Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them 

Hi, everyone! Just wanna give a shout out and apologize about my semi-hiatus. The July Camp NaNoWriMo is wrapping up.

Anyhow, here's a quick top ten!

1.) As You Wish by Cary Elwes - I've always found sword fighting to be very fascinating. After reading this book, I wanted to sign-up for a fencing class. On guard!

2.) Pride & Prejudice - After all the walking Elizabeth does, it makes me wish I could visit the English countryside, and well, take a long walk! Maybe fish in Darcy's lake ;D.

3.) Anne of Green Gables - Makes me want to write YA/children's comedy. Her character is so delightful and zany, while also being inspiring. The world needs more modern equivalents.

4.) Hyperbole and A Half - Made me want to create my own webcomic featuring the wacky and fun situations in my life. It's still on my bucketlist. Someday.

4.) Catching Fire - Loving the Hunger Games series, I was very excited many of the movie scenes were filmed in my state. Because of the book's movie, I decided to visit The Swan House aka President Snow's mansion in Atlanta. There I am commanding the districts!

5.) Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice - Ditto with this book & movie combo. As teen, even before Twilight, I had an odd fascination about vampires as a character archetype, and whether or not such an individual could be redeemed for good. Rice's vivid descriptions of New Orleans inspired me to plan a family vacation to the historic city.

6.) Wreck This Journal - Made me get over a dab of OCD perfectionism when it comes to keeping books and neat and clean. I like for books to look new. Some people love dog-eared paperbacks...I prefer mint condition. Anyhow, wrecking a book was a challenge for me. But it made me enjoy it.

7.) Christian Paths to Health and Wellness - This text was required reading at my college. However, it had a ton of inspiring and useful information. I started a weight loss journey and went from a size 20W to a size 2. I'll post pics someday.

8.) The Wizard of Oz - If you've ever read the book or seen the movie, you have to take a hot air balloon ride!

9.) The Saddle Club series - This series made me want to own a horse so, so very badly as kid. I still like horses and daydream about owning a farm. The influence of children's lit!

10.) The Neverending Story - Encouraged me to love reading, made me want my own Luck Dragon, and, again, a horse like the beloved Artax.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

 Top Ten Books I've Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants - Anyone else missing Downton Abbey?? Ever wonder how accurate the show really was? Well, this nifty book will get you started.

Lord Greville's Captive - One of my first historical romance novels. There was an element of mystery and drama that got me hooked on this genre. I learned a little about the English Civil War in the process.

Love and Freindship by Jane Austen - At the tender age of 15 Jane Austen was already showing her genius wit. Seriously underrated, especially with all the great fainting scenes.

The Highwayman - If you're looking for a steamy read this summer, this one is red hot. Can't believe it's so under the radar ratings-wise. Great childhood sweethearts + hidden identity story.

How To Draw Manga by Katy Coope - After falling in love with anime in the early 2000s, naturally, I wanted to draw my own characters. Coope's book remains one of the most helpful books for beginners. I have her to thank for my chibis.

Songs For A Teenage Nomad - I recall liking the music-loving main character and the unique song journal she keeps. I feel like this one would make a good movie or tv series.

Find Momo Coast to Coast: A Photography Book - If you love dogs and picture searches (Where's Waldo, anyone?) Find Momo is great fun for kids and adults alike.

Silly Kingdom - If you're up for a good dose of Saturday morning cartoon nostalgia (somewhere between Adventure Time, Legend of Zelda, and Disney's Sword In The Stone) please check out Silly Kingdom. Hard to believe I've been following the authors for ten years. =O

Doctor Cat - For those who like Pusheen or Chi's Sweet Home, I think you'll also enjoy Doctor Cat, an adorable kitty who also happens to be a doctor. He has a friend who's a Lawyer Cat as well. Cuteness all around.

The Christmas Doll - One of my first reviews on this blog *jaw drops at the passing of time* (back before I knew what I was doing...wait I still dunno). This story has a "Little Princess" or "Oliver Twist" feel mixed with the beauty of the Christmas season.


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