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A Bookish Wine Party

In December I read this story at Book Riot and it inspired me to give it a try.  I talked to some of my neighbors and we found a good date.  I invited my book group and a few other book loving friends I hadn’t seen in a while.  The day of the party I pulled out 50+ books from my shelves (read and to be read both) and put fiction on one table and non fiction on another.  Because one of the neighbors said she only read magazines I included a magazine exchange on the ottoman ( I was happy about this since I get way too many magazines to keep up with!).  I went to the store and bought wine, cheese, crackers, some marked down boxes of Valentine chocolates and a bag of Skinny Pop.  Put everything out and waited for people to show up.

I forgot to take any pictures when people were actually here, but my friend took the last three when she came.  I had 14 stop by and everyone came and went home with at least one book, many people brought and took a handful. I was left with a bag of donations for the library plus 14 books that I pulled to read myself (I plan on reading a chapter or two before deciding what to do with them). One neighbor even brought A Man Called Ove which I snatched out of her hands before it made it to the table since that’s our book club read next month 🙂

I thought it was a fun way to get friends together and will do it again, but I might fine tune it just a bit with one bookish activity that could bring everyone together for a few minutes.  I encourage you all to host your own Book Exchange Party!

March 7, 2017 Posted by | Bookish Stuff | 8 Comments

The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag

Originated at Maureen’s Books, but I first saw it at Carol’s Notebook.

I’ve read 31 books this year and I feel pretty good about that.

1 – The Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2017

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman.  I fell in love with Ove and his collection of merry wo(men) around him.  For every trouble he caused those surrounding him, at least one blessing was given out.  Ove was a man with a heart, who didn’t always play well with others.  I think everyone knows an Ove, some of us better than others.

2 – Your Favorite Sequel This Year

Waiting On You by Kristan Higgins, Blue Heron #3.   I love this series set in New York wine country.  The small town is charming, the people are eccentric and the dialogue is snappy.  As with the first two books I laughed out loud many times and was brought to tears at least once.  Higgins is so talented. I can’t wait to read everything she’s written.

3 – A New Release You Haven’t Read But Really Want To

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  I read his interview in Poets & Writers magazine and am eager to pick it up.

4 – Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of the Year

Whatever the yearly Harlan Coben release is!

5 – Biggest Disappointment

Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie. I usually love her but this oldie was too dated and stereotypical.

6 – Biggest Surprise

Dream More:Celebrate the Dreamer in You by Dolly Parton.  I’ve never really followed Dolly Parton, but after listening to her narrate her book I’m a fan.

7 – Favorite New Author (Debut Or New To You)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Fantastic debut about something so important going on right now.  I can’t wait to see what she does next.

8 – Your New Fictional Crush

I had a little crush on Ove 🙂  He may have been a 59 year old curmudgeon, but I loved him.

9 – A Book That Made You Cry

A Man Called Ove, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

10 – A Book That Made You Happy

Good romances always make me happy and I’ve read several so far this year.  The Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas, When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James, Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins

11 – Your Favorite Book To Movie Adaption That You’ve Seen This Year

A Man Called Ove was well done, subtitles and all.  Although the book and movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close were different, I thought they were both well done.

12 – Favorite Book Post You Published This Year

I loved having my first Bookish Wine Party and hope to make it a yearly thing.

13 – The Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought/ Received This Year

Of the books I’ve read I really liked Almost Famous Women

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14 – What Are Some Books That You Need To Read By The End Of The Year

I need to knock a few of my Classics Club list. I’m woefully behind.

 

If you want to have some fun, consider yourself tagged.

July 11, 2017 Posted by | Bookish Stuff, lists | 7 Comments

Book problem year 10

Another year, another Mt. TBR.  I started this yearly project back in 2008 and thought it was fun to recreate every year as books were added.  The only problem was that at some point it just got to be too many books.  In 2015 I was up to 876 books.  That’s 876 books in my house that I have not read!  I try to declutter and always have a giveaway box going in the house for old clothes, toys, etc., but until this last year I haven’t done such a great job with the books.

Last year was the first year I actually had my number go down! I had 827 books. The physical act of moving all of these books to one spot every year really puts those numbers in perspective.  I was exhausted last year and went on a donation spree, read 31 and had a Bookish Wine Party where a few more found their way to good homes, but I also added 49.  So, after all that I was looking forward to my new Mt. TBR.  I wasn’t disappointed.

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Still looks a little unmanageable right?  But I went from 827 last year to 734 this year!  Yay! That’s 2 years in a row that my book wall has gone down by considerable numbers.  Maybe next year I can get into the 600s 🙂

Wanna share a pic of your Mt. TBR?

May 2, 2017 Posted by | Bookish Stuff | 12 Comments