• New York Public Library
    Libraries,  Literary

    The New York Public Library Turns 125!

    The New York Public Library Turns 125 This Year! The header photo is of the Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library. Isn’t it a gorgeous room? Look at all the beautiful details in the ceiling, the walls, and the lamps! What a lovely place to read and study! The Library’s website is also celebrating the anniversary: The Library’s 125th anniversary is a moment to honor and reaffirm the enduring power of libraries. Our values of trust, respect, and free and open access to knowledge and opportunity are as essential today as ever before. This magnificent library is celebrating the anniversary in many ways, including announcing the Top…

  • Environmental trees

    Environmental Mindfulness

    Environmental Mindfulness I am reading a charming little book called The Mindful Writer by Dinty W. Moore. This book was published by Wisdom Publications.  This publisher specializes in books with Buddhist themes. I am reading the Kindle version. However, I love the following paragraph about the physical edition on the copyright page: This book was produced with environmental mindfulness. We have elected to print this title on 30% PCW recycled paper. As a result, we have saved the following resources: 12 trees, 5 million BTUs of energy, 1,216 lbs. of greenhouse gases, 5,846 gallons of water, and 347 lbs. of solid waste. And the book has fewer than 200 pages!…

  • BooksOnShelves

    Book Sale Season

    Book Sale Season Is Here! I recently scored great books at area book sales. Here is what I bought: An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden Dear Life by Alice Munro Collected Stories of John O’Hara Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life by Evan Hughes Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton A Separate Peace by John Knowles The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers’ Tales from the Jersey Shore 1764-1955 edited by Margaret Thomas Buchholz The Story of Cinema by David Shipman The Illustrated…

  • Current Reading

    What I Am Reading Right Now

    What Am I Reading? I am currently reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt on my Kindle. My plans are to attempt to read some of the books I started within the past year but never finished because I was distracted by certain events. I was away from book blogging because the past few months have indeed been very busy. Someone I knew was getting married, so I attended an engagement party/“surprise” bridal shower/and posh wedding. I also knew two different people who died on the same day. So there were wakes/viewings/and funerals to attend. My husband and I spent some time in Pennsylvania visiting my step-daughter and her husband. I…

  • Confessions
    Literary,  Blogging,  Writing

    Confessions Of A Book Blogger

    Confessions Of A Book Blogger As a book blogger, I have some confessions to make. I hereby confess: I have never read any of the Harry Potter books. I have never read any of the Lord of the Rings books. I have never read any of the Hunger Games books. I have never read any of the Twilight books. I am sure that all of these are fine, fine books. But to be honest, they just don’t interest me. I don’t read them and I certainly don’t feel qualified to review them. More Confessions I don’t care about vampires, zombies, witches, fantasy, science fiction, or paranormal. Some of these books…