2014 National Book Awards


National Book Foundation

A special thanks to Freeman Library for sharing the 2014 National Book Awards! Did your 2014 favorites make the list?

One Lovely Blog Award Nomination


One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award! | EverythingNyze

 Nyze of EverythingNyze nominated Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” How stellar is this! Below are the rules for nominees!

So here’s how it works:

-link the person who nominated you

-blog the rules and present the award

-write 7 facts about you

 -nominate 7 other bloggers

Seven Facts About Me

1. Not only do I like to read series in order, I also like to read books in the order they’re published.

2. In addition to reading, I enjoy studying genealogy.

3. My surname, Nissen, is Danish and it rhymes with the word listen.

4. I’m a fan of Vincent van Gogh and my surname is the plural form of brownie-like elves. Thus, I’m Starry Night Elf. 🙂

5. I collect rubber duckies and Christmas ornaments.

6. The word nunchucks makes me giggle.

7.  I don’t enjoy shopping.

… and now, for my nominees

Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Girl of 1000 Wonders

Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

Mrs. Holpepper: Bookworm

Chrissi Reads

Congrats! Please enjoy this reward!

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Beverly Cleary’s Ramona


Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1) by Beverly Cleary | Goodreads

Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1) by Beverly Cleary | Goodreads

 One of my  favorite PBS programs was inspired by Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books. This series lasted 10 episodes. I’d not thought about Ramona and Beezus until one of my Facebook friends posted this article – 10 Facts About Beverly Cleary’s ‘Ramona’ Books – a few hours ago. Thus, I set aside another TbTB post (oooh – a pre-scheduled post that’s TBP (to be posted)) and shared Ramona instead.

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


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 My first experience with Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day must have been auditory. I can recall the words so much better than the images. Yet, I have often alluded to this picture book when I’m having a lousy time of it.

With the film out in theaters, I remembered the elementary school librarian reading this book to us.  Also, I recalled a substitute teacher playing the audiotape for us. How old school is that?

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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 As the American Library Association celebrates Banned Books Week, I recalled Ray Bradbury’s  Fahrenheit 451 , a dystopian novel inscribed for the temperature at which paper burns. Books are  illegal and “firemen” such as Guy Montag incinerate any books found.

 Like Knowles’ A Separate Peace, I don’t list Fahrenheit 451 among my favorites. Still and all, I  appreciate  Bradbury’s message. This is what could result if we continue to ban books in our libraries.

 To learn more about Banned Books Week, check out Banned Books Week | Celebrating the Freedom to  Read: Sept. 21-27, 2014 .

 

 

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – James Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces by James Thurber | LibraryThing

Last weekend, I finally saw the film based on the short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Even though I hadn’t touched Thurber’s work since junior high, I could see the film adaptation was updated (probably for relevance). Also, there seemed to be a few other details changed. Still and all, films often revive interest in books. I believe this is just the case with “Walter Mitty.”

So, did the film do the story justice? Let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – John Knowles’ A Separate Peace


A Separate Peace by John Knowles | LibraryThing Today’s #tbtb is the first of its kind in this feature. John Knowles’ A Separate Peace isn’t one of my favorite reads. It was a book we read as high school sophomores. One of my favorite films, Dead Poet’s Society, was included for this unit. Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book.

The reason Knowles’ tale of boarding school boys has landed on my #tbtb is that the freshman in the community where I work  are reading this book. We can’t find a print copy on the shelf. The last I knew, we still had the audiobook.

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