Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Accidentally DNF’d
Top Ten Tuesday / September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: books you had a hard time with. There are a lot of directions I could take this. I could look at the hyped books I never really go into (probably most of them), the books I dragged myself through (mostly in school), or even the books I intentionally DNF’d. However, I have a small problem I’ve been hiding from the bookish world. I tend to start books… and never finish them. I know, I know! But hear me out: I am involved in quite a few book clubs. Too many, one might say. And sometimes, I find that I just can’t get all the reading in for that month. So, I start a book, but I end up unable to finish it. Yet, I keep it around. I might not have been completely smitten with it, but the book is definitely worth reading and finishing. So what happens? The next month comes around and I’m drowning in book club books. The cycle continues. Therefore, I have quite a few accidental DNFs on my To Read list. I’ve started them, but for some reason or…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Adventures I Would Join in with Anne Shirley
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / August 25, 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 and others are just zany circumstance. Regardless, they all make for wonderful stories. Wouldn’t it be magical to join Anne Shirley on one of these adventures? How about five?! Therefore,  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I thought that it would be fun to identify which adventures we’d love to join Anne Shirley on. After all, she could use a new friend in us, right? 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! Also- We have a giveaway to celebrate the halfway point in our #AnneReadAlong2017 adventure! Can you believe it? We’re already halfway done reading all these wonderful books. Check out my post from yesterday for details and how to enter. It’s open internationally, my friends. Spread the word! And without further ado…   Top 5 Adventures I Would Join in with Anne Shirley   1 – Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 16: Diana is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results Now *this* is the tea…

Between the Lines: Lessons Learned on Reviewing Writing
Empty Pages Writing Club / August 18, 2017

              is a series of posts focused on better understanding books, trends in writing, and the labels associated with these.   Over the last year, I’ve had the honor of getting to know a number of local writers. All of these writers have been connected to me personally in some way– budding new writers! No one famous, and no one with a fully published novel (I’m looking at you and your magic, Krysti!), but people I am hoping will become famous. Good writers. In fact, this led me to develop a relationship with a local writing club: Empty Pages Writing Club. They asked me to act as an impartial judge for a writing competition they wanted to host amongst themselves. I said yes, and it was an honor I took very seriously!   For this competition, members of the Empty Pages writing club submitted a short story which was 30 pages or less in length. Any genre. I read and reviewed these based on 6 criteria: Plot/Conflict, Setting, Character, Symbolism/Theme, Point of View, and Writing Style. Check out my reviews for all 4 submitted short stories below: Recyc One Sentence at a Time Madness…

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…

#AnneReadAlong2017 Bonus Posts
#AnneReadAlong2017 / May 29, 2017

Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I wanted to up the ante for our #AnneReadAlong2017. We know that not all of you have the time to read the Anne series, or have recently re-read the series. We would love any previous posts you have written for these books to be reblogged and linked up to our reviews, no matter how old they might be. But we also wanted to throw something fun out there: Each month, we will be hosting a #AnneReadAlong2017 Top 5 List for everyone to participate in! (Well, we’re cheating with June; forgive us) Prepare your blogging schedules and join us for some fun non-reading posts: Friday, June 2nd – Top 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Green Gables Friday, June 30th – Top 5 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To Friday, July 28th – Top 5 Songs/Sounds for My Anne Reading Soundtrack Friday, August 25th – Top 5 Adventures I Would Join in with Anne Shirley Friday, September 29th – Top 5 Things I Wish I Could Change About the Anne Series Friday, October 27th – Top 5 Favorite Anne of Green Gables Characters Friday, November 24th – Top 5 Favorite Anne of Green Gables Moments Friday, December 22nd –…

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…

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