General Bookishness

Six Degrees of Separation: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Because I want to try something new, and I’ll never stop loving Wildand Katie said this is an Amy game, I decided to try out Six Degrees of Separation this week! The way it works is this: Start with one book, and link it to six other books in whatever way you can. So here we go:

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Wild is about leaving your life behind and so is: Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey. Elyria is unhappy in her “real” life and jets off to New Zealand to the home of a writer she’s met once and no plan for the foreseeable future. Cheryl Strayed was going through some seriously heavy stuff and set off for the PCT…

…Which led to a lot of introspection and self realization just like: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Two teenage boys growing into their personalities, their desires, and obviously, finding some secrets of the universe along the way, which was…

Very philosophical just like…The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. This alternates between present day and somewhere around WWII, and is a heartwarming and heartbreaking look at love. It’s told in a way that is completely unlike anything else I’ve ever read except…

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Okay this is the only one I felt like is kind of cheating because I think he is married to Nicole Krauss but whatever there is a legitimate connection. The writing is extremely similar and they both deal with traumatizing aspects of history: in this case, 9/11, in The History of Love, WWII.

Speaking of WWII, one of my forever favorites takes place during that time: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Liesel and Rudy are the best of friends during an incredibly tumultuous time, proving that friends will be there for you no matter what.

Finally, nothing was more of a tumultuous, world ending book than Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The world as we know it literally ends when the Georgia Flu wipes out 99% of the population, leaving the people who are left to stick together no matter what.

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And that’s it! My first six degrees of separation. Hopefully I did it right, but I enjoyed it either way! This is hosted by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman, and here are the rules in case you want to try it out yourself sometime:

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Stock Your Shelves: Book Blogger Edition

*GASP* Two posts in one day, who am I? But after yesterday consisting of a whole afternoon of other bloggers talking about blogs and people they love, I had to join in. It’s a Stock Your Shelves post: BLOGGER EDITION. I have some (kind of) new to me blogs that I’ve been following and some I’ve followed for ages, but might be new to you! So here we go: the greatest bloggers you will ever meet! (And bonus, there is no “worst”). The original inspiration for this comes from Shannon, who started us all off.

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New(ish) to me:

  • Andi at Estella’s Revenge. I was late to the game following Andi, who has been blogging about books for TEN YEARS, but I can see what I’ve been missing: she is so nice and down to earth, and I feel like she is the unofficial troop leader of book bloggers.
  • Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves. Sarah writes the most thoughtful reviews, and can always find something positive to say even if she doesn’t like something. Plus, her blog just got such a pretty makeover!
  • Naomi at Consumed by Ink. Naomi is so genuine, and has some really great reviews, but also really interesting posts, like this one comparing every cover of Anne of Green Gables.
  • Jen at The Relentless Reader. Another recent find, this one from Twitter, I think. Great reviews, great Twitter, and you should scope out both!
  • Kristi at Delightfully Kristi. Definitely my favorite lifestyle blog! Kristi is always inspiring me to switch up my style or try something new with my nails, plus she has so many cute DIY ideas. If you’re looking for some non-bookish blog reading, definitely check her out!
  • Leah at Books Speak Volumes. Leah has great taste in books, and is always introducing me to new and different books, even within genres I thought I might not like. AND she is all about the creative reviews.

“Old” Favorites:

  • Stacey at The Pretty Books. Stacey was one of the VERY FIRST books blogs I found/followed, but I will tell you what, I still love Pretty Books as much as I did that first day! Stacey posts artsy photos of books, which I love, and posts about literacy and the importance of reading along with her reviews/hauls.
  • Katie at Words for Worms. Speaking of firsts, Katie is the best, and WFW was another one of my very first favorite blogs. Also, it has since been discovered that we are spirit animals.
  • Shannon at River City Reading. If Andi is the troop leader, I would say Shannon is the wise, cool older sister of the book blog world. She is always up on what new books are good, and is probably talking about them in a completely unique way!
  • Cassie at Books and Bowel MovementsCassie has the most unique book discussions, and fills them with her own great writing. Plus, her News Day Tuesday posts have been my favorite thing since forever. Every book related article all in one place, you need it in your life!
  • Holly at Nut Free Nerd. Holly is so sweet, and somehow manages reading all the required high school books while maintaining one of my favorite blogs, and still finding time to read for fun. I don’t know how she does it, but I know I love it!

This is only a taste of some of the amazing people I’ve been following, so I’m thinking I/we need to make posts like these a regular thing! Who are some of your favorite new to you blogs?