Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

Um. All of them. I don’t let people borrow my books anymore after such a bad experience. If you come to my house, I *might* let you touch my books. But I am not going to let you leave with any. You can read more about my first experience since then here.

Do you have a book borrowing horror story? 

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Book Blogger Hop ~ Author Interview

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Which author would you most like to interview, and why? (submitted by Nicki @ Nicki J. Markus/Asta Idonea)

If I could interview an author, I would choose John Green. I want to know all about how he developed the idea for his book Looking for Alaska, which is not a very supported book among parents or schools, despite the heartfelt message behind it. This book and its contents inspired my Famous Last Words posts.

I have talked about this book and it’s ties to my life numerous times on my blog over the years. It is a book that is emblazoned upon my soul, and that will never change. You can read all about my relationship with this book here, here, here and here. And here.

WWW Wednesdays (5.15.19)

img_1384-0 This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading?

OK, friends, I suck. I haven’t read any more of The Vintage Summer Wedding since I first started it. I need to get back to it…like 3 weeks ago.


 What did you just finish reading?

Today my classes are finishing HOLES! We just finished our state standardized testing yesterday, so this is a welcome relief for them. We’ll watch the film and then do a comparison before moving on to our final unit.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I think now I’m leaning toward reading Accused next, but who knows what will happen once I finish The Vintage Summer Wedding.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Page to Screen

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Page to Screen

Great Adaptions

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 (Book | Trailer) – They did an excellent job trying to recreate the time period and matching the characters up. It followed the story line of the book almost exactly.
  • The Hunger Games (Book | Trailer) – I read Hunger Games long before the movies. When it did come along, the movie did a fantastic job representing the struggles of the people and contrasting Districts 1 and 2. I didn’t know how they were going to do the dress or the arena, but they did a pretty stellar job with that cinematically.
  • Matilda (Book | Trailer) –

Bad Adaptions 

  • Twilight (Book | Trailer) – The book was better. Many of the characters didn’t seem to match up well. There was a lot of awkwardness and the actual filming didn’t seem to be very good quality.

Read Before Watching

  • Wonder (Book | Trailer) – There are a lot of things left out in the movie that you need to know to make sense of certain things. You need to read the book before you watch the movie.
  • Harry Potter (series) (Books | Trailers) –  There is SO much of so many subplots left out of the movies. It is just the tip of the iceberg of the books. The books give the full depth and connect all the details and dots and plots.

Books I Want to Read Now

  • Punky Brewster (Books | Cartoons) – When I was little, I watched some of the cartoons. I thought it was a movie, but I guess it was only a few episodes. I LOVED the cartoons. I didn’t know they were books, so now I want to go back and read them.
  • The Help (Book | Trailer) – I watched the movie when it came out in 2011. It was a wonderful film and I have watched it again several times. I loved the three main characters and each of their own stories. I believe it followed the book closely, but I still haven’t read it. But I’m going to!
  • The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe (Book | Trailer) – I never read the books growing up and I only watched some of the movie years ago, but I definitely want to get around to reading the book. I may not watch the movie in its entirety, but I do want to read the book.

What are your thoughts on book-film adaptions?  

Book Blogger Hop ~ Favorite Classic

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Do you have a favorite classic? When did you read it? High school or as an adult? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I read most classics in high school and several more in college (thanks to my reading/social studies teacher degree…and my English minor). In high school, my favorite was Huckleberry Finn. I think a large part of that was due to my junior English teacher, Deb Ostas. She had such an exuberance and choppy personality that it made me take note of her, and I found her so interesting. I loved the way she taught us. She made us dig and honestly treated us like adults. In her classroom, in terms of learning, we were her equals and there was a transfer of knowledge both ways. I fell in love with Mark Twain’s book then, and I still love it today. It is the only book I have multiple copies of on my bookshelves.

A close second would be Cannery Row, which I read as a sophomore in college. It was a strange book to me at the time, but it got to me. I remember being so focused on reading it in my dorm room. My roommate snapped a picture of me!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Hermione Granger

I am SO like Hermione it’s not even funny. Insecure and afraid of failure, of falling short. An overachiever who excels academically. Logical. Good character. Always focused on the task. Librarian and teacher at the heart. And yet, there is a wealth of vulnerability underneath shrouded in insecurity.  Feeling inadequate. Compensating for that with excelling in everything at school. Extreme compassion. Quick to help others. Protective of friends.

Lani

After getting well into the book, Lani began strongly expressing herself, and I found that our thoughts on life and relationships are exactly alike. It is like I was reading about another version of me in another dimension…or, you know, Hawaii. I loved the soul of her character. The element about this book that really sucked me in was the character’s insights. When Lani and Easton describe Pearl, it is beautiful. When they internally reflect about themselves and one another and their future, it is the want and need and conflict that is so honest, sincere, and authentic.

Sarah Walters

Sarah Walters is a less-than-perfect debutante. She tries hard to follow the time-honored customs, but she can’t quite ignore the barbarism just beneath all that propriety. Sarah has a string of boyfriends who are lame-O losers. She’s not very likeable, totally clueless in relationships. When life’s complications become overwhelming, Sarah returns home to confront with matured eyes how much fuller life can be, for good and for ill, among those who know you best. The realization she has at the end of the book has stuck with me all these years. I feel that it is me. That half (or more) of what makes this character is me and my life.

And then there’s the truth beyond, sitting like an old rock under green creek water: none of these things matter. Right now, in this moment, we have love. It will leave, and it will come again, and when it does I’ll give up everything and take it. Just like an addict. Like dry grass in new rain. It’s not something I’m proud of necessarily. Then again, maybe I am. That’s it, I guess. That’s all I know. 

Who are some characters you identify with? 

Sunday Post ~ May….Showers

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a weekly news post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase the books and other goodies you’ve received, and share news about upcoming events on your blog. Be creative and personalize it! To get in on the Sunday fun day, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.

Last week was a bit of a breather. It didn’t seem as pressure-filled as weeks before have. We are on that downward slope to the end of the year and leading up to our state testing. I had my summative conference for my observation. My appraiser was great. She had nothing bad to say, but she did say next year she wants me to be leading sessions at faculty meetings. Not so interested in that, but that’s part of growing and learning. This weekend my parents and I drove to San Antonio to see my baby brother graduate from his first phase of training at Ft. Sam. We brought him home and he will fly out this Saturday to Hawaii for the next phase. It has been raining and storming off and on for the past two weeks. We had two really bad days, and even my principal cancelled everything after school on one of those days. We are going to have another full week of rain. It’s good for the crops and my plants, but I am over the wet shoes and mud everywhere. I have a hot mess of boxes and semi-started projects all around the house. I have a goal to finish one that I started to clear up some clutter in the kitchen. I am a little project-ed out right now. I haven’t been watching my currently running shows, so I should have some episodes to enjoy this week. I have also re-started Forensic Files on Netflix. I heard some rumblings about the Bachelorette season starting up, so I’m going to check on that too. I really do want to see how Alabama Hannah navigates through this process. My classes read more of HOLES, so they are *so close* to being done with the book. I will have to catch up since I am a few chapters behind. I made no progress on The Vintage Summer Wedding.

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