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Top Ten Tuesday #28: Rewind: Bookish Confessions February 25, 2014


Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookishthink up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Rewind: Top Ten Bookish Confessions

I wasn’t blogging the first time this one came up, so I decided I wanted to have a little confession time.

1. I own Harry Potter books in 5 (yes, FIVE) languages. I own the whole series in American English, books 1-4 in a boxed set in British English (they’re the books I talked about last week in why I love reading because of their SMELL), 1-3 in French, 3 in Spanish (my mom’s failed attempt at getting my favourite series in Spanish to tempt me to take Spanish in high school. I took French haha), and 6 in German (German exchange student junior year in HS I became good friends with gave it to me before she flew home. I can’t read any of it, but I treasure it immensely!) I want to get a copy in Italien and Greek because I’ve been to both countries and that’s my thing. I want to collect Harry Potter in every language of countries I’ve visited. I’m good on them except for those two languages. (Another perk on having the German copy!)

2. I have a bad book buying problem. My TBR pile is ridiculous. I keep buying books. Not like I used to, broke college student, broke newlywed, and now broke parent keep that leash short. Now, I try to order my favourite ARCs or most anticipated reads and stagger purchases. I still hope to have a library like Belle’s one day! (:

3. I used to be a binge reader. Now, let me explain. I still binge read. I love binge reading a series. What I mean though is that I used to go on reading binges and then spans of time of not reading. I would knock out a bunch of books then go weeks and sometimes even months without reading. I’m trying to do better about it, now I usually go a few days without reading at most.

4. I used to be really REALLY bad about dog-earing and highlighting in my books. Well, highlighting in Harry Potter. I would dog-ear my place in anything and everything. I’ve thankfully outgrown that.

5. I DESPISE hardcover library books. I have a love-hate relationship with jacket covers as it is. I love looking at them, but I hate reading with them on. I REALLY hate reading hardcover library books because of it. They bother me so much. It might be a complex haha.

6. I love-hate paperbacks. I love their price. I really love that they are cheaper on the wallet. I can buy more books if I buy in paperback. I hate them. They don’t last as long as hardcovers. The spines get all funky looking after they’ve been read a few times. You can spot my favourite or used books a mile away on my shelves. I try to be careful with them, but it just sucks.

7. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to write. For as long as I can remember I have written, or at least made up stories even if no one was around to hear them. It seemed like destiny spoke the first time I heard “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles. It WILL happen one day!

8. When I went to Scotland back in 2007, I HAD to go to Balmoral Hotel. I had to stand in front of the building where Harry Potter was finished. Lyndsay and I didn’t go in, but we both kinda just had a moment. We were both huge Harry Potter fans it just seemed like a perfect way to have closure. A few short weeks later, she called me, bragging, when she had Deathly Hallows in her hands and I still had hours to wait. MEAN.

9. I am (figuratively) DYING to finish The Royal Diaries series. I loved this series as a kid and I still want to finish the books. I have nine pretties sitting on my shelf and I can’t wait to share them with my kiddos! (And complete my collection! Haha)

10. I am SUPER thankful for my mom instilling a love of reading in me. I also am thankful to my Gran for encouraging me to give Harry Potter a chance when I got it for Christmas. I hope that I can pass on my love of reading to my children. They already bring me books all the time to read to them, I hope that this never changes!

Tell me, what are your bookish confessions? Or let me know what you picked for this week’s rewind! Leave me your links, and I’ll drop by! (:


Top Ten Tuesday #27: Reasons I Love Being a Reader/Blogger February 18, 2014


Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being a Reader/Blogger

1. I love being a reader because… I get to visit different worlds. Sometimes, real life sucks. Sometimes living in East Tennessee is a real drag. I’ve been lucky enough to have had the chance to go to Europe three times. Getting away from here is something I crave. Books are an inexpensive way to go. Being able to have a break from being in mama mode 24/7 is nice too. Reading during naps or when the kids go to bed = bliss.

2.I love being a blogger because… I get to meet people from all over the world. And when I meet these people, we’re instantaneously friends because we share a love of books and it’s AMAZING. I’ve met some pretty awesome people and I love you all!

3.I love being a blogger because… it gives me an outlet to share my love of books. If I could talk books to people all day, every day, life would be grand. Blogging gets me as close to this as possible! (:

4. I love being a blogger because… I get a chance to read ARCs and pump up the word for awesome books that are coming out. I love that I get to help get hype up before a books releases or keep it up after it’s out. It’s a great opportunity and I’m immensely thankful publishers have allowed me the chance!

5.I love being a reader because… I get a chance to have a relationship with the author through their books and in person through signings and talking on Twitter. Getting to talk with authors right after I finish their books is something I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to do. Going to signings is a great perk too!

6. I love being a reader because… It is something I can share with my children. We try to read together every day or I try to make sure they see me reading every day. I’ve read to both of my children since before they were born. Both love bringing me books so I will read to them. It makes me very happy and proud. I hope this is a love that I am fostering to continue their whole lives.

7.I love being a reader because… I am working to own Belle’s library. (Duh!) Girls wanted to be a princess when they were little. Me? I wanted Belle’s library.

8.I love being a reader because… I am always being exposed to new genres, authors, etc. I love finding new reads. I love sharing those new reads. It’s an ever evolving world and I love it.

9.I love being a reader because… I LOVE the smell of new books. I have a set of Harry Potter books from England and they still smell lovely after 14+ years. I love burying my nose in them. There’s just something soothing about the smell of new books. It’s bliss.

10.I love being a blogger because… I love getting to host giveaways. I haven’t done many yet, but I’m hoping I can start doing more soon! I love being able to share books with people.

What do you love about being a reader/blogger? Feel free to leave your links! I’d love to check out your lists. (:


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