Historical Fiction Challenge 2014

Historical Fiction Challenge 2014

I daresay there could not be a better challenge in existence for me than an historical fiction one! I was very excited to find this challenge (hosted by Historical Tapestry) yesterday. Whenever a new historical fiction book comes in (especially one set around WWI or WWII), I inevitably find it near my desk with a post-it note saying, “Lindsey – saw this, thought of you.” Haha! These are the different reading levels provided by the ladies at Historical Tapestry: Prehistoric – 50+ books                                                                                                    20th century Reader – 2 books Victorian Reader – 5 books Renaissance Reader – 10 books Medieval – 15 books Ancient History – 25 books Right now it looks as though I’ll be somewhere between Medieval Reader and Renaissance Reader. Looking back at previous Goodreads reading challenges, I see that I read 12 historical fiction books in 2012 and 19 in 2013. I’m never sure what kind of […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Goals/Resolutions for 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Goals/Resolutions for 2014

1. Listen to more audio books. Thus far the only audio books I’ve ever listened to are Harry Potter (Can Jim Dale do any wrong? The answer is no.) and the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (by Patricia Wrede). I think the reason these two have worked so well is because I’ve already read each of these series no less than 5 times. I know the stories inside and out, so the audio didn’t detract from the story at all. It was more like visiting an old friend. Any other audio book I’ve tried, I’ve just been unable to stay attached to the story and the characters. There is something about a print book that requires total concentration, and really allows you to fall into the story. Audio books are not good for my ADD – I end up trying to do a million other things and not really connecting to the story. That’s why I think I’m going to look into non-fiction audio books, I think they’ll work better for me. Which segues nicely into resolution #2 … 2. Read more non-fiction. I used to read non-fiction when I was younger, but as I grew up I’ve noticed that I’m picking […]

Quarterly + Book Riot = Win! #BKR01

Quarterly + Book Riot = Win! #BKR01

If you haven’t already heard, Book Riot paired up with subscription service Quarterly Co. to send out 4 amazing book themed boxes every year. The first was sent out this December, and I am hoping that everyone that signed up for the box has already received it, because I’ve been waiting ages to show off these pictures! (I know there have obviously already been pictures posted, but I really wanted to give everyone the opportunity to be as wonderfully excited and gobsmacked as I was when I originally got the package!) I found a big white box in my building’s foyer a few weeks ago, and upon flipping it over to see if it was mine, I found THIS. This LOGO. Do you know what this means?? It means the box I have been waiting for for 2 months has arrived!! (Not sure if you’re aware, but two months is about 60 days, and 60 days is an incredible amount of time to have to wait for something this amazing!)  First impressions? I love the simplicity of the packaging, and particularly the little “Packaged with radness in LA” sticker. Looked like there was some good stuff in here! It was really tough […]

2013 End of Year Book Survey

2013 End of Year Book Survey

Seriously, the best time to book blog has got to be the end of the year. What a wonderful way to start by reflecting on the year behind you and creating goals for the year ahead?! I found the End Of Year Book Survey on Heather’s blog, Capricious Reader, originally hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner. 1. Best Book You Read In 2013? Best YA: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Best Chick Lit: The Best Man by Kristan Higgans Best Historical Fiction: The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn 2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?  Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham. I love Lauren Graham, and I LOVE Gilmore Girls. Something about this book didn’t click the way I wanted it to, although I could definitely hear her voice coming through the pages. 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. I picked it up at a thrift store for $1 and it became one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and the rest of the series did not disappoint. 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to […]

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Books I Read in 2013

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Books I Read in 2013

What better time to start a blog than on the last day of the year? Especially when the last day just so happens to be on a Tuesday, which just so happens to be the day of Top Ten Tuesday posts? Even more so when the topic is reviewing your top 10 books of 2013? The following are in no particular order. I hope you’ve read at least a few of them, because they are all wonderful. If you have, please comment and tell me what you thought!   (Click on image above to redirect to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday) {{UPDATE: So, if we’re splitting hairs, this did get posted on the 2nd of the year, not the last day of the year. But again, if we’re splitting hairs, I started it on the last day of the year … it just took me 2 days working around my work schedule to figure out how to align the pictures correctly!! At least we’ve gotten that part out of the way though. 😉  Absolutely stunning period drama. Any book that can take you from 1914 to 1930 in less than 500 pages and  finish all of the story lines […]

Here Goes …

Here Goes …

Reading is everything to me.  If I don’t actively have a book that I am reading, I get fidgety and upset. When I finish a book, I carry 2-3 with me for the next two days until I am sure I’ve chosen the right next book. I desperately (always) need more bookshelves. I have a thing for Jane Eyre. I own 9 different editions, have a mug, tote bag, and a scarf (*ahem* see below). Penguin Putnam is my favorite publisher, I would love to work for them some day. For now, I love working at a bookstore. My favorite day of the week is new release Tuesday.   So this is me! I’ve been using Goodreads & Twitter for about two years, and I love the community that I’ve found within. This will hopefully help me extend that community. It might take a few weeks (update: months??) to get going, but I’m really hoping it will come to something!