Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Poo-Poo Middle Grade Literature
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is Ten Book Recommendations for _____. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk down to young adult and middle grade reading level books. This has been really frustrating for me. Just because a book is at a lower reading level than you can read doesn’t mean it should be dismissed! Since we were given the option to select our recommendations this month, I am choosing to focus on middle-grade literature. There are hundreds of well-written, meaningful stories written for this reading level which I believe you ALL SHOULD READ. NOW. Since we were given the option to select our recommendations this month, I am choosing to focus on middle-grade literature. These are books written at a reading level appropriate for ages 8-12, or grades 3-7 in America. There are hundreds of well-written, meaningful stories written for this reading level which I believe are being looked over. So, without further ado…   All titles below are links to the series Goodreads page for all books in that particular series. For more information on Lexile reading levels, check out their website.    10 Book Recommendations for People Who…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Songs for my Anne Reading Soundtrack
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / July 28, 2017

For those of you who don’t know, my original degree is in music performance. Yes, I was a performing musician for a while before I ended up in my current corporate office role. Trust me, it isn’t as glamorous as it sounds to be a professional musician, but it was a bit of an unintentional journey to my current role in life. But that’s life, right? Anyway– I have a keen ear for music and I’m constantly listening to something. As I’ve been reading Anne, I’ve found my background music has fallen into a steady rhythm. So, this month’s #AnneReadAlong2017 Top 5 post features the songs I have been listening to while reading! Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and linkup below. Just post your link in the comments! For future posts, our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! New to the #AnneReadAlong2017? Hosted by Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and myself, we’d love to have you along for the journey– no matter where you are in your Anne reading. And without further ado… Top 5 Songs for my Anne Reading Soundtrack   1 – Beethoven’s 6th Symphony: Pastoral Ahhh, Beethoven. This is…

#AnneReadAlong2017: 5 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / June 30, 2017

After reading Anne of Green Gables, it’s obvious that Anne gets up to all sorts of antics. Some of them are just silly things manifested from her imagination, but others are just zany circumstance. Therefore,  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I thought that it would be fun to come up with new adventures for a modern day Anne Shirley. Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link-up below. Our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! And without further ado… Top 5 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To 1 – Leads a Local Chapter of Our Shared Shelf Emma Watson’s Goodreads book club, Our Shared Shelf, is fantastic. I can 100% see Anne Shirley deciding that the students of Avonlea School (while student or teacher) or those of Redmond College needing to be more open in understanding The Other in their midst- whether they be women, Muslim, disabled, etc etc etc. She gets so excited and puts posters all over the school inviting people. However, once a diverse group of readers show up and begin to argue with each other about what is “correct” in their eyes (therefore, everyone…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Just Haven’t Yet
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is series I’ve been meaning to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. There are SO MANY series! For many of the series on my TBR I am actually in the middle of them right now (Oops…), but I decided those didn’t count for this post. So instead, I give you ten series I for some reason I just never pick up. It was hard to narrow down the list! All titles below are links to the series Goodreads page for all books in that particular series.   10 Series I’ve Been Meaning to Read but Just Haven’t Gotten to Yet If you read my reviews at all, then you know I don’t start a series until all the books are out. Why? Because I can’t keep all the darn details in my brain. I need to be able to binge read them if I can. So, most of the series below are incomplete at this time, but that doesn’t mean I want to read them any less! Without further ado… The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss The Kingkiller Chronicle comes to mind first because Rothfuss’s…

#AnneReadAlong2017: 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Green Gables
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / June 2, 2017

To keep things fresh and exciting with our Anne of Green Gables read-along, Jane and I thought some Top 5 lists would be a fun way to better understand your reading experiences. Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link-up below. Our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! And without further ado… Top 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Green Gables   1 – I’ve never read any of the Anne of Green Gables books before! This is almost an embarrassing thing for me to say. I obviously adore reading, and while I haven’t read EVERY classic ever, I am really into children’s literature. In fact, I’m on a quest to read all the Newbery Award Winners by 2022, the 100 year anniversary of the award. How did I miss Anne? It’s not a book I had even heard about until I became an adult. My friends, family, teachers, and librarians obviously failed me. But now that Anne of Green Gables has found its way into my grubby little paws, I won’t let go until I’ve read them ALL.   2 – Anne is a fellow redhead! Hurray! Take…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought
List , Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is books I loved more/less than I thought I would. I spent a lot of time deciding which way to turn–Do I pick the books I loved the most? Or the books upon which the hype burned me? Indecisively, I instead decided to break this down the middle with 5 for each option. I’m a wonderful cheater. 😀 All titles below are links to Goodreads. Below each description you can find links to my reviews, should they exist.   5 Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would Ugh. Nothing worse than reading a book and finding you just can’t get into it. This happens to me more often than I’d care to admit. Particularly when it comes to hyped books! Mostly, I just avoid hyped books. But, that said, I can’t always escape it. The following books didn’t quite work out for me, in no particular order: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang I was super excited to pick up the first graphic novel ever to be nominated for a National Book Award. It’s a beautiful graphic novel, and I adore graphic novels. But…

