TTT | Bookish Memories 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

  1. I was around 7 or 8 when my family (grandparents included) and I went to the bookstore. (or the mall in general; I can only remember my grandpa and mom in this memory, and neither of them like each other, so I doubt it was just the 3 of us there). It was a Waldenbooks, so dating myself and it wasn’t very big but better then nothing. I went up to my mom wanting this book, and she told me to put it on my Christmas list. My grandpa turned to her and said you never deny a child a book and proceeded to buy the book for myself. Afterwards, he told me that anytime I wanted books to let him and grandma now and they’d send me a check for them (they didn’t live in the same town as we did). I don’t think he expected I would use it as much as I did, but they never complained and were always happy to hear about the books I wanted (and I was excited to tell them).
  2. I mean can I even call myself a reader/writer if I don’t mention the Scholastic book fairs at school!
  3. While I have my issues with the author of Harry Potter, it does still hold a special place in my heart. I was 7 when my grandparents bought me the boxed set of the first 4 books (the only ones out at the time). It was supposed to be a Christmas gift but they decided to give it to me a few weeks early because my sister had undergone scoliosis surgery and I apparently screamed bloody murder when I saw her after. No one had explained to 7/8 year old Darcy about what was going on. I remember unwrapping them and being so excited and continuing to be excited about them.
  4. Another Harry Potter memory is when the 6th book came out (Half-Blood Prince). It was published in the summer of 2005, and I would be in Vegas visiting my grandparents at the time (they lived in Vegas from 1997-2015 and my sister and I would visit them each summer). My grandma asked if I would like to go the the midnight release party that the Paseo Verde Library was putting on, as they were getting shipments of the book to sell as well as bookstores. I was super excited to go and dressed up as Hermione (my grandma went as Trelawney). It was a whole event with Quidditch races, games, surprises, readings, discussions, just a ton of fun. As soon as the book was in my hand, I, along with many other kids, found a spot on the ground in the library to start reading until our parents, grandparents, guardians told us we had to leave (the library was open for a special occasion and librarians want to go home too). I fell asleep on the couch reading the book!
  5. I’ve always been a pretty political active person and aware of issues that don’t always affect me. However, I remember reading Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel and falling in love with the characters and story, as well as the culture and issues in the book. That was the moment that made me want to study and learn more about the Middle East and pushed me to minor (there wasn’t an option to major) in Arabic.
  6. Even though my thesis is probably considered more of a writing memory than a reading one, for an English literature master’s program it definitely involved a ton of reading. I was looking at the idea and place of home and how does that change, evolve, and present itself when you’re home is ravaged by war/terror/violence in Irish literature. The book that really sparked my interest in Irish literature and pursuing a focus on it was The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry; it was one of the books I focused on for a chapter in my thesis.
  7. One of my favorite professors in the English grad program was Dr. Moore and he just sparked my interest in American literature that hadn’t been their before. I loved reading and learning about the Black authors that are not usually focused on in typical American lit classes.
  8. Receiving my first ARC book was definitely a big moment for me. For years, I’ve always wondered what I needed to do to be able to read advanced copies and I never knew having a blog and keeping up with it counted till recently.
  9. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver is one of my favorite books of all time and spoke to me as a nonbinary person. I just loved reading Ben’s story, and it really started my gender journey.
  10. The fact that this week (Thursday specifically) is when my last assignment for my master’s in library science is due, then I’m done with the program and will be graduating! I won’t actually attend graduation (sitting for 3-4 hours is not my idea of fun for only 2 seconds) but I’m so excited to finally have the degree to be a librarian. I’ve been sending out job applications and hopefully will hear back from someone soon. But I really hope to remain in collection development (academic libraries all the way) because I just love seeing what’s new and what people are interested in studying and learning.

TTT | Books to Read If You Love Red (Taylor’s Version) Album

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Have I been listening to Red on repeat since Friday? Maybe, but you can’t prove anything. Either way, here are books to read if you love X song from that album.

I have to pair Daisy Jones & the Six with Sad Beautiful Tragic. Not only does the story match with the song but the feel of the song matches it as well.

For The Very First Night, Malice by Heather Walter will leave with all the feels that this song does.

If you like Babe, then you should definitely read Malibu Rising! This song specifically makes me think of Nina and her husband’s (soon to be ex) relationship.

My mind immediately went to Call Me By Your Name for Red!

For Holy Ground, I actually went with Mrs. Dalloway because I think the story in the song matches really well with the time and reminiscing that Mrs. Dalloway (both book and character) goes through.

Yes, Jane Eyre does end up with Mr. Rochester but that doesn’t me I wanted her to end up with him. I still think this song applies for the book and relationship.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour just gives all the same feelings that I had when listening to Message in a Bottle. I know it’s probably about wanting someone back, but I think it also fits with first loves.

