My daughter-in-law received the book Dear Girl as a gift for their new daughter Lila. She read it as I held Lila the other day. I have since ordered several copies, a few to give away and one to keep for my basket of books! It is a wonderful message for girls about being powerful, strong and accepting yourself. If you have any special girls in your life, give them a copy of the book…and maybe keep one for yourself, too.
Dear Girl, Keep that arm raised! You have smart things to say!
Dear Girl, Sometimes you may feel like being pink and sparkly. Sometimes you may feel pretty much the opposite.
You may have heard of the author, Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She wrote an incredible piece for the Modern Love column in the NYTimes entitled You May Want to Marry My Husband. It was published on March 3, 2017, just 10 days before she died of ovarian cancer at the age of 51. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming.
HAR and I were in the same city for three days recently. What a treat! We talked about blog ideas, trips we want to take, we shopped and somehow got on the topic of what we like to buy at airports when we are on the road to somewhere.
I could have three books in my carryover – wishful thinking of how I might spend some time on the plane or wherever I’m headed – and yet, I love buying a book at the airport. I don’t know what it is. There are rarely new titles that I’ve never seen before or couldn’t buy at home, or take out of the local library. But I’m drawn to the stacked stashes of new releases. And it’s not like it’s a bargain. But there I am, shelling out holiday cash to pick up a new paperback along with a side of gum and maybe a roll of fruit mentos for plane nibbling.
For HAR, it’s reading glasses. She’s got a pair in every room, every bag, in the car and then some.
Do you have airport purchase habits?
I stumbled on a travel blog called Traveling with MJ and her Jan 1st post was a travel reading challenge. It caught my eye since many of us tend to read more when we are on vacation and I usually try to read a book that takes place in a country that I’m visiting. The initial list has 24 different ideas, if you do the math that’s 2 books per month. Don’t let that scare you, feel free to make yours the 2018/19 travel reading list! Here’s the list. It’s a creative idea and our friday favourite.
THE 2018 BASIC TRAVEL READING LIST
- A book that takes place in the country of your origin
- A book that takes place in a destination you’d like to visit
- A book with a type of food in the title
- A book that takes place somewhere you’ve always dreamed of living
- A book that takes place in your hometown
- A book that is set in a period of history in which you are interested
- A book recommended by a friend
- A book that you read years ago and want to re-read
- A book with an animal in the title
- A book with a type of plant in the title
- A book set in the future
- A book set in your favorite country or region
- A book that is an adventure story
- A book by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as your last name
- A book by an author who is not of the same gender as you
- A book with a silly title
- A book that’s perfect for reading over lunch
- A book from a genre you don’t typically read
- A book with a purple cover
- A book published in 2018
- A book that is also a movie
- A guidebook
- A book that is written by or is about a famous person
- A book that inspires you to make a change
Let us know if you take the challenge, I expect ACC (Alison) to be the first one done!
I knew that the library loaned iPads and DVDs and books on CDs but I hadn’t really paid attention to downloading audio books. A few weeks ago I sat down and opened my public library’s website and did some research about audio and eBooks. It wasn’t difficult and it didn’t take long for me to discover that I needed to download an app called OverDrive and then sign in with my library card.
I downloaded OverDrive and borrowed Laura Lippman’s After I’m Gone. I spent a lot of time in the car this week and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story while driving. I kept listening on Saturday while I did errands and household chores and finally sat down to really focus on the last chapter!
As soon as it ended I logged back in and downloaded another one. The coolest thing is the books return themselves when the 14 day loan period expires!
Who knew?! What a gift. Yet another reason to support your local library.
I have been on the board of our local library foundation for the past six years and helped with the planning of the signature fundraising event – A Celebration of Authors.
Each year we invite four authors to participate in a panel discussion. They tend to be from New England since we have a small budget for travel. This year we had Anita Diamant, Joseph Finder, Lily King and Ann Leary. It is a terrific event and I would encourage you to attend author events if your library or local college host them. Then borrow their books from the library.
It’s fascinating to learn a little about the inner workings of a writer…how they motivate themselves, where they get their inspiration, and what they like to read! Our event has a terrific moderator who asks interesting and unusual questions that makes it a great evening. Over the years I have listened to at least 15 authors at the Celebration of Authors and it makes reading their work so much richer.
Support your library!
Just finished A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s quirky, funny, sad, sweet and I couldn’t put it down. Read it and let us know what you think! HAR
I have been writing marketing and advertising words for more than 25 years. But I’m pretty sure no one has ever wanted to get right inside anything I’ve written – hanging on the next word, wondering where the advertising message would take them. And that’s okay…I wouldn’t expect them to.
That’s why I especially love when I find books that make me want to climb right inside them. I admire and marvel at the craft of writing.
I just read one I couldn’t put down – wandering through the wilderness with the four lost hikers in Lori Lansens’ The Mountain Story. It’s my friday favourite.
Maybe it’s the hiker in me that identifies with stories like this. But I’m pretty sure it’s much more than that. It’s the carefully crafted combination of everyday words that has me living and breathing and gasping with the characters.
What’s the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?
We keep thinking we will write a post about all the books we’ve been reading but it never seems to happen.
So instead, here is a list of books I haven’t read but are on my nightstand, waiting for my attention! Feel free to add yours to the list!
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. A recent article in the NYTimes about the Naples of the media-averse Elena Ferrante caught my eye, so I bought the book and it sits on my nightstand.
I loved Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann and so I bought Transatlantic and have yet to crack the cover.
Julianna Baggott was a guest author at an event I helped plan at our local library last fall and I received a copy of her latest novel Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders. I would like to read it!
My friend who once owned a bookstore recommended The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I bought it. I haven’t read it.
What haven’t you read???