Feature Follow Friday ~ April 28, 2017

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Accessories and Merchandise

What are your favorite book accessories or merchandise you own or want?

I’m not really a merchandise or accessories person. I never have been besides the pretty bookmarks the school book fair (that I never use), but now the things I want are pretty popular and I have none and want basically all of them.

I call them Punkos. Yes, that’s even how I typed it into Google, which corrected me.

You know them as Pop Funkos.

Punkos! I will always remember them this way.

Here’s what I really want!

When I was in high school/early college I also found a jewelry store that makes items from books! The Author’s Attic is amazing! I found them specifically for Outlander jewelry.

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The reality of the situation is…

 

 

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What merch do you want? 

Feature Follow Friday ~ April 21, 2017

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Fave Shows

What are some of your favorite TV shows?

Other Shows I Watch

*I have only started watching The Bachelor this season, just because it was on Hulu. Last I watched was when I lived with my aunt in college and she watched it.

Shows I Will Watch with the Man (When He’s Watching Them)

What do you watch? 

Feature Follow Friday ~ April 7, 2017

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Keeping up with the Kardashians Blogs

How do you prefer to keep up with your favorite blogs?

Honestly, I don’t even know. Spoiler alert: I don’t keep up well. Especially these days. Especially with this career at this school.

I think I’m old school. I like to follow by email, and here’s why: I don’t have time to figure out Bloglovin. I really don’t. I don’t understand how it all works. It is easier for me to delete posts I don’t want to visit, and keep emails in my inbox as a reminder to get around to them. It works for me…but then I also get stressed when I get 3893985 emails a day. It’s a vicious cycle.

How do you keep up with blogs? 

Feature Follow Friday ~ March 31, 2017

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It’s My Birthday! 

I tricked you! If you keep up with my Sunday Posts or monthly Chit Chats you’ll know that my birthday was last month!

Today’s topic is: It’s my birthday! What book should I read? Recommend your current favorite book.

So I’m going to recommend mine, and you recommend yours to me! Because we all love books!

31752357My current favorite read is: King of the Friend Zone.

I love Hunter’s character. He has a lot of focus in this book. There are so many instances of internal dialogue and that is the part I think I enjoyed the most. He is so real. He thinks what everyone else is thinking. It is like Pratt literally recorded and wrote down someone’s thought processes through each of the scenes he’s in. He is the MC of the book and I love that this author put that spin on her characters and chose him as the focus for a romance.

Tell me yours! What’s your current or most recent favorite book?  

Feature Follow Friday ~ March 24, 2017

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Books/Series in the Closet

What book/series do you love secretly and have a hard time admitting you love?

I don’t love the series, but I like it a lot. The adolescent, obnoxious, wish-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now middle schooler in me enjoys reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I have the first five or six (or seven?) books in the series. I’ve been contemplating with myself about keeping or getting rid of the books from my shelf, but I think I would like to pull them out on a bad day just to read and laugh.

This isn’t a secret, but I am very cognizant of pushing this series on people: Outlander. I think it has now grown to have a niche and strong following than it did even ten, twelve years ago. In college, I was embarrassed to talk about this book with others. It was in my closet then. When I first started my blog, I wasn’t embarrassed to share or talk about the books, but I was aware that there were going to be people who did not want to hear it and I could get some nasty backlash. I’ve seen it already out there and I didn’t want to make a platform available for that to happen to me.

Another book along the same lines about cognizance and blowback that is a book that will never die in my heart. I have talked about Looking for Alaska many, many times on my blog and what it means to me and why. I even created a feature on my blog, Famous Last Words, based around the reasons I love and advocate for John Green’s book. This is a book that most people judge and trash based on the fact that “she’s teaching them how to have sex” (oral, with a toothpaste tube – nothing ever comes to fruition – this is not uncommon and is realistic for the world we live in) and the question swirling around about Alaska. There is SO MUCH MORE to this book. Everything that Pudge and the Colonel do in their search for Alaska’s truth show great character, dedication, compassion,  and empathy – a lesson many are neglecting to teach their children in today’s world. I have become more open with sharing my history with this book and feel like I can now openly talk about it, and I realize it can make some people uncomfortable and they don’t really know what to say – and I’m OK with that and it’s OK.

It should also be no surprise that I am a huge romance reader. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I read Outlander at age 12. However, my mother always tried to hide the covers of what she was reading in public, and I have always felt embarrassed about reading this genre. Even reading next to The Man on the couch, I’m embarrassed for him to look over and start reading my page when it’s starting into a steamy moment. Why? Why am I embarrassed? I shouldn’t be. I can read what I want, when I want. It’s not something to be embarrassed about, but I am…because all my life growing up the concept of reading a “bodice ripper” was reinforced to me as being embarrassing and something to hide and do in private. However, I am not a fan of erotica. There is a clear and distinct difference between romance and erotica, and I find that some erotica is in the closet themselves trying to market as romance. I’m not down with that.

