Feature Follow Friday (July 3)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

What is the first book you remember reading? – Bookish Findings

My Answer:

First book that I remember reading…I remember before we moved to help take care of my great-grandmother, well before I started school, my mother had ordered the Little Golden Books and a large collection of full-size Disney books for me. The Disney books were far too advanced for me at the time; they were suitable to read as a 3rd grader, but we read them anyway.

But the one I remember reading over and over was Ferdinand. 

Ferdinand is a quiet, peaceful young bull who only wants to stop and smell the flowers. But, when he is stung by a bee, the townspeople believe he is ferocious and take him to the bullfight ring!

I loved the story and the book so much. Oh, how I loved Ferdinand. I think I started picking flowers because of reading this book. There is also a Disney short about Ferdinand, which won an Academy Award. When preparing this post, I discovered that the matadors in the short are caricatures of the cartoonists, lead by Walt Disney himself. Take a look! 

What is the first book you remember reading? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Feature Follow Friday (June 26)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

Is there a book that you were required to read in school that you actually loved? – Natalie Hearts Books

My Answer: 

Yes! There were several, actually. Thinking back to the required readings makes me realize just how many books we read through the years. Unfortunately, it’s the most that some will read in their lifetime. 😦

7th Grade

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • The Outsiders

8th Grade

  • The Giver

9th/10th Grade (I had the same teacher both years, so they kinda blur together)

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And Then There Were None / Ten Little Indians
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • A Farewell to Arms – I didn’t love, but I really, really liked
  • Julius Ceasar

11th Grade

  • Night
  • Ender’s Game
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

12th Grade (Ironically, this was my favorite English teacher and I can’t remember what we read!)

  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
Cannery Row

College

  • Cannery Row
  • Looking for Alaska
  • He Forgot to Say Goodbye
  • The Hunger Games – strictly from the teaching standpoint I mentioned here
  • Monster – Walter Dean Meyers is now a go-to for my male students
  • The Remains of the Day
  • Regeneration
  • various short stories from anthologies

Did you fall in love with any required readings? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Feature Follow Friday (June 19)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the graphic be? Or if you have a tattoo, share a picture and its meaning. – Second Run Reviews

My Answer: 

I would get the phrases “Je suis prest” (I am ready) and/or “Luceo non uro” (I shine, not burn) from Outlander. As for graphics, I would probably get something HP related – probably Harry’s Patronus. 

Which literary tattoo(s) would you get? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Feature Follow Friday (June 12)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

If you can step into one character’s shoes (in a book) and be them for a day who would it be and why? Also, if you want to be creative, what scene? via Seeing Night Book Reviews

My Answer: 

Oh, geez, this is a hard choice. OK, I’d want to be a few characters for a day…

  • Hermione Granger – She’s incredibly smart and talented. Plus, she slaps Malfoy. 
  • Claire (Beauchamp) Fraser – She is also incredibly smart and talented and her husband is JAMIE. Self explanatory. 
  • Mary Faber (known as Bloody Jack) – She is the most wanted pirate by the British Navy. Who wouldn’t want to be her? 

 

Which literary character would you trade places with for a day? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Feature Follow Friday (May 15)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

How many books have you got on your TBR list? via Obsessive Compulsive Reader

My Answer: 

It’s complicated.

According to my Goodreads shelf, I have 400 books on my TBR. I recently culled this list, which I explained here, so this doesn’t include actual books I own that are on my TBR.

On my physical bookshelf at home, there are two double stacked shelves of books I need to read.

I have 5 (6?) current review books for June and July to read.

And I have a black hole of books on my Kindle.

What is your TBR looking like? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Feature Follow Friday (May 15)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

How do you organize your books? Either at home on your bookshelves or on yourreading-device, or on your bookishplatform like Goodreads,Leafmarks orBooklikes.  – Unconventional Book Views

My Answer: 

Ugh. This is actually something I’m planning on re-doing over summer. For some reason, after my most recent move I could not organize my bookshelves the way I’d had them before. I looked at the pictures from my previous residence (I loved how they were organized!), but I just couldn’t get it right. 

