Sunday, November 26, 2017

Bookish Tattoos

Borrowed with permission from Forever Fictional, today I'm going to talk about two things I love - tattoos, and literature! I've always loved both art forms, and have wanted to get some great book and library-inspired tattoos, but the problem is settling on a design. So, here are some of the sorts of tattoos (on the very long list that I have) that I would consider getting:
I adore this idea - a tree with which the branches and areas of foliage are individual quotes.
If you know nothing else about me, know that I love Dr. Seuss.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For

I'm at it once again - Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish. I slightly missed out posting this one on time (silly me - I was mostly done it, but forgot to post). So, here's my list of books that I am thankful for, and briefly why.

1) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontё
Why: This was one of the first real times I felt my moral character was represented anywhere. The strength of character in Jane was something I admired, and loved.

2) Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Why: Being the odd one out myself, Charlie was a comfort. He saw the world in his own unique way, and appreciated things differently than everyone else, and that was something I could really relate to.

3) The Giver by Lois Lowry
Why: One of, if not my first dip into dystopian fiction - a genre which I quickly fell in love with.

4) The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
Why: This book is so beautiful that it makes me cry. It is so simple, but sweet and sad, and I truly love it.

5) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Why: Although I initially fell in love with Austen's stories through the 1995 Pride & Prejudice mini-series, this was my first Austen read. Although not often the popular choice of heroines, I have always loved Fanny for sticking to what was the right decision for her and her conscience.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)

First of all, this post will essentially be Spoiler Free, however comments by other users may possibly contain information that spoils portions of the plot, so read at them your own risk. Ready? Here we go!

H.G. Wells, known for being one of the defining writers of science fiction, is probably best known for his novels War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. Never having read any of his work, I figured it was time to give it a shot.

What it's about:

A Victorian gentlemen builds a time machine and travels to the year 802,701 AD to discover the future of the human race. Upon his travels he discovers not only the gentle Eloi that live in the daylight, but the Morlocks that live below. Yet the language and culture of both these races are so different from anything he could have expected. When his time machine goes missing, how will the Time Traveller find his way back home?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

This week's Top Ten Tuesday, inspired by The Broke and the Bookish, was both a piece of cake, and a tricky one for me. First of all, I work in a library...a children's library, so thinking of fantastic children's books is literally what I do for a living. That means I had about 850 in the span of a second. Narrowing it down, however? Very, very hard. So I decided to pick ones that I thought would be great reads for both boys and girls across a variety of ages. I've left out items that have many components, such as series, as well as things like fairy and folk tales. If you want to check out the original post, you can see it here.

1) Le Petit Prince/The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

2) Ferdinand - Munro Leaf

Monday, November 6, 2017

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books

This post is inspired by a past post from The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Most Intimidating Books as part of their Top Ten Tuesday series. I'm hoping to do these lists on a semi-regular basis, looking at both their current ones and their archived posts as well. For this list, I'm looking at books that I have been intimidated to read, whether because of their length, their verbosity, or some other factor. Now, without further ado...

  1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo - Length and verbosity

Friday, November 3, 2017

Forest of Reading 2018

For those of you who don't know me, I work in a children and teens library. That means essentially that most of what I have read over the past few years has been, well, youth materials. Some of these (see: anything by Cassandra Clare) have been purely for enjoyment, while others have been to better be able to recommend books to patrons. I read lots of picture books, but at this point I don't review them on here. I do from time to time however give them a quick review on Goodreads, so feel free to follow me there. If anyone is interested in having reviews of picture books on here, I am more than happy to do it, but otherwise I focus on teen to adult works for the most part.

Anyway, I digress. So, working in this environment it means that it is time for one of the most important youth literary events of the year (well, next year!) - Forest of Reading.