Gifts Ideas For The Book Lover In Your Life

Unsure what to gift to get for the book lover in your life? Well, here are some ideas that will sure make you their favorite person this holiday season!

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Book Map from Dorothy

A street map (loosely based on London) that is made up from 600 titles from the history of literature! It has amazing titles such as Mansfield Park, To The Lighthouse, Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many more. A definite must for any book lover! (I have one in my house and I love it!) Continue reading “Gifts Ideas For The Book Lover In Your Life”

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Best Banned/Challenged Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Instead of doing this theme, I thought, to commemorate the celebration of Banned Books Week, I’ll list the top ten best banned/challenged books that everyone should read. Reading is such an amazing privilege. Let us not tarnish it by censoring our freedom to read:

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Reason why it was banned/challenged: In 2010, Wesley Scroggins, an associate professor at Missouri State University, refer to book as “soft porn” and should be removed from the school curriculum.

 

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Ten Best Film/TV Austen Adaptations

Jane Austen has such a profound effect on popular culture, more than any other author. Hollywood loves adapting her books and we, the viewers, just can’t get enough of them. Although this is day is the anniversary of Austen’s death, let us not think of the bad but about the great things that would not exist without her writings. Last week, we talked about book adaptations, now we are talking about film/TV adaptations. Here are, what I think, the best Austen adaptations on film or TV:

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Dads in Literature

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

Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.

I was going to list memorable fathers of literature but then I remember that I did a similar post two years ago so I am just going to link to that post. I only listed seven but if during the day I come up with more I will update the page:

Top Memorable Literary Fathers

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books to Add To Your List1

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

Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read (topic originally done 4/14) Some variations: top ten unique sounding books on my TBR, top ten most unique books I’ve read in X genre, etc

All books are unique but there are a couple that stand out from the rest. Whether it is a cookbook or a guidebook, these ten unique books are a definite must to add to your TBR list.

For the book lover and bibliophile:

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Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover by Paul Buckley and Audrey Niffenegger

If you would like to read my review of this book, you can find it here.

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Reading Challenge 2017

It’s that great time of year where we make our reading list and challenge ourselves to read more than we did last year. In 2016, I read 42 books! I read 12 more compared to 2015 so I improved a bit. This year, however, I am going to try to be a little more ambitious: I challenge myself to read a 100 books! By trying to change the outlook of this year, reading more books is a definite must and I think setting this goal will help do that.

So here is my reading list for this year. I only put 30 books but as the months go by, more books we’ll be added.

Want to try doing a reading challenge yourself? Why not try these various reading challenges to start off the New Year right?

Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge

2017 POPSUGAR  Reading Challenge

Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Books and Chocolate

2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge, hosted by Mishma of Chasing Faerytales and Shelly of Read.Sleep.Repeat

I also found this interesting article of a young woman choosing to read (and listen) only old things in 2017 and I thought I should share with all of you.

Why I’m Only Listening To And Reading Old Things In 2017

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

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

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

At first I wasn’t going to this, but then I looked at my Goodreads Reading List and realized that I read (and currently reading) new authors for me…so why not?

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

(This one is really good, especially if you love to write and/or love to read fanfiction)

The Wrath & The Dawn  and The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

( A great series! Could not put it down)

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

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

Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

1.  Paris For One & Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

“Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She’s never even been on a weekend away—to anywhere, and certainly not with her boyfriend. Everyone knows traveling abroad isn’t really her thing. But when Nell’s boyfriend fails to show up for their romantic mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone and in Paris, Nell uncovers a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Adventurous, funny, and charming, Paris for One is vintage Moyes—as are the eight stories that round out the collection.”

 

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2. The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

Sometimes to move forward, you have to go back…

One post. That’s all it took to destroy the care free, glamorous life of pro golfer Reed Stewart. One tiny post on the Internet.

Then again, it’s not like Reed’s been winning many tournaments lately, and his uncle isn’t the only one who says it’s because of the unfinished business he left behind back home in Bloomville, Indiana—namely Reed’s father, the Honorable Judge Richard P. Stewart, and the only girl Reed ever loved, Becky Flowers.

But Reed hasn’t spoken to either his father or Becky in over a decade.

Until that post on the Internet. Suddenly, Reed’s family has become a national laughingstock, his publicist won’t stop calling, his siblings are begging for help, and Reed realizes he has no other choice: He’s got to go home to face his past . . . the Judge and the girl he left behind.

Becky’s worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed—which hasn’t been easy, considering he’s their hometown’s golden boy, and all anyone ever talks about. It was fine while they were thousands of miles apart, but now he’s back in Bloomville. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him—until his family hires her to help save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another…or the memories of that one fateful night.

Can the quirky residents of Bloomville bring these two young people back together, or will Reed and Becky continue to allow their pasts to deny them the future they deserve?

This warm, thought-provoking book, told entirely in texts, emails, and journal entries, is as much about the enduring bond of families as it is about second chances at love, and will delight as much as it entertains.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters I’d Name a Child or Pet After

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

Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After

1. Gemma Doyle from A Great and Terrible Beauty

Gemma is fiery, independent, and care about those around her…what a strong name to have!

 

 

 

 

 

2. Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen

Emma might have been a spoiled and snobbish character but beneath there is a good heart.

 

 

3. Katrina Van Tassel from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

May not be a big fan of the character but I like the sound of “Katrina” as a name.

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Fitwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Maybe not Fitwilliam but William is a good name and I think Darcy could work for either a girl or a boy.

 

 

 

 

5. Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock Holmes Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Katarina Bishop from Heist Society by Ally Carter

It would be cool have a Katarina as child…hopefully, she won’t do that many robberies.

 

 

 

 

 

7.Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

For a dog, most likely

 

 

And last but not least:

8. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book! Of course I would find some way to name my child or my pet after one of my favorite characters. In fact I actually did!1344.jpg

Meet Lizzy, my guinea pig! She is just as headstrong and independent like her namesake.

 

I couldn’t think of anymore but if during the day I come up with one, I’ll write it down.What character names you would use?

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Haven’t Finished Yet

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

Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I’m going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I’m quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want)”

It happens. Life gets in the way or you find something else more interesting to read. And the book you were currently reading is flowing in the wind. Or the book is just not doing it for me and I just decide to put an end to this misery. Here are the most recent books I haven’t finished yet:

 What books have you not finished recently?