Monday, November 12, 2018

Mailbox Monday: My Anniversary (Observed)

November 11 is my wedding anniversary as well as Veterans' Day. We try to celebrate with the "traditional" gifts, but after the 15th, the traditional gifts only come around every five years. Luckily for me, that meant Hubby got me books for our 18th anniversary!

He got me a stack of fancy Philip Roth books because Roth is a favorite of mine.



What books came into your house last week?



Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday, a weekly "show & tell" blog event where participants share the books they acquired the week before. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is graciously hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans' Day


Since today is the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day that ended World War I, a vintage "Remembrance Day" postcard instead of my usual Veterans' Day postdated seemed in order.

Here is the whole poem by John McCrae:

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.




Thursday, November 8, 2018

Book Beginning: The Alehouse at the End of the World by Stevan Allred

BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAYS
THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

MY BOOK BEGINNING



The fisherman lived alone at the edge of the sea, in a shack beneath the shade of the tallest shore pine for leagues, on a bluff above a shallow cove.

-- The Alehouse at the End of the World by Stevan Allred, the latest release from Forest Avenue Press.

Allred's new novel is a feast for the imagination, following the hero on a 16th Century quest to find his beloved on the Isle of the Dead.

UPDATE: Oops! I forgot to include the opening sentence in my original post. It's there now.



Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Burnside Field Lizard by Theresa Griffin Kennedy



Darvella wore tattered blue jean cutoffs and a yellow calico halter top that was threadbare and thin, looking as if it came straight from a Goodwill bin. I was heading home from my job as a motel maid, walking east on Burnside when I noticed her large cerulean blue eyes watching me from a short distance away.

-- from the title story in Burnside Field Lizard and Selected Stories, debut fiction inspired by her hometown of Portland, from nonfiction writer and poet Theresa Griffin Kennedy.

Find my Rose City Reader Q&A author interview with Theresa here.


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Mailbox Monday: Raw Material by Stephanie Wilkes

One absolutely fascinating book came into my house last week. How about you?



Raw Material: Working Wool in the West by Stephany Wilkes. How one woman's search for "local yarn" lead her to sheep shearing school and a growing community of hardworking Americans trying to bring eco-friendly wool to market.





Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday, a weekly "show & tell" blog event where participants share the books they acquired the week before. Visit the Mailbox Monday website to find links to all the participants' posts and read more about Books that Caught our Eye.

Mailbox Monday is graciously hosted by Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and Martha of Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.

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