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Guest Post at Call Her Happy

I had the awesome opportunity to write a guest post for the blog Call Her Happy. I’m really excited about my first guest blogging experience and glad that Jenna made it such a great one.  So, head over to Call Her Happy to check out my post  8 Great Young Adult Novels That Adults Will Love Too.   While you’re there, give her blog a read, too.  She posts on a bunch of topics, including book reviews.

Link Round Up: January

As part of my resolve to write more, I’m adding a few more regular posts to this blog.  I’m starting with a monthly round of of interesting book and/or library related links I’ve come across.


16 Great Library Scenes in Film

From The Music Man to Ghostbusters, this list includes an eclectic compilation of movie scenes involving libraries.  It’s a great list, though I think I might have included practically every episode of the first three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Maybe a list of television library scenes is in order.


FYA’s Best YA Books Of 2012

There is a glut of best books lists out there and every one of them is useful in it’s own way.  However, as someone who really started getting into YA lit as an adult, Forever Young Adult has a special place in my heart.  Plus, those ladies are hilarious.


‘If I Stay’ Lands Lead Chloe Moretz, New Director

If you haven’t read Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, stop reading this and go find it. Or at least go check out my review of it. I’m really excited to see how they’ll pull off this novel in movie form, but I think Chloe Moretz is definitely a great choice for Mia.


 Why I Hate Jane Austen

I’m including this mostly because I disagree with it and wanted to comment.  Not liking Austen is perfectly valid, but I object to the author’s reasons for stating that no one should like Austen.  I feel as if she’s constructing the same type of argument that is so common of those who like to denigrate women authors and women’s literature.   By saying that Austen’s work is “just” about relationships, love, and familial devotion and has no deeper meaning or lesson, she’s suggesting that those topics – topics so often found in literature aimed at and enjoyed by women – are unimportant and lesser than other (often more masculine) topics, which is a dangerous implication.  How are love and relationships not “deeper problems”? And really, how many times can we see the Austen vs. Bronte sisters argument?  Besides, in my opinion, anyone who will try to claim that Austen isn’t a witty writer or ignores her influence on modern writing is probably not looking very deeply into the subject.


Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at 200: looking afresh at a classic

Here’s a little more Austen for you.  Several modern authors have taken on a discussion of each of the major characters.  I especially like Tandon’s take on Mrs. Bennet.  I’ve found her a much more intriguing character since a former professor of mine changed my previous negative opinion about her in college.


Bookish Pinterest Directory

This is a pretty extensive list of Pinterest boards pertaining to books, reading, and libraries.  There are even lists dedicated to book arts and edible books.   It’s a very neat collection for anyone who loves reading and libraries.


Announcing the Delirium TV Series

Following in the footsteps of The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and many other popular YA series, Delirium by Lauren Oliver has been optioned to be  made into a television series.   I’m pretty excited about this one.  It’s such a neat setting and there is a lot of material there that could really be expanded into a great show. Check out my review of the first book in the series.

Reading Resolutions

Now that we’re a week into 2013, I’ve come up with my reading resolutions for the year.

Read 100 books
This one has been a fairly standard resolution for me the past few years.  I’ve managed to come in pretty consistently close to 100, though last year I fell a little short with everything that was happening.

Review more books
I’m terrible about intending to review a book on here or Goodreads and then not following through.  I will try to review at least 3 books a month this year.

Make my own must reads for 20-somethings list
I keep seeing these lists everywhere and, while I do enjoy some of the books on them, I find that the books I found most imortant to me are often missing.  I’d like to make my own list as I enter the last year of my 20s.

Find books outside my usual interests
I used to be a much more eclectic reader, but I feel like the last few years I’ve been more drawn to certain types of books (*ahem* YA sci-fi/fantasy).  I want to expand my reading, especially into more non-fiction.

Read the books I own but haven’t read
There are a few books on my shelf and in my Nook that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet.  I want to finish those.


What about you?  Do you have any reading resolutions?




Goodreads by the Numbers

I unequivocally love Goodreads. I’ve been using it since 2008 and of all the “bookshelf” websites, it is by far my favorite.  It’s an excellent way of keeping track of your own reading, learning about new books, and connecting with other readers.  It also has a number of great uses for libraries.

At the culmination of it’s fifth year of existence, the Goodreads blog posted a neat infographic of 2012 use.



P.S.  If you have a Goodreads account and would like to add me, I’d love to be friends.

Gifts for the Book Lover in Your Life

It’s that time of year again.  The time when we’re all scrambling around to find that one last gift we need to get.  If that gift happens to be for an avid reader and you’d like to avoid the usual gift card to Barnes & Noble ,* I quite the list for you!


It Was A Dark And Stormy Night

Named after the famous first line of Paul Clifford, this game has players moving around the board after identifying the author of title of books after hearing their first line.

Novel Teas

This makes a great gift for the book and tea lover.  Each of these sweet little packages contains 25 teabags with quotes from literary icons.


These amazing posters are made using the entire text of a novel arranged to create a white space image representing the book.

Printed Book Quote

Etsy is full of prints like this, but I particularly enjoy this saying and the fact that it’s printed on a dictionary page. Look around and find one your friend will love.

Book Tote
This hilarious tote would be perfect for hauling all their books back and forth to the library.

Quotable Chocolate Bars

Literary quotes and chocolate? It doesn’t get much better than that.

Banned Books Bracelet
This bracelet features covers from some of the most frequently banned childrens’ books, including Annie on My Mind and To Kill A Mockingbird.

Altered Book Clutches

If you know a lover of altered book art, these clutches by HintofVintage are beautiful. They’re made from the covers of gently used books.

Book Cover Laptop Case
These leather laptop cases are made to look like vintage hardback books. Each case is specially handcrafted so no two are exactly the same.

Book Cover Shirts

Out of Print offers t-shirts and long sleeved shirts featuring covers of classic books. If clothing isn’t what you’re looking for, they also have phone cases, bags, stationary, and other gifts.

Of course, there is also the best gift of all: a book you love.  Avid readers are always looking for new books to try and sharing with them something you love makes the  gift really special.

*Unless, of course, you are buying for me and then feel free to give me all the gift cards you want.