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I’m such a book nerd I used to read the phone book

BOOK NERDS UNITE

AFTER THIS CHAPTER!

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Like many readers, I began reading as a child. I was an only child so lack of books was never a problem. My mother was always willing to take me to the bookstore and let me buy a stack of my own books. To be sure, her stack was just as tall!  In addition, I was a frequent visitor to the library and thought nothing of bringing a stack of books home from there as well. I ate books for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, when I wasn’t watching TV, or going to marching band practice, or doing lots of homework.

When I ran out of my own books I started reading my mothers. Her books weren’t as interesting to me, but I managed to find a few (I don’t remember the titles). The fact is I enjoyed coming of age stories and fantasy and her books didn’t contain any dragons! Can you believe it? Ick.  I even remember reading the dictionary AND the phone book. I’m pretty sure that reading the dictionary and thesauri helped me become the linguist I consider myself today.

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Michelle Garrett

Given my love for learning, it is no surprise that I’ve always wanted to get advanced degrees. I went to college right out of high school but the advanced degrees took time. I was always going to school, taking night classes everywhere I lived. I was once in an English lit class with a famous astronaut, but I thought he was a blowhard and there is only room for one blowhard in my life. ME.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to put my ego in check and am not the blowhard know it all I used to be (but don’t ask my kids, they’ll say differently). I’ve been successful in furthering my education and one day hope to be able to pursue my PhD (E.D, prolly) so I can introduce myself as Dr. Pam (which I frequently do anyway). The best aspect of furthering your education? Reading. To be sure, there is A LOT of reading. Boy howdy is there a lot. But it’s so worth it.

If it weren’t for reading, I don’t know what my life would be like, but I take great pride in my love of books and if you have ever run into me, I will probably offer to give you a book. That’s what I like to do: share books. It’s like sharing love.

That’s what reading is to me: love.

And cake. Cake is love.  That’s why I host the literary tea parties that I do. What better way to show you care than a party full of tea, cake, and books?

Please tell me I’m not the only person who read the phone book and the dictionary.
And maybe the legal dictionary.

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Revisiting Banned Book: ANGUS, Thongs and FULL-FRONTAL SNOGGING

Let’s revisit some previously banned books. Enjoy!

Hello, American-type chums! (Perhaps you say “Howdy” in  America—I don’t know—but then I’m not really sure where Tibet is either, or my lipstick)

If you’re not laughing after reading the first lines from this book there is something wrong with you, like you’re missing your funny bone.  This is one of the funniest young adult books I’ve read in a while!  The main character, Georgia Nicolson, reminds me of a young Bridget Jones: endearing and goofy. This is a character that I can relate to (I either was her in middle school or I was friends with her), and probably many young teens can too.

The setting of the book (and I understand there is a series) is England; an English girls’ school.  So, while not very multicultural, readers can learn about British life and culture from a kid’s perspective and compare it to their own lives.

The interesting bit about this book is that I can’t understand why it is a challenged book.  The sexual references are very slight, in my opinion, and not offensive (if you know anything about young teen girls this is certainly relevant to what they talk about).  There is no cursing and none of the characters engage in sexual activity, drugs or drinking. Although I guess the word snogging is somewhat sexual, at least in the UK, although it’s practically a nonsense word here in the states.  Which is prolly why I love it!

This is a delightful, fabby, marvy, and gorgey book.  I give it four paws!

p.s. did i mention i got this used at a thrift store? SCORE!!

p.p.s I STILL love it!

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge

#AtoZChallenge The End. Part two!

I couldn’t resist giving you a little recap of the A to Z Challenge.

But first I wanted to share a bit that I’m a extremely proud of:

90% of the books featured during the challenge

were books from my own collection!

I borrowed 1 book from the YMCA

and the Z books are on sale at Towne Book Center

And now, the recap

Did you have any favorites?

What books should I feature next year?

 

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Blogging A to Z: P-Peter’s Chair Ezra Jack Keats

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Let me just get this out of the way that the letter P

is probably my favorite letter

for obvious reasons, right?

P is for Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

Poor Peter finds all of his baby things being taken over by his new baby sister and he isn’t too happy about it.

What’s a guy to do?

Fortunately, mom and dad show Peter how special he is

and Peter gives his favorite chair

to his sister.

(sigh)

Who doesn’t love this book?

and the YAY! Award goes to the letter P because during

the A to Z Challenge, I made a new friend and met a new book

The Princelings of the East was written by my new friend Jemima Pett

I haven’t read the book (yet!) but according to Amazon.com

“The Princelings of the East is the first of a trilogy telling of the adventures of Fred and George.

When the King’s Birthday feast is ruined by an unnatural power drain, our Princeling heroes leave their scientific experiments to set out in search of answers. They encounter the enigmatic businessman Hugo, the impressive Prince of Buckmore, the wise Lady Nimrod, the irrepressible barkeep Victor, but find themselves threatened by those with vested interests. The scene shifts from a rural, feudal setting to the towers and heights of the curious Isle of Hattan, but where, or when, are they? Time is of the essence in solving this puzzle, and our heroes must keep their wits sharp and their heads clear if they are to survive.

Suitable for ages 8 and over, The Princelings of the East is a fantasy adventure with the charm of the Wind in the Willows in a world reminiscent of Anne MacCaffrey’s Pern.”

Wind in the Willows? I remember loving that book!

I can’t wait to read this book. Maybe I can talk the author into visiting? Cross your fingers!

