Friday Favorites: Favorite Way to Save Your Spot

Friday Favorites 02I stumbled upon this meme at the adorable blog, Tressa’s Wishful Endings. Really it’s as simple as the name; you talk about a favorite book related subject on Fridays. It could be anything from favorite authors, books and genres to favorite reading spots, opening sentences and love triangles. Basically the world of novels is our oyster and with Friday Favorites, we can conquer it.

Favorite Way to Hold Your Spot in a Book

There comes a time when a reader must put down their book. I know, shocking but true. For example we have to put down our book when we drive to the bookstore. We have to put down our book when we are on the computer online shopping for books. Lastly we must put down our book so that we may sleep and dream…about books.

So how do we keep our spots? If you have a memory like mine then there’s no way you’ll be able to remember what spot you left off of– or where you put your keys. So what do you do? Well, good news– there’s plenty of options.

bookmark

You can use an actual book mark. I compare these to collectors items; we bookworms collect them but never actually use them. I currently have a bundle stashed all over the house but whenever I need one so I can put my book down I can’t find them. If a rarity happens and I actually find one it doesn’t stay in my book for long as I’m always forgetting where I put it when I take it out of my book. I told you, bad memory.

dog-earringSome people dog ear their page. Yes, its true and we should just acknowledge that truth. If they CHOOSE to do it to their book then we can’t really judge them as it is their choice. If you aren’t familiar with the bookish term dog-ear it means to bend the corner of the page so that you can easily find your spot. If you prefer this method I promise I won’t judge, just don’t ever think about doing it to my books!

open bookYou can just leave the book open. I find myself guilty of this one quite often, especially when it comes to paperbacks. It’s so easy to say that you’ll be gone just a minute and then one peanut butter sandwich and a million potato chips later you return to your aching book. I don’t particularly like this method as it often leaves creases along the spine which just get worse over time. However, that doesn’t stop me. I’m a monster, aren’t I?

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My favorite method is to use the cover sleeve. The downfall is that this only applies to hard backs but I read many of them so I use it quite often. Its quite handy  as you don’t have to look for it like a book mark as it’s right there on your book, surprise! Also, the book suffers no physical damage during the process. Everybody wins– you, the book and your memory! Oh happy day!

Of course you can always try the old never stop reading trick. I’ve heard that it’s 99% foolproof in keeping your place and you can’t beat statistics like that, nosiree.

What’s you favorite way to hold your spot in a book? Share it below and happy reading!

Intro Post for NaNoWriMo

WritersUniteBannerI’ve decided that I might be losing my marbles. I have decided to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. For those of you that are not familiar with NaNoWriMo it stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every November people participate in this crazy challenge of writing at least 50,000 words. It’s to help those that have trouble starting their novel (like me) and even if you’re not interested you should check out the fun site.

This site is really going to be helpful for me as I figured out my problem when it comes to writing. I’ll get a few pages done and then I’ll read it. Then I revise it. Then I read it. Then I revise it. So on and so on. The pressure that comes with NaNoWriMo will help me not look back but just keep chugging on. As for my story, I have the idea but I don’t have anything fleshed out yet so I’m reluctant to share the details. Maybe next week when I’ve actually got something written down I’ll share some details but until then, it’s a secret.

So why does suddenly deciding to participate in NaNoWriMo make me crazy? Well, along with NaNoWriMo I will be updating my blog, reading for my blog AND directing a play that goes up November 22nd. See? Crazy.

I really think I can do it though, in fact I’m so determined that I committed myself to a writing support group so that others can hold me accountable called Writer’s Unite. This group will rally together through the dark days and sleepless nights all the while rooting for each other. So now it’s done . I’ve sealed the deal with ink and blood (I got a paper cut writing this post) and there is no turning back. I am officially a 2013 participant of NaNoWriMo. Cue heart attack.

However I am not totally unprepared. I have prepared a survival kit to get me through this cold November.

Handy Dandy Survival Kit

*Notebook and a Pen— I do my best writing on paper (the computer leads to too many distractions)

*Favorite T.V. Shows Recorded— The background noise comforts me which in turn helps the creativity to flow

*My Favorite Pair of Sweats– Again, comfort is extremely important

*Hot Chocolate— Can I admit to not liking coffee without getting black listed in the blogging world?

*Popcorn— Have I told you that I LOVE popcorn?

*Caffeine— I need to get throught the sleepless nights somehow

*Chocolate Chip Muffins— No explanation necessary

Wish me luck and if you would like to participate in NaNoWriMo and need support just click the Writer’s Unite button.

Oh and happy Halloween!

