Weekly Tea Discussion: Choosing Hobbies Over Work

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I took a short vacation this past week and a half and although I didn’t leave New York, a nice staycation was just what the doctor ordered. I read, I wrote, I visited places that either were for the first time or a place I haven’t been to in a long time. The past few months I have been extremely stressed and my anxiety being at high measures. This little reprieve allowed me to recharge and get back in the swing of things. 

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Weekly Tea Discussion: Who’s More Realistic, YA or Adult Books?

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Hello all!

Welcome to another dose of Weekly Tea Discussion! This week’s discussion question: Who is more realistic, YA books or Adult Fiction?

As we book lovers know, books always manage to reflect the world around us, no matter how fictional they are. But lately there has  been a slew of new books released that tie more closely to the cultural and political events that are happening around us, such as the New York Times Bestseller The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two books that surround the Black Lives Matter movement. There has been a huge cluster of YA books that are becoming more political, albeit becoming more realistic-well, this is an opinion of an article on LitHub.com.  With writers (younger writers) representing the younger voice in issues that matter to them, it would be easier to say that YA books are more realistic than literary fiction. But I don’t think that is necessarily true. Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Who’s More Realistic, YA or Adult Books?”

Strength in Words: Book Quotes For Women’s History Month

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As Women’s History Month comes to a close, let us remember that the fight for equal rights for women is a daily battle and remembering the great women who made a mark in history is not something that should be done for one day, let alone an entire month. We should never forget the contributions these women make. And what better way to recognize them all year round with inspiring words we hear from amazing women or quotes that demonstrate the importance of women in society.   Maybe your favorite made the list…

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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Weekly Tea Discussion: Is the Librarian Profession Overworking the Librarians?

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On a crisp, unusually warm February afternoon, I went out to lunch with a few of my co-workers/friends and other librarians. It was President’s Day and we had off, a rarity in our profession. This was like any other social gathering: talk about our personal lives, laugh about our personal lives…random stuff. But then we got to talking about our jobs, the feeling was universal: we felt drained and worn out. The same argument can be made about any profession.but the melancholy feel has been continuing for over a year and does not seem that it is dissipating anytime soon. As we through all of our problems and issues on the table, we were left with uncertainty on who was really to blame. But one of my friends asked an interesting question that I am asking for this week’s discussion: is the librarian profession overworking the librarians?

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Weekly Tea Discussions Have Their Own Page!

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Love reading my weekly tea discussions? Well, now you can find them all one one page! You can find all my weekly tea discussions here:

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Is there is a topic or a question you would like for me discuss here? You’ll find a contact form at the bottom of the page. Just submit a topic and see if it makes on my blog!

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Books for Halloween

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Halloween themed freebie — your choice (ie. 10 best ghost stories, 10 things that scare you in books, 10 literary Halloween costumes, 10 vampire novels, 10 books that WILL scare you, 10 non-scary books for Halloween, 10 scariest covers, etc.)”

I never been a big fan of anything scary. I mean, I couldn’t sleep for a week after seeing The Ring. But I still try to get into the Halloween spirit by watching some scary movies…and also some scary books. Here are my top recommendations:

1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

No Halloween is complete without this classic. I also recommend the TV show as well

 

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2. Frakenstein by Mary Shelley

 

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3. Anything by Edgar Allan Poe

Take your pick: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven…all of his stories and poems are perfect for Halloween

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

 

4. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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5. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

It made not be at first glance but this story is perfect for Halloween. The ending creeps you out.

 

6. The Diviners by Libba Bray 

I’m currently reading this right now but the creepy and haunting factor proves that this was the prefect time to read it.

 

7. Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine 

Enough Said.

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8. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

 

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9. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

2148093010. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

It made not be a Halloween themed novel but the relationship the two main characters have is just as scary and creepy.

 

What are your favorite books for Halloween?

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Joining Forces

Top Ten TuesdaysTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together (aka my (Jamie’s) world would explode if Gayle Forman and Jandy Nelson wrote a book together) — might be hard to come up with 10 but still would be fun! Bonus points if you tell us what kind of book you’d like them to write!”

 

Meg Cabot & Emily Giffin

Two funny writers…an interesting combination

Jojo Moyes & Kate Morton

They both do such great emotional writing, it would just be so great to have them combined.

 

Joshilyn Jackson & Karen White

Jane Austen & Charlotte Bronte

I know that Bronte didn’t exactly like any of Austen writings, but it would be interesting to see these great minds work together.

Libba Bray & JK Rowling

They both done such a great job creating worlds…why not try to write one together?

I couldn’t really think of anymore right now but maybe during day I’ll think of others.  Who would be on your list?

Wrap-Up: September 2015

wpid-wp-1443789826864.jpgI know I am a week late and I haven’t been posting lately but I have my reasons.

I started a new job! As a librarian!

So all last month was basically doing training and learning new things, which is great but unfortunately it gives me little time to update this blog so I want to apologize for that. I know I haven’t kept up with my “Weekly Tea Discussions” but I’ll promise I’ll try to keep up with them.

I didn’t get to read that many books last month but once I’m settled in my new job, that will change:

Books I Read:

The House of Seventh Street by Karen Vorbeck Williams

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen ( I haven’t wrote a review for this yet but maybe later in the year I will when I have time)

The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dicks

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Books of All TIme

Top Ten TuesdaysTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

FREEBIE — your choice!”

I have been blogging since March and I just realized that I never really mentioned which books are my favorite. I have said one particular book was my favorite but never a list. And when I say favorites, I mean favorite books that I will most likely read in the future. So that is my “freebie” for this week, top ten favorite books of all time (listed backwards):

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10. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

This use to be higher on my list but another book (which will be mentioned) took its place. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve place in my top ten. This far beyond chick lit, even wouldn’t call it a love story. It was just a true and honest examination between a female friendship that you rarely see in women’s fiction.

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9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book was different from anything else I have ever read. I didn’t like any of the characters. I was rooting for both of the main characters to fail and yet I loved every last word of it.

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8. The Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray

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International Literacy Day 2015

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September 8 is International Literacy Day, an established day by UNESCO to celebrate and support world literacy. This year’s theme is “Literacy and Sustainable Societies”. Here are 10 quotes that celebrate the importance of worldwide literacy:

  1. “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    ― Mark Twain
  2. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” ― Frederick Douglass
  3. “Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don’t believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it.” ― John Steinbeck
  4. “To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.” ― George Washington
  5. “Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Them when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.” ― Karen Witemeyer
  6. “Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.” ― Thomas Jefferson
  7. “I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.” – JK Rowling
  8. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou
  9. “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” ― Frank Serafini
  10. “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.” ― Kofi Annan

Happy International Literacy Day!!