Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational & Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

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.


 Inspirational & Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

What are some of the quotes that have stayed with you? 

Sunday Post ~ April 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.

I suck at getting my Sunday posts up. I seriously have half of it typed up, and then I totally forget about it on Sunday. Some highlights over the last 3 weeks…
  • My Kindle died. I was torn about buying a new one, but I forged ahead and bought a Kindle Oasis. It is not like my Kindle Fire at all. More like a Paperwhite. I have started reading on it, but I’m having trouble finding my books and docs like I could on my Kindle Fire. I guess that’s the new tech learning curve.
  • I admit I’ve operated like an ostrich all year long, doing only what I needed to do to survive, no extra energy to do even the basic things at home in the evenings. Which has included taking all of my meds daily. So I bought enough pill boxes to last me the entire month, for morning and night. Now I have no excuse for not taking my meds. I sit down once a month and fill them all – just like paying the bills. This will help me get back on track…and not look like a druggie when people come to my house. The pill bottles add up when you’re skipping doses!
  • I have slowly been working on projects on my house to-do list. I got all my plants re-potted and discovered I had 4 pecan trees growing in some of them. I also went through my closet and dressers and came out with a box of clothes to donate, and all my winter clothes to go back into tubs in my office closet. I have a whole corner of my room back! The floorboards in my Jeep looked like a playground, so I vacuumed it out with the shop vac. I am trying to de-odorize my house from Poco’s pee parties on the carpets. I have 6 Air Wicks throughout the house and sprinkled and vacuumed the carpets with about the 15th product trying to solve this problem. I bought cute containers to organize my bathroom rack and hall closets and it looks so much nicer! I also am working on organizing my jewelry on my dresser and my make-shift pantry in the kitchen. I will have to take the entire box out to get to anything, but at least nothing will come tumbling down now. Order and tidiness helps ease my anxiety, which is weird because I don’t even realize it’s having an impact on my anxiety until after things are all tidied up.
  • I ordered 3 cherry blossom bare roots to plant on the side of the house. I love those trees so much and I hope they’ll turn out just as pretty as pictures once they’re grown.
  • My landlord said he’s going to expand my backyard and take the fence to the property line, so the side will get an extra 4-5 feet and then there will be some shade from the trees in my yard.
  • It’s contract season and gossip is running rampant. My mentee has already been the subject of mean girl gossip. Someone had the gall to tell her they “heard” her contract wasn’t getting renewed. What a jackass. A jackass who knows nothing about what she was talking about. A jackass who is not even a certified teacher on our campus. I know where my mentee’s position will be next year. The irony in this mean girl’s tidbit of “news” is that nobody has contracts yet…and those who are not getting them have already been met with. Plus, the gossip-monger doesn’t even get a contract, so she’s just a shidiot.
  • Shit + Idiot = Shidiot. Don’t be one.
  • Our PTSA held the second spring carnival this year. My yearbook kids and I did the jail again, which is locking kids, teachers, parents up in a horse trailer. It was the biggest money-making booth last year, and I think we did pretty decent again this year. It was so much fun – and I left with a delicious lemonade slush!
  • I took my yearbook editors for next year to our spring workshop to prepare for the 2020 yearbook. We ironed out the theme, visuals, verbals, fonts, and color palettes. We mocked up our ladder for next year and realized we are going to need even more pages than we had this year. Our book will steadily grow to almost 100 pages in two years, I’m sure of it.
  • My dad’s best friend passed away. My second brother is named after this man, who my dad has known since he was 8 years old. Ken had a heart attack an hour after leaving the VA hospital. (Don’t even get me started on THAT. I am so angry at the VA for not taking care of the men I care about. Two are now dead because of their negligence.) He was Starflighted from his house and was unresponsive afterward. His son kept a tight lid on it and didn’t even tell my dad until 4 days later, and only because they were going to take him off life support the next morning. It was so hard seeing my dad broken over the loss of a man who he has been so close to for over 50 years. They would go on boys trips to Vegas every year for several years when I was younger. This is the only person I can think of that is important to my dad outside of our family. He has buried his parents, his sister, and now his best friend.
My classes and I are still trucking it through HOLES. We read chapters 29-32 and started a new type of journal. They have fewer entries to do than before with their double-entry journal, but are required to do more with their entries now. I was out on Monday, so they all read ahead and I haven’t read those chapters yet! EEK! I started reading on my new Kindle Oasis, picking up with the books on my list. I read The Vintage Summer Wedding, which started off strangely.  I wasn’t sure what exactly was going on.

