Spread the Word

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’ve decided to spotlight a blogger that I’ve gotten quite close to in a short amount of time. When I first discovered her blog I was excited by how much we seemed to have in common. She shared my love for the same kind of books, she was passionate about the same things and she’s not majoring in English like me (which seems to be rare in the world of book bloggers)!

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She is Becky @ Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic

I was browsing blogs under the book review category on WordPress when I saw a review she wrote for The Help by Kathryn Stockett which had me nodding my head eagerly in agreement. I clicked to learn more about this blogger that seemed to think the same way I did. After reading her about page I knew I had found another favorite blog.

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She didn’t try to make it seem like she was anything more than just an average girl who liked to read books. It was appealing, especially to me as this is how I feel about my blog: I’m still learning. I’m not the best writer, I’m not the smartest and there will be things in books that go over my head but like Becky, I’m here to blog about the books that I read. It’s as plain and simple as that and I loved that Becky told us so in plain words.

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One of the things I love most about Becky’s blog is that it shows her eclectic tastes. She read a wide variety of books instead of focusing on only one genre like young adult, classics or the ever popular western sci-fy historical fiction genre.  She has the likes of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte to Inkheart by Cornelia Funke on her to-be-read list. Her reading taste knows no bounds and I admire that. This isn’t to say that focusing on one genre is bad, I myself as a reader like to have a broad range therefore I appreciate when someone shares this interest.

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Becky does not bow to peer pressure. She will always give her honest opinion of a book even if it means criticizing a book that is extremely popular– like The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This was a book magnetized by the movie, everyone was proclaiming its brilliance. I haven’t read the book yet so I don’t know if any of it is justified but Becky definitely didn’t think so and she wasn’t afraid one bit of explaining how she felt. It’s hard to put your thoughts into words when you know they are not with the majority. You start questioning your opinion as if an opinion could be wrong, but not Becky. Becky will always let us know what she thinks whether it be good or bad and I rank that as a very important blogging aspect.

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Becky runs her own original meme. She calls is Quoting the Quill and it originated as a celebration of her 100th post! I know you’ve already surpassed this milestone Becky but CONGRATULATIONS! She runs this feature every other Wednesday and with it posts a certain quote that inspires her; the most recent quote was, “On the shelf or just opened, a book was all possibility, a wondrous box of paper that could contain anything.”  Here is why it inspired her:

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Becky is very active in the blogging community. It seems like every time I publish a post the orange icon appears moments later to say Becky has read it by either liking it or commenting. As a blogger it makes me happy to have a reader that enjoys coming back to my blog. Then I discovered that is wasn’t just my blog but many others. It seemed everywhere I went Becky had been there too and left her mark. She takes the time to let the reader know that she’s been there which is no easy task when you do that for a bajillion blogs. But she does and it makes her better blogger for it. After all, how do you expect to get readers if you aren’t willing to read other blogs? Becky knows the answer to that.

Here are a couple of random facts I’ve gathered from reading Becky’s blog:

  • She’s a big Sarah Dessen fan
  • Her favorite classic is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Her favorite side character is Luna Lovegood
  • She’s in love with Aragorn from Lord of the Rings
  • She’s a fellow Land Before Time fan
  • She loves dinosaurs
  • Believes her daemon would be a cat

I urge every one to check out Becky’s blog, Blogs-of-a-Bookaholic! You’ll find a blogger full of personality who loves books and has a unique voice in the blogging world.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 18

picsart_1375358545585Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.

Day 18: A Book That Made You Laugh

Yay, a question that doesn’t break my heart or is incredibly hard. A book that succeeded in making me laugh was The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

Unfortunately I can’t explain what made me laugh without a spoiling a certain moment in the book so: SPOILER ALERT, you’ve been warned.

I think if you’ve read the book you know exactly what part I’m talking about.

Throughout the book Minnie keeps referring to a horrible thing in which she did to her previous employer in which she will never talk about. Well, it becomes necessary to reveal her secret and her secret is this:

Minnie is famous for her chocolate pies. So after her employer unfairly fires her she returns with a chocolate pie to make ‘amends’. As her employer is eating the pie she is toying with Minnie about hiring her back. Minnie promptly announces “Eat my shit.” (Please excuse the language, this is what she says in the novel). It is then that we discover that Minnie has indeed put her ‘waste’ in the pie and allowed her owner to eat it.

When I read this part in the book I had to close it for a full five minutes because I couldn’t stop laughing. It makes it funnier too because the employer seriously had it coming, she was one evil lady. So to see her humiliated in such a way was a shining and hilarious moment.

What is a book that made you laugh? Share it below and happy reading!

Sidetracked

tracksSo if you don’t already know, I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which by the way has been keeping me laughing (can we all have a child narrate our lives?) but I must say that today I got sidetracked and then sidetracked some more. This is how my day went.

I woke up and did the usual, fumbled for a bowl, spoon and cereal. Waited until my sister was finished pouring a glass of milk, fixed up my cereal and sat at the table staring mindlessly while spooning myself substance.

My mind started wandering, I began thinking how awful it is that I have to get my own cereal (mornings are not my best moments) and how great it would be if I had a maid…and how I would make a HORRIBLE maid. Which led me to think of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It sounded so good at the moment but I was conflicted because I was already duty bound to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee…but would it hurt to read The Help if I did it fast? I decided to make a mental note dig up that novel later.

After breakfast I join the rest of the family in the living room still trying to wake up enough to decide what I’m going to do for the rest of the day. A couple of hours passed in this manner. Finally I realize I’m watching a commercial for The Ringley Brothers which suddenly gave me a hankering for Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. But then I think I really shouldn’t, I need to read To Kill a Mockingbird which I am enjoying! I’ll just get through Night Circus really fast and nobody will know the difference. With a nod at no one in particular (which some family members found odd) I set off to my room.

I make straight for my book shelf (which holds more than just books) and take out Night Circus. But now there’s the matter of where I’m going to read it, I look around my room and think I found a spot, when my eyes stop on my mickey mouse ears I got from Disneyland last year. I smile and put the book back as I make my way over to the ears as if touching them will bring back that day. It reminds me of my love for amusement parks.

What’s better than an amusement park? Why, a park full of dinosaurs that’s what.

Immediately I scour my room for Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton when I remember it’s not in my room, I leant it to my sister Hayley. Well, now she’s done with it I decided.

Are you still keeping up?

I head to Hayley’s room, trying not to glance at anything for fear of getting further sidetracked, when I walk in and Hayley has Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone playing.

Well, flip!

I tell Hayley I’ll be right back (who didn’t even realize I had entered the room) head back to my room (because I lend my Harry Potter books to no one) and come to a full stop. My dad is standing in front of me holding my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird saying I left it in the living room.

Then I remember the part I left off at; it was the part where it snows in Maycomb for the first time in years and Scout thinks the world is ending. I smile and realize I want nothing more than to read To Kill a Mockingbird.

So I came in full circle, but I guess that’s why they call it “the circle of life” oh wait, I don’t think that means the same thing.

Have you ever had any days like this? Where multiple books are tugging at your hearts strings and you’re cursing the fact you were born with only one set of eyes? Let me know and in the meantime happy reading!