Tag #52: Disney Song Book Tag

The Book Nut is awesome!

Here’s the link to their original post:


Part of Your World – What book world would you change yourself for so you could be a part of that world? 

 Harry Potter. I like to think that Hermione would be my best friend.



Let It Go – What book did you not want to finish because you loved it so much?

 Wow. This is a hard one! I think it was either The Notebook or Nights in Rodanthe, from Nicholas Sparks.

Beauty and the Beast – What book do you think is/will be timeless? 

Since I already answered Harry Potter, my next answer would be The Hunger Games.

So This is Love – What book were you hesitant to read at first but ended up loving?

Probably Divergent. I was skeptical at first, but I really enjoyed it.

Friend Like Me – Which character would you like to be your best friend?

Hermione Granger.

Reflection – What book really made you think/changed the way you viewed things?

I have to agree with The Book Nut here – Looking for Alaska by John Green. It was assigned reading for my Young Adult Literature class during my last semester of college, and it changed me. I’ve adored Green and his books ever since.

Colors of the Wind – Who do you tag?

I tag anyone!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

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Tag #51: Book Blogger Test Tag

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I was looking for some ideas for a few books tags, and I found The Book Nut. They’ve done so many!

Here’s the link to their original post:


The Rules:

You must answer all of these questions truthfully and once you’ve completed this tag, tag 5 other book bloggers to answer the questions next.


What are your top three book pet hates?
Coverage changes, broken spines, and missing dust jackets.

Describe your perfect reading spot.
A comfortable chair or chaise lounge on a screened porch.

Tell us three book confessions.
I have more unread than read books on my shelf, I love organizing my books by author and publication year, and I’ve never read more than one book at a time.

When was the last time you cried at a book?
Prez: A Story of Love.

How many books are on your bedside table?
Ten. I need to put the six read ones back on my bookshelf.

What is your favorite snack whist you’re reading?
Nothing.

Name three books you’d recommend to everyone.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Show us a picture of your favorite shelf on your bookcase.
I don’t have a current picture, but I love my John Grisham shelf.

Write how much books mean to you in 3 words.
Reading is relaxing.

What’s your biggest reading secret?
I haven’t read many of Jane Austen’s works.


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #50: This or That Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged for this one, but if you’ve read the blog lately, I love doing book tags.

When I saw Jenna’s new post, the author of the lovely Bookmark Your Thoughts, come across my email, I was definitely intrigued.

Here’s the link to her post:


Reading on the bed or the couch?

At the moment, it’s my bed. I try really hard to read for at least 30 minutes every night before going to sleep. Reading is one of the only things that really relaxes me.

Male main character or female main character?

Like others, I used to be immediately drawn to female main characters.

Now, I’m finding myself seeking out more male main characters. It’s a different perspective. Plus, I tend to discover different authors this way, too.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when you’re reading?

Neither. I don’t eat while I read.

I have enough trouble multitasking in general!

Occasionally, I have a beverage by my side, but I’m always afraid I’ll spill it.

Trilogies or quartets?

Trilogies.

However, I’m currently reading more stand-alone books, and I love the idea of duologies, too.

First person POV or third person POV?

First person.

I honestly can’t remember the last book I read with third person POV.

Reading at night or in the morning?

I read at night.

The only times that I’ve read in the morning were for, (a) Bible studies; (b) on vacation at the beach; or (c) traveling where I wasn’t the driver.

Libraries or bookstores?

Toughest. Question. Ever.

Given that I’ve drastically cut my spending habits recently, I think a library sounds amazing right now.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

It depends. I have been known to stop reading a book before finishing it, and change to a completely new one if the mood is too sad.

At the moment, I lean toward books that make me laugh.

Black book covers or white book covers?

Black covers.

White covers are easy to stain or scuff.

Character driven or plot driven?

Definitely character driven.

While I certainly appreciate a good plot, the characters make it or break it for me.


Tag – You’re It!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #49: Extraordinary Means Book Tag

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Thrice Read posts some of the best book tags!

Here’s the link to their post:


I would give up the Internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book …

  • The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors. It’s one book that I re-read every year, too.

I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride …

  • J.K. Rowling. Hands down. I’ve always wanted the chance to meet her.

I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure that Hollywood made this book into a movie …

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was assigned reading in high school. I’m usually not a big fan of magic realism, but I’d love to see Hollywood works their magic on this one.

I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book …

  • I agree with Thrice Read. It would have to be Harry Potter. Period. No discussion. End of conversation.

 

 

I would let my Google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author …

  • Too many choices! First author that popped into my head – Sarah Dessen. She was a key figure in my Young Adult Literature choices throughout high school, and part of college. Yes, please!

 

I would donate everything I own to Goodwill if it meant I could date this book character in real life …

  • A modern version of Mr. Darcy.

 


This was such a fun and different tag! Keep ’em coming, Thrice Read!

