Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Here's another daily meme.  This one, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is the top ten books you've read so far in 2013.  This year has been such a weird reading year for me.  At this point in the year  I'm normally at 50+ books.  I'm currently at 8.  I know, I know.  The last year of grad school tends to do that to a person.  I could tell you ALL about forensic accounting, auditing, etc. if you are really interested.  But... since I doubt you are... here's a list of the books I've read so far this year.  I can't pick a top ten.  ::embarrassed:: 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Google Friend Connect

As I'm sure many of you are away - Google Friend Connect is going to be no longer as of July 1st, 2013. With that being said, I've made the decision to migrate all the blogs I personally read to Bloglovin' and I hope you'll do the same. 

If you visit The Bibliophile's Digest, there is a link to follow this page on Bloglovin'

I hope you'll make the move with me!

Musing Mondays (2)

It's that time again... another Musing Monday.

Musing Mondays is a weekly "muse" to get you thinking about a topic.  Musing Mondays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week's topic... (well, the topic I decided I wanted to muse about...)

Describe one of your reading habits.

Since we're all so different - I'm interested to read what everyone else has to say.  :o) For me, I read several different times a day.  I don't sit down for hours at night curled up with a book.  I tend to read for an hour during my lunch break (if I'm not doing homework), for 30 - 45 minutes on the treadmill (on my cardio days), and for approximately 30 minutes at night before going to sleep.  Reading at night usually tends to focus my brain on something else besides the piling "to do" list I have going, so it helps me fall asleep.

I tend to read 90% of the books I read on the iPad, but if I do buy them at the bookstore, I'm a dog ear kind of girl.  And I hate it.  Either that - or I use post it notes.  My love bought me a really cute "C" bookmark, but I forget I have it.  

I used to frequent the library and check out 5 or 6 books a week, but the library isn't close to me anymore, and I don't find myself going to that part of town very often.  

Friday, June 21, 2013

Feature & Follow (1)

Hey!  Look!  It’s another FRIDAY meme!  It’s Friday, so I think that Friday deserves TWO of them.  What do you say readers?! 

Feature & Follow is a great networking tool hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read that encourages bloggers to link up and follow new bloggers each week.  If you don't follow these blogs already - check them out!  Of course, Feature & Follow will also post a fun question to be answered. 

This week  Feature & Follow wants to know… what is your favorite literary quote? 

It’s pretty well established that we all love books.  I mean, if we didn't we wouldn't be book bloggers, right?!  As I’m reading books, I often write down quotes as I read them.  Sometimes, it’s to contemplate at a later time when I’m not engrossed in a book, but often times, it is just because somehow and someway those lines spoke to me. 
So it goes without saying that I have more than one favorite.  

What is your favorite book quote?

Book Blogger Hop Fridays! (1)

I'm so excited that I found enough daily memes to make it through the week, excluding Thursdays.  I enjoy answering these, and more than that, I enjoy seeing YOUR answers, so keep the comments coming.

Today's Book Blogger Hop is hosting by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

The question is... When you are writing your reviews, do you write them as you are reading or wait until you are completely done with the book?

I'm very interested in reading what everyone has to say about this.  As a fairly new book blogger, I tend to wait until the end to write my reviews.  I make notes on post it notes as I'm reading (if I'm reading a print book) or in a notebook (if I'm reading on the iPad), so that at least I have something to go back and reference as I write my reviews.  Again - I'm not saying that I won't change my review methods at some point in the future, but that's how it's done for now.  

I still have a lot of work to do on this blog... in terms of review policies, ratings, etc. so I know that it'll constantly be a work in progress.  I'm interested to see how much my blogging style and TBD changes over the next 365 days.  

So, fellow bloggers, what do you do?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The 25 Most-Hated Books

I'm intrigued anytime a list appears that is the depicted with an extreme, such as best of, worst of, most-loved, most-hated.  I always have to rush out and see what the list entails, where the information came from, who was polled, etc.  I guess you could say I'm a nerd like that.

Bookriot.com posted an article of the 25 most-hated books.  They polled 937 riot readers, and came up with a list of 25 books.  Of those polled, there were 747 unique titles, and many books only appeared once or twice.  According to the web link, there were some books that many people hated.  Check out the article... The 25 Most-Hated Books.

Here is the list.  Did you read any of these?  Love them?  Hate them?  The titles/authors in bold are the books I've actually read.  

