All Things Books: May CollectionTuesday, May 31, 2016
All Things Books
"You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way." Dr Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go
Often we rush to the next thing. As children, we rush to the next year, birthday, grade, simply because it appears better. I was guilty of always wanting the next thing. Partly because I wanted to complete the step I was at, but also because the next thing always whispered of more. Maybe that is part of growing up in the '80's & '90's, maybe it's just life. Now as a parent, I often tell my kids to just be happy with what we have right now, as they create lists for the next birthday, or Christmas, or summer, or grade... I could go on and on. Yet, the feeling that there are mountains ahead of us, and we just have to keep moving forward to reach the top of them, that drive is the same drive that results in the childhood pastime of dreams of what is next. While spring has been a season of enjoying the smell of flowers, maybe that means the end of spring can be focused on taking those steps for the next adventure.
I blinked and May was over. Between Mother's Day and end of school events the days vanished at an amazing rate. The weather finally got warm here, and every moment we could get outside we did. Many of the chores got pushed back, forgotten, piled up, and for the first time in a long time, I am okay with that.
As I have been sharing each month this year, I have been finding some awesome articles on books, reading, literature and anything that has to do with books. So in case you are wanting some quick reads, some new perspectives or even just some new suggestions for books to read, I would love to share them with you.
- This video has certainly made its way around the web a few times, as it is well over a year old. But it still a great reminder of why all groups need a mix of people, different personalities working together can create more and better than those who are similar. When you have a half hour to spare, stop over and watch The Power of Introverts on The Literacy Site blog.
- Venice is well-known for it's lack of roads and use of boats, but this town in the Netherlands looks even more like the perfect fairy tale setting. Hop over to Bored Panda and check out these adorable pictures of Giethoorn.
- I am a fan of Modern Mrs. Darcy, and she recently compiled a wonderful list of 12 Terrific Books for Tween Girls. So for the tween girls in your lives, or if you are looking for some quick reads for the summer, no matter your age, there are some great options in this list.
- While this next list isn't really the best example of reading options available, it is sure to make you laugh. So if you're in need of a good laugh check out These Terrible Sentences. Fair warning, though, it's slightly off-color...
- Just in case you are not quite sure if you should make reading a priority, this is a wonderful article about The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People. Granted, I do not always pick up the kind of books mentioned in this article, I do know that reading in the field you are wanting to improve in is a sure way to do so.
- Since I am hopeful you are trying to put together some fantastic summer reading lists, here's a great selection of Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down.
I hope you found a thing or two from that list that caught your eye, maybe you could reserve a book at your library, or add to your Goodreads to-read list. If you want some encouragement as you find books you love, please join our group on Goodreads, we'd love to be there as you fall in love with books. Please consider seeing yourself as a lover of books, and join in the goal of finding a book you love each month this year... That means now you only have to read 7 books!
"Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way." #DrSeuss #AllThingsBooks @Reading_List1
What was your favorite from the round-up? What would you add? Is there something you want to see in June's round-up?
Leave me a note about anything to do with your book choices from May!
**If you have a great resource for a book, a genre, or anything to do with books, let me know! You are always welcome to share your posts on Thursdays here, but if you want to point me to a great resource, leave a comment, or shoot me a note. I love hearing from you!
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