2015 Year in Review

2015 is over! I edited down the full Year in Review Post because the other just seems too long. I also tried not to use the same book twice for most of the questions.

Overall, the year has been crazy so I’m really proud of what I’ve read compared to the hectic changes that have been happening in my life. I feel like certain books just come to you at the right time you were meant to read them & I definitely felt that way with a lot of the books I’ve read this year. Continue reading

Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag

So I’ve been busy lately & blogging less because I have been accepted into NYU for grad-school! Ew! I’m so old! Yay! Books are about to take over my life again soon! But this is a quick tag, so I thought I’d post it before the season’s over.

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Thank you Anna from mybookishdream  for tagging me in the Dashing Through the Snow book tag! Jam packing this thing full of Harry Potter gifs because I can. Continue reading

Three Quotes Book Tag

Thank you to Greenish Bookshelf for tagging me in the three day quote challenge. I know it’s less of a challenge if you do it all in one day, but my schedule is crazy & I still wanted to share some quotes so here’s all three!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

The Quotes:

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So there’s this movie made in 1959, based on this memoir published in 1958, Beloved Infidel, that recounts this quote said by F. Scott Fitzgerald to Sheilah Graham. The book actually shows you that Fitzgerald is probably not the person you want to marry, because he deals with alcoholism, & affairs, & just being damn crazy. Overall the book is about her though. But I just love Fitzgerald. I think he has this incredibly ability for quotes not unlike Wilde at times. This is probably my favorite because it explains why we love quoting books in the first place. Continue reading

Burrito Book Tag

This tag is creative, funny, & makes me want Chipotle. Thank you Jordan from I Will Never Own Enough Books, she works in Disney & her reviews are perfection. & thank you Aura from The Oxford Writer’s Lounge for tagging me. She plays tons of instruments & has an amazing book out called Secrets of Oxford, so she’s pretty awesome.

RICE: The foundation – “The book that got you into reading (or book blogging)”:

I started book blogging last winter
& the first post I ever did was a book review of My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins!

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Bath & Body Works Tag

Thank you to Summer at xingsings for tagging me in the Bath & Body Works tag! This tag was created by Analee, so you should visit her page as well. The selections are based on fragrance names, I believe. Sadly there is none for my favorite candle smell, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. But there are plenty of great book recommendations. This post is going to be mainly YA books or books I feel younger audiences would like since the tag is directed at those readers.

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This has mostly been floating around Instagram, so I thought I’d do it as a recommendation post. I love short story compilations so I figured I’d limit my choices to those.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 2.28.52 PM   Something Old: Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Published in 1922, it’s pretty old, but not entirely outdated. The stories that I didn’t like, I hated. But those that were better, I adored. I’ve noticed a lot of people, who didn’t particularly love The Great Gatsby, tend to like his short stories. They’re representative of his time. Quick, musical, but slightly morose underneath. He definitely mastered the art of short stories that have a slight level of unbelievability to them. The copy I had, had some stories that are typically included in Flappers & Philosophers, such as two of my favorites, “The Cut-Glass Bowl” & “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” However, I loved “May Day” & “The Lees of Happiness,” which are typically in this collection. I didn’t enjoy “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” as so many others seem to. But the movie was great!

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The Districts Tag

I love book tags. This one was made by CityOfYABooks who is a booktuber. But I like blogging them because bringing these tags to different sites makes it more fun. The theme is based off of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. There are twelve questions & each relates to one of the twelve districts. But I’m going to include books that aren’t YA because I read other genres a lot. Plus I’m limiting myself to only include books I currently have on my shelf.

So #1. Opulence:

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The goal here is to name a book where there is a clear display of luxury. For this one I chose The Beautiful & Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I’m pretty sure you could choose any one of his works & it would apply. I’m a bit of a Fitzgerald nut & have these pretty editions designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. He has a weird love/hate relationship to the wealthy class in my opinion. Continue reading