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text 2019-02-10 18:40
Letting Books Go!
As part of uncluttering my mind, I want to unclutter my space, Marie Kondo style. Her method is called the KonMari Method. It is where you look at something and ask if it sparks joy. Joy = you keep it. No feeling/no joy = you thank it and pass it along.
 
Bookish people (mostly on Twitter) are coming at Marie Kondo because of a misquote and a joke someone made with her picture saying "Ideally, keep fewer than 30 books." She actually said, “I now keep my collection of books to about thirty volumes at any one time.” That is what she likes for herself!
 
I did the KonMarie method today with the help of my husband and took a hard look at my growing book collection. I come to a decision to cull over half my collection, if not more. Not because Marie Kondo told me to, but because I know that I am never going to read half these books. I've had them for years without touching them, some I didn't like, some I DNF'd, and some I doubt I will ever reread. My husband did the same with his books.
 
We went through 10ish boxes and ended up culling 7 boxes worth!
 
We made a new rule that the only physical books we are going to buy used are the things we are actively collecting and no more buying random books, with the exception of being 80s & 90s (and earlier) books, though I will be pickier. (Rare books, hard to find and libraries will not have them.)
 
I got rid of a bunch of books that I can easily get at the library if I decide I want to read them later on. We are already picky about the new books we buy because we can't buy full price books often. We still have a lot more books to go through! haha
 
I'm not getting rid of every unread book or everything I've read and may not read again. I'm keeping things that have true sentimental value and nostalgic stuff because I LOVE going back to my younger self and rereading nostalgic books. That sparks joy!
 
Some series I am actively collecting are: (For the curious)
 
 
The Babysitter's Club
Goosebumps
Fear Street
Other R L Stine books
Animorphs
Sweet Valley High
The Alice books (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor)
Buffy, Angel, Charmed books
Nancy Drew
The Hardy Boys
Boxcar Children
Several cheesy teen horror authors (Christopher Pike, Joan Lowery Nixon...etc)
Cheesy teen horror novels in general from the 80s/90s era
The type of books you would find in Paperbacks From Hell and Paperback Crush (so 70s,80s,90s horror and children/teenage stuff.)
 
There are more but those are the things I think are most recognized. It seems like a lot, but it is a very slow growing collection and I end up getting the books from $1 to $3 at the Half Price Book Store.
 
No matter how old I get, I still read and enjoy the above books. The nostalgic factor might be one of the reasons, but so what! Some would consider some of these books badly written nowadays, but it is like I can turn off a switch and overlook cheesy storylines, plot holes and "bad writing" Most of the books above would probably be considered "guilty pleasure" books for adults to read, but I don't use that word.
 
They are comfort reads.
(spoiler show)
 
 
Do you unhaul books easily or is it like pulling teeth? That is how it is for me, even if I didn't like the book that much. I know it is boarding on hoarding tendencies because it shouldn't be so hard to donate a book you hated, or a book you know you'll never read.
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text 2019-02-07 09:43
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - My Anti-Valentine Collection (My Anti-Series #1-3) by D.J. Jamison
My Anti-Valentine Collection (My Anti-Series #1-3) - D.J. Jamison

My Anti-Valentine: Jaded by relationships gone wrong, Bret throws an anti-Valentine's Day party to celebrate being single and burn his ex-boyfriends' belongings. Bret's low interest in sex has destroyed every relationship he's had and tarnished his view of romance, but a cute blond guy at the party who says all the wrong things inspires him to hope for more. 

 

My Anti-Boyfriend: Brad has everyone fooled. He's the casual, sexy friend. The fun-time guy who sleeps around. Except not really. There's one man who holds his heart: his best friend -- with benefits -- Riley. Too bad Riley has no interest in a relationship, and as far as Brad can tell, never will. But once Brad acknowledges his feelings for Riley, he can't continue to ignore them. Riley's days of having his cake and eating it too are over. Then again, maybe Brad is tasty enough to keep a man satisfied.

 

My Anti-Marriage: Love has never been a good bet for Chris, so going on a Vegas wedding trip for his friends is bittersweet. Especially when Ant, the last man to break his trust, is suddenly along for the ride. Which explains why Chris wakes up in his hotel room with the mother of all hangovers. Not so much why Ant is in his bed ... or worse, wearing a matching wedding band.

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/02/07/BLOG-TOUR-REVIEW-GIVEAWAY---My-Anti-Valentine-Collection-My-Anti-Series-1-3-by-DJ-Jamison
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review 2019-02-04 05:15
BEDTIME!
The Berenstain Bears' Bedtime Battle - Stan Berenstain,Jan Berenstain

Another Berenstain Bears collection. This book talks about the bedtime battle that mama and papa bear has with their cubs. In the end the parents fall asleep trying to get their cubs to sleep. The small bears start with slowly cleaning up and slowly taking a bath and then wanting a story for bedtime. This is a great book to include in the students book box as they can read the Berenstain Bears book collection.

LEXILE: AD540L

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review 2019-02-04 04:59
TODAY IS YOUR DAY!
Oh the Places You'll Go![OH THE PLACES YOULL GO D][Hardcover] - DrSeuss

This is my favorite book of all times. I loved to read Dr. Seuss as a child but when I got older this book encouraged me and I will make sure it is one of the books I read to my students every year. A lot of inspirational messages are hidden in the book. If you are just reading it and making sure you rhyme you will miss all the goals and hidden messages. This will be a whole class read for my classroom.

LEXILE: AD600L 

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