Bookish Podcasts to Listen to While Cleaning the House (Lit Lovers Link Party)

Have housework to do but would rather be reading? Make your chore time more enjoyable with these bookish podcasts to listen to while cleaning the house!
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Last week I wrote about book movies to watch while folding laundry, but today, I thought I would tackle other household chores. When you’re doing chores that require more movement than laundry, why not pop in a bookish podcast? These bookish podcasts are the perfect thing to listen to while cleaning the house.

5 Bookish Podcasts to Listen to While Cleaning the House

Have housework to do but would rather be reading? Make your chore time more enjoyable with these bookish podcasts to listen to while cleaning the house!

Books on the Nightstand

Books on the Nightstand is a great podcast for book lovers to listen to so you can find that next amazing book to read. Both podcast hosts work in publishing and often offer behind-the-scenes insights that are fascinating to readers.

Drunk Booksellers

I love Drunk Booksellers because it really is bookish people drinking while they discuss books. Awesome.

Mugglecast

Mugglecast is all about the world of Harry Potter, so if you can’t get enough JK Rowling, this is the book podcast for you. They publish a new episode every month.

The Readers

The Readers is an amazing podcast about books filled with book recommendations by a few men (and their gusts) who LOVE books of all kinds. These gentlemen are often funny and never boring.

Dear Book Nerd

If you love Book Riot, then you won’t want to miss their book podcast titled “Dear Book Nerd,” an audio spin off of their advice column with the same name. Basically this podcast answers your burning book nerd questions, such as how to enjoy reading without analyzing, how to defend the books you read, and how to enjoy reading a genre you previously hated.

There are also a lot of amazing bookish podcasts that are no longer running (sad), which you can check out the archives for on iTunes or wherever and listen to them until there are no more left.

Did I miss your favorite bookish podcast? Let me know in the comments!

Have housework to do but would rather be reading? Make your chore time more enjoyable with these bookish podcasts to listen to while cleaning the house!

Lit Lovers Link Party

Where book bloggers are loved!

Lit lovers link party

Welcome yet again to another exciting week of the Lit Lovers link party! Last week, if you missed it, don’t forget to take a look at these series like Game of Thrones that are already completed.

Link your favorite book and quote posts (new or old) for some extra traffic! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. This year, I’m also sharing my favorite posts on the Daily Mayo Facebook page and Twitter as a “thank you” for linking up each week.

When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can join in every week.

This Weeks Lit Lover Features

Have housework to do but would rather be reading? Make your chore time more enjoyable with these bookish podcasts to listen to while cleaning the house!

Last week, I really enjoyed this fun challenge listing the books that you can’t believe you haven’t read.  JK Rowling’s other works would be on the list for me!

Time to Link Up!


More Fun with Books

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A Wrinkle in Time Adaptations: Lit Lovers Link Party

A Wrinkle in Time is a classic sci-fi book written by the story was released as a graphic novel in 1963. This made it one of the first YA-oriented sci-fi books of all time and the perfect book for A Wrinkle in Time adaptations.

A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite sci-fi books, probably because it is one of the first I read, and it felt magical to me. I was definitely happy to hear that the story was released as a graphic novel

To celebrate the new version coming out, I thought it would be fun to see what other adaptations have been made throughout the years.

Scroll to the bottom of the post to add your link to the Lit Lovers Link Party!

Interested in the A Wrinkle in Time movie? You may also love these other A Wrinkle in Time adaptations found in formats from play to graphic novels.A Wrinkle in Time Adaptations

Surprisingly enough, there actually aren’t that many adaptations of the story outside of audio books. The following A Wrinkle in Time adaptations were all I could find:

Several Canadian production companies teamed up to create a made-for-TV version of A Wrinkle in Time in 2004. The movie was released by Disney on DVD. I’ve reviewed this movie, which you can read about here.

In 2010, A Wrinkle in Time was adapted into a play. Six actors play 12 parts, which I’m not sure works out too well.

Other play versions have been released in 1990, 1998, 2014, and 2017.


In 1992, A Wrinkle in Time was turned into an Opera by OperaDelaware.

In 2012, the story was released as a graphic novel, which looks much better than the opera and play versions, TBH.

Lit Lovers Link Party

Where book bloggers are loved!

Lit lovers link party

Welcome yet again to another exciting week of the Lit Lovers link party! Last week, if you missed it, don’t forget to take a look at these series like Game of Thrones that are already completed.

Link your favorite book and quote posts (new or old) for some extra traffic! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. This year, I’m also sharing my favorite posts on the Daily Mayo Facebook page and Twitter as a “thank you” for linking up each week.

When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can join in every week.

This Weeks Lit Lover Features

Interested in the A Wrinkle in Time movie? You may also love these other A Wrinkle in Time adaptations found in formats from play to graphic novels.

