Thursday, May 25, 2017

Speed Reading Tips

Ever wanted to learn how to speed read?? The check out the following article from Bustle's website titled, 9 Speed Reading Tips To From A Professional Book Reviewer by Sadie L. Trombetta. In the article, Sadie L. Trombetta wrote the following:
On average, the reading speed in the U.S. is 200-300 words per minute, or approximately one-half to one page per minute. Those considered to be fast readers can increase that speed to 400 words per minute, but that still means it would take over two and a half hours to read an average length book, about 64,000 words. (Given the amount of time we spend sitting in front of Netflix and binge-watching shows, 160 minutes may not seem like a long time, but for most people, sitting still for that long when it isn't for the Gilmore Girls revival can feel like an impossible eternity.)
Speed readers, however, can cut that time down by more than half, and with can reach speeds of up to 1,000 words per minute. While it's true that reading faster can result in lower levels of comprehensions, with practice, speed reading can be an effective tool for getting through more text in less time.
I do not know how to speed read and am not sure I want to learn how to speed read. I've heard of a few of the speed reading tips suggested in Sadie L. Trombett'a article though.

Do you know how to speed read? If so, what are the benefits you've gained from reading books? If you don't know how to speed read, do you want to learn how to speed read and why do you want to do so?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

11 Books All About Books

I discovered an exciting to me article this morning on Bustle's website!!! The article is titled, 11 Books All About Books, Perfect For Book Lovers by E. Ce Miller.  The article, E. Ce Miller wrote the following:
This might be just a tad meta, but I am a book-lover who really loves books about books. You know what I’m talking about: the novels that tell stories about elbow patch-wearing librarians or sassy neighborhood book clubs, the memoirs filled with anecdotes about how reading really can transform and save your life, the nonfiction books that dive into the history of classic novels or the evolution of language. I’ve even been known (OK, just the one time) to read an entire book about paper — yes, paper. That’s how much I love books (and the material they’re written on.) Basically, it doesn’t get more delightfully book nerdy than these must-read books about books that book lovers will love. They’re kind of like those chocolate brownies that have chocolate chips baked into the batter — which, come to think of it, go really well alongside a good book.
I love reading books and the idea of reading books about books is delightful. I've heard of several of the books mentioned in E. Ce Miller's article and have even read one of the books titled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer... In fact, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer was a very delightful novel to read. I would highly recommend reading this novel if you haven't read it already.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore in Berkeley, California!

I love visiting independent bookstores and supporting small businesses! So, on Sunday, May 21, 2017 (which just so happened to be my birthday), my hubby and I visited Mrs. Dalloway's independent bookstore in Berkeley, California.

I love the layout of Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore. This bookstore has a very cozy and inviting space to enjoy browsing and reading books... I could definitely envision myself sitting quietly and reading a new book while visiting this bookstore. 

I also thought the in store displays at Mrs. Dalloway were wonderful and offered a wide selection of books for varied interests. The staff on hand were friendly and efficient. 

I also enjoy the fact that Mrs. Dalloway's has many author events in their bookstore!

My hubby purchased two books for me for my birthday from Mrs. Dalloway's that I want to read; Quirky Berkeley by Tom Dalzwell and a signed copy of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti.

Below is a little bit more about Mrs. Dalloway's bookstore from their website:
Mrs. Dalloway’s is a vibrant, full-service, independent neighborhood bookstore located in the beautiful, historic Elmwood District of Berkeley. The store was founded in 2004 when longtime friends and residents of the Elmwood, Marion Abbott and Ann Leyhe, decided to pool their passions, talents, and resources.
The store’s name derives from the first line of Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel, Mrs. Dalloway: “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”
Spacious and inviting, Mrs. Dalloway’s offers an exciting and diverse selection of titles—both comprehensive and contemporary— and is renowned for its skillfully curated fiction, non-fiction, poetry, garden book and children’s book sections, all of which feature a remarkable and relevant variety of rare and innovative small presses, including handmade selections from Another Book Room, curated by Lucy Childs.
From the day we opened our doors, our bookstore fostered a sense of community. Today, Mrs. Dalloway’s hosts over 150 stellar in-store author events each year, serving as a dynamic cultural center and resource for its neighborhood, its ever-expanding and devoted customer base, and as an outreach to the San Francisco Bay Area literary community.
Mrs. Dalloway’s outgoing and talented booksellers are passionate about reading, love to share their eclectic tastes with illuminating staff picks, and are most happy when engaged in book talk.
Have you visited any independent bookstores lately???

Monday, May 22, 2017

Little Free Library in Berkeley, California!!



Yesterday was my birthday... And one of the things I decided to do was find and leave a book inside of a Little Free Library in Berkeley, California. Lucky for me, Berkeley, California has a ton of Little Free Libraries!! The biggest decision for me, was on deciding which Little Free Library to leave a book inside of during my visit to Berkeley, California.

I also enjoyed visiting the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and an independent bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway, with my hubby on my birthday.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Haunted by Ann-Marie King

Paranormal Novella
I finished reading Haunted by Ann-Marie King, which is a paranormal novella.

I downloaded Haunted by Ann-Marie King to my Kindle for Free from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Haunted by Ann-Marie King.

I wasn't impressed with Haunted by Ann-Marie King once I'd finished reading it. It needs editing work for sure. Plus, I didn't like the cliffhanger ending... I've never been a fan of cliffhanger endings! 

I also felt that Haunted by Ann-Marie King was super slow paced and the author kept harping on the same themes of what was in Jayden's grandma's attic (which we never find out about), Jayden's amnesia, Jayden's need to get through high school to go to college, and so on. 

