Weekly Tea Discussion: What is “Well-Read”?

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When I looked up the definition of “well-read”, Google gave me this:

Well read

  1. (of a person) knowledgeable and informed as a result of extensive reading.
    “Ada was well read in French and German literature”
    knowledgeable, well informed, well versed, erudite, scholarly, literate, educated, cultured, bookish, studious; dated lettered

That describes most of us, right?

But then through my search I found a website: a list challenge that asks you how many books have you read, from a list of 143. I checked off 54 books so I received a score of 38%. So according to this list I am not considered to be “well-read”.

2015-04-14 07.40.15I know this was a list made up by someone and I shouldn’t really take it seriously This list is seriously flawed and I am not saying this because I got a low score. First, it capped what I consider a low amount of books. Second, whoever compiled this list only chose the popular classics, for example only putting Pride and Prejudice and not Austen’s other works or only putting three of Shakespeare’s plays when he wrote so much more than that. Third, the person who compiled didn’t look it over correctly because they would have noticed that they put The Secret Garden twice on the list and Inferno by Dante is part of The Divine Comedy so both shouldn’t be on the list as separate works. That affects the margin of your score.

But what I really want to discuss today is the impression that I received from the title of the list:

Books to Read to Be Considered Well Read

Contemporary or classic novels, plays, poem and short story anthologies, that any serious reader should read at least ones in his or her life.”

So, only reading the classics makes a person a serious reader? Isn’t a serious reader who, and I can’t think of a better way of saying this, “seriously” reads? And that is what this week’s discussion: what makes a person “well-read”?

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Weekly Tea Discussion: Love Triangles

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Girl meets Boy.

Girl and Boy immediately have an attraction and either start a relationship or do a dance around their feelings.

Then another Boy enters the picture.

Girl finds herself attracted and torn between her feelings for the two boys.

And we the reader have to painfully endure all of the characters go back and forth with their feelings or this three-way relationship makes a mess of both their lives and the story that is being told.

And that my fellow readers is what is called a love triangle.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Read The Most From

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

Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From”

116541. Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries Series /The Mediator Series / Avalon High /Boy Series/ Heather Wells Series / Queen of Babble Series / Romance Novels (published under the name Patricia Cabot) / She Went All The Way (published under the name Meggin Cabot)

Jane_Austen_coloured_version2. Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility / Emma / Mansfield Park / Northanger Abbey / Persuasion / Sanditon (Uncompleted Novel) / Lady Susan / All her Juvenilia

1600333. Karen White

The Sound of Glass / The Color of Light / Learning to Breathe / After the Rain / Pieces of the Heart / Falling Home

4. Emily Giffin

Something Borrowed / Something Blue / Baby Proof / Love The One You’re With / Heart of the Matter / Where We Belong / The One & Only

5. J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series

6. Ann M. Martin

The Babysitter Club Series / Babysitter Little Sister Series

7. Caroline B. Cooney

Janie Johnson Series / Losing Christina Series / Time Travelers Quartet Series / Wanted!

8. Franscine Pascal

Sweet Valley High Series / Sweet Valley University Series

 

9. Mildred Write Benson and other ghostwriters a.k.a Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew Series / Nancy Drew Notebooks Series

Shakespeare.jpg10. William Shakespeare

Romeo & Juliet / Macbeth / Othello / Twelfth Night / Hamlet / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Henry IV Part 1 / The Sonnets / The Tempest

Do our lists match up? What authors have you read the most books from?

Wrap-up: July 2015

wpid-wp-1438177463942.jpegUnfortunately, I didn’t read as many books I would have like to, due to trying to prepare for my vacation but I like to think I made pretty good progress for the year. Since I’ve read so many books so far for this year, I changed my reading goal from 30 to 35! I think I’m going to bypass 35 but I want to change bit by bit. Out of the bunch that I read, only one really wowed me:

Read:

A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Echo by Lorena Glass

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Currently Reading:31

To Read Next:

Since I’m on vacation, it is only customary that I’ll have a lot of books to keep me occupied. Here are some that I’m taking with me:

Discussions for this month:

Adult Female Characters

Online Book Subscriptions

Likeability

Book Sequels

Upcoming for Next Month:

So many books, so little time. I’ll keep you posted.

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Book Nerds

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

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.)”

There are so many to choose from, but here we go:

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1. Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

 

 

 

 

2. Hermoine Granger, Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

3. Fanny Price, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

 

 

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4. Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

 

 

 

EyreAffair.jpg5. Thursday Next, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde  (She’s a literary detective! How awesome is that!)

