8 Reasons Why You Should Read THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster

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Written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer, The Phantom Tollbooth is often regarded as a classic work of children’s fiction. I never read this book as a child, so when my friend (and roommate!) recommended it to me I had no idea what she was talking about. A phantom tollbooth who takes a boy on an adventure to magical faraway lands? A dog with a clock for a torso? What in the world is a “phantom tollbooth,” anyways? It sounded bizarre, but also like the kind of story that I would love. I decided to give it a try.

Needless to say, I now adore this book.

I can’t recommend this book enough to each and every one of you, no matter your age or usual preferred reading genre. If my simple declaration of adoration isn’t convincing enough for you, here are 8 Reasons Why You Should Read The Phantom Tollbooth.

4971181. It’s a timeless story.

This book was first published in 1961, which makes 2016 its 55th anniversary. The world was a different place back then, yet time has not changed the way it enchants and entertains readers of all ages. Age will never dull the power and greatness of this story, making The Phantom Tollbooth a true timeless work in my eyes. I look forward to celebrating this book for many years to come!

2. Wonderful characters.

The characters in this story are unique, memorable, and incredibly lovable. There’s Milo (the main protagonist), Tock (a literal watchdog), the Humbug (a grumpy guy with a hidden soft side), and so, so many more! Their names perfectly reflect their personalities and personas, helping the reader understand them from the moment they are introduced. I think Tock is my favorite character, because I share his desire to always know and be on time.

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3. Clever, creative, and captivating.

This is one of the most clever stories I have ever read. From Juster’s ingenious use of language (more on that later!) to the creative characters and settings he creates, everything about The Phantom Tollbooth exudes imagination.

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4. Use of Language.

I can’t even begin to describe how brilliantly Juster plays with language throughout this story. Every word has clearly been chosen with care: the names of characters and settings, the witty dialogue of King Azaz’s cabinet, and even narration itself. If you’re a word nerd like me, then I can guarantee that you’ll love this book!

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5. Lovely illustrations.

Jules Feiffer’s illustrations perfectly capture the whimsical tone of this story. They offer enough detail to help the reader along, yet somehow still provide the opportunity for the reader’s own interpretation and visualization of what is going on. These illustrations are sometimes adorable, sometimes a bit bizarre, and always fun– what more could you want?

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6. Brimming with lessons.

Somehow Juster has managed to pack countless life lessons into this lovely little book in a way that is always fun, entertaining, and never “preachy.” This story reminds us how to be kind, accepting of others, and go-getters in our own lives. Whether your nine or ninety-nine years old, those are certainly things that never hurt to be reminded of!

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7. The ending.

Saying goodbye to this story was incredibly sad– I wanted it to go on forever! Fortunately, the ending was as charming and satisfying as the rest of the book. It’s clear that Milo has grown throughout the story, for the by end he is no longer the bored, lost, tired boy we met in the beginning. Milo comes to understand how exciting and fun life can be, even without the help of the phantom tollbooth.

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8. That warm and fuzzy feeling.

If you ever need some cheering up or are feeling blue, then this is definitely the book to turn to! I practically smiled the entire time I was reading it, or at least that’s what it felt like. It’s such a “feel good” story that you can’t help but laugh, grin, and want to read it all over again.

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I’m so glad my friend recommended The Phantom Tollbooth to me, and I truly hope that you will all go out and enjoy reading this wonderful book as well!

What are your thoughts on The Phantom Tollbooth? Have any bookish recommendations? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors I Read in 2016

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Happy Tuesday! Now that December is here, it’s that time again when we start reflecting on the past year and all of the wonderful books we read. This week we’re focusing on the writers of those wonderful books by sharing the Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2016. Thanks to all of the assigned reading that I have to do for my classes and awesome recommendations from friends, I have been introduced to a lot of great writers whose work I might not have otherwise picked up.

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Overall, I read work by some amazing new-to-me authors this year, and I can’t wait to see what new authors 2017 will bring!

What are your favorite authors that you read for the first time this year? What do you think of the authors on my list? Any other books by them that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

My Ideal Book Conference Panel | Discussion

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Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic day! Recently I was contacted by Eventbrite, the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world, to write a post as part of their effort to promote local event-planning. Eventbrite works with people to find and plan successful, fun, and exciting events in their areas. If you would like to check out their services, you can do so by visiting their conference management page.

I ultimately agreed to write this post because I love the prompt that I was given: What would my dream book conference panel look like? Who would speak and what would they discuss?

At first thought a few obvious names popped into my head, such as J.K. Rowling, John Green, and Maggie Stiefvater. However, after some thought I realized what would be even more incredible than speaking with these contemporary authors: hearing from those writers who can no longer voice their opinions. In particular, I would be interested to know what fueled their writing, how often they drew on their own personal experiences, and perhaps what their views would be on a few contentions modern-day issues.

Another aspect I’ve thought about when constructing my ideal panel is representation; in other words, whose voices haven’t been heard as loudly or clearly as those of others throughout history? With this in mind I’ve decided to create a panel of women writers in an effort to gain a clearer, fuller, uncensored understanding of their perspectives. There are many women writers whose views would be fascinating to hear more about, but for the sake of this post I have only chosen two:

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Born in 1873 in Virginia, Willa Cather led a life of remarkable independence and achievement. Not only was she a gifted writer (as her novel My Ántonia can surely attest) but she was also a very interesting person in the way that she bent gender norms of the time period. Defying the traditional role of women as dutiful wives, Cather never married and managed to financially support herself through teaching, editing, and the publication of her own writing. Even more intriguing was the way she adopted masculine dress and hairstyles as well as a masculine point of view in much of her fictional work. The majority of her close friends were women and it was rumored that she had sexual relations with Edith Lewis, with whom she lived for nearly forty years.

mte5ndg0mdu0ote3ndq5mjmxThough I wouldn’t want to pry too pointedly into her personal life, I would love to hear her answers to the following questions:

  • Did you purposefully set out to play with gender norms and identities in your writing or was it something that was incorporated naturally as your characters developed?
  • What was it like to live so independently during a time when women were viewed as always being dependent on men?
  • Any advice for modern women trying to do the same?
  • What are your thoughts on current debates surrounding sexuality and gender?

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Since reading Gone with the Wind over the summer I’ve been eager to learn more about the author of this hefty tome. Born in 1900 in Georgia, Margaret Mitchell (also known by her pseudonym Peggy Mitchell) wrote primarily as a journalist and published only a single novel during her lifetime. Largely inspired and influenced by the Civil War stories of her older family members, Mitchell turned to this tumultuous time period when she decided to write a novel while recovering from an ankle injury. However, despite its immense popularity among readers of the general public, the novel has been frequently criticized for perpetuating issues involving race relations through its portrayal of African Americans and the Civil War South.

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Needless to say, I’d be ecstatic to have the opportunity to ask this influential writer the following questions:

  • Did you draw on your own life experiences and those of your relatives a lot while writing Gone with the Wind? 
  • In what ways, if any, is the character Scarlett O’Hara a reflection of yourself?
  • Did you ever want to write another novel?
  • What is your response to the criticism your novel has received?
  • Was your intent to entertain? Educate? Both? Neither?
  • What are your thoughts on current race relations issues in the United States?

That concludes my bookish panel! It may seem short, but I would much rather have time to go in-depth with these two women than only be able to hear a few words from a large group of authors. Big thanks to Everbrite for sparking this fun and interesting discussion!

What would your dream book conference panel look like? Who would speak and what questions would you ask? What do you think of my bookish panel? Have you ever been to a book conference panel in real life? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

A Bookworm’s First Comic Con Experience

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Going to a Comic Con has been a sort of bucket list goal for me since I first learned that they even exist. I’ve always been attracted to the idea of a bunch of people getting together who are all passionate and enthusiastic about fandoms and nerdiness in general. Besides, who doesn’t have a not-so-secret desire to dress up as one of their favorite characters?

You can imagine my extreme excitement when one of my good friends asked me if I’d like to come to the Rhode Island Comic Con with her this past November. My college isn’t that far from Rhode Island and I had no other plans that weekend, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally experience an actual Comic Con.

So, how was it?

I had the best time. 

