On the sixth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me… two Christmas book reads
Halfway through Blogmas, and I’m finally writing a book post. I don’t read for fun during the school year, so today was the first day I could pick up a book I wanted to read. To get in the holiday spirit, I decided to read two Christmas books: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris and A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd (the stories that inspired the movie).
This week let’s give a big welcome to my friend Amanda! She is an avid book reader (110 books read so far this year!) and aspires to be a future librarian. A sophomore in college, she is thinking about majoring in Spanish and minoring in Math and Educational Studies.
Hello everyone!! I’m Amanda, substitute Leeann for this week :) Leeann has crazy amounts of work to do for school, so I’m filling in for her.
So let’s talk about books. I love ‘em. Books can take you to other worlds. They can help you walk in the footsteps of people you would normally know nothing about. They show you that you’re not alone – that other people feel and think the same way you do. That is why I love reading. Reading connects you to the world.
Welcome back to posts with Leeann! You might have forgotten about me, but I’m the junior who foolishly thought majoring in two reading-heavy departments wouldn’t kill me. Needless to say, I was wrong.
Anyway, this triumphant return is not a permanent return :(. Promising I’m back to my regular posting would just be a lie. I have large assignments due at least once a week until the end of this semester, and I know they’re going to be taking a bunch of my time. But I will do my best.
BUT! Do not be grieved! In light of my busy schedule, I’m going to ask some of my friends to write some posts for you all. Coming next week: a post from future-librarian and book-reading fiend Amanda.
Now, let’s get into Ishmael, or the book that will change your
Hi, I’m Leeann, and I judge books by their covers.
It drives my friend Danielle crazy, but I decide if I want to read a book based off the front cover (and occasionally the back cover). Headless girl on the front? I’m probably not going to read it. Dripping blood? Pass.
It works the other way, too. Like when Jordan showed me her new books from Puffin in Bloom, I fell in love. Bright script, flower borders and accents, illustrated interpretations of the characters–I couldn’t say no.
Anna Rifle Bond of Rifle Paper Company designed these covers for Puffin, and she did an amazing job (obviously- just look at that lettering! #stationarynerd #iusehashtagsoutofcontext). When I went to select from the four titles currently available, my eye was drawn to the bright blue cover of Anne of Green Gables. The last time I read this book I was a little girl myself, so it seemed like the perfect choice in a series about growing up. In my Amazon cart it went and two days later, it was love.
What beautiful books do you love?
Below the Line
- Homework. It’s a thing. So it goes.
- I wrote my first creative non-fiction essay this week. There are parts of it I know still need work, but there’s one scene I’m really proud of. It’s a Christmas scene, so I turned on my Christmas iTunes playlist and pounded the keys. It left me with an amazing feeling. It’s nice to remember why you love something once in a while :)
- Also, really psyched for my history presentation Tuesday. Another project I know I’m going to enjoy working on.
- Calling all book lovers! What are your favorite books of all time and what is your favorite snack/drink to have with it? Leave a comment below, or send me a message from the “Let’s Chat” tab. It’s for prosperity (of this blog ;)).
There’s a tag roaming around my Facebook feed where a person is nominated to list 10 books that have been very important to their life. My dear “big sister” (sorority slang) Emily tagged me August 26th, so my list is well overdue!
So, without further ado, the 10 books that have been very important to my life:
- The Great Gatsby (I did devote a whole post to it ;))
- The American Girl series (Samantha in particular)
- Junie B. Jones (JBJ Has a Peep in Her Pocket is a particular favorite)
- Harry Potter (with a special shout out to number 5)
- Nancy Drew Mysteries (and the Nancy Drew Notebooks and Nancy Drew, Girl Detective versions)
- Pride and Prejudice (my first love in classical literature)
- “The Kissing Hand” (a meaningful family favorite)
- Our Town (the play that made me love reading plays)
- The Care and Keeping of You (everything 12-year-old me needed to know)
- Tenth of December (one day, I want to write like George Saunders)
What are your 10 most important books?
Below the Line:
- Still lots of homework to be done. I have two papers to write for Tuesday so if I don’t get a post out, that’s why :)
- This list was surprisingly hard to write! I really had to dig back into my memories to find the books that really meant something to me.
- Not much else to report. Mostly just school work going on around here!
Remember back when I said my course load included 30 books this semester?
I’m going to regale you with a list of all of them.
When I thought of this post, I was super excited about telling you all about the books I get to read this semester. Now that I’m thinking about it, this could be really boring to anyone not related to me. So I’m going to excite you all with awesome pictures, witty writing, and the promise of an update of school so far in this issue of “Below the Line.”
(Also, disclaimer: classes are still subject to change. One stack of these might be replaced with another.)
So now that you’re hooked…