Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wrapping Up Summer: Paris in July and Book-a-Day

In June, summer looks like an ocean of days, floating out on an endless horizon under clear blue skies with a gently warming sun.

It has been a gloriously refreshing summer, but I'm swimming toward shore. School starts for me on August 7th. 

My husband and I are spending this last lovely week on a road trip to Chicago. Our son and his wife live there, and we can't wait to visit with them for a few days. We are also stopping along the way to stay a bit with my brother and his wife. Of course we are planning to do a little rock hunting. 

With the end of my summer, Paris in July is almost over, and so too is my summer book-a-day. 

How did Paris in July and Summer Book-a-Day go, you ask?








I've read twenty-one Paris books in July, and I still might have one or two more to go before Paris in July is over. I decided to also read some of my 1001 Children's Books You Must Read in July, so that's the reason I don't have a Paris Book-a-Day. But don't worry. I've read my 31 books for July, plus my 30 for June, so I have already met my goal to read a book-a-day in the summer. And I pushed my 1001 Children's Book totals over 600 this summer. 

A very satisfying summer read-a-thon, I think.

UPDATE: BABY OLIVER

Thank you for all of your prayers and thoughts for my sister's new grandson, Oliver, born at 25 weeks. He is continuing to grow and get stronger and gain weight at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. Please pray for little Ollie and his mom and dad and my sister. Here's a tiny video from a few days ago:









What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.  It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)



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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Iconic Paris*: Beautiful Churches















*and France


Saturday Snapshot is now hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What the Heck! Down to the Last Few Weeks of Summer Reading....

All the signs are in place: school supplies are for sale at Wal-Mart, kids are buying new shoes at Payless, and class lists are being prepared for posting. Some teachers (and principals!) are sad...


but I am thrilled to be heading back to work in two more weeks....

BOOK-A-DAY & PARIS IN JULY

In the meantime, I'm reading like a librarian on Death Row. I read...wait for it...probably a new record...

15 books last week!






Of course, lots of them were children's picture books, but nevertheless, I'm proud. I've read tons of wonderful Paris in July books. I've also made lots of progress on my 1001 Children's Books You Must Read list this summer, and, happily, I've now read 602 of the books. I'm pretty sure I'll complete my goal of reading a book-a-day this summer, too.

WHAT I'M READING NOW




The first three are for Paris in July: The Dud Avocado, Bon Voyage, and Curiosities of Paris.
I'm working on D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths for 1001. I saw Imagine Wanting Only This on a blog. And Window is a reread for a new feature I've been meaning to start for months (years?) called Tiny Treasures.

How about you? Are you sad summer is winding down? Are you reading anything I should read? I hope you'll share here!








What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.  It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

Please join the weekly meme at An Accidental Blog. Share with the rest of us your passion for France. Did you read a good book set in France? See a movie? Take a photo in France? Have an adventure? Eat a fabulous meal or even just a pastry? Or if you're in France now, go ahead and lord it over the rest of us. We can take it.

Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)