Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader GirlTop Ten Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I am really behind on reading several books by favorite authors. Here's a short list of books I'd still like to read by favorite authors.

1. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
3. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
4. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
5. Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie
6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
7. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
8. Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
9. The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
10. In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Have you read any of the books on the above list?? Which ones would you recommend reading first?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Graphic Novel - Hardback Edition
I decided to read Drama by Raina Telgemeier for Banned Books Week this year as I learned that Drama made the top ten list for most banned book in 2017! This graphic novel for young adults was banned due to LBGQT characters in the book.

I read Drama by Raina Telgemeier in a few hours. I loved the storyline, the characters, and the color artwork found in Drama by Raina Telgemeier. There wasn't much I didn't like about this graphic novel and I really can't understand why it was banned at all.

The following is the plot summary for Drama by Raina Telgemeier from Amazon:
From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile and Sisters!
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon over Mississippi, she can't really sing. Instead she's the set designer for the drama department's stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
Below is a book trailer for Drama by Raina Telgemeier:




I am giving Drama by Raina Telgemeier a rating of 5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Little Free Library in Santa Cruz, Californa!!



My husband and I headed to Santa Cruz, California last week to celebrate his 50th birthday!! We stayed in Santa Cruz for four nights, five days. We enjoyed staying at an AirBnB located in a residential neighborhood that was located three block from the beach. We loved the beach bungalow we stayed in and enjoyed our visit in Santa Cruz.

While in Santa Cruz, we unexpectedly stumbled upon a Little Free Library on our way to the Cat & Cloud Coffeehouse!! Right next door, to this wonderful little coffeehouse with very friendly staff and fabulous coffee, tea, and treats, is a home with a Little Free Library at the curb. I was able to leave three books inside of this LFL and take two paperback books with me to read at a later date.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Little Free Library in Scotts Valley, California!!



My husband and I headed to Santa Cruz, California last week to celebrate his 50th birthday!! We stayed in Santa Cruz for four nights, five days. We enjoyed staying at an AirBnB located in a residential neighborhood that was located three block from the beach. We loved the beach bungalow we stayed in and enjoyed our visit in Santa Cruz.

On our drive into Santa Cruz, we stopped by a new to me Little Free Library in Scotts Valley, California and left three books, but didn't take any with us as there weren't any books that looked worth reading.

Friday, September 21, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place



50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reads and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. This fun themed meme focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week a new topic will give bloggers the chance to showcase their answers.

This week's theme is Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place. I know of no books set in the city where I currently live. However, I do live near San Francisco, California, so I'll chose that city as my home base.

Favorite Book Set Where You Live



The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner
(click on above link to read my review)
I really enjoyed reading this nonfiction books about
wild parrots living in large groups in San Francisco.
Who would have guessed wild parrots could survive
living in the colder climates of San Francisco??

Favorite Book Set In Another Place


(click on above link to read my review)
Another nonfiction book, but this one is
set in Los Angeles. It's an excellent read,
but I didn't like the movie version of this
book at all.

Which books fall into your Favorite Book Set Where You Live/Another Place?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lidia Yuknavitch Talks About Corporeal Writing


Corporeal Writing Video #1

I love how Lidia Yuknavitch talks about corporeal writing and even gives you several writing exercises to help you start writing! 

There are three YouTube videos with Lidia Yuknavitch talking about corporeal writing. If you're a writer or want to be a writer, then perhaps these three videos may be helpful to you!



Corporeal Writing Video #2



Corporeal Writing Video #3

If you end up using the writing prompts provided by Lidia Yuknavitch, let me know how your writing turns out.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hank Green Discusses His Soon To Be Released Novel & More!


Author, John Green's younger brother, Hank Green, is coming out with his very own coming of age novel titled, An Absolutely Remarkable ThingAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green will be released on September 25, 2018.

I'm excited about the upcoming release of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green as I look forward to reading it at some point down the road.

In the above video, Hank Green discusses if their is a rivalry between his brother and himself. Interesting stuff!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

What Are You Planning to Read During Banned Books Week?


Banned Books Week is happening next week, Sunday, September 23rd through Saturday, September 29th! 

I've chosen to read Drama by Raina Telgemeier during Banned Books Week as this graphic novel written for teens made the top ten list of Banned Books in 2017. The reason Drama by Raina Telgemeier was banned? It contains LGBT characters.

Below is a book trailer for Drama by Raina Telgemeier:



So, which book or books do you plan to read during Banned Books Week?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Title Your Inspirational Memoir With Electric Literature's Handy Chart!

I love book meme's and quizzes. I came across a fun book meme on Electric Literature's website titled, Title Your Inspirational Memoir With Our Handy Chart, so I decided to play along. 

Using Electric Literature's handy chart, my inspirational memoir would be titled, Read, Nap, Dance. What would your inspirational memoir would be titled?