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The Things You Can Read welcomes you and thanks you for your readership. We, here at The Things You Can Read, ask your help, if you visit our site regularly, please follow us either via email or Google Friend Connect.  Launched on June 7, 2012, our site has already attracted a great deal of attention.  One of the goals of the site is to feature reviews of Children's Picture Books, Young Adult novels and Adult Literary Fiction/Nonfiction.  A second goal for the blog is to be a resource for teachers of English and writing--with examples of student created writing, writing tips, resource links, and the opportunity to pick the brain of a seasoned English teacher.  To spice things up...every now and then, we'll also include random quotes and thoughts on education and life in general, but our ultimate goal is to reach out into the blogosphere and be a "Book Whisperer" and "Writing Whisperer" to children and adults of all ages.   Thank you for your readership.  Here is to a lifetime filled with reading and writing.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The National Literacy Trust: 50 book-shaped benches across London

Image Credit: The National Literacy Trust

Scattered across London The National Literacy Trust sponsored 50 book-shaped benches for the summer, "each dedicated to an iconic London-related author or character."  If you want to know more about this click on over to The Guardian and read all about it.  I'd love to see this in my own hometown.  What are your thoughts?  Who would you like to see represented on bench?  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read!

Image Credit: The National Literacy Trust

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Bookish Article: 19 dilemmas every book lover has faced at least once


Question:  Do you start a new book, even when you are in the middle of five others?  This was one of Buzzfeed's "19 dilemmas every book lover has faced at least once."  Pop on over to Buzzfeed and read what the other 18 dilemmas might be.  How many can you say YES to?  Let us know what you think about this one!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Flannery O'Connor quote


In our quest to collect all quotes bookish in nature here is another great Flannery O'Connor quote, via Biblioklept:

"I know well enough that very few people who are supposedly interested in writing are interested in writing well. They’re interested in publishing something, and if possible in making a 'killing.'"-Flannery O'Connor

Agree? Disagree?  Let us know!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Review in Miniature: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall




Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall is a memorable, uplifting, and thought provoking memoir about two people who form an unlikely friendship. If you are expecting a book about gardening then scratch this one off your list. The garden in this story is a symbolic metaphor for so much more. As People Magazine said, "...Owita teaches Wall how to find grace amid heartbreak and to accept that beauty exists because it is fleeting—as in her garden, as in life.” If you like memoirs this is a “must add” for your reading list.

I'd like to thank Penguin Group Putnam, who provided me with a reading copy through NetGalley.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review in Miniature: Stitches : a handbook on meaning, hope, and repair by Anne Lamott



Anne Lamott is an amazing voice in today’s writing world. She is able to capture what so many of us feel with just the right words. I’ve been a fan of her writing since reading Bird By Bird back in the 90s. I’ll also add that I am partial to her nonfiction writing, although her works of fiction are great too. So it was with great enthusiasm that I opened her latest work of nonfiction Stitches: a handbook on meaning, hope, and repair, which is out on the heels of her previous bestseller Help, Thanks, Wow

In Stitches Lamott explores how in these chaotic times in which we live we can recover from personal devastation and loss and find peace, meaning and wholeness in our lives. How does she suggest we do this, well in typical Lamott fashion, “..by collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric and sewing them back together, one stitch at a time.” This is classic Lamott! 

If you are familiar with Lamott’s previous works sit back and enjoy her prose. If you are new to Lamott this is a great choice to tryout the Lamott experience. 

Thank you Net Galley and Penguin Riverhead Hardcover for the advanced reader’s copy of Stitches: a handbook on meaning, hope, and repair by Anne Lamott.



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review in Miniature: Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson


My thirty plus year love affair with Mozart is in no uncertain terms insatiable. My quest to attend all of his operas and to hear as many of his other musical compositions performed live continues and my next step, as the world’s biggest Mozart fan, is to share my love of everything Mozart with my children, so when I realized that a new biography on Mozart was being published by Penguin Group: Viking I had to get my hands on a copy...pronto. I was not disappointed. Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson is a great compliment to any Mozart aficionado's collection of biographies of this great composer.

Coming in at 176 pages this work of nonfiction does not overwhelm the new to Mozart biography reader or disappoint a reader who gobbles up everything Mozart. The book focuses on Mozart and his music. Specifically the biography focused on Mozart’s ability to write music, compose music for operas, and his ability to create emotional music that captured the hearts of the common man and royals alike. His was a life filled with financial debt, loss of children, and health problems. Many may be surprised to learn that he frequently had to beg for money from friends. Let me say that these were not uncommon problems for even upper class folks of Mozart’s day. but it is always surprising to me that he also had a tough time selling his compositions, which means a steady income for the Mozart family was a constant challenge. With all the ups and downs of Mozart’s life his talent never faded. 

Sadly he died too young at just thirty-five, but through his music he still lives in the hearts of all classical musical lovers everywhere. This book will definitely whet your appetite for more about this remarkable child prodigy. 

Thank you Net Galley and Penguin Group Viking for the advance reader’s copy of Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson.








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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Did You Know To Kill a Mockingbird is Now in E-Book and Audio Form?

Harper Lee and Mary Badham: Scout on the set of To Kill a Mockingbird


What can I say, I named my son Harper which should say it all.  Just in case you hadn't heard To Kill a Mockingbird, my all time favorite book, is now available in e-book and audio form.  Go read it or listen to it read by Sissy Spacek and see what all the fuss is about.  Let us know what you think!

Interesting Links:
NPR Story:  Click Here

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