What books or series are in your closet? 

Feature Follow Friday ~ March 17, 2017

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Graphic Novels & Web Comics

Do you read graphic novels or web comics? What are your recommendations?

 

I do read graphic novels! I used to read a web comic in college, and they were too slow at producing the comic and the story line was just stagnant so I didn’t keep up with it very well…and then not at all, and now I can’t even remember what it was. I stumbled upon Allie Brosh’s amazingness at Hyperbole and a Half, but I am sad to say it is defunct now.

I highly recommend these three graphic novels:

 

Do you read a web comic or have favorite graphic novels? 

Feature Follow Friday ~ March 10, 2017

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Books That Made Me Cry

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Oh, goodness. I can’t possibly list all of them or even think of all of them over the years, but I will try my best!

29875888-1Someone to Love made me cry for different reasons. First because of how Willow grew up. Her relationship is what I fear too many children today face at home. Then her entire backstory and the residual side effects for it. I talk a little in depth about it in my review from Monday. I cried for the girl I was and what could have happened to me, like Willow. I cried for my friends who invisibly now have a semicolon tattoo, and for my cousin who chose the period.

26301710Tears of frustration on this one! I know it was a hard situation all around for the MC, but the constant loop playback of “I’m not a good wife” was too much. And then she would force herself to make herself miserable and unhappy trying to prove to herself she was a good wife when no one around was disagreeing. The self-hurt cycle was strong here and it was wearing.

3367956I think I cried while reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The title just lends itself naturally to tears. No one likes bitter. I can’t really remember since I read it last spring, but I am almost 100% positive I cried. The story was so touching to me. It is a favorite in my heart.

11925514Which is also where my next book resides. Code Name Verity was a book I had heard around, but just by its title. I had no idea what it was about, and even when I started reading it I skipped the synopsis. It is an incredible story and I ugly cried. Oh, I ugly cried. In fact, when I got the climax (which I was not expecting at all!) I was keening in the bathroom because that’s where I happened to be while I was listening. I had to take deep breaths and really get myself together before I could walk out. This book carries such an impact. It is one that you will never forget.

 

Dish! Which books have made you cry? 

Feature Follow Friday ~ March 3, 2017

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Today’s topic was a duplicate (at least in my mind), so I’m going rogue today!

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I discovered yesterday that it was National Read Across America Day — AKA Dr. Seuss Day!! 🙂

NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! [Seussville]

 

Seussville has a lot of great resources and printables and programs connected to their website. The National Education Association also has some really cool swag.

I learned a lot of things about Dr. Seuss after reading and reviewing  The Day I Met Dr. Seuss on the blog a few years ago. After reading the book, I got a little invested and started looking into Dr. Seuss and was so sad that he died shortly after I was born. He is the type of author you want your child to grow up with and see in the media. When I read that book, it was the day I met Dr. Seuss.

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Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both cartoons and humorous articles for them. Additionally, he was submitting cartoons to Life, Vanity Fair and Liberty. In some of his works, he’d made reference to an insecticide called Flit. These references gained notice, and led to a contract to draw comic ads for Flit. This association lasted 17 years, gained him national exposure, and coined the catchphrase “Quick, Henry, the Flit!”

In 1936 on the way to a vaction in Europe, listening to the rhythm of the ship’s engines, he came up with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which was then promptly rejected by the first 43 publishers he showed it to. Eventually in 1937 a friend published the book for him, and it went on to at least moderate success.

During WW II, Geisel joined the army and was sent to Hollywood. Captain Geisel would write for Frank Capra’s Signal Corps Unit (for which he won the Legion of Merit) and do documentaries (he won Oscar’s for Hitler Lives and Design for Death). He also created a cartoon called Gerald McBoing-Boing which also won him an Oscar.

In May of 1954, Life published a report concerning illiteracy among school children. The report said, among other things, that children were having trouble to read because their books were boring. This inspired Geisel’s publisher, and prompted him to send Geisel a list of 400 words he felt were important, asked him to cut the list to 250 words (the publishers idea of how many words at one time a first grader could absorb), and write a book. Nine months later, Geisel, using 220 of the words given to him published The Cat in the Hat, which went on to instant success.

In 1960 Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn’t write an entire book using only fifty words. The result was Green Eggs and Ham. Cerf never paid the $50 from the bet. Theodor Seuss Geisel died 24 September 1991. He also worked under the pen name: Theo Le Sieg. [Goodreads]

 

My Favorite Dr. Seuss Books

 

What are your favorite Dr. Seuss books? Have you read them all?