Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Favorite Books of 2017: 53 Books You Must Read Now

This has to be the post I love writing each year more than any other...and it is probably the most difficult post to write...My Favorite Books of 2017. I've read 261 books, according to Goodreads, but that doesn't include my 357 Cybils Fiction Picture Books and Board Books, of course.

As you might imagine, I have to break down my favorite reads of the year into categories. Here, then,  are my favorites of 2017:


HAPPINESS BOOKS
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
The Tiny Book of Tiny Pleasures
Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World's Happiest People
Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life by Sylvia Boorstein


CHILDREN’S BOOKS (Non-Cybils Only...Apologies...)
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (audio)
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (audio)
Worzel Gummidge
Stand Up and Sing: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
Tuck Everlasting (audio)
Just So Stories (audio)
Karma Khullar’s Mustache by Kristi Wientge
The Glasstown Game by Catherynne M. Valente


BOOKS-ABOUT-BOOKS
My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult
Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship


FOODIE
The Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life
Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Kitchen Meditations and Inspired Recipes from a Mindful Cook
The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart


ARMCHAIR TRAVEL
Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time
Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea
La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe 


YA
The Hate U Give
Everything I Never Told You
March Books 1, 2, and 3
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Amulet of Samarkand (audio)
Warcross by Marie Lu


LITERARY FICTION
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) (audio)
Chemistry: A Novel by Weike Wang
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
News of the World: A Novel by Paulette Jiles
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen


NONFICTION
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
The Moth Presents: All These Wonders
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott
50 True Stories: The Moth
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
At the Existential Cafe: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails
Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke
The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgard 
Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations (audio)


And, finally, my Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017, the books I loved at a gut-level, books I recommend widely, and remember fondly:


MY TOP TEN FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2017
3 Men in a Boat
News of the World
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time
The Hate U Give
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Lincoln in the Bardo
Stand Up and Sing: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice
The Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life
It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree



Have you read any of these?
What did you think? Agree? Disagree?
What are your favorite reads of 2017?
Please share a link to your list so I can see what you enjoyed,
or tell me about your favorites in the comments.



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 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,
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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.