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Book Blog Challenge – Day 3

What’s the last book you flung across the room?

I can’t recall ever flinging a book across a room. I respect books too much to throw them–even the poorly written ones. The last book I gave up on was “John Henry Days” by Colson Whitehead. I really wanted to like the story, I just didn’t. I didn’t care at all about the characters.

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Book Blog Challenge – Day 2

What’s your bedtime reading ritual?

I don’t really have a ritual. Yes, I generally read before bed, but I don’t really do anything. I don’t have to read so many pages or anything like that. I just read in bed until the chapter ends or until I’m too tired to keep my eyes open, whichever comes first. I did buy a lamp for my nightstand, specifically so that I could read in bed without having to get up to turn the overhead light off before I went to sleep. (Prior to the lamp, I was using the flashlight on my cellphone.)

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Book Blog Challenge – Day 1

What book are you currently reading?

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12 Day Book Challenge

I got this idea from Good Books, Good Wine. Here’s the challenge I’ll be starting after Christmas:

  1. What book are you currently reading?
  2. What’s your bedtime reading ritual?
  3. What’s the last book you flung across the room?
  4. Recommend a tear-jerker.
  5. Describe how you shop for books.
  6. How do you choose what book to read next?
  7. Describe one under-appreciated book everyone should read.
  8. What are your deal breakers?
  9. Name the worst book you read last year and the best.
  10. Make 10 book related confessions.
  11. A book you wish you could live in.
  12. What is the next book you’re going to read?

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Books Read in 2012

Jen’s 2012 book montage

The Ruins
Die Trying
The Black Dahlia
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within



Jen’s favorite books »

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Recycled Books

When we came home from the store, Ash and I spotted a pile of books that someone had left near the dumpster. Evidently they didn’t want them, but couldn’t throw them out, so they left them there in hopes that someone would rescue them (at least, that’s what I would like to believe). Ashley grabbed most of them, figuring whatever we didn’t want, she could trade on paperbackswap.com. There were a few Twilight books and a couple of them were slightly water damaged (which means they can’t go on PBS), so Ash was going to throw them out since neither one of us will read them. But wait! I have always like crafts and things that use book pages, however, I can’t justify destroying a book for the sake of arts and crafts. But I don’t consider Twilight to be quality literature and I’m completely okay with destroying it to make something better. So, I’ve been searching the internet for cool book crafts. Here are my favorites.

tags and note card, teacup, Alice in Wonderland, dictionary roses, meta book

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Homemade Book

With the trip out to California (and the sight-seeing along the way), Ashley and decided not to buy Christmas gifts for each other. We decided instead to make something for the other person. I wracked my brain trying to come up with an idea. I didn’t want to sew something because she can sew and make it herself. I wanted to make something that she couldn’t. So, I wrote a short story, just for her. Then I hand wrote it on fancy paper, with decorative corners, etc. I made a fancy cover out of cardboard and bound it by hand with ribbon. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like, and it turned out even better than I could have imagined. I ordered a cigar box on Etsy to store it in, because it seemed like it needed and old box… like that’s how it was found or something.

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Books Read in 2011

  1. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  2. The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
  3. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  4. Anne Hutchinson: Puritan Prophet by Timothy D. Hall
  5. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglass
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride: A Rediscovered African American Novel by Julia C. Collins
  8. Excavation by James Rollins
  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  10. Quicksand by Nella Larsen
  11. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  12. The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss
  13. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  14. Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen
  15. True Evil by Greg Isles
  16. The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver
  17. Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
  18. Michigan by Bruce Rubenstein
  19. Bath Massacre by Arnie Bernstein
  20. Bite Me by Christopher Moore
  21. Emergency Stopping and Other Stories by Jeff Vande Zande
  22. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  23. Folk Song by Li Xiao
  24. 29 and Counting : A Chick’s Guide to Turning 30 by Julie Tilsner
  25. Yeah, I Said It by Wanda Sykes
  26. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  27. Vulcan’s Forge by Jack Du Brul
  28. Under the Skin by Michel Faber
  29. One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
  30. The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
  31. Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
  32. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  33. The Xibalba Murders by Lyn Hamilton
  34. Galveston by Paul Quarrington
  35. Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now by Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Sam Barry
  36. The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe
  37. The Killing Floor by Lee Child
  38. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Tree Book Shelf

I love this tree bookshelf. It reminds me of the Giving Tree. Someday, I think I need this… when I’m rich and can afford to pay $850 for a bookshelf.

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99 Things – Part 5

Here are the things I think I could still complete before I’m 30.

1. Draw and frame a self-portrait.
2. Travel solo.

4. Write a complaint letter.
8. Live through a blind date.
11. Have a mantra.
15. Make the first move.
23. Stock an emergency disaster kit.
24. Minimize pointless drama.

31. Write a body manifesto.
32. Watch the sun rise and set on the same day, by yourself. I could do this in Miami…
33. Make more money than you spend.
43. Fall in love (or lust) without blowing off your friends.
53. Be notorious for something.

Here are the things that either I don’t care about or are not going to happen before I’m 30.

10. Memorize your ring size.
13. Buy a kick-ass mattress.
14. Read: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

17. Find the perfect red lipstick. Why?
21. Perfect your A.M. stretch. I don’t have time for that. I promise I’ll do this just as soon as I’m done with school.
34. Be a nudist for a day. Um, no.  While I have no trouble walking around the house sans clothes, I do have issues with sitting on furniture… ewww
35. Adopt an awkward teenager.
37. Kick one habit.
38. Own a cashmere sweater.
Why?
41. Jettison your “skinny” jeans. So not going to happen.  Once I’m done with school, I will have time to exercise and fit back into those suckers.
42. Collect correspondence with friends. This book was published in 1998–pre Facebook.  If it was revised now, I bet this one would not be on the list.
44. Dub the “Greatest Hits” from your childhood.
48. Adopt another motherland.
50. Have your fortune told.
51. Cry often.
So not going to happen.
52. Give props to a teacher.

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