Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beyond the Books: The REAL Me

This week's topic for Beyond the Books is:  The REAL Me (If you REALLY knew me, you'd know...).  This could be interesting!

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                   I am a voracious reader (this one's kind of obvious).

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                   I like my coffee strong with only a splash of sweetness.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                   I'm allergic to broccoli...but I love broccoli.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                   One of my favorite vacations of all time involved a trip to  Auschwitz.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                   My favorite music is punk and alternative.

If you really knew me, you'd know that..
                                   My first car was a blue '83 Honda Civic Hatchback and that I started driving illegally at the age of 14.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I recharge my batteries by spending time alone.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I believe in ghosts and aliens.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    Fall is my favorite season and I love the rain.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I once "permanently borrowed" a potted plant from K-Mart.

If you really knew me, you'd know that... 
                                    I am a HUGE soccer fan.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I have a very large coloring book collection.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I am a very good judge of character.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I own more books that I haven't read than those I have.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I say sorry too often and give in too easily.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I don't always say what I'm thinking and am more silent than not.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I am an observer and love people watching.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I love games of trivia and hold a lot of useless knowledge in my noggin.

If you really knew me, you'd know that...
                                    I have a vulgar mind.

So, what would I know if I really knew you?

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds.  These seem to be the characters I tend to identify with the most when reading, so here goes...

Hermione Granger (obviously!) from Harry Potter Series
  • This should be a no-brainer!  Hermione's love for knowledge and research is unbounded and she proves that girls don't need to dumb themselves down to be accepted.  Bravo!
Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Fire and Ice Series
  • He's brainy, bookish, and hilarious!  Tyrion's snarky attitude and want of knowledge only reinforces the fact that he is (and likes to be) well-prepared in a battle of wits...if not a battle of strength.
Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief
  • Well, she is the book thief, right?  Liesel's need to learn how the read is a continuous thread through the entire book and it's beautiful.  Not only does it lend action to the story through her thievery, it also helps to build a foundation with her adoptive parents.
Meggie Folchart from The Inkworld Series
  • It is because of books that all the action takes place in this magically wonderful series.  Meggie and her father are voracious readers and nerds to the core.  I love the fact that when Meggie packs, it's mainly books that make their way into her luggage!
Matilda Wormwood from Matilda
  • Highlighting her differences with her family, Matilda is a bookworm to the core.  Her visits to the library require a freakin' Radio Flyer Wagon!  That's hardcore.
Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan from The Help
  • Skeeter completely goes against the grain and southern tradition in this piece.  Unlike the other girls her age who have married, had children, and become homemakers, Skeeter has gone to college, earned a degree, begun working at a newspaper, and secretly writes a book.  What a role model.
A.J. Fikry from The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
  • Books are AJ's passion.  He owns a bookstore.  He sells books.  He extolls the virtues of being a life-long reader.  Even when his books let him down, he still maintains a deep love for them. 
Helen Rossi from The Historian
  • Helen is a serious researcher and books, myths, and legends are her meal-ticket.  Her detective and research skills are unparalleled and how she formulates her theories is brilliant.
Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Ah, Francie!  Probably one of the most beloved character on the list.  She's a quiet force and balances this work brilliantly.  You sink into her world and it welcomes you with warm arms.
Oscar Wao from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Oscar is definitely one of the most tragic book nerds on the list, but he's also fantastic.  He's sensitive, learned, and passionate about his wants.  Though his desires are considered lofty by the other characters, he never ceases or waivers in his goals. 
Such a beautiful list of little nerds!  Who are some of your favorite book nerds?

Also, look for next week's top ten:  Fairytale Retellings I've Read or Want to Read

Happy reading!




Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beyond the Books: Dream Career

This week's topic for Beyond the Books is:  Your Dream Career.  Oh man, oh man!  Well, I guess I have a few, but they're all very related to each other.  Here goes...

Writer for AP Magazine
  • AP (Alternative Press) Magazine is a music magazine focusing on alternative, rock, heavy metal, etc.  My dream would be to interview the bands, concerts, albums.  Whatever.  It would be so freaking cool to be on the ground floor of discovering new music.  They have an amazing feature every year, 100 Bands to Watch Out For, that is seriously awesome.  They even host their very own music awards show now.  So cool.
Travel Writer
  • Working for any of the big travel magazines, shows, or websites (think National Geographic, Travel & Leisure, etc) would be pretty awesome.  Flitting around the globe, tasting new cuisines, experiencing different cultures would be mind-blowingly awesome!  I have been lucky enough to do a bit of traveling and have so many experiences that I could easily write down, so doing so professionally would be a natural progression.  No?
Novelist
  • Of course.  I would love, Love, LOVE to be able to sit in my home office (if I had one) or a cottage in the mountains/on the beach working on my next best-selling piece of genius.  Yep.  I'd love a vintage blue typewriter to do this on.  And a spiffy new laptop.  And notebooks galore.  And lots and lots of colorful pens.  Maybe I just like all the accessories.  I would also love having the necessary time to do the research for whatever I was working on.  Whether that be traveling, interviewing, or working my way through the stacks.  It would be awesome.
 
A fairly stream-lined progression right there.  I recently took a fiction writing workshop and actually finished a solid short story!  Whoa, buddy.  Perhaps it could be turned into a novel...maybe.  So, what would your dream career be?  I also wouldn't mind owning a used bookstore/coffee shop/craft store on the beach.  How fun would that be?!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters.  Such a great topic! 

Here's my list:

 
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 
 
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

Eleanor & Park  by Rainbow Rowell

What are some of your favorite books that highlight diversity?

Also, look for next week's top ten:  Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Happy reading!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Beyond the Books: Beach versus Pool

This week's topic for Beyond the Books is:  Beach or Pool.  This is always a heavily debated topic.  Some people are so stuck in there ways...and I'm probably one of them!  Here's what I think:

I love...the BEACH!  Well, let's get a little more specific.  I don't like hot weather.  I don't like crowds (I could easily be a hermit).  So, you might be asking yourself "how can she like the beach if she doesn't like hot weather or people?"  I'm very specific in my beach preferences.  I like the Oregon Beach...because it's often windy, rainy, and not crowded.  However, there are times when the Oregon Beach is filled with people, often during the Summer months, and warmer than average.  For instance, this past weekend it was 81; that's incredibly warm for the Oregon Coast.  The water is very cold (numbingly cold) and tide-pools are a common sight along the coastline.  Now, there is a definite climate difference as you make your way down the coastal stretch of Oregon.  The northern Coast is stormy, the central Coast is foggy, and the southern Coast is warmer.  The terrain changes as well.  So beautiful!

While I do enjoy pools, I do not like the chlorine that is required for sanitation purposes.  It dries my skin out horribly and leaves me feeling sticky and stinky!  It also makes my skin burn much faster...even while wearing sunscreen. 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Acquisitions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Books That Have Recently Come Into My Possession.  This can be in any form but, as luck would have it, I recently purchased a bunch of books from the local library.  Every 4th of July weekend, the library has a Friends of the Library book sale and it is a real treat!  I managed to walk away with twelve new books for 5 bucks.  Score! 

Here's What I Got


Boy in the Water by Stephen Dobyns

The Living by Annie Dillard

 
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Quentins by Maeve Binchy
 
Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Cruise


Red Leaves by Paullina Simons

The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman

Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth

Hot damn...great scores!!!

I also went on a Kindle spree and downloaded 12 books in three days...the free ones because I'm too cheap to actually purchase a book that I can't physically possess...haha.

What new books have you recently acquired?

Happy reading!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Beyond the Books: Favorite Words

This week's topic for Beyond the Books is:  Favorite Words.  The following are words that I find fascinating or fun to use.  Some serve a purpose.  Some are completely ridiculous.  But all of them make me happy :)

Shenanigans
  • Simply because it reminds me of Super Troopers and it applies to so much.
Superturboaffengeil
  • Literally means "Super awesome" in English, but it's so much more fun to say in German and it definitely makes a more impactful impression!
Ambrosia
  • Mainly used with "liquid" in front of it and in reference to coffee...the liquid ambrosia of life!
Elixir
  • It's a fun word because it invokes ideas of magic and potions.  Again, I generally refer to my coffee as a magical elixir...
Balderdash
  • A fun game or an awesome word?  Awesome word! 
Bamboozle
  • It reminds me of old-timey tricksters and it's fun!
Juxtaposition
  • Sounds harsh, which I like.  And it uses an X and J!  So against the grain!
Onomatopoeia
  • It's always been my favorite word in English/Literature.  It's fun to say and it means something kind of silly.
Handschuh
  • Literal translation:  Hand Shoe.  Actual meaning:  Mittens/Gloves.  Hahaha
Kaninchen
  • Translations:  Rabbit.  But it's super fun to say...
Kugelschreiber
  • Literal translation:  Ball Writer.  Actual meaning: pen.  Again, a fun word to say.
So...basically I like words that are fun to say...haha.  What are some of your favorite words or phrases to use?

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Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Over Hyped Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read.  I love this topic because I feel that, more and more, books are becoming so hyped that people lose interest quickly.  Maybe this is due to the prevalence of book bloggers and reading making a huge resurgence as a legit pastime for younger generations, but here's my list:

Five I'll probably never read
 
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Caster Chronicles  by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Grey by E.L. James
 
The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Five I'll more than likely read

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
 
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrants and Stieg Larsson

What books do you think are over hyped and do you plan on reading them at all?

Also, look for next week's top ten:  Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copy, etc).

