Reading Challenge, The Great American Read

PBS’s The Great American Read

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So if you saw my post about the National Book Festival, then you know I found out all about the Great American Read there. I had heard of it before, but didn’t really know what it was, and I can’t believe it took me this long to check it out.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, you’re going to want to check it out: https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

PBS hosts the event. The first show aired in May, and there will be seven more shows starting on Septemeber 11th. PBS created a list of the top 100 books Americans love after conducting surveys.

There are so many great books on the list! Some I’ve read, some are on my TBR list, and a few were books I’d never heard of.  Each day until the end of October, you can cast one vote for your favorite book(s).

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram, then you’ve may have guessed my first vote went to Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This book has been a great inspiration in my life, so I had to cast my first vote for this novel. But there are a few other books I’ll have to vote for too – The Outsiders, Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, Frankenstein, and Charlotte’s Web – to name a few.

Also, since I’ve only read 30 of the 100 books, I’m planning to read several more before the finale airs. I’m starting with books in the YA genre since that’s my favored genre, both to read and write.

Here are the books I’m starting with:

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Hachet by Gary Paulsen

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

What about you? Are you participating in the Great Read? What book(s) are you voting for? Are you reading any books from the 100? Let me know in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday

Binge-Worthy Shows – Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Girl. To find out more about the top ten theme, or to join in the fun go here.

I love to read but I also love a good TV show or movie series. And this week’s top ten theme is binge-worthy shows. It was hard to decide exactly what I wanted to include on this list, but I narrowed it down to the ones I think are best for bingeing. Also, I have to warn you my tastes are wide! I like comedies, dramas, mysteries, and some supernatural stuff.

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1. Pretty Little Liars – I had to include this one since it’s based on a book series. I love this show because it’s full of mystery and drama. It’s no longer airing on TV, but is available on Netflix or DVD.

2. Gilmore Girls – Any reader can appreciate Rory’s bookish references and nature. This is such a watchable show, no matter how many times you’ve seen the episodes you can always watch them again. And hopefully Netflix will make more revival shows!

3. I Love Lucy – Okay, I know I’m going way back with this one, but I love this show. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen certain episodes, they still make me laugh! This is classic television at its best.

4. Superstore – This is a sitcom that airs on Thursday nights on NBC, and it’s hilarious. I love it! And America Ferrera is in it, so there’s that. I’m pschyed for the new season. 🙂

5. The Originals – This is a vampire series that airs on the CW. However, I mainly watch it on Netflix, so I’m not sure what night it’s on. Lots of drama and historical flashbacks. It’s a spinoff of Vampire Diaries (which I also enjoy), but I like this one more.

6. Hawaii Five-0 – This is the revival show that currently airs on CBS. Again I mainly Netflix this, so I’m not sure what night it airs.  I like the crime-solving of course, but I also love the beautiful tropical setting. (I enjoy CSI: Miami for the same reason. It’s my favorite CSI.)

A side note here too – I like a  lot of crime-solving shows that didn’t make the list but am giving honorable mention – The Mentalist, Elementary, NCIS (it was better before all the actors started leaving the show), and all the Law and Order shows.

7. The Harry Potter movies – I couldn’t leave these movies out. The books are great but so are the movies.

8. The Marvel Avenger movies (including each Avenger’s own movies like Thor and Iron Man) – I’ve been watching these lately, in chronological order, and it’s kind of cool to see how everything fits in.

9. The Twilight movies – I know some people don’t like these, but I enjoyed the books and the movies. I think you either like them or hate them.

10. Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea – Again movies based on books. I’ve watched these movies a million times. I’ve also watched the Netflix series, Anne with an E, and it was interesting. I’ll probably keep watching it, but it’s hard for anybody to match Megan Follows in embodying Anne.

What about you? What tv shows and movies fo you love to binge? What shows are you excited to see this season?

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The National Book Festival

This past Saturday, my husband and I went to the National Book Festival, and it was so cool! They are now hosting it in the convention center rather than on the National Mall. It’s a lot easier to move around and it’s air-conditioned. 🙂

We got there right when the doors opened, so we were able to visit all the exhibits before it got really crowded. I loved the Parade of States exhibit.  Each state had its own table and there was a state booklet you took around to get stamped by each state. The people there from Indiana actually knew of the little town I grew up in, and the people from Illinois knew the tiny town I was born in, so that was cool.

