Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Slice of Life: A Peek into my Summer Reading Stacks!

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

I'm a book hoarder.  It's true.  But, in my defense, I also share my hoard of books.  At our book club meeting last week, I shared the titles I had checked out from the library.  I have three more titles ready to share with some of the voracious readers in our book club.  And when my daughter comes over, she raids the bookshelf where I stash the library books.  
The stack on the left is middle grade titles.  My daughter and I started The BFG (a book neither of us has ever read) as a read aloud on our road trip to Idaho.  We need another road trip, or maybe I'll just read to her while she quilts.  Ms. Bixby's Last Day is my current read.  It was due today, but I'm willing to pay the fine so I can finish it (I can't renew it due to the many holds on it).  And the next book I'm reading from that stack is As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds which comes highly recommended by several blogger friends.    

The three books in the middle are some of the ARCs donated by Island Books, our local indie bookstore, to our book club.  

The stack on the right is adult books that I want to read.  And I left off the most important one, our September adult book club selection, The Girl Who Wrote in Silk.  It's upstairs so I can start it soon.  Other titles I want to read soon from this stack include Falling by Elisha Cooper and The Golem and the Jinni, loaned to me by a friend and recently returned to the shelf by my daughter.  

You may be wondering about the picture book, A Story for Bear.  I picked it up at the library for $4, thanks to our Friends of the Library who keep an ongoing display of books for sale.  I couldn't resist purchasing it for my grandson Teddy's collection.  It's such a celebration of the power of reading!  And the flowers?  A gift from Lance to  celebrate our anniversary last week! 

And here are my top five reads for the summer so far:  

1.  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (July's adult book club selection)
2.  Summerlost by Ally Condie
3.  Nine, Ten:  A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin  Check out her blog where teachers can share their stories of 9/11/01.
including two audiobooks:  
4.  The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
5.  Swing Sideways by Nanci Turner Steveson

I'm planning on five more weeks of summer reading.  That's right, summer doesn't end for me until fall begins on September 22. Back-to-school means back to a weekly meeting schedule for our after school book club.  Soon we'll be selecting our Mock Newbery titles.   Do you have any recommendations for us?  


  1. I love when you share your books. I read Ms. Bixby's Last Day and Nine, Ten is setting beside my bed ready to be read. I'm sure Teddy is going to love A Story for Bear just as much as you will love reading it to him. I don't know if you are familiar with the book Finding Winnie. It will be perfect when he's older. Happy reading!

    1. I'm already thinking about a bear theme for next year's #pb10for10. Finding Winnie is one I'll definitely need to include. How will I ever narrow my favorite bear books down to 10?

  2. I've heard a "Man called Ove" is very good! That's on my TBR list, too! :)

  3. I'm reading Mrs. Bixby right now too! I'm a bit jealous that you have five more weeks of summer reading, Ramona. I hope you enjoy every one of them. :)


  4. What a rich reading life you have! You are an inspiration to all generations. Teddy and new baby will be blessed to have you as a Book Grandma. Read on!

  5. Amazing! I loved the variety of books that you read! Nine, Ten is on my TBR list as well!

  6. That's a pretty good list! I have one similar in size, but got "distracted" by several really great professional books that have taken up all of my reading time. Once school begins I will get back into the fiction stack!

  7. A book hoarder after my own true heart and love of reading! Keep the titles coming, Ramona.

  8. I almost didn't finish A MAN CALLED OVE, but I did and it became one of my all-time favorites. Thank you for affirming the joys of book hoarding and sharing!

  9. Oh, I envy your extended summer! I've been at work for two weeks now, so I'm pressed to finish several books before the students arrive next Tuesday. I recently finished Circus Mirandus and LOVED it! My adult read is How to Be a Woman, and it is profane and funny and a bit sad.

    1. We read Circus Mirandus as a Mock Newbery title last year. Great book!