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.

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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!

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!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 23

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 23: A Book You Wanted to Read for a Long Time But Still Haven’t

Today’s challenge makes me so excited. I love talking about books I long for and all the possibilities it holds! While there are many books that I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time there is one that takes the cake. A book that already has two movie adaptations out, is a widely popular young adult novel and is based on one of my favorite things– Greek mythology.

That’s right! The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan.

The first I heard about this series was when the movie was just about to come out. Usually that would inflame me to go out and get the book right away but I was in the middle of senior year and had too many books ahead on the list. Then the movie came out and I watched it and thought it was okay.

Little did I know that there was a massive uproar from fans of the books in a rage. Apparently the movie (although it was cute) did not follow the story at all. I have to say I was a bit relieved when I heard this. I had heard so many great things about camp half-blood that I had begun to get so excited! But after seeing the movie my excitement kind of deflated as I could find nothing really special about it in the movie.

So when I heard that the movie got it wrong I was filled with eager anticipation. I had to get a hold of the book but for some reason it never happened. For holidays I got other books on my wish list and those on top of the books I already had and had not yet read did not give me a reason to justify buying another book.

It’s not just the hype that has me eagerly awaiting this book it’s also the fact that the novel is steeped in Greek mythology. This is something I have always been incredibly fascinated by and studied thoroughly. I enjoyed reading about the jealous gods trivialities and their giant consequences. They were basically worshipped human with powers which is an interesting concept. So the fact that there is a whole series based on the many stories in Greek mythology has me jumping up and down in excitement for this book.

Is there a novel out there that you’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t yet? Share it below and happy reading!

Dreaming Novel Things: Converting People to the Bookworm Religion

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!

 

 

BeFunky_Picture1.jpgBelieve or not but there is a process one must undertake before they can wear the Official Bookworm Badge. This process is officially converting a non-book lover into a bookworm. Once you have achieved this, you can officially wear your official badge as it will be official. If you don’t know the process (which you don’t) I have an easy step by step guide that any could follow. Yes, I made this process up and yes, it is complete and utter nonsense. Shall we move on?

1. First one must approach the topic with the non reader.  This is THE most important step as if you do it wrong you RUIN ALL CHANCES OF ENLIGHTENING THIS PERSON. You must try to engage in a casual way for example: “I got no sleep last night because I ended up reading this book all night that I couldn’t put down.” Remember to be welcoming and smile as the non reader could easily feel attacked or criticized.

2. Ask the non reader why they don’t enjoy reading. It is important to hear out their ideas without interrupting. Nod in the appropriate places and smile as if their nonsense makes sense to you. If the person feels as if you actually listened to what they said, they in turn will be more willing to listen to you. So try to look like you’re focusing on what they are saying even though every word is going in one ear and out the other. (Be sure to notice when they have stopped talking as staring at them in a dazed like way will be their biggest indicator that you weren’t listening).

3. Provide your counter arguments to their points. BUT REMEMBER, in a polite way. If you use a condescending tone or put them down for feeling the way they do you might as well write FAILURE on your forehead because you will never convert this non reader. Also, remember to use valid arguments. Simply saying, “Reading is good,” or “That’s stupid,” will do nothing to win your case. Keep smiling and make sure they are comprehending what you are saying in fact use small words (they are non readers after all)! 😉

4. Tell a personal story to make this relatable. If it’s a funny story than all the better. Nothing bonds people better than laughter try to work your best jokes into the story. Don’t discount the importance of this step! It’s important for a non reader to know its possible for someone like them, as far as they are on the other side of the fence, can cross that bridge into the world of reading. Tell them about the moment you fell in love with reading, about encountering the book that changed your life forever. Your story should have heart-warming, Hallmark quality to it.

5. Present the book/movie trick. Unless you’re a whizz with words (which if you are then why on earth are you reading this?) the non reader is still hesitant at this point but definitely more open-minded. This is the perfect time to sneak in the old book/movie trick. Find out their favorite movie by doing a quick search on Facebook, (bonus points if you already know what it is) and share the fact that their favorite movie was actually based off a book. (They all are these days). This will peak their interest and give them a sense of comfort of starting with something familiar. Now you can point out there’s a whole slew of books in the same genre as the book that was adapted into their favorite movie. Show them the many options that lie in their preferred category to get them started. (Goodreads would be the best way to do this but you may choose another site if you prefer).

6. Go in for the kill. Produce the perfect book for them that you had picked out before your meeting (yes I expect you to have known which book as any OFFICIAL bookworm would). Put it in their hands so they can physically hold it. Tell them how this could be the book that changes their life. This could be the book that opens their eyes. Say in a soft voice (for you don’t want to interrupt their thoughts) that all they have to do is give it a try. If they accept this book then you can say that you just converted a non reader to the bookworm religion.

CONGRATULATIONS! Grab your badge (by grab I mean copy and paste) and display it with pride my friend! You can officially say that you are an Official Bookworm deemed official! Go celebrate, you deserve it and you made the world a better place so be proud!

(While the narrator wishes you to celebrate in true form she feels obligated to remind you that it is never safe to read and drive).

Have you ever encountered someone who simply did not like reading and try to talk them into it? How did it go or what would you say if you were in that predicament? Share it below and happy reading!

What kind of Book Shelf Person Are You?

I’ve recently been looking for a new book shelf as I’m in great need of a place for my books. They are piling up everywhere and slowly taking over my room. I’m slightly worried that they will be the death of me by causing a tripping accident, but isn’t that the book lover’s dream to die a death at the hands of a book? No? Guess that’s just me then.

Anyway, book shelves! I was looking on Pinterest (the mother of all sites with the exception of Goodreads) and discovered there are so many kinds. There’s traditional, whimsical, practical, themed, big, small you name it. So I wanted to ask all of you, what kind of book shelf person are you?

Here’s a guide to help you decide:

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Unique: You like the different, you like the intriguing. You want something that’s going to steal the focal point in the room. Your book shelf gets comments like: “I’ve never seen anything like that before”, “That’s one of a kind!” and “Did you get that from a dump?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whimsical: You like something fun, something that represents your creative side. This book shelf tends to say that you believe in the impossible. Your book shelf gets comments like: “What a fun way to display books”, “It makes me think of Alice and Wonderland” and “It feels magical”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traditional: You tend to go for a more classic look, a familiarity if you will. This book shelf does justice to the old-time libraries when gargoyles were rampant in the height of the gothic era. Your book shelf gets comments like: “What a majestic book shelf”, “It’s so elegant” and “Is that the first edition of Wuthering Heights on the top shelf?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Practical: You tend to think reasonably, you want something easy to reach and well-organized and probably go as far to organize your books according to genre, author and color. Your book shelf gets comments like: “It looks very organized”, “I love the step stool you provided for convenience” and “Do you have OCD?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Themed: You want to represent yourself in a more literal form. You want everyone to know what you love and you tend to be extremely passionate. Your book shelf gets comments like: “Wow, I can see you’re a big fan of ____”, “You must really like ____” and “You’re a bit obsessed with ____, aren’t you?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homemade: Forget spending your money, you’re a doer. You appreciate the value of things you build far more than things you buy. You like that warm look. Your book shelf gets comments like: “I wish I was as crafty as you”, “Wow, you can’t even tell its homemade” and “Awww, how sweet of you to display your son’s school project”.

 

 

 

 

 

I like to think I’m whimsical but knowing me I’d probably actually go for something practical.

So what kind of book shelf person are you? Share it below and happy reading!

This post has been added to Oh, Chrys and The Fiction Conniption‘s Let Discuss! meme. Check out other discussions that have been linked up this week here.