Last week,I really enjoyed this collection of literary puns that Chapter Break shared. I’m always up for a good book joke!

Time to Link Up!


More Bookish Fun

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Interested in the A Wrinkle in Time movie? You may also love these other A Wrinkle in Time adaptations found in formats from play to graphic novels.

Bookish Things for Book Lovers

Today, instead of creating a completely unique post of my own making, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite bookish things for book lovers from around the web! (and I made a fun graphic)

So, enjoy my favorites and don’t forget to link up your amazing posts at the end of the post for this week’s edition of the Lit Lovers Link Party!

Do you love books? Then you won't want to miss this edition of bookish things for book lovers with quizzes, articles, products, and more!

These are my favorite bookish things for book lovers right now:

A Quiz

This quiz from Buzzfeed Books asks us to identify classic literature based on the book’s original title (hint, most original titles are quite lame). This is what quiz dreams are made of.

A Mashup

Mashups not as popular these days, which makes me sad because I loved them. This one asking if you can tell who said it between Pepe Le Pew and Christian Grey is one of my favorites.

An Article

Last Tuesday was International Literacy Day. The wonderful ladies at Chapter Break are sharing a fun infographic about reading, books, and literacy.

A Book: The Martian

I just finished reading The Martian, and I really enjoyed it! I loved the simplicity of it and the back-to-basics kind of story structure. These days, I’m not as much into sweeping fantasy-like space environments in my science fiction- I prefer things that could actually happen. I appreciated the challenging science and math in the book (according to an interview I read with the author he actually calculated most of the math himself, which is above and beyond what most authors do, for sure!) and it even made me laugh a few times.

All in all, a fun read. If you like realistic style science fiction, definitely give it a read before the movie comes out!

A Quote

Do you love books? Then you won't want to miss this edition of bookish things for book lovers with quizzes, articles, products, and more!

This fits the theme of science fiction space exploration:

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

A Bookish Item

I was given this Game of Thrones dragon egg necklace as a perk for being a contributing writer to Project Nerd, and I love it. It’s strangely heavy, which is awesome, and it contains a USB data stick inside, which is even more awesome. Geek tech inside fashion is the best kind of accessory.

What are your favorite bookish things for book lovers right now?

Lit Lovers Link PartyRead the rainbow by adding these bright books with yellow covers to your TBR pile!

Now it is time for YOU!  All posts linked up will be shared and pinned by me! Link your neglected book and quote posts for some extra juice! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can keep joining in.

If you want to be added as a contributor to the Lit Lover’s group board, just send me an e-mail at Brenda at dailymayo.com with your Pinterest user name.

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This Weeks Lit Lover Features

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This week, Jeanie shared a post about a fun fairy-themed book party her daughter had, which is awesome. I wish I had more time to throw book-themed gigs.

Heather takes a more serious note this week by listing books that have changed her life. Go share the books that changed your life with her there!

 


Book Tropes I No Longer Want to Read

Reading tastes can change. I no longer want to read any of the book tropes on this list.
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Now that I am nearly 30, I’ve found that my taste in books has gradually shifted. A lot of the themes and book tropes that I loved when I was younger I no longer want to read now. Some book tropes I pass over because they are overdone, some I have read way too many of, and the rest don’t interest me because I am past that life stage.

Book Tropes I No Longer Want to Read (AKA, Things to Avoid When Writing a Book)

Whatever the cause, the following book tropes are likely to make me pass over the story.

Love Triangles

I have yet to see a love triangle in real life. The closest I have ever seen is someone liking one of the partners in a committed relationship. I always say, if you can’t pick between two guys (or lins) then neither is right for you.

Pining Romance

I saw this most recently in a TV show. There were two people who were “meant” to be together, but for some reason neither wanted to admit it, so they both dated other people and every time someone gathered courage to confess their love the other person was suddenly in a new relationship.

I find this frustrating and not the least bit endearing.

Teen Angst

A middle class/upper class teen’s life is So. Incredibly Hard.

Nope.

I don’t want to read about how parents Just Don’t Understand or how you are going to be the next revolution. Sorry book boys and girls, but you won’t be.

Pointless Rebellion

This piggybacks on teen angst. A lot of books have characters that rebel for no good reason whatsoever. It is not cool to sneak out of the house and smoke at two in the morning. You could die and no one would ever find your body.

The Clueless Female

A lot of “chick-lit” style books have this book trope. The clueless female is bad at math, bad at life, often clumsy, and loves shopping most of all. No women I know are this impossibly shallow.

Intense Sci-Fi and Fantasy Universes

When I was younger, I ate up stories like Dune or The Wheel of Time series with in-depth, over-the-top science fiction or fantasy universes. These days, I even think Game of Thrones could stand to have a bit of editing. Such intensity is not usually necessary. I might like this book trope more if I had more time to read.

Infallible Main Characters

I like my characters to have flaws like real people do.

