Characters with the same name as people you know IRL = awkward

Does anyone else find it awkward when books characters have the same names as people you know in real life? I do, especially if it’s a family member. I mean, I KNOW said family member isn’t actually supposed to be in the book, but it takes me a while to stop picturing them in the character’s place nonetheless. For example! One of the X-men has the same name as one of my parents. It took Read More …

Categories of adults in Diana Wynne Jones’ books

I started writing this post last year (or possibly 2013), and I’m not entirely sure how to finish it. So I decided to just go ahead and post it instead of letting it sit around in my drafts folder for the next decade. It is an unfinished, unrefined, thinking-about-things post regarding the different types of adults Diana Wynne Jones has in her books. I remember promising Iris to post about it way back when: sorry Read More …

That time I read a book a day for over a week!

2015 started off amazing for me, book-wise! Somehow I managed to read–as in, start and finish–one book every day from January 1st ’til the 9th. And they weren’t all small books, either! Most of them were, like 350-400+ pages long. Okay, so HOW did I do this? Well: a) I read pretty fast when I’m not distracted by my phone/email/Twitter/etc. I ended up hiding my phone in another room and setting my iPad to play Read More …

My reading life: then and now

I thought it’d be fun to see what I enjoyed reading before I started blogging vs. what I enjoy reading now, six years later. Then: 1. Little to no romance, with exceptions made only for chick lit. I usually didn’t like ANY romance in a book if I thought it distracted from the main plot (which was always). 2. Loved paranormal/urban fantasy and dystopias. 3. Lots and lots and lots of YA. 4. Lots of Read More …

The “Would I read it again?” book rating system

I’m thinking about starting to rate books based on the “would I read it again” system. Would I spend time reading this book again, knowing that I could be reading a different, new-to-me book? And furthermore, would I tell other people to read it, too? would read again, will tell everyone about it and push it on people so they’ll read it, too. will tell people about it but won’t necessarily read it again, necessarily. Read More …

Desert Island Reading List 2015

These are the books I’d want with me, as of right now, if I were forced to live somewhere without access to a library and/the Internet. My primary goal would be to be entertained, but I’d also looking for comfort because I’m on a frickin’ island. I kept it to only one book by a single author, because otherwise I’d just be dragging my entire Diana Wynne Jones collection around with me. Also no omnibuses, Read More …

Planning for 2015: Blog and Reading Goals

Blogging Goals I’m joining the Book Blogger Organization Challenge for 2015! Challenges tend to be more miss than hit for me nowadays, but I like this one because it involves a lot of tinkering with my blog and book collection– things I love to do. January’s theme is Reading challenges, scheduling, & resolutions. I’ve decided this year to focus on readalongs/book clubs instead of themed reading challenges, since it’s easier to commit to reading one Read More …

How to know when you need more bookshelves and/or less books

This post was inspired by a tweet: The eternal battle between taking the time to purge and dropping the dime on a new bookshelf — Amanda Nelson (@ImAmandaNelson) December 18, 2014 More bookshelves: when the stacks of books on your floor break more toes than you’re comfortable with. Less books: when your bookshelves have collapsed, possibly through the floor into the basement. More bookshelves: when your collection of books about people who travel the world Read More …

6 objects I have used as emergency bookmarks

1. My finger, which meant sometimes carrying a book around for a half hour before getting back to it. 2. A piece of cloth, usually my pillowcase or a sock. 3. Receipts, the classic non-bookmark bookmark. 4. A piece of candy (still in its wrapper). 5. Pens, pencils, and erasers. 6. Another book. But I have NEVER 1. Folded down the corner of a page. 2. Ripped the pages I’ve read out of the book.1 Read More …