This is what it looked like last March, right after I moved. I now have MANY more books. 

I typically organize by genre. On my bottom shelf I have literary YA, classics, Calvin & Hobbes, some gardening books and other things that fit oddly on the shelves, including my high school year books. 

Next up is the shelf with my two favorite and illustrious series, Outlander and Bloody Jack, as well as a bunch of other keepers. 

Then on the first shelf  I have all my TBR books, double stacked. 

On the top of the bookcase I have a pile of my literature anthologies and also more TBR books. 

My Kindle has no order whatsoever. I keep books in my carousel that I am going to read next, or are review books directly from the author that I need to get around to. 

My Goodreads shelves have the typical three, and then a few extra shelves that I just can’t keep up with, like my Story Plant books, historical reads, diverse reads, YA, fairytale…I’m just not good at remembering to put books on these shelves. 

How do you organize? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How does your bookshelf grow?

My book collection – yes, collection – has morphed over the years.

In high school, I remember having a regular-sized plastic Target bag of about five or six random books that my aunt bought me the summer I stayed with her. Of course, she picked them out, so they weren’t really my “thing,” but that’s all I had that were my books before I graduated high school. Those books are somewhere under my bunk bed at my parents’, probably being a companion to the box of tapes I accumulated as a pre-teen. (Yes, before CD players!)

With our recent move, my books have now been able to come out of the boxes they were put in back in July. It was a hard thing for me to pack them all away and not see them, but now they are back! Since we have moved and gotten the absolute necessities unpacked – clothes, toilet paper, shower, food – I got to spend some quality time one night unpacking my boxes of books, which had grown from two from the move in July to three with the Great March Move. I had five piles of books under my nightstand that I bought since August, and it all fit perfectly in a third box. D locked himself and the dog in the bedroom one night and let me pour over my books for hours. Smart guy, right?

Without further ado, this is how my bookshelf has grown…

Jan 12

c. August 2011

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c. December 2011

April 13

c. April 2013

*There was another photo taken after the one above, but prior to the move (below) where the books on the top shelf were piled sky high, about four feet, but I can’t find the photo. 😦

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c. July 2013

Mar 14

March 2014

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This is my physical TBR pile – everything from The Help and below on the top shelf, and the entire first shelf.

[Game of Thrones are D’s…even though he bought me the series for Christmas….]

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This is my wonderful collection of YA (now hidden on the bookshelf behind another stack of books), and my classics (also double stacked).

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Books I started gathering in 2013 for my classroom that have been packed away since July. Finally going to the classroom!

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Books I decided I could part with without getting hung up over them.

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From Brit Lit…this book and the assignments nearly killed me! Thank God it was all downhill from there!

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Also from Brit Lit. I fell in LOVE with this book. It broke my heart.

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Some of the reading requirements from my Adolescent Literature class, which I had to take to become a teacher.

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An old birthday present several years ago from my best friend. I still had the note tucked away inside!

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I am still in chapter 12 of Gone with the Wind. I started reading it as a sophomore in college, determined to get it crossed of my 100 Books from the BBC list

….

I also stopped reading it as a sophomore in college. I will read it, though!

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Ironic that I found this inside of Gone with the Wind? I knew my future self would find some humor in it.

What’s on your bookshelf?

Kindle Must-Know Resources

Please pass this on! I stole this from Zombie Bible on Facebook.

If you received a Kindle for Christmas, here are some must-know-about resources for you:

Kindle Daily Deals – Get this newsletter from Amazon in your inbox each morning, with a heads-up on classics and popular fiction that have a 24-hour price drop. For example, on Christmas Day you can get THE KITE RUNNER for $1.99. Often, there are separate dail deals for mainstream fiction, romance, scifi & fantasy, children’s or young adult.

