I will give away:

One Book of Your Choice from Book Depository, with a Value up to $15!

Book Depository will ship books almost anywhere in the world for free, so this giveaway is open to anyone living in any country to which Book Depository ships free!

What do you have to do to enter my giveaway? Of course I would love it if you subscribed to my blog, but that isn't necessary. All you have to do is:

(1) to leave a comment telling me what book you are grateful for 
(2) and include an e-mail where I can notify you when you win! 

To enter other giveaways, check the Linky at the bottom of this post.



Jenn of Jenn's Bookshelves is pleased to announce that she will once again be hosting Thankfully Reading Weekend, November 22-26th! Want to avoid the crowds & shopping on Black Friday? Plan on spending a nice, quiet holiday at home? Join us!
Just what is this Thankfully Reading Weekend I speak of?  Here are the details:
There are no rules to the weekend, we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for the year. We thought it’d be fun if we cheered each other on a bit. If you think you can join in, grab the button  and add your sign up post to the link-up here. If you don’t have a blog, you can sign up the comments or sign up using a link to your Twitter account or Facebook page!
We’ll also be checking in on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #thankfullyreading. Join in for the weekend or for only a single day. No rules, no pressure!