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Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from my favorite nonfiction books

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is listed as a quote-based freebie. I honestly had no idea where to start so I just started going through my reading journal for books I had quotes from. Once I realized I had a lot from nonfiction titles, I realized how much sense that made. I learn a lot in nonfiction titles, and authors usually have reign to be silly and include some humor. I will often highlight lines that made me laugh so I can return to them! So below are a collection of educational and/or amusing lines that I found in nonfiction books.

The quoted books

Travellers stick to their schedules. They travel to a plan and it’s rare that they’ll change it, even for something as magical as peeling away your onion layers and losing all your body weight and probably your hair just to make the jungle happy.

The Puma Years by Laura Coleman
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Word Origins: when a botanist has a giggle

Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I did one of these, but I was poking around on an etymology site again and was curious to see that orchid was listed as the top trending word. I have no idea why, but I figured, why not see what orchids are all about? Basically all I know is that it’s a big fancy flower that people seem to think is hard to take care of but then also say “just put an ice cube in it once a week” so I’m not sure what to think.

Origins of “orchid”

Word Origins: when a botanist has a giggle

When did it first get used?
1845

What does it mean?
The Latin name for a plant family, technically called Orchideæ or Orchidaceæ, the latter of which sounds like a dope ass rogue name I would use for a poisoner.

What did it come from?
As John Lindley was publishing the third edition of School Botany, he decided to give the schoolchildren something sneaky to giggle about — and maybe himself, as well. And so he named his favorite group of plants Orchid. The word comes from Greek orkhis, which is a very crucial and respectable word. What does it mean? Well…

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My experience with Dune, via Pokemon Gifs

Today, I want to talk about Dune. It feels so known that even specifying that it’s by Frank Herbert feels unnecessary because honestly, what other Dune could I be talking about?

It’s this one. This Dune.

Y’all… I have been trying to read this book.

For over a year.

I bought a physical copy, to hold and enjoy and watch my progress through the pages.

I borrowed an ebook, to read a few pages any time I had a few spare moments.

I even got an audiobook — something I very rarely do — to listen to it, instead.

Current progress:

So it’s clearly not going well, and although I can sit here and tearfully shout “I don’t know why!!” I can probably think of a few reasons if I’m being honest with myself. And I think I need to be honest with myself.

Expectation

I thought this book would be one I would fly through because I enjoyed it so much. Here’s what put that thought into my head:

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May TBR: MAYbe I’ll read these! 😁

Hey y’all! It’s about a week into the month, so of course my TBR is now becoming my ABR (already been read? no?) as I finish books early. Still, here’s the plan I came in to the month with… even though some of these are already checked off. 😂 I do have a habit of this after all…

Those ARCs I said I wouldn’t request

Look. I usually have very good self control with ARCs and am always sure to only request ones I genuinely think I’ll enjoy and can commit to reading and reviewing before the publish date if it’s not out yet. This time… well, I’ll still do all those things, but I was trying to clear out my shelf books that haven’t been read yet. 😂

Of these, I’ve, uh, actually already finished A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin (FABULOUS, pub Jul 12 2022) and A Hundred Silent Ways by Mari Jojie (also FABULOUS). Luckily for you, A Hundred Silent Ways is actually already published, so you can go get a copy yourself which you totally should. I’m in progress with The Olympus Trinity!

The books I said I’d finish

And this is my batch of books that I’ve been in the middle of reading — some for a bafflingly long time that I planned to finish and… didn’t.

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April 2022 Wrap Up: From Sh*t to Shine

~reading

How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned out 6 books for April, and I read 4 of them (and partially read one). I added a few others to the list, for a total of 11 books — wow eleven?? seriously?? WHEN?? — for the month.

The Plan:

I had planned on books that were a mix of books I owned but hadn’t yet read, and books I wanted to read and had from the library.

The Result:

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Top Ten Tuesday: One Word Reviews for my Last Ten Books

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read (submitted by Susan @ Bloggin’ ’bout Books)! This is perfectly timed, because I read a good chunk of books in April but slouched on actually writing my reviews for them. 😅 So here I can at least get some super tiny reviews done for them!

Last 10 Finished Books, from least recent to most!

Entrancing

This book was weird, in a good way. I didn’t always know what was going on, and I just trusted it would help me find my way. Akin to wandering through a foggy dim forest and hoping I’ll make my way out. (Full review!)

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Top Ten Tuesday: 19 Books With Animals On the Cover (That I’ve Read!)

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s post theme is ten books with something on the cover, with each person choosing what thing they want to focus on! I originally thought water, and ended up being super surprised at how few books I had with actual water on the cover. And then also being surprised at how many had animals on the cover.

I ended up pivoting, and I found so many animals that this week’s post is books I’ve actually read before that have animals on the cover, while I’ll do another one later on with books I want to read that have animals on the cover. I’m also trying not to duplicate animals, just to make it more fun! 🙂

The books

  • SCORPION – The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae
  • FOX – The Fox & Little Tanuki, Vol. 1 by Mi Tagawa
  • CAT – The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
  • CAT – The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess,
  • DOG – China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  • SQUIRREL – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  • WHALE – The Whale Library by Zidrou
  • MANTICORE – A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
  • MOUSE – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  • MOUSE – Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
  • BIRD (CROW) – Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
  • BIRD (HUMMINGBIRD) – Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras
  • RACCOON – Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  • OCTOPUS – The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
  • BULL – Bull by David Elliott
  • HORSE – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • SWANS – Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
  • BUTTERFLY – Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
  • PENGUINS – Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens
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How long before in progress is abandoned..?

Hey y’all! I was wondering: how long can you go before a book has to be marked abandoned or attempted instead of currently reading? Because right now I have four or five that I am partway through but haven’t read in, well… several months.

I do plan to finