Saturday, May 18, 2013

If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can’t be in books.
The book needs you.
Gary Paulsen
May 17, 1939: Happy birthday, Gary Paulsen! It's no wonder that he writes adventure novels like Hatchet—he's raced in the Iditarod, lives part-time on a boat, and, at 14, ran away to join a carnival.

Although Gary Paulsen is most "famous" for his book Hatchet
I enjoyed Harris and Me much more.  Harris is a young farm boy, "Me" is his cousin.  Me is probably based on childhood experiences of Gary.  Harris is constantly getting "me" in all types of trouble around the farm.  Set in rural Minnesota during WWII.  Over the years, I have suggested this title to children and adults - I have never had someone return it who didn't enjoy the antics of Harris, and sympathize with "me".  Laugh out loud funny.
Newer release has a different cover, I have always liked this cover as it was done by one of my favorite cover illustrators, Wendell Minor.

Hope you will consider this one, if you need a good laugh.

Just finished "Reckless" by Cornelia Funke

Hope you find a good book. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Two Italian "flicks"

You have to watch this one first, to get the cast of characters in your mind.
We just watched this one the other evening.  Having watched Italian flicks from a very early age, I rarely thought of them as comedy, however, "The Salt of Life" is that rare bird of an Italian flick.  Since this has subtitles, most of the humor is body languare, facial expressions.  We really enjoyed this one!
Hope you will give them a shot!
Currently reading  Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Monday, May 6, 2013

Quote of the Day----Goodreads

There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do. John Steinbeck
May 6, 1940: John Steinbeck received a Pulitzer Prize for his best-seller, The Grapes of Wrath, 73 years ago today. The title, based on a lyric from "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," was suggested by his wife.

Currently reading  "The Fire Chronicle"