Thanks for the image to Carla from Carla Loves Books.

April 4-10 is National Library Week.

This past week, I made a pick up of reserved books on hold at the Alvin Library.

Two non-fiction books to help with my 2021 goal to read more non-fiction, and two Books about Books. That should keep me busy for a while.



As you can see, the last thing I need to do is stack any more TBR books on my shelves, but…
I haven’t written one of these in a long time and I see Carla of Carla Loves Books do it once a week.

Here are some books I added to my TBR:


A trip to Barnes and Noble–ended up buying books for easy shipping Christmas presents–two books per person!


See Tuesday Teaser on this blog.
See review of this book on this blog.


Received in the mail yesterday, Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer, which I’m considering using as a textbook next semester. I need a fresh start, so what better way to get one than changing the text?

Quite a haul, wouldn’t you say?



Also have been re-reading this blogger friend’s book in preparation for my Advanced Writing class this fall.

I don’t teach creative writing; I teach writing argumentatively towards an academic audience, but this little book reminds me what writing is all about and has a ton of ideas to teach real-world writing, which makes up the second half of my semester.



new sts.pngSeveral blogging friends have included this meme on their blogs, notably Carla of Carla Loves To Read. Since I have not requested Netgalley or other publishers’ books, I have never participated. This week I ordered a book from Amazon I want to include as an addition to my TBR shelves.thumbnail_IMG_0801.jpg  I have as a lifetime goal to read all of Susan Vreeland’s novels based on famous works of art, and this one arrived yesterday. Judging from the back cover, this is Vreeland’s second novel. She wrote seven in all, and the only other one I’ve read was Luncheon of the Boating Party (based on a famous painting by Renoir) which I read for our Third Tuesday Book Club. One of our members had known Susan Vreeland many years ago in California, and he recommended her as an excellent novelist. Each of us chose one of her books, each about a famous painting, to read, and a delightful discussion took place.

From the cover, I surmise that the book is based on the unique life of a female painter, Artesmisia Gentileschi, an ariist in seventeenth century Italy. Her magnificent painting, L’Inclinazione  (c. 1615-1617) is shown on the inside cover page.



thumbnail_IMG_0803.jpg  I can hardly wait to meet the genius (and a woman at that!) who painted this.

STACKING THE SHELVES December 30, 2018

This meme, hosted weekly by Tynga Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality was first sent to me by Carla of Carla Loves to Read. I want to say a great big thank you for her making me aware of this clever meme and her help and advice she has given over the past year.  She is a true blogging friend.

The meme is all about sharing the books you have added to your shelves recently, whether they be actual books, those on electronic devices or whatever. I am going to focus on recent additions to my TBR shelves (My goal 2019 is to work the shelves down to a single wrap around shelf in my study’s/den’s closet .

Here are recent additions:

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale. This is a western, not necessarily a recent publication, hardback version from Amazon. The reviews were good, and I am thinking My Better Half, a big western fan, might enjoy it too.

I am almost finished with What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker. I would like to have it off the TBR shelf by New Year’s Day. This practical, relevant book was a hand-me-down from a friend who is getting rid of books she’s already read because of a move in the near future.

The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe I also ordered from Amazon because I wanted my own copy.  This book may have a major influence on this new stage of my life: a stage of retirement/reinvention.

Hatchet by Paulsen. This is a YA book I have heard about since it was published.  It showed up as a donation to the Little Free Library in my side yard, and I am determined to read it first before I place it into circulation or give it away.

Evidence of Flossing by blogger friend, Jen Payne. I have started it and am promising myself I’ll read some poetry once a month. I bought a paperback copy and am glad I did. The photos are amazing and the theme/metaphor of the collection is an experience–a wonderful one.

I have four books checked out from the local library, and have started one, Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. Her novels are always special, but this recent publication is one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had in a long time. It is not “on the shelf” but on my nightstand.

In my “Prayer Corner” of my living room, on the end table, sits The Prayer of Jesus, by Hank Hanegraafe. This tiny book is my current inspirational read. I have barely started, but plan to spend some time with it early tomorrow morning–a good time to “get in touch.”

A book that arrived in Saturday’s mail is The Ninth Hour”, by Alice McDermott, a National Book Award winner. But, alas, I must place it on my TBR shelf because, as you can see, I have too many books “going” already.  Looking these choices over, the only way I can describe myself is an eclectic reader! LOL