The feel of the song definitely doesn’t fit Pride and Prejudice but the song itself goes hand and hand with it. Especially the first 3/4 before Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth get together.

I legitimately could here Ari saying the words from Treacherous, which is why I paired it with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

Probably not the relationship(s) per se, but the roller coaster of emotions this song goes through definitely fits with The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Memorable Things Characters Have Said

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Well this past weekend has been pretty heavy for myself and my family, but we’re all trying our best and moving forward. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on memorable quotes characters have said.

Eventually, when those massive stars reach the end of their lives, they go out with a bang, a supernova so bright, so beautiful it drowns out all the other stars. And when they do, they throw out all those elements they created. That’s what we’re made of. We’ve got calcium in our bones and iron in our blood and nitrogen in our DNA . . . and all of that? It comes from those stars. We are literally made of stardust.

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Kiss me, Hardy! Kiss me, quick!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The lives that ended that night mattered. It was a mistake for this city to try to forget, and it’s an even bigger one to pretend everything’s fine now. Black men and women are dying today for the same reasons they did in 1921. And we have to call that out, Rowan. Every single time.

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

I cannot conceive of a universe without you in it

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

I cannot make speeches, Emma…If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am. You hear nothing but truth from me. I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.

Emma by Jane Austen

You wonder why I’m so uptight about entitle white culture? It’s not just that I live here half the time and see real poverty. It’s not just the snack baskets in first class. It’s because entitled white culture encourages those inside it to never look outside their own fucking worlds. We blow everything off because we’re so concerned with looking good we can’t just feel.

Dig by A.S. King

If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here’s to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If you want to know what a man is like take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by Some Woman

Oh, justice exists, maybe not the kind that happens in police stations and courtrooms, but it does exist. And when you really think about it, those words – good and bad, right and wrong – they don’t really matter in the real world. Who gets to decide what they mean: those people who just got it wrong and let Max walk free? No, I think we all get to decide what good and bad and right and wrong mean to us, not what we’re told to accept. You did nothing wrong. Don’t beat yourself up for other people’s mistakes.

Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Online Resources for Book Lovers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is on online resources for book lovers, and I’ll probably sneak in some that are more suited to librarians.

  1. The StoryGraph: There are probably many people who’ve talked about how amazing this site is, and I’ll continue with this forever! The StoryGraph truly is created for readers and is leagues better than Goodreads. Also, the site is not owned by Amazon, so plus!
  2. Project Gutenberg: A library of over 60,000 free ebooks! This was created in the 70s to encourage the creation and distribution of ebooks. There is a focus on books that are older and not bound by U.S. copyright laws.
  3. Libby: I mean it’s an app, but that’s still online. I absolutely love Libby for ebooks and audiobooks. All you need to do is connect your library card and you can access thousands of ebook and audiobooks.
  4. Drunk Librarians Podcast: Booze, books, and some library shenanigans, what more could you want!
  5. Bookshop: A way to support independent bookstores. A portion of the profits goes towards independent bookstores, and you can select the specific bookstore it goes to.
  6. ModernMrs.Darcy: Anne Bogel is such a wealth of resources for book lovers. From lists of books, to podcast, to so much more!
  7. ALA: The American Library Association always has some great resources not just for librarians but readers as well.
  8. Your Local Library: While having our shelves filled with our read and TBR read books, not everyone can afford this and that is okay! Libraries are great resources for not just books but for community. (I still checkout books from the library and buy books).

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is about favorite settings, so let’s see if I can keep this to only 10.

  1. Boarding Schools: There is something fantastical about boarding schools that just gives me so many great vibes. They can be either magical and wonderous or creepy and terrifying.
  2. Victorian Gothic: I’m doing this term as an umbrella term to cover anything in this genre: houses, schools, the forest, the marsh, London, it doesn’t matter. The Victorian Gothic is just mwah, perfection!
  3. Libraries: I mean I have to have this on my list somewhere right? Why would I call myself The Nonbinary Librarian if I didn’t love libraries?
  4. Haunted Houses: Give me all the good spooky house stories like The Haunting of Hill House or Northanger Abbey any day of the week.
  5. Small Southern Towns: The ones that you think should die off but they hang on just because they can. Where football is religion and you’re in the church pew every Sunday, and time just seems to slow down or completely stop. Those kind of small, southern towns.
  6. Universities: Okay, I was trying to hold back from my love of dark academia but I just can’t! Can anyone say Gaudy Night?
  7. World War I & II: I cry like a baby anytime I read any of these, but I know I need to read them and their stories because they are so important to remember. Plus, the female friendships that were made during this time period where just mwah!
  8. Castles: They’re are just so many nooks and darkness and beauty with castles, that I just love them!
  9. Space/Ocean: Okay, there’s a reason that I’m pairing these two together and that’s for the feelings I have whenever I read (or see) these two ideas/things/universes. I just am overcome with so much awe, but also beauty and a sense of longing, as well as a sense of how small I am. There’s also the sense of contentment in realizing that while I am so small, I’m still here, living in this moment and in this place. I just have a lot of emotions when it comes to space and the ocean that I love when books are set on a spaceship or boat.
  10. Cemeteries (I’d include forests in this as well): The fact that you never know what you’re going to find or come across in either of these places gives me so much tension but also excitement for what’s going to happen.