  1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (102 votes)
  2. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (90)
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (90)
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (53)
  5. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (41)
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (41)
  7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (35)
  8. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (33)
  9. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (31)
  10. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (30)
  11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (28)
  12. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (26)
  13. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (26)
  14. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (25)
  15. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (24)
  16. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (23)
  17. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (21)
  18. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (18)
  19. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (17)
  20. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (14)
  21. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (14)
  22. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (14)
  23. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (14)
  24. The Pearl by John Steinbeck (14)
  25. Ulysses by James Joyce (14)
For me - many of these books, I read in high school as part of AP English.  And there's none of these books that I hated except for Lord of the Flies.  I've even contemplated trying to re-read this book, but I haven't done that yet.  


When You Were Here - Daisy Whitney GIVEAWAY!

I can’t wait to read WHEN YOU WERE HERE by Daisy Whitney

I always love when there's a giveaway for a book that I've had on my goodreads for a while now.  :o)   

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

You guys!  I'm having way too much fun with these daily memes.  Do you like seeing my responses?  I'm loving the comments and feedback I'm getting from you!  So thank you very much for that.  :o)

Today's memes is hosted by Breaking the Spine.  You'll have to hop on over there and see what everyone is saying about today's topic.  Each week, this meme highlights the "anticipated" releases we're all anxiously waiting on!  What is your highly anticipated release?

I'm anxiously waiting for The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.  The current release date per Goodreads looks to be June 2014.  That's over a year away!  I looooooooooooved book #1, but when I read it, I didn't realize the book was a trilogy.  I refused to read book #2 until book #3 came out.  I don't do well when I can't read the ENTIRE story all at one time.  So I'm very excited to read the rest of this series!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Here's another daily meme.  This one, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's topic is the top ten books on your summer TBR list.  It's ironic, because I haven't even thought ahead to summer yet.  For me, I'm still in school until 7/3/13, so it's technically NOT summer break around these parts yet.  

Luckily, I am always updating my TBR list.  It's insane.  So here's my list of the 10 books I'm most excited about for summer reading.

1.  Time Between Us - Tamara Ireland Stone
2.  Road to Tater Hill - Edith M. Hemingway
3.  Walking Disaster - Jamie McGuire
4.  Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
5.  Pivot Point - Kasie West
6.  Just Like Fate - Cat Patrick
7.  Picture Perfect - Alessandra Thomas
8.  Hopeless - Colleen Hoover
9.  The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen
10.  True - Erin McCarthy

Monday, June 17, 2013

Musing Mondays (1)

It's my first attempt at trying to keep up with the weekly memes.  :-)  I think I'm attempt to post one or two or TEN a week.  Just depends on how my week goes.  I'm interested... what do you think about the daily/weekly memes?  Are they fun for you?  Do you enjoy reading what other bloggers have to say?  

Musing Mondays is a weekly "muse" to get you thinking about a topic.  Musing Mondays is hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week's topic... (well, the topic I decided I wanted to muse about...)

Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

I'm currently reading Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead.  I'm about a third of the way through the book, and so far, I love it!  I'm a huge, huge, HUGE fan of Richelle Mead.  If you haven't read her Vampire Academy series, you must.  MUST.  

When I noticed on Net Galley that she had a new book coming out, I desperately wanted to get my hands on it.  I can't wait to review this book for TBD's readers.  But until I can get a review posted - check out her other books.

For anyone wanting to read along, the book was released on June 4th, 2013 so it's available!  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Father's Day

I know that The Bibliophile's Digest is a predominately a book blog - but Father's Day 2013 is quickly approaching, and I have to know... what is everyone doing for the Dads in your life?!

Friday, June 7, 2013

New Blog Layout

Check it out!  The Bibliophile's Digest has a new look.  :o)

As you can tell at the very top of the blog, there's several things that have yet to be done... but they are in progress, and will soon be updated.

A special thanks to Erika over at The Fairy Blogmother for her design and development of the page!

What do you think?!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summer Lovin' - Read-a-Thon


Have you heard?!  Read-a-Thon Central is hosting a Read-a-thon!  I've never participated in a read-a-thon before, but I am going to put an end to that.  And there will be TONS of prizes!  Head on over to Read-a-Thon Central to sign up!

I'll be posting an Armchair BEA recap soon!  I promise.

And... the blog design in progress looks AMAZING!  I can't wait for you guys to see it.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Amazon Giveaway Winners!

As part of Armchair BEA - I hosted a giveaway of TWO Amazon gift certificates.

The first gift cert for $25 went to Alyssa!  She "liked" The Bibliophile's Digest on Facebook!  

The second gift cert for $15 went to Cynthia!  She also "liked" The Bibliophile's Digest on Facebook!

I have e-mailed winners.  :o)