Love in Books (a late Valentine’s Day special!)

It’s Valentine’s Day, which means everything that resembles a heart will be overpriced, restaurants will be bursting at the seams, and getting a movie ticket will be next to impossible! Hurrah!

It’s no surprise that I’m writing this post since I’m such a lover of love. I have listed some romantic tropes I’ve come across in literature and illustrated them with a few books. I know we’re all probably tired of reading love-related posts, especially my aromantic friends! But I have had this idea in my head for months, so please bear with me (there may be the promise of chocolate at the end of the post — shhhh!).

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In all seriousness, I absolutely love Valentine’s Day. It’s the one day of the year when everyone is reminded that they need to do more little gestures for their significant other. Leaving all the commercial schemes aside, I love this day because I’m a sucker for love. I love watching rom-coms, I love reading romance books, I love seeing couples hold hands on the street, and I love showing love. I guess you can say I go a little overboard.

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The Guilty Reader Tag

Hello, fellow guilty reader! It feels so good to be finally writing a post that is not scheduled. I feel like I am living in the present and not trying to trick everyone into thinking I’m not on holiday — aha! I just got back from my trip to Amsterdam and while I’m still hatching a post tying it with books, I decided to do the Guilty Reader Tag.

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This tag was created by Youtuber Chami (you can see her original video here) to expose all our flaws when it comes to reading. Just kidding — maybe just a little. We all slip up in our readings, and even the most dedicated bookworms fall prey to these sins! So today I wanted to see how much of a “bad reader” I am.

Spoiler alert: I am a very, very bad reader apparently!

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Rita’s Alphabeticals! (B)

Once again I’m doing this tag — and one that you guys seemed to like! This concept was originally created by Alex over at the paperback piano and you can check out her original post for the letter B here.

In case you don’t know what the “Alphabeticals” posts I write are, they’re lists I compile of my favorite authors, books, and characters that start with a given letter. It’s an amazing way to bring to the spotlight some people or works you might not have heard about!

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If you haven’t read my post for the letter A you totally should! You can read it here. Today I thought I’d do the follow-up post because I had so much fun with the letter A, so here are my picks for the letter B!

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World Read Aloud Day 2018

Today is the World Read Aloud Day! As you probably guessed it, it’s a date dedicated to sharing stories aloud with children, friends, adults, pets — everyone!

Reading aloud to children is extremely important. According to data collected by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, children that have someone read to them every day are a year ahead of children who don’t. Like children, many adults around the world — mostly women — don’t have literacy skills, meaning they can’t write or read. It is important to read aloud to them so that they can benefit from the numerous pros of reading.

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The Lit World website is using this day to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter in the US, and they’re encouraging everyone to participate. If you want to be part of the discussion, post on social media using the hashtag #WorldReadAloudDay.

Because I am currently in Amsterdam visiting a friend (this is a scheduled post, so technically I’m sprawled out on my couch right now) I won’t participate in the discussion. Nevertheless, I still want to be a part of this day! So I have gathered in this post some bookish favorites of mine related to reading out loud — audiobooks and poetry readings.

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Forgettable (but enjoyable!) Books — Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books we’ve read and liked, but cannot remember anything about. As always, this is a weekly tag created by the bloggers from The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

At first I thought this was a strange prompt, after all, how can you forget a book if you’ve liked it?!? But then I started thinking and scrolling through my Goodreads “read” shelf and boy oh boy!

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As it turns out, compulsive readers’ minds work in very funny ways. There are so many great books out there that we tend to pick one up right after we’ve put down another. And sometimes we stay up late when we’re already tired and in a I’m-here-but-I’m-not-actually-here state that we might as well just be reading the same page over and over again. And if it wasn’t enough, people sometimes distract us from our readings which makes us lose track of what’s happening! The audacity…

Keep on reading to see what books I liked when I read them but can’t remember much (or anything) about now.

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Exciting Literary Awards!

It should come as no surprise that I always get hyped up about all the literary/bookish awards happening every year. What can I do!? They’re a great way to discover some new amazing books and authors I would not have read otherwise!

As somebody who wants to one day break into the publishing world, bookish events and awards are absolutely fascinating to me. Having so many talented writers, publishers, and translators competing for a financial (and symbolic) prize is a mind-blowing concept to me, and I always daydream about finally being involved in the election process of one!

(Aha! Maybe one day, who knows? 😉)

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The shortlisted books for most of these awards have still not been announced, but I’m still excited for the events because of their excellent track record. Because I don’t carry any ground-breaking news with me, unfortunately, I decided to compile this list and include a recap of what happened in 2017 and what is to be expected in 2018.

This is just the cannon of literary awards, in a way. If you know of any more of these events (such as those run by indie and smaller publishing houses), please let me know in the comments — the more the merrier!

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Bookish Resolutions — Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the ladies who blog at The Broke and the Bookish  and is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is “Bookish Resolutions and Goals,” which is perfect for what I have been meaning to share with you, readers of my posts!

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As you may know, I’m a very ambitious person when it comes to reading. Every year I write down my bookish resolutions and do my best to complete all of them—although sometimes this doesn’t work and I end up dropping my goals halfway into the year. This year, however, I will do my best to do some changes—to stick to my resolutions, and to branch out those resolutions.

Without further ado, here are my ten bookish resolutions for the New Year (well, not that new anymore…)

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