How to Enjoy the Superbowl: A Guide for Bookworms

Hey there all you sportsball fans! It’s the biggest night of the year! Tonight at something-o-clock, a bunch of really fit dudes are going to throw a possibly-spherical ball around a court/field and try to score points in front of millions! Who is playing? WE DON’T KNOW! Why is this a big deal? WE DON’T CARE! Will we still watch?

….

Maybe?

It’s easy to get sucked in to the Superbowl excitement. Possibly you are obligated to attend some sort of party. (Hey, at least there will be food!) Maybe your family is having other people over to watch the game. (Probably also food!) Perhaps you and the people or pets at your house decided to watch just for funsies. But, let’s be honest, we’re book people. This is the ONLY night of the year that we watch sportsball probably. How on earth are we supposed to enjoy it?

Luckily for you, I was quite the sportsball fan at a different period in my life! So I am here to be your guide! I have all the tips and tricks for enjoying the big game, even if you have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what is going on!

1. Have food and drink.

Really the entire purpose of this event is to eat something really bad for you. If you can get themed food to help you get in the mood, great! If not, order your pizza AT LEAST two hours before you want it, because they are going to be swamped.

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Most Popular Books on my Goodreads TBR

Last week I wrote about the books on my to-reads list on goodreads that had the fewest ratings. Mostly because I think it’s so funny to look at my strange taste in books. In retrospect it’s not at all shocking that nobody was particularly interested in that post, because who wants to hear a bunch of negativity?*

So in contrast, I thought it might be fun THIS week to look at the most popular books! As with last week, by “most popular” I mean the most people have read/left ratings. NOT has the highest star ratings, because Goodreads star ratings can’t be trusted. Buuuut that’s a point for another post. Shall I get on with it, then?

*While the post was not negative, one might expect it to be based on the title…

Dune

Author: Frank Herbert
Number of Ratings: 662,384
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I’m kind of shocked this is THE most popular book on my list, mostly since I have a lot of sci-fi/fantasy favorites on there, but it’s in no way surprising that Dune is on this list. Probably even more surprising is that literally HALF of all ratings are 5-star ratings, so… That’s something! I meant to read Dune this past summer, because it’s so long and summer vacation is typically when I have the most time to read. But then I ended up taking three classes, so it never happened. BUT! I got it for Christmas, so 2020 is the year! It’s going to finally happen! (Me and everyone else… I’m seeing this book EVERYWHERE right now…)

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Least Popular Books on my TBR

It always gives me a chuckle to look at my tbr on goodreads. Some of the books on there are so random! Others have been there since I joined in 2014. Some of them I genuinely don’t even remember what they are about. Considering that I keep my tbr shorter than 100 books (and right now it’s actually less than 85), it’s really rather hilarious at how unusual some of the books on there are.

Of course, that also probably explains why I read so many books that aren’t actually on there… But that’s not the point of this post!

So I thought it would be fun to go to goodreads and sort my tbr based on the number of ratings each book has. Then go and see which books on there have been read by the fewest people. So, here we go!

For clarification, I am skipping books that haven’t been released yet. Obviously they have fewer ratings because, duh.

Best Friend for Hire

Author: Mary Carlomango
Goodreads Ratings: 98
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I honestly have no idea how I heard about this book. I just know I added it along with about ten others when I was looking for some cute Chick-Lit that was probably PG-13. It still sounds cute enough, but at this point it’s been on my tbr for like, three years, maybe it’s time to admit I’m not going to read it and just go ahead and delete it…

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10 Most Random Books on my Shelf

I don’t know about anyone else, but over the years I have acquired some seriously unusual books. Some of this is because back in my pre-blogging days, my primary method of finding a new book was to wander around the bookstore and just … choose. At random. Some of my strange books were given as gifts. Others, especially in the non-fiction section, are my weird husband’s books.

So I thought it might be fun to share the most random of the random with you all. These ten* books are unusual enough that I bet you wouldn’t find them at your favorite bookstore without special ordering. I’m going to go ahead and doubt that my library has any of these books but one or two either. (And y’all, my library system is BIG). So! In no particular order, here are my most random books.

*Why ten? Because no matter how hard I tried I could not narrow it down to five!

The Greyfriar

Author: Clay and Susan Griffith
Goodreads Ratings: 5,195
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This is a book I found back when I worked at Barnes and Noble. I was shelving books and the gorgeous cover caught my eye. I mean, look at it! Every time I was in that section I would pick the book up and just look at it. Eventually I caved, bought it, and read it. It’s fine if you’re in to the steampunk vibe and paranormal romance. Nothing too special, and the series really deteriorates as it goes on. But alright for a light, fun read.

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Top 10 of 2019

Wow, what a year! This might be my best year for reading ever. Which I’m pretty sure I said that last year too, but it’s even more true this year. I read so many books that could have been on this list. Six 5-star books is an all-time record for me, and there were countless four-star books that were a HIGH four stars. For the last three or four months every time I’ve had to bump a book off the list it’s been such a difficult decision. The books that did make the list have been re-arranged multiple times. For the first time since I’ve started blogging, this could have been a Top 20 list.

Yet, alas, for some reason I limit myself to a Top 10. So without any additional rambling, here they are, my favorite books of the year.

1. Bel Canto by Ann Patchet

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This book gave me ALL of the feels. I connected with it on such a deep emotional level. Bonus points for the love of music that permeated the novel.

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6 Non-Christmasy Books for the Winter Holidays

At this time a year I always see a lot of Christmas books, especially Christmas romances, going around the blog-o-sphere. You know the kind, Hallmark movies in book form. A lot of people really love them, but if I’m being honest they are not for me. But I do like to read wintery books at this time of year. So I thought I would share some of my favorites for anyone who, like me, is looking for something a little less Hallmark-y this Holiday Season.

Okay, so half of these books are fantasy. That’s what I like, get over it. πŸ˜›

The Bear and the Nightingale

If you’re looking for atmospheric books set in winter, it doesn’t get much colder than the Winternight Trilogy! This book is lyrical, lush, and nuanced. Though the entire book isn’t set in winter, it’s sure to give you the desire to curl up with some hot coco by the fire (and maybe leave some toast in the grate for a domovoi). This has become one of my favorites these last few years. Read it!

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What Makes the Perfect October Read?

There’s just something about October, isn’t there?

Even before our odd 2010s obsession with pumpkin spice and leggings, October had always been my favorite month. There’s just something in the air, this crispness, that isn’t there at any other time of year. Also, Halloween remains my favorite holiday, even (maybe) more than Christmas. I love costumes and dressing up, and there’s something so magical about the excitement on a child’s face when they get the perfect costume.

October is just the best.

The last few years I’ve been in the mood for a certain kind of book in October. It’s not necessarily a genre, though I know lots of people read mysteries, thriller, or horror in October. It’s more of a … feel. A mood. I don’t know if I can adequately explain it, but I’m sure going to try!

A little creepy or off

I don’t like scary books at ALL, but in October I love to read something where things are just a little edgy. There’s a tension, a creep-factor, missing from the average book. Enough to give you goosebumps, but not enough to keep you up at night. In October I eat that up.

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