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Book Snob Tag

I saw this tag over on Emma’s Library and though it looked like fun. I don’t know who did the original, so if you do, let me know! It looks like this tag originated at Tia and All the Books on YouTube. Thanks, Emma, for letting me know!

Adaptation Snob – Do you always read the book before you see the movie or tv series?

I’m actually really weird when it comes to this and prefer to read the book after I see the movie or TV show. If I read it before, I spend the whole time I”m watching comparing it to the book, and it ruins my enjoyment. However, if I read the book after I see it, I can enjoy the book much more.

Format Snob – You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

As much as I love physical books, I’m going with ebooks here. The thing I love about ebooks is when you finish one, you can get another one right away without having to wait for it to come.

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I so want to weasel out of this one by saying I don’t date or plan to marry. But… I don’t know, really. I guess I would, as long as they weren’t rude about me being a reader.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Fantasy, but only if fairy tale retellings aren’t considered fantasy. If they are, then het romance.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

M/M romance.

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?


Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

Yup. When I was in high school, I was told I was boring because all I talked about was books and movies. I guess I should have been gossiping about other people or something.

If you’re reading this, haven’t done it, or just want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

What are you snobbish about in your reading? Drop a comment below and let me know!

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m still listening and loving Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly. Isabelle is such a wonderful character. She’s smart and brave and, after being disgraced, humble and kind. I love her quest to find the missing pieces of her heart, and I love how she’s kind of a badass too.

I’m still enjoying Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber. I was actually able to read three chapters yesterday despite being exhausted from an invasive medical procedure and anesthesia in the morning. I… just hope I remember what I read.

I also got my new copy of The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger, which does not randomly turn into Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders near the end. I’m excited to finish this book!

Nothing. I have just finished nothing. Well, technically I finished Whoever You Are by Mem Fox as a read-aloud today. It was a beautiful book about how, despite our differences, we’re so much the same. When I finished it, one of my students smiled and said, “That was a good book.” I certainly made me feel good.

I plan to read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern next, followed by The Alienist by Caleb Carr and The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris. I’m also going to read stories from and ARC entitled An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by a variety of authors.

That’s a lot! But, I have Monday off which means I’ll have time to read and hopefully get back into my groove.

Also, if you’re feeling generous and want to help out a teacher, you can go here to donate to my DonorsChoose project or here to buy something for my class.

What are you reading this week? Anything you’re excited about starting? Drop a link below and let me know!

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Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is Top 5 Books I don’t talk about enough.

I thought I’d never talked about Odd Thomas on my blog before, but apparently I have. I’ll assume I told the story, about how I’d never had any interest in Dean Koontz and then I saw him talk at Comic Con about how Odd came to him. I knew that the character had to be something special, so I read the book, and I was so glad I did. Odd really is something special. He can see the dead and does everything he can to help them. He had a terrible childhood, but pulled himself out of it and forged his own path. He sweet and thoughtful and humble and just wonderful. I liked the whole series, but the first book holds a special place in my heart.

Yet another book I thought I’ve never mentioned, but I have. I first read Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede when I was in seventh or eight grade. I have a confession: I’m not hugely into dragons, but this book is the exception. The princess is amazing, the dragon is fantastic, and the bad guys can be defeated with soapy water. It’s an fun romp that turns the damsel in distress trope on its head and leaves you guessing.

I picked up Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry because the cover and title intrigued me. I almost put it down right away because I thought the main character, Joe Ledger, sounded like a sexist dick and the book was going to be in the vein of OH JOHN RINGO NO. But, for some reason, I kept reading and found that my initial impression was very wrong. Joe might like looking at “beach bunnies”, but he’s not going to have sex with anyone who’s drunk and grieving and can’t properly consent. He also is highly competent at his job, has a wicked sense of humor, and has a pet cat named Cobbler. The villains in this book are numerous, varied, and all interesting in their own way. It’s a fantastic beginning of a long series that’s still going on, much to my pleasure.

Love Underground by Alicia Fields is a retelling of the Persephone myth, which has always been my favorite. In this book, no one is a god or goddess exactly, but Hades is a mysterious man who has a kingdom in a cave under Persephone’s village. When someone is sick or injured beyond help, the villagers leave the body by the entrance of the cave for him to deal with. He take them in, does what he can, and is never seen by the villagers. Then, he sees Persephone, kidnaps her, and they eventually fall in love. Yeah, it’s problematic, but I liked it.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield was one of the books I couldn’t put down. It’s about a reclusive author who invites a woman named Margaret to write her biography. Her tale is twisted and weird and left me on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would come next. It also blew my mind. In some ways, it’s similar to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but it’s much more gothic. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.

And those are the top 5 books I don’t talk about enough. What’s a book that you loved that you rarely talk about? Drop a comment below and let me know!