Personal Enemies

I don’t know a single person who has a personal enemy. Even if someone does dislike you, typically it is not their sole mission in life to ruin yours. I don’t want to read about one-dimensional characters even if they are the “bad guy.”

Paranormal Romance

I’ve read too many of these. I may return to the genre one day.

“Edgy” Plots

I realize that it is difficult to get a book noticed with so many publishers, but some authors’ solution seems to be slapping as many “edgy” events as they can into the book so that someone will find it shocking and ban it or otherwise get publicity for edgy content. But in many of these books, there is no point to the excessive violence/drug use/abuse. Edginess for the sake of being shocking does not appeal to me. It needs to be important to the story somehow for me to want to read it.

Reading tastes can change. I no longer want to read any of the book tropes on this list.
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What book tropes are you tired of? Have your book tastes changed over the years? 

I think these books are awesome:

Have just a short time to read? Why not read one of these 13 books you can read in an hour or less? Great books; less time!

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Review: 2 Fun and Quirky Modern Cookbooks

Here is something you may not know about me: I love cooking and I worked as a professional sous-chef for two years. I have always loved cooking, baking, and uncovering new ingredients.

These days, there is almost no reason to actually purchase a physical cookbook unless it has a quality that you won’t find in recipes online. The two cookbooks reviewed today have just that! If you love cooking with a side of quirk, you will enjoy both of these books.

I was sent a copy of these books free for review, but of course the opinions are my own! Links to the books in this post are affiliate links.

My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut

my drunk kitchen cookbookThis is the cookbook behind the genius that is Hannah Hart’s Drunk Kitchen cooking show. Predictably, the book isn’t so much about how to cook as it is a tutorial on how to lighten up in the kitchen. I love the tips in this book about how cooking should be free and loose and something that comes from the heart rather than the tongue. I imagine this is how French cooking started back in the day- with wine in one hand and questionable meat in the other. Consider this book the self-help book of the cooking world. It won’t tell you how to make new recipes necessarily (although there are recipes in the book), but it will inspire you to have fun and think creatively wherever you are- in the kitchen or elsewhere in life.

Cooking with Amar’e: 100 Easy Recipes for Pros and Rookies in the Kitchen

Cooking with Amar’e is a book co-written by New York Knicks’ power forward Amar’e Stoudemire and his cooking with amarepersonal chef, Maxcel Hardy. Publishing a cooking book seems a strange choice for a sports guy, but it seems to work. The book focuses on the relationship between Maxcel and Amar’e as Maxcel taught Amar’e tips for becoming a master of kitchen tools and tasty dishes. For this reason, it is an informative book for individuals who have absolutely no idea what to do when handed a whisk. The book contains over 100 healthy recipes that are somewhat easy for novice chefs.

I didn’t quite like this book as well as My Drunk Kitchen, because as I mentioned before, a list of recipes is hardly needed in book form when you have the Internet, but if you really have no idea what to do in the kitchen, this book is likely to provide some insight. And if you love sports, you will appreciate where the author is coming from. I am not even sure what sport the Knicks play, so that angle did nothing for me. 🙂 Oh, now I see it is basketball. Well, there you go.

I did like the number of photographs in the book. I am a sucker for a well-presented plate of food!

If you need a gift for a food-lover on your list, you can’t go wrong with either of these books!

Buy Cooking with Amar’e on Amazon.

Buy My Drunk Kitchen on Amazon.

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Why Having Books You Didn’t Like is a Good Thing

What happens when “good books” are the books you didn’t like?

As followers in the book world, we run across a lot of good books. We read reviews, follow new book releases, and keep up with the latest reading trends. I usually plan what I will be reading for the year several months in advance.
But sometimes, a hyped book or “good” book lets you down when you read it.

There are some good books you didn’t like. These books are the ones everyone else seems to adore and recommend the heck out of, but when you get to them, you are just left scratching your head.

What happens when "good books" are the books you didn't like? Why it's OK to not love literary classics, bestsellers, and any other book.
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Why Having Books You Didn’t Like is a Good Thing

Sometimes the book world tends to be snobbish.

We love the books we love so much that we throw shade at people who didn’t love our beloved stories. However, not all books are written for all people. If you have books you didn’t like that other people did, it is simply a sign that you know your own taste.

I don’t agree that there is such a thing as a book that will be enjoyed by everyone. Certain books try new things which is always positive, and certain books appeal to different audiences. For example, I never plan to read any books about child molestation, although some people might say writing about that content would make a “good” book.

For me, what makes a good book is something that is enjoyable to read, makes you think a bit (either about life or the story itself), and presents a story in a new way. This will obviously mean drastically different things to different people. That is how my favorite book can be Les Miserables but another person’s favorite can be Captain Underpants.

Here are some good books I didn’t like:

All of these books I felt were over-hyped and lacking in some way. If you feel differently, share why you loved these stories in the comments! I’m always up for debating the pros and cons of certain books.

