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Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like to Own

15 Apr

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things Edition

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Here are the top 10 bookish things I would like to own right now.

1. Old books candle from Etsy

Old Books

The description reads, Part of our Book Lovers’ Series, this candle is a completely original scent inspired by the smell of old books! Ideal for bibliophiles of all sorts. The scent is a sweet, earthy smell with a hint of must. (Not mildewy, rotten old books!) It will make you want to curl up with your favorite Classic. Scents: Timber, White Tea, Newsprint, Musk”

Doesn’t that sound delightful?!

2. Harry Potter movies 1-5 on Blu-Ray


I have 6-8 on Blu-ray and 1-5 on DVD. I think it is time to upgrade the first ones and this snazzy looking collection would do nicely.

3. Old card catalog turned furniture


It would be a dream come true if someone gave me one of these. I personally doubt I can afford the prices people are asking for these beauties, but a girl can dream.

4. Smart Mudflap Girl from ThinkGeek

eddb_smart_mudflap_girlI actually toyed with the idea of getting something similar tattooed on my body at one point, but the only place I could think to put it was my lower back and I am very anti-tramp stamp (even intellectual-ish tramp stamps). But I could totally sport one of these magnets on my car instead. 

5. One of these posters from ALA

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Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Read

9 Oct

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a bit embarrassing, but perhaps such a public admission will give me a kick in the pants to finally read all of these books.

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1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I know, I know… How and why has this not been read by me?! For starters practically everyone I knew read it in high school, but it somehow missed me. Secondly, it isn’t even that long! At 180 pages I could read this in an afternoon, but it has just never happened. It sounds a lot like a book I would love, so maybe I’m just scared it will disappoint. Someone please assure me that it will not disappoint.

2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

This is another popular high school English teacher selection and another one I was able to avoid. Unlike Gatsby I really have no desire to read this one. From what I’ve heard the whole Catherine and Heathcliff thing sounds tiresome. I might be completely off on this one, and feel free to argue in its defense, but I’m not planning on reading this one anytime soon.

3. 1984 by George Orwell

Again I think I was probably supposed to read this at some point, but missed it. When you move across the country in the middle of high school there are a lot of things that get lost in the transition. This actually is a book I want to read and hopefully will get to it one day. For the time being I know just enough about it to understand the pop culture references and that is about it.

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Don’t judge me! I’ve seen the movies and I love the story, but I never read the book. I don’t know why. There’s no excuse really. It just hasn’t happened yet. And there are so many new books I want to read… And maybe I’ll pick this up at the library soon and read it already.



5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I don’t know anything about this book except that it about books being burned and that the title is wrong. The title supposedly refers to the spontaneous burning temperature of paper, only Bradbury got it wrong. In fact, 451 celsius is about the right temp for spontaneous burning of paper. Oh well… I should probably have read this last week in honor of Banned Books Week, but I promise I will get to it soon.

6. Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

Here’s the thing. I actually read Judy Blume books as a kid, but I know I never read this one. I didn’t know anything about it at all until I was an adult. I just knew practically every girl I ever talked to seemed to have read it. Honestly, I don’t think this is a book for me. All the religious discussion just isn’t my cup of tea anymore. Oh well, I seemed to manage puberty pretty okay without reading it.

7. Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

I can’t believe I haven’t read this. I’ve read other Mo Willems books, but this one has continued to escape me. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if I didn’t have a kid… but I do. So I really have no excuse. I will make a vow to pick this up for my daughter next week at work.

8. The BFG  by Roald Dahl

I think every kid in my 5th grade class read this book. I somehow managed to avoid reading practically all of Roald Dahl’s books as an actually child. The only ones I ever got to were Matilda and James and the Giant Peach. Both of those books are excellent of course, but once I did get around to reading some others I realized what fun I missed as a kid. In an effort to not make the same mistake twice I’ve already bought by daughter several awesome Dahl books (just not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… that movie freaks me out and I want nothing to do with any of).

9. Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

This series has been highly recommended by 2 awesome ladies that I completely respect and look to for advice in all things bookish. Why haven’t I read it, you ask. Because it is huge. Each and every book is huge. So far there are 5 books and the combined page total is 4,197! Holy oh my goodness. I did recently download these to my reader to read over the winter so that I won’t have to carry around such a giant book all the time. I know once I get started I’m not going to be able to stop so if you don’t hear from me all winter, you’ll know what I’m up to. 

10. Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson

I am a die-hard Mists of Avalon fan. I read it for the first time when I was only 15 and it has remained my favorite book ever since. As soon as I finished I wanted to soak up all the other books that took place in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon world. Ravens is the sixth book in the series (although each book is separate from the others). After MZB passed away Paxson carried on her work. I actually own this one and still have not managed to read it. I’m thinking about going back and re-reading the first 5 before starting this one.

