“Ms. Johnson says there’s no such thing as writer’s block. She said it’s just your mind saying to your body, I ain’t trying to write that jive.”
Miss Bowzer owned and operated the restaurant. She dragged a stool up to the stove for me, continued smoking and making waffles, and listened to my tale of woe. She made about a million waffles while I sat there. She had to make about a million every day because at The Girl on the Red Swing they served everything on a waffle. Not just the kind of food that went with waffles—not just ham and eggs on a waffle or strawberries on a waffle. No, at The Girl on the Red Swing if you ordered a steak it came on a waffle, if you ordered fish and chips it came on a waffle, if you ordered waffles they came on a waffle.
–Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
Ms. Johnson said the only way you can deposit a word in your bank is by committing it to memory. I hadn’t deposited surreal. I guess I must have spent it somewhere.
–Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
Jeremy wanted to correct Paul, to tell him that restaurant, bistro, even eatery would be a better choice than eatatorium. As far as he knew, eatatorium wasn’t even a word. However, talking meant opening his mouth, which would put him at risk of being the first customer at Paul’s Vegetarian Eatatorium.
–Jeremy Bender vs. The Cupcake Cadets by Eric Luper
Dessert First by Hallie Durand
Dessert Schneider’s new teacher encourages students to march to the beat of their own drum. This is no problem for Dessert, who has a lot of bright ideas and ambition, especially when it comes to sweets. But when Dessert takes things a little too far, she’s choc-full of regret and has no idea how to get herself back in good graces with her family.
I woke up the next day with a smile on my face. I could tell it was cold out because there was frost on my windows, but knowing there were Double-Deckers in the fridge put me in a good mood.
Less than a week left in my book a day challenge. In a way, I can’t believe it. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and, with so many adventures and stories piling up around me, it feels a bit surreal that I’ve accomplished so much reading in so little time!
This week I’ve added:
20. Falcon’s Egg by Luli Gray
21. Your Mother was a Neanderthal by Jon Scieszka
22. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
23. The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry
24. Dear America: A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse
25. Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker
26. The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
27. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Question of the Day: Who are your favorite hidden gem/under-appreciated authors?
A trip to the library this week means my stack of finished books is a little less impressive, but the new titles I picked up are providing plenty of incentive to keep up with my goal of reading a book a day.
Freshly added to the stack this week:
14. The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe
15. The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
16. Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
17. Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
18. Clementine, Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker
19. Dear America: So Far from Home by Barry Danenburg
Question of the Day: What genres do you read when you need a break from the usual?