Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday Post #49/Sunday Salon #23

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz expanded Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read
Three books: two middle grade and one coffee-table book, for lack of a better term. All of them very good.

Bibliophile is a collection of books, lists, interviews, descriptions of bookstores, and most of all, illustrations from the artist behind the Ideal Bookshelf website. Well worth spending some time poring over.

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is a really good, quite funny middle grade novel that deals with calamity physics and grief.
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi, #1)

The Lost Girl is a gorgeous dark fairy tale book that might be one of those books for kids that adults like better. I'm going to see if I can get some kid readers to attempt it and weigh in. I apparently didn't read the description very well and spent most of the book wondering when one of the sisters was going to disappear. That doesn't happen.

The Lost Girl

What I'm Reading/What's Next
I'm plowing through Courting Darkness and enjoying it very much, even though it definitely references people and political events from the His Fair Assassins trilogy, which I read far too long ago to remember anything useful about. Next week I'm starting a novel-in-verse unit with my classes, hoping to read each of them a book between now and spring break. Which, now that I count the days, is not gonna work. Crap. Anyway, even if there's a weird gap in the middle, I will be re-reading somewhere between two and six novels in the next few weeks. The options I'm offering are:
Yellow Star
They Call Me Güero
Inside Out and Back Again
Make Lemonade
Keesha's House

all of which I recommend, obviously.

Three Things

  1. I think I'm funny. I've been trying to figure out how to draw rabbits, since our buddy Jimmy started hanging out under the juniper bush, and then this happened. 
  2. I signed up for an art class through the library that is closest to my house, even though I consider the one I'm at right now to be my "home library." I used to do things in the evening all the time, but between parenting and age, it doesn't happen much anymore. The year before I met my husband I did a huge mountain climbing course AND took salsa lessons every Monday. 
  3. No further developments on the whole "Covid 19 takes over the NW" story. Well, other than my husband is supposed to be going to Cleveland in a couple of weeks for a bridge tournament, and his partner's wife doesn't think he should travel because he's over 60. Of course, the plane tickets and room reservations are all non-refundable, so my husband may be getting a long weekend in Cleveland without much to do. Any suggestions? 

Stay healthy! 


  1. Your library has some great class offerings. Can't wait to see all your art projects. I could drive to Cleveland (and have), but that's really, really far for you. Wear a mask? Don't touch your face? Make sure your husband is getting enough rest, nutrition, and water to keep his immune system in tip top shape. You kind of have to do what you do to avoid the flu. I feel confident that all will be fine, though

  2. Haha, I love your rabbits. We have rabbits in our yard too. I don’t like them because they dig holes and poop everywhere. I don’t know what to do about them though.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I took a little drawing book with me to Paris, along with some pages of animals and flowers and lots of other little things. Whenever I had a minute, I drew in my little book. Now that I have returned and the world seems scary, I take out my new drawing book and draw away. It's very relaxing.

    I've meant to read Sal & Gabi. Glad to see you liked it.

    I don't know what I'd say about traveling. At times I feel like everything has been wildly blown out of proportion, and at times I think the whole thing is about to blow up in our faces. I wish things were more clear.

  4. I hope you enjoy the course, I can’t draw at all unfortunately,
    Bibliophile is a beautiful book, I’ve browsed through it at the library

    Wishing you a great reading week

  5. Hot, cross buns. *snicker* That's totally my sense of humor; you've amused me at least!

  6. Have fun with the art class!
    If your husband does go to Cleveland and doesn't get to play in the tournament, the art museum is fabulous. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is pretty cool too.

  7. Hehehe. I love your hot, cross buns! Keep it up. :) I'd love to see the results of your art classes, too. What inspired you to sign up for ths one?

  8. I've heard people comment about Anne Ursu before and say that she might be more popular with adults than kids. But the kids in my homeschool co=op loved Breadcrumbs, and my son was a fan of The Real Boy, so my experiences haven't supported that so far. I'd be interested to hear what your students think!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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