 

Dreaming Novel Things: You Might Be a Bookworm if You…

dreamingnovelthingsDreaming Novel Things is a feature in which I discuss book related subjects, but in a creative way. I’ll use interviews, narratives and lists to talk about book trends, book opinion and bookish matters. If you have any book related subjects you’d like to see me discuss just leave me a comment below!

Ever hear of Jeff Foxworthy? If not then surely you’ve heard the famous line “you might be a redneck if you…”? If you haven’t then you should check it out because Jeff Foxworthy is hilarious. I started thinking though that this line could be applied to all us bookworms.

Just tell me if I’m wrong.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve turned down a guy because he doesn’t quite match up to fictional boys.

You might be a bookworm if you’re stomach growls and you suddenly realized you’ve gone without food all day to read. Then instead of getting up to get food, you continue to read.

You might be a bookworm if you completely ignored someone who had the nerve to try to start a conversation while you were reading.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve had that familiar feeling in your stomach that feels an awful lot like guilt because you just bought five more books when there’s still a stack at home unread.

You might be a bookworm if you get asked questions of why your purse is so heavy and the answer is you always have three books wherever you go.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve gotten looks for shouting at characters in your book on the bus.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve been so mad at a book that you threw it across the room and yelled “I’m done with you!”

You might be a bookworm if you then picked up that book and apologized to it saying that it simply took you by surprise.

You might be a bookworm if you think your furniture is getting in the way of your book space.

You might be a bookworm if you go out to buy batteries and come back with three books.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve woken up with bloodshot eyes from a night of no sleep due to just wanting to finish the next chapter in a book.

You might be a bookworm if you’re constantly looking for something to mark your spot in a book.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve annoyed someone by demanding they sit and listen to you explain how you feel about what just happened in your book.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve called in sick so you can stay home and read.

You might be a bookworm if the famous person you want most to meet is an author.

You might be a bookworm if you’re on a first name basis with the local librarian.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve considered donating clothes to make room for books.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve had to go out and buy the sequel in your sweats because you simply couldn’t wait until the morning.

You might be a bookworm if you talk about what actually happened in the book while watching its movie companion.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve been disappointed at Christmas because you didn’t get a book.

You might be a bookworm if you’ve contemplated murder over someone never returning one of your books.

You might be a bookworm if your bank account is suffering from your reading habit.

FINALLY

You might be a bookworm if YOU’D RATHER BE READING.

Did I leave anything out? What do you think makes a bookworm? Comment below and happy reading!

Spread the Word: The Butler at Dewey Decimal’s Butler

spreadthewordIt’s Saturday and you know what that means! Spread the Word! This feature was inspired by A Bookish Heart with her Bookish Friends feature. This is a weekly feature that I have started to shine the spotlight on other bloggers that have caught my eye. There are so many great bloggers out there that keep me giggling or thinking with their blog posts and it’s gotten to the point where I want to shout it to the world so that others can discover their greatness too.

I don’t ask them questions or anything like that as it can be time-consuming to the featured blogger who is busy…blogging. So instead I just go through their blog with a fine tooth comb and learn everything I can to share it all with you. Ready? Good! Excited? Me too!

Today I would like to turn the spotlight on a blogger that first caught my attention with their clever title. A blogger whose cleverness extends beyond their title and into each post. Her witty book reviews often left me exclaiming, “She thinks like a literature teacher” and then lo and behold I discovered that she IS a literature teacher. A brilliant one too.

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She is the Butler @ Dewey Decimal’s Butler

She first caught my eye with her book reviews. This lady has a serious talent for writing book reviews as they were both in-depth AND entertaining as well. Some of my favorites that she has done include Pride and Prejudice and Invisible Man.

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“The Brontes can take their emotional diarrhea and shove it,” how great is that line? Don’t even answer, because it’s not necessary. The Butler’s literary wit knows no bounds.

invisible

Do you see what I mean? She has such a talent for delivering a concise view on the novel while holding her audience’s attention the whole time. She lives by her famous rule, show don’t tell. She does just that by showing us how she feels about the novel instead of telling us about the novel. It is a skill mastered by few.

That’s not the only fascinating tidbit about the Butler, check out her about page below. It’s hilarious!

about

How could we fellow nerds ever judge her for doing and loving the same things we do and love: read. I’m glad she gained faith in us and revealed a little bit more about herself. It’s always nice to see the blogger behind the blog (and really  nice to see a fellow fan of Colin Firth– but listen up Butler, HE’S MINE).

The Butler also runs a feature titled: Literary Moments.

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In this feature she talks about scenes you see in life that feel a little too literary. Each one is thought-provoking and interesting.

