Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Belated Top Ten Tuesday (on Wednesday)

Yesterday I got my oldest Angel all checked into the hospital for her (trumpets sound!!) Last Round Of Chemo!! So my day was kinda full, however I am getting around to my TTT post today...because I love this list!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here 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.

So here goes....
This weeks topic is Top Ten Books on our Fall TBR list!! 
Boy oh boy do I have more than 10!!

First let me say that since I'm taking 20th Century Lit & Culture, some of these books serve a dual purpose.

1) Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison  I'm reading this now for 20CLC. I'm not sure I'm a fan.

2) The Homecoming of Samuel Lake - Jenny Wingfield. Reading this from NetGalley and sooooo want to read ONLY this because I love this book and can't wait to finish it but do NOT want it to end!

3) Cocktail Hour Under The Tree of Forgetfulnes - Alexandra Fuller  This is a review copy I would like to finish because it's going to be a GREAT review. This book is so good and so very very much fun! 

4) The White King - Gyorgy Dragoman My youngest Angel bought this for me for my birthday and I can't wait to get to it!! It looks very interesting! This may be one of those hidden gems!

5) Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates Also for 20CLC but looks awesome. I'm so glad I've not seen the movie yet too!

6) The Catcher in The Rye - J.D. Salinger - for 20CLC. Technically I've already read this but it was so many years and 'phases' ago I'm sure I'll be coming to this book a different person and thus the book will be totally new to me too. (I also have to read The Things They Carried for this class but I literally JUST read it so it's not making this list)

7)  Outrageous Acts Of Everyday Rebellion - Gloria Steinem Once again for 20CLC - my choice though. Our non-fiction choice for culture. 

8) Sing Them Home - Stephanie Kallos Not only does the book look great, it was on our Library book club list AND I got to hear her speak at the Iowa City Book Festival earlier this summer.

 9) The rest of the books listed on my sidebar (cheating I know, I know!) oh and my TBR Sooner Or Later Tab. Some unique ones in there too. 
10) The other 70 books listed in my goodreads To Be Read list - come on over and friend me! I love to see what other people are reading and do the 'compare books' as well as read great reviews! Love getting new friends there too!

So that's my list. I'm sitting here wishing I was cloned so my clone could read 24/7 and I could do what I must do in day to day life. I get frustrated that I can't get through books faster since there are soo sooo sooooo many I want to get to! 

I'm sure going through your lists isn't really going to help that situation since it will make MY lists that much longer....but you now I will :) 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Looking Bullish for the Bookish

From our  local TV station's Facebook page this encouraging news for our area of the Midwest!
It looks like another major book retailer could be buying the Borders book store along E. 53rd Street in Davenport. Publishers Weekly says Books-a-million will pick up the leases for stores in Iowa and several other states. A deal must be done by the end of the month.
There is faith out there that bookstores are still lucrative, and bookish-folk will support them. This makes me very happy! I still love my Indies and very much love yard sale-ing for books, but having the retail space left by Borders filled with books again, still warms me right down to my toes. 
I'll be anxious to watch the news come month end and see if all went well.  And in light of recent events, maybe I'll re-evaluate where I spend my hard-earned and consider putting a little more money where my mouth is and support ALL my favorite bookish stores just a bit more. :)

Book Blogger Hopin'!

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books! It's also one of my favorites!

This weeks question is near and dear to my heart... my pets!
“Non-book-related this week!! Do you have pets?”

Boy oh boy do I !!

They've changed a little since this picture was made. Clockwise from the white one... 

Baby - I didn't pick that name, shes about 14 years old
Tibby - one of 2 kitten my daughter found  lying in a driveway on a hot May day. About a week old. We bottle raised them.

Juliet - found wandering into a local establishment..walked right in. She was about 7 months old then. We've had her for about 4 years or so. 

Marci - The other twin. But this one is why I think they were laying in the driveway. He has an overbite like I've never seen on a cat, and bad back hips. and I think gender challenged because I've always felt like this cat is a girl.

Romeo - you can't see it well in this pick but his ruff is huge now! He's a Maine Coon and a big ole fella. He's mine 100%. We call him Lard, Fat Lard, Handsome boy, & Captain Handsomeness, and by we I mean me.

I wouldn't give a nickle for another one, but I wouldn't take a million dollars for the ones I have. I love my fur-family!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Weekends are for booking

Some people go junking, some go yard saleing, I go booking. For the most part. On the weekends I love to cruise yard sales and second hand stores, the GW boutique, auctions and everything in between mostly on the lookout for books. Oh sure I pick up the odd and end here and there, but it's books on my list.

This weekend there was a going out of business sale at a consignment shop. At 75% off I finally felt the prices for used paperbacks were reasonable. I thought six bucks were a little steep. Anyway... I got some beauties!!

I had just read and reviewed a library copy of this book and it is on my sylabus for a lit class I'm taking this semester so I was thrilled to find a copy!!

This is why, while I'd like to have one and will probably cave soon, e-Readers will never take over completely. The thrill of the hunt and find is just too precious. Holding that sought after volume is too satisfying and putting that sweet story on the shelf is too indulgent. We like to induldge don't we? Of course we do...ok, well I know I do!

I also picked up a copy of

Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible. I loved her non-fiction Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and am looking forward to the fiction...sometime in the future.

I also found a nice copy of
 I saw this movie before I realized it was a book. And I loved it. Again it deals with one of my soft spots, my beloved Appalacia and West-by-God Virginia.

1.50 each seemed reasonable to me. Nice clean copies too :) It is one of my deepest pleasures to greedily add to my overflowing shelves.(Is that bad?)

And now I can only add them to my goodreads list since my first classes at University of Iowa kicked off today and I have no idea weather I have bitten of more than I can chew. What I do know is that leisure reading will be a rare item for the next few months.

