You Know You’re a Bibliophile When….

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You Know You’re a Bibliophile When….

…Your ideal date night with your significant other includes a trip to the bookstore.

…You just want to go buy a book. You may not know what that book is; you just know you want to buy a book.

…You may not use a flashlight to read under the covers now, but you have a Kindle with a backlight.

…You keep your book with you when you’re watching television so that you can read during the commercials.

…You don’t like to leave the house without a book in your purse/bag.

 

 

Autumn Is Around the Corner and Other Musings

 

It’s incredibly hard for me to believe how much time has passed since I last posted here on the blog. So much has been going on. And honestly, a few times I’ve wanted to write….but the words just eluded me. I couldn’t seem to write anything. In my family, my husband is the gifted writer. He can get an idea for a story and sit down and write several chapters in one sitting. Just like that. I think I’m a bit jealous. LOL It takes me awhile to write. What might take my husband 20 minutes to write, would likely take me at least a week (or longer!). Anyhoo…..

Right now, though, I’m just writing. Putting pen to paper – or in this case fingers to the keyboard – and sharing. Not worrying if it flows or if it’s grammatically correct or if it’s not good writing. Just writing. 🙂

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Where we live, it seems like it takes FOREVER for Autumn to arrive. It’s mid-September and we are still having 90 degree temperatures. Ugh. But I know that Autumn is just around the corner. And I CANNOT WAIT! Fall is my favorite season of the year. I love all things fallish – apple pie, baked apples, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, hot apple cider, sweatshirts, falling leaves, and all the beautiful colors the trees display.

Autumn Leaves

I don’t know if it’s the thought of Autumn coming soon or not, but I’m in the mood to tackle another long classic. Which classic you may ask? Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. It’s been on my classics-to-read list for a good while. However, Masterpiece Theatre (PBS) recently made a new mini-series production of it and I really wanted to try to get the book read before watching it. But there just wasn’t enough time. My husband and I did watch the series and it ranks up there with my favorite productions of this novel. I just finished up reading The Two Towers by Tolkien on Sunday night so I started reading Les Miserables last night:  first reading an introduction that talked about the book and the author Victor Hugo, and then reading a couple of chapters.

I think there’s something about the cooler weather that’s coming soon that invites me to begin reading this long classic. Have you ever felt like tackling longer books in the fall and winter?

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I know I also need to do an update of what I’ve been reading this year. Maybe it would just be easiest to list my titles here and just share a brief note here and there on the books I read for myself. That sounds good. So let’s give that a go. My last update was back in the first of February where I shared what I read in January. Wow! So here’s what I’ve read since then. If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I read a lot of children’s books because I have a kiddo who is an avid reader. So my list of children’s books is lengthy. Some are books I pre-read (and not all books I pre-read get passed on to my daughter. That’s why I pre-read. 🙂 ) Other books in this list we did as read-alouds.

Ok. So first is the list of books for me that I read, then follows the list of children’s books I read. In my first list of books I read for me, classics are listed first then non-fiction then contemporary fiction.

My Reads

Classics

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – For the most part, I enjoyed Book I. It is very humorous! However, I felt like Book II fell a little flat. Mainly I think because it felt like it was just one episode after another repeating itself and therefore felt a bit monotonous. Still, it is well-written and I am glad I read it.
  • The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim (re-read) – Love this book! 4 stars
  • Excellent People by Anton Chekhov (short story)
  • Expensive Lessons by Anton Chekhov (short story)
  • The Princess by Anton Chekhov (short story)
  • The Aeneid by Virgil – I chose this as an ancient classic to read for my own personal reading challenge.
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – This was my first Agatha Christie novel and I did enjoy it for the most part. I’m not a huge detective story reader but I felt this one was well-written and would consider reading another Christie novel.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (re-read) – This is my favorite Austen book I’ve read so far. I listed it as one of my favorite reads of 2016.
  • The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien – I really like this series by Tolkien so far. This particular one is probably not my favorite but still very good. So far, I give the whole series 4 stars.
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
  • The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis – This was my least favorite of the whole Narnia series. But I still give the whole series 4 stars!

