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.

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!

The Goodreads Tag

I am doing BTD’s first ever Tag post. I’m feeling pretty snazzy and in the cool-blogger’s club. I saw The Goodreads Tag on Girl Who Reads  and thought to myself, “OH MY GOSH I NEED TO DO THIS.” Yes, I did scream in my thoughts haha.

I wasn’t tagged, so anybody who would like to join may do so! If tags aren’t your thang, then all the more power to you.

If they are, then let’s get down to geeking out over Goodreads aka my favorite website.

What Was The Last Book You Marked as “Read”?

5

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Yessss. After 20-day reading slump I finally finished the third Harry Potter book. It took me sitting in the back corner of my local library for three hours and dissolving completely into the story to finish the last 51% of the book. I know that percentage because thank you Kindle-App. This is book has been my favorite so far, but I definitely need a little break from our good friend HP.

 

 

 

What are you currently reading?

My Lady Jane– Currently on page 249, oh my goodness. so good.

Girl Defined– My current daily devotional, study. I don’t know, I’m reading this at a slow pace and taking notes.

When People Are Big and God is Small– I started this book in September, haven’t picked it up since, but I will not give up!

What Was the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

Letters From Father Christmas

What I Thought Was True

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

So… basically that last three books that were reviewed by book bloggers I follow lol.

What book do you plan to read next?

The Crown’s Game and Someone Like You

#ThankYouLastMinuteLibraryCheckoutUrges

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do! I actually love using their rating system better than others.

Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

Heh…heh… Every year I start the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, and so far I read one book off the list and then just continue to read what I want to.

Do you have a Wishlist?

Umm. Yes.

What book do you plan to buy next?

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

A Harvest of Hope by Lauraine Snelling

Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Bloom by Estee Lalonde

Do you have any favorite quotes. Would you like to share a few?

I have many favorite quotes, but instead of searching for them I am going to quote my all time favorite quote which is not even from a book-

“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”- Tyler Knott Gregson

Who are your favorite Authors?

Kiera Cass, Lauren Oliver, Roald Dahl

Have you joined any groups?

Yes! I got super excited when I first joined Goodreads in 2012 and joined a lot of groups, some of which I refuse to leave because of time in the group. But I recently joined The Readers created by Girl Who Reads which I am super excited about joining.

How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?

All together I have nine- Read, Currently Reading, To Read, 2014, 2015, 2016, Gave Up On, Raves, and Up-Next.

I am going to ask one more question,

Who Is Your Favorite Publishing Company?

Harper Collins! I can look at a cover and tell right away if it is from Harper Collins or not. And if I’m not paying attention and I end up really liking the book it’s almost always Harper Collins. I don’t know how or why, but that is fact.

 

I greatly enjoyed writing this, hehehe my tag cravings are now full. If you do this tag or have done it put a link in the comments because I would greatly love to read it.

Until Next Time,

~R

 

My Book Collection 2016

unnamed-5
Hey look! My desk where I do all my creating!

Yay for filler posts! I have been in such a reading slump, I still haven’t finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Isn’t that terrible?! I swear that I’m that reader who either reads a book in four hours, or doesn’t read for four months. It’s so bad.

So I am giving myself some extra time by writing this post. I’ve done a lot of moving in the past year and a half. I moved to New York City for a year, then to my mom’s house, and as of this past Sunday, I am now living at my dad’s house.Phew! It’s been crazy. I have had to pack and ship boxes three times. THREE TIMES. By the second time you pack everything up you start wondering if your stuff is really worth it, just imagine the third time.

I got rid of/donated a lot of books during the different moving sessions, and these are the books that have made it to their (for now) final destination. These lucky ducks.

unnamed (11).jpg

Let’s start with the left side of my computer:

  • Nimona by Noella Stevenson
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womenhood by Piper & Grudem
  • Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones
  • It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke
  • Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Living The Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney
  • When People Are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Desiring God by John Piper
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Romeo And/Or Juliet by Ryan North

Woah, that was more than I thought lol. Pardon me for not linking the titles to Amazon. Not for the right side!

unnamed-12

This side is tiny haha.

  • On Our Knees by Susan J. Heck
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by John Wyss
  • Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
  • The Giver by Lois Lowery

Something else I just realized? Only 9/19 are fiction lol even though I am more of a fiction girl than non-fiction.

So for one reason or another, these are books that are special enough to me to keep through multiple states.

What are some books that go wherever you go?

Until Next Time

~R

October Books On Hold

My reading habits are almost exclusively funded by my local library, they have such a good selection for being a small town! But because I have been living and traveling all over the place this past year I have come to survive on their ebook program. Now that I’m back home, almost all of the books I read are still library ebooks!

