Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?

Albus Dumbledore

Going Classic at 30

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Around my 29th birthday I began to think about what I might want to do to make my 30th year feel a little different, something a little special to mark a new decade.  (At the time I didn’t know our little girl would be coming along shortly after my birthday. I have a sneaking suspicion she’ll be providing plenty of change and excitement :D).
I wanted whatever I picked to be something I’d genuinely look forward to, something specific to my own interests and not just what other people might find fun or illuminating or worthwhile.  I wanted it to be simple enough, but I also thought it would be nice to figure out a way to spread the joy through the year.  So what did I come up with?

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No Thanks We’re Booked Podcast: A Bookish “Newlywed Game” and Interview

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I don’t know about you, but I sure do love a good book podcast. Anne Bogel’s What Should I Read Next was the first one to hook me and I haven’t looked back since.

Naturally, I was so excited to hear that Katie, who is a YouTuber and a Bookstagrammer, and Mollie, also a YouTuber and a Bookstagrammer, were going to be creating a new podcast. It’s called No Thanks We’re Booked and their description of it being “life through a bookish lens” sounds like exactly my kind of podcast.

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Harriet M. Welsch

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As a child, I read Harriet the Spy more times than any other book. Actually, since my rereading of Harry Potter is divided by seven, I think Harriet the Spy still holds the title for my most often read book. Over 20 times? 30?

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Tami Taylor

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The characters of Friday Night Lights are some of my favorite on television — you can’t help but root for them, no matter how flawed they may be. Tami Taylor was possibly my favorite of them all (although I’m most definitely on #teamriggins). She is highly relatable, has a well-defined sense of self, sticks up for what she believes in, and sees the best in people.

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My Book Stack Me Challenge

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Here it is! This is my attempt at the #bookstackmechallenge, which I detailed in last week’s post. While these are all favorites, I specifically picked the books in this stack because I believe they each show something about who I am as a person AND who I am as a reader.

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Love Songs & Fictional Couples

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I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day playlist with a literary twist, so I thought I’d imagine some song pairings for a few of literatures’ more well known couples. Try out the matching game to see if you can figure out what song I intended for what couple. I’ve provided a taste of the lyrics with each song in case you’re not familiar with it. Good luck!

The playlist can be found here, so do give it a listen.

Possible Couples (Answer Key)

  • Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy
  • Emma and Mr. Knightley
  • Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester
  • Anne and Gilbert
  • Peeta and Katniss
  • Bella and Edward
  • Gatsby and Daisy
  • Tris and Tobias (from Divergent)
  • Louisa and Will (from Me Before You)
  • Romeo and Juliet

Love Songs & Fictional Couples Quiz

In the blank-lined spaces below, type in one of the choices of couples from the answer key above.

Lucky- Jason Mraz, Colbie Cailat

"They don't know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this

I'll wait for you, I promise I will...

Lucky I'm in love with my best friend"
Brighter than Sunshine- Aqualung

"Caught up in ancient history
I didn't believe in destiny
I look up you're standing next to me
What a feeling"
Fix You- Coldplay

"When the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste...

I will try to fix you"
The Luckiest- Ben Folds


"I don't get many things right the first time,
In fact, I am told that a lot
Now I know all the wrong turns the stumbles,
And falls brought me here
And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face,
Now I see it every day

Anchor- Mindy Gledhill

"There are those who think that I'm strange
They would box me up and tell me to change
But you hold me close and softly say
That you wouldn't have me any other way"
Be Be Your Love- Rachael Yamagata 

"Everybody's talking how I can't be your love
But I want to be your love
Want to be your everything"
Hamburg Song- Keane

"I don't wanna be adored
Don't wanna be first in line
Or make myself heard
I'd like to bring a little light
To shine a light on your life
To make you feel loved"
Something Worth Fighting For- Josh Auer

"Well, I will always love you more,

A kind of love worth dying for. "
Same Changes-The Weepies 

"Hold this tender heart
Leave a well of tiny threads with two fingers
Standing in the garden
Gathering the dusk
We hold the sun and golden one and we linger
And everyone says
This love will change you
Well I ask, isn’t that what love’s supposed to do"
You're Gonna Live Forever In Me- John Mayer

"And you're gonna live forever in me
I guarantee, it's your destiny"

Imaginary Snow Day

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If you grew up somewhere where it snows, you know the drill. Pestering your teachers and parents all day to get their expert opinions. The backwards, inside-out pajamas; spoon under the pillow; and all important interpretative snow dances. My husband has videos of me finding out, as an adult teacher, that we had a snow day the next day and let’s just say: pure, childlike glee. Here’s what I’m imagining for a perfect snow day.

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Imaginary New Year

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Introducing “for every occasion”, the category of Imaginary Book Stack in which I imagine a book stack and its accompanying accessories, whether it be for my ideal imaginary first day of spring, summer camping adventure, snow day…whatever I’m dreaming up.

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Jo March

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To start this off, I had to begin with one of my all time favorite characters: Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  Despite, or perhaps because of, her flaws, Jo is the character almost all of us wanted to be. 

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