Non-Fiction

  • How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler
  • Becoming by Michelle O’bama
  • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham – I love the show Gilmore Girls, so this was a fun read for me.
  • Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl – I didn’t care for this one as much as I thought I might.
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida – This book is all about what Naoki’s autistic world is like, told by himself.

Contemporary Fiction

  • Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson – I only gave this one 3 stars. But I think I might want to read it again sometime after having listened to the author speak about the book.
  • A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (re-read) – This is a 4 star read for me.
  • I’ll See You In Paris by Michelle Gable – I really enjoyed this one.
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – This was just okay. I was a bit disappointed with it, being that I really like the epistolary form of writing.
  • The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – I gave the whole Hunger Games series 5 stars. I have seen the movies and my sister had told me awhile back that I really should read the books. She said the books really give so much more context to the movies. So I finally bought the books and decided to read them. I’m pretty picky with what books I give 5 stars too. But The Hunger Games series has earned it’s spot with my 5 star books. This series is not easy to read. It is heavy, intense, and emotionally charging. But the writing is compelling and I didn’t want to put the books down. If you like the dystopian genre, I highly recommend these books.
  • A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn – I did enjoy this one but may not read any more in the series.
  • Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry –  I really enjoyed this book. It is a good example of a well-written character-driven novel.  4 stars
  • Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly – Another historical fiction I gave 4 stars
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – I read so many good reviews of this book but I just wasn’t that impressed with it.
  • The Gown by Jennifer Robson – Loved this book! If you are a fan of the Netflix series The Crown, you will probably like this book. 4 stars

Children’s Books

  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Who Was Alexander Graham Bell? by Bonnie Bader
  • Who Was George Washington Carver by Jim Gigliotti
  • Where is the Amazon? by Sarah Fabiny
  • Red Sand, Blue Sky by Cathy Applegate
  • Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)
  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  • One Voice:  The Story of William Wilberforce by Amy Lykosh
  • By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
  • Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling
  • Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
  • Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson
  • The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds
  • Hero Over Here by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
  • George Washington Carver by Janet and Geoff Benge
  • The Seventeenth Swap by Eloise McGraw
  • Plain Girl by Virginia Sorensen
  • Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson
  • Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

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This year has been a year of no reading challenges except for the one I created for myself. And I have to say, I’m a bit behind in trying to complete my own reading challenge! Ha! But it’s been a pretty good reading year so far overall. I still have a couple of books I’d like to tackle before the year is out, but that may not happen. I am definitely seeing that I tend to be a mood reader. Which isn’t to say that I only read what I’m in the mood for. I definitely read books that I have scheduled out. And of course I still read a lot of children’s fiction. I also have book club titles to read as well. But reading Les Miserables is a prime example of me picking up a book because I am feeling drawn to read it. I have a number of books I’ve wanted to tackle this year but have decided they can wait while I pick up Les Miserables. 🙂

Les Miserables

So to get myself back in the swing of writing here on the blog again hopefully more consistently, I think I will blog my way through Les Miserables by simply sharing quotes from the book each week as I read it. Maybe I will add some thoughts here and there. But mainly just share quotes from the week’s reading.

What are some of your favorite longer classics (or any books 🙂 )
to snuggle up with in cooler weather?

This and That ~ January 11, 2019

Awhile back, I talked about the practice of re-reading. That post was a post where I pondered various bookish thoughts. But the idea of re-reading and the benefits of it, well, I have continued to think about that more. So much so that it’s one of my goals this year. I am aiming to re-read more. Adler says in How to Read a Book:

“Skimming or pre-reading is the first sub-level of inspectional reading. Your main aim is to discover whether the book requires a more careful reading.” (pg. 32)

I’m thinking a lot about this. Now as I read a book, I’m seeing if I think that book could be beneficial to re-read.

