Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wish List

Well hello there friends!

I am currently on Spring Break and am visiting friends in Manchester, UK! I’ll share some photos when I get back as I plan on visiting the newly renovated Manchester Central Library, which I’ve heard is amazing!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is all about bookish gifts that have made my wish list! Take note friends…my birthday is in November! :p


1. This sweet library themed stationary set. You’d all be getting mail!

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2. These little snail tea bag holders for when I’m reading. So smart and so adorable!


3. This library due date card phone case. This is perfect for a librarian like me!

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4. This freaking awesome bookmark. Not only does it mark your page, but also the line!

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5. The coolest book map ever! This would hang in my bedroom!

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6. The perfect mug for my morning coffee at work. To go with my “Super Librarian” t-shirt!

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7. The prettiest Pride & Prejudice tote ever! The peacock design is so delicate!

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8. This adorable librarian necklace! I have glasses that are (kinda) like those!

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9. This super smart book lamp. How awesome is this?!

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10. This colorful librarian mug. You can never have enough mugs!

Did anything from my bookish wish list also make it on yours?



Quick Pic: “And Some Hairy Bacon”

Hi there!

One of my Battle of the Books team students came into the Media Center to show off her socks which she called “An ode to The Graveyard Book“.  The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, was one of this year’s fifteen Florida Sunshine State Books HairyBaconthat the team studied and competed on.

In the book, one of the characters, Ms. Owens, sings a song and she’s unsure of the final lyrics.  Since she’s not sure what the lyrics actually are she sings them as “and some hairy bacon”!  This student in particular loved this part of the story so when she found her socks she had to have them! Today she ran into my Media Center to show them off! 

Aren’t they hilarious?! And I love that they’re bookish!


Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2013

Hello there! Nice to see you again!

It’s Tuesday so you know that means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday.  Every week I participate in Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by the wonderful people at The Broke and Bookish. Each week we combine our love for lists and all things bookish by creating a list based on an official theme. This week’s theme is Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013. We’ll see if I actually make 10 bookish goals…

1. GoodReads Challenge: I am participating in the 2013 GoodReads Reading Challenge this year and I have a goal of reading 80 books. I missed the same goal this year by 6 books so I’m going for it again! I hope to exceed my goal and read even more though.

2013audiobookchallenge32. Audiobook Challenge: I also plan of being a part of the 2013 YA Audiobook Challenge again this year,  If you’ve read my blog at all you probably know how much I love audiobooks so this one is super-duper easy for me! I’m going to attempt the Head Bang’n level where I have to listen to 36+ audiobooks, and review at least 24 of them. I got this.

3. Sunshine State Books: As usual I’ll read all 15 of the 2013-2014 Florida Sunshine State books after they’re released in May.  I partly have to so I can better promote them with my students but I also love being introduced to great middle grades lit every year.

4. Read from my own stack.  I have so many books on my shelves that I haven’t even touched yet.  My goal is to take out a good chunk of those this year as well.


See I actually did purchase a blogging planner!

5. Jane Austen Share: Get my husband to read Pride and Prejudice.  I have been trying for years.  He loves the movies, but has yet to read any of Jane Austen’s books.  This year it shall be done.

6. Scheduling: Get my BookTasty on a scheduling calendar.  I need to be better at organizing and running BookTasty this year and I already bought a little planner to help with this.  After I came home from the store, I immediately found a fun pen and got started on planning! Nerd alert!

7. Banners: Create new banners featuring my BookTasty Monster for my weekly posts.  My husband is my graphic designer so this is really another goal for him….

8. E-Galleys: To read more of the e-galleys I receive on NetGalley. I had a bunch this year, but only read a small portion of them.

Okay, so I didn’t actually make it to 10, but I don’t want to overdo it! I am believe these goals are realistic so I think I can accomplish them all this year! Do you have any bookish goals for 2013?


Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookish Confessions

Top Ten TuesdayHi there!

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday was created to share a love of lists and all thins bookish and I really like it because it allows me to get to know other bloggers better.

This week’s theme is My Top Ten Bookish Confessions. We all have them! So, it’s time to confess out bookish secrets and get them out there for the world to see. I know I can’t be the only crazy person out there…right?

Please tell me I’m not alone!

1. I dog ear books. (As I type this my husband shakes his head in disappointment.)  I know this will probably make many of you gasp in horror upon reading this so I just had to put it out there.  Sometimes, I just can’t find a bookmark.  It is what it is.  Dog Ear

2. I always have overdue fines at my local library.  Like every time. I’m pretty sure I am single-handedly financing my public library. I try to renew or return them on time, but I have so many books out most of the time, one or two are bound to slip my mind once in a while.  At least my library gets something out of it!

3. I love Christian Amish Fiction. Lets be clear here.  Not Christian Fiction.  Christian AMISH Fiction.  There is just something so mysterious and intriguing about the Amish community that I can’t help but love reading about them! This genre is usually pretty darn cheesy, but oh so fun!The Secret

4. I’m a Librarian that Lies. Sometimes I tell students a book is checked out, even if it’s not, because I want to read it really bad. I sometimes don’t want to wait the two weeks for them to return the book (if they even return it on time). Sometimes I just have to tell them it’s out and I’ll put them on the waiting list for when I finish rea…uhh…when it’s returned.

5. Sometimes I choose books over people. Sometimes I’d rather be reading than actually living real life and spending time with real people. Don’t get me wrong, I love my real life friends, but my fictional friends are just so much fun. So, for real, I’ve definitely skipped out on social events to read.

7. I generally like everything I read.  You might be thinking, “No way, she’s lying”, but I swear it’s true. I’m afraid this means I’m unable to determine a good from a bad one.  But I think it’s just because I stay away from books I know I’m not going to enjoy, like sad Girl Readingbooks that are going to make me cry, or books that are too dark.  I really do just stay away from them.

7. I judge books by their covers. I know, I know! This is something we’re taught as little kids. I get the deeper meaning underneath the saying, but I’m talking about the bookish meaning here. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. So honestly, the covers I’m usually drawn to are those with have girls in pretty gowns on them.

8. I want to hug all the books. When I walk into a bookstore I get this overwhelming desire to hug all the books.  All of them.  It just washes all over me and I want to linger and touch them all. Le sigh…

9. I hate the “r” word. Lets get serious for a minute here. I will most likely stop reading a book if the word “retard” is in it.  I seriously can’t believe that its the year 2012 and this word is still commonly used by educated people. This word is just so hurtful and I can’t handle it.

10. I talk to strangers in bookstores. If I’m in the YA or MG section I will recommend books to people browsing there. I’m pretty sure this is probably sketchy as I have been known to talk to teenagers I don’t know, about books. People probably take one look at me and whisper to their children, “Stay away from the crazy-eyed lady touching all the books, Sweetie…”

Now that I’ve just bared my soul to you, it’s your turn to confess your bookish secrets. Please help me know that I’m not alone out there!


Look What I Made


Last Friday we went on a little double date with some friends at a paint your own pottery place. I knew I wanted to create something bookish but couldn’t decide on the Vladimir Tod smiley or the Hunger Games mockingjay. Well, as you can see I decided to attempt the majorly more detailed mockingjay.

I was so nervous about it coming out right because it was a detailed process. I had to draw it, then trace it on tracing paper. Then I had to tape it on the mug, trace over it with a felt marker, then remove the paper and paint the design. I think it came out pretty good!