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If you’re anything like me, you have quite a few books on your TBR pile. Personally, I have books here there and everywhere. And at last count, although not yet complete, I have about 100 books that have yet to be read.

So, if I read one book a month it would take a minimum of 8 years to get through my TBR pile. But here’s the problem I keep buying books and therefore the TBR pile keeps growing.

And since I have an insatiable need to buy books with good intentions to read them, I thought I would start Tsundoku Bingo. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Forever TBR Pile

The Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

So, this is really a trick question. If I’m going according to my current Goodreads I have 280 books on my TBR and I probably own the majority of them. Some of that TBR stems from college days, others gifts and still others my own purchases.

     

As a literature major I had to read a lot of literature. I did read a lot of it, but there was a lot I didn’t really read. More like skimmed and that’s what I did with The Grapes of Wrath and Oliver Twist. I keep saying now that I’m older and have lived a little maybe, just maybe these won’t be so boring. Continue reading

Discussion: What Book Made Me a Reader?

I’m not exactly sure where I saw this question, but I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks now. And if truth be told I didn’t have to dig deep for the answer.

I could have chosen good ole Dr. Seuss, but he didn’t really make me a reader. He did spark my interest in reading. I could site Clifford the Big Red Dog or The Berenstain Bears or Curious George or any number of books I devoured, but none of them made me a reader. The book that me me a reader without a shadow of a doubt was Judy Blume’s Iggie’s House.

Summary:

Iggie’s house just wasn’t the same. Iggie was gone, moved to Tokyo. And there was Winnie, cracking her gum on Grove Street, where she’d always lived, with no more best friend and two weeks left of summer. Continue reading

[ARC Chat] When They Call You a Terrorist

Title: When They Call You a Terrorist51ajjvsv-dl-_sx347_bo1204203200_
Author: Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
Format: ARC Paperback, 257 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: January 16, 2018

[Read | Skim] [Buy | Borrow]

I received this ARC from St. Martin’s Press for free in return for providing my honest and unbiased review.

When They Call You a Terrorist is heartbreaking. I don’t usually read nonfiction, but this year is all about expanding my horizons and diversifying my reading. So, when I saw this pop up I knew I had to read it; especially with the current climate in the U.S.

When I first started reading I wondered when Khan-Cullors was going to get to the terrorist calling bit, but then I realized that she’d been talking about it from Chapter 1. She talks about seeing her brothers and their friends, Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Read It. Don’t Remember It.

In case you’re not familiar Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jenna over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Don’t forget to drop by and see what everyone else is reading (or not reading).

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday was difficult for me. Why? Because usually books I don’t remember much or anything about are books I didn’t like. And I do my best to wipe them from my memory.

Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

  1. The Millennium Series by Steig Larsson – There are bits and pieces I remember and they’re my favorite parts. Like when she tattooed on Nils Bjurman’s chest, “I AM A SADISTIC PIG AND RAPIST” (Book 1).
  2. The Hunger Games Series – This was the first YA book I’d read in a long time. However by the time I got to the third book I couldn’t remember what happened in the previous books. Continue reading

Discussion: eBook vs. Print Books

It seems like the eBook vs. Print Books debate is growing in popularity and it’s starting to remind me of the age old Great Toilet Paper debate. You know Over vs. Under?

Anyway, it seems like I’m having this discussion more and more, especially since I work at a bookstore. Older readers are getting more and more into eReaders, some reluctantly while others freely embrace them. While readers of my generation, GenXers, seem to have lovingly embraced from the beginning. And then there are the Millennials in which everything is electronic and try to take it away from them. Most of the questions I get from Millennials after they inquire about a book is, ‘Can I download it on my eReader?’ It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. Continue reading