Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wondrous Words Wednesday: Tsundoku

Tsundoku:  Japanese for leaving a book unread after acquiring it, usually piled up together with other unread books.

I found this word, and Ella Frances Sanders' wonderful illustration (above), in a fascinating article on Pocket today, Umberto Eco's Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones.  After I discovered this Japanese term, I felt compelled to share it with my fellow book bloggers and readers. It certainly applies to me.  Let me know if you can relate to this, too!

Graciously hosted each week by Kathy from BermudaOnion's Weblog, Wondrous Words Wednesday is a great way to share new words you've encountered while reading.  If you want to play along, find a word (or a few words), grab the button, write a post, and then add your link to the Mr. Linky!

Monday, December 31, 2018

First Lines 2018

My 2018 Blog Archive is quite scant.  I posted a mere 12 times in 2018, including this post.  I've enjoyed reading about books on other book blogs, but writing about the books that I've read has taken a backseat this year. Regardless of my lack of posts, I wanted to continue the tradition and wrap up my year in blogging with a First Lines summary post of the past year.  This meme is hosted at the end of each year by Melwyk from The Indextrious Reader, a well-written book blog that will entice you to add more books to your reading list.  The basic idea of First Lines is "to take the first line of each month's first post over the past year and see what it tells you about your blogging year".  I've participated in this meme since 2009, after seeing it on Kate's Book Blog, an incredible book blog that I discovered in my early days of blogging.  Without further ado or explanation, here are my First Lines, with some photos from my posts. (If the first line is very short, I've added an additional line.)  To read more of a post, simply click on the month.

Canvas Press, Inc., a company that specializes in creating custom canvas prints for homes and offices, offered me a canvas print in exchange for a review on my blog.

I didn't post.😔

Emerson and Thoreau! I studied their work in school, did you?

How will you celebrate?  April is National Poetry Month, a time to explore and experience the world of poetry.

Published in 2017, Sass, Smarts, and Stilettos: How Italian Women Make the Ordinary, Extraordinary by Gabriella Contestabile is a book that focuses on Italian women.

As a book blogger, I've participated in many online tours with Poetic Book Tours.


I didn't post.😔

Several months ago, I learned about the novel  Brahmahatya by Rajiv Mittal, published in 2017, on Tracy's wonderful book blog, Pen and Paper.

Do you remember making paper covers to protect your school books?

Many of my readers are also listeners, who greatly enjoy audiobooks.

Last month, I won the book The Tourist Trail on Serena's blog, Savvy Verse & Wit.

December (this post!)
My 2018 Blog Archive is quite scant.

As illustrated here, I started 2018 with a beautiful print from Canvas Press, featured exclusive guest posts and a few book reviews, and showcased a book related craft, during the rest of the year.  What's not shown here is that I continue to post book giveaways on my blog, to win books, to receive complimentary books from authors, agents, and publishers, and to relish my "private" reading (without posting). Although I did not post frequently, I genuinely enjoyed the posting that I did do over the past year, and the lovely comments that followed.  If you'd like to create a year-in-review summary of your own, please visit The Indextrious Reader's special end of the year meme, First Lines.

As always, your comments are welcomed. Thank you for reading, and happy New Year! 


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