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Sunday Post: August 25, 2019

Oh. My. Goodness, this school year is kicking my behind. I’m so tired at night, I can only read about ten minutes before I don’t understand what I’m reading any more. I’m failing as a blogger because I can’t finish a darn book to review it. I don’t feel like I’m in a reading slump, because I’m eager to read and have books to read, I just can’t. I also am struggling to get to the gym. I start the week strong and go, and then just can’t make my body move. So, I’m failing as a blogger, failing as a gym rat, but succeeding as a teacher. I guess that’s what counts, right?


It will get easier, soon. The kids are settling in, I’m feeling more routine, it’ll get better. I just need to be patient. So, please, stick with me as I get through this rough patch; I’ll be posting again more regularly soon.

Two. Two stinking posts!

Tuesday: Top 5 Dystopians

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday


Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Don’t Talk Enough About

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

And, with any luck, one day I’ll be able to post my review of Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber

The song Whole Wide World by Mindy Gledhill

Also, if you’re interested, I’ve got a Donor’s Choose project going on, I’m trying to raise money to but a low table for my students to work at. You can go here to see the project. Or, you can go to my Amazon School Wish List and see if there’s anything you’d like to donate there.

What are you reading this week? Any words of wisdom to get me out of my funk?

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently listening to Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, which is about Cinderella’s stepsisters after Cinderella has her happily ever after and they don’t. It’s really enjoyable. Isabelle, the main character, is complex and strong and interesting. Her sister, Octavia, is too, but she’s not the focus. I like that they have more depth than just being mean and selfish. The author does a good job of making them sympathetic without excusing their behavior.

I’m also reading Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber. I really like the book and Verity continues to be awesome. She was a spy during World War I and is having trouble readjusting to civilian life. She’s also having trouble readjusting to her marriage with her declared dead and now returned husband. There’s a mystery involving her spying days and a medium and it’s all very interesting.

I just finished Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. She once again lays out why vulnerability is so vital to Wholehearted living and how we can “dare greatly” to find our true selves.

Oh, I don’t know. Hopefully Mistress of Nothing, since ThriftBooks is sending me another copy. After that, I think I’ll try Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Also, I am tired and con’t concentrate on books for longer than ten minutes or so. It’s really cramping my style.

What are you looking forward to reading next?

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Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer.  This week’s topic is Top 5 Dystopians.

My first pick is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve talked before about how when I finally started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down even though I was at Disney’s California Adventures. My other story about the book is how I bought it. I was at Borders (RIP) and in the mood for a book that delivered 2 things: 1) It had to be a dystopian book and 2) the main character had to be a girl. I picked this book up and immediately knew it was the book I was looking for. I’ve often lamented how I wanted to read this book for the first time again; it was just that great of an experience.

The Giver by Lois Lowry may have been the first dystopian I ever read (although I may have read Animal Farm first). I loved how chilling and disturbing the world was. I loved Jonah and his journey. I hated the ending, because I was a very pessimistic child and was sure something bad had happened at the end, but I still loved the book.

I read Legend by Marie Lu when I was deep into my dystopian love. My sister recommended it to me, saying it was based on Javert and Valjean from Les Miserables but genderflipped and a romance. I loved Day and his quest to do what’s right, and I love June and her sense of duty. This trilogy devastated me, absolutely, completely killed me. But, there’s a fourth book coming out soon, so either I’ll have my heart ripped out again or will be happy. We’ll see.

I read Scythe by Neal Shusterman last year. I’ll admit: I’ve been a little burned out on dystopians, but this one sounded interesting. A world where death has been conquered and can only be delivered randomly by people assigned the job? Color me intrigued. And I’m so glad I read it, because this book is amazing. I loved all the characters, especially Scythe Faraday, and the villains were terrifying. I cannot wait for the next book.

So, I feel I have to go with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for my last pick. I almost went with Divergent by Veronica Roth, but, honestly, I feel like that book is best read as a coming-of-age novel and doesn’t fully succeed as a dystopian. This book, however, does. It’s terrifying, especially in today’s political climate. I’ve read it twice,and each time it’s basically given me nightmares. It’s like something out of my worst dreams and, yet, somehow totally feasible. I haven’t see the TV show, but I think this is one of the best dystopian books out there.

And that’s my top 5 for the week?

What are some of your favorite dystopian novels? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

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Sunday Post: August 18, 2019

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

I survived the first week of school! Oooh, boy, is this year going to be interesting. I have a very rambunctious group of kiddos this year. They are imaginative, bright, enthusiastic, and loud. They are definitely going to keep me on my toes.

Yesterday, I got to see Wicked, which was completely awesome. I’ve seen it once before, but there was a lot that I’d forgotten. The best part was I didn’t miss any of it, which I was sure I was. A comic con was going on nearby, and I left later than I meant to so I struggled to find parking. I finally got into my usual parking lot right when the curtain was supposed to go up. Luckily, they held the curtain (just for me?), so I was there from the beginning. The performers were wonderful, and I love the story. I had a wonderful time.