Hopefully blogging will not be. :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday of the Underrated

This will be a Top Ten Tuesday to send your TBR pile to the mooooon! I can't wait to peruse you guys' lists and see what choices are out there to keep me reading FOR-EV-VER!!

As it stands, I have some favorites I wish had seen more marketing or shelf cover time.

As always, this amazing meme it brought to us today by The Broke & The Bookish
 Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here 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!

In no particular order: 

Strange As This Weather Has Been - strong female leads, environmental issues that Must be addressed, and the over looked wonders of the area that is Appalachia...coupled with amazing writing...this book is a gem!

This is not a 'fun' book. There is humor but it's like life preserver humor. This is a war story/stories book and it's hard. but it IS IMPORTANT and a very very well written book. 

Will change your thinking on eating. Not just what you eat but when you eat it and why. This book comes into my mind on a daily basis and I'm still striving to come closer to its mark. 

Everyone knows the  Lorax, nobody knows the Wumps. While both are good and have the perfect awareness-moral, nothing, on this planet or theirs, are cuter than WUMPS!!!!!

HMMMMM starting to realize I read a lot of pretty mainstream stuff!!

 Conrad Richter had a series called The Awakening Land that started with The Trees. I absolutely loved loved loved these books!! They hardly come up anymore and I think it's time to see MORE of them!! Pioneer stories with a great female protagonist. A Family Epic series!

Ok... I'm short listing this week :(   I could scrounge up a couple more like:

Harvest Home?
Getting Over It by Anna Maxted

Oh and I'm sure there are tons of others....but I bet they are on YOUR I'll go see :)

Besides...I'm allllll excited because I may be able to take my kiddo home from the hospital tomorrow. (she's been in for 43 days for round 3 of chemo) one more round to go and she's done with the long treatments!! YAY!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy Days!

I'm am so flattered! Yesterday my blogosphere friend Jenn Elyse 

nominated my lil ole blog for a Liebster Blog Award!! Of all the blogs getting off their virtual feet out there in blogland, I was so thrilled she thought of mine! (oh and go follow her! Last time I looked she was at 199!!)

The Liebster Blog Award is designed to bring additional recognition to those bloggers with less than 200 followers. If you receive the award, you should link back to the blogger that nominated you and nominate five more blogs. Also, don’t forget to let them know that you nominated them.

  • Laurie at What She Read - I love the diversity of her reading choices! She TRULY READS FOR A REASON!! 
  • Bookfoolery And Babble - Love her reviews and always enjoy reading this well written blog! and we have twin kitties!
see what I mean?? Meet Mercutio and Tybalt aka Marci and Tibby :)

  • Park Benches & Bookends - Barely qualifies as their followers are growing! :) Besides being a such a Pretty! blog, it's chalked full of great content!
  • Peppermint Ph.D. - another great blog and a blogger that I seem to have a bit in common with life-wise as well as literary-wise! And another pet lover!
  • The Story Girl- Really love her taste in books!! Another very well written blog, I always enjoy reading the reviews. She reminds me that blogging isn't brain surgery....uhhh ...wait? ;)

You guys inspire me and fuel my love of this crazy place called the bookblogosphere populated with us bookish-folk. :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Review: Steady and Trembling - Tom Montgomery Fate

Title: Steady and Trembling: Art, Faith, and Family in An Uncertain World
Author:  Tom Montgomery Fate
Pages:  122
Why I Read This Book: My Mom asked me to. She went and heard him give a book talk
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis From Me:
A series of essays on not only Faith, and Family, but also nature, and life both rural and suburban in which Tom encapsulates the emotions of his life and its purpose and relationship with the world, the natural world, over the course of the four changing seasons. Very reminiscent of his proclaimed guru Thoreau, Steady and Trembling more closely weaves the escapism of Walden with the necessity of the city while still holding out his hope for permanence someday in the utopia of his rural retreat. And how we, as a whole, should work to listen more to what the world, the earth, wants us to do and not so boldly declare what we think it needs to do for us.

My Review/Opinion:
I’m woefully at a loss for how I was left feeling about this little book. If you like or romanticized Walden in any way shape or form you will LOVE this book. If you see it as a tad indulgent and impractical, you may not feel quite as enamored with it.

The writing was wonderful throughout most of the essays. Fate wove quaint scenarios of the communal farm where he went to write. And he carved cold images of urban frustration from the gray buildings of Chicago, it’s spilt -spaghetti freeways and homogenization of home and hobby and humanity.

But I find there are days that I, too am torn between missing, with every fiber of my body, the life of the city and being so quaintly satisfied with my rural small town life I could just squeal! Usually I’m somewhere in between.

 Mostly because, unlike Fate, I don’t truly romanticize either of them as he does. He vilifies the city even with its culture and glorifies the country as noble statesmen of earths tending. Only the corporate influence corrupted any of these proud stewards. Something I don’t really always agree with because I don’t really see that.

 And see it I should because we both hail from the same small town he writes, with some poetic license I must add, about returning to for a nostalgic visit.

I got ahold of this book because my Mom had gone to a reading in our mutual home town; mine hers and Tom’s. And she was really very taken by him and his views on nature and life and our interaction between the two. I would have liked to gone too. He has another book out and yes I will be putting it on my TBR list. I am curious where all these musing are going. It’s like being able to watch someone think something through.

Nearing the end of the book I think things solidified and he voice rang much
truer and more spiritual. His Walden, after all, did include his love for his family, especially his adorable children and his musings on parenthood were eerily spot on.

And I will always and forever equate a spider hanging out in a web with a fuzzy coffee bean. And shiver just the same.

If you are an outdoors personality, I mean it, you need to read this book. It will charm your socks off I guarantee!