I Want To Grow as a Reader

I love Young-Adult novels. I gobble them up with a satisfied burp (aka a review) and I jump into the next one. I find that the more I read, the more I desire to read. When I take a break, even for a day, I find it hard to start back up. Is it only me?

I have been on a couple of month break from reading and my heart-strings are pulling towards the literal pile of books on my living room floor. We are over half way through the year, which means that I am looking at all of my failed reading challenges that I promised myself that I would for the fifth year in a row, but still haven’t. It’s a problem. In my self-reflection, I’ve found that I read a lot, and I mean a lot Young Adult novels and little else. I’ve never read and Austen or a Bronte sisters’ classic, I’ve never read a western, or a mystery, or really any book that is outside of the YA genre. And I don’t like that.

I want to read more classics! I want to read a textbook outside of classroom because it’s so much easier to learn without being anxious about deadlines. I want to read non-fiction books, I want to join a book club!

I want to grow as a reader.

So in my growing, I am currently creating the Bookish Tea Dribbles 100 Book Challenge. I am going to challenge myself to read 100 books in 365 days, starting September 1st, 2017. I’m starting September 1st because life is too short to wait until January. Seize the moment! But I’m not that crazy, so I will be starting at the beginning of a month.

100 books in 365 days, equals 9 books a month, which look like 2 books a week (or one book every 3 days). I’m excited while also feeling like I am signing up to kill myself. But mostly excited haha.

I was going to wait until closer to the actual start date or when I have more information about what I actually want to do with this challenge, but I am so excited about it.

Each month I want to release 9 reading prompts that I am hoping some my fellow readers will feel inspired by and will want to join me!

Take this poll and/or let me know in comments what you think, and if you might want to join! Also, keep your eyes peeled for more posts on the BTD 100 Book Challenge.

 

See Ya Book Nerds!

Rebekah J.

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Half Price Books Haul

Yesterday I shared a long-winded and kind of pointless story of my interviews at Barnes and Noble and how it lead me to apply at Half Priced Books. (No, In the last 12 hours I have not heard from them. Boo.)

Well, while I was at HPB I did some shopping and may have bought too many books on my ramen-budget. But the important thing is, I bought “new” books!

These books were bought during my first and second trips ever to the store, and I have to say that I am absolutely blown away at the variety, quality and prices of their books. It’s one of my favorite book shops now!

Here are the titles I picked up:

The first one, Esio Trot by Roald Dahl.

Not going to lie, I started freaking out when I saw this. I haven’t seen a copy of Esio Trot since I was in 4th grade (roughly 10 years ago). So I bought it because it is a sweet love story involving a turtle. It was $1.99 and still in good condition!

The second book, The Twits by Roald Dahl.

For those of you who don’t know, Roald Dahl is my favorite author. I also happen to be very passionate about adults reading children’s and grade-school novels. This short novel is about Mr. and Mrs. Twit who are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest twits in the world. They also happen to hate everything. This was $1.99

 

The third book, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

At HPB, there was a back-to-school table filled with required reading material. Don’t shun me when I say this, but I have never read a novel by either of the Bronte sisters or Jane Austen *Gasp!* I know. It’s awful. But this magical table had so many classics with modern and pretty covers, I HAD to buy them.

Here’s a fun fact about me, I like pretty books. When I decide to buy a book, I do my research to find the prettiest (to me) cover of the book to purchase. These classics are gorgeous! This copy was $3.99

The fourth book, Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

Yay! I finally own a Jane Austen novel! This somehow makes me feel validated as a book nerd. I’m excited to read it. Price- $3.99

The fifth book, Emma by Jane Austen.

I thoroughly enjoy the 1996 movie with Gwyneth Paltrow s Emma, so I wanted to read the book. This isn’t my favorite cover that I’ve seen, but it’s still pretty. (Yes, I really am this petty). Price -$3.99

The sixth book, and last of the classic, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

“You have bewitched me body and soul and I love, I love, I love you”

Be still me heart! How I love me some Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen action. I’m sorry, but the 2005 movie is where it’s at. BUT… I’ve never actually read the book. I’ve read retellings, but not the actually novel. I personally think there’s something wrong with that.

I’m so excited about finally owning this novel that I’ve been playing with the idea of doing a Pride and Prejudice themed month! Pride and Prejudice themed recipes, the original novel, retellings, tea party.

Anybody with me?

Price- $3.99

And finally, the last book I bought was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK. I just finished the Goblet of Fire and oh, the tears I cried.

 

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this book haul. I want to hear from you!

Have you read any of these books?

Have you gone shopping for books recently? Put a link to your haul in the comments.

 

See ya Later Book Nerds!

Rebekah J.

My Interview at Barnes and Noble

That’s right book nerds, I had an interview at Barnes and Noble. Actually, I had two interviews.