The characters weren't that great in Haunted by Ann-Marie King... I felt this novella had such potential to be a great read, but just fell short.

The following is a plot summary for Haunted by Ann-Marie King from Amazon:
“In the ghost town of Beckford, what you don’t know can haunt you…”BOOK 1 - HAUNTED
Jayden Morgan has no memory of her haunted past. All she wants is a normal life. But when she goes to stay by her estranged grandmother in the small spirit-town of Beckford, strange things begin to happen: 
1. She meets and falls irrevocably in love with Trey, a gorgeous stranger, unaware that he’s a ghost; 
2. She learns the mystery of the town’s haunted high school may have a deadly connection to her missing memory; and
3. Trey tells her he’d been sent to watch over her…but can she really trust him?
I am giving Haunted by Ann-Marie King a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Love Attending Literary Events!! Do You?!?!

I've attended several literary events on college campuses and more author signings at independent bookstores than I can recall over the years... My favorite literary event to date has been the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California. 

I've attended the Bay Area Book Festival in 2015 and 2016 and look forward to attending the Bay Area Book Festival once again next month.

I'm always on the look out for other awesome literary events to attend in the future. So when I came across another wonderful article on Bustle's website titled, 13 Literary Events Every Book-Lovers Needs To Attend In Their Lifetime by Sadie Trombetta, I was excited to see which literary events made the list. There are several literary events that made the list that I would love to attend in the future.... Like the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the Agatha Christie Festival, and BookExpo America!!

Which literary events have you attended? Which literary events have you enjoyed visiting the most?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reading Can Help You Cope With Anxiety

Reading can most definitely help with anxiety!! I came across an article on Bustle titled, 5 Ways Reading Can Help You Cope With Anxiety by Sadie Trombetta. In the article, Sadie Trombetta wrote the following about anxiety:
Anxiety, normally a common and healthy reaction to stress, can be helpful in under certain circumstances, but for some people, it can easily go from beneficial to overwhelming and damaging in a moment. For those who suffer from an anxiety disorder, it can feel like an extreme high-level stress brought on by situational circumstances, suffocating pressure that becomes a constant hum in the background to everyday life, or even a crippling physical reaction that can feel like a heart attack. No matter how it manifests, it becomes a powerful negative influence over day-to-day living, and coping with the symptoms can be a serious challenge.

Despite the fact that it's highly treatable, only about a third of people seek treatment for anxiety disorder. That leaves a large part of the population — approximately 26.6 million people — suffering. Although it's often stigmatized and ignored, mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated accordingly, and lovingly. If you think you are struggling with anxiety disorder, you should speak to your health care providers about your options. Your health, your body, and your mind matter, and you have a right to take care of it.
If you suffer from anxiety disorder, the tunnel of mental illness can feel long, dark, and unending, but there are things you can do to feel better. Luckily for book nerds, books is one of the best treatments.
Click on the very top link to read the five ways in which reading cam help with anxiety!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston

I read the ebook edition of Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston in 2 days.

I was able to download Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston.

I enjoyed reading Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston. It's a fun cozy mystery novel with nice characters and good, solid storyline. I hope to read other books in the 'Bee's Bakehouse Series'.

The following is a plot summary for Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston from Amazon:
Jessie Henderson's childhood vacation town is as perfect as she remembers... until a dead body shows up.
It was supposed to be a fresh start after losing her job and getting divorced. At first, Springdale is every bit as quirky and idyllic as Jessie remembers. Her Aunt Bee is just as crazy and her baking is as delicious as ever.
And then a murder changes everything. The whole point of Jessie's move was to enjoy a quiet, small town life. She knows she shouldn't get involved, but she can't help it. One of her new friends is the prime suspect and nobody else seems interested in helping her. Can Jessie save her friend and avoid putting herself in danger in the process?
Baking is Murder is the first book in the Bee's Bakehouse Cozy Mystery series. Each book is a standalone mystery.
I am giving Baking is Murder (Bee's Bakehouse Mysteries #1) by Kathy Cranston a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins

Cozy Mystery Novel
I finished reading To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins recently and enjoyed reading this cozy mystery novel that is the 12th book in 'A Flower Shop Mystery' series.

I've been reading 'A Flower Shop Mystery' series off and on for a few years now. I haven't been reading the novels in this series in chronological order... However, each novel I have read in 'A Flower Shop Mystery' series has been a fun read.

I like the main character of Abby Knight as she is a fun character to read about. I also enjoy Kate Collins's writing as she makes reading cozy mystery novels fun to read.

However, to date, To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins is my least favorite novel in  'A Flower Shop Mystery' series. It wasn't that To Catch A Leaf was awful, it just didn't have all the pizzazz I'm used to finding in previous novels in this particular series. Plus, Abby's annoying cousin, Jillian, and Abby's annoying mother were just too much to read about in To Catch A Leaf!! I also figured out key themes/plot details along the way.

The following is a plot summary for To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins from Amazon:
Flower shop owner Abby Knight is aglow with happiness now that she's officially engaged to her longtime beau, Marco Salvare. Nothing can possibly dampen her joy-until wealthy dowager Virginia Newport is killed, and Abby's assistant Grace Bingham is the prime suspect. The plot thickens when they stumble upon mysterious stolen art and a missing cat, all part of an elaborate heist. Before Abby can throw her bouquet, she'll have to save her friend and throw a killer and a thief in jail...
I am giving To Catch A Leaf by Kate Collins a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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