30 books at 30

In honor of my upcoming birthday, here are 30 books (and series) that got me to 30. These are in no particular order; they’re favorites, loved ones, re-readables, and more.*

30 books at 30

  1. the Harry Potter series
  2. Bridget Jones’s Diary series
  3. the Outlander series
  4. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  5. The China Garden by Liz Berry
  6. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  8. Beauty by Robin McKinley
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  10. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  11. The Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn
  12. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  13. Tithe by Holly Black
  14. The mill on the floss by George Eliot
  15. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  16. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  17. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  18. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  19. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
  20. Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
  21. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  22. The Princess Diaries series
  23. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  24. Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal snogging by Louise Rennison
  25. the Talking to Dragons series by Patricia Wrede
  26. the Song of Ice and Fire series
  27. the Miss Marple books
  28. The Garden by Elsie V. Aidinoff
  29. Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost
  30. Little House on the Prairie: the Rose years by Roger Lea MacBride

*this came about because the boy demanded a list of my favorites for some secret reason.

New year, new look

In the spirit of bright and shiny new blogging opportunities, I decided to give the blog a makeover for 2013. There will probably be less blogging this year (I’ve noticed a decline in my blogging over the last 2 years that coincided with my working full time), but I am planning on reading my way through my shelves as promised, so I will be writing up mini posts and will be restarting the monthly reading log that I gave up on a few years ago.

At the moment, I’m reading A Game of Thrones and am really enjoying it. I’ve had it on my shelf for a while and was afraid that it would be an extremely masculine sort of fantasy (of the kill kill, oh look a wench variety) but it’s not! I really enjoy the different narrators, each has an incredibly individual voice, and the writing is very engaging. If only I could find more time to just sit and devour this book!


Book Fair time!

Took some time off from writing to go to the Miami International Book Fair. I restrained my urge to buy and only got two books and free makeup swag from Target.


it’s going to be a bit quiet around here

In an effort to write more and “pre-train” myself for NaNo, I am reading less and will, therefore, not be blogging much. There might be a couple of random posts throughout the month, and a blog tour stop around mid-November, but no real book blogging until December. Plus, I can’t say I really recommend any of the books I’ve read lately. I’ve had a couple of misses and a few okay reads, but nothing that puts me in the mood to blog.

See you all after NaNo!

BBAW Day 2 – My bookish habits

Because I didn’t have time for an interview, here is my alternate BBAW Day 2 response 🙂


Sometimes I Nook it, sometimes I Book it.

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I don’t snack, but I do drink tea. If I’m reading before bed, it’ll be a chamomile or mint tea. If it’s morning, a black tea such as Earl Grey or Scottish Breakfast Tea.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
This depends on the kind of book I’m reading. If it’s a densely plotted, classic novel with dozens of characters, I do. It’s a throwback to my student days. I don’t really markup my margins if I’m just reading for fun.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Bookmarks! I’ve been collecting them since I was a child. I’ve also taken to using interesting postcards.

Laying the book flat open?
While reading? I tend to hold it in my hand unless it’s a ginormous hardcover, which I will lay down or suffer terrible wrist pain.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I blog (mostly) about fiction, but I do enjoy non-fiction. My non-fiction genres of choice include historical biography and general history or theory.

Hard copy or audiobooks?
I’ve never tried audiobooks and don’t think I ever really will.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
I tend to read to the end of a scene.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
I do, but this mostly only happens with foreign words or phrases.

What are you currently reading?
I am currently finishing Cassandra Clare’s City of Lost Souls and Eloisa James’s Paris in Love. Both have taken me far longer than I care to admit, mostly because I haven’t gotten a moment’s peace in weeks!

What is the last book you bought?
A Game of Thrones by George R. Martin. I’ve had a preview on my Nook for months and finally decided to just pick up a paperback copy as it was cheaper.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
I am one of those terrible people who jumps from book to book until one is finished… unless the book is soooo good I can’t put it down.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
Mornings, lunchtime, and evenings, because these are the moments I can spare.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I enjoy both but experience that gut-wrenching disappointment when I finish a series book and have to wait for the next one. This is why I usually wait until the series is at an end before I start one.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Diana Gabaldon. Her books are the perfect blend of history, romance, and action.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
My books are a mess. My librarian skills do not extend to my personal collection.

BBAW 2012 – showing my fellow bloggers some love

I started book blogging because I wanted to continue thinking about reading as something that could be reflected upon, analyzed, and shared. This was mostly a response to the post-grad school slump, but it soon became an activity that I think of as being an integral part of who I am as a reader and writer. However, I soon discovered that the best part of book blogging is connecting with other readers and bloggers!

Even though I don’t always have time to respond to posts, I do actively read my favorite blogs and wish for their latest great read.


These are some of my favorite, semi-daily reads and follows:

Things mean a lot by Nymeth

Nymeth’s posts are intelligent and insightful, and always makes me feel like I’m having an intimate conversation on books, feminism, and literary discovery.

The Story Siren by Kristi

Kristi is the sort of dedicated book blogger I would love to be! I so admire this blog and all that she does to stay current and interactive.

A Chair, A Fireplace, and A Tea Cozy by Liz B

Not only is Liz B an awesome teen book blogger, she’s a librarian!

Austenprose by Laurel Ann

Laurel Ann meets all my Jane Austen needs. She’s always got the latest scoop on Austenesque novels, as well as historical factoids to keep me thinking.


My latest book blog find:

The Writer Librarian

I only found The Writer Librarian’s blog last Friday after following a tweet link, but I’m sure it is bound to become one of my regular reads.