What are some things you guys would give up for bookish opportunities?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #48: Justice League Book Tag

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Thrice Read did it again!

Here’s the link to their post:


The Rules:

  • Copy these rules onto your post
  • Mention creators of the tag: Angelica and Rosie @TheBookCoverGirls and link to the original post
  • Mention and thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
  • Answer all the questions
  • Since there were originally seven members in the Justice League, tag seven people
  • Also, you can use the images provided, but don’t have to if you don’t want to
  • Have fun with it!

Batman: Your favorite antihero

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Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

One of my all-time favorite books. Also, one that I re-read every year.

Aquaman: A book or character that turned out to be better than you expected (Because let’s be real, we did not expect Khal Drogo to make Aquaman cool)

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Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neal Hurston.

This was another assigned reading book, during our senior year in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. We were getting ready for our crucial exams, and everyone was super stressed out. I found this book to be especially pleasant to read during this difficult time, although my classmates likely disagree with me.

Wonder Woman: Most bad-ass female character (Not necessarily in a physical sense)

 

Hermione Granger, Harry Potter.

Easiest choice ever.

Cyborg: Favorite science fiction novel

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Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card.

I was not a big science fiction fan for a long time, especially in high school. So, I initially dreaded having to read this for summer reading. I think it was ninth or tenth grade?

I don’t know why I was worried. Ender’s Game is one of my favorite books now. I want to eventually read the whole series.

The Flash: A book you sped through

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The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks.

I know, I know. Cue the eye roll. But, I did my senior thesis in college on Nicholas Sparks’ books and the perceptions of love and romance. So, naturally, I’d read all the books published to that point!

I remember waiting what felt like forever for this book to be available through the library. It was the summer of 2009 (or maybe 2010), and I finally got my hands on a copy right before we trekked to Florida in the car. I remember burying my nose in it almost immediately, and hardly looking up while my parents were driving. It was good stuff.

Superman: Saddest character death (Although we all know there’s no way Superman is going to stay dead)

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SPOILER ALERT!

Alaska, from Looking for Alaska, John Green.

Looking for Alaska was the first John Green novel I ever read. It was for my Young Adult Literature class during the spring of 2011, my final semester of college. It gutted me, but it also made me want to read all of Green’s books after that.

I’ve done that, although I need to get my hands on Turtles All The Way Down, stat.


That’s it! I loved this tag!

Who’s your favorite member of the Justice League?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #47: Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

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I found this post through someone else’s post (Cannot remember who, however!). But, I wanted to share my list!

Here are other bloggers’ takes on the list:

Thrice Read also did this tag recently!


How many of Amazon’s recommended books have you read?

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)

*The names of book titles U.S. versions, rather than U.K.

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking No
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers No
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah No
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket No
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Yes
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro No
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Yes
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward Yes
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt Yes
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume Yes
Bel Canto Ann Patchett No
Beloved Toni Morrison Yes
Born to Run Christopher McDougall No
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat No
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese No
Daring Greatly Brené Brown No
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney Yes
Dune Frank Herbert No
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Yes
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson No
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn No
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens Yes
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D. No
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote Yes
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri No
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison Yes
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware No
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain No
Life After Life Kate Atkinson No
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder Yes
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Yes
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez Yes
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich No
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl No
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris No
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides Yes
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie No
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis No
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham No
On the Road Jack Kerouac Yes
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen Yes
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi No
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth No
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson Yes
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut Yes
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin No
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton Yes
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon No
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X Yes
The Book Thief Markus Zusak No
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz No
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Yes
The Color of Water James McBride No
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen No
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson Yes
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman No
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood No
The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne Yes
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot No
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr No
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan No
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry No
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler No
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright No
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien No
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks No
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan No
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster Yes
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver No
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro No
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe Yes
The Road Cormac McCarthy Yes
The Secret History Donna Tartt No
The Shining Stephen King Yes
The Stranger Albert Camus Yes
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway Yes
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien Yes
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Yes
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami No
The World According to Garp John Irving Yes
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion No
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe Yes
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand No
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann No
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

And it’s a “Yes” for Where the Wild Things Are.

Yes: 50
No: 50

An even split!

I have a lot more reading to do, apparently. But, I’m happy that I’ve read half this list. It’s inspiring me to re-read a few of these, too.


What do you think? How many of these books have you read?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #121: May the 4th Be With You!

May the Fourth Be With You

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Today is May 4th!

For Star Wars fans, today is “May the Fourth Be With You” Day!

Here’s some information from starwars.com: Star Wars Day: May The 4th Be With You

Since my hair is super-short now, I can’t put it into the Princess Lea buns. However, I did do it for Star Wars Day in 2011!

And, tomorrow is “Revenge of the Fifth.”

HAHAHAHA!


Are you doing anything to celebrate May The Fourth Be With You?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