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review 2016-06-15 15:00
A Day at the Market by Sara Anderson (November 1, 2009) Board book - Sara Anderson

A Day at the Market by Sara Anderson
Rhyming children's audio book about Pike's Place in Seattle, WA. We have visited there and not sure we found all the nooks and crannies there.
Found so many little shops hidden that held treasures for us. We even got the fishmongers to toss the fish!
Vegetable and fruit stands held such large pieces.  As the trucks haul their crops around in rhyming tones you hear what is available.
Audio version describes the pictures shown. Don't recall a coffee stand but Starbucks has a shop on every street corner.
We went during April and I only recall tulips being available not other flowers but this book describes everything that is there, even the lower levels.
Loved hearing about others experiences with the market.  Musicians also play in hopes to make money.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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text 2015-12-22 15:16
Book Advent Calendar Day 20 to 22


On the 20th I got James Tiptree Jr.'s Crown of Stars. Another one of those butt-ugly covers. Ugh. I haven't read any of her books so far, so I'll be starting with this short story collection with some of her late works.

Yesterday I drew Carson McCullers' The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, a recommendation from somebody who had seen that I had liked Capote's The Grass Harp and thinks I might enjoy this one as well.

Today I got a book with collected texts from my favorite columnist, Max Goldt. Although the title suggests that this is an English book, it is not. He always has the strangest titles. Here are some of the weirdest ones:

  • "The ashtray gymnastics" (Die Aschenbechergymnastik)
  • "Bilingually educated bisexuals with bicycles on their car tops" (Zweisprachig erzogene Bisexuelle mit Fahrrädern auf dem Autodach)
  • "A life on the run from the coral" (Ein Leben auf der Flucht vor der Koralle)
  • "On the magic of passing something sideways" (Vom Zauber des seitlich dran Vorbeigehens)
  • "Naked in a fairytale castle full of really bad people" (Nackt in einem Märchenschloß voll wirklich schlechter Menschen)
  • "Ä"
    Needless to say that I adore him.


You can find my other posts about the Book Advent Calendar here:

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text 2014-05-06 01:48
day 20: Favorite Romance Book


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


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text 2013-11-21 00:24
30 Day Book Playlist Challenge, Day 20: Fusion
Alif the Unseen - G. Willow Wilson
The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale - Art Spiegelman,Fred Jordon
The Rook -
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson

Day 20: Name a book you've read that has multiple genres or cross-genre appeal. (Fusion)


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This was a fun one! Also, really hard to pick, because a lot of my favorite books are ones that are hard to classify because they do cross so many different genres. (A lot of the time genre classifications just seem like a way for publishers to market books and can seriously get in the way of books finding audiences (paradoxically)).


Alif the Unseen is a book that very few people have read, which is a shame. It is delightful. It crosses so many genres it must have been a nightmare for publishers. It's a hodge podge of fairy-tale, mythology, religion, fantasy, coming of age story, and techo-thriller (the main character is a hacker on the run from the government). It's also got a smidgeon of political, class, and gender explorations. It's a bountiful chest of treasure, basically, and it's beautifully written to boot.


The Complete Maus was one of the best graphic novels I read last year, and the way it mixes history, biography, and the speculative nature of portraying NAZIs as cats, and Jews as mice, is kind of a wonder to behold.


The Rook is a super-fun book from debut Australian author Daniel O'Malley. It's a hybrid mystery/thriller that also has paranormal and urban fantasy elements mixed in, with just a smidge of governmental conspiracy. It's also one of the most well-done first person narrators I've ever seen.


Guards! Guards! is my favorite Terry Pratchett book (so far -- I've only read up to #15 in Discworld, so maybe I haven't even read my favorite yet). All of his books are cross-genre, mixing his own personal brand of humor and satire in with fantasy, and whatever thing he is currently aping. In this one it's police stories, with the bumbling Night's Watch, and it is gloriously wonderful.


I also wanted to include Steelheart because it's my most recent read of the cross-genre sort (excepting Outlander, which I haven't finished yet). It's really interesting to see the way Sanderson mixes the tropes of YA lit, superhero stories, and dystopias together into one. (Not to mention the caper thing . . . damn if I don't love a good caper.)

Source: rosepetals1984.booklikes.com/post/670300/a-30-day-book-playlist-challenge-
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text 2013-11-20 17:54
Day 20: Favorite Romance Book
Unteachable - Leah Raeder
Undeniable - Madeline Sheehan

I have no idea. I don't generally read straight-up romance novels. But I guess these 2 qualify. They both have flawed heroines and broken male leads, which is really nice and refreshing. They're not the typical countess falls for the duke crap I see a lot of in romance novels, either. Anyway, I don't know what else to say about this. I'm a hopeless romantic, yes, but I don't tend to read a lot of plain-jane smut books.

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