Happy reading!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Beyond the Books: Favorite Shows

This week's topic for Beyond the Books is:  Favorite TV Shows.  In no particular order, here's what I watch (often recorded to skip commercials)...

Current Shows

The Walking Dead, AMC Sundays at 9pm
This is my jam...my favorite show.  Ever.  Probably.  I love this show so much and what they are increasingly able to get away with on cable television is astonishing!  So, so good.  If you haven't watched TWD yet, and blood and guts don't bother you, do it.  DO IT! 

The Talking Dead, AMC Sundays at 10pm
To go along with the above, the discussion show immediately following each new episode, hosted by the incomparable Chris Hardwick, is a must see.  They break the episode down with guests and, often, members of the show.  Watch it when Yvette Nicole Brown is a guest.  She's a beast and misses NOTHING in an episode.  So thorough.

So You Think You Can Dance, Fox Mondays at 8pm
The only reality competition I religiously watch, this show is awesome.  And I am intrigued by the format this year of having street dancers compete against stage dancers.  Vegas Week has just started, so it's not too late to get into it.

New Girl, Fox Tuesdays at 8pm
Even though some of the charm has worn off of this show, I still find it pretty enjoyable.  Schmidt's character is genius and I love how they seem to be getting back to how the show started out.  Getting rid of Coach and upping Winston's screen time will really help.  Nick and Jess's relationship/non-relationship is much better and less awkward than it used to be.

Marvel: Agents of Shield, ABC Tuesdays at 8pm
Though the show started off slow, it has gotten so freakin' good!  I was never a huge comic book fan, so I really didn't know anything about Marvel or its characters (aside from the Hollywood films and what the BF tells me), but I have grown to really look forward to new episodes of this fun show.

Game of Thrones, HBO Tuesdays at 9pm
So, so, so good!  I put off watching this show until I had read the first four books and I'm so glad that I did.  I found that, at the beginning, the show was difficult to follow and was constantly having to explain who people were and what was going on to the BF.  It's much better now, though I HATE the fact that the show is/will be moving ahead of the books.  Not cool, HBO!  Still, totally awesome show!

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix Original Streaming
Netflix is doing something right with their new complete seasons right of the bat scheme and this is one that I fell in love with.  Kimmy is hilariously awkward and so 90s.  Her ragtag group of NY friends only add to her misadventures.  Good, bubblegum fun :)

Grimm, NBC Fridays at 9pm
Though I feel that the series is starting to peter out, I am unable to abandon it.  It's set in an area I'm familiar with, the characters are actually likable (to a certain extent), and the action and special effects are fun to watch.  I'm so glad that they finally made the decision to kill off one of the main characters this season (no spoilers) as I've been wanting them to be gone for a long time.  Maybe this will refresh the series a little...

Past Shows

Friends, TBS and Netflix (reruns)
This is one of my all-time favorite shows...like, whoa!  Watching reruns has become my lunchtime tradition as it's always on when I go home for lunch.  Also, if nothing's on the TV, there is always an episode playing and I love that.  It never gets old!

Roswell, Netflix (reruns)
I loved this show so much.  So, so much.  It was alien and otherworldly and full of teen angst.  When the network (WB) originally cancelled the show, thousands upon thousands of fans sent in bottles of Tabasco in an effort to get the network execs to change their minds...and it worked! 

The IT Crowd, Netflix (reruns)
A British gem.  I love to see what antics the guys in IT will get into and, even though the series ended rather abruptly, I love that the characters came back to film a mini-movie to wrap things up...even if it was more than a year later.  Plus, it's HIGH-LARIOUS!

Upcoming Shows

Fear the Walking Dead, AMC August
The new spin-off in TWD series and I'm super excited to see where this one will take us.  It is set in the same period as TWD, but at the very beginning of the outbreak and in Los Angeles instead of Georgia.  It will be interesting to see what we learn about the virus and how it has mutated between the two shows!

American Horror Story:  Hotel, Fox October
Yes!  Yes, yes, yes!  I am in love with this franchise and can't wait to see how they change it up.  While I do admit that season three (Coven) was the biggest letdown, I feel that they have redeemed themselves and are poised for an even more sinister season!

Scream Queens, Fox September
From the same creators at AHS and Glee, this series looks like it will be a fun horror.  It's got great casting (Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michelle) and the premise (a murderer stalking a sorority house) seems like a fun time

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Netflix Original July
Yes!  So many yeses they're impossible to list!  What I love about how they're approaching this series is the fact that they have all the original actors from the movie and it's a freakin' prequel!  So awesome.

Moral of the post...I watch too much TV!  But I also read a lot...fine balance?  And, it's just too hot to go outside right now.  Haha

What shows are you into?

Beyond the Books is a weekly event hosted by Karen at Kissin Blue Karen.  Feel free to join in :)

Happy reading (and watching)!