Also, PBS had booth for The Great American Read that was fun. They had a wheel you could spin to win a prize. I landed on the special space that allowed me to pick a prize from a box. I got a journal.

I had heard about The Great American Read, but didn’t know exactly what it was about, so I was glad I was able to find out more about it, because now I’m participating in the event. (More to come about The Great American Read in a later post, so if you’re interested, be on the lookout for that.)

There were three authors I was hoping to meet and get books signed by, and I was able to meet all three and get my books signed.

I got When Dimple Met Rishi signed by Sandhya Menon,  Wonder Woman and The Language of Thorns signed by Leigh Bardugo, and The Darkest Minds signed by Alexandra Bracken.

All in all, it was a great day, and if you ever have the chance to check out The National Book Festival, I’d highly recommend it!

What about you? Have you been to any book festivals?  What did you like best about it?

Mermaid Read-a-thon

Little Mermaid Retellings

Today’s blog challenge for the Let’s Be Mermaid’s Read-a-thon (details about read-a-thon here) is hosted by Ashten at wonderlandianbooks. The challenge for today is to recommend some Little Mermaid retellings.

I haven’t read as many Little Mermaid retellings as some other retellings, but here are some I really enjoyed:

I’ve read a lot of  mermaid books, but many of them were not actual little mermaid retellings. To Kill a Kingdom was my favorite of these three.

What Little Mermaid retellings have you read? Which one was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Mermaid Read-a-thon

Book Spine Poem

The fourth day challenge for the Let’s Be Mermaids read-a-thon is hosted by Kati at toberead.  (to find out more about the read-a-thon, go here).

Today’s challenge is to create a book spine poem with a mermaid feel.  I’ve seen a lot of these on Instagram, but this is my first attempt. It was kind of fun, and I’m thinking I’ll have to do some more of these. 🙂

So here is my book spine poem:

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The surface breaks,

A siren’s song

Echoes.

Wild beauty

Rampant.

Have you ever made a book spine poem? Did you make one for the read-a-thon? Let me know in the comments!

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Let’s Be Mermaids Read-a-thon

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So I found out about this read-a-thon on Instagram, and decided to give it a go. I’ve haven’t yet participated in a read-a-thon, but have been wanting to. I love the mermaid theme of this one, and since I already have several mermaid books on my summer TBR, it works out. 🙂

The read-a-thon runs August 5th -11th. There are video challenges as well as the reading challenges, but I’m going to be focusing on the reading challenges, as I don’t have a YouTube channel. You can find out all the details about the read-a-thon on the YouTube channel here.

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So my TBR list for the read-a-thon includes:

1. The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill (the chosen group read for the read-a-ton)

2. Emerge by Tobie Easton (a recommendation from one of the hosts, Ashten, https://wonderlandiansbooks.wordpress.com/)

3. Submerge by Tobie Easton (the 2nd book in the Mer Chronicles)

4. Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman (a book that is also a movie)

5. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (just another mermaid book on my TBR list 🙂 )

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You can also follow the read-a-thon on Twitter and Instagram.

 

How about you? Are you participating in this read-a-thon? Or reading any mermaid books this summer? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge Check-in – #unreadshelfproject2018

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So since we are halfway through the year (hard to believe, isn’t it?) I decided to do a check-in to see how I’m doing with the #unreadshelfproject2018. If you haven’t heard about this challenge or missed my first post about it, you can check it out here.

I have read 86 books this year, and 23 of them were my own unread books. My original goal was to read 120 of my unread books, so I have a lot of work left to get to that goal. I love my local library, and every time I go, I find more books to read. I’m going to have to limit library visits so I can finish more of my own unread books! 🙂

These are the 23 books of mine I’ve read so far:

  1. Dead to Me by Mary McCoy
  2. Finding my Edge by Karen Chen
  3. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  4. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
  5. In Her Skin by Kim Savage
  6. Veronica Mars: The Ten Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  7. Fall of Night by Rachel Caine
  8. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  9. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
  10. Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine
  11. Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
  12. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  13. Black Dawn by Rachel Caine
  14. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  15. The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz
  16. Private by James Patterson
  17. War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes
  18. Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  19. Ferdinand and the Bullies by Walt Disney Company
  20. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  21. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  22. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  23. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

How about you? How are you doing on your challenges for this year? Let me know in the comments.