Starred & Shared (1)

 

I find lots of interesting and wonderful things on the interwebs that I star in my Google Reader or add to my bookmarks and most of the time there they stay. This is my attempt to share them in the same vein as Yes and Yes’s Web Time Wasters and FYA Procrastination Pro Tips.

 

In The Bookish World:

My friend Jen blogged about the phenomenon that occurs in a book bloggers life by which you hear the UPS truck, think it’s slowing down with a fabulous package of books in front of YOUR HOUSE and then it speeds off to your  neighbors. You have NO idea how often this happens to me. I have neighbors who get lots of packages.

The wonderful Ginger was part of the Dear Teen Me blog tour and she put together an AWESOME video with bloggers sharing their six word teenage memoir in which I was invited to partake in! Look for me! I’m the very first one! :)

My co-blogger over at The Broke and the Bookish blogged about seasonal reading. I am mixed because I read a lot during the winter because I hate going outside when it’s cold and love hibernating with a book but in the summer, while I AM super busy, I use every free moment I can to sit outside with a book.

Sarah from YA Librarian Tales (a really great blogger that I feel like more people need to know!) reviewed Ask The Passengers and sold me even more on it. Seriously. I mean, I loved  Please Ignore Vera Dietz so I knew I’d get around to it but that was the kind of review that will make me prioritize!

The ever-so-awesome Alexa shared her experience getting to see the set of The Vampire Diaries! I haven’t read these books but I LOVE the show! This was such a fun post and a must read for fans of the show!

In Other Parts Of Internet-land

I liked this 30 challenges for 30 days and might try it at some point. Some would be pretty easy but some would definitely be a struggle! Lots of things I’ve been wanting to work on.

I’ve been having the sads a lot lately (unemployment and trying to figure out what’s next has got me down) so I loved this 100 Things To Do When You’re Upset List.

I struggle from this a lot! Loved this post about envy and how to heal from it!

This actually made me cry! Lots of food for thought!

In Case You Missed It On The  Perpetual Page-Turner Lately!

How Books Are Making Me Super Fit & Productive | Review Of Shatter Me |Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Book Trailers | YA’s Got Talent | Review Of The Innocents | Top Ten Books For People Who Like Anna and the French Kiss

Reconsider Or Release (2)

In my attempt to remedy my struggle to put down books I’m not really into at all, I started Reconsider or Release to help me learn to put down books or decide it was a case of bad timing. I sporadically lay out my DNF books on the metaphorical table for my readers and let you help me decide if I should just MOVE ON and release the books or maybe reconsider them. So, vote either reconsider or release and maybe provide some compelling reasons for why I should reconsider or release OR at least just tell me what your general thoughts on the book were that might help me in my decision?

 Stork by Wendy Delsol

 

Why I Picked It Up: NORSE LORE! It just sounded so magical and unique.

Why I Put  It Down: I was listening to this on audio and I was just NOT clicking it all.  I was actually almost done, I believe, with it but I just COULD  NOT  care at all about the characters or the story.  It didn’t feel as interesting to me as I had hoped. Also, the audiobook made me find the MC annoying. I’m wondering if this just wasn’t a good fit for audio for me.

 

 

 

 

I Am  (Not) The  Walrus by Ed Briant

 

Why I Picked It Up: The cover. The thought of a music related book. AND UM Beatles reference! The promise of a male protag.  I don’t read many of those.

Why I Put  It Down: I just was NOT clicking with it at all. I think this may be a case of the wrong time for this book…maybe just wasn’t in the mood.

 

 

 

 

 

Sense & Sensibility by Jane  Austen

 

Why I Picked It Up: I loved Pride & Prejudice and I’m trying to  read the classics again like I  used to.

Why I Put  It Down: Bored to TEARS. I would sit t here and feeling like I was reading forever and then I’d look and it  was only like 15 pages.  It might be my current stress level  with the wedding only a month away but I just am  not into  this one. I’d like to ideally pick this one up again but I need to  hear a resounding “YES! It gets better!”

 

 

 

 

 

So give me your opinion, friends! Reconsider or release?

Reconsider Or Release?