Reading the first two books in the Harry Potter series in 5 days has me feeling a little bit of HP burnout. I’m not going to give up! I just need to readjust my reading timeline haha. So I have requested some books at the library for my October TBR and figured I would share them because if I can’t read them at least I can write about them!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Yes, I just talked about my needing to adjust my HP reading timeline. Yes, I am only on page 10 of book three. No, it is not too early to request the fourth book. I’m just saying.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The movie just came out, it’s spooky sounding, it also happens to be a favorite of my close-friend. I figured it is time to bite the bullet and read it already. You never know, I might like it.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I have been wanting to read this ever since I heard it was coming out and it’s been on my library wishlist for so long that I finally put it on hold. PLus, I am always in the mood for a laugh.

Those are the books that I cannot wait to get my hands on in the upcoming weeks! Ahhhh I’m so excited. Do you read books or ebooks from the library? What books are you currently waiting for?

~R

Jumping Back Into Reading

001.JPG

This summer has forced me to put my life in to a different perspective and actually prioritize my life. Well, I’m still working on the prioritize part. But as we are entering October I have fallen back in love with the idea of reading all day, of bringing a book wherever I go and not being able to get enough of the written word. And transforming back into my book nerd form I have a deeper to desire to have a place to write about all of the books I am reading, to have a place to collect all of my thoughts and since my bookshelf is already consumed with half-filled notebooks, a blog is going to have to do.

Bookish Tea Dribbles is no longer here to make me famous in the book-nerd community, but to catalogue my thoughts, opinions, and feelings of the many lives I am about to live.

So here we go.

To jump in, I am going to start by reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Everybody who breathes know about the Harry Potter series, and yet I have never read them. Shame on me. But my eldest sister finally took it upon herself and hosted a Harry Potter movie-marathon with me back in June 2015 and I didn’t read the first book until November 2015.

Here we are, almost a year later and still no progress. Those movies impress on me the feelings of a blanket around my shoulder and Christmas dinner. As we are diving in to Fall season ( hallelujah!) I thought I should finally start… again.

Right now I am in North Carolina helping said sister and her family pack and move up to Rhode Island, I need a book.

-Rebekah

February TBR

Feb tbr

You guys have no idea how long I have wanted to write a TBR blog post. It’s literally been years.

In order to reach my 100 Books in 2016 goal, I need to read at least 8 books a book. Yikes. So here are the eight books I would like to read in February and why!

1) LumberJanes Vol. 1: Behold the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, Maarta Laiho

In November I read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and I fell in love. The artwork was beautiful and fun, the story made me laugh and get teary-eyed, and I thought to myself “Rebekah, you need to read more graphic novels by Noelle Stevenson” So this is me reading more graphic novels by Noelle Stevenson. I have pretty high hopes.

2) Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book stood out to me in a bookstore and the next morning my YouTube subscriptions and email were flooding with Passenger reviews. The general rule? “YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK IT IS AMAZING” Plus everything about it is freaking gorgeous.

3) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve read this book before and it’s actually the first book I knowingly read from Harper Collins Publishing and it lead me to a spiraling addiction to said company. I was so excited for this book that I literally read it in less than two days and it gave me serious trust issues. But Glass Sword, the second installment in this series, is coming out February 9th, and its time to re-read.

4) Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Read previous reason. Enough said. *squeal!!!!*

5) I was Here by Gayle Forman

One of my favorite books of all time is If I Stay by Gayle Forman. This book has been on my TBR list for quite a while now, I’m craving some Gayle Forman, and it seems like a lovely rainy day read.

6) Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Louis Robert Stevenson

I cannot tell you how many times this title or reference from this book has come up in normal/random conversation. I always smile, laugh, and nod my head but it would be so nice to actually understand what they are talking about. Honestly, I don’t even know what this book is about.

7) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This book has also been blowing up my feed. It is described as

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.”

Two of my fave books put together? Uh… yes please. Plus I always enjoy a good book about dying.

8) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

I read this book back in December and I love, love, love, loved it. I loved it so much that I don’t think I caught everything lol. So I’m going to end February by reading this book and reading the second book starting March. So excited.

Those are my February TBRs! What are you reading this month?

Alright you crazy animals, I’m outta here.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“We are all someone’s monster”

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Heeeeey.

So there has been a little bit of absence from me that I want to talk about. I recently got a new job (yay!!!!) and I have been in this weird transition period where I am working 9am-2:30 at one job and 3:oopm-11pm at the new job. So let’s just say that any energy I have goes to eating. I can’t even stay awake on the subway for my life. Which means I haven’t had much time or desire to read. ugh. BUT, here I am with a book review and little note saying that I’m trying and I need your help to stay motivated. Also, we are taking break from the daily quotes. Anyways, let’s get on to the review!

