Monday, May 2, 2016

20 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Book Lover

Mother's Day is a week away and if you're like me, you've probably been thinking about getting that literary mom of yours a thoughtful gift to show her how much you love her.  You've probably even realized that the $10 potted plant staring at you as you walk into Walmart probably won't cut it as the kind of unique present your mom deserves. What do you get the wonderful woman who seems to always know what to get you? Look no further! Check out these creative gifts that are bound to bring a smile to her eye and, dare I say, maybe a tear drop or two of delight.

20 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Book Lover:


Friday, April 29, 2016

10 Reasons NOT to READ


For one of our Ten Year posts I thought it might be fun to do a 
Top 10 Reasons NOT to READ
because really is there even a good enough reason not to read but let's have some fun with this.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sneak Peek Into What I've Been Reading!



It's always fun to see what girls in our book club are reading outside of the books we've selected for the year. Today I'm going to share some of the books I've read recently and dish on my favs!



Monday, April 25, 2016

Readers Gonna Read + Discount Code!

You never know where one seemingly small decision can take you in life.

 When I entered Cents of Styles "Design the Good" contest, I never expected any outcome other than possibly placing in the top 10 designs. Fast forward 5 months and my READERS GONNA READ shirt has consistently been selling out and now comes in sizes 6 months to size XXL. 

I STILL cannot believe the amazing support I've received from friends, readers, and followers buying my design so THANK YOU!

To celebrate Readers Reading, Cents of Style and I are offering an exclusive discount on my t-shirt that will make the kid's tee $14.95 (normally $27.95)  and the women's tee $16.95 (normally $29.95)! And the best part is, whenever you order anything with Cents of Style, you receive FREE SHIPPING or any order so that's the same deal you'd get if you ordered this shirt of Jane.com with shipping!


Make sure to head over to Cents of style THIS WEEK to get this exclusive deal for yourself, for your little bookworms or for the mom's in your life for Mother's Day! 
My cute mom in her shirt
Type in the code: READERS at checkout for the discount!


Don't my little bookworms look so cute in their shirts?



Head to Cents of Style to order your shirt and type in the code: READERS at checkout to receive the discount! 
*This exclusive deal starts Monday April 25th and ends Sunday May 1st.

Happy Reading!

"Illuminae" Book Club Ideas Part 2


Oh this was so creepy... right when you walked in to Jen's house she had her office turned into a quarantined room with an infected child inside. Her kids are so awesome and always dress up and act a part at the book club.
Let's talk about the decorations and discussion we had that night.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Delicious Dish: Creamy, Cheesy Potato Soup

Fall and winter are the perfect months for a good 'ol hearty soup and this one is one of my favorites. You can't go wrong with potatoes and cheese! We had this soup at our Illuminae book club night and it was the perfect addition to our salad bar. The great thing about this soup is that you can make it ahead of time and stick it in a slow cooker to keep warm or just reheat right beforehand.




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Illuminae" Book Club Ideas Part 1


Wow! This book is amazing.
I don't know if you have heard of this book but unless you are living under a rock you should have. This fabulous collaboration between Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is amazing. The book is written in the form of documents, journal entries and emails so it was a little weird or should I say different to get to know characters this way. But they accomplished it! I love listening to audiobooks and I heard that the audio for so so good but I also know that the book is very creative and has art work and creative ways of writing like the pictures below. So I mixed the best of both of these. I listened to the audio while looking at the book. I really think this was the best way to read this book. It really  sounded like I was listening to a movie the sound effects were amazing. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Book Review for "Illuminae" {by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff}

Book Title: Illuminae
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Number of Pages: 599
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: Science Fiction

Summary: 

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she'd have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra--who are barely even talking to each other--are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what's really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents--including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more--Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Our star rating:


4.4 stars

Book Club review of Illuminae
Authors: 

Amie Kaufman is best known for her young adult space romance, These Broken Stars. She lives in Melbourne, Australia and also wrote This Shattered World and Their Fractured Light.

Jay Kristoff also lives in Melbourne, and is the author of The Lotus War series and The Nevernight Chronicle series.

The Book: 

(Caution: spoilers ahead!!)