In other news, ThriftBooks is sending me another copy of Mistress of Nothing, so I’ll be able to finish it soonish.

Monday: Fledgling by Molly Harper (ARC review)

Tuesday: I need a break

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (review)

Friday: Summer Sweat-along Book Tag

Saturday: Review Delayed Indefinitely?

Monday: TBD

Tuesday: Top 5 Dystopian

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

The Rest of the Week: TBD

I’m a little behind on reading and reviewing. Oops!

And that’s my Sunday post. I better get to reading!

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Review delayed indefinitely?

I’d hoped to have my review of The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger ready for today, but last night when I was reading, I came upon a startling discovery: after page 202, the narrative changed into Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders for 15 pages before resuming the original text at page 235! Not only was I hopelessly confused, I am not deeply disappointed. My library doesn’t have a copy and Amazon didn’t have one at a price I wanted to pay. I might have to swallow my pride and just order it, though, because I’m desperate to know what happened.

Ah, well. Life is unpredictable. Onto Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber.

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The Summer Sweat-along Book Tag

The Summer Sweatalong Book Tag was created by Jo, the Bookworm Dreamer. I saw it done on Zezee with Books and though it looked like fun. So, I’m going to do it.

My favorite season and why I like it:

My favorite season is summer. I’m a teacher, and I love having the summer off. I love the warm weather and sunshine. Where I live, it generally doesn’t get too warm (in fact, sometimes, it’s too cloudy for me). I love going to the beach and reading for hours, or walking by the shore listening to books. It’s just an amazing season, and I wish it lasted longer.

Don’t stop
A book you couldn’t stop reading

The first time I read The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles, I couldn’t put it down. I loved both the main characters so much, and the chemistry between them just scorched the page (or screen, since I read it on my Kindle). I was intrigued by the plot and hung on every word until the end.

You’re a cheetah.

A book you read in just one day.

So, I had a totally rocking New Year’s Eve this… last year. Not only did I read This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber in one day, I read it in a few hours. I looked at it, thought, “I wonder if I can read that before midnight,” and then I did. Totally rocking.

Couldn’t let go

A book you reread straight away

Something Upstairs by Avi is the only book I can remember ever opening up and rereading right after I finished reading it. It was creepy and spooky, and it scared the heck out of me, but I loved it.

Calm it down!
A book that got your heart racing

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff had my heart pounding and me sitting on the edge of my seat. It also made me cry really hard. It’s just a roller coaster of a ride.

Second best
A sequel you read faster than the first

It took me a few days to read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, but it only took me one to get through Clockwork Prince.

Books on fire!
A series you read straight through

I read all six published books in the the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber in just a few weeks. I think I only had to wait for them to be delivered from ThriftBooks, but I tore through that series. It’s just so good.

Midnight madness
A book that kept you up late

I didn’t want to put A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer down. It kept me up well into the night. I cannot wait for the sequel.

And that’s the Summer Sweatalong tag. If you’re reading this and feel so inclined, consider yourself tagged. Have fun!


Review: A Curse Dark as Gold

Title: A Curse Dark as Gold

Author: Elizabeth C. Bunce

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Length: 396 pages

Publication Date: March 1, 2008

Charlotte Miller has never believed in the curse on her family woolen mill. It may be crumbling and ramshackle and refuse to be repaired, but it’s the heart and blood of the town. When her father dies, though, bad luck seems to be nonstop. Just when things seem desperate, a man named Jack Spinner appears and offers to save them by spinning straw into gold in exchange for Charlotte’s ring. It seems like a small price, but Charlotte is drawn into deeper and deeper bargains with the mysterious man and soon finds his price too dear when it’s already too late. Desperate to save her family and the town, Charlotte must call on all her strength to solve the mystery of the curse and save her family.

Oh, I loved this story. I’ve always enjoyed the story of Rumpelstiltskin and this book told the story beautifully. Charlotte was an amazing protagonist, practical, level headed, kind, and thoughtful. She’s left with a huge burden after her father dies and never flinches from the reality of it. She cares not only for her younger sister but the whole town, as many of the villagers rely on the mill for their livelihood.

I greatly enjoyed the romance between Charlotte and Randall, who is a young banker who comes to collect the debt her father owed to his bank. He was so wonderful and sincerely good that I loved him from the first moment he appeared in the book. I thought the romance unfolded very well and was considerate of the time period as well.

I’m sure there were some faults in the story, but I enjoyed every bit. The author took her time laying the groundwork of the town, the mill, the family, and the curse before introducing the magical elements. I like being led into a world slowly and then uncovering the magic, so it really worked for me. I got the book from the library, but this is definitely a book I’ll be adding to my personal collection.