Bloggin’ Recap: October 20th-26th

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It’s Sunday, the beginning of a new week so that means it’s time for a Bloggin’ Recap. A feature inspired by A Bookish Heart. Every Sunday I’ll get the chance to tell you what’s going on in my life, what I’ve posted for the week, what to expect in the upcoming week and posts I enjoyed from other bloggers.

In the Real World

It’s been pretty busy in the real world, as you probably guessed from my silence over the last couple of weeks. Work, school and my play have been keeping me running around to the point where I literally fall into my bed and am instantaneously asleep.

In case you don’t know already, I am directing a play called Bus Stop at my local community theater. It is my directing debut and my oh my have I had to jump through hoops. I’ve had to recast two characters, two LEADING characters but I’m still hanging in there. Actually, I’m really enjoying myself and know that the show is going to be great. It’s just so mentally tiring being the director and knowing the weight of the play is on your shoulders. (In my case, sunburned shoulders).

You may ask if I’ve abandoned my beloved hobby that is reading, but I have not! I may not get to read as often as I like but I am still reading and in fact am almost finished with The Stand by Stephen King. So expect a review soon!

How did your week turn out?

What I’ve Posted this Week:

Posts to Look Forward to this Week:

  • You Might Be a Bookworm if you…
  • “New Adult” Book Genre and other Book Marketing Ploys
  • The Reading Outside Fantasy compared to the Reading Outside Reality

Posts from Blogging Buddies I Enjoyed:

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.

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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!

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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!

Bloggin’ Recap

bloggin'recapWelcome to my first ever Bloggin’ Recap. A new feature inspired by A Bookish Heart. Every Sunday I’ll get the chance to tell you what’s going on in my life, what I’ve posted for the week, what to expect in the upcoming week and posts I enjoyed from other bloggers.

In the Real World:

The school year has finally begun so that means I’m back to work! I work as a Food Service Aide (fancy terms for lunch lady) and it’s only a part-time job while I’m in school. Oddly enough I really like it, the people are work with are such characters and always make work fun. Tomorrow I actually test for a job that will bring more hours and higher pay raise so even though I’ll be sorry to say goodbye to my lovely co-workers, keep your fingers crossed for me!

I’ve been in the midst of preparations for next month as I am directing a play, Bus Stop for my local theater. I still haven’t quite worked out how I’ll be doing work, directing and blogging but I’ll find a way, blogging has become too important to me to give up.

I started The Stand by Stephen King on Friday, and realized that the edition I’m reading is the “Complete and Uncut” edition making it a whopping 1153 pages long. I’m going to try to finish on time to review this upcoming week but…I don’t know if it’s physically possible. The good news is I’m 100 pages in and really liking it! As my first Stephen King novel I was a bit intimidated but he’s a fantastic author, gripping me with his writing from the first page.

That’s all the news from me this week, how did your week turn out?

What I’ve Posted This Week:

I’m proud to say that I’ve been doing well at keeping up with the 30 Day Book Challenge, I’ve posted:

Along with the challenge I’ve posted:

Posts to Look Forward to this Upcoming Week:

  • What kind of Book Shelf Person are You?
  • Converting People to the Bookworm religion

Posts from Blogging Buddies that I’ve enjoyed this Week:

That’s the end of today’s recap, what was this week like for you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share it below and happy reading!