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: 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 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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Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Books of 2017 So Far…

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

Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far (break it down however you want — by genre, strictly 2017 releases, whatever!)

Already half the year is gone and out of my goal of reading 100 books for 2017, I have already read 34! I don’t think that is a bad start. Some of them, of course, have been huge letdowns, but others have managed to make my list of the top best books I have read so far:

(All links connect to either a book review or to Goodreads)

 

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

I was just so deeply moved by Wollstonecraft’s views on women’s rights. A great read for the current issues of this past year.

 

 

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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:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books in My Beach Bag

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

Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

Summer is quickly approaching! And that means great summer reads to take with on your summer adventures. Unsure what books to read? Don’t fret! I have some great good book reads that will keep you entertained throughout the summer:

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I’ve been on a “Agatha Christie” kick as of late so some of her books will be definite reads for this summer.

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A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple #5) by Agatha Christie

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Introducing…the Problems of an Overworked Librarian

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Lately, I have been dealing with incompetence at my job (surprisingly, some of it is no coming from the patrons). My patience has been wearing thin and my stress levels are increasing everyday, I needed an outlet. And I know that I am not the only overworked librarian out there. So I thought I would introduce a new feature to the Cup of Tea… blog: Problems of an Overworked Librarian. This way I get to vent and we get to pass along some humor for the day.  I’ll be posting every Wednesday, starting tomorrow. If it becomes popular, I might start posting everyday but that is highly unlikely.

Enjoy and be entertained with my daily work life!