Happy 203rd Birthday, Edgar!


Edgar Allan Poe January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849

Want to learn more about one of America’s most mysterious writers? Check out the Poe Museum located here in Richmond, VA. (credit for above photo goes to Poe Museum)
You can also read about Poe here or look for the following books in your local bookstore or library:
Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance by Kenneth Silverman
Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy by Jeffrey Meyers
Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by John Evangelist Walsh
Edgar Allen Poe: A Short Biography for Kids by Diane Phelps
And if you haven’t already (and even if you have), check out some of Poe’s work with this beautiful copy of The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe from Barnes and Noble.

DIY: Paint sample bookmarks


How About Orange: Paint Chip Bookmarks

I found this how-to on Pinterest originally. Here is a link to the blog that originally posted it: How About Orange. (It’s a great crafty blog)
I do want to note that I do not condone the willy-nilly taking of handfuls of paint chips from hardware and/or paint stores for crafting. The paint chips used in this project were left over from when the writer painted her guestroom. If you visit your local hardware and/or paint store, verify with an employee that the paint chips are free and then take only a few. No one needs handfuls of bookmarks right? (Though they do make great gifts for the readers in your life!)
Making these bookmarks is pretty simple. Just trim them to a size you like. You can round the edges as pictured, leave them straight, or you can use some scrapbooking pinking shears or edging punches to make a more decorative edge. I love using my fancy edging punches on the ones I make.
Paste two colors back-to-back with some glue or rubber cement so that your bookmark is pretty on both sides. Punch a hole in the top of the paint chips once the glue or rubber cement has dried and attach a string or ribbon. Ta-da! You have a colorful bookmark to hold your place. They’re also pretty sturdy since the cardstock that they are printed on is fairly sturdy and thick.
You can also decorate the bookmarks any way you’d like. You can write a favorite book quote with a Sharpie (make sure it is completely dry before you move it or put it in a book so it doesn’t smudge). You can use stickers to spice it up a little, or you can draw your own little illustrations on it. If you do use stickers, be careful of anything that is too thick or covered with glitter, etc.
So, make a few bookmarks, read a few books, and have a fabulous Thursday, bookworms!

And the winner is…


So, the results of the poll on which books I should re-read to kick start 2012…

#1… The Hunger Games. I started reading it on my kindle last night and should finish it sometime tomorrow or Thursday. I’ve been recommending it to everyone lately but getting back into the story myself has been great. And, I’m really looking forward to the film in March.

#2… Harry Potter. Because, let’s face it, HP is fabulous. I will definitely be re-reading the series this year. Rowling has created a world that I just cannot stay away from. But I think I’ll wait a couple of months before I journey back to Hogwarts.

#3… Percy Jackson. Despite the fact that the series consists of 5 books, they are all super fast reads and will definitely be re-read this year, though I may put them off a month or two.

#4… And not surprising, Twilight got zero votes. Though I imagine I might re-read the series before the final film comes out this year. We’ll see.

Thanks to everyone who voted. Now, I’m off to read a few more chapters of The Hunger Games before I go to sleep! Toodles bookworms ~

So many books, so little time.


So many books, so little time.

Have you ever had so many books you wanted to read that you couldn’t concentrate on even getting started on one?

I have started four books since the new year began and I haven’t even made it halfway through one. I read a bit of one and then I pick up another and read a little bit of it and then pick up another one. Ugh.

So far I have started A Midsummer Night’s Dream for my Shakespeare challenge, The Scarlet Letter, a collection of O. Henry short stories, and a memoir about the craziness of the Vanderbilt family.

I made a reading goal of 200 books this year and here it is the 8th of the month and I haven’t accomplished anything. Not a great start to the year. I’m getting a little frustrated. As soon as I start reading one book, I start thinking about the next one I need to read and I get nowhere.

Methinks I may need to revisit an old friend in order to get back into the groove. Now I just have to decide where I should go?

Hogwarts, Half-blood Hill, Panem, or Forks? (Again with the love/hate Twilight issues)

I’m really only including Twilight in the debate because they are fast reads. I could easily get all four books, five if you count the novella, read in just a couple of days. (Yes, I am justifying myself to myself on my own blog.)

So, I’m going to post a poll in a few so you all can vote on which world I should visit to get myself back in the mood to read. I appreciate the help since I am apparently unable to make my own choice at the moment; thanks in advance fellow bookworms!