Tomorrow’s letter is Q.

That’s a tough one, folks…

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I read the phone book

Like many readers, I began reading as a child. I was an only child so lack of books was never a problem. My mother was always willing to take me to the bookstore and let me buy a stack of my own books. To be sure, her stack was just as tall!  In addition, I was a frequent visitor to the library and thought nothing of bringing a stack of books home from there as well. I ate books for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack, when I wasn’t watching TV, or going to marching band practice, or doing lots of homework.

When I ran out of books I started reading my mothers. Her books weren’t as interesting to me, but I managed to find a few (I don’t remember the titles). I even remember reading the dictionary AND the phone book. I’m pretty sure that reading the dictionary and thesauri helped me become the linguist I consider myself today.

Given my love for learning, it is no surprise that I’ve always wanted to get advanced degrees. I went to college right out of high school but the advanced degrees took time. I was always going to school, taking night classes everywhere I lived. I was once in an English lit class with a famous astronaut, but I thought he was a blowhard and there is only room for one blowhard in my life. ME.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve been able to put my ego in check and am not the blowhard know it all I used to be (but don’t ask my kids, they’ll say differently). I’ve been successful in furthering my education and one day hope to be able to pursue my PhD (E.D, prolly) so I can introduce myself as Dr. Pam (which I frequently do anyway). The best aspect of furthering your education? Reading. To be sure, there is A LOT of reading. Boy howdy is there a lot. But it’s so worth it.

If it weren’t for reading, I don’t know what my life would be like, but I take great pride in my love of books and if you have ever run in to me, I will probably offer to give you a book. That’s what I like to do: share books. It’s like sharing love.

That’s what reading is to me: love.

I’m linking up at Just-precious.com to see what other readers are reading. Hop on over!

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Thrift Store Score!

Isn’t this the cutest little mousey?

little mouse

look inside

little mouse turning page

isn’t that the cutest book?

guess where i found it..

yep

a thrift store!

I’m linking up:

Apron Thrift  Girl

and

Her Library Adventures

but don’t tell Cleo, she’s a mouser!

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I Like Big Books

I like big books and I cannot lie

I like books of any kind

How about you?

Thanks Pinterest!

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Books

Thrift Store SCORE!

If you’re like me, you relish any chance to go to a bookstore; especially a used book store!

Used bookstores are always such fun because:

  • you get so many books CHEAP
  • you can buy books you wouldn’t normally read
  • you don’t feel bad not finishing a book that only cost $.50
  • you’re recycling, so it’s GREEN
  • books make your purse really heavy which in turn could act like a weapon in case of self-defense
  • there’s a chance you might meet a dog
  • i get to carry my The Strand bag which makes me feel very hoity toity

Recently, I dragged The Man to yet another local used book store, called Harvest Book Company. I immediately fell in love with the place because one of the employees was taking a dog for a quick walk outside.  The dog, which looked to be some sort of spaniel, greeted me with a sniff and I was smitten.  Ashley, the dog, was partially blind  and while she/he led us into the store, she kept bumping into things.

I took this meeting as a good omen, cuz who doesn’t want to meet a friendly pooch during your day?

At the end of our visit, I was happy with our purchases.  To be sure, these prices were not the best I’ve seen, but I’m still happy with my haul.  During our visit, I was able to score:

a book for The Man about Al Capone

A book by Temple Grandin that I’ve been looking for

and

No, David, which I love and goes over very well with the little lovies

 

 

 

and several more books in the series Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.

Pumpkin got me hooked on this series

and she was excited to receive a few more

 

 

 

 

 

and a few miscellaneous postcards which I am excited to send to my new friends as part of Teach Preschool‘s postcard exchange!

All in all, win-win!

What have you scored lately?

As usual, I’m linking up to Apron Thrift Girl and Her Library Adventures!

PammyPam, an Unconventional Librarian

 

 

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Thrift Store (sort of) SCORE!

Last weekend Pumpkin and I were doing some back to school shopping at a shopping center we’d never been to before.  To our delight, there was a discount bookstore there! We love getting books on the cheap and while these books werent as cheap as say the Goodwill (often $.35) it was still a deal too good to pass up.

Here’s what I scored:

In case you can’t see:

  • Biscuit Goes to School
  • My Lucky Day
  • Whistle for Willie
  • Hi Cat

I’m super excited about these books for lots of reasons.  Biscuit is an easy book for little ones to identify with.  I’ve already shared it with the class because our theme was Back To School this week.

I’m always ALWAYS on the lookout for Ezra Jack Keats titles and had to restrain myself to only buy the two. Turns out these titles were a little too much for my tods but so what, I STILL love Ezra Jack Keats’ multiculturalism!

And finally, My Lucky Day is a funny book my co-teacher turned me onto: a clever little pig who “accidentally”  shows up at a fox’s house.  The fox thinks the pig will be his dinner, but the pig is more clever than that.  I bought this copy to replace the one she shared with the classroom. Kids love love LOVE to read “teacher books” and while they try to be careful, accidents happen and they were begging to “read” her book.

What books have you bought lately?  Any thrift store scores?

 

 

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Thrift store SCORE!

You may not know this, but The Unconventional Librarian loves to score books at thrift stores, garage sales, freebies, friends, wherever and whenever I can get my hands on a free or cheap book! I love to visit my fave book store as well, but there is nothing like the feeling of paying $.50 for a book! That’s why I’m so excited about my latest score. I found the following books for cheap!