I love to read fantasy, scifi, YA, and MG. I also write books and have a YouTube channel (TheREDBooks) on which I discuss what I'm writing and what I'm reading :)
How true! Love this quote *.*
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I did a blog hop about the things I've been reading and my writing progress over the past week, as well as some other stuff I've been up to. I also talk about how much I love BookLikes!
"I trust my characters. They know their story better than I do." ~ Rayne Hall
Here is something you don't see every day - a collection of photos of big name authors from the mid-20th century enjoying summer days at the beach. Just in case you wondered what Sylvia Plath looked like in a swimsuit or what Hemingway looked like without his Cuban shirt.
I didn't think I would like this book, but by the fourth of fifth chapter, I was really into it. It was just what I wanted: a sweet love story within a cool supernatural world that wasn't too overbearing. Plus, the out-doorsy scenes really fit-in with my trip to upstate New York this weekend. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a quick, sweet, relatively light-hearted read that will take your breath away with the kissing scenes.
As we all know we have a passion for books (or we wouldn't be here right?) but what do we do when our favorite old books fall apart? I hate to part with these old titles that have become more like old friends then just belongings. I've been looking over the web for ways to recycle these loves into art that can stay with me and spread a little cheer to others that visit my humble home. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.
For the love of books shared a wonderful idea to turn old book spines into bookmarks. It's such a clever idea!
Google image search turned up this interesting birdhouse made from old books. Wish I could find a tutorial for it but it does look pretty straight forward to make. Another idea would be to buy a wooden birdhouse and use something like mod podge to cover it in your favorite pages.
To go with this cute house I'd love to make a little paper mache bird to sit on the perch. Something like this little guy made out of my favorite pages. That Artist Woman has a wonderful tutorial on her site.
I also have to admit that I love the idea of turning old books into works of art. That's what they are to me. Beautiful words that have gifted me with wonderful highs and lows and to see them turned into art that can transfer that emotion in a few seconds is a beautiful thing over here to view more of this artist's creations.
For the chic literary fashionista here's a tutorial to guide you through making your own book purse. I'll be the first to admit I'd love a whole collection of these.
And finally I found an etsy store selling book bins. They've taken simple wooden bins and added old book spines to the front. It would be such a simple project to DIY. I think we'll have to make some for our school bookshelves to hold our markers and math blocks. They would look great from the front and would give our shelves a clean, organized look. The kids can help pick out their favorite spines from their old books to recycle.
"Jack Dawson… Penniless artist who wins a ticket onto Titanic in 1912, attends a first class dinner, develops a taste for the finer things in life, pockets the Heart of the Ocean, survives the sinking, pawns the diamond, spends the following ten years building his wealth and in 1922 moves to West Egg as Jay Gatsby… Millionaire with a shady past and fear of swimming pools."
A video review of Baz Lurhmann's take on The Great Gatsby from the perspective of someone who has read the book and someone who hasn't.
If you are a fan of Once Upon a Time, and who isn't, here is a real treat for you - a new graphic novel from Marvel set to release about the same time the series resumes on TV in early September. Please Marvel, don't screw it up!