Most of our book club members loved this book (including many who were positive they wouldn't enjoy it, based on the description). 

We loved the 'found document' style, and the way it kept us engaged and reading so quickly. Some members agreed that it was a bit hard to get used to (especially if listening to the audio!) but we adjusted to it as we kept reading.

Those of us who listened to the audio loved it, but agreed that the most effective way to enjoy this book was by listening to the audio while following along with the text -- that way, we got the benefit of the different readers and narrators, while still enjoying the unique style of the text with its pictures, photo documents, and unique text layout. We all loved the visual expression on the page, especially in some of the dogfight scenes. A quote from Jay states that the "typography helps express the chaos of the moment," and is a sort of shorthand for the events taking place.

One of our favorite factoids from the authors was on the blood-splattered page typed by doctors on the Hypatia. We learned that Jay actually filled his mouth with red paint and spewed it out on the paper to get an authentic blood splatter look. Now that is author dedication!

We learned that as Amie and Jay worked on this book, they were told that science fiction was a dying art, and not selling the way it once did. They decided that if they were going to go down, they'd "go down in flames" by including every mind-blowing, exciting, crazy plot twist that they wanted. And we loved it!

We spent time discussing the captain who flushed a bay of survivors into space upon learning that one among them might be exhibiting virus symptoms. Some of our members agreed that this was the right choice in protecting the passengers of the ship from any risk of the virus, and could sympathize with the captain and understand her decision. But some members felt like this was akin to murder, since it was not yet clear whether the passenger was experiencing true symptoms or perhaps aftereffects of shock. This book opened up discussion for many moral and ethical dilemmas, especially in regards to authority figures and how they ought to handle crises.

We also discussed one of our favorite characters, James McNulty, and his fate. McNulty was exposed to the virus and quarantined, and killed himself instead of letting the virus take over. We wondered how difficult this decision must have been, and how much determination it would take to carry through with a suicide when the instinct to survive can be so strong. What would you have done? Chosen your death, or waited for the virus to take you?

The majority of our time was spent discussing AIDAN, the ship's artificial intelligence system, and his ethics (or lack of them). What makes something human? AIDAN exhibited original, human-like thought, and even expressed some empathy for characters. At what point does he cease beingartificial' and become human? Or is he always just a string of code? We were so interested in how AIDAN changed throughout the book, and how he developed a survival instinct of his own. He even came to view humans differently as the book progressed. 

We speculated on AIDAN's role in the next book, too -- some members thought he could become something of a hero, while others predicted that he would become the villain.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Illuminae Printables


Because this book had so many great quotes and such amazing galactic art in it we decided to make a few printable and bookmarks for you to download. I hope you enjoy these.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

9 Awesome DIYs for Book Lovers

If you are a book lover, you will delight in a nerdy, bookish DIY project. And if you love a book lover, any of these projects would make an amazing gift! Here are 9 fantastic and unique DIYs that bookworms will adore.

9 Awesome DIY Projects for Book Lovers

Accio Books Tote Bag: I can't be the only nerd who sees a big tote bag (whether HP inspired or not) and instantly thinks, "Ooooh, that would make a great library bag!" Right? And this tote is perfect for any Harry Potter fan! Get the tutorial at Pieces by Polly.

Book Page Bows: Reuse old book pages to create darling bows. The author used them to make an adorable bow banner, and I think they'd be super cute to decorate a gift wrapped up for a book lover, too! Get the tutorial at Knick of Time.

Book Zipper Clutches: Turn vintage hardcovers into the perfect little clutch for date night. I'm loving the vintage-inspired floral fabric print with those gorgeous books! Get the tutorial at See Kate Sew.

Book Page Pinwheel Banner: If you've got a reading nook somewhere in your house, it just makes sense to decorate it with book pages, right? Whip up a simple but bookworm-friendly pinwheel banner for your home. Get the tutorial at Ella Claire Inspired.

Book Page Wreath: There are dozens of variations of book page wreaths, and I love them all. This tightly rolled, imperfect version is fantastic. Get the tutorial at The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Book Folding: This book DIY is not for the faint of heart, but man, does it make an awesome impact. This how-to will teach you to create your own folding template. Get the tutorial at See Saw Store.