 

 

 

 

 

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A Teen Blogger’s Falling Out With YA Books

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I came across this interesting Guardian article where a teen blogger for the site, Hawwa, explained that her interest in YA Books was starting to diminish due to the type of content that was being published out there. And, in my opinion, she made some good points. Here is some portions from the article:

My ultimate opinion is that all this comes down to the fact that these novels often do not explore ideas, but rather that far, far too much of the time there is a romance driving the plot instead. In An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, for example: Who were the Augurs? How could they do what they do? Where did the jinn actually come from? It felt like the author dropped in a few intriguing and exotic words, described a few trials and then let the rest of the plot form around lust/rape, murder threats, torture and confusing mystical beings… or real beings that actually belong in the world created? I still don’t know. Or Divergent by Veronica Roth: so popular, but in my personal opinion, so overhyped.

That word there – hype – is the problem; it is why I’m having such issues with novels, and it’s inevitable: the rise of fandom, the extreme hype, all that is perfectly acceptable – people are allowed to share their love for whatever book they choose, after all. However, what is also inevitable is the slow indoctrination of that hype into those who have never read the book: if it reaches or exceeds expectations, that can aid a reader’s opinion of a book. When it doesn’t, however, that reader feels as if they have just plummeted off a cliff and into a sea of ripped and shredded hopes – as dramatic as that sounds.

I crave books that nestle words into sentences that I do not understand. I want to go and find my dictionary every now and then: I want to be educated while I read. I want to be so immersed in a storyline that the world around me disappears and morphs into the one I am being woven into. I want to be inspired by a lace of rich and detailed imagination that I have never stumbled into before. I want more books with Jandy Nelson’s beautiful and compex sentences in I’ll Give You The Sun; and more books like – bear with me here – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.”

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Diverse Books

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

Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)”

I am ashamed to say that this took a lot of thinking. I love reading diverse books and for me to take so long to compile a list of only ten shows that we need more of them. But I managed to come up with these top ten (links go to Goodreads):

People of Color (POCs)

1. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende – Prestigious Spanish family during post-colonial Chile.

2. Kindred by Octavia Butler – features a black female protagonist

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – features a Native American teenager protagonist

4. Lives of Our Own by Lori Hewett – two young girls, one white and one black, dealing with the bias and racial prejudice in their small town.

5. Sula by Toni Morrison – features two black heroines

6. Soledad by Angie Cruz – features a Latina protagonist

7. My Best Friend’s Girl by Dorothy Koomson –  a black female protagonist who gains custody of her former best friend’s daughter, who is white.

8. If You Come Softly by Jaqueline Woodson – Interracial relationship (black guy and white girl)

9. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – features an eleven-year-old black female protagonist.

Religious Diversity:

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10. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene – a young Jewish girl harboring a German soldier. Also contains a maid who is black and her trusted ally.

Have you read any of these? What would be on your lists? Post your comments below!

Weekly Tea Discussion: Likeability

Books_Cups_Grass_Tea_CupCharacters are such a vital part of any book.

Why am I telling you something you already know?

Because while they are so important, characters can also affect how you feel about the book in its entirety. If you are overcome by the negative characteristics, you might forget about everything else that’s good about the novel and just focusing on the bad. So that is why this week, I will be talking about likeability of characters.

As book lovers, we are bound to have a personal connection with the characters, which of course is natural. When we read, we’re entering into another world, trying to get a sense of our surroundings, develop a deep connection. So in order for us to like this new world, we have to like the people who are in it, i.e. the characters. It’s only expected. But is having that deep connection with the book characters hindering our own experience with this new world? Are we allowing characters’ particular personalities judge a book unfairly?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

 

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

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)”

In no particular order:

From the Library:

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – Received both the print and the e-book version from the library.

The Unexpected Consequences of Love

The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell – On hold for me at the public library, just have to pick it up.

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan – Finished this about a week ago. If you would like to read my review of it, you can find it here.

Purchased:

The Poldark Saga Series by Winston Graham – i don’t have this in my possession yet. I just bought them at BookDepository.com so I should be getting them soon. I’ve been enjoying the series that’s been airing on Masterpiece on PBS, so I thought I give the books a chance.

Sarah's Key

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay – 50 cents at a library sale :).

Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor, #2)

Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas – Again, 50 cents at a library sale.

Dancing with Mr. Darcy: Stories Inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House

Dancing with Mr. Darcy: Stories Inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley

ARCs:

Heirs and Assigns by Marjorie Eccles

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

What books have recently come into your possession?

Goodreads Survey of Summer Reading

Goodreads conducted a survey asking its members their summer reading habits. With over 95,000 respondents, only a measly 6% stated that they do their summer reading at the beach (which is understandable…who wants to spend time both reading and trying to keep the sand and water away from your book)! Check out the rest of the results below:

For me, I think the amount of books I bring on a vacation depends on where I’m going. If it’s a family vacation and I won’t be doing that much, I’ll bring like about 10 books. If it’s a place I never been to before, I’ll just bring one or two long books.

Where do you like to do your summer reading?