Things Reading a Book Has Made Me Want to Do or Learn

Check out Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a much longer list, because I feel like this is always happening to me! I get really interested in whatever I’m reading, and I always want to learn more about it. But I ended up only with a few…

Books Set Outside the U.S.

Check out Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. Also known as the majority of my favorite books! I haven’t done Top Ten Tuesday in a while, but I can’t pass this one up, and as usual my list will probably end up with a random number like seventeen, or ninety (whenever I can…

Skyrim Book Tag

I got unreasonably excited when I came across this on Zezee’s blog, linked from The Quirky Book Nerd. I played video games as a kid, but with five younger siblings there was always someone fighting over whose turn it was, and eventually—sometime around the N64—I gave it up. I still play Super Mario and Donkey…

Top Books of 2016 So Far

It’s June, so it feels like we’re halfway through the year, but also it’s only the beginning of June, so really only five months have passed. If this post is any indication, I am going to have a hard time narrowing down my “best of” lists when January 2017 rolls around. Despite my falling into…

Books I Feel Differently About Now That Time Has Passed

Check out Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. First, foremost, and probably most obviously: Twilight. I read this series as it was released, when I was in my early twenties. My college roommates took a course in young adult literature as part of their degrees in education, and we all ended up…

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

Finding old used bookstores that actually smell like old used bookstores Paris Review interviews—the most meaningful, insightful conversations with the most brilliant writers over the past seven decades Marvel Puzzle Quest, a game I play based on the comics Maps of fictional worlds Book trivia: some of my favorites are Sporcle (online) and QuizUp (an app on my…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Laugh

Check out Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. So, as it turns out, I don’t read many funny books. I don’t choose not to read them; I suppose they’re just not usually what catch my attention. I’m trying to make sure I don’t put the same books on my lists over and over again, but for…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for World Lit Lovers to Read

Check out Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. Books by authors born outside the US, UK, and Canada: Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—Enugu, Nigeria. You’re more likely to see Americanah or Half of a Yellow Sun on a book list, usually, and I could easily have put one of them here as…

Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Five-Star Reads

Check out Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. I’m not always sure what makes me decide between four or five stars for a book. Sometimes I’m just caught up in the emotional impact of the ending—I’m an empathetic sponge—and at some point I’ll decide I should downgrade it to four. I read these ten…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love But Haven’t Talked About Much Lately

Putting this list together for Top Ten Tuesday, I found so many old favorites that I couldn’t restrict myself to ten. These are all books I love but just don’t seem to come up very often—in some cases, books I wasn’t sure how to write a full review about, or read before I started book blogging. I…

Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a useful one! In writing it, I got to look through all the things I’ve got on my shelf—the ones I’ve bought recently, the ones I brought back from San Francisco, the books I have from both my local library and the one where I work—and decide that it’s about…

My Bookish Bucket List

I tried, but I couldn’t come up with any answers for this week’s theme—characters everyone loves that I just don’t get (or vice versa)—so I decided to pick a theme from the past that I’ve never done. And as it turns out, at the time this post goes up, I will be boarding a plane to…

Top Ten Tuesday: Not My Usual Genre

This week’s theme is actually difficult for me, because really, I read some of almost everything. There are very few genres I don’t read at all—basically only westerns, which I inexplicably hate, and mystery, which I’m just rarely intrigued by. I dislike romance as a genre, but since most contemporary fiction also includes a romantic storyline,…

Top Ten Tuesday: Music and Books

For this Top Ten Tuesday I wanted to do songs I associate with a particular book, but it turns out I can only come up with one: “DOA,” Foo Fighters—New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer. When my roommates and I were reading the Twilight series back in the mid-2000s, we discovered that Meyer’s website contained playlists for each of the…

Top Ten Tuesday: Galentine’s Day

I’m late getting to it, but I felt like doing a Top Ten Tuesday list today! I’ve never cared for Valentine’s Day, and I’m not that into romance in books, either. Two things I’m a huge fan of, though, are female friendships and Leslie Knope! So here are my recommendations based on Galentine’s Day, if you’d…

Starting to Explore Manga (aka: My History with Comics)

For some inexplicable reason, graphic novels, comics, and manga (is there an umbrella term to describe all three of these genres? I want there to be, but if there is I can’t find it) have taken a long time to grow on me. I not only wasn’t interested, I was totally resistant to them until only…

Books to Read When You’re Feeling Down: The Struggling Protagonist

Sometimes you need someone to commiserate with. Sometimes, when you’re feeling down, it’s nice to read about someone who has their life even less together than you do. I love it when they’re funny, because they help me laugh when I don’t have anything of my own to laugh about—but it can be just as…

The Bookshelf Test

You know how you can get to know someone just by looking at their bookshelves? It’s my favorite part of meeting someone new, to be honest. So here’s my shelf. These are some of my favorite books—in no particular order—the ones I love and own (or need to) and can’t resist touching when I walk…

Best of 2015

This was a year of comics and biographies/memoirs for me. Most of the time I would say the bulk of my reading is fiction, some combination of adult and YA or middle grade. Not in 2015. In fact, if I had to pick only one book to call my ultimate favorite of the year, it’d…

Mighty Girls

My primary focus this year has been reading books by authors of color, and after that, I’ve been working on the FABC Challenge to read books by female authors. I’m putting together the list that I’ll post at the end of the year, when both those reading themes are done. But while I’ve been working…

I’ve read a lot of good things lately.

Every one of these was spontaneous, which was the best thing about them; I just saw them during a shift at work, thought they looked good, checked them out, and actually read them. The only exception was Divergent, which my sister bugged me for a couple weeks to read, and it was still spontaneous for…

Best of 2013

My favorite thing I read in . . . January: picture books by Peter H. Reynolds February: Kindred, by Octavia Butler March: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera; The Hope Chest, by Karen Schwabach; and the picture books of Leo Lionni April: The Runaway Princess, by Kate Coombs May: Guards! Guards!, by Terry Pratchett June: Divergent,…

Favorite Books of 2011

Best YA and Middle Grade The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak A brilliant novel about a German girl during World War II. Interesting fact: It’s narrated by Death. The second of Zusak’s books I’ve read and loved. Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea One of the best books, YA or otherwise, I’ve read in…

Discover What You’re Missing

[Originally posted on my old blog in 2013, then transferred here.] I wait all year for Banned Books Week. This year I’m hearing a lot about Persepolis, so I think that will have to be one of my first picks. I’ve checked it out from the library already, along with The Color of Earth, which…

10/10/10 Challenge Update

[Originally posted in September 2010.] I am doing a lot better on my 10/10/10 challenge than I thought I was; however, because of my extreme dilly-dallying in the first two-thirds of the year—wherein I created an entire “miscellaneous” category to make some of my outside reading count toward the challenge—I have to be a lot…

10/10/10 Challenge

[Originally posted at the beginning of 2010.] For my New Year’s “resolution” I decided to complete the 10/10/10 challenge—ten books in ten different genres in 2010—and I am really excited to do it. My friends Megan and Lindsey expressed an interest in it as well, so we’ve been discussing possible categories with each other. For right…

My Favorites of 2012

Teen and Adult Fiction Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver—I found this totally enthralling in a really quiet kind of way. Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore—speaking of enthralling… Possibly my favorite book of the year. Withering Tights, by Louise Rennison—not quite as fantastic as Georgia, but similar, and still great. Catherine, Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman—my favorite medieval…