Month: December 2012

Do You Hear The People Sing? (Give Them ALL THE OSCARS!)

Do You Hear The People Sing? (Give Them ALL THE OSCARS!)

Hiya Bookworms, Oh man. I just saw Les Miserables. I rarely go to movies because I don’t like to put on clothes that aren’t pajamas on weekends. Yes, I’m exaggerating. But I seriously don’t go to the movies that much. Which is why I can in good conscience declare that Les Miserables should win ALL THE OSCARS! (It’s not like I’ve seen anything else in the running…) I’ve never seen the actual stage production… Read more »

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9 out of 10 Penguins Prefer My Blog (The 10th Penguin was Eaten by a Leopard Seal.)

9 out of 10 Penguins Prefer My Blog (The 10th Penguin was Eaten by a Leopard Seal.)

Hello my Bookworms! I know, I know, I’ve been absent. I’m sorry. I’ve been rolling around jovially in a potent stew of holiday spirit, thousands of cookies, and more than a few drops of liquor. It’s been a magical experience, to be sure. I’ve been trying to keep up with my reading, but you try to read when there is so much visceral fun to be had. Seriously. Anyway, I’ve… Read more »

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Don't They Know It's The End of the World?

Don't They Know It's The End of the World?

Hi Bookworms! Today is “Doomsday.” People who have misinterpreted the Mayan calendar have decided that the world is supposed to end today. I’d really prefer the world not end. I have things planned for next week. Beyond that though, I’d do very very poorly in a post-apocalyptic world. I looooove dystopian novels, so I figured I’d explore how I’d perish early on in some of my favorites. Ready? 1. The Stand by… Read more »

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

Hi there, Bookworms. I’ve had some thoughts rattling around the old brain cage for a while now, so I’m going to attempt to write them down. Once upon a time I had a blog commenter give me a hard time for flippantly dismissing the work of Hakuri Murakami. I tried and failed to keep myself conscious through all of 1Q84 and gave up. I was offended and angered by the… Read more »

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God Bless Us, Every One: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

God Bless Us, Every One: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Happy Monday, Bookworms. In honor of the holiday season, I decided to re-read my all-time favorite holiday story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It’s a classic tale of redemption and good triumphing over indifference. In light of all that’s gone on in recent days, I think it’s helpful to focus on some of the positives in the world. Teachers are often unsung heroes because so much of what they… Read more »

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A Christmas Miracle: The Most Glorious Tale of the Wrapping Paper

A Christmas Miracle: The Most Glorious Tale of the Wrapping Paper

I like to buy wrapping paper on sale after Christmas. I’m rather particular about the paper, as I prefer penguin print (which comes as a surprise to exactly no one.) Last year I found myself wrought with the most frustrating of first world problems: wrapping paper storage. They make these lovely tubs to store wrapping paper. I like plastic storage items- they are significantly better at fighting your traditional basement… Read more »

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Sad Desk Salad: A Selection For Mandy's Blogger Book Club

Sad Desk Salad: A Selection For Mandy's Blogger Book Club

Hello Bookworms! I’m super excited about today’s blog post. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in Mandy’s Blogger Book Club. Have you met The Well Read Wife? She’s kind of a big deal in the world of book bloggers, and she’s really nice. I mean, she bought 20 copies of Jessica Grose’s Sad Desk Salad and sent them out to strangers from the internet out of… Read more »

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Haul Out The Holly: A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

Haul Out The Holly: A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

Ho ho ho, my little Bookworms! (I know not all of you celebrate Christmas, so on behalf of humanity, I apologize for you having to deal with this craziness every December. However… Saying “ho ho ho” is humorous on a number of levels, so I’m standing by my greeting.) I’ve mentioned before that I love Fannie Flagg. It’s sort of a guilty pleasure thing, because I am fully aware that… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New-To-Me Authors Read in 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New-To-Me Authors Read in 2012

Happy Tuesday Bookworms! It’s time for our weekly list of Bookwormy goodness with The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the top ten new-to-me authors I read in 2012. Without further ado… 1. Kent Haruf. If it weren’t for “My Neighbors Are Better Than Your Neighbors Book Club,” I may never have stumbled across Kent Haruf. That would have been a terrible shame- Plainsong and Eventide were beautiful novels. 2. Erin Morgenstern. The Night Circus was super awesome…. Read more »

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