November 21 #botm
Jane Goodall is an inspiring human. She explains some of the experiences in her life that have given her hope for humanity and the future in this autobiography.
I‘ll have this in the mail to you tomorrow, Barbara! Thanks for sharing this one. Another successful book exchange!
This book discusses how popular music has been an influence in breaking gender norms in recent culture. There were many artists I had anticipated, and some surprises as well. I learned a lot, and I enjoyed listening to the music and artists mentioned while I was reading!
Beautiful cover! And I can‘t wait for this one! Time travel with quarantine vibes and a colony on the moon sounds fascinating!
Publication in April 2022
(EW says the 19th, Goodreads says the 1st) 🤷🏻♀️
I borrowed this one from the library, and now I want a copy! This book is so beautiful! It features some of the National Parks of the United States with wonderful illustrations that highlight the flora, fauna, and other defining characteristics of each area. This one is the Great Smoky Mountains, which is the one in the book I live closest to.
New favorite version of Snow White! Neil Gaiman‘s story is fantastic, and Colleen Doran‘s artwork is incredible! It is dark, magical, and erotic, as it tells the Queen‘s side of the story.
I‘ve been planning it for a while, but I started this project this week. I‘m building a brick bench in the backyard and #currentlylistening to the tagged Poirot mystery. The right picture was when I started digging out the grass perimeter, and the left picture shows how I‘ve dug out about a third of it down 8-10 inches. I got an appointment for the concrete footer to be poured on Tuesday. I think my family thinks I‘m crazy for doing this myself.
This book discusses why people dislike listening to experts, examining the problem from different angles in society. Nichols explains the ideal role of the layperson & the expert as fellow citizens. He approaches the topic through his role as a U.S. foreign policy expert & professor. He gives plenty of examples, from current events & history, which he connects seamlessly, even if he does verge on ranting a couple times.
This book looks at what makes an author unique by the numbers of individual words, types of phrases, length of sentences, chapters, etc. There were some slower parts, but in general I thought it was an interesting analysis of how authors use language. And I love visual data!
@BarbaraTheBibliophage I just put this in the mail to you. They said it should be there by Tuesday!
Just received this today—thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ! I‘m finishing Nabokov‘s Favorite Word is Mauve this week, and then jumping right into this one! I love the condescending blurbs on the cover! 😁😬#NforNonfiction
That time I met Jacqueline Woodson: she was so kind and friendly! This was at 2015 ALA, when she was being celebrated for so many awards for Brown Girl Dreaming! I‘ve also seen her speak a couple times since then, and she is so inspiring! #AuthorAMonth #AAMJW
It has charts and graphs! I‘m looking forward to reading this one! #NforNonfiction
Hello, nonfiction friends! I‘m tagging some of my nonfiction TBR picks below.
Has anyone tried out the #ReesesBookClub app? I‘ve read several of her book club picks, but wondered if the app is worth getting. This month‘s book is the tagged book.
There is so much pain and sadness in this story, but also such resilience and hope. Leni‘s parents, both damaged and idealistic in different ways, decide to move them to the wilderness of Alaska when she is a young teen. They must adapt to the hard winters as they navigate the darkness of her dad‘s PTSD. I don‘t want to give any spoilers, so I‘ll just say it is an expansive story of family, community, and difficult love.
This book is amazing. Psychologist Adam Grant discusses the idea of “knowing what you don‘t know” by being open to learning, listening to understand, and making your values (not your opinions) the things you live by. I just finished the audiobook, but I‘m also going to buy the hardcover to reread and mark it up!
The whole book is set up like a multiple choice test. In this section, it says to put the sentences in the most coherent order. I love how it‘s like poetry, but not exactly. I love how an order occurs to me based on my experiences but that I imagine others see it differently. I really love this one. Anyone want to share their answer? I‘ll put mine as a spoiler in case anyone wants to choose first, then compare our answers.
#bookmail For my 6-year-old: the 4th Narwhal book, Skinny-bones, and a Junie B. Jones. High Five‘s February issue also came this week.
#bookmail For my 9-year-old: the second Mysterious Benedict Society, third Baby-Sitters Little Sister graphic novel, and first Enola Holmes.
I‘m finishing this one today for #AuthoraMonth. It is a very interesting premise, with cities coming to life when they reach a cultural strength that enables them to be born through members of the city who serve as “avatars” to protect the city. New York is being born with one primary avatar, and 5 other individuals who represent the 5 boroughs. They must find one another to fight against forces that want to stop New York from coming to life.
I just started this one, but wanted to ask if anyone else‘s copy had this printing error? It has pages 55-86 attached upside down, and then starts with 55 over again. You can see that there are holes where they had already been scored once incorrectly. This is the #botm edition. 😬
(The rest of the sentence is:) “...maintains its thin veneer of peace.” My husband started reading this manga series first, and then recommended them to me. I just read the first. The man is a spy and must have a family for a mission, but they turn out to have their own secret identities. His new daughter is a telepath and his new wife is an assassin. I love that they all need each other in very different ways and are clearly not what they seem.
I just wanted to share my new reading chair and book side table. I love my new reading spot! Also, it is snowing beautifully outside, so perfect snuggle-up-and-read weather.
My brother and sister-in-law got me this one for Christmas, and I‘m loving it so much! It has the love letters Kurt wrote to Jane from 1941-1945, from when they began casually dating through his time in the army. Their daughter found the letters and arranged them into this collection.
#currentlylistening Just hearing his voice has made me feel a little bit better today. I feel that it‘s important to have leaders who are good people.
I am loving this book, the newest novel by Matt Haig. Nora wants her life to end, but she gets the opportunity to experience other possible lives through her very own Midnight Library.
I‘ve heard great things about Piranesi, and I chose Pretty Little Wife because fall is always a great time for thrillers! #botm
Part of my sad #classroomlibrary that isn‘t getting checked out because of COVID restrictions. I love reading with students and having them read in class, and it just isn‘t the same this year.
French‘s newest mystery is about a retired American police officer who moves to a rural town in Ireland for some peace, but he gets involved in investigating the disappearance of a local teenager. Tana French‘s writing is beautifully descriptive, especially of the settings and nature.
I love these covers! The first two novellas in a four-part series are out now. In the first, Lux: The New Girl, Lux starts at the Augusta Savage School for the Arts after a big fight gets her kicked out of her previous school. In the second, Micah: The Good Girl, Micah struggles with the expectations of her family and her Christian beliefs.
Did you know 3 major software giants were born within 6 months of one another (1954-55)? Or that the majority of pro hockey players are born in winter (most in Jan.)? I‘ve been telling everyone I know about this book. It has so much to think about. The main idea is that success isn‘t an isolated thing—circumstances are always aligned to create opportunities for success. I love how Gladwell forms this theory with many different cultural examples.