Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
'If you purchased this book without a cover you should be aware that this book is stolen property. It was reported as "unsold and destroyed" to the publisher and neither the author nor the publisher has received any payment for this "stripped book".
- Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook by Beth Hensperger, reviewed at Caribousmom for the Soup's On Challenge
- One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding by Rebecca Mead, reviewed at Life by Candlelight
- Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim, reviewed at Musings
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, reviewed at A Written Word
Friday, April 25, 2008
1. When I fell in love it was not at first sight!
2. My favorite time of year is when the flowers bloom and it heats up outside!
3. Oh no! The internet connection is down, and I have a book review I would really like to post.
4. The Baby Borrowers reality show is the craziest (ie worst) tv show ever. The concept for those who haven't heard of it: teenage couples 'borrow' babies to raise to see what it is like to be parents. It premieres on NBC in June.
5. Soft Cheese and a crusty baguette make a great meal!
6. I wish I could keep a garden alive.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See after Maya goes to bed, tomorrow my plans include going to a children's clothing consignment sale and Sunday, I want to have a nice meal!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
2. Moishe's Miracle: A Hanukkah Story - Laura Krauss Melmud (children's)
3. Hanukkah at Valley Forge - Stephen Krensky (children's)
4. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (fiction) (finished 25 February 2008)
5. The Castle on Hester Street - Linda Heller (children's) (finished 7 February 2008)
Friday, April 18, 2008
1. The last time I lost my temper I was getting angry about something trivial!
2. Parenting advice from strangers is what I'm fed up with!
3. The next book I'd like to read is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.
4. Having someone babysit Maya so I can get a massage and a haircut is what I'm looking forward to. I'm just not sure when that's going to happen.
5. If you can't get rid of the skeleton[s] in your closet, dance with them!
6. The best thing I got in the mail recently was a package of books from Barnes and Noble, seven books for under $30!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to starting my cooking for Passover, tomorrow my plans include hosting a seder for six people and Sunday, I want to sleep and read, but will more likely be running errands and taking care of Maya!
1. The last time I lost my temper I was getting angry about something trivial!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
So, it has been a while since I was able to do a Sunday Salon post, or visit other Sunday Saloners. Today I am making a concerted effort to take a little road trip around the blogisphere to see what everyone else is up to!
Since most of my life is currently occupied by caring for Maya and planning for our move to New Jersey in June, my reading time is sadly fallen by the wayside. Occasionally, I have these wonderful ideas of what I would like to blog about for the Sunday Salon...20 minutes later that idea seems to have disappeared without a trace, never to return.
So, what have I been reading lately? Well, every day currently consists of Fuzzy Bee and Friends, Baby Love, and a going to bed book, such as Goodnight Moon, The Going to Bed Book, or Sweet Dreams (all of which I will be reviewing with others in an upcoming cloth/board book post). I also just got through the No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley but I am waiting to see if it helps Maya nap better before I review it. So far, the verdict is still out.
On Friday, I started reading The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara. Prior to travelling to Cuba back in 2000, I knew next to nothing about Che, only that he was linked to Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. Here in the US, the only image painted of him was one of a brutal militant guerilla and a cold-blooded killer who deserved his execution-style murder after he was captured in the jungles of Bolivia. After coming across a quote by Nelson Mandela that described Che's life as "an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom. We will always honor his memory.", I set out to learn more.
Che is undoubtedly one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century, whose image has been mass marketed and exploited for decades. He is the enduring symbol of rebellion and revolution; the man who left the medical profession and a bourgeois life to join the revolution aimed at overthrowing the Cuban dictator, Batista. His legacy is both romanticized and condemned, and he has been made into an almost mythical character. The Motorcycle Diaries provides a glimpse, in his own words, of Che' s life-changing journey across South America in his early twenties and how this trip came to influence him for years to come. Despite his questionable techniques, Che Guevara was always propelled by his desire to fight injustice and inequality. Did he trample over various human rights in his rebellions? Most likely. He was certainly no pacifist. Should he be emulated? I'm not sure that's such a wise idea, either.
Saturday brought another visit to The Book Thing. Since we are leaving Baltimore, I've noticed my acquisitions from The Book Thing have become more numerous. Here is what I came away with:
- Halloween Party and By The Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
- Hotel Du Lac by Anita Brookner
- White Jazz by James Ellroy
- Waiting by Ha Jin
- Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I am behind on everything at the moment, so it makes sense that my response for Booking Through Thursday and Friday Fill-in aren't posted until Saturday!
Pick up the nearest book. (I’m sure you must have one nearby.)
- Turn to page 123.
- What is the first sentence on the page?
- The last sentence on the page?
- Now . . . connect them together….
(And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book–that’s cheating!)
1. I love springtime in Baltimore, where I currently live!
2. Bagels, whole grain hot cereals, blueberries, strawberries, fruit smoothies, waffles, eggs benedict, Trader Joe's French Vanilla yogurt with granola, french toast; all are foods I love to eat for breakfast.
3. It seems I'm always searching for my keys and shoes.
4.Reading in bed is a great way to end the day.
5. I think I have too much going on right now!
6. Ice cream is what I've been craving lately.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hopefully having some quiet time after Maya goes to bed to read The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevera, tomorrow my plans include going to the farmer's market, The Book Thing, and spending some time outdoors, and Sunday, I want to go for a walk on the NCR trail!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
- A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini (finished 15 October 2007)
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
- First They Killed My Father, by Loung Ung
- Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie (finished 22 October 2007)
11. East Timor
- The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (finished 5 April 2007)
- Red Earth, Pouring Rain, by Thrity Umrigar (finished 26 April 2007)
- The God of Small Things, by Arundhai Roy
- A Woman in Jerusalem, by A.B. Yehoshua (finished 24 September 2007)
- The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami (finished 16 January 2007)
- I am a Cat by Soseki Natsume
- The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu
20. Korea, North
21. Korea, South
- Gate of the Sun, by Elias Khoury (finished 29 March 2008)
34. Saudi Arabia
36. Sri Lanka
43. United Arab Emirates