September Reads

Banned Books Week

A few banned books from my shelf!

Hello my most beauteous bloggers! I hope you all had a lovely September! It’s one of my favorite months; the weather cools off but there are still plenty of warm days, and the trees start to change color. I spent many chilly mornings snuggled under the softest blanket on earth with a cup of coffee and a book, and it was glorious.

Tom and I continued settling into our new apartment. We had the basics covered when we moved in, and now we’re starting to get some art up on the walls and buying a few seasonal decorations. It’s starting to feel a bit cozier now that we have an adorable Home Sweet Home print in a rustic wooden frame, chrysanthemums, and an owl candle holder. (Because how can you not buy a candle holder shaped like an owl?)

I guess you could say September was pretty sweet. Now on to the reading recap! Continue reading

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Book Review: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Book Review: Burial Rights by Hannah KentPACKING FOR MARS
by Mary Roach

Non-Fiction: Popular Science
W.W. Norton; Aug. 2010
Hardcover; 334 pages
Source: Purchased

I first heard about Mary Roach on the Bookrageous Podcast a year or two ago, and I really enjoyed listening to Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex on audio. I was really excited to find a copy of Packing for Mars on the bargain shelf at Barnes & Noble! (The bookseller seemed surprised, too. “This was on the bargain table? Wow, awesome! Hey other bookseller, did you see that this book is on sale?!”) It turned out to be the perfect read for my family road trip this summer. I got to learn awesome things AND share them with my (increasingly annoyed) family members! Continue reading

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! On the Bloggiesta Starting Line

BloggiestaGood morning everyone! Today is the first day of Bloggiesta, a three-day blogging fiesta that encourages bloggers to improve their sites. There are some great mini-challenges in which veteran bloggers share their expertise on topics such as SEO, hosting online book clubs, getting the most out of Goodreads, etc. over on the Bloggiesta website.

Although the marathon runs through Sunday, this will be the only day I participate; I work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and I can already tell you I’m not going to do much blog improvement after spending 11 hours at work. Ooh, and Tom and I are having an old college friend visit Saturday! That will be fun but not very conducive to blogging. But I plan on spending most of today parked in front of the computer with hot tea and beer bread (I know, not very Mexican) — but I do have leftover spicy chili pizza for lunch! Anyway, there’s a lot of upkeep I need to do on my blog, and I hope to make some good progress! Here’s what I hope to accomplish: Continue reading

Ten Things Every Book Blog Needs

Hello lovelies! As most of you probably know, Bloggiesta starts tomorrow! It’s an excellent event that challenges bloggers to improve their websites. It features tons of great mini-challenges hosted by bloggers who are eager to share their expertise on different topics. I’m not signed up to host a challenge, but I’ve had this post floating half-finished in my drafts for weeks, and I thought this would be a good time to share it!

I’ve been blogging for over a year and a half, and in that time I’ve read a lot of blogs. In browsing hundreds of sites, I’ve seen some really beautiful blogs with great features, and I’ve also seen some absolutely cringe-inducing pages. I’m here to share what I believe are the dos and don’ts of blogging: things your blog should definitely have, and things that are total turn-offs.

Here we go!
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Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List

The weather is cooling off, leaves are starting to change colors, and pumpkin spice lattes have made their joyous return. Fall is quickly approaching, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for it to get here. I am all about getting cozy in flannel, jeans, and cute boots on a crisp sunny day — or nestling under soft blankets on those perfectly gloomy rainy afternoons. Incidentally fall is ALSO a pretty great season for books! I just finished my first fall book of the year, Songs of Willow Frost, and it was pretty fantastic.

It just so happens that this week the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list the top ten books on our fall TBR lists for Top Ten Tuesday. I’m super excited about some of the books I’ll be reading over the next few months! Continue reading

Book Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Book Review: Burial Rights by Hannah KentTHE AGE OF INNOCENCE
by Edith Wharton

Fiction: Classics
Barnes & Noble, 2004 (original pub: 1920)
Paperback; 305 pages
Source: Purchased

Set in the old New York of the early 1870s, The Age of Innocence is an examination of the tension between society’s demands and personal freedom. Newland Archer is a young man from a wealthy family about to be married to May Welland, a sweet but unimaginative girl. A bookish dilettante, he leads a comfortable life among New York’s moneyed set. However, his life is turned upside down with the arrival of May’s cousin Ellen Olenska, a damaged woman fleeing her troubled marriage to a European count. Continue reading

Quotable Friday: from The Glass Castle

“One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. “You’d be destroying what makes it special,” she said. “It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.””

– The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Ten Books I Would Love to See Adapted For the Screen

I had forgotten how much fun participating in Top Ten Tuesday can be! I joined in for the first time in about a year last week and really enjoyed it. I think I’m going to make it a regular feature on my blog again. I won’t be participating every week, but I’ll certainly join in when I like the topic! This week’s theme is a tough one. The folks over at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list the top ten books they would love to see as a movie/TV show… in a perfect world in which Hollywood doesn’t butcher the books we love. This was difficult because so many of the books I love have already been ruined by the big screen! But I valiantly struggled on and came up with a pretty good list. Continue reading