My Decade in Books

As I think back on the last 10 years my life looks SO different. Things have *not* gone according to plan (when do they ever?), and I don’t think the person I was in 2010 would recognize me. But the one thing that has remained a constant? Books. Books books books. Though my reading tastes and styles have changed, my love of books stays the same.

Before I jump into the books though, can I give you some personals? Since January 1, 2010 I have:

  • Gotten engaged, then married
  • Graduated college
  • Worked in retail, as a barista, bookseller, substitute teacher, band director, 4th/5th grade teacher, and am now starting as a librarian
  • Had two kids
  • Bought two houses
  • Started graduate school
  • Buried a kitten
  • Adopted a cat and a dog
  • Joined, fell in love with, then mourned Pottermore
  • Started a book blog

Man, to think that in 2010 I was only a junior in college. How life has changed!

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The Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

So after apparently tagging The Orangutan Librarian in half a million tags while they were away for a few months, I have been tagged back with the Mid-Autum tag! I figured I’d better get to this one ASAP, because we’ve apparently used up our two days of fall for 2018 already. We’ve dropped into 40 degree weather, and I don’t have a winter coat yet because my dog ate mine last winter, and APPARENTLY the department stores don’t have their coats in yet. Not that I’m upset about that or anything…

Okay, deep breaths.

So, anyway, thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me! And away I go!

Reunion of Family

A Book with Family Goals

71LkLmxqgjLThis might be a little awkward, but I’m going with Eleanor & Park because I love how Park’s parents are still so mushy gushy in love after all those years! I hope that when we’re in our forties my husband and I are still flirting with each other and kissing in front of the kids and generally being embarrassing. ❤ Continue reading “The Mid-Autumn Festival Tag”

Halloween Creatures Book Tag 2.0

YOU GUYS!!!!! IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEEEEEEEN!!!!!!!

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Thanks to Mel at Mel to the Any for tagging me in this one! I absolutely love monsters at Halloween time (and honestly, at any time) so this is the perfect tag for me. I hope some of you are getting as excited for Halloween as I am. Yay!

Rules

• Answer all prompts.
• Answer honestly.
• Tag 1-13 people.
• Link back to this post.
• Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
• Have fun!


Witch

A magical character or book

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Seriously though, this book is so magical! At least for my generation there are so many people who hated reading, and then they read Harry Potter and fell in love with books. If that isn’t magic, then I don’t know what is! They’re so wonderful that I can re-read them as an adult and not feel annoyed by the childishness because they aren’t childish. And there’s always something new to discover. I can only assume J.K. Rowling is actually some kind of witch. Continue reading “Halloween Creatures Book Tag 2.0”

Mulan Book Tag

Hey guys! It’s Sunday, so I’m back with another tag! Still trying to catch up on these after last semester being crazy busy. Thanks to Anatomy of a Book Thief for tagging me in this one! I absolutely love Disney movies, and I actually showed this one to my class at our last day of school party!

Rules:

  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • tag as many people as you like

All right-y-roo! Here we go!

Reflection – An Inaccurate book cover that doesn’t reflect what the book is about

All right, I’m going to come out and say it. I’ve always thought the Twilight covers are super dumb. Like, I get that they’re supposed to be metaphoric or something, but it’s a YA romance about VAMPIRES. Why do the covers need to be metaphoric? But I have to say, they’ve become so freaking iconic that there has never been a re-design. Ever. Even Harry Potter’s had like, three now. I mean, I think they’re stupid, but obviously they work. Continue reading “Mulan Book Tag”

Top 5 Most Romantic Moments in a Book

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Happy Valentines Day bookworms!

In celebration of world date-night, I thought it might be fun to go through some of my favorite romantic moments in literature, especially since they’re probably pretty different from most people’s! I am a hopeless romantic, but what makes my heart flutter in a book is pretty unique.

These are in no particular order.

1. Jane Eyre

“‘Good Night, my ——–.’ He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.”

The first time I ever read Jane Eyre I swear my heart stopped right here. I dog eared it, something I never do, and at this point the crease is so deep I’m afraid it may fall off.

This right here is the moment that the reader realizes that Mr. Rochester cares as deeply for Jane as she does for him. He nearly calls her “my dear” or “my love” or something equally sweet and adorable, catches himself, and runs away in embarrassment. *swoon* Best end of a chapter ever. Continue reading “Top 5 Most Romantic Moments in a Book”

Disney Sidekicks Book Tag

I usually post a tag on Sunday, because tags are fun. But I haven’t been tagged for one in a while. (Come on buddies, step it up!) So I went hunting for one in my reader. And of course, anything with Disney is going to catch my eye. I saw this tag on Books and Other Pursuits, go and check her out!