We Are Pirates

When I read We Are Pirates, I really wanted to like it because I love Daniel Handler so much. His stories are full of humor and perception, but I felt that this particular book was missing those elements (although they were there in a muted way). I almost felt like he wrote the book just to break away from what he was famous for (Lemony Snicket books), but it sort of read like someone trying to be something they were not.

The Girl on the Train

I am actually sad that this book is becoming a movie when there are so many excellent books that could have been made into movies. The Girl on the Train (the girl herself) was a terrible person and I hated her. I realize not all main characters have to be good, but I felt depressed after reading the book. Nothing stuck out as clever or unusual about the story. I wasn’t impressed and I am not sure why it was named one of the best books from last year.

Outlander

While not a big fan of romance novels in general, the time travel angle made me read this one. However, the wife abuse, rape, and extreme violence made me dislike Outlander. Even if such things were “period” as the author claimed, the events were presented in a way that gave me the sense that these were supposed to be the “good old days,” which I cannot get on board with.

Paper Towns

Before I knew John Green was John Green from the Internet, I read Paper Towns. I was not impressed. It is boring and his teens are ridiculously philosophical, naive, and impossibly cool at the same time.

I really liked The Fault in Our Stars, however, probably because of where I was in life when I read it. It may also be a better book.

Later Game of Thrones Books

I was all on board with the first three Game of Thrones books (I do know they are Song of Ice and Fire books, GoT is catchier, though). Since then, I feel like the plot has been totally derailed and some serious editing has been ignored. We do not need to read multiple pages on food or random conversations or thoughts. I highly doubt at this point that GRRM is making each scene that necessary for the greater plot as a whole. The story is now lost in the vast sea of individual scenes.

The Goldfinch

In short, I thought The Goldfinch was much too long. It felt like two unrelated books tied together with thin twine. The link was not strong enough to hold my interest.

What are some good books you didn’t like? 

What happens when "good books" are the books you didn't like? Why it's OK to not love literary classics, bestsellers, and any other book.

Lit Lovers Link Party

Where book bloggers are loved!

Lit lovers link party

Welcome yet again to another exciting week of the Lit Lovers link party! Last week, if you missed it, don’t forget to check out and laugh at my Anne of Green Gables Breaking Bad mashup. I had a lot of fun making it.

Link your favorite book and quote posts (new or old) for some extra traffic! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. This year, I’m also sharing my favorite posts on the Daily Mayo Facebook page and Twitter as a “thank you” for linking up each week.

When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can join in every week.

This Weeks Lit Lover Features

What happens when "good books" are the books you didn't like? Why it's OK to not love literary classics, bestsellers, and any other book.

Last week, we had some wonderful bloggers link up with some great posts! My favorite from last week was the announcement that Chapter Break is doing a read-along in February!  Check it out and join the fun!


Review: #BKR03- Book Goodies from Book Riot

quarterly box from book riot

My second Quarterly box from Book Riot came in just a couple of days ago, and I could not be happier. My first Book Riot box was BKR02, and I was pretty bummed not to have gotten the first box. I even tweeted Book Riot to see if they had any leftover but they said they ran out a long time ago. So, sad face.

But anyway, onto what I’m sure you are super curious about: The contents of my box!

Don’t know what the boxes are? Book Riot collects random collections of book goodies (usually with cool extras from authors or publishers) on a central theme. The boxes are shipped with a quarterly subscription and are $50 each. Last month, I wasn’t sure if the contents of the box were worth $50, but this time, I definitely think I got more than my money’s worth!

The theme for this quarter’s box was: “books you are scared to read.” Basically, YA, science fiction/fantasy, and romance. Because this was the theme, there were a lot more books this time (fine with me!)

Here is what I got:

evil librarianBooks

Author Extras

  • A fun flowchart about how to write a book by A.S. King.
  • A handwritten entry from author N.K. Jemisin’s dream journal (my favorite part of this box aside from the library card bag).
  • A poster stating 10 reasons to read romance from author Sarah MacLean.

10 reasons to read romance

Other Goodies

  • book goodies2 free months to Oyster e-books.
  • A cool red button that says, “I read YA.”
  • An amazing pencil case bag that looks like a vintage library return card (I put my business cards in it).
  • Playing cards with famous authors as the face cards.

A word about the library bag: I had to explain to my 8-year-old what the bag was even supposed to be. She has never seen a library return card! When I showed it to my husband, he said he thought it was an accounting sheet. That’s what happens when you work in finance!

Now, I am not someone who shies away from any of these genres. I’ve read romance and science fiction and fantasy are some of myplease ignore vera dietz favorite genres. A lot of people I know are fonder of YA than anything else, so I’m not sure what audience the box was aimed at, but I don’t actually care because I love these goodies so much!

