Annotating My Books

I'm finally sharing why and how I annotate my books, and you guys, it has enriched my reading so much. I've been full-on annotating books for about two or three months now, and I can't imagine doing it any other way.

I'll admit, I used to be one of those people who would practically hyperventilate when even thinking about writing in books, but that "stage" of my reading life only lasted about two years.

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Honey by the Spoonfuls: My Bible Journal

Since I began my public reading life, one of my greatest joys and most satisfying conversations with other readers is when they tell me I recommended a book they love. I truly get a little thrill when someone tells me she was in the worst reading slump and I inspired her to pick up a book, or that he finally picked up that book on his shelf for three years and found a new favorite.

Connecting people to books that mean so much to them—especially in busy seasons—is such a sweet perk to me in this whole “online reader” experience.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’ll try to trace the hold the book has on me, but what can I really say? Reading Station Eleven is like slowly peeling an orange, tearing it bit by bit until you’re at the sticky center. It’s sweet and it lingers, but oh, it stings, that little sun in your hands.

It’s a story about nostalgia: not only for what could have been but for what still exists buried underneath—like fingers on an out-of-tune cello playing a hollow song from muscle memory. Or maybe it’s always there, buzzing above our skin, like light moving over the surface of the waters, over the darkness of the undersea.

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Books I Plan to Read in August

Hi readers, I'm finally posting my August TBR! I may be too ambitious—it is August 9 and I haven't picked up a book yet—but I need to commit, prioritize, refocus. Life is crazy, and I don't want my reading to fall by the wayside.

I decided last month I want to try to read at least one book a month that's been on my shelf for more than six months. Lately, I've been checking books out at the library, getting new books from publishers, buying new books, et cetera.

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Oh, I devoured this summer contemporary like candy. Or maybe honey is the right word; the prose is so smooth and draws you in instantly.

There's no better feeling than picking up the perfect book for your season of life—the perfect read you're craving. Ghosted was sweet, heartwarming, heartbreaking, gushworthy, swoonworthy, and a story I will always look back on fondly.

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No Thanks We're Booked!

It seems this "blog" exists only as a way to display announcements, but one of these days I'm convinced I will return with full force! Life is just too busy these days.

But, in the meantime, I will share some of life's bigger, exciting twists and turns here. My friend Katie and I started a bookish podcast called No Thanks We're Booked, and boy, are we loving it so far. Check out the website for details on what it's all about, how we met, episodes, and all of the social media links.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Oh, I adore this book. Kelly is a masterful storyteller, and I feel this one was brewing in her for a while. Lovers of middle grade—no matter their age—will come away with their own kind of sticky-sweet starlight: more joy, inspiration to forgive and cling to hope, and love multiplied.

This is a story about magic, how lies and sorrow and fear can rule and ruin, but how even the brokenness of the mad can be repaired with strength and hope.

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On Bookish Community IRL

It's been quite a busy season these past few months! I haven't done as much reading as I hoped, but I have been enjoying the bookish community quite a bit! I just got back from a trip to Chicago with some of my favorite bookish friends and BookTubers: Katie, Julie, and Jess. It was so fun to hang out with them for a long weekend in a huge city—especially because this was Jess's first time in the United States!

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Rereading Harry Potter . . . Again

It's been a while! I promise I haven't completely fallen off the map; I've been making videos and reading and such, but I have to admit, I haven't had the itch to write in quite a while.

Today, however, I'm inspired by the Twittersphere because it happens to be twenty years since J. K. Rowling first publishing the Philosopher's Stone, the first book in the Harry Potter series. #HarryPotter20 has been trending all morning, and I have to say, I've been a bit weepy thinking about the world's love for this particular Wizarding World.

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24-Hour Readathon

I'm joining in (last minute, of course) with thousands of readers today for Dewey's Read-a-thon! I won't be able to read all day, but I do have quite a few books I want to finish before May 1st (and the Do-a-thon!).

I'm treating today as a "wrap-up day" for all the books I've either (1) been reading forever and can't seem to finish or (2) put down at the beginning of the month and neglected to pick back up. Strangely, I've been enjoying all of the books on this list; life has just been in the way a lot lately.

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