#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…

Building Better Book Clubs: Five Reasons To Join a Book Club
Building Better Book Clubs / February 9, 2017

          is a series of posts focused on all things book club related: discussions, listicles, how to’s and more! Book clubs have given me so much in the last few years. As you saw in my first post in this series, I love them. They provide me with so much and I could honestly rave on and on about their merits. But, I’ll spare you. Instead– here are 5 reasons you should join a book club. 1 – You have a wonderful excuse to take time for yourself. Whether you are participating in person or remotely, a book club is a great excuse to make time for yourself. Grab a cup of tea, settle in, and take some time to read. After all! This is for book club. Schedule time on your calendar for book club and don’t let others take it over. Get away from the kids, or the mess, or the chores or whatever– take some time for you. After all, your book club should be an escape. To me, they are always the highlights of my month. 2- You will read things you never would have picked up. …And you can force people to read…

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…

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