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”

Writing Books for NaNoWriMo

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What better way to get really light a fire under you for NaNoWriMo than to read some writing books! Other than a notebook and a pen, books that discuss writing are essential for budding writers. And you can’t go wrong with these necessities:

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Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark

“Pull out a favorite novel or short story, and read it with the guidance of Clark’s ideas. . . . Readers will find new worlds in familiar places. And writers will be inspired to pick up their pens.” -Boston Globe

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Read…If You Dare

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

 Halloween Freebie! (Happy Halloween! Let your creativity run wild with a themed post to celebrate!)

Scary movies may have always been a hit and miss with me but reading scary stories has always been a definite hit for me. I like reading a spooky ghost story, without having to see blood and guts splashed over a TV/Movie screen. And a ghost story, just like any book, can provide a powerful impact way better than any slasher flick. So if you are looking for something to scare you out of your wits this Halloween, why not try these books out: Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Read…If You Dare”

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles

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

Top Ten Unique Book Titles

Other than the synopsis and, we don’t like to admit, the cover, a title of a book is what grabs readers. We are immediately drawn into those few words that make us readers even to attempt to dive into that new world. But some book titles we call “unique” and these titles add a little something more to the story. There are more poetic and required a lot of thought, which is why they are more resonant with us.

So, these are my top favorite unique book titles. Let us bask in their beautiful words…

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books For Fall Reading

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

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Fall is almost here…and what better way to celebrate the cooler weather by grabbing your most comfortable sweater, a cup of your favorite tea, and picking some good books to read for the fall. Don’t know what to start with? Here are some suggestions:

For the history lover:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for the History Lover

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

Ten book recommendations for ______________: (Skies the limit here…examples: for Hufflepuffs, for fans of Game of Thrones, for people who don’t normally read YA, for animal lovers, for video game lovers, etc.

I love history and there is no better pastime than learning more about the past. And great way to learn about the past is to read great books about it. So for you history lovers out there, here is some historical fiction that you will definitely enjoy:

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Kate Morton is a great historical fiction writer. So far, her books primarily focuses on World War I/World War II. So if you are interested in the time period, her books are for you. The Secret Keeper has such a compelling and moving story that will have you gripped from the very first page.

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If You Like Jane Austen, Then You’ll Like…

You finished reading all of Jane Austen’s books. Wondering what is the next step? Read them all over again! Just kidding, although you could if you wanted to. However, if you want to read books either similar to her writing style or books based in the same era, why not gives these a try:

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Helen by Maria Edgeworth

An author admired by Austen herself, this book reminded me a combination of Northanger Abbey and Lady Susan. This gripping romantic drama will have you entertained for hours.

 

 

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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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New to Jane Austen? Try These on For Size

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Top Ten Tuesdays, by The Broke and the Bookish, is on hiatus until August but that doesn’t mean the lists have to stop!

2017 marks a bicentenary year for Jane Austen and what better way to celebrate her life than to read her great works! But with six terrific novels and a few great minor works  new Austen readers may have trouble wondering which novel to read first. Don’t worry. I am here to make sure that you have the correct head start. To begin your Austen adventure start with:

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Pride and Prejudice

It’s cliché to start with this novel but not only is it Austen’s best work, it truly shows Austen at her best. Her wit and humor are really the highlight of the story.  And you get to meet one of Austen’s famous heroine: Elizabeth Bennet!

 

 

 

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