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Cybils News, Texas Master Naturalist Program, and I Begin The Guidebook with Joy, Along with Fourteen Book Reviews


It’s been a busy week.

CYBILS NEWS

The judges have been chosen for the 2018 Cybils and the official announcement will be made on Tuesday. This is my third year as category chair of Fiction Picture Books and Board Books, and I had so many excellent people applying to be a judge that it was very hard to make a decision this year.

It won’t be long and it will be time to nominate books for the Cybils. I’ve already started a spreadsheet of my favorite children and young adult books from last year. Anyone can nominate books, so I hope you will start thinking about the best books you read that were published between October 16, 2017 and October 15, 2018.

Here’s the entire Cybils organizing team. I love the crazy photo of me, taken when I was working as a fortune teller at our school carnival. It looks like I’ve gazed into my crystal ball and I’m about to reveal the winners.

TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST INTERN

My husband and I have started our classes to become master naturalists. We will be learning about grasslands, forests, fish, insects, mammals, birds, snakes, and many other features and creatures native to our part of Texas. For the next ten weeks, we will spend Wednesday mornings in classes and Wednesday afternoons on field trips. I’ve just barely begun, but I already feel like I have learned so much.

OUR KITCHEN IS FINISHED

Happy news! Our kitchen is finished! I’ll post some pictures soon.

I BEGIN THE GUIDEBOOK WITH JOY 

Joy from Joy’s Book Blog was looking for a few good men (and women) to join her this fall to complete a creative project. I decided it was a perfect way for me to segue into NaNoWriMo. And so I joined Joy this week for the first session with The Guidebook, a six step process to work through many of the problems people confront as they work through a project which also offers support and accountability. I begin The Guidebook with Joy with joy!

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BOOKS I’VE READ LATELY AND AM READING NOW

Books have been pouring into my mailbox in the last few months, but I feel like I’ve been keeping up really well. Some books I’ve read and reviewed and enjoyed include:

And what am I reading now, you ask?

Just four books: The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King, Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver, An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones, and Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad & Criminal in 19th-Century New York by Stacy Horn. I am loving all of these so far.
In fact, I think I will be off to read a little more on these right now.
How about you? 
What have you been up to this week?
What are you reading today?




What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library’s vast reading room. It’s filled with people–students and faculty and strangers who’ve
wandered in. They’re seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they’re all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound
 journals as they go. Later they’ll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon’s literary intake….That’s what happens
at the Sunday Salon, except it’s all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week’s Salon get together–at their separate desks, in their
own particular time zones–and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly,
mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one’s earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.
The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news and recap the past week.
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews in which you can share the books you’ve acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read”
book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted at The Book Date.




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