Top Ten Tuesday: Book covers with a design that is all or mostly all words / books with nice typography.
As per usual, when creating TTT lists I am include only books I have read.
Three weeks: My last Sunday Salon was three weeks ago. We've had a lot going on and 'doing' trumps 'writing about doing.' So here I am trying to consolidate down three weeks worth of doings!
Cybils Judge: I've been selected as a Round 1 judge for the Poetry panel. We begin our work mid October after all the books are nominated. I visited all the web pages for the other Round 1 judges and it appears I'm the only secondary education expert in the group, so that will be my niche. (Cybils Poetry Panel) I've judged the Nonfiction categories the past five years, so this will be a different experience for me. If you follow me on Goodreads you will start noticing a lot of children's poetry books on my 'read' list soon. (Goodreads.)
Wedding: We've driven up and down the freeway several times in the last three weeks. On one trip we went to the wedding of a friend's daughter. It was the first Jewish wedding either of us have ever attended and it was so beautiful, meaningful, and fun. The groom's brother led the service and created a helpful guide so we could understand what was going on throughout. My favorite parts were a. Sheva Brachot, the seven blessings; b. Birkat Kohanim, the priestly benediction; c. The Hora, a lively dance accompanied by the singing of Hava Nagila, and the chair dance.
Anne Marie, the bride's mother, and I have been best friends since college, each being the other's maid of honor when we got married. The lovely collage, above, is highlighting items in Anne Marie's lovely yard where she hosted a brunch the day after the wedding. It has been a long time since I've spent any time with Anne Marie's family and it was wonderful to rub elbows with her husband, father, sisters (and spouses), cousins, and children.
Blogging: I have been busy on my blog even if I haven't created Sunday Salon posts. Posts from the three weeks:
Football: We made another trip to Eugene for our first football game which was last weekend. After the game we zoomed up the freeway in order to get Kathy, my sister, to the Sea-Tac airport in time for her flight to Cambodia, where she is now visiting an orphanage and sight-seeing. Don's comment to me as we sat in Autzen Stadium watching the UO Ducks play the BYU Cougars, "This is my happy place." 😄
Visitors from Canada: Finally the borders are open so a high school friend, Jean, and her partner, Chrissy, were able to visit us after a long hiatus. After they left us, they took the long way home and vacationed in several places in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. I am not sure exactly where they were staying when Jean snapped this spectacular photo. Where ever it is, I want to go there!
|Waterton National Park, Alberta, Canada! Photo credit: J. Darnell|
Politics: A lot has happened in the world concerning politics in the past three weeks. These are a few highlights/lowlights:
1. It's Time For for Congress to Seat the Cherokee Nation Delegate as promised in the 1835 treaty. I recommend that you watch the video for more on this topic.
3. TFG (The former guy) is in trouble:
5. Migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard have filed a class-action suit against DeSantis (R- Florida). (Axios) And, by the way, the stunt that DeSantis pulled to gain attention among MAGA republicans who "hate" all immigrants, has backfired spectacularly. Now DeSantis trails Charlie Crist (D) in a new poll taken since the migrant flight. At one point DeSantis polled 6 points over his challenger, now Crist polls a half a point ahead of DeSantis. (Newsweek)
6. Roe reversal has prompted many women to register to vote, hoping to save women's healthcare issues. Will it be the difference maker in November? I hope so! (The Guardian)
Okay, enough of that. Let's take a mental health break, shall we? I've been thinking about these brownies ever since I watched all ten minutes of this video: 100-hour fudgy brownies. I know I will never make them, but I may watch the video of them being made again. 😁
Birthday Boys: Both of our grandsons have September birthdays. Their mom, our daughter, had a very stressful month with lots of responsibilities due to the beginning of the school year (she's a teacher), a teacher's strike, building a new house, and the care and feeding of a young family. We stepped in to help by hosting a family party for Jamie, the now two-year old. Our younger daughter and I created the Construction cake for it. Earlier we'd taken Ian to the Puyallup Fair for his birthday gift. He's old enough to know that the funnest part of the fair is the rides. We forced him to do some other things like watching the Mr. Science show (He loved it), a walk through the dinosaur exhibit (Not as great as any of us had hoped), a look at the animals in the petting zoo and the mama pig with brood of piglets ("I've seen the pigs, Grandpa, let's go to the rides.")
|Ian is five. We happened to babysit him on his big day as his school district was on strike, postponing his first day of kindergarten.|
|Fortunately this T-Rex didn't swallow Ian whole. (See Ian in there?)|
|Jamie loved his cake, er I mean, loved the toy trucks, the lit candles, and all the candy. Unfortunately, Jamie broke his leg a few days before his birthday so the poor boy didn't get to romp around the yard with his brother and cousins.|
Kindergarten: Ian is now officially a kindergartener. After the strike ended, Ian met with his new teacher and started school last Wednesday. His mom said that he was doing great on his first day, but she was not. It is an emotional milestone.
|Banned and Challenged Books, Banned Books Week, ALA|
|"Authors Speak Up in Defense of Banned Books". Publisher's Weekly, Sept, 20, 2022.|
|A library board in Wellington, Colorado votes to ban book bans. Book Riot, Sept. 20, 2022|
|"Book bans reflect outdated beliefs about how children read." Conversations, Sept. 20, 2022.|
|"Here's Why I'm Celebrating Banned Books Week." Barack Obama, Sept. 23, 2022|
"[Book banning] is a mistake. Not only is it important for young people to see themselves represented in the pages of books, but it’s also important for all of us to engage with different ideas and points of view." -Barack ObamaBeau of the Fifth Column on Sept. 20th on Banned Books Week, Censorship, Targeting of LGBTQ+ and BIPOC authors, and more.
“The wave of book bans that has swept across our country in recent years is a direct attack on First Amendment rights and should alarm every American who believes that freedom of expression is a fundamental pillar of our democracy,” said Chairman Jamie Raskin. (House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on resolution to recognize Banned Books Weeks.)
“Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” ALA Theme for the 2022 Banned Books Week
Thanks to Notes in the Margin for the idea for this post.
Read a banned book this week!
Simply grab the 'Random Thoughts' meme to use on your blog post, then link back here to add your URL in the comments section so other visitors can find you.
Lastly, visit other bloggers' random thoughts posts and join in conversations to form a community.
Hopefully there will be enough participation to make this a quarterly, maybe even a monthly post. We'll see.
I'll start. Here are some of my random thoughts today:
My random thoughts today:
I'd love to hear some of your random thoughts in the comment below. Join in, even if you don't want to blog about them yourself.
Book Beginnings quote:
|From the Author's Note on page 1. This opening paragraph does a nice job setting up the expectations for the readers.|
Friday56 quote (from page 87):
Several poems described an aching void that she refused to identify. The mass of poems surrounding her must have looked like a disorganized workshop or the scattered production of an amateur. But nothing was further from the truth. Emily was making a plan, carving out her own route to distinction even if she would not say so directly.
On August 3, 1845, young Emily Dickinson declared, “All things are ready”—and with this resolute statement, her life as a poet began. Despite spending her days almost entirely “at home” (the occupation listed on her death certificate), Dickinson’s interior world was extraordinary. She loved passionately, was ambivalent toward publication, embraced seclusion, and created 1,789 poems that she tucked into a dresser drawer.
In These Fevered Days, Martha Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson’s life through ten decisive episodes that distill her evolution as a poet. Ackmann follows Dickinson through her religious crisis while a student at Mount Holyoke, her startling decision to ask a famous editor for advice, her anguished letters to an unidentified “Master,” her exhilarating frenzy of composition, and her terror in confronting possible blindness. Together, these ten days provide new insights into Dickinson’s wildly original poetry and render a concise and vivid portrait of American literature’s most enigmatic figure. (Publisher)
Review: True confessions here. Even though I enjoy reading poetry I've never read much/any Dickinson before. When I heard about These Fevered Days I decided this was my way in and I was right. First Ackmann, a Dickinson scholar, was written a very readable and incredibly researched book about the poet. By highlighting ten pivotal moments in Emily Dickinson's life I was able to get a good grasp on what made her so special. Though Ackmann highlighted a few poems and included snippets from others I found myself wanting to read some more. So I picked up a Scholastic Classic collection of some of Emily Dickenson's poems at the library and find them easy to read and mostly easy to understand.
The last of the ten pivotal moments highlighted in These Fevered Days Ackmann titled "Called Back." The chapter is about the last years of Dickinson's life and I keep thinking about this chapter the most. When Emily closed in on the age of 50 many precious friends and family members died in rapid succession. At one point Dr. Holland, a family friend, placed one hand on Emily and the other on her sister and said, "The things that never can come back, are several." From that statement she wrote a poem (1514). Here is a snippet:
The Things that never can come back, are several —
Childhood — some forms of Hope — the Dead —
Though Joys — like Men — may sometimes make a Journey —
And still abide —
As a person very aware of age, I was caught unprepared for how emotional I would feel about this thought but I certainly understand it. Indeed the things that never came back ARE several: childhood, fathers, past loves, pets, friends... At the end of her life Emily's last poem, sent to her nieces was simply:
"Little Cousins, Called Back, Emily."
I'm touched. So touched.
Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader. Share the opening quote from current book.
The Friday56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Find a quote from page 56 to share.
Visit these two websites to participate. Click on links to read quotes from books other people are reading. It is a great way to make blog friends and to get suggestions for new reading material.
Every year at this time I resolve to read a banned book from the ALA's most banned/challenged list for the year. But since I got a late start I've decided to give myself a pass, since I read The Complete Maus earlier this summer. It is a graphic biography about the artist's father, a Holocaust survivor. It is insane that someone thinks banning a book about the Holocaust is a good idea. Here is my review, if you want to take a look. Here are the top ten challenged books from 2021:
|I've read all but #1, #2, and #9 already.|
Here is a fun idea. Read a banned book in a public place. Let others see you and notice the book you are reading.
Check out the resources for Banned Books Week at the American Library Assoc. webpage.
Below the fold is an update how I did on my summer list.
Book Club Selections:
Books I've already started, recently acquired, and/or have on-hold at the library:
I read a lot this summer, but not necessarily the books I predicted.
It’s easy. At your blog, before next Sunday 18th September, 2022, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.
This is your Spin List.
You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the spin period.
Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you have been putting off, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients, non-fiction, books in translation — whatever you choose.)
On Sunday 18th, September, Classics Club will post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by the 30th October, 2022.
Check back on Sunday the 30th October, 2022 to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!
This is meant to be a fun, social way to
read another book from your classics club list. If you don't a list. Just wirte down titles of 20 classics books you'd like to read and put numbers next to them.
Sometime this week, at your blog, you might post something like:
My Book Spin List for the Classics Club –
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Kesey
2. Something by Faulkner
3. Something by Anne Bronte
4. Something by Rushdie
5. Something by George Elliot
6. Something by Shakespeare
7. Something by Virginia Woolf
8. Something by Calvino
9. Something by Elizabeth Gaskill
10. Something by Pym
11. Something by Hardy
12. Something by Bellow
13. Frankenstein by Shelley
14. Something by Christie
15. Something by Bradbury
16. Something by Dickens
17. Something by Wodehouse
18. Something by Hawthorne
19. Picnic at Hanging Rock
20. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleI'm keeping my fingers crossed for a short one. I like to keep my options open by picking "something by" so I can select something that is available from the library.
And the winning number is...
wait for it...
I, at long last, will be reading something by William Faulkner. Now I need some advice. Which of his books do you recommend? I am leaning toward While I Lay Dying but I have also heard goodish things about Absalom! Absalom! Maybe I'll make my decision based solely on what it available at the library and the length of each. Here goes.
(Leave comments below if you have a recommendation. Thanks!)