Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Salon ~ books and pink


National Library Week (April 8-14, 2012) ended yesterday.  Oh, no!  I missed it, just like yesterday's snapshot.  I'll celebrate today, instead.  I love libraries.  I must confess that I found this "put your face in a book" photo on where else? Facebook.  (Thanks, June Damanti.)


1.  The Age of Grief ~ by Jane Smiley, 1987, fiction


2.  Into the Tangle of Friendship: A Memoir of the Things That Matter ~ by Beth Kephart, 2000, memoir


3.  Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell ~ by John Shelby Spong, 2009, religion

March 20 - June 20, 2012
At almost four weeks into the thirteen weeks of spring, it's time for me to look at how I'm doing for the Spring Reading Thing 2012 challenge, which began on March 20.

I chose thirteen books to read (and keep adding to the list), along with two other goals:  to read twice as many of my own books as library books, and to clear books off my shelves.
  • I've read 9 of the 13 planned books, plus 3 I've added = 12.
  • Of those 12, only 3 were library books.
  • So I'm averaging 3 of mine to every library book.
  • I've boxed 27 books to take to the used book store.
I feel pretty good about my progress!  These categories (see below) show I've read half fiction and half nonfiction so far, and I'm currently reading one of each right now (see above).
6 fiction
1 psychology
1 writing
2 memoirs
2 religion

I almost forgot to mention that Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is coming up this week.  There's still time for you to sign up, if you'd like to join us in all the fun, which includes mini-challenges and prizes and all sorts of hoopla.

Best of all, of course, if trying to get a lot of reading done.  A lot or a little, it's up to each person.  I read, but I spend probably an equal amount of time visiting other readers and playing with the mini-challenges that appeal to me.


Raegan was very pink this week.  Even her lawn chair was pink.  I don't see my great-granddaughter every week, but my granddaughter posts a lot of photos on Facebook.


This photo, which I am currently featuring at the top of this blog, was taken by my friend Ginnie Sams.  I really like it, and it "goes so well" with Raegan's pink.  Thanks, Ginnie!


This is a very public THANK YOU to Rich, who worked valiantly to keep up my blog called Weekend Wordsmith.  He kept it going for three and a half years.  I was ready to drop it, when the comments sagged, but Rich stepped in and posted the weekly prompts.  Participation has dropped again, so it's time to try something new.  And I have once again taken over of posting weekly prompts on Fridays. Today's prompt is for us to Thank Rich.

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Melissa said...

I totally forgot about Spring Reading Thing; thanks for reminding me!

Becca said...

How interesting - I just re-read Into the Tangle of Friendship last week too :) I love Beth Kephart’s writing - her books and her blog!

I love that sign - perfect for library week!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What an adorable child! Pretty in pink....

I adore Smiley's books, as well as Kephart's...haven't read either of these. They're going on my list!

I like your new blog header!


Vasilly said...

You're doing great with Spring Reading Thing! I don't think I'm doing so well. I need to check out your other blog. Have a great Sunday!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Love this billboard! Why don't we have more billboard promoting reading?

I'm doing the Readathon, too. Maybe I will stop in again then.

Here's my
Sunday Salon: TLA Conference.
I hope you'll stop by!

Helen's Book Blog said...

I am not going to do the Dewey read-a-thon for the first time since I started blogging. We'll be at a dance convention and I just know I won't be blogging or reading much. Such a shame all around

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I have several blogs. "Weekend Wordsmith" provides prompts for writers each weekend (usually Fridays). My "Joyful Noiseletter" blog is where I talk about particular words (one at a time) that catch my attention. Here's the link:

I'll look for you and maybe get to visit your blog on Saturday.

I'm sorry you'll miss the readathon this time, but I you'll visit some of us readers during the day.