Sign up here:

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Kindle MatchBook – If you bought a print book from Amazon some time in the past and you want an ebook copy, Amazon will give you the ebook for $2.99, $1.99, 99 cents, or free – depending on the book.

Check your books here:

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Kindle Owners Lending Library – Once a month, you can borrow a book for free. No deadlines for returning it. *must have Amazon Prime*

350,000 books currently in the library:

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Kindle Singles – These are short stories and short essays, across all genres, by writers ranging from Stephen King to that new person you never heard of. They are hand-selected by a team at Amazon.com, and three are featured each week. Price ranges $0.99-$2.99.

It’s an eclectic and intelligent collection that is exclusive to kindle, very worth browsing:

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Bookbub – Sign up for the Bookbub newsletter, an independent free newsletter that sends you a daily update on 5-7 deals (ranging from free to $2.99), across genres.

Sign up here:

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Kindle’s Most Popular FREE Titles

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Kindle’s Classics FREE Titles 

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Full Shelves

Since I’m an avid reader and a teacher, I’ve got tons of books.

After my big move in December, with boxes of books sitting around, I decided enough was enough! I bought a bookcase and made that ever-handy boyfriend build it.

It didn’t take long to fill it… and that’s not even all of ’em.

Did I mention I love books?

How full are your shelves? Which books and authors fill your shelves and TBR lists? 

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some of my library…

My Foray into Book Blogging…and other things

I’ve always been a reader, and a writer, but never really a blogger. I started with the teeny-bopper Myspace blogs, that have long since been deleted. Then, I decided to get back to writing to get used to the habit so I could finish a novel I started several years ago.

So I once again started a blog, Murmur. It was intended to be a place to share my writings and poems, but it also turned into sharing elements of my personal life. I suppose you could call it a brainstorming blog. But then life happened – advanced education, literature and geography courses, projects and papers, swarms of assigned readings, friends, jobs, student organizations, responsibilities – and the blog fell off my radar. Plus, I didn’t really know what I was doing, and didn’t have the time to figure it out.

With the ringing in of the new 2013 year, I went back and made a re-commitment to my Murmur blog. I did a little investigating and changed things up a bit. I gave it a friendlier, easy look and added some cool widgets to the sidebar. It doesn’t look too bad, but I’m still struggling with how to get the subscription to work through Feedburner. If you know how, by all means help! I revisited my Goodreads account and set a goal for 2013 – to read 150 books!! I plan on being active with my Murmur blog and on Goodreads, catching up with the groups I’ve joined, adding ratings and reviews to all the books I’ve read. This may mean going back and re-reading all the books I’ve read…which wouldn’t really be a pain. 🙂

And then, something great happened. A friend, who is an avid reader, began publicizing her book blog, The Electic Bookworm, on Facebook, with it’s own Facebook page. I saw it and went perusing since I wasn’t quite sure what it was. And I discovered her book blog! I asked if I could write guest book reviews every once in a while, and she immediately added me to her blog account here with WordPress, and also manager access to the Facebook page for the blog. WOW!

So I got started activating my access to the WordPress blog, but I had to create my own WordPress account…and I thought to myself, Why not create my own blog dedicated to reading, literature and photography? These are all things that I love, arts that I view as interconnected. Whereas The Eclectic Bookworm is adult reading across all genres, I have very different tastes. Although I think Mommabel has gotten me on a track with reading more history and biography, my readings will focus more on the mainstream adult fiction as well as young adult novels and children’s novels to use in classroom teaching, since my background is in education. I’m not as broad or eager to cross genres as Mommabel is; I particularly stay away from sci-fi and horror. BUT I do live by the Reader’s Rule: Finish the first three chapters before deciding to continue or discard your reading selection. Some of the genres I delve into include young adult, children’s, fiction, romance, historical romance, classic and suspense. Expect to see representations of these genres, educational uses and implementations of these genres and books, as well as showcases of amazing or interesting photography of my own and other’s.