15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day 5

I love this idea of the 15-Day Challenge that April over at Good Books and Good Wine came up with.  Today is Day 5 and we are recommending tearjerker books to each other.  I have realized in going through my Read shelf on Goodreads that a great number of my favorite books can be considered tearjerkers.  I wonder why that is?  I’m not really a crier, but for each of these books I can remember the moment when I had to put the book down and collect myself.  I think that’s one of the best things about writing – whether it’s happy or sad, the ability to create this strong, visceral, shared emotion among readers.  Man, I love books.



So, without further ado, my Top 5 Tearjerker Books Of the Moment (because I cannot commit to an all-time list).  I’m not going to summarize, because for many of them the tearjerker moment is a spoiler, but I’ll include my favorite quotes.


1.       Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park


“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”


2.      The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 book thief


“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”


3.       Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity


“It’s like being in love, discovering your best friend.”


4.       Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

bridge to terabithia


“She had tricked him. She had made him leave his old self behind and come into her world, and then before he was really at home in it but too late to go back, she had left him stranded there–like an astronaut wandering about on the moon.”


5.      The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky



“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”



15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – Day Two

Ok!  Sorry for the late post, but today has been a very busy day of reading.  Which maybe is not a really good excuse for not blogging until the evening, but hey – I love reading!  Can I just say I absolutely LOVED reading everyone’s reading confessions yesterday.  It was nice to find so many kindred spirits when it comes to Goodreads, and also to confirm my suspicions that avoiding contemporary is NOT a good idea.


Today we are talking about our bedtime reading rituals.  I don’t know that I really have many bedtime reading rituals, as I tend to complete most of my reading during the day lately.  In the evening my son and husband are home, and reading gets a lot tougher!  But if I am reading at night, it’s usually on the couch while my husband watches something on television.  I’m about to start a new job on Monday, so this will definitely change, but that’s how it is for now!

Lately I have taken to keeping at least one book going on an e-reader so that I can read in bed after we go to bed.  I just can’t help myself!  I have definitely woken up more than once with my reader on my chest, having fallen asleep in the middle of a sentence.  Whoops!

How about you guys?  What do you do to read at night?  Go link up with the party at Good Books and Good Wine – see you there!

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge

I love this idea of the 15-Day Challenge that April over at Good Books and Good Wine came up with.  (Sidenote – I also love the name of her blog.  And good books.  And good wine.)   I’m not 100% sure I’ll manage to do all 15 days, but I shall certainly do my best!


So today’s challenge is to come up with 15 book related confessions.  This will be tough, but here goes!

1. I live less than 5 minutes away from my library, and I’m probably in there daily!

2. I have a rotating stock of about 10-15 books out from the library at any given time.

3. I am a super-fast reader (like 1 book per day when I have a few hours to devote to reading).  I feel like I read every word, but I do sometimes have bad recall about books I’ve read.

4. Because of this, I rarely buy real books anymore, and I almost never buy a non-used book.  This started back when I lived in New York and had barely any bookcases!

5. I do buy e-books from time to time, and usually have 1 going at any given time.  This is so I can read in bed after my husband goes to sleep!  Gotta maximize that reading time!

6. I very rarely do not finish a book.  If I start it, I feel like I have to finish it.  Sometimes, this will throw me into a reading rut, so I really need to get over this!

7. Even though I was an English major, I haven’t read very many of the British classics like Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre.  What’s up with that?!

8. I joined GoodReads a few years ago basically to prove a friend of mine wrong who didn’t invite me to join at first because she claimed all I read were celebrity gossip magazines.  I credit her (and my overwhelming desire to prove her wrong) for my reading resurgence as an adult.

9. I am really mad at myself when I go back to GoodReads to see whether I liked or didn’t like a particular book (see #3), and find that I didn’t even bother to write a few sentences about WHY I rated a book in a particular way.  Come ON, Emily!

10. I don’t think I’ve ever read a contemporary YA novel that wasn’t by John Green.  I need to get over myself on that one!

11. I look almost everything up on GoodReads before I read it, and if it has less than a 3.5 rating on there I generally don’t pick it up!

12. There are books that I will legitimately be heartbroken if my son doesn’t grow up to love.  I basically already have his Harry Potter birthday party planned in my mind… And he’s 3…

13. I will never start a series anywhere but with the first book, even for series that don’t necessarily have to be read in order.

14. I feel guilty counting novellas or graphic novels toward my yearly reading goals.

15. I really have to like SOMEONE in a book in order for me to like a book at all.  I cannot get behind books where just everyone is unlikeable.

Phew!  Glad those are off my chest!  How about you – got any book blogging confessions to share?  Go link up with the party at Good Books and Good Wine – see you there!