**What books are you slightly embarrassed to not have read yet?**

**Are there any books that most people read, but you just simply have no desire to pick up?**

Top Ten “Older” Books I Don’t Want People To Forget About

2 Oct

We all sometimes get caught up in the newest books and forget about all the great books we read over the years. This week’s TTT helps me remember some of the great “older” books I still think everyone should read.

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My YA selections:

1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

I’ve been ranting and raving about The Diviners for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been telling everyone to read it, but I don’t want people to forget to also read her first awesome supernatural series, the Gemma Doyle books. This first introduction to Libba Bray’s story-building is simply amazing. If you like books about young women during the Victorian era, this book is for you. If you like books about complicated boarding schools, this books is for you. If you like books about alternative worlds of magic… this book is for you. If you like all three then you’ve definitely hit the jackpot!

2. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

This book blew me away. The story was complex and rich. The lives of the main characters was somewhat disturbing, but also very fascinating. The story is supposed to be a retelling of the fairytale Snow White and Rose Red, but the world building involved is so much more interesting than the somewhat unknown fairytale by the Grimm brothers. It is not a book that should be taken lightly. The characters are troubled and there are a lot of very mature details despite being YA book.

3. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

I love this book. It a sequel to Lowry’s very well-known and much read book, The Giver. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that  discards those who are less than perfect and the main character is just that. She is worried what fate lies before her and soon begins to unravel the oppressive world surrounding her. I have only read The Giver once and have yet to read The Messenger (book #3), but I have read Gathering Blue a half-dozen times already.
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Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished… Yet

25 Sep

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday makes me feel a bit guilty, but hopefully will give me the motivation to dive back into some of these series.

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1. The Bloody Jack Series by L.A. Meyer

Even though this is probably the most amazing series I’ve ever read I just can’t seem to catch up. I’m pretty sure that the only reason for holding off on it is because I don’t want it to be over, but L.A. Meyer seems to keep on writing one a year so maybe I don’t need to worry about that. Book #10 (Viva Jacquelina!) just came out a couple of weeks ago, but I’m still somewhere in the middle of #7 (Rapture of the Deep).

2. Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Stiefvater

I loved the first book in this series, Shiver. Linger, the second book, was just as good. For some strange reason I just couldn’t finish the third and final book, Forever. I don’t know if it was just a weird time for me or if it was the book, but I’ve been wondering what happened to everyone in the end so I’m going to go back and work my way through the rest of the book.

3. Jennifer Scales Series by MaryJanice Davidson

I adore this series. It is so unique and such a fun read. Jennifer is a were-dragon… that’s something you don’t hear about everyday. The series is also unique in that it starts out as a YA series and the more recent books are catalogued as Adult. The content isn’t too harsh for teens at all, but definitely more mature than the previous books. I haven’t read the most recent 2 books for no real reason other than I’ve been distracted by so many other books.

4. Undead (aka Queen Betsy) Series by MaryJanice Davidson

(This is the only series on this list I probably won’t ever finish)

I started reading this series a long time ago and thought it was such a fun series. I started with Undead and Unwed and made it half way through book 8, Undead and Undermined, before I gave up. Unfortunately, the series didn’t hold up its end of the bargain. In book 7, Undead and Unworthy, it suddenly got darker, twisted, and a whole lot less cute. At one point while reading book 8 I simply put it down and stopped caring. I don’t know what happened, but I was so disappointed that a series I had gotten so far into had suddenly fallen apart. After looking at some reviews on Amazon it appears I am not the only one that feels this way about the series. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie Edition

10 Jul

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie. Which means I pretty much had no idea what to post about.

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The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur and I can’t believe how little I’ve been able to read. I started a new library job yesterday and even though I am going to be surrounded by bookish awesomeness I cannot seem to think about any specific books. With that said my TTT this week will focus on the Top Ten Reasons Why Working in a Library is awesome.

1. Libraries are quiet.

I have worked in retail, daycare, food service, as a tutor in an elementary school, and as a nanny. All of those jobs are loud. Most of the time they all gave me headaches. The library is never very loud. Sure the children’s room can be a bit rambunctious, but for some reason kids having fun never bothers me. If I’ve had a bad day I get several beautifully quiet hours to think things through. Even the occasional annoyed patron doesn’t detract from the calmness I feel working in a library.

2. I get to see what kind of books people read. 

There is something sneakily satisfying about watching someone out of the corner of your eye as they select their books for the week. The other day I saw a man reading one of George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books. Sure these are really popular right now, but he didn’t really strike me as the type to be interested in Martin’s books. I love seeing things like little girls checking out a giant stack of books about trucks and sharks or the teen boy who checked out the Hunger Games books.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Author X Edition

3 Jul

That’s right folks it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This we were given the challenge of recommending 10 books for a fan of author X (meaning we got to pick the author).

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Since I recently read the last two Hex Hall books I picked Rachel Hawkins (author of the Hex Hall series). My basic criteria for selecting these books is boarding school + magic + awesomeness!

1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Do you like books about boarding schools and magic? Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series is the way to go. The trilogy is part historical fiction, part paranormal, part mystery and a dash of romance. The girls at the Spence Academy for Young Ladies are all kinds of involved with the unknown. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Edition

26 Jun

The topic of today’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to us by the lovely folks at The Broke and the Bookish, is Characters Who Remind Me Of Myself Or Someone I Know In Real Life. Okay so that’s a mouthful, but I also have no idea how to compile this list. So I’m tweaking it some.

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5 Characters I’d Love to Be

1. Anne Shirley (from the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery)

Anne is a force to be reckoned with. She is sassy, intelligent, and a true survivor. As a young foster child in the late 1800s she had to deal with being treated like a second class citizen and yet still maintained an amazing imagination and zeal for life. Sure she gets into all kinds of trouble, but I think every young girl should find herself in a fair amount of scrapes. I aim to live life the way Anne did all the way… except I don’t think I’ll be dying my hair greenish black anytime soon.

2. Alanna Trebond (from the Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce)

Alanna wanted to be a knight. Girls didn’t become knights. Alanna didn’t accept that. Not only does she manage to become a knight (while pretending to be a boy), she becomes an amazing knight, a great woman, and a close personal friend of some of the most amazing people in her world. I read the Alanna books when I was in 6th grade and they have stuck with me ever since. I actually own the set in paperback and an anthology of all 4 together in hardback. I cannot wait for my daughter to be able to get to know one of my most beloved characters. Alanna’s boldness, strength of heart, and determination are things that I certainly aim to possess. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer TBR List

20 Jun

Okay, I know it is already Wednesday, but yesterday it was honestly too hot to think and I forgot to post this. I had it all typed up on Monday and then my brain just stopped working yesterday.

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I always like making lists and definitely have quite a few good ones to add to this list. Plus I have been on a total review train lately and thought it was time to break up the monotony.

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My Top Ten TBR Books for Summer 2012

1. Endlessly (by Kiersten White)

I seriously need this book like right now. I cannot handle knowing so many people who have already read it and yet I have no access to it. July 24th cannot come soon enough for me.

In case you aren’t familiar with Kiersten White’s series, Step 1: Go get Paranormalcy, Step 2: Read it, Step 3: Get Supernaturally, Step 4: Read it, Step 5: Pre-order Endlessly… I think you get the point.

These aren’t amazing works of literature, but I seriously love these books. What’s more, I love the witty, quirky humor of Kiersten White. She is seriously like that in real life. I read her blog… she is hilarious.

2. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier 

The GoodReads synopsis says, “Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!”

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Top Ten Books On My To Be Read List For Winter (YA Edition)

28 Nov

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s list is the Top Ten Books on my Teen Book TBR list. This list is ever-changing, but I think I can narrow down the Top 10.

1. City of Bones (by Cassandra Clare)

This is yet another of those books I can’t believe I haven’t read yet. My friends have told me how awesome it is and I even own one of the series (having picked it up cheap at a buyout store). I didn’t really know much about it for a while and then I saw a post on Facebook about the “runes” from the series and was intrigued.

After looking them up via Google Images, I decided that an author that created that much detail for her work was worth reading. These designs are very cool and you can even get Rune jewelry made if you are a hardcore fan. Continue reading

Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Share A Thanksgiving Feast With

23 Nov

I’m making a vow to post the Top Ten Tuesday every week from now on…

This week The Broke and the Bookish have given us the task of picking 10 authors to invite to Thanksgiving dinner. And we thought our families were too much to handle during the holidays. Imagine if you had the following folks there as well.

1. Carrie Ryan

Not only is Carrie Ryan one of my favorite YA authors, but from what I hear she is a really interesting person. Of course she would have to be in order to write such awesome YA horror(ish) books as The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places.

The mix of zombie horror, romance, and searching for self-identity she manages to encompass in her novels is awesome.

Even friends of mine who seriously do not like zombies claim her books were amazing.

Just to make awesome dinner table conversation I have thought of a couple of questions for Ms. Ryan.

• What do you think your zombie-rific future society members would think of our Thanksgiving celebrations?

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