Mushu: Favorite hilarious character or comedy/funny book

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As I mentioned earlier this week on The Calendar Girls, Where’d You Go Bernadette is the funniest book I have ever read. Even my husband loved it! It’s a unique book too, told almost completely using documents, rather than in narrative form. I highly recommend to anyone who loves satire.  Continue reading “Disney Sidekicks Book Tag”

Review: The Hunger Games

2767052The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Series: The Hunger Games
Genres: Young Adult, Action/Adventure, Dystopian
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆


The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.


I think The Hunger Games is probably one of the best YA Books available right now, but I always have a hard time articulating what is so brilliant about it.

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I Messed Up Book Tag

I’ve seen this tag a couple of times now, and I just think it’s so funny! Most recently I saw it on Diary of a Bookfiend, and she tagged anyone who wanted to do it. Well, I want to do it. So tag, I’m it!


A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently.

Okay, remember when the casting for the Hunger Games movie came out and everyone was all pissed off because Rue was black? Yeah… I was one of those people.

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To clarify, I was NOT pissed off Rue was black! In fact, once I saw it I was like, “OH! DUH! Rue and Thrush are black!” But in the book they are simply described as having “very dark skin”, which I figured meant a Mediterranean deep olive coloring. I figured anyone who meant black would say black. It wasn’t until movie casting that I realized Katniss wouldn’t have a word in her vocabulary for that skin color and just described it the way she saw it. Oops. Continue reading “I Messed Up Book Tag”

Top 5 Literary Man Crushes

It’s Man Crush Monday!

Okay, first of all, this was hard for me. I am a married woman and I’ve been with my husband since I was 18, so it has been a long time since I thought about other men romantically! I love my husband, and I wouldn’t trade him for anyone. No, not even for Mr. Darcy. So I had to think back a ways. Prepare to see a lot of the classics.

1. Fitzwilliam Darcy
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I know, I know, it’s cliche. But there’s a reason everyone loves Mr. Darcy. He’s charming, he’s got the strong silent type thing going, and we all identify as Elizabeth Bennett. However, I think the reason we really love Mr. Darcy is that, deep down, we honestly believe we can change our man. If there’s something we don’t like about him we think: “If I stick with him, I can fix him. Then everything will be amazing.” Even when it’s not true, we cling to that belief. But Mr. Darcy does change. When Elizabeth points out what an arrogant jerk he is, he looks down deep and recognizes his own shortcomings. Then he goes and changes them, becoming a better person and winning her love. And THAT is why we love him. Continue reading “Top 5 Literary Man Crushes”

The College Freshman Book Tag

Created by Little Blind Book Finds. View the original post here.

It’s been ten entire years since I was a freshman in college. Wow. It doesn’t feel like it. I’m not very good at this adulting thing… Anyway, but because I am a teacher and my husband works at a university, I don’t feel all that removed from the college experience, so this book tag really caught my attention. This should be fun!

Rules:

  1. Give credit to the creator. (That’s Little Blind Book Finds, y’all.)
  2. Answer the questions to the best of your ability! You don’t have to be in college or have gone to college to answer these!
  3. Tag three people to complete the tag.

 

The Roommate

Roommates can be a hit or miss experience freshman year, especially when you don’t get the opportunity to pick who you room with. Name a character you’d love to be roommates with and one you’d hate to be roommates with.

downloadThere are two book characters that I would have loved being roommates with in college. The first is Cath from Fangirl. Cath would be a great roommate because she is low-key, preferring to stay in rather than going out all hours of the night (just like me!), and low maintenance. She would be there to hang out with on a Friday night when everyone else was out partying, but if I needed some space she wouldn’t be desperate for my company. Plus, if we can just pretend Simon Snow is Harry Potter, than we could have been the biggest fangirls of all time together. I don’t know anyone else who loves Harry Potter like I do! The other character who would be a great roommate is Sam Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings. If he took care of me the way he took care of Frodo, I would call myself one lucky hobbit.

I would absolutely never ever want to be roommates with Draco Malfoy. He’s a jerk, he’s a racist, and I would get tired of hearing him talk about himself all the time. And even though his mom was always sending him sweets, I bet he never shared. Continue reading “The College Freshman Book Tag”