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5 ways I WON’T be reducing my TBR pile

A couple days ago I wrote about my shamefully long TBR list. As I said there, books are pack animals and breed like beautiful, shiny-covered rabbits. I have a lot of them.

Since then, I’ve been thinking:

How specifically (besides reading what I own, obviously) can I effectively reduce my TBR pile?

I did lots of searching and reading tip posts on other people’s blogs. There were plenty of helpful ideas, but there were also a lot of “yeah right…” tips. Without further ado, here are…

The 5 reducing-your-TBR suggestions I WON’T be following:


1. One blog suggested going through your TBR so vigilantly that you reduce it down to 10 books. 10 FREAKING BOOKS. 

Upon reading that, this was my reaction:

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Homemade Moon Pies: The perfect companion for your summer reading

I am from California.

When I was younger, I was completely captivated by the American South. It’s a region that is romanticized in literature all the time. In college, I met a Southern boy who pronounced “foil” like “foll” and told stories about the tobacco fields of his childhood. His family admitted that watching “The Beverly Hillbillies” was like watching home videos. And I fell in love.

We live in North Carolina now. Specifically, Eastern North Carolina… where all Nicholas Sparks’ books are set.

There is one thing I’ll never deny about the South: Their food is uh-may-zing. Like, so darn good.

One of those amazing food items is moon pies. Yes, you can buy them pre-packaged in plastic, but you can also make them…


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Surprise, surprise: My TBR is shamefully long…

I have had a New Year’s Resolution for the past two years that I have failed miserably at. I’m strong for a little while, but in a moment of weakness, I ruin it.

Every year.

It’s this: Don’t buy any more books until I read all the books I own.

We all know books are pack animals. And letting me into a bookstore is like letting a redneck into a gun shop. Or a sugar-rabid child into a candy store.

This comic = ME

spending money

So this is basically an accountability post… Which is what I need. Shame and accountability.

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The importance of a beautiful title

I love beautiful, poetic book titles.

I think that titles can not only give the reader a hint of what a book is about, but in just a few words, can portray the emotion of a book.

This can be both positive or negative. Let me explain.

Without looking at the book’s cover, what would you think a book titled, “Secrets of a Charmed Life” is about?

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Best Books I’ve Read in 2017

I’ll start this post by confessing something: I spend almost as much time reading book reviews as I do actually reading books.

If a book has a rating of 3.7 or lower on Goodreads, I don’t even bother. Which is probably insane because I’m sure I’m missing out on some books that would be 5 stars for me, but aren’t for others.

So basically, I read a lot of good, highly-rated books. There are a lot of good books I’ve read, but I’ll tell you just my favorites today.

These are my star ratings for the 32 books I’ve read so far this year:

The 5, 4, and 3 star reviews are exactly even, which I definitely didn’t plan.

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Movies/TV shows you’ll wish were books

Very often, Hollywood big wigs adapt a story from a book and turn it into a movie. Sometimes they’re great, sometimes they’re not.

But even more often, I feel like you can feel the emotions of a story so much deeper if you’re immersed in the story through a book. So I’m here to suggest some movies/TV shows to be turned into books. I would expect names and probably characters to be changed, of course. Authors, get those idea notepads out!

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The 6 Best Fictional Dads (because I couldn’t choose only 5)

With Father’s Day tomorrow, I’ve been thinking about the fictional fathers (and father figures) I have gotten to know over the years. My favorite fictional fathers are those that are selfless, a little funny, and always caring. (You’ll see I use the word “caring” about 50 times in this post.)

Without further ado, here are my top six favorite fictional fathers… (Yes, I’m aware I could have done a neat, clean number like 5, but I didn’t want to leave anyone out. Because then they’d know their feelings would be hurt, of course!)

Anyway, here we go!

1. Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter series

This one feels like a given because Mr. Weasley is likely to be on most Best Fictional Fathers lists this weekend. But still, he deserves all the accolades. Mr. Weasley is a loving father to his own children, and over time, becomes the same for Harry. He’s warm and welcoming in a way that you can’t help but love.

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