#AMonthofFaves: Picking Favorites

This first week of #AMonthofFaves was a lot of fun. So many great posts (and beautiful book covers!). My two favorite lists from the week were:Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum5 Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books of 2014I'm all about quality picture books, especially books that get kids excited about nonfiction. All five titles on Elisabeth's list are new to me, and I want to read all of them to C. This list covers a nice variety of topics, too: science and nature, language arts, dance, and art.Dolce BellezzaFavorite Translated LiteratureIf you enjoy translated works as much as I do, you'll love Bellezza's post. She listed at least five titles for each country: France, Russia, Italy, Spain, and Japan. I found plenty…

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6 Degrees of Separation: From To Kill a Mockingbird to The Aeneid

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I figured I'd start with one of my favorite (also new-to-me) reads of the year. It's been on my mind so much lately.2. Native Son by Richard Wright -  To Kill a Mockingbird got me thinking about race relations, right and wrong, and the difficult decisions we make. That reminded me of Native Son, which I read in high school. As far as I can remember, it was also the first novel I read that tackled race issues in such a uncomfortably powerful way.3. Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone (review) - Another major theme in Native Son was the differences between the lives of the rich vs. the lives of the poor. That…

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5 Favorite Books Recommended By Others

I've been accused by a certain someone mentioned in #4 below of being a book pusher. Well, what goes around comes around! Here are five of my favorite reads in 2014, all recommended to me (directly or indirectly) by other people.1. The Sparrow. Recommended by Andi at Estella's Revenge in this wonderful BookTube review. I couldn't stop thinking about this book. I have yet to read the sequel, Children of God, because I'm afraid my expectations going into it will be too high.2. To Kill a Mockingbird. Pretty much everyone recommended this classic, which I read for the first time this year. Michele at A Reader's Respite basically told me to stop everything, forget the world around me, and read it. Wow. This left…

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#AMonthofFaves Introduction

This month I'll be participating in the A Month of Favorites event, hosted by Estella's Revenge, GirlXOXO, and Traveling with T. All month, we'll be discussing our favorite books (and book-related things) from 2014. Much of my December tends to be insane work-wise (musicians are popular this time of year!), so I thought it'd be a fun, stress-free way to continue blogging this month.My Reading YearNumber of Books Read: As of today, I've read 84 books. My Goodreads goal for the year was 100; I'm not going to reach that.General Stats: 34 e-books, 47 print, 3 audiobooks. Only 1 in Italian; my goal was 3 (sigh). 52 were ARCs or tour books, 12 were library books, and 20 were books…

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Nonfiction November Week 2: Be the Expert (Language Learning)

Week 2 of Nonfiction November is hosted by the lovely Leslie of Regular Rumination, and I'm editing this post to say, I didn't know in advance that her post this week would be on language and linguistics. Thankfully we each took a slightly different spin, so you have double the book suggestions!I'd like to talk about language learning, which has been a passion of mine since I was a kid. When I was in elementary school, I'd borrow my dad's shortwave radio (which he built!) and, late at night when reception was best, I'd try to find and identify as many different languages as I could. Then we moved overseas, and I got to learn and use Italian. After that,…

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Sunday Salon: Minecraft Edition

Setting // It's 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. I'm drinking a cup of coffee with York Peppermint Patties creamer.Reading // I started Two Lovely Berries by A. M. Blair Friday night and read it in one sitting; straight through, finished around 4:15 a.m. Saturday morning. I love when a book does that to me! Now I'm reading something completely different: When Mystical Creatures Attack! by Kathleen Founds.Doing // This has been the laziest weekend. We've done nothing. It's been kind of nice, to be honest. Which is why this is a last-minute, quick Sunday Salon.Playing // Minecraft. C recently discovered it and caught on to Pocket Edition amazingly well. I went ahead and got her the PC version, and we logged on to a…

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Nonfiction November Week 1: My Year in Nonfiction

This week's discussion is hosted by Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness.Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? (I’ll post about this later in the week) What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?I've read 26 nonfiction titles so far this year; 14 by men, 12 by women. Violins of Hope by James A. Grymes has been my favorite, but Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi runs a very close second. I've definitely recommended Violins of Hope the most. I think…

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November 2014 Photo Challenge: Give #BookishThanks

Reading gives us so much to be thankful for. Join me in the Bookish Thanks photo challenge in November. Post as often or as little as you like, on your social media platform of choice, using the hashtag #BookishThanks. Have fun! (And please share this post with your friends!)

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Sunday Salon: Reading Slump, Yet Lots To Talk About

This weekend was Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon. I didn't get to participate fully this time around, but I gave it a try. I ended up reading a bit more of The Republic of Imagination, and listening to about half of the audiobook of Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. If I hadn't picked up an audiobook, I probably wouldn't have read anything at all.This was a sloooooooow reading week. As in, I didn't read at all except for the audiobook yesterday. We've had some (minor) Girl Scout drama which I've been agonizing over. This week I finally decided to pull C from the troop we'd joined and I got her switched over to her an…

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Sunday Salon

Time/Place // 12:30 p.m. I just got home from church. Catching a quick bite to eat, then I'm off to take C to her Girl Scout meeting.Eating/Drinking // I found a cute coffee shop downtown that I've never been to before, so I'm thinking I'll give it a try while C is at Daisies.Watching // The Walking Dead returns tonight! Also have this weekend's episode of Doctor Who in the queue.Listening // I've been into the Pandora Astor Piazzolla station lately.Reading // I finished reading Diane Cook's Man V. Nature, which was phenomenal, really. Friday night I started Azar Nafisi's The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, and ending up needing to go out to buy more post-it flags.Anticipating // Next…

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