I decided to embrace my inner trekkie and went as a female Spock from Star Trek. (Yes, those are Vulcan ears!) My wonderful friend and Disney enthusiast went as Mary Poppins, which was absolutely adorable. Little kids kept coming up to her asking to take pictures and I couldn’t help but feel like we were in Disney World and maybe, just maybe, she had actually been Mary Poppins in disguise the entire time I had known her. (I’m still not discounting that theory– she could definitely pull it off!). I had so much fun walking around in my costume and occasionally busting out the Vulcan salute. (Also, bonus points for my fake ears for not falling off even once!)

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As much as I loved the experience of dressing up, it was equally as entertaining to see everyone else’s amazing costumes. From Marvel superheroes and Star Wars characters to pirates and princesses, people really pulled out all of the stops.

Though I had a blast walking around the convention center and perusing all of the geeky goodies for sale, the highlight of the day was attending a Q&A panel with Stan Lee. (Yes, you read that right: the actual STAN LEE.) We got in line well before the event opened because there was limited seating, and I’m so grateful that we were able to get in. As he answered all sorts of questions from audience members I was taken aback by how genuine wit and sense of humor. There was an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and empowerment in the room as we listened to the words of a man whose creativity has influenced our lives in countless ways. It feels so strange to be able to say that I’ve been in the same room as Stan Lee– never in a million years did I think that would ever happen!

My favorite part of this Comic Con experience in general was the feeling of togetherness and unity that seemed almost tangibly present. It’s not every day that you get to be surrounded by so many passionate, enthusiastic, and creative people. It also gave me a great sense of belonging. Sometimes being nerdy and quirky can make you feel isolated from your peers in a sense, but Comic Con helped show me that I should never feel ostracized because of my passions.

Overall, I’m so glad that I had the amazing opportunity to experience my first ever Comic Con. But don’t worry– this certainly won’t be my last!

Have you ever been to a kind of convention like this? If you’ve been to Comic Con before, what did you dress up as? If you haven’t been, what would you dress up as? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

NOVEMBER 2016 | Wrap-Up

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One of my favorite months has come to a close, only to see the beginning of my favorite time of the year: the holiday season! But before we break out the Christmas lights and put up the tree (oops! Too late…) it’s time for my November 2016 Monthly Wrap-Up. Here’s what I’ve been up to this past month:
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In November I read a total of 9 books:

  1. Queda la Noche by Soledad Puértolas
  2. Growth and Structure of the English Language by Otto Jespersen
  3. A Lexicon of Terror by Marguerite Feitlowitz
  4. The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place by Judith Adler Hellman
  5. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  6. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  7. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  8. meXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands by Rosa Linda Fregoso
  9. Not Just Jane by Shelley DeWees

23732096-2In a surprising turn of events, my favorite book of the month is actually the fantastic comic book series The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. One of my best friends let me borrow her copies to read and I instantly fell in love with Doreen, Nancy, and all of their crazy adventures. I can’t wait to read the newest installments!!

November was a surprisingly great reading month for me– the best reading month I’ve had since the beginning of the semester, in fact. It has felt so nice to finally read books for fun instead of solely for my coursework.

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As per usual, this past month has been really busy! Though there were certainly a few downs, November was fortunately filled with mostly ups.

One of the highlights of November was going to my first ever Comic Con with one of my best friends. We went to the Rhode Island Comic Con because it’s only a train ride away from my college and we had a BLAST. I dressed up as a female Spock from Star Trek and she dressed up as an adorable Mary Poppins. Stay tuned for a full post about this fun-filled day!

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Also, I celebrated my 20th birthday!! Usually birthdays don’t make me feel any older, but for some reason this one has left me feeling more and more like an actual adult. I’ve started my third decade of life, which is just… weird! I’m no longer a “teenager” by definition, which is a moment that felt so far off in the future until it suddenly arrived a few weeks ago. Even though I couldn’t be home for my birthday I still had a great time at college with my wonderful friends, and I’m so grateful to be surrounded by such thoughtful, supportive people.❤

Unfortunately, there was an enormous low of the month: My family had to make the decision to put down Melody, the dog that we have had since I was in kindergarten. I honestly can’t remember life without her. She was more than a dog to me: she was a friend, someone I could always rely on to be there when I was feeling down or blue. She had been struggling with her health for some time now (she was almost 17 years old when she passed), but it was still a shock to hear that she was no longer with us. It was strange to come home for Thanksgiving break and walk in the house without seeing her greet me at the door, barking wildly like she always did. I’ll miss her dearly; I already do.

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Then came Thanksgiving to cheer me up, as it always does. I love the amazing food and quality time with family– not to mention the Christmas decorating after dinner is finished! In preparation for Christmas, my mom and I always go see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform live when they come to our area the weekend after Thanksgiving. This was my eighth consecutive year seeing them perform, and it still never gets old!

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Their music is a mix of Christmas classics and “rock opera”– it’s kind of hard to explain, so if you’re interested I suggest looking up some of their music and giving it a listen. They’re absolutely amazing live and never fail to make me excited for Christmas. Bring on the holiday season!

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Here are some notable posts from my blog this past month:

Here are a few fun posts from the blogging community:

How was your November? What fun things did you do? What’s your favorite food to eat at Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Buy for the College Student in Your Life

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Happy Tuesday! The holiday season is fast approaching, which means it’s time for The Broke and the Bookish’s holiday gift guide freebie week! Since I’m currently a college student, I thought I would share some of my expertise about this terrifying, tumultuous, and exciting time of life in the form of the Top Ten Books to Buy for the College Student in Your Life. Let the festive spirit commence!

is everyone hanging out without me coverIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I feel like I have included this book on countless Top Ten Tuesday lists, but I just can’t help but mention it once more. When I read this collection of personal essays I was inspired by Kaling’s wit, wisdom, and perseverance in the face of numerous obstacles throughout her life. Besides, it’s a hilarious book that’s perfect for getting you to laugh in the midst of stressful final exams!

17802957A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

What can I say? I’m an English major and a sucker for any book that discusses how literature evolves over time. This book is a concise, well-written, and fascinating read for anyone interested in how the literature we read today came to be. It also helps with adding books to your TBR list (which is both a good and bad thing at the rate that mine is currently growing!).

3109The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Let’s face it: us college students are not always the healthiest of eaters. Not only is this book often discussed in college classes (I’ve talked about it in three of mine so far, and it wasn’t even assigned for the class!), but is also contains really interesting and eye-opening information about where our food comes from. It might not make you change what you eat completely, but it will definitely make you think twice about some of the food on your plate!

438353-2The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Though living with friends on campus and being able to study what you’re passionate about is an amazing experience, college can also be an incredibly stressful and scary time. We all could use a good laugh now and then, and The Princess Bride is the perfect medicine! Plus, you can also watch the movie adaptation after you read the book for double to hilarity.

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I don’t know about other college students out there, but I’m often hit with waves of homesickness and nostalgia while living away from my family back home. Any childhood favorite would fit on this list, but The BFG is my personal go-to pick-me-up whenever I’m feeling down. I mean, just look at that Big Friendly Giant’s adorable ears! They never fail to make me smile.

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Sometimes we just need to know that someone else understands what it feels like to be a frustrated teenager. Look no further than Holden Caulfield, folks! Though some people think he is unbearably irritating, I’ve had a soft spot for him ever since first reading this novel in English during my freshman year of high school. If nothing else, it will certainly cause those high school memories to come rushing back!

the opposite of loneliness coverThe Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Written by a college student who died in a tragic accident, this collection of short stories and essays will make you think, laugh, and want to pick up a pen and write some of your own. I felt a connection with Marina while reading this book, as though she understood what it felt like to be young and confused but determined to push onward.

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There’s nothing like this terrifying, disturbing, unsettling dystopia novel to open your eyes to what the future could look like if we let it– and perhaps what the present is already beginning to resemble in some ways. 1984 is perhaps one of the best fictional wake-up calls or warnings that could possibly be delivered. (Orwell’s Animal Farm would also work for this!)

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If you’ve read Fangirl, then it’s pretty obvious why it’s the perfect addition to this list. Cath and Wren’s experiences as freshmen in college did wonders to ease my fears about what college would be like. I think it would be so fun to reread this since I’m now a sophomore in college! Oh, how times have changed…

the hobbit coverThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’ve read this book so many times that I honestly cannot give a specific number. Besides being a captivating and entertaining story, The Hobbit carries an important lesson that college students (and everyone else, really)  can benefit from reading: Though the road is long and there’s an uphill climb at the end, eventually it will all be worth it. Don’t give up!

