Tag: The Book Thief

What’s America’s Favorite, Iconic Book?

What’s America’s Favorite, Iconic Book?

Have you guys heard about this “Great American Read” television show?  If you use the Goodreads web platform, it’s difficult to miss – the ad has been plastered all over mine for a couple months. There’s a lot of interesting books on this list, although I can’t imagine choosing just one book for an entire country.  PBS came up with 100 books for this competition, a mixture of popular modern reads and timeless classics.  I’ve read 37, how many have you read? 1984 by George Orwell ✓ A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole X A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving X A Separate […]

Posted August 9, 2018 in Bookish Things // 6 Comments //
The Books In the Places I Remember

The Books In the Places I Remember

In The Hazel Wood, Alice searches through her memories and finds books.  The books  she read when she was living in California, the books from Montana or Ohio… for Alice, her memories are in the places and in books.  I don’t think I’m quite like Alice, but a lot of my memories have books imprinted into them. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak I read The Book Thief aboard the Norwegian Breakaway in 2015.  I had already seen the movie by then – I went to see it by myself at an afternoon matinee on one of my odd Wednesdays off and […]

Posted July 24, 2018 in Uncategorized // 26 Comments //
Top Ten “Older” Books I Don’t Want People To Forget

Top Ten “Older” Books I Don’t Want People To Forget

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie, and as such, I decided to go deep into the TTT archive and come up with something close to my heart.  You, my lovely followers, will know that I’m not always on top of the hottest books.  Sure, I read Children of Blood and Bone the month it was published, but it took me a year to get to The Hate U Give and I just read the hugely popular The Perks of Being a Wallflower last month (it was published in 1999).  I love reading older books, ones that may have been hyped […]

Posted July 10, 2018 in Memes // 23 Comments //
Why Book Clubs Aren’t Really My Thing

Why Book Clubs Aren’t Really My Thing

I am such a solitary reader. I feel like that’s a fair thing to be?  After all, unless you’re reading aloud in a circle or recording and audiobook or something equally fantastic, it’s so much lovelier to dig into a novel in a quiet corner so you can really immerse yourself.  And you know what else I really love?  Picking my own books. For about a year, I agreed to join a friend’s book club at work.  It was a small group that eventually dwindled out.  Our biggest problem?  We had one girl who liked romance, one who liked NYT […]

Posted March 30, 2018 in Memes // 20 Comments //
Books I Could Re-read Forever

Books I Could Re-read Forever

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to my Crossing booklist! In The Queen of the Tearling, people were allowed to take a maximum of ten books with them to the new world.  Books, while culturally important and sentimental, are heavy and technically unnecessary unless they contained medical information… so each passenger was allowed a maximum of ten.  These are fiction, or books that were close to peoples’ hearts.  Not a desert island booklist – these books did not need to have any practical value. You’ll be delighted to hear that in Queen of the Tearling, all 7 Harry Potter books made the Crossing.  Mine only has […]

Posted February 27, 2018 in Memes // 30 Comments //
I Love You, I Cherish You, Please Don’t Die // Characters I LOVE in Fiction

I Love You, I Cherish You, Please Don’t Die // Characters I LOVE in Fiction

Raise your hand if you’ve ever read a book and immediately fallen in love with a character. It doesn’t have to be the protagonist.  It could be a weird, random side character that only appears occasionally.  It could be a character that dies.  A character that comes back to life.  It could be a large bear.  Whichever way it is, that character makes you smile like a fool every time they’re mentioned.  You know they’re the best character in the book, and will argue it to the death. They’re the characters you fall in love with.  The ones you will […]

Posted February 13, 2018 in Memes // 21 Comments //