The first interview was this past Wednesday. I think that I was at the top of my game. I walked in and was confident, spoke eloquently, and portrayed my love of books well enough while not saying “I love books” too many times over. I was getting the vibe that I did great. But at the end of the interview, the lady interviewing me said, “Usually you would go straight into an interview with the store manager after this, and he is here today, but I am going to have you rescheduled because if he saw you in this outfit, he would bar you from this position. We do not allow any denim, plain tee shirts, or sneakers.”

Do you know what I was wearing?

That’s right.

Nice, clean, non-ripped skinny jeans, White converse, and a plain olive green tee shirt (which was nicer than most tee shirts if I do say so myself). Anyways, I failed that portion of the test, but was thankful that I got to reschedule.

On Thursday night, my husband (gosh, I love writing that), Mr.B, and I went shopping for “business casual” clothing and I cried because apparently I am two and emotionally challenged. I couldn’t find anything that didn’t look like something from my mother’s closet. Even and Forever 21 and H&M. It was a sad night in our household. It all ended with finding a business skirt.

Going to all your favorite stores, and not finding anything that fits you right is a major blow to your self-esteem and body image. It hurts, man! Also, I was still a little peeved that I couldn’t dress up as a hipster Belle. Come on, Barnes and Noble! I’m applying to work in a bookstore, not a bank! Give this girl some fashion freedom!

The next morning, aka the morning of the interview, aka Friday, I ran to Kohls and was able to find THREE shirts that were business casual and still cute. Yay, me! I was feeling excited and ready for this interview!

The interview went great, and I was able to keep the conversation easy and flowing. Talking with the store manager was making me even more excited to possibly be a part of this team! At the end when he asked if I had any questions for him, I asked about scheduling and flexibility.

He informed me of the pay and the part-time hours I would be receiving. Let’s just say, it was tiny pay, on minimal hours. Ouch. I said that I am still interested in this position, but would need to find another part time job and would he be willing to work with me on that? He said no. That I would need completely availability to work when they needed. At least he was honest.

I left not knowing what to do.

So I went shopping at Half Priced Books where I can actually afford to buy books. Seriously Ya’ll, you NEED to buy your books at HPB. It’s fantastic.

While I was shopping, a lady walked up to me and asked, “Excuse me, do you have a section dedicated to Shakespeare?” I explained I didn’t work there and an idea dawned on my flattered soul. I should work at Half Priced Books!

All of this to say, I am turning down the job at Barnes and Noble and pursuing a career at HPB.

To answer any questions,

No, I do not yet have a job at HPB, I have only applied.

Yes, I am crazy for turning down a job for one that I don’t even have.

But I am taking my chances and praying for the best!

There’s my update. Does anybody have experience with Half Priced Books or Barnes and Noble?

See ya Book nerds!

~Rebekah J.

 

P.S. Half Priced Book Haul coming tomorrow!

Getting Married, Moving to Texas, and the Blogging of Books

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This is not click bait. I am now a married woman and it’s kind of blowing my mind.

I logged into this blog for the first time in ages and was shocked when I realized I haven’t posted anything since BEFORE Christmas. What is this craziness?! Please believe when I say that I have been reading, I’m on book 21 for 2017.

But life got insane and I wanted to be completely present and enjoy every little second of working, moving, wedding planning, family time, etc that I could. For me, this was a once in a lifetime season of my life.

Anywho… My Beloved  Mr.B and I got married on July 15th, 2017 at my aunt and uncle’s lake house in Northern California. It was gorgeous, and everything I ever could have hoped for. Simple, family focused, and Christ-centered.

Enough of me jabbering on about the wedding. I’m here to say that I am back! and I have so dearly missed my little book blogging community. This blog started in Brooklyn, NY, the mover to Northern California, and now I am writing from my own little corner of Texas. Oh the places I write about books! haha.

I don’t know what this blog is going to transform into, but I’m just happy to be writing again.

I am going to end this post with more wedding photos, and then I promise that I’ll stop.

Sip on!

the now, Rebekah J.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix Series

Before I continue, please take time to watch the above trailer. I will wait.

I am so excited for this! I used to love this series growing up, then my youngest sister fell in love with it, now I am going to brain-wash my nephew. Ahh I’m so excited.

Let’s talk about this trailer though.

I’m going to be very judgmental about the series. I’m excited to see a TV show based on A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I enjoyed and was happy with how the movie with Jim Carey turned out. I’m super sure how I feel about another remake, but for right now we’ll focus on my excited side.

Jim Carey played all the characters, but especially Count Olaf wonderfully. It’s going to be hard to top that! But I am willing to give it a chance. So far Netflix-Violet seems more accurate than Movie-Violet. The house though, the house is exactly how I imagined it.

This Netflix series looks a little sillier than I would like, but it should be good to watch with my nephew. It looks like there a lot of famous actors in this, so hopefully that will equate to good acting and character portrayal.

