Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters I’d Name a Pet After!


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is fun – Ten Characters I’d Name a Pet after! [You can also do child, car, etc.]


Addy (American Girls) – When I was a kid I loved the American Girl dolls. I had the Samantha doll and read the books for each girl that was out at the time. I named one of my cats Addy, after Addy Walker.


Watson (Sherlock Holmes) – I feel like this would be a good name for a cat. Preferably one those cute ones with a smushed face.


Finn (Huckleberry Finn) – Not much to say here, I just like the name.


Milo (Catch-22) – A perfect name for a dog, if you ask me.


Frankie (Frankenstein) – I had a cat named Frankie. The original owners named him Frankenstein because he had a white lighting bolt-looking patch of hair down the center of his face. He was adorable.


Darcy (Pride & Prejudice) – I think this could work for a male or female pet.


Daisy (The Great Gatsby) – I have a little shih-poo (half miniature poodle, half shih-tzu) named Daisy. I’ve always liked the name, I think it’s sweet.

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Jo (Little Women) – When I got my cat Addy, I also got her sister, Josie. I was inspired by Josephine March in Little Women when I picked the name.


Blanche (A Streetcar Named Desire) – Plus it would remind you of the Golden Girls, and that’s fun.Stella also works (probably a little better.)


Blue (The Passenger) – I’m picturing a dog with this name but it could work for anything, really.

I can’t wait to read your lists! Feel free to posts links in the comments below🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Read Because of a Recommendation!


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic: Books You Read Because of a Recommendation! The following books were recommended to me by friends and family – some I enjoyed, others…not so much.


The Weight of Blood: This is a murder mystery/psychological thriller that takes place in the Ozarks. This was recommended by a friend who has similar taste in books and movies. I really enjoyed this book. It’s not a pleasant story but it’s well written and held my interest from start to finish.


50 Shades of Grey: I had multiple friends and family reading this (and enjoying it) so I finally gave in and got the book. This was probably some of the worst writing in a published book I’ve ever read. I do not get why people love this. Well, I mean I get it but…no.


The Hunger Games: This was recommended by a classmate. I saw her reading it before class one day and thought the title was interesting. I asked her about it (having never actually spoken to her before), and she raved about it. I bought it the next day and thought it was great!

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The Martian: This was recommended (and loaned to me) by a coworker/friend. We also went to see the movie together when it came out! Great book and a great movie.


A Walk to Remember: I have a family member that is obsessed with Nicholas Sparks. When I casually mentioned I hadn’t read any of his books, she suggested I start with this one, her favorite. I didn’t become a Sparks super fan but it was better than I expected it to be.


Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx: This was recommended to me by a high school teacher (he gave me his personal copy, now that I think of it.) It’s a true story and I could not put it down.


My Sister’s Keeper: This was recommended by a cousin, who happens to be a big Jodi Piccult fan. I have mixed feelings about this book. I didn’t particularly care for the ending (at all) but it did tackle a difficult subject and raised some interesting questions. I don’t think I would recommend it to others though, just because I was so annoyed at the end.


Marley & Me: This was recommended by my mom. I’ll start by saying I don’t like books or movies about animals because I usually end up crying. That being said, I really enjoyed this and it made me laugh out loud numerous times. And yes, I still wound up crying.


Shiver: This was recommended by a friend and fellow fan of YA. She pitched it to me as “like Twilight but better.” I didn’t really care for it but I’ve read some really good reviews of other books by this author so I will give her books another try.


Shutter Island: This was a recommendation by the same friend as mentioned above. I read it just before the movie came out. Since then I’ve read seven other Dennis Lehane books and plan on reading Mystic River in 2017.

Do you read books recommended by friends or do you prefer to pick them on your own?

Literary Cookbooks!

I happen to love cookbooks! If I’m enjoying a meal alone, I’ll flip through one while I eat, picking out meals I’ll probably never make. Some cookbooks I use regularly (Better Homes & Garden’s Bridal Cookbook is my current favorite), and some I only read for fun (because everything in my Emeril cookbook has 5,000 steps takes 2 days to make.)


Recently, a friend of mine received a Bob’s Burgers cookbook as a gift – how fun is that?! This cookbook, based on the TV show, got me wondering about literary cookbooks. So today I’m posting a list of a few Literary Cookbooks I’d love to add to my collection!


The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker – This includes over 100 pioneer recipes. It also has a lot of interesting stories and history so you get to learn while you cook! Looking at the index on Amazon, the food actually sounds really good!


The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz – How fun is this?! Chapters include Treats From the Train, Holiday Fare, and Treats in the Village. Each recipe begins with the inspiration for it’s inclusion, including the specific HP book and chapter.


Cooking with Shakespeare by Mark Morton and Andrew Coppolino – I have a feeling some of the dishes in this may be less than appetizing or have ingredients that may be hard to find in 2016. But that’s part of what would make it so interesting to read, I think.


The Boxcar Children Cookbook by Diane Blain – This cookbook includes passages from actual Boxcar stories that inspired the recipes. One example – Baker’s Bread in a Bag. I would have loved this as a kid.


The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook by John Fisher – I’m curious (or should I say curiouser and curiouser) about this one because I want to know what sorts of recipes are in the book – I imagine they are pretty creative. Unfortunately this one is out of print and a used Hardcover is selling for over $80 on Amazon.

