Category Archives: reading

Book Challenge: Flashback Friday

Remember that time I entered Sabaa Tahir’s @sabaatahir contest last year to win a copy of A Torch Against the Night? I wrote a poem based on a certain scene 😉 and I even got henna for an Izzat and Black Cliff Academy diamond tattoo. (See previous post about my Monica Gellar tendencies.) And I actually won! Sabaa picked my poem! Then remember I got to meet her later for A Torch Against the Night signing and I made a copy of the poem to give her. It was pretty awesome..

Also, besides @abibliiophilesbkm, @lunabookaddict, and @bookishmai, who else is missing Elias? I hope our boy is doing okay. 

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For #grimdragon Flashback Friday

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Book Challenge: Sentimental Favorite 

If you saw my previous post for the Tolkien Atlas, I mentioned that it was my first Word Cloud book. I always see them at Costco and I look longingly at them, but I pass them up because I vowed that my first Word Cloud book was going to be Pride and Prejudice—they’re always sold out of this one though. Of course that did not happen when I saw the Tolkien Atlas because it was just too gorgeous to pass up. Next day, I go to Target and I randomly find this World Cloud copy of Pride and Prejudice. There weren’t any other World Cloud books! It was destiny..

Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book for a lot of reasons. I read it during my first year teaching which is the toughest year a teacher will have and during that year, my father passed away. Pride and Prejudice was laughter and love when I needed a reprieve from the struggles of my daily life at the time. Pride and Prejudice also got me into writing. I’d teach all day and then I’d come home and write fanfic about Elizabeth and Darcy! Haha. I never would have tried to write if it weren’t for Jane Austen. Pictured with my World Cloud edition of Pride and Prejudice is a picture of Jane Austen’s writing desk at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire, England. I was able to visit her cottage and see her desk in 2005 and it was an emotional moment because it became clear to me that I wanted to be a writer. I looked at her desk and thought, “Damn, Jane Austen wrote all six of her novels on this tiny desk in secret. If she can do it, I can do it too!”

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What are some books that have sentimental meaning to you? Do you collect multiple copies of a particular title?

For #grimdragon Sentimental Favorite

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Bullet Journal: Current Reads Tracker

Thursday has me like 😵. I’m ready for the weekend! .

For #squeakybookishlibrary Monica Gellar, I thought it would be a good time to share my reading tracker in my bullet journal. Monica is known for her competitive and obsessive nature with a touch of exuberance that some may view as over zealous but I see it as being full of awesome (Remember Ross and Monica’s dance routine?💃🏾🕺🏻 Pure awesome.)

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I like to set goals for reading and writing and I track my progress in my bullet journal. For reading, I set a goal for at least 30 minutes of reading a day and to finish 2 or more books a month. I set a goal of reading 50 books for the year and I’m already more than halfway toward my goal. 💪🏽🙌🏽 (I purposely set it at a low number, for me, because I’m trying to finish my draft.) 

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Any planner addicts and/or bujo junkies out there? Do you track what you read?

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Book Challenge: Dragons and Maps

Loooooook! I got this. It’s my first World Cloud Book! I wanted my first World Cloud Book to be a Jane Austen novel, but my Costco always sells out. But I think this is a great compromise..

 I did a flip through on my Story of the pages and saved the clip and if you missed it, you can swipe to the left to see it. And since this is supposed to be about dragons and maps, there’s also a shot of the gorgeous end papers which is a map of Middle Earth. I knowwww. 😭

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Just got back from the signing with Julie Murphy, Megan Whalen Turner, Evelyn Skye, and Kimberly McCreight and I’m 💀. I have some posts on my Story about it and will be sharing more later when I’m not 😭😭😭. 

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For #grimdragon Dragons and Maps!

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#booksnotbullies: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Aliré Saenz

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a great week so far! Does it seem like May is just flying by? I feel like this whole year is! .

I finished Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Aliré Saenz earlier this week and thought it would be perfect to share for We Post Blue on Wednesdays for #booksnotbullies. I enjoyed this story so much. Benjamin Aliré Saenz has such a lyrical writing style and a talent for conveying emotion just with dialogue. But best of all are his characters! Ari and Dante are such well-written characters. Opposites on the surface, but as you read and learn more about them, you see how much they have in common and how their friendship is so dynamic. The themes of cultural and sexual identities and how they influence each other are done poignantly through Ari and Dante’s friendship and also their parents’ love and support. 

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The writing was already beautiful, but the narration of the audio book by Lin Manuel Miranda just added more magic to the story. He characterized Ari and Dante and captured the humor and poignancy of the story so well that it was a true pleasure listening to the story. I already know I’ll be listening to it again. 

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If you’re looking for diverse reads, this is a perfect book, but honestly, it’s also a perfect book that shows how we can all love others without prejudice toward their race/ethnicity, gender, and/sexual identity. 🌈

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Have you read Ari and Dante’s story? If not, I hope you do soon! 

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Owlcrate: 145k Giveaway and April Box

I’m a big fan of Owlcrate! And Korrina is one of the most awesome humans I know. If you’re not familiar with Owlcrate, it’s a monthly YA book subscription box. I’ve been a subscriber for almost two years and I can honestly say I’ve never been disappointed! Korrina puts so much thought into each box and I swear she’s psychic because there’s always something that I really wanted!.

My dear friend is having a giveaway for reaching 145k followers! 🎉 Two winners will win a 3 month subscription and 10 will win a June box! I told you she was amazing!

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Still on the fence about entering? Check out what was in the April “Head Over Heels” box, if you haven’t seen it yet! We received The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli @beckyalbertalli and bookish goodies from @novellyyours, @eviebookish, @bookwormboutique, @storiarts, and @teaspot. What a time to be alive!! 

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Check out @owlcrate on Instagram for details on the giveaway or check out the tag #owlcrate145k. 

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Congratulations on reaching 145k, Korrina!!🎉🎉🎉 I’m so happy for you and the success of Owlcrate! 

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Book Challenge: Fantastic Beasts

Hey! How are you all doing? It’s been so crazy! Spent time recovering from the book festivals I attended, battled with allergies (I lost), and I’ve been trying to catch up with reading and writing too! I’m finally watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! I’m enjoying it so much. (NOTE: I loved it!) I admit, I bought these Funkos before I saw the movie and now I need Tina, Newt, and Jacob! Do you all have some fun plans this weekend? I’m looking forward to Mother’s Day. I’ve got part of the morning and afternoon to myself and I’m so excited!.
For #squeakybookishlibrary You’re over me? I like Newt a lot, but I will never be over Harry Potter. 😭

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For #grimdragon Why is this a thing? Maps and Funkos? I was chatting about maps with Cici @rusticwindow and how before bookstagram, we never really thought about maps. Now, it’s like maps all day, erreday. And then Funkos! I never even heard of Funkos until bookstagram! And then I got my first Funko in an Owlcrate—Snape. I still don’t have that many, but my collection is growing! 

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What did you guys think of Fantastic Beasts? What things do you want all of? 

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Jacob’s quote was from the Fantastic Beasts @nerdy.post. 

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