I am still sort of on a BKR box high even though I received the box a few days ago. I can’t wait to start reading these books!

So, if you are interested in books, sign up for this right now. This is probably the best $200 I could ever spend in a year.

And if you don’t follow Book Riot, you’re missing out. They have all kinds of amazing book-related posts. I’m always impressed by a rogue by any other namethe topics they come up with!

Now I’m off to go enjoy my goodies!

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4 Fun Ways to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo as an Adult

celebrate cinco de mayo as an adult

Cinco de Mayo, it’s a Mexican holiday, right?

Not so fast!

It turns out, that although the holiday actually celebrates a Mexican victory over the French in Puebla in 1962, and in most of Mexico, isn’t that big of a deal. The holiday gained popularity United States when Mexican immigrants were afraid they were losing their heritage in the 1940s, so they started pushing the holiday as a celebration of Mexican culture.

But most people just use is as an excuse to drink, and the reason is because beer companies started to use it as a way to sell alcohol in the 1980s. In fact, the holiday actually didn’t gain real popularity until after 1998, according to a study from Washington State University.

However it started, it is always interesting to celebrate other cultures (and promote diversity in books!). Here are four fun ways you can do that this year without being in elementary school:

cinco de mayo resourcesLearn About It

Galley Cat has a list of free books you can get for Cinco de Mayo. Seriously, no need to buy any.

On Schooling a Monkey, I made a list of 9 fun Cinco de Mayo resources for kids of various ages to learn more about the holiday. You don’t have to be a kid to learn something from these books.

Stuff Your Face

tacos for cinco de mayo
Photo by Paul Goyette

If only these cookies wern’t too much effort to make, I would totally make them to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year: the original Pinata Cookie. 

And Shugary Sweets has a list of over 75 different food recipes for the holiday. It’s more Mexican food than you can shake a stick (maraca?) at!

Here are some basic instructions from Paper and Party Love on how to set up a taco bar. Because every Cinco de Mayo party needs a taco bar.

Drink

I’m pretty sure most people only celebrate Cinco de Mayo to get proverbially (maybe literally?) shitfaced. So, why not join them with these tasty beverages?*

Brit and Co has some jello shots that are made using lime-rinds, which is super cool.

the original margarita
Photo by Jon Sullivan

And here at the Domestic Superhero (best blog name ever, BTW), you will find a list of 10 cocktails perfect for Cinco de Mayo (or use my Game of Thrones list)

Oh, and of course you need margaritas at Cinco de Mayo! I like this one from Jessica Weible. It’s so pretty!

a classic pinata
Photo by Paul Sapiano

Have Fun

If you want to get really fun, you could always make your own pinata.  

And I looked for some games online for Cinco de Mayo, and most of them are for children. So, I’m making up my own.

Chili Pepper Contest

How many chili peppers can you cram into your mouth at once? Don’t bite down, or you’ll be sorry.

Which pepper is the spiciest?

Guess which chili pepper is the hottest. Loser has to eat the winning pepper.

Guess the Hottest Salsa

Put out like, 8 different salsas of various spiciness. Loser has to eat the bowl of the hottest salsa.

 

Pretty much all these ideas revolve around eating spicy things.

 

Happy celebration of Mexican culture in America everyone!

 

*Please drink responsibly.

Summer Reading Picks You Won’t Regret Reading

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.Now that it is summer, my thoughts turn to books I can read while on vacation, traveling, or at the pool. But how can you know what is good to read? If you are wondering what you should waste your time with this summer, check out this list of summer reading picks you won’t regret reading. In this list, I tried to include a good mix of authors who are male, female, and from differing parts of the world. It’s a diverse reading list for everyone.

Summer Reading Picks You Won’t Regret Reading

Read these books from this summer reading list and have a ball!

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy books take you away to a magical, unlikely place. The books on this list are full of adventure and drama.
Infomocracy by Malka Older

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.Romance

Sometimes you just need some epic romance in your life. These books deliver just that with plenty of spice.
Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

Riverbend Road by RaeAnne Thayne

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.Literary Fiction

These are the books you read to make you think. They often cover heavy issues and don’t shy away from the uglier side of life.

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.YA

No matter how old you are, there is something magical about books written for teens. There is always so much hope and promise in YA. YA books make for refreshing reads.

With Malice by Eileen Cook

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.Children’s Literature

Even as an adult I love children’s books. These books are some of the best children’s books you’ll find this year.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.Mystery/Thriller

Who did it? You’ll know if you read these exciting thrillers.

End of Watch by Stephen King

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.Beach Reads

If you want something light and fluffy as one of your summer reading picks, grab one of these easy beach reads.

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.If You Only Read One Book This Summer

You absolutely have to read The Cursed Child this year. No exceptions.

The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Looking for a quality summer reading list? Look no further than this list of summer reading picks you won't regret reading. A book list for women and men.

What do you think of my summer reading picks? Are any of these books on your summer reading list? 