I think these would make fun gifts for book lovers, especially if they like to cook! What are some of your favorite cookbooks?

Classic Remarks – Children’s Classics


It’s Friday (yay!) Today’s Classic Remarks topic: What children’s classic couldn’t you read enough when you were growing up?

When I was in elementary school I could not get enough of Dr. Seuss! I would bring home Dr. Seuss books from the school library on a regular basis to read with my mom.  After a while I think she got tired of being tongue tied and suggested I try another author. So I started bringing home Roald Dahl books instead (so much for not being tongue tied!)

So I’ll say The Lorax and The BFG were my favorites when I was really young. Here are two quotes from each:

The Lorax: I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.

The BFG: “Words,” he said, “is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life.”

What was your favorite classic children’s book as a kid?

September Reading Recap

September has been really crazy! I feel like a slacker because I haven’t had time to participate/comment on other blogs much this month but I’m finally back in the swing of things. However, due to lots of time spent in airports, I did manage to read 5 books!


Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane – This is the fifth book in the Kenzie & Gennaro series and I enjoyed it. Like the previous books in this series, the topic was pretty dark so it isn’t for everyone. But if you like super creepy stalker weirdos you may enjoy it😉


Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane – I followed Prayers for Rain up with the sixth (and probably final) Kenzie and Gennaro book. I was actually pretty disappointed with this one which was a bummer since I really enjoyed the first five. Two of the main characters – Angie and Bubba – were barely in the book. The writing style felt different as well. For some reason I kept reading this thinking that Lehane was either trying to hurry and wrap up the series or got paid a boatload to write this and just threw something together. I liked that it was tied to the characters in Gone Baby Gone (book #4) but was otherwise not impressed.


P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – After two fairly dark books I really wanted something light and fluffy to read and this fit the bill. It’s a YA romance and I thought it was pretty cute. The two characters write notes back and forth without knowing each others identities. It’s pretty obvious who the mystery writer is but it was fun to read anyway.


The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – Another Kasie West title, The Distance Between Us is also pretty light and sweet. I enjoyed the humor of the main character, Caymen. It’s a rich guy/poor girl love story. Between the two West books, I preferred this one but if you like YA romance, both are pretty fun.


The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer – I received this one as part of my Book of the Month Club (I got a subscription as a birthday gift!) I have mixed feelings about it. I’m not a super fan but I’ve seen her show a few times and thought it was funny. Some of the essays fell a little flat to me. That being said, I really liked her diary entries (and years-later footnotes) and some of her more serious essays were really good as well.

That’s it for me! What did you all read this month?

Banned Books Week

Banned Book

Today is the start of Banned Books Week!

If you are unfamiliar, Banned Books Week launched in 1982 after schools, libraries, and bookstores saw a surge in challenges to books. The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of organizations who seek to “increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read.” The 2016 theme is Diversity!


The Banned Books Week website has all sorts of resources, webinars, and videos. They even a We Need Diverse Books YA Short Story Contest! You can also check out this interesting Censorship Mapping Project:

Most local libraries hold special events for this week so make sure to see what’s going on in your area!

Freedom to Read

Just for fun, here are my Top Ten Favorite Books on the American Library Association’s list of most frequently challenged books! I’m also adding why the book was banned or challenged.

  1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: This has been challenged due to magic, setting a bad example, and being scary, among other things.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This consistently makes the challenged list every year because people find its racial and sexual content inappropriate.
  3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: Reasons include glorification of prostitution, murder, and obscenity.
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: One reason is the claim that it desensitizes readers to violence. I think it does the complete opposite, personally.
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Banned for being sexually explicit and morally corrupt. Side note: this is one of my all-time favorite books and I highly recommend reading it!
  6. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein: Challenged for promoting “disrespect.”
  7. Beloved by Toni Morrison: Banned for violence, language, and “inappropriate topics.”
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry: Challenged for being “too dark.”
  9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: This has been challenged or banned since its publication, basically. Mainly due to the use of racial slurs.
  10. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl: For encouraging disobedience, and for having magical elements.

And honorable mention to Where’s Waldo by Martin Hanford! I have no idea how this was challenged so many times that it made a top 100 list but there you go!

For more information on how to Celebrate the Freedom to Read this week, check out the Coalition’s website: or the American Library Association’s website:

What are some of your favorite banned books?

Classic Remarks – Jane Austen Adaptation


It’s Classic Remarks time! Anyone can participate – check out Pages Unbound to see the 2016 topics!

This week’s topic: Which Austen adaptation is your favorite and why?

This is a hard one! I really like Jane Austen and I love Austen film adaptations! I’m going to list three because that’s as far as I can narrow it down (there are many others I enjoy that are not on this list!)

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  1. Pride & Prejudice with Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen – I expect to see the P&P miniseries starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth on many bloggers lists, and rightly so. There is something about this version, though, that I can’t get enough of. I love it!


  1. Sense & Sensibility – The cast is amazing and the film is so well done. You can’t go wrong with Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, and Hugh Grant!

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  1. Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow – I’m not the biggest fan of Paltrow’s acting for some reason but she really nails it as Emma. I remember seeing this in the theater and wanting to own it immediately!

And I’m going to give an honorary mention to Clueless, which is a loosely based adaptation of Emma, because it’s hilarious.

Your turn – what is your favorite Jane Austen film adaptation?