Stacked Books Necklace: If reading books just isn't enough . . . wear them. This super simple necklace DIY is easier than it looks. Get the tutorial at the Darice blog.

Vintage Book iPad Case: Maybe you miss the feel of a book in your hands when you use your ereader. If so, this one's for you. Turn an old hardcover into an awesome case for your tablet. Get the tutorial at Stamped in His Image.

Papercut Animal Bookmarks: Every reader needs a darling bookmark, and they don't get any cuter than these. Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Jungle Book {Book to Movie}


Oooohhh doesn't this movie look so cool. I'm loving how they are incorporating real life with computer generated imagery to bring this movie alive. And have you seen the star studded cast? I mean, wow! This is sure to be a hit. I know I can't wait to take my kids to it. 
It comes out April 15th and is rated PG


Friday, April 8, 2016

LEARNING TO KNIT


 MY MOTHER'S HANDS
LEARNING TO KNIT

  
Our hands are so different. My mothers and mine. Hers are broad and strong and mine are slim and long. I have always loved my mother’s hands. 

THE BEAUTY OF A BOOK PARCEL



                                          
  THE OUTLANDER VERSION of a BOOK PARCEL

Books.
An unfolding world with hours of joy. Word by word. Page by page.

I have a fondness for books. I consider myself the most important part of the Book Equation. The Reader. I have been the Writer. And the Researcher and the Pain Bearer. But the Reader is my favorite. The recipient of the gift.

I can mark almost every memorable moment of my life by the book I was reading. Each Book a cobblestone in the road. Looking back, it is a beautiful road.

But giving the gift of Books is almost as sweet.
It is my favorite gift to give….
Especially when it involves a treasured Book…

I recently made some OUTLANDER Themed Book Boxes for my friends here at Delicious Reads and they asked me to tell you a little about them.

Monday, April 4, 2016

OUTLANDER: Dragonfly in Amber


                                     


THERE WILL BE BLOOD
    (AND A GIVEAWAY)!!


Heartache

One on my very favorite words in the English language.
I once joked that this particular book ripped my heart out and smashed it all to pieces. 
Then it healed me. 
And then did it all again…. 
It is intense and it is rough. 
It is a beautiful and heart wrenching tale and it hits home on too many levels….
…..It’s my favorite.
Well, I suppose I could say that about some others as well. But this one?
It left a mark…and it’s the One I took with me to Scotland…

Friday, April 1, 2016

March Book Madness Winner


Was this the book you chose to win?
According to the entries this was not the favorite to win but that goes to show you that these games can be unpredictable and it looks like all those "All the Bright Places" fans came out to vote. Congratulations to Jennifer Niven for writing the winning book of March Book Madness 2016. It was so fun to see her promote her book and vote for her book on Instagram. I think that might have been what sealed the deal for some of those close games. I would love to see more authors get involved next year. (I'm crossing my fingers) and I really want an emoji of that.

Thank you, thank you to everyone who played along this year. We are so excited that you were so willing to play along with us. There were so many good books in 2015 and I know I had a hard time picking just one winner.

Here is your
March Book Madness Winner...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Quarterly Book to Movie Review: {April - June 2016}

Wow there aren't very many book to movies coming out in the next three months but they are all good ones worth going to see.
Keep reading to find out when they hit the big screen.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Our Top Ten Book Covers


We have read 12 books a year for ten years (at the end of this year). That's a lot of books to choose from. You can totally judge these books by their covers because the were both beautiful and good books.

We wanted to post our TOP TEN Favorite Book Covers.

Friday, March 25, 2016

6 Tips for Finding Time to Read With A Baby


Finding time to read with a new baby . . . is impossible!

Just kidding! You came for tips and I'm bound and determined to give them to you! I'm usually an avid reader. Most of the time I fly through about 40-50 books a year. But the years I've had a new baby, that number has dropped dramatically. But let's be real! That's totally fine and expected. I'm a big believer that there are seasons of life and that things go in an out of importance depending on the stage of life you're in. 