Lit Lovers Link Party

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Lit lovers link party

Welcome yet again to another exciting week of the Lit Lovers link party! Last week, if you missed it, don’t forget to take a look at the best Game of Thrones book quotes!

Link your favorite book and quote posts (new or old) for some extra traffic! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. This year, I’m also sharing my favorite posts on the Daily Mayo Facebook page and Twitter as a “thank you” for linking up each week.

When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can join in every week.

Last week,  Natalie shared a really fun review of the Archie comic reboot, and I really enjoyed reading Whitney’s May book recap!


Book Stuff Off-Blog: O’Henry Pun Off, Armchair BEA, Tour of Book People, and More!

So, I’ve been really busy this spring. I finally decided that I need to start interacting more with people. So I have. This has led to a lot of fun book adventures lately!

Read White and Blue Giveaway

Throughout May, I participated in the Read, White, and Blue giveaway from Closed the Cover. It was a blast! I hope to join in for the November giveaway as well. A lot of my new subscribers came from that giveaway, so hello to you!

O’Henry Pun Off Competition

o henry pun offOn May 10th, I found out that Austin, Texas has a yearly pun competition that they have held since sometime around 1973. I didn’t realize this at the time, but the pun-off in Austin is the world championship for all punners. Since words are my favorite, I knew I had to be there! I grabbed my two little sisters and we jetted off to explore Austin pun-style.

When we got there, there was a band called The Greatest American Heroes playing old theme songs from TV. Austin being Austin, they also had two food trucks at the event. One was called Guac and Roll, and the other was called Slab BBQ. We ate a sandwich from Slab, which was so-so.

Then, the punning commenced! There were two separate events; one was called Punniest of Show, where people prepared mini-speeches in advance and then read them aloud; and the other was called Punslingers where punners tried to come up with insults on the spot in a pun-like way.

The first few pun speeches were bad. I was afraid that the event would be a

This guy loves puns so much he dressed as a chicken and traveled across the world from the UK.
This guy loves puns so much he dressed as a chicken and traveled across the world from the UK.

complete waste of time, but after the first 3 entries or so, the puns started to improve. My favorites included a guy from the UK who dressed like a chicken and made poultry puns, a woman who punned all the names of the presidents in chronological order(Alexandra Petri, who won), and a man who punned about vegetables related to illness (I think he got second place).

Overall, there were a lot of vegetable and fruit puns and a lot of tree puns. There were some animal puns, and one Austin-related pun speech that got rave reviews from the audience, but there was little variety other than that. I don’t know why, except that a lot of puns are difficult to say in speech format. I think I would do condiments, as I often say during a rousing Game of Thrones battle, “Don’t worry, I’ll ketchup with you soon!” (one of the things you have to try and do in the game is muster support from regions on the map, which reminds me of mustard).

After the pun speeches, we visited the book sale. I picked up a couple of things, but I don’t remember what they were now (my fault for waiting so long to write this). We decided not to stay for Punslingers, because we were hot and Bo (my 1-year-old) was cranky. I bet it was a lot of fun, though!

Loved the comment cards at Book People!
Loved the comment cards at Book People!

Tour of Book People in Austin

While in Austin, we stopped by the bookstore Book People. This store is amazing, and should be a must for everyone who visits Austin. My favorite thing about Book People was the recommendation cards that were scattered throughout the store. Staff members and visitors write down their favorite books and what they thought about them on little comment cards, which are then laminated and placed around the store near that book. I loved going around and looking at all the cards. Some commenters even drew on their cards.

While there, Philip Kerr was giving a speech or maybe a read-aloud. I didn’t know anything about him before the visit, so it was cool to be introduced to a new author in-person!

Book Riot Quarterly Boxquarterly box from book riot

This is seriously the best thing I have ever given myself. It’s a book subscription where you receive cool book picks chosen by Book Riot staff and fun book-related goodies. Authors also give you exclusive items. It is amazing! Sign up. Sign up now.

Armchair BEA

I would love to attend a book convention one day, but that is simply not in the budget for me right now. Book Expo of America is one of the top book conventions in the world, and during the real BEA, bloggers banded together to have their own Armchair BEA. We discussed many awesome topics and had a lot of fun getting to know one another. You can view my Armchair BEA posts below:

Introduction (learn all about me!)

Author Interaction

6 Must-Read Short Stories

50+ of my favorite middle grade books

Giveaway day (some are still going on right now!)

blogger meetDallas Blogger Meet Up

A couple of weekends ago, I met up with some awesome fellow bloggers from Dallas! I met Addie from Old World New Girl, Aleshea from Glitz and Grits and Lauren from Will Sing for Makeup! We met at The Rustic in uptown, and had a great time! If you like makeup and southern things, you’ll enjoy following these lovely ladies.

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately! Are you doing any fun book or word-related things off-blog right now? 

Can’t Miss February New Releases

2014 February new book releases

I’m a little behind in posting new releases for this month, but goodness, time is sure flying by quickly. In just a couple of weeks, it will be my birthday. I will be 28. So old, right?

Anyway, on to the 2014 February book releases!

One More Thing: Stories and Other StoriesBook: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Author: BJ Novak

Genre: Short Stories

Publication Date: 2/4/2014

Summary: A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins—turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook.  Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down.

Why You Should Read It: It may be written by a famous person, but if that famous person is BJ Novak, the book is probably pretty awesome.

operation paperclip Annie JacobsenBook: Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

Author: Annie Jacobsen

Genre: Historical biography/biopic

Publication Date: 2/11/2014

Summary: In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many difficult decisions, including what to do with the Third Reich’s scientific minds. These were the brains behind the Nazis’ once-indomitable war machine. So began Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler’s scientists and their families to the United States.

Many of these men were accused of war crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery. They were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. Was Operation Paperclip a moral outrage, or did it help America win the Cold War?

Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including previously unseen papers made available by direct descendants of the Third Reich’s ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and dossiers discovered in government archives and at Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into a startling, complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secret of the twentieth century.

In this definitive, controversial look at one of America’s most strategic, and disturbing, government programs, Jacobsen shows just how dark government can get in the name of national security.

Why You Should Read It: I happen to love true history that reads like a thriller novel. Especially if science is involved. This book offers an insider look at how science mixes with politics and conspiracy.

wild things chicagoland vampiresBook: Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires #9)

Author: Chloe Neill

Genre: Paranormal fantasy

Publication Date: 2/4/2014

Summary: Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

Why You Should Read It: Critical reviews state that this series melds Nancy Drew with sword-wielding vampires and ass-kickery. That sounds like a book everyone would enjoy.

the shadow throne ascendance trilogyBook: The Shadow Throne: Book 3 of The Ascendance Trilogy

Author: jennifer A. Nielsen

Genre: Children’s fantasy

Publication Date: 2/25/2014

Summary: Jennifer A. Nielsen takes readers on an extraordinary journey in this final installment of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Ascendance Trilogy.

War is coming. . . . Join Jaron as he embarks on his final adventure!

Why You Should Read It: This children’s book series is full of classic fantasy goodness involving deceit, treachery, and epic battles. Think Game of Thrones for children.

Book Review and Giveaway: The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages (historical non-fiction)

This post is part of the Virtual Book Tour Cafe tour for The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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10 most powerful women of the middle agesBook: The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers, From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor

Authors: Michael & Melissa Rank

Genre: Non-fiction Historical 

Publisher: Five Minute Books

Release Date: August 13, 2013

Morality Rating: PG

Readability Rating: 5 stars 

Buy: Amazon

Synopsis

The idea of a powerful woman in the Middle Ages seems like an oxymoron. Females in this time are imagined to be damsels in distress, trapped in a high tower, and waiting for knights to rescue them, all while wearing traffic-cones for a hat. After rescue, their lives improved little. Their career choices were to be a docile queen, housewife, or be burned at the stake for witchcraft.

But what if this image of medieval women is a complete fiction?

It turns out that it is. Powerful female rulers fill the Middle Ages. Anglo-Saxon queen Aethelflaed personally led armies into direct combat with Vikings in the 900s and saved England from foreign invasion. Byzantine Empress Theodora kept the empire from falling apart during the Nika Revolts and stopped her husband Justinian from fleeing Constantinople. Catherine of Siena almost single-handedly restored the papacy to Rome in the 1300s and navigated the brutal and male-dominated world of Italian politics. Joan of Arc completely reversed the fortunes of France in the Hundred Years War and commanded assaults on English fortresses despite being an illiterate 17-year-old peasant.

This book will look at the lives of the ten most powerful women in the Middle Ages. Whether it is the famed scholar Anna Komnene, who wrote the first narrative history, or Ottoman Queen Mother Kösem Sultan, who ruled the Islamic empire through three of her sons – all these women held extraordinary levels of power at a time when women were thought to not have any.

It will explore how they managed to ascend the throne, what made their accomplishments so notable, and the impact they had on their respective societies after their deaths. It will also describe the historical background of these women, their cultures, and what about it helped or hindered their rise.

Their stories still echo down to today. They are a testimony to the resiliency of individuals to accomplish extraordinary things, even if society puts on them enormous constraints.

About The Authors

melissa rank authorMelissa Rank writes extensively on intercultural communication and health on her blog Hungary for Turkey. An avid traveler, she has taught English as a Second Language in many countries, including Indonesia, Turkey, Hungary and Rwanda. She is currently enjoying taking care of her young daughter and navigating the terrain of motherhood, and unlike many of the women in this book, has no plans of taking over the country or the world any time soon.
michael rank authorMichael Rank is a doctoral candidate in Middle East history. He has studied Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Armenian, and French but can still pull out a backwater Midwestern accent if need be. He also worked as a journalist in Istanbul for nearly a decade and reported on religion and human rights.
He does his best to help out Melissa raise their daughter, whom he secretly hopes can one day be in a book like this. But he would like her to seize power without having to go through all those marriages to surly men, of course. Michael is also the author of the #1 Amazon best-seller “From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History,” and “History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Leaders, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible.”
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Quick Review

I thought this book was awesome. Who know women from the middle ages were so ruthless? I thought I was reading Game of Thrones half the time.

Extended Review

Plot: Since this book was non-fiction, it didn’t have a plot per se, but each woman’s story was incredible and totally bad-ass. All of these stories should inspire epic movies.
Characters: These women had to have been the coolest in the world at the time. I wish I had been able to hang out with them.
Setting: The book took place between 500 or so to around 1500, so a pretty big time-span.
Writing: I really liked the writing in this book. You would expect a historical non-fiction book to be extremely boring, but it was quite interesting. I liked how they worked in references to Facebook and the like even while talking about events that happened thousands of years ago.

Overall Thoughts

You should buy this book. It’s amazing. It gives new light to what a middle ages woman really was like, rather than what Disney says they were like.

11 of the Best Lemony Snicket Quotes

Love the A Series of Unfortunate Events TV show? You'll love these Lemony Snicket quotes pulled straight out of the Lemony Snicket books! 
Photo credit: Bern Altman/freeimages.com

In case you don’t know, Netflix is making a TV version of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This is terribly exciting to me, as that series is one of my favorites. I even liked the old movie, but I thought it would do much better in an extended format, so I am definitely looking forward to the TV show! In celebration of the show, today, I’m sharing my favorite Lemony Snicket quotes, who is definitely one of the most quotable narrators.

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11 of the Best Lemony Snicket Quotes

“In my experience, Well-read people are less likely to be evil.”

 

“If we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”

 

“People aren’t either wicked or noble. They’re like chef’s salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.”

 

“The sad truth is the truth is sad.”

 

“I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.”

 

“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”

 

“A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called “The Road Less Traveled”, describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used. The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn’t hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is dead.”

 

“Grief, a type of sadness that most often occurs when you have lost someone you love, is a sneaky thing, because it can disappear for a long time, and then pop back up when you least expect it.”

 

“The burning of a book is a sad, sad sight, for even though a book is nothing but ink and paper, it feels as if the ideas contained in the book are disappearing as the pages turn to ashes and the cover and binding-which is the term for the stitching and glue that holds the pages together-blacken and curl as the flames do their wicked work. When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labor that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author, from the swarm of termites that tried to destroy his notes, to the large boulder that someone rolled onto the illustrator as he sat by the edge of the pond waiting for the delivery of the manuscript.”

 

“As I am sure you know, when people say ‘It’s my pleasure,’ they usually mean something along the lines of, ‘There’s nothing on Earth I would rather do less.'”

 

“There is no worse sound in the world than someone who cannot play the violin but insists on doing so anyway.”

Love the A Series of Unfortunate Events TV show? You'll love these Lemony Snicket quotes pulled straight out of the Lemony Snicket books! 

What are your favorite Lemony Snicket quotes?

Lit Lovers Link Party

Where book bloggers are loved!

Lit lovers link party

Welcome yet again to another exciting week of the Lit Lovers link party! Last week, if you missed it, don’t forget to take a look at the best Game of Thrones book quotes!

Link your favorite book and quote posts (new or old) for some extra traffic! We’re here every Thursday.

Remember, you can link up as many book or quote-related posts as you want! 

As always, I will feature my favorite link-up in next week’s Lit Lover’s edition. This year, I’m also sharing my favorite posts on the Daily Mayo Facebook page and Twitter as a “thank you” for linking up each week.

When you share your post with me, you agree to for me to use one image from your post in next week’s LL. I will also pin all link-ups to the new Lit Lover’s Pinterest board and send you weekly link-up reminders so you can join in every week.

Last week,  I enjoyed reading this review of  Virtuosity in the Flashback Friday feature. I like the idea of featuring older books we’ve read!


Love the A Series of Unfortunate Events TV show? You'll love these Lemony Snicket quotes pulled straight out of the Lemony Snicket books! 

More Book Quotes to Love

Love the A Song of Ice and Fire series? This collection of readers favorite Game of Thrones book quotes will hit you right in the feels. Frankenstein is one of the best horror tales. But you don't have to read the entire story. These 12 famous quotes from Frankenstein sum it all up nicely.

quotes about hats s Love Gone Girl? You'll love this round-up of the best quotes from Gone Girl featuring some of the very best lines from the Gone Girl book. Are all online quotes accurate? Turns out, not so much! Take a look at some of these British author quotes taken out of context.