What books would you buy for a college student? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Blogger Recognition Award | 2

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Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! As the year nears its end (EEEK!) I’m beginning to realize how many tag and award posts I have to catch up on, so today I’ll be sharing the Blogger Recognition Award. A big thank you to Marieke Mills for nominating me! I apologize for just getting around to doing it now!

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Rule 1: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Rule 2: Provide a link to the award creator. (Eve Estells)
Rule 3: Attach the award to your post.
Rule 4: Nominate fifteen other bloggers, excluding yourself and the person who nominated you.
Rule 5: Write a brief story of how you started your blog.
Rule 6: A piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
Rule 7: Comment on the blogs you have named here to let them know you have nominated them.

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I started this particular blog in high school as a way to keep a record of my bookish thoughts. My main purpose for blogging was that I would be able to look back on the books I read and see what I thought of them in the past. I never expected that so many other people would actually read my blog as well!

I feel like whenever I’m asked to give blogging advice I always say the same thing: Blog for yourself, not for others. However, another piece of advice I have is to reach out. When I first started blogging I would certainly read other blogs, but I would rarely comment on them or interact with other bloggers on social media. I know that social media isn’t for everyone, but sometimes it’s nice to pop on over and join in the conversation. Not only will you undoubtedly gain new perspectives and have some fun, but you might even make some new friends!

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Without further ado, here are fifteen bloggers that I would like to nominate:

  1. Ashley & Mariam @ Flying Through Fiction
  2. Hannah @ Mortal Reader
  3. Anne @ Inked Brownies
  4. Nino @ Enchanted Readers
  5. Aimee @ Lovely Book Loves
  6. Olivia @ Heir of Glitter
  7. Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction
  8. Beth @ Reading Every Night
  9. Shanti & Shar @ Virtually Read
  10. Ali @ The Bandar Blog
  11. Casey @ Adoptabookaus
  12. Reg @ She Latitude
  13. Heather @ Bits & Books
  14. Jenna @ Reading with Jenna
  15. Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style

Thanks again to Marieke for nominating me!

What’s one piece of advice that you have for fellow bloggers? Also, what’s your favorite time of day to read? (Just curious!) Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Many Thanks | Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!! Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I think it’s immensely important for everyone to remember the core component of this holiday: giving thanks.

It’s on days like this that I am struck with how incredibly fortunate I am. I am privileged enough to be getting a fantastic education at Wheaton College (MA), an institution which fosters creativity and growth. Every day I am taught by professors who are deeply invested in both the academic and personal development of their students. My friends are unbelievably understanding, kind, and always brighten my day. I am able-bodied and have food, shelter, and medical care at my fingertips when I need them. Most importantly, I have a loving and supportive family who cares about me and has helped me every step of the way.

What I’m trying to say is that I am extremely fortunate. Privileged. Lucky. Every day I wake up and am so grateful that I get to walk out that door being my genuine self without fearing what other people might think, to not have to hide anything about my personality or physical appearance in order to be accepted by the society surrounding me. Today is a day to recognize our own positions in life, whatever they may be, and then try to help others. 

So reach out to a family member, friend, or even stranger. Donate to a charity or a local food pantry or shelter. Be kind and compassionate and have empathy towards others. I’ll do the same, and hopefully together we can make this Thanksgiving a better and brighter one.

With everyone going on recently in the world, it’s safe to say that we could all use a bit of optimism.

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Last but not least, I would like to thank YOU for sticking with me and reading this little blog of mine. It means the world to me that you’re still here reading and commenting and taking the time out of your day to ponder what I have to say. I’m so grateful for this community!❤

Happy Thanksgiving! Now, go eat a slice of pumpkin pie!🙂

What are you grateful for? Do you have any fun Thanksgiving traditions? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Thanksgiving!

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Happy Tuesday!! With Thanksgiving in just two days, the lovely bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish have decided to make this week’s Top Ten Tuesday an open-ended Thanksgiving theme. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (besides Christmas, of course!) because it’s simple and sweet: friends and family get together to enjoy quality time with each other, eat delicious food, and to take time to remember all that they are thankful for. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s no better time like the present to give thanks!

