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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Book Thirteen Opening

Wow, we have now officially passed the half way mark for openings. Which makes me want to dig into Savage Detectives even more!

Both my head cinematographer and my assistant cinematographer are out today so we'll have to make do with boring static photos. We here at Brown Book administration will try to do better next time. We promise.

Here we go.

Book Thirteen:

Ta Da!

Some Loves from the Past and Present

Bunny Foo Foo

Blankie w/Favorite Corner





Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dirty Wow Wow Discussion

I'm throwing this up here rather quickly. I'm not sure if anyone read this, and you know if you did or are going to, just pop in here and put in your two cents.

There is not much to say for this book. It is not at all what I thought. When I heard about this book, I thought it was going to be a collection of short memoirs. Granted it is a collection of short memoirs, only they are so short it was hardly worth reading as a book. If that makes any sense. This book to me is more like a coffee table book. Fun to pick up and browse through now and then.

The subject itself was cute and sentimental, each story having its own merit. It did make me chuckle and I of course thought of my blankie, a quilt that has now de-sandwiched and started to tatter. So in all, it was fun, but better suited to the coffee table or Dr.'s office waiting room.

Side Note: I am going to be opening book 13 tomorrow! Spread the word and check in to see what's coming next.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Get thee to the Library and Kiss Your Librarian

It is National Library Week. If you have the time, please proceed to your nearest library and show much appreciation for the people who make reading their life passion. I've never met a librarian who didn't want to help someone find a book, or wouldn't suggest great reading, or didn't show utter enthusiasm about books and reading. I've never seen a librarian with a frown either.

When I was about 10, I had read a book about a girl who got locked in the library overnight. I can't remember the book now, but I loved the idea of it. One day when I was at the library, I hid behind some shelves with a stack of books, hoping to get locked in. I wanted to stay up all night and read everything. The librarian of course found me there, and she seemed amused and understanding without me having to say a word. She simply helped me gather my stack of books, checked them out for me and told me I'd be more comfortable reading my books at home, after having a nice dinner and she winked at me. That day, she became my hero.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Book Openings

So, since I have no cameraman and we need to get moving, I've decided to be rather unceremonious and just tell you what the next two books are. Why two? When you see the size of the first one, you'll know. If you could glimpse inside it, you'd nod your head in agreement. So, here are the next two brown books!

Book 11

This one will be a snap to read, though I'm wondering if it will be as easy to get hold of. It's a nice light, sentimental little book. But gear yourselves up after that because the next book is:

Book 12

I am so excited to read this. I've heard scores of great things about it. I can hardly wait!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Panic in Level 4 Discussion

Ok, the truth comes out. I loved this book. I found it delightfully fun. It was full of so many interesting things. As a late blooming lover of science and math, I dug in and couldn't stop reading. I was extremely impressed with the author, Richard Preston's style. Being a journalist I had expected a more dry approach. I think it's admirable the way he writes factually, but pays attention to such great details. I think my favorite chapter was the one about the Chudnovsky brothers and their supercomputer. I would love to see their lab. What a fascinating pair.

I first heard about this book when Ira Flatow of Science Friday radio show and podcast interviewed Mr. Preston. Preston was so enthusiastic about his topics and Ira seemed caught up in that enthusiasm. He had read the book of course, and I could tell that Ira loved it. I have come to appreciate Science Friday as a source of knowledge, fun, insight and inspiration in the world of science. I trust Ira's taste in this area. I had read one other book he'd interviewed about and had not been disappointed. Once again, Ira proved his mettle. If you get a chance and haven't heard the show, pop over to and check it out. He promotes science told in every day language to get more people interested and involved. He's got links to experiments you can conduct with your children and tons of great videos and tidbits. Ok, plug done.

Tell me your thoughts on the book.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

On the Ball

I've updated the calendar to reflect a schedule for the next couple of weeks. I'm thinking we'll do the Panic in Level Four discussion this Friday and then open book 11 on Monday with a drawing winner announced on Thursday.

I hope some of you were able to get Panic and read it. I won't give too much of my opinion away, but so far my impressions are on the positive side.