Here are a few facts I’ve gathered from reading the Butler’s blog:

  • She’s a big fan of Jane Austen
  • She dressed up as Juno while pregnant with her son
  • She has Scottish roots (awesome)!
  • She prefers older books
  • She kept her gender anonymous during the early days of her blog
  • She’s a fellow fan of Narnia

So make it your mission to check out the Butler’s blog and add her quality posts to your reader, you won’t regret it!

Dreaming Novel Things: The Should Be Punishments for Misusing a Book

dreamingnovelthingsDreaming Novel Things is a feature in which I discuss book related subjects, but in a creative way. I’ll use interviews, narratives and lists to talk about book trends, book opinion and bookish matters. If you have any book related subjects you’d like to see me discuss just leave me a comment below!

Don’t tell me this thought has never crossed your mind, because as a fellow reader I know it has– many times. We’ve all seen the abuse of books in the course of our lives; that person on the subway who had the nerve to dog-ear a page, a student in the library that broke the spine of their book so that it will never stand tall and proud again and of course the little sister who couldn’t find a better place to put her COLD, CONDESCENDING DRINK then the front cover of your book! This abuse goes on daily, hourly in fact but the government refuses to recognize the importance of this issue.

So I started thinking, daydreaming really about the punishments I would hand out as a law enforcer and protector of all books; and you know what? It was very satisfying.

***Serious Note: Please note that this blog post was just for fun and I do not wish anybody physical or emotional harm. The outcry over Lauren Conrad’s book project was ridiculous and I respect book art in all its forms.– Serious Note Ended***

First I made a list of all the ways to abuse a book that I’ve witnessed in my twenty-one years on this planet.

  • Dog-earing a page
  • Breaking the spine of a book
  • Cold drinks set on the covers of books
  • Staining pages with dirty fingertips
  • Ripping out pages in a book
  • Neglect

Of course, I’ve seen much more than this but we would be here all day handing out justified punishments and presuming we all have lives, I’ve limited the list to just six.

Next I arranged the list in an order of least offending to most offending. This was actually very difficult as the thought of harming a book in ANY way gets a strong reaction but as a pretend law enforcer I have to at least pretend to be fair. So the list with the new order now looks like this:

  • Staining pages with dirty fingertips
  • Dog-earing a page
  • Breaking the spine of a book
  • Cold drinks set on the covers of books
  • Ripping out pages in a book
  • Neglect

Staining Pages with Dirty Fingertips

Charge: Carelessness     

Punishment: Has to wear their clothes inside out

Listen, I like to eat too, so I understand wanting a snack while digging into your favorite book but you owe it to your novel to CHOOSE WISELY. In fact I did a whole blog post on what snacks are best for reading so there are no excuses. For every smudge left on a page means another year with your clothes inside out to show the world your carelessness.

Dog-Earing a Page

Charge: Recklessness

Punishment: Will encounter no sympathy when they stub their toes

Unlike accidentally staining a page of a book, dog-earing a page is a purposeful, malicious attack. The offender is all to aware of their actions but does not give it a second thought. That now dog-eared page will never be completely smooth again all because the offender can’t be bothered with an actual book mark. Next time the offender stubs their toe, chuckle (like you’ve always wanted too).

Breaking the Spine

Charge: Carelessness

Punishment: Break a treasured item of the offender

It always makes me very sad to see a crippled book on a bookshelf where it once stood tall and proud. The thin white creases that now dominate the spine don’t lie, you mistreated your book! Books are treasured items and should be handled as such so if you are willing to break its proudest attribute its only fair we break something treasured of yours.

Cold Drinks on Books

Charge: Manslaughter

Punishment: You have to watch the ten movies you hate the most over and over

This tortuous act happens much more often than you might think. People would much rather sacrifice their innocent book than their $400 antique coffee table. The coffee table is WOOD people and your book is PAPER!!! Who cares about rings on your precious table and who gets a $400 antique table anyway when there are books without homes???

Ripping Out Pages of a Book

Charge: Murder

Punishment: You have to encounter the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard hourly

Ripping out pages of a book is like ripping out its essence– its soul. Those pages hold a unique story that’s only purpose it to be told. If you rip out the pages, its story ceases to be shared and will only know silence. It is too cruel a fate.

Neglect

Charge: Neglect

Punishment: Banishment from society

Neglect is so much worse than ripping out pages in a book because when you rip out the pages you at least acknowledge its presence. To let a book stand on a bookshelf unopened and untouched without so much as a glance, is sad. A book is NOT a household decoration, it is a story– so treat is as such!