In my post about my struggle to put down books I’m not really into at all, I mentioned that I think I found a way that might help me get better at learning how to put down a book and move on to the next one. One of my struggles, as I mentioned, is that I’m afraid of putting down a book that it’s going to redeem itself at a point beyond where I stop. Some books I really loved were really super slow for me in the beginning and then suddenly it all clicked for me.

SO,  because all of you readers are all so wise…I’m going to sporadically lay out my DNF books on the metaphorical table for you all and let you help me decide if I should just MOVE ON and release the books or maybe reconsider  them. So, vote either reconsider or release and maybe provide some compelling reasons for why I should reconsider or release OR at least just tell me what your general thoughts on the book were that might help me in my decision?

You guys know me pretty well so I think  this will be a good way to weed out the ones that truly need to stay in the DNF graveyard and help me sleep better at night without all those pesky DNF books haunting me.

 

So, here are the rare few books I’ve put down recently:

 

Hereafter Tara  Hudson Book Cover

 

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Why I Picked It Up: The cover was pretty (shallow Jamie!) and it was about ghosts and I love ghosts. Not real ones though.

Why I Put  It Down: I just was NOT clicking with the characters at all. I felt like I should be more excited about what was going on and I just was not.

 

 

 

 

 

One Day by David Nicholls

Why I Read  It: I had heard so many good things about and I was sure I would really love it!

Why I Put It Down: I felt so bored reading it. Granted I didn’t get far into it but I just dreaded  picking it up and didn’t read for a week until I finally just switched to a new book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepard

Why I Picked It Up: It’s Sara Shepard! The publisher sent it to me! AND  because it was set near my area in the Main Line near Philadelphia. Oh and because it had promise of family drama…and that’s always intriguing.

Why I Put It Down: I got a quarter through and there was SO Much Drama going on but I just didn’t care. Not at all. I was pretty let down and started watching copious amounts of Netflix to avoid picking this one up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So give me your opinion, friends! Reconsider or release?

A New Chapter In My Life = Changes

If you follow me on Twitter ( @brokeandbookish ) you already know that in a year from now I will be getting married. Yes, that’s right – August 17 2012. We recently booked a reception venue and have been ring shopping but haven’t really been telling anybody until we are “officially” engaged….you know…with a ring! Luckily I have my lovely blog followers to chat with about it all. It may explain a little bit of why I’ve been preoccupied lately!

So what is Wedding Wednesday going to be all about? Well, it’s going to be a day out of the week on my blog in which I can, for the next year, talk about my wedding planning progress, review wedding books, give wedding tips, share bookish wedding ideas, talk about weddings in books, etc. Pretty much whatever I want.

If you’re asking yourself, “well isn’t this a BOOK blog?”, well good point…it is. However, for me, I like to infuse some of my other interests and my life into my blog. For the next year, this is going to be a big part of my life and I hope you all will be down for me sharing it with you! It was either this or I wanted to start a wedding blog. But there is NO way I could juggle both. So, I hope for the next year you all will be here to be excited with me, tell me your thoughts on my ideas, share your experiences, listen to me rant, and really just be there as I start this whole new chapter in my life.

I hope this one day a week departure from regular book talk for the year will be welcomed by you all. If not, it’s only on Wednesdays so that’s one less post you have to read! :)

So…that’s what we’ll be working with here on The Perpetual Page-Turner blog. I’ll still be here as regularly as I can with reviews of young adult literature, adult literature and all the usual bookish posts you have come to expect from me!

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Rereading

I decided to start a new feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind!

For the first edition, I’m starting out easy but I assure you that there will be more controversial topics in the future. Anyways, I’d like to talk about re-reading!  I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I feel so conflicted about re-reading. I WANT to re-read all my favorite books because they are awesome (I’m looking at you Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close & The Bell Jar) and I know there is much yet to glean from the pages of them. However, I get frantic thinking about all the books out there that I haven’t read; particularly the zillion of books I own! I don’t want to give re-reading a thumbs down but at this point in my life it has become a thumbs down because I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot of reading years in my life when I stopped reading a lot during the end of high school and early college.

What about you? Do you re-read? How often do you re-read? What makes a book worthy to re-read?

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