What I Read: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

4/5 pineapples

Oh, blogger’s block.

I was pumped at the beginning of this year about my blogging. I would do it more and consistently. I would have exciting new posts that would attract the attention of all my readers. I would find a style that worked for me. I would create a space that was a hobby, not a chore.

But the best laid plans…

I tried to post, I really did. But every time I started something, I didn’t like it. It never had the tone or content I wanted or that I felt was worth publishing. So I was silent.

Until now.

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My 10 Most Important Books

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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:

  1. The Great Gatsby (I did devote a whole post to it ;))
  2. The American Girl series (Samantha in particular)
  3. Junie B. Jones (JBJ Has a Peep in Her Pocket is a particular favorite)
  4. Harry Potter (with a special shout out to number 5)
  5. Nancy Drew Mysteries (and the Nancy Drew Notebooks and Nancy Drew, Girl Detective versions)
  6. Pride and Prejudice (my first love in classical literature)
  7. “The Kissing Hand” (a meaningful family favorite)
  8. Our Town (the play that made me love reading plays)
  9. The Care and Keeping of You (everything 12-year-old me needed to know)
  10. Tenth of December (one day, I want to write like George Saunders)

What are your 10 most important books?

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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!

What I Read: We Were Liars (50 Followers Bonus Post!)

Before I get into the review, thank you SO MUCH for 50 followers! It’s been a lot of fun writing this blog this summer, and I’m glad there’s 50 of you out there who enjoy it :) What’s a blog without great readers?

In celebration, here’s a bonus book review about one of the more talked about novels of the summer. I hope you like it!

4.5/5 pineapples

What I Read: We Were Liars | Scribbling in the Margins blog

ISBN: 9780385741262; 240 pages; Pub. 2014

This review has been difficult to write. I finished We Were Liars in the beginning of August, but I just haven’t been able to review it yet. It’s a complicated book. Plus it straight out warns me to lie when people ask what it’s about.

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What I Read: A Lesson Before Dying

 3/5 Pineapples

(Back to pineapples we go :))

What I Read: A Lesson Before Dying

ISBN: 9780375702709; 256 pages; Pub. 1993

I wanted nothing more than to love this book.

Ernest Gaines wowed me with “A Long Day in November.” I walked away from that story thinking, “dang, I wish I could write like that.” I walked away from A Lesson Before Dying thinking “wait…what happened?”

After I’ve thought about it for a few days I can’t help but think… nothing.

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Real Books Rule, and Kindles Drool

Yeah. I really just said that. And I’m sure you’re thinking, “what is she, 10?” And while a lot of people think I am, indeed, 17 (I’m not), I am ready to defend this post’s title. And by the end of this post, I’m pretty sure you’re going to be with me.

Books Rule, Kindles Drool

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The Best Book I’ve Ever Read

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“You like to read? So what’s your favorite book?”

I went a long time constantly answering that question with “well, right now it’s insert book I just read here.” I didn’t really have a favorite book of all time. Every time I read something wonderful, it became “my favorite book.” I typically will only read a book when I’m pretty sure it’s actually going to be good (or if it was assigned to me for class). It’s rare I read a book all the way through that I really didn’t like.

Insert recruitment. That changed everything for me. It only took one person to say “I love reading too! What’s your favorite book?” to make me panic. I have to prepare myself for small talk. I have to be ready with answers, and for this question I simply didn’t have one. Rambling ensued.

Until I remembered that I did.

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