Super Sweet Deals

saleHello fellow readers! I was browsing the Barnes and Noble website looking for books to add to my wish list when I stumbled on a couple sales going on. Now, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t share these deals with all of you lovely people? (A bad one). So just scroll on down if you want to check out some of the deals Barnes and Noble is offering.

1. The Summer Reading Sale

  • Buy 2 Noteworthy Paperbacks, Get a 3rd FREE!
  • Valid from July 18th, 2013 at 12:01am to August 22nd, 2012 at 2:59am
  • It offers a lot of great titles such as: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling and much more!

2. Get Reading: Deals on Recommended Reads

  • Purchase select NOOK Books from Jim Gaffigan’s reading list, and get another select NOOK Book FREE!
  • Valid this Saturday and Sunday only
  • Offer valid in store only
  • Includes great titles such as: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell and Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

3. Bargain Books: Summer Clearance

  • Includes books under $3 and $5, and books up to 80% off
  • Includes great titles such as: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and Edgar Allen Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe

Just thought I would share with you guys! Have a great day and happy reading!

Reading for Fun vs. Reading for School

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Reading for school

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Reading for fun

I just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird and it got me thinking of my old high school days (all of three years ago).

I was remembering reading To Kill a Mockingbird my sophomore year as a class. I remember laughing at the obvious funny parts in the story but I didn’t really read the book. I read it just enough to write a paper but I didn’t really get into the novel.

I found that this time round with To Kill a Mockingbird, I actually read it… and thoroughly enjoyed it. It made me sad that I could have read this five years ago and felt the way I do now.

Then I got to thinking, this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened.

I ‘read’ Pride and Prejudice my senior year– I didn’t get past the first page. I just wasn’t interested in even giving the novel a chance. However last summer my mom bought this gigantic book that contained all of Jane Austen’s works. It was so pretty that I found myself wanting to read it. I picked it up and have been in love with Pride and Prejudice ever since.

Let’s get something clear. It’s not like I didn’t love to read when I was in high school. Oh no, I was constantly reading in those days (especially Harry Potter). But give me a book that a teacher says I MUST read and suddenly my interest in reading disappears.

I have a couple of theories on this. My thoughts are maybe we automatically associate school with boring, so our mind tells us that the book is uninteresting even when it is, but I’m not sure about this one.

I think this one is more likely, when we are given a book by a teacher, we know we are going to have to pick it dry. We are not reading it for entertainment’s sake but to delve some hidden meaning of why the author made the curtains blue.

If they gave us a novel and said, “I just want you to enjoy it” then maybe we would actually read the novel. When I read for enjoyment, my curiosity starts to peak and I automatically start picking at the novel without even realizing it. If teachers went along with this I guarantee many more students would actually read the book.

What about you guys? Did you struggle with this in school? Do you have any theories as to why it happens? Let me know by commenting below and happy reading!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 10

15-Day-ChallengeWell folks, time sure does go by fast. It’s day 10 of this super fun challenge which was created by the blogger of Good Books, Good Wine. So if you would like to know a little more about me then go ahead and keep reading. If you don’t want to know more about me, just pretend you’re reading about someone else. (That’s what I do).

Day 10: How do you choose what book to read next?

Whew! Well it’s a long, complicated process but I’ll try to shorten it up a bit. (I can feel all the grateful looks).

1. I go to my bookshelf. (I could have included the many pit stops on the way to the bookshelf but I promised the shortened version so the shortened version is what you’re going to get).

2. When I finish a book I generally want to move on to a new genre. So I take out all books of the same genre I just read. Now my bookshelf is filled with bright, shining options.

3. An hour or three is spent with me examining each book, reading their blurbs.

4. I close my eyes getting frustrated with my lack of indecision and point my finger at a random book.

5. I open my eyes to see what book I’ve picked. I look at it for 5-7 seconds and shake my head. I take the book off the bookshelf and eliminate it as an option.

(It’s a sad process)

6. I try to make my eyes as big as possible to see if I can see all the books on my bookshelf at once. I can’t.

7. I let out a sigh and determine that all I need is some brain power and decide to go get a snack.

8. I get a snack. (Again, I’m trying to give you the short version)

9. I come back feeling energized and look at my options. Suddenly my energy is gone. I let out another sigh.

10. Finally, totally frustrated now I grab two random books and take them to my mom.

11. I ask her to pick one.

12. She picks one.

13. I go back to my room and start reading the one she didn’t pick. (Not because I don’t trust her judgement, because it’s the law of the mother/daughter relationship.)

*Repeat process when finished with book

I did my best to give you guys the short version. Trust me, I could have gone on much longer… How do you choose which book to read next? Comment below and happy reading!