I have a five month old, a four year old, three teenagers, a husband, a dog and a cat--so life at my house is pretty crazy! There's always something going and someone always needs something. It's LIFE and it seems like it slips away in both slow motion and fast forward. You definitely don't want to miss out on quality time with your kiddos. But it's also important to fill your own bucket so that you can be the best woman you can be! 



Monday, March 21, 2016

One Month of Reading, Reviewed

Today I thought I'd share what I read during the months of February, and March so far, with short reviews of each book. Maybe you'll find something that looks like your next read!

book review of because of mr terupt
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

This middle grade novel about one classroom of 5th grade students is told from the points of view of seven different students, showing us how their dynamic young teacher, Mr. Terupt, changes each of their lives. It's rated very highly on Goodreads, and I chose it to fill a category on my Worthington Ave. 2016 reading challenge: a book that's set where you were born (Connecticut).

I thought it was cute, and can imagine myself loving it back when I was an elementary school kid. As an adult, it was sweet and fun, but not a life-changer.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

The once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a mysterious darkness filled with lethal monsters. When her best friend is attacked, unremarkable Alina discovers a power with the potential to destroy the Shadow Fold forever.

This trilogy is very popular and I've heard a lot of praise for it. I enjoyed it, but the world-building and characters felt weak to me -- I never felt like I understood the world, or the magic, or even the characters themselves. I started the second book, hoping for more substance, and quickly abandoned it. Not for me.

Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

Here's another book I chose to fill a Worthington Ave. reading challenge category, this time "a book based on a fairy tale." I chose this modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty. As a child, Ivan stumbled onto a clearing in a forest where he found a beautiful woman sleeping on a pedestal, guarded by a magical force. After pushing aside the memories for a decade, he returns to make sense of what he saw, and is drawn into a centuries old fairy tale.

I thought it was creative, but it was a major chore for me to finish it. Long and slow!

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

I love reading Liane Moriarty (my other favorites are Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret), and this one was an absolute delight, too. Sophie Honeywell unexpectedly inherits the home of her ex-boyfriend's elderly aunt on a quiet island that is home to an unsolved mystery. She moves to the quiet island and learns that everyone there seems to be hiding something. It's fast and enjoyable and funny without ever feeling too 'fluffy.' Chapters are alternately told by different characters, and the parts told by a new mother going through postpartum depression made me absolutely ache. They hit a bit too close to home for me. Loved it all, though.

night film book review
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

24-year old Ashley Cordova's death is ruled a suicide, but an investigative journalist suspects there is more to the story than meets the eye -- Ashley's father is a reclusive cult-horror-film director whose dark and gritty films seem perhaps too horrifying to be entirely fictional. The story only becomes more strange the deeper he digs, and family secrets come to light.

There were parts of this book that I loved, and ideas in it that I thought were really interesting. But overall, it felt too long and, in the end, totally underwhelming for me. Womp womp.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This was our book club selection this past month -- see our posts about our meeting HERE and HERE!

I never would have picked this book up on my own. Fantasy isn't really my thing, and the plot sounded complicated and confusing to me. But this is a prime example of how great a book club can be for pushing you out of your comfort zone, because I loved this novel and can't wait to get my hands on the sequel! It was exciting and engrossing, and I didn't find the magic or fantasy elements confusing (which is what often turns me off of fantasy).

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

This historical fiction begins with a search for the missing daughter of a prison guard on Alcatraz and the only prisoner who knows her whereabouts, then moves back to the childhood of a young Irish immigrant in the early 1900s, alone on a ship full of immigrants entering New York Harbor.

I thought it was a really interesting setting and I loved the history. I wish that a little more time had been spent on the Alcatraz portion of the story, which I thought was so interesting. I've always wanted to visit it!


What have you read recently?

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Periscope...Why?


Okay, so I know what you are thinking...are you kidding me? Another form of social media? How many platforms are out there now and why do I need (yes need) to add one more? Isn't Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Blogger, Snap Chat and Twitter enough? If you sound like this then you are soooo my kind of person lol! This is exactly what I thought when one of my friends, Jordan from Fun Cheap or Free said that I simply MUST get on Periscope. At first I was actually confused. Images of submarine equipment and awooga noises sounded in my head. What is Periscope??? I must admit that I didn't give much heed to the suggestion and didn't think about it for quite a long while.