I have more thoughts on this topic that I might do a post about soon. For now, I know there are at least a handful of books I’d like to re-read this year. 🙂

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don quixote

Are you looking for a nice long book to snuggle up with right now while it’s winter season? Silvia has invited others to join her in reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. I’m joining in. Want to join in too? Head on over and check out Silvia’s  invitation to read Don Quixote as well as her Don Quixote page.

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I decided to make my own personal reading challenge this year based on my reading goals. The focus is on reading widely. I had a similar goal for 2018 and did reach those goals. But I am expanding my goals for 2019 and trying to incorporate more books in subject areas from history to science to poetry. I also want to do some re-reading as I already mentioned and I want to work on reading books from my classics list and from my own shelves. The idea occurred to me to create a printable for myself to have a pretty checklist printable. So I did!

2019 simply reading challenge graphic

You can grab a copy of this printable checklist HERE.

I’ve adapted the checklist a bit from my original list in THIS post for those who might want to join in. My personal goal is to read at least 6 classics from my classics list but for this checklist I put down to read two classic literature books. If you have any interest in joining me with this challenge to read more widely in 2019, feel free to grab this checklist printable and let me know in the comments that you’re joining me. 🙂

 

 

What I’m Enjoying Right Now

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted….too long in fact. I thought I’d kick off getting back into the swing of writing here by sharing some things that I’ve been enjoying this winter season. And I’ll be back soon to share a wrap-up of the reading challenge I completed, a review of my reading this year, and a look ahead at reading in 2019.

#1 – Christmas Movies

I love watching Christmas movies! This year, there have been a handful of Hallmark Christmas movies that have been especially heartwarming and good. And of course, there’s also good old standby Christmas favorites…some that have fantastic music, some that make me laugh out loud, some that are more serious. Shown above are just a few of my Christmas movie favorites. (I like a ton of Christmas movies!)

 

#2 – My Sweatpants

I love to feel cozy. And my sweatpants are just that for me. Nothing speaks comfort to me more than being able to put on a pair of my sweatpants and a comfy t-shirt or sweatshirt, slip on my slippers, and curl up on the couch to read or watch a movie or favorite show.

 

#3 – Sangria

Reggae Sangria

I discovered this brand of sangria recently and it has become a favorite. I’m pretty particular in my tastes when it comes to wine; in fact, I don’t like a lot of wines. But this sangria is so, so good.

 

#4 – Hazelnut Creamer

I love coffee. And I enjoy my coffee with a good creamer. Right now, I’ve been enjoying hazelnut creamer. And sometimes, if we have it on hand, I’ll top it with a dollop of whipped cream. Yum!

 

#5 – The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I am reading this book right now along with my husband. I’m reading it in paperback; he’s listening to the audiobook. We’ve been discussing it as we go along. Then we plan to watch the movie again once we both finish it. I’ve never read this book or the Lord of the Rings series; but I have seen the movies and love them. My husband, on the other hand, has read this series many times and they are special books to him. I think he is a wee bit excited that I’m finally reading them. 😉 I’m really enjoying reading The Hobbit and am looking forward to reading The Lord of the Rings series. But I am especially enjoying reading this series for the first time with my husband!

What are some things you’re enjoying right now?

