Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday SOL: Good Books

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, BethAnna, Kathleen, and Deb
for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

Slicing about Summer Reads

I reach to turn the calendar page,
but I'm loathe to hide this picture that I savored during August.

I retrieve Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael Lopez
so I can see more of these exquisite illustrations.
 I revisit this favorite illustration,
perfect for lazy summer evenings.
"Our families tell us stories 
while we listen and play."

I add my latest book finished to my Book Journal
and meander through my summer entries. 

Two chicken books
  Love Ruby Lavender  
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Many wonderful picture books
My top five (so far)
Sleep Like a Tiger
Three Bears in a Boat
This is Sadie
Hank Finds an Egg
Boats for Papa
Thanks to #pb10for10 and #IMWAYR,
my holds shelf at the library stays full. 
I add a basket just for picture books
beside my favorite chair.

Three adult books for my book clubs
The Orphan Train
Go Set a Watchman
The Orchardist

Two novels-in-verse
Coaltown Jesus
Another Day as Emily

Two audio books
Echo (still in progress)

And my favorite books of the summer, drumroll please!
Lost in the Sun
Circus Mirandus
The War that Saved my Life

These words taped in the pages of my writer's notebook
sum up this meandering slice and my feelings about books:

good books

They're like the world's
most engaging people
all lined up to meet us ...
to tell us their stories,
explain things we want to know, 
show us places we want to go.
Our favorites ~ they're destined
to be endearingly dog-eared
from love & good use!

As I searched for the source of these words, I was thrilled to 
discover cardthartic and received permission from them to 
share these words I saved from a birthday card.
Island Books, our independent book store, carries their cards, 
but you can find more than 600 cards filled with 
relevant, intelligent, and soulful sentiments on their web site
and discover retailers who carry their cards in your area.  

And now it's time to think about fall reading, and the search for a perfect cozy title
to enjoy while wrapped up in a quilt and sipping a mug of hot chocolate!


  1. I haven't read any of your favorite books yet! Yes! I will add them to my list and check them out. I do love a good title share. Those illustrations from Lopez are just gorgeous.

  2. Your favorite summer books are mine as well, Ramona. Can you believe the summer is over? School starts tomorrow, though, and I am jazzed. Especially to share those summer books!

  3. Beautiful Slice, Ramona! I read a few of these, too (well, listened to them). Circus Mirandus was wonderful. I might do Echo next.

    Have you read Eleanor & Park? Just finished that one. So good.

    1. I haven't read Eleanor & Park. I'll put it on my list. Be sure to listen to Echo. The music in the audio version is exquisite.

    2. Ramona, thanks for the titles. I received a book review of Go Set A Watchman for my association's newsletter and can't wait to red the book.

  4. I love This Is Sadie, but really think I love Three Bears In A Boat more. You've shared such wonderful ones, Ramona. I still need to read Lost In The Sun-eek! Did you really like Orphan Train? I keep eyeing it! Thanks for sharing!