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Bookish Pet Peeves

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

  1. Stickers on summary – why place a sticker over the summary, when you can place it on the reviews from a random person from some random news company? I care what the book is about, not necessarily the review(s).
  2. No identification on series – Books that don’t let readers know if it’s part of a series or not drive me up the wall, especially when I accidentally read a spoiler from book one in the summary of book two without knowing it’s book two in a series. A number on the spine or “book one of the Mortal Instruments” on the cover will suffice.
  3. Fantasy books without maps – If you have a fantasy novel, and you don’t have a map (especially if the characters travel throughout the story) I’m just not as interested as usual. Mostly because I can’t follow the story as well.
  4. Maps that don’t fold out – I saw a while ago a book that had a map that folded out, so you could keep it open while reading, and I now demand this for all my fantasy/sci-fi books.
  5. When people interrupt me while reading – No, I’m not free. Reading is doing something. No, I don’t want to talk. The book I’m reading? Harry Potter and the Death of the Person not letting me read.
  6. Book series that are different sizes – Why do you do this to me? It bother me to no end, and I cannot look at it!!
  7. Token Queer and BIPOC characters – one, the way white authors add in BIPOC characters in just to show they are diverse makes for bad characters (at least, the books I’ve read, the authors don’t do this well) and two, they usually end up killing the BIPOC characters to further a white person’s (male usually) storyline. STAHHPPP!! For Queer characters, it cracks me up when authors have ONLY ONE LGBTQIA+ character in a group full of straight people. It proves to me that they usually know no queer characters because we travel in packs. My group of friends have token straight people, not token queer people!
  8. When people who borrow your books don’t return them – I have pretty much stopped letting people borrow ANY of my books (unless I know them super well or we see each other enough that I can bother them about it until they return the book).
  9. When research isn’t done – okay, I’m not wanting to be mean, but just research something before putting it in a book. A quick google search can tell you that there are not mountains in West Texas and that it’ll take you hours to ride a Greyhound in the state.
  10. Men writing women – I don’t think I need to explain this one. Just no!

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

As most book people are aware of The Storygraph, I’m going to take this Top Ten Tuesday to discuss books that were recommended to me through the Plus feature (this is in no way sponsored by The Storygraph). The books on the left side are the ones I’ve read, and the books on the right are the ones suggested by the Storygraph Plus feature for the book on the left.

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Oh boy, I’m behind on my TBR list, but here are the books that I plan to read this fall, also known as the books I already own and should read already! Let’s see if it actually happens!

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Sometimes we just need to read something fun, something that makes us smile. Here are some of my favorites!

Ada Twist, Scientist is probably my favorite children’s book right now! It’s so completely adorable and each time I read it (by myself or to my niblings) I have a smile on my face.

P.S. There’s a Netflix show being made of this book and the Obamas are the producers! Eeeek I’m so excited!

This reminds me of the TV show Firefly so much! It does have it’s tense moments, but overall this book is completely wonderful with such a great cast of characters!

I absolutely love the story of Elizabeth & Darcy, so having that same love story but with a murder just puts a smile on my face….I realize how bad that makes me sound, and I don’t how to explain this any better.

Luc & Oliver are relationship goals!! These two are so adorable and lovable and I couldn’t not smile while reading this book!

Monty is such an adorable doofus that I can’t help but love! Along with Percy and Felicity! This book has everything grand trips, useless gays, an annoying but usually right sister, and some bad guys trying to chase you down!

This book is so much fun!! I absolutely love this whole series! Sophronia and her group of friends are just delightful, as are the secondary characters and the plot is actually quite well done.

Again, this is gonna make me sound like a horrible person, but I can’t not smile/laugh when I read this book! It’s funny and punny!

A reimagined tale of Jane Eyre as a serial murderer, I mean what’s not to love!? This is such a fun and delightful read. While staying pretty true to the original text of Bronte’s novel, Faye also does a great job in creating her own novel and story.

Emi & Ava are so completely adorable, as well as being such useless lesbians! I also love this story for the fact that coming out was never the point of the novel nor was there anyone who was against them for being gay.

Another adorable romance novel that just brings a smile to my face! Anna & Étienne are so cute, and I just love how this novel plays out. It’s a fun, young adult novel with no high stakes!

Happy Reading Darlings!