On that note, here are the Top Ten Bookish Things I’m Thankful For:

1. That old book smell.

Mmmm…. that smell of yellowed pages, time, and a hint of must.

2. That new book smell.

Mmmm…. that smell of glossy pages, printed ink, and bookstore shelves.

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3. Having access to more than one wonderful library.

My current status as a college student means that I have access to not only the public library in my hometown but the college’s library as well. Between the two libraries and their ILL systems I could probably check out almost any book that I could think of. I love libraries!❤

4. Beautiful cover designs.

This one goes without explanation. So many gorgeous covers!

5. The pleasing aesthetic of an organized bookshelf.

Is this just a bookworm thing? Do others walk into bookstores or libraries and revel in the glory that is organized shelving? I hope so!

5. When you “lose yourself” in a good book.

All readers surely know the feeling of getting “lost” in a captivating story. In some ways it’s the mark of a truly remarkable book, especially when it enthralls you time and time again. It’s such a fantastic feeling!

6. Bookish discussions.

Though reading can certainly be an independent activity, discussing books with others is one of my favorite aspects of reading. Not only have I gained countless new interpretations of and perspectives on many books, but I have also had a blast doing so! In particular, I am thankful for the fun and fascinating discussions I’ve had in book clubs, libraries, and in classes over the years that have furthered my love of reading even more.

7. Great recommendations.

One of the best feelings is falling in love with a book that someone has recommended to you. I’m so grateful for all of the librarians, teachers, friends, family members, and bloggers who have recommended amazing books to me.

8. The accomplished feeling you get when you finish reading a long or difficult book.

There’s nothing better than flipping that last page and being able to finally check an intimidating tome off of your TBR list. It’s also great motivation for diving into another one!

9. Increasing diversity, awareness, and representation in literature.

Though we have a long ways to go when it comes to properly representing and discussing topics of diversity in works of all genres and forms, we have undoubtedly made some great strides as a community of readers and writers alike. Let’s keep the ball rolling!

10. The bookish community.

I’m always struck by how amazing the bookish community is, both online and offline. Whether I’m talking to librarians and fellow book lovers face-to-face or chatting with bloggers on Twitter or in the comments section of blogs, I can’t help but be grateful that such an enthusiastic and friendly community exists.❤

What are some bookish things that you’re thankful for? What do you think of the ones that I’ve listed? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Scavenger Hunt Book Tag | #bookstagram Style!

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Hello, hello! I  hope you’re all having a wonderfully bookish day. Since I’m currently away at college and don’t have access to all of my books at home, I thought I would do this Scavenger Hunt Book Tag using photos I’ve posted on my bookstagram. Thanks so much to Ola @ Ola Reads Books for tagging me!

Okay, this might be a bit more challenging than I initially expected…

FIND A BOOK WITH THE LETTER ‘Z’ IN ITS TITLE OR THE AUTHOR’S NAME

Thank goodness for One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez… it’s the only book I have a photo of with a “z” somewhere on the cover!

FIND A CLASSIC

The cover of this classic novel is decievingly lighthearted! Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is such a dark, twisted, captivating novel. I need to reread it soon!

FIND A BOOK WITH A KEY IN THE COVER

There’s not technically a key on this book cover, but there is one in my photo! (That counts, right?)

FIND SOMETHING ON YOUR SHELVES THAT ISN’T A BOOK

TEA. I couldn’t go without mentioning this essential part of my everyday routine!

FIND A BOOK WITH AN ANIMAL ON THE COVER

This bird plays an interesting role in John Corey Whaley’s Where Things Come Back. I highly recommend this quirky, unique novel!

FIND A BOOK WITH A GIRL ON ITS COVER

My beloved Penguin Threads edition of Emma by Jane Austen.

FIND A NON-YA BOOK

Can you tell that I love my Penguin English Library editions? This copy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites. 

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I found these books tucked away in a corner of my library. Even though they’re weathered and old, they still have some shine left!

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What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Do you have a bookstagram? I’d love to check it out! Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY