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25 Bookish Facts About Me

Check out the very first book tag video I’ve ever done!! Everyone has different quirks and qualities! Here are 25 of mine! Do you have any that are the same? Are yours crazy different?? ย Do you find any of mine appalling??? Let me know!!

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Harry Potter Read-A-Thon!!!

Okay folks!! Here we go!!

In celebration of the new Harry Potter book coming out on July 31st, 2016, Thepickypagesproject.com and Buzzonbooks.com are hosting a Harry Potter Read-A-Thon!! Yaaay!! We are going to attempt to read a Harry Potter book a week!! Thats a lot…..but I think we can do it!!
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Participate!! Because we love sharing!! and we love you!!! And your thoughts!! and feelings!! And Opinions!! and Harry Potter and the gang!! …Obviously.
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A Book A Week Time Line:ย 

Week #1 –ย Now! to June 18th – Harry Potter and Philosophers stone

Week #2 – June 19th to June 25th – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Week #3 – June 26th to July 2nd – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Week #4 – July 3rd to July 9th ย – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Week #5 – July 10th to July 16th – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Week #6 – July 17th to July 23rd- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Week #7 – July 24th to July 30th – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Don’t worry too much about the time line…just keep reading!! If you are done reading the first book on the 3rd day of week ย 1 …jump into book number 2!! You might need that head start when it gets down to the wire! If you’re a slower reader and you need more that a week…Just keep reading!! Keep participating!! Enjoy the ride!! As long as you’re reading Harry Potter Books…you are succeeding!!
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#PotterSpeedRead is the hashtag that we will be using to talk about the Read-A-Thon!! Use it to tell us how far along you are, favorite quotes, thoughts and feelings!! Go ahead and use if for pictures as well!! I know I will be throwing it out there on Instagram!!

Use the hashtag #BackToHogwarts if you are like me and are RE-READING the Harry Potter Series!!

#LearningToWizard is the hashtag for all of you Harry Potter Newbies!! You lucky ducks!! Do you even know how many people wish they could experience the Harry Potter Series for the first time all over again??

On your mark….get set…READ!!!
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My TBR pile is out of control!!

Although books are my happy place, currently my TBR pile has been a major source of anxiety.

I know that I now own enough books to fuel my reading habit for years to come. This does not stop me from buying more. I know where to find the good book sales! I try to stay away, but I keep getting sucked back in. Where else can you find hours of entertainment for $5.99…how could you pass that up?? There are so many awesome books coming out all the time! I plan to read so many of them immediately, and then somehow they get pushed further down the TBR list. I also moderate a book club once a month, so there is no getting around that inevitable purchase.

I know what you are all thinking! Borrow it from the library. Well, I simply cannot. I have this uncontrollable urge to own the books I read. I used to go to the library all the time, but I just ended up buying the books I liked anyway, and there are very, very few books that I dont like at least a little.ย I like knowing I can pick up a title at any given time and re-read! Also, I do lend out books to trusted friends so they can experience and share feelings as well!

And I know what you are thinking now! Digital books Lindsey! They take up no room and they are much less expensive! Well, friends, e-books are just not for me. I have tried them. It’s not like I’m not even going to give them a chance. I own 2 e-readers, but absolutely nothing beats curling up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and an actual, physical book in my lap. I love the way they smell! I love the way the book spine feels in my hand! I love the way they look displayed on my many, and multiplying, shelves!

However, the problem is not running out of space for my many books. Well, it kind of is. It will be. But I am prepared to deal with that problem. The problem is the anxiety I feel when I look at all the books and realize that I cannot speed read and I have to do grown up things like work and sleep. The desire to read all of the books at once is overwhelming. I almost always have an overly ambitious monthly TBR pile. I usually only accomplish about 1/3 if I’m lucky. I just ALWAYS get WAY too EXCITED!!! There are so many epic sounding, potentially life altering stories to discover!!!

Another source of my stress is shelf organization. I would love nothing more than to organize my shelf by color, but my insides scream NO!!! when I think about my series like divergent and beautiful creatures being separated. I had my books separated by age group, and that seemed to be going just fine until I decided to make it harder on myself. Then they were separated by read and not read, reviewed and not reviewed, and age group. ย And the prettiest and most important books are displayed at eye level if I can manage. Of course. I just keep shuffling them around. I suppose that is half the fun though ๐Ÿ™‚

I am going to be moving soon! Which means that I have to re-locate my books! Sooo, I’m going to try out the whole dividing books by color thing. Worst case scenario I go crazy for a little while and then I put them back in the obsessive order I know and love. I’ll let you know how it goes!!

I want to know what book stressors you are facing! Also, do you divide your books into categories? Which ones?

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Some Day You Will Be Old Enough to Start Reading Fairy Tales Again – C.S. Lewis

I can totally relate to this C.S. Lewis quote! It seems that the older I get, the younger my reading taste becomes! I have only read a handful of books that were not considered teen or children books. ย I have loved teen books even before I was a teen, and they continue to be my go to choice. My favorite age group for books right now is ages 9-12 or middle grade. I have a special place in my heart for the age group 6-8 or early readers as well,…and that special place in my heart just seems to keep growing. Who can’t resist a great storybook? Reading a really great story out loud to a room full of children just gives me the best feeling in the world!

What it really comes down to is that I’m actually not embarrassed to tell people that I primarily read children and young adult books. I’m sad to say that I once was! ย I used to hate the looks that people gave me and the comments about immaturity and acting like a grown up.

The fact of the matter is I am proud to say that I know exactly what is inside that book that your son or daughter is reading. I consider myself pretty darn great at recommending books that you will love and get the most from! And I am proud to be a helping hand for a cause as important as literacy for our future generations!

Not to mention kids books are just fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, do what you love!

Everything else will fall in place ๐Ÿ˜‰