This series arrives to Netflix on January 13th, 2017 and from I’ve heard we will get eight episodes with the first run, and every two episodes will represent one book. I’m happy about that. Each book deserve two episodes.

Are any of excited for this?!

I’m going to be re-reading the first four books so that the stories are fresh in my mind. This may end up being a good or bad thing haha.

Until Next Time,

~R

Is It Alright to Give Up On A Book?

9781447283317Alrighty, discussion post.

I used to believe that if you start a book you have to finish it. I would hold books hostage in my currently-reading shelf on Goodreads for months, telling myself that I could not start another book until I finished this one or I would avoid finishing it by reading every book except that one. I would dread picking it up again. I used to give myself major guilt over not being into a book or not wanting to continue on with a series.

I want to encourage all you fellow readers that if you don’t want to finish a book or book series, you don’t have to! There are so many books in the world that even if you read two books a day, you will never read them all, and new ones are constantly being published.

Don’t waste your time reading something that bores you! This is with the exception of books that you previously committed yourself to read for a publisher or was assigned for a class.

I bring this up because I got about 30 pages into Yes Please by Amy Poehler and while it was funny, I just wasn’t interested. So I am putting it down and I’m not going to feel guilty. Maybe I’ll pick it up again in the future, but for now I am moving on. I’m letting go and frankly, I’m kind of proud of myself.

What is your opinion? Do you believe in finishing every book you pick up? What books or book series did you give up on?

Until Next Time,

~R

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 3!)

I was tagged by the lovely Lia from Lost In a Story to post a new quote every day for three days and today is today is the last day! I really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite quotes with you guys! Maybe I’ll do this again in the future.

Here are the rules:

  • Show the challenge on your blog.
  • Thank your nominator.
  • Pick a favourite quote, explain what it means and tell your readers why you chose that quote.
  • Nominate people for every post
  • Post the challenge once a day for 3 days and include one quote for each post.

Here is my last quote!

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”

– John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

Of course it had to be a quote by John Green! He is the guru of amazing quotes that pierce your heart! I thought all of can relate to this, plus what a wonderful truth. There is nothing like being loved by a book.

As the last day of the challenge it’s my last time to challenge you who are reading this! Take three days to share three quotes, they don’t even have to be you favorite. Take a random line from the book you’re reading now. It can be so random and out of context. Extra points if you do that!

If you do this challenge, give me a holla because I want to see what you post. All right lovelies, I’ll see ya next time.

~R

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (Day 2)

I was tagged by the lovely Lia from Lost In a Story to post a new quote every day for three days and today is day two! Here are the rules again just in case you forgot…

Here are the rules:

  • Show the challenge on your blog.
  • Thank your nominator.
  • Pick a favourite quote, explain what it means and tell your readers why you chose that quote.
  • Nominate people for every post
  • Post the challenge once a day for 3 days and include one quote for each post.

Here is my quote for today!

“He told me once to be brave, and though I have stood still while knives spun toward my face and jumped off a roof, I never thought I would need bravery in the small moments of my life. I do.”

-Veronica Roth, Divergent

I chose this quote because I wanted to be an encouragement to any body out there who is struggling. It takes great bravery to face your enemies and to slay those dragons, but it takes a different kind of bravery to face the small tasks, to face every day when things and feelings are happening that you can’t control. Keep on Keepin On!

Okay, That is my mushy moment haha.

So! As I said yesterday, I challenge you person reading this! Take three days to share three quotes, they don’t even have to be you favorite. Take a random line from the book you’re reading now. It can be so random and out of context. Extra points if you do that!

If you do this challenge, give me a holla because I want to see what you post. All right lovelies, I’ll see ya next time.

~R

 

 

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge (Day One)

I was tagged by the lovely Lia from Lost In a Story to post a new quote every day. For anybody who was around when I first started, my main thang was daily quotes, but I drifted from that. This is the perfect excuse to dip my toes in it again, because why not! Also, it was very sweet of her to tag me.

Here are the rules:

 

  • Show the challenge on your blog.
  • Thank your nominator.
  • Pick a favourite quote, explain what it means and tell your readers why you chose that quote.
  • Nominate people for every post
  • Post the challenge once a day for 3 days and include one quote for each post.

I’m not going to tag anybody specifically, but I’m going to tag everyone who hasn’t already done this! It’s fun, plus I want to see what your favorite quotes are.

For day one I am going to quote Cassandra Clare in City of Bones. Every. Single. Time. I read this quote it makes me laugh out loud.

Clary: “Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”

Jace: “If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

Every time people, every time. I actually snort because of Jace’s cockiness. It’s wonderful.

So! I challenge you person reading this! Take three days to share three quotes, they don’t even have to be you favorite. Take a random line from the book you’re reading now. It can be so random and out of context. Actually… That’s a good idea! Extra points if you do that haha.

If you do this challenge, give me a holla because I want to see what you post. All right lovelies, I’ll see ya next time.

~R