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To
List , Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve been meaning to get involved for a while but I never rose to the challenge. Why? I felt like it was ALL IN or nothing. Fortunately, Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction set me right. I can participate whenever and how frequently I want! So, let’s get to it! 2016 Releases I Meant To Read but Didn’t Get To (and TOTALLY plan to read eventually)   There were a lot of great releases in 2016. Unfortunately, there is only so much time for reading. The following books all struck my fancy, in no particular order: Zadie Smith: Swing Time Set during the 1980’s, Zadie Smith’s newest novel takes us to follow a biracial girl in London desperate to be a star. As the narrator and the girl grow up, we follow them through success and heartache. I look forward to seeing how race and class in 80’s London define both these women. Plus, I’ve never read Zadie Smith! I hear this is a quality introduction to her works.   Marissa Meyer: Heartless A retelling of Alice in Wonderland with one major twist: The is an origin story of the Queen…

The Dashing & Smashing 2016 Character Awards
Meme / December 28, 2016

At the end of the year, everyone is putting together their compilation posts. Best of this, favorite of that, etc. etc. etc. But who is talking about the characters in the book? very few people! When I saw this tag by Cait @ Paper Fury (through Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books), I knew I had to do it. Please note: Most of the books I read this year were not published in 2016. These awards are to honor those characters I met and loved throughout my reading exploits this year. And these characters totally deserve it. All title links are to Goodreads. Add these books to your TBR if you haven’t read them yet! Without further ado: (Man, Cait is amazing at photos and graphics. I could learn a thing or two from her… 100% credit for this image goes to her – I could not make something so pretty. … … Yet.)     Most Relatable Character Miri from Princess Academy by Shannon Hale Miri is a headstrong young girl who just wants to take part in her culture’s traditions– instead of being forced into a silly “princess academy” and be groomed as a potential bride-to-be for the Prince. I adore Miri. I can relate…

This Is My Genre Tell Me Yours Tag
Meme / November 28, 2016

I was tagged by Drew@TheTattooedBookGeek to complete this tag. And let me tell you, I am completely honored! Not only did Drew create a brand new tag, but he tagged me as one of the first people to participate!! It’s like I’m a celebrity now. Well, maybe not really. I don’t get tagged often. So to me, it matters. Like being picked for the pick-up kickball game in the park. It matters.  Why do I love this tag? Drew created this tag because we don’t get to gush about the genres we love that often in tags. Most avid readers have a “go to” genre. It’s obvious when you’re reading certain blogs what genre (or reading level!) that blogger slants towards, but WHY?! This is also why I took my sweet time working on this. I wanted to make certain I had the time to really think about my favorite genre and why it matters. Without further ado: Let’s find out my genre loves! The Rules: The ever amazing Drew@TheTattooedBookGeek created this tag. You should check out his amazing fantasy book reviews! This guy knows a thing or two about fantasy. He’s also snarky. I like that. You have been warned. Answer the questions Tag as…

This or That Book Tag
About Me , Meme / October 13, 2016

Book tags: what are they? These are posts crafted by book bloggers, for book bloggers. The idea is that one blogger establishes a list of questions for another to answer, with the goal to better understand the other blogger as a person and as a reader. They are called tags because at the end you’re supposed to tag another blogger– and so it goes. This perpetuates the information sharing and builds a stronger community of book bloggers. I haven’t done a tag before, but I thought it was time to start sharing some information about myself and my preferences. This will help you better understand my reading style, as well! Luckily, I was just tagged. 🙂 A HUGE thanks to Kate @ The Nerdy Novelty for tagging me to complete the This or That Book Tag created by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks. Rules: Mention the creator of this tag Thank the blogger who tagged you Choose one of the options for each question (and explain it if you want to) Tag 10 other people   Reading on the couch or in bed? In bed. I do the majority of my reading on the elliptical or treadmill, but the next best…

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