 

Some Recent Bookish Thoughts

This may be a bit of a rambling post. 🙂 This week there’s been a good discussion at Silvia’s blog about re-considering reading goals, book challenges, and more. And Silvia also wrote another post about poetry that got me thinking about my reading habits. I, too, have recently been thinking about what my reading goals initially were at the beginning of the year, and have been considering dropping my reading challenge. I get so excited in December when the book challenges come out and it is really hard to resist not joining in. Silvia put it so well when she described it as a “momentum” and seeing all the possibilities of book choices lying ahead of us in the new year. But recently, for some reason, I have been feeling a bit boxed in with my reading challenge. Like I need to make sure I get those categories completed and maybe that might mean I have to set aside other books I might want to read to do so. It’s silly really I guess….because the reading challenge doesn’t have to be that. It can be a fun way to gather inspiration for new titles. But being a task-oriented person sometimes, I think I’ve begun to be task-oriented with my reading challenge….. I think because maybe deciding to *do* a reading challenge makes a difference for me versus just looking at reading challenges but not trying to necessarily *do* them.

Anyway, thinking about all this has got me thinking about why I read and the pace at which I read books sometimes. Reading Silvia’s post about poetry also got me thinking about re-reading and the benefits of that.

I read for enjoyment. But I also like to stretch myself to read books I feel it would be good for me to read at some point. Like certain classics that I may not particular *want* to read but know it would be good to read them because they are so widely known and maybe referenced a lot – like The Iliad and The Odyssey for example. I never read these in high school and so I’m reading The Iliad right now. I don’t particular like it a whole lot, but I think it’s good for me to read it. It stretches me as a reader. A lot of ancient literature (including epic poetry) tends to be that way for me. It can be challenging for me to read but I know it can help me grow as a reader.

Another reason I read is to learn. And this year, one of my goals is to read more memoirs, biographies, and other non-fiction books like history and science. I also want to incorporate more essays and short stories and plays.

I also like to read a book on a whim if I find a book that grabs my interest. And I like to read in community if I can because I need to discuss books.
Books

 

Regarding reading habits, I was thinking about a quote Silvia had in her post from the book she read called Lectures on Literature by Nabokov. I haven’t read this book. You can read more of Silvia’s thoughts on it at her blog. Anyway, she included the following quote from Nabokov in her post:

“Curiously enough, one cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.”

This quote reminded me of something Adler said in his book How to Read a Book. One of the things Adler discusses in this book is different levels of reading. Concerning one of the levels he calls inspectional reading Adler says:

“…most people, even many quite good readers, are unaware of the value of inspectional reading. They start a book on page one and plow steadily through it, without even reading the table of contents. They are thus faced with the task of achieving a superficial knowledge of the book at the same time that they are trying to understand it.” (pg. 19)

“Skimming or pre-reading is the first sub-level of inspectional reading. Your main aim is to discover whether the book requires a more careful reading.” (pg. 32)

After the inspectional reading – where you discover what type of book it is, what it’s about, etc. – there’s what Adler calls analytical reading. About this he says:

“Analytical reading is thorough reading, complete reading, or good reading…the best and most complete reading that is possible given unlimited time.”(pg. 19)

Of course Adler says a lot more about these levels of reading; but these particular things stood out to me.

First, let me say regarding these quotes from How to Read a Book that I think that maybe this may not apply across the board for fiction. However, I do think there could be many fiction books these principles could apply to. What do you think? I’m thinking about a book like Wuthering Heights. I can totally see the benefit of more than one reading for this book. The first reading gives you the story-line and how it ends and is like an introduction. Then the next time around, I imagine one could pick up on more in the novel because it is such a complex book.

I know, this is a winding rabbit trail… LOL Anyway, these various quotes have me thinking about re-reading though. How I have a tendency sometimes to plow through some books that maybe are ones that I would benefit more from a slower reading and maybe even a re-reading. I am not typically a re-reader. And if I do re-read a book, you know I must have REALLY liked it. There are just so many books I want to read. And you know, maybe sometimes re-reading feels like time I could be spending reading another book on my To-Be-Read list. But I do see the benefits of re-reading; and maybe I need to make more room in my reading life for it.

As far as slow vs. fast reading pace, I don’t think it has to be one way or the other. I think it can be both. I do think that some books are just quick reading books. And sometimes I just can’t resist reading quickly to find out how the book ends! And that’s OKAY! But books that are meant to stretch me as a reader or books I’m reading to learn and grow, maybe those are more the books for me to put in that category of slower reading. And possibly re-reading. In the end, I just don’t think I will tend to re-read lots of books. But I would like to grow in that area and make more time for re-reading.

So these are my rambling book thoughts recently. What do YOU think about reading pace and re-reading? Have you been re-evaluating your reading goals for this year? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Some Things I Learned in 2017

I’m taking the lead from Anne here and sharing some things I learned in 2017. These are just a few little tidbits from the mundane to the possibly revelatory. 🙂

 

Upcoming Book Club Selections

Upcoming Book Club Selections

I need to talk about books.

I love to talk about books. And when I’m reading a book, for the most part, I find I need to talk about it; even if it’s just a little mention to my husband about what the book is about. But I really like having discussions about the books. Thankfully, I do have a couple of friends who we inevitably talk about the books we are reading whenever we see each other. However, towards the end of 2017, I decided to step out and start a Classics Book Club with a couple of friends and found that it was just what I needed. And just a couple of weeks ago, I signed up for another book club! 🙂

Categorizing books I read is really helpful.

At the end of 2017, I took my list of books I read for the year and put them in categories. This was the first time I did this. I found this super helpful in being able to take a quick glance and have a visual to see what types of books I read throughout the year. This year, I’ve put together my own reading journal (bullet journal style) and I’ve included a genre tracker.

Charles Dickens and Jane Austen would probably not be favorite authors.

I shared this in a previous post. But last year, as I read more Dickens and Austen, I realized that I just probably wouldn’t rank them up there with favorite authors. I definitely appreciate their writing, that’s for sure; and I still have some of their works I want to read. I really enjoyed reading Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It was such a fun read! And her novel Persuasion grew on me. For Dickens, I feel that he really knew how to craft a story. It’s just that I have come to realize that maybe their books are not ones I would just pick up like I would a favorite author. You never know though, this could possibly change….. 😉

 

Lemon Zinger TeaBraggs Apple Cider Vinegar

I like Lemon Zinger Herbal Tea with Apple Cider Vinegar.

Towards the end of 2017, I decided to try incorporating apple cider vinegar (also referred to as ACV) into my diet. I first did this by warming up water, then adding lemon juice, honey, and apple cider vinegar. I liked it okay. I also tried adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to a cup of chamomile tea with honey. I liked this as well. But what I noticed is that the apple cider vinegar seemed to give the tea a sort of citrus-y taste. So I thought, why not try Lemon Zinger Herbal Tea??? And it was brilliant! What surprised me, though, is that I actually like the Lemon Zinger Herbal Tea with the apple cider vinegar BETTER than having it without the apple cider vinegar.

When it comes to wine, I prefer sweet/dessert or some specialty wines.

I haven’t been much of a wine fan…even though I really want to like wine. So last year, I decided to try more various wines to see if it was just a matter of finding the right ones. And it was. I found that both myself and my husband prefer sweet/dessert wines as well as some specialty wines (like a Bellini specialty wine for example). We typically don’t drink wine with a meal. If we have a glass of wine, it is usually at night when watching a favorite show on TV. However, I’m still up for trying to learn how to pair wines with food to see if that also might make a difference. But for now, we have found a few wines that we really like and I’m good with that. 🙂

What are some things YOU learned in 2017? I’d love to hear about it!

This and That Book Chat

It’s officially the fall season and I am so happy! Fall is my favorite season of the year! With the changing of the seasons, I’ve been considering what I want to read for these last few remaining months of the year. It’s so hard to believe that it’s almost October and that we only have a little over three months left in this year. In keeping with the new season, I have this cute little fall leaf divider for this post:Yellow Leaf BorderAs I’ve been looking ahead to what I’d like to be able to personally accomplish in my reading life in these last few months of the year, I have a few thoughts as to what I’d like to read. For now, here’s my thoughts:

  • I am planning on joining Silvia in October for her impromptu book club. We will be reading The Trial by Kafka, a modern classic. I may do another post about this. 🙂
  • I’m considering trying to read The Iliad and finish up The Odyssey by Homer. I began reading The Odyssey awhile back (last year sometime I think) and never finished it. So I am thinking that *maybe* I might try to finish it but to first read The Iliad. We’ll see….This may need to be part of what I read next year. I am currently reading Beowulf and would like to get it finished first.
  • I’m thinking I might want to try to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. My oldest daughter has told me more than once that I need to read it. This is the same daughter who chose The Count of Monte Cristo for me to read in last year’s reading challenge. It was a toss up for her between Frankenstein and The Count of Monte Cristo  and I *think* Les Miserables when trying to decide which one to pick for me to read. I might add Les Miserable to my to-read list for next year.

That’s my thoughts so far. I am thinking I may like to add in some sort of science or nature book. I have a few options I can choose from. We’ll see. I tend to be ambitious with my reading goals, can you tell? LOL But my reading goals are just that…they are tentative ideas and are always flexible.

Yellow Leaf BorderAround this time of year, I tend to start thinking ahead to the next year…what goals I might like to have for my reading life and whether or not I want to officially try to tackle a reading challenge again. When the reading challenges roll out (usually in December), it’s hard for me to resist at least trying to tackle one. Ha! But I have some specific reading goals I’m already thinking about for next year. I’ve been considering trying to read from my shelves and my Kindle. I have quite a few books on my shelves and on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet. Many of them are classics. I don’t want to limit myself to only reading from my shelves and Kindle, but to simply try to begin reading them more. 😉

My husband recently read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and said he was really surprised by it. He enjoyed it more than he thought he might. So that one may be on my list as well. Yellow Leaf BorderJust a quick little update on what I’ve been reading the last few weeks.

My Name is Lucy Barton

I finished My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.

The Snow Child

I also read The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This one was for my reading challenge for the category “A Book You Chose for the Cover”. I saw this book one day when I was at my local bookstore and loved the cover. I did pick it up and read the description; but it’s the cover that drew me to it and I decided I wanted to choose it for that particular category for my reading challenge.

I’m still reading Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. I know this is a classic; but for me, it’s just so-so. I don’t think it’s *not* a good book….just not a book for me.

My friend Silvia will be happy to hear this:  I’m reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and actually enjoying it! Yay!

Other books I’m reading right now that I hope to finish by the end of the month:

I only have a few more days to get them read! Yikes!

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Do you have any specific reading goals for the last few months of this year? Are you already thinking about reading goals for next year?

 

This and That – January 14, 2017

January is so fun because many people are writing about reading challenges and/or what books they might read for the year. I’m always looking for good books to read; so I love to see what books people are planning to read. I also enjoy seeing what others have to say about the books they’ve already read. Of course, this means that my to-read list just keeps growing! 😉

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I decided not to do a separate post about which of my blog posts was most popular in 2016 but instead just mention it today. This is my blog post that got the most views in 2016:

Keeping a Commonplace Notebook

My Notebooks

When it comes to reading, I am a highlighter. I highlight in books a lot. But I also keep a commonplace book or what can be called a reading notebook. Actually, I keep two notebooks. One for only quotes…where I write down quotes from things I’m reading (books, articles, blog posts, etc.)…things I want to remember…things that stand out to me. And then I keep another notebook where I write quotes along with jotting down notes, writing out my thoughts, and sometimes writing summaries about what I’m reading…… READ MORE

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Using a bullet journal is something I have yet to try. It seems to be the big thing right now in journaling. I’m intrigued. Are you interested in bullet journaling? Are you already using a bullet journal and would like to learn how to use it as a reading journal? On January 18th, Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy is teaching an online class called “Bullet Journaling for Book Lovers”. She’ll be talking about the basics of bullet journaling, how to use bullet journaling to enhance your reading life, and more. To find out more, stop by her blog and read her post Bullet journaling for book lovers.

Do any of you use a bullet journal? Do you use it with your reading?

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I’m off and running with the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge. I’ve already completed two books so far. Here’s what I’m currently reading:

Robert Frost Poems
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (this is one I started in 2016 but never finished)

What are you currently reading?

This and That: New Journal, Pens and More

We recently celebrated my birthday and I just had to show you a piece of the birthday cake my hubby made for me:

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My husband knows how much I like  chocolate. 🙂 So he made homemade hot fudge cake with plenty of hot fudge sauce as you can see. Oh my. It was absolutely delicious!

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This past Saturday, my hubby, youngest daughter, and I went to the local bookstore and I bought my first paperblanks journal. I almost didn’t buy it though. They are a tad bit on the expensive side as far as journals go. After picking out the journal, I looked at my hubby and said “My frugal side is kicking in.” Then I proceeded to show him some very basic plain notebooks that were much cheaper. My hubby wouldn’t let that fly. He insisted I get the one I really wanted. And so I splurged and bought the paperblanks journal. Isn’t it beautiful?

Pens and Journal

The pens with it are ones I just bought Wednesday. I decided to go with the Inkjoy pens and as you can see, I chose a pack with 8 different colors. 🙂

While we were at the bookstore, I also bought some books. Imagine that! 🙂 One of the books I bought was the third book in The Giver series. I can’t wait to start reading it! I am a bit bummed that the book is a different size and a totally different look than the other three books in the series. Is it weird that I like books in a series to all be the same size so that they sit pretty on the bookshelf?  LOL  Nonetheless, I still bought the book and can’t wait to read it.

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I’m still pluggin’ along with Paradise Lost. It’s slow going right now. But I am making good progress on finishing up the books I’m reading of The Once and Future King. I have finished Book 1 and am ready to begin Book 2. Yay!

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Oh, and this week I did a post about the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Somehow it initially posted with the wrong date and so I had to go back in and change that to the correct date, which means it posted again but with the right date. Unfortunately, the emails went out to blog subscribers before I could get the post date changed and so the link probably didn’t work since it deleted the original one that posted with the wrong date. My apologies for the confusion. You can read the post HERE.

How was your week?

This and That: Movies, Books I Want to Finish, and More

I had mentioned in a previous post how I loved watching The Wizard of Oz movie growing up but hadn’t read the book. So I decided that I would read the book aloud to my youngest daughter as I was reading it and then we could watch the movie together. My daughter loved the book; so I was pretty certain that she would enjoy the movie as well. When we decided to watch it this week, of course I called up my mom, told her that we were going to watch the movie and would she like to watch it with us. If you read my post about the book, then you know my mom loves this movie. Of course her answer was “Yes!”. So we headed over to my parent’s house with movie in hand. My mother and I sang to pretty near every song and quoted lines of the movie along the way. LOL And I was right…my daughter loved the movie too! So we now have three generations of Wizard of Oz fans. 🙂

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I’ve been thinking the last couple of days that starting in March, I’d like to work on finishing up some books I started awhile back and never finished. They are books I *want* to finish. For some reason or another, I started reading them and then set them aside. I may try to tackle one each month until I get them finished, since I’m already currently reading Les Miserables. Here’s the ones I’d like to finish reading:

I’m only reading Books I and II of The Once and Future King and I’ve already read almost all of Book I. I’m about halfway through Watership Down. So it shouldn’t take too long to finish both of these books….I think…

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While we’re on the subject of books, let’s talk tea. I shared one of the quotes I love from C. S. Lewis on Wednesday:

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
~ C. S. Lewis

I love a good cup of coffee; but I also enjoy a variety of teas. I have to say that my favorite is probably English Breakfast with Earl Grey following up in second place. How about you? What’s your favorite tea?