I have some mixed feelings here. Let me tell you what it’s about and then we’ll get on to the deciding what I think about it part.

Six of Crows is about a group of six teenagers living the fictional world of Ketterdam where anything can be had for the right price. The story opens with Kaz Brekker, also known as dirty hands, being offered and opportunity at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams, but he can’t do it alone so he goes about hiring his crew.

Kaz- a convict with a thirst for revenge.

Jesper- a sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

Wylan- a runaway with a privileged past.

Inej- a spy known as the Wraith

Nina- a heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

Matthais- a thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

This gang is the only ones who stand between the world and destruction if they can keep from killing each other. This story is told from five perspectives and is epic, huge, complicated and can get a bit confusing. It’s non-stop action from the first page until the last word. There was barely and time to breathe and digest what was happening, which I liked and didn’t like at the same time. I liked the constant actions because I just wanted to find out what happened, but It was also a little too much at times.

I love all of the characters and the dynamic of the group. I have never read a book with more than two perspectives, but instead of being crazy, Leigh Bardugo pulled it off brilliantly. Each character has their own story, their own past, their own reasons for going on this mission. We get to see how their past and reasoning affect the decisions and how those decisions effect the group.

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true. Be decisive, you have to know where you want to go before you get there.”

I’m not going to lie, this book is so confusing at first, especially if you have no clue what you’re getting into. I picked this book up because I had heard the name a few times and thought I would give it a shot. Bardugo does such a great job with creating and bringing her readers into the intricate world of Ketterdam. Once I understood what was going on I became obsessed.

The group leader is an anti-hero which brings major love from me! So, so many books focus on the heroes or the chosen ones, but we get to watch the workings of the villan. The female characters are kick-butt and feminine, but not useless. They don’t make a point of trying to rise above or be better than the guys by going against their nature. They are just themselves doing what they need to do. I love the equality in the characters.

“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”

And my favorite part about books? The romance. This is not a romance book. Let me repeat.

THIS. IS. NOT. A ROMANCE. BOOK.

There are little sprinklings of romance throughout, but it all feels natural and unobtrusive. Like it is inevitable, but not the main theme.

“She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.”

I really liked this book, and now that I understand the world I’m probably going to have to go back and reread so I’m ready for the next in the series.

I would say that this is a book for borrowing. Read it twice then pass it on to a friend.

Alright you crazy animals, I’m outta here.

“No mourners, no funerals. (Sign for good luck)”

SAM_4648.JPG

The Rest Of Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

1909884_925640604156088_8822330900313453007_n.jpg

Alright people, this is one of those books where I could take it or leave it, but overall it was a good read.

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here is about four friends who are not the chosen ones and are not supposed to save the word. They leave that to Indie kids. So while the indie kids are battling and trying to save the world, these friends are just wanting to go to prom, graduate, and enjoy their last summer together.

The story is narrated by Mikey, who feels like he is always the least wanted person in the group, that he depends on and loves everyone more than they do him. He also gets stuck in these loops of washing his hands over and over until he can get it perfect or counting all of the telephone poles on his way to school.

This book was introduced to me as directed toward a middle school audience, and while the story is written in that style it deals with a lot of topics that I would not let my middle school siblings read. Mostly sex and random, unneccessary comments about sex. ugh.

Now I freaking love Patrick Ness, so so much, but I’m a little disappointed in this book. It just wasn’t wow for me.

One thing I really want to talk about is Mikey’s loops. I relate to Mikey so hard. So. Hard. 

Growing up I had to do everything multiple, multiple, strenuous times. I had to make sure I touched both feet on every line of a cross walk, I had to touch everything four times, I even had this thing where I couldn’t stop scrunching my nose. You can ask anybody in my family about this really weird period in my life. It was so weird and I have family photographs to prove it.

I also have always felt like the background character in the story of my friends’ lives. I wanted so much to be wanted and loved as much as I wanted and loved them. Then I grew up and realized it wasn’t all about me, but I still find myself struggling with the loops and the fear of being the least wanted.

Phew, now that I got that out I feel like I can get on with my life. Get on with my life. Get on with my life.

While I didn’t particularly enjoy this book and I can’t see myself recommending it to any of my friends I have to say that in this four-months I have lived in New York City I have never missed my train stop coming home. But I was on the last few chapters of this book and when I looked up I was way past my stop. I had to get off and get on the train going back towards home. So, it does get you sucked in haha.

I am going to end this review with one more thing:

Mikey’s best friend is the grandson of the god of cats. Need I say how amazing this is? I think not.

Alright you crazy animals, I’m outta here.