These are the recent things I’ve blogged about…

My Dilemma – Helps!

Top Ten: Outrageous Things I’ve Done for Books

Book Blogger Hop: Re-Reading a New Release

Book Blogger Hop: Checking Views

Top Ten: First 10 Books I Reviewed

Book Blogger Hop: Psyching Yourself Up

Book Blogger Hop ~ Psyching Yourself Up

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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.


At the end of a hard day, how do you get yourself psyched about writing a book review? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I don’t. If it is past my prime productive hour, I won’t even start. I sleep on it and start refreshed the next day. I am horrible about reading an incoming text or message on my phone, then getting interrupted. I set it down and forget to reply. Once I get on the focus train, I literally tune everything else out. It’s like I’m in a bubble. I was once accused of purposely ignoring my ex almost mother-in-law when I was working on blog projects years ago.

The trance train is not always where it’s at, though. There are many times I can recall two years ago where I struggled to focus and couldn’t seem to get a review written without it taking four hours because “Oh, look, the dog is doing something cute” or “Uuuuugggghhhh, I don’t know what to even say.”

Who knows what I’ll get when I start writing reviews again?

Top Ten Tuesday: First Ten Books I Reviewed

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.


First Ten Books I Reviewed

Gosh. I had no idea what I was even doing when I first started this blog or started reviewing books back in 2013. I was stumbling around in the dark, blindfolded. I have 11 total on my list today because one is a novella, but it was one of the first 10 I reviewed, so it counts.

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone… what’s left to say, really?

Book Review: Geist (A Book of the Order #1)

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Book Review: Gabe’s Plan

Book Review: Spectyr (A Book of the Order, #2)

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Book Review: The Keeper of Dawn

Novelette Review: Chasing Dolphins

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Book Review: The Next Thing on My List

What were your first ten?

Book Blogger Hop ~ Checking Views

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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 check how many views your posts have received? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I don’t check how many views my reviews receive. I used to quite frequently. Now I only look at the overall for the month for my Chit Chat posts. Every so often when I’m digging around in the stats, I’ll see the box with the posts listed by most viewed and I’ll glance at that if it catches my eye, but I don’t go looking anymore.

WWW Wednesdays (4.17.19)

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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?

I finally got my Kindle situation sorted out. I now have a Kindle Oasis and I’ve started a new book, The Vintage Summer Wedding. I haven’t gotten very far into the exposition, so I’m unsure what is going on exactly except Anna and Seb have moved into this old

A Vera Wang dress, the reception at a sophisticated London venue, and a guest list that reads like a society gossip column are all the ingredients of Anna Whitehall’s perfect wedding that never was…

Spending the summer uncovering hidden treasures in a vintage shop, Anna can still vividly remember both her childhood dreams; the first was that she’d become a Prima Ballerina, and dance on stage resplendent in a jewel-encrusted tutu. The second was that at her wedding she would walk down the aisle wearing a collective-gasp-from-the-congregation dress.

Years ago Anna pirouetted out of her cozy hometown village in a whirl of ambition…but when both of those fairy-tale dreams came crashing down around her ballet shoes, she and fiancée Seb find themselves back in Nettleton, their wedding and careers postponed indefinitely…

My students and I are moving through HOLES. Today we are reading Chapter 30, which is when the Stanley-Zero deal is revealed to the adults and stuff goes down.


 What did you just finish reading?

Ummmm….nothing in the past week. I’ve been book-less. :/


What do you think you’ll read next?

My current shortlist is getting smaller and smaller! 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! 🙂

Book Blogger Hop ~ Re-Reading for a New Release

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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.


When reading a series, do you re-read the previous book/s before reading the newly released book? (submitted by Angelica @ Paperback Princess)

No, I don’t. I don’t re-read many books. I have a small few that make that list that I’ll re-read. Usually I don’t need to refresh on a series since so many series now come out closely together. But I have had to go back and reread previous books in the Outlander and Bloody Jack series because I stopped reading them and it’s been so long that I did need a refresh about what happened in a previous book.

Top Ten Tuesday: Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books 

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.


 Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

Um. Well. I’ve never done anything really outrageous. Or that many things, really.

I did go along with my librarian friend a couple years ago to Book People when Ernest Cline was there for the release of Armada. It was so packed and I had to stand over an hour with my heavy ass purse. There wasn’t even enough room for me to turn around or shift. That’s how packed it was. I was so miserable and in pain I just wanted to leave. I wasn’t even into Ernest Cline or Ready Player One.

When I first started teaching, when the first book fair came to our school, I spent over $500 on books for my classroom. Books that have since been destroyed or stolen. I don’t buy anything for my class anymore.

One of my best teacher friends I met when I started teaching – who lives around the corner from me now…I can see her house through the backyards of my neighbors – wanted to borrow one of the books in the Outlander series from me. It was one I hadn’t gotten to yet; I was still on the book before that one. After my horrible experience with my annotated copy of Hunger Games being “given away” by a so-called friend, I had decided not to lend books to anyone. That was a trustworthy person, and my entire set of notes for my final were GONE. I was steadfast in my decision to not let her borrow my book. Except there was another person present when she did the asking and she made me out to be an asshole about not lending her my book.

What are some out there things you’ve done for a book?

My Dilemma – Helps!

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Y’all! I am so upset right now. If you saw from my Sunday post (which I forgot to post until this morning – whoops!), I started reading again!! I have been a super stressed ostrich all year. In fact, I’ve met with my principal twice this semester and both sessions ended in tears on my part. Poor guy. Anyway, I ignored reading because of the stress. Plus, reading would mean writing reviews, which is time and energy I didn’t have to give. But now! Now I am on a reading frenzy. I can’t escape my life into other worlds enough. I read three books last week in only a few days! I was ready to prowl on to the next book on my list while I was at school on Friday…

And my Kindle wouldn’t turn on! I thought it was out of juice, but no. When I got home I discovered Poco chewed on the cord, so I found another one and plugged it in.

Nothing.

I wanted to cry.

So this brings me to my dilemma. One, I don’t know if I can get all of my ARC books and Amazon books back. Guidance much appreciated. Second, I don’t know if replacing the battery is even the problem. So…what do I do? Buy a new battery and hope that does the trick? Or splurge and get the Oasis? Or is there an alternative? I’ve dreaded this day coming when my Kindle would kaput, and now it’s here. And I don’t know what to do.

Sunday Post ~ The Shake Up

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.


It is the season of transfers and contracts. Everyone on my campus is going wild with district changes to positions for next school year. I took the opportunity to ask to be moved out of language arts and into social studies due to the stress of running yearbook. I told my principal I don’t feel I’m doing yearbook justice. He said he would love to move me where I wanted. He would – if he could. Except next year we become a dual language campus and that position is designated to have sections of dual language. I was really disappointed about it.  It was a long shot anyway.  Everyone else is all in a flutter. Some that are being

I also took care of a few tasks that I hadn’t even realized were causing me a lot of anxiety until they were completed, like getting rid of six over-sized bags of books that have been in my car for over a week. And finally mopping my kitchen floor. My rule is I won’t mop until my backyard is all dried out because it takes 7 months to dry out after even just a sprinkle. Well, I mopped on Sunday and it rained this week.

I have been trying to get to bed early every night. Tuesday I felt like I was not even present. I felt like I was in a bubble of slowness and not functioning very well. I’ve started putting Poco in his kennel at night because he acts like the typical chauvinistic male asshat and thinks he’s the guardian of my bed and tries to start shit with Baby when she comes to get in bed with me. They’ve been waking me up every night. We’ve already had several talks about how he is not in charge of who gets in my bed, so he’s been kicked out indefinitely to the dog house.

And MY KINDLE DIED. As in DEAD DEAD. I want to cry. 

My students and I are still reading HOLES. We are starting to pick up speed and are around the halfway point in the book. They have all these theories they’ve been bouncing around as we get further into the book. I also finished several books this past week. I have my reading mojo back!! Now…about writing those reviews, errr… WELL. Can’t read any more books on my list because of this Kindle situation. I need about six hunnid fiddy dollars to fix this problemo…and pay for my Sirius radio. *sigh* It’s that time. 

These are the recent things I’ve blogged about…

Top Ten: Books on My Spring TBR

WWW Wednesday

Book Blogger Hop: Reading Along With Audio

Top Ten: Audio Freebie

Book Blogger Hop: Classic One

Top Ten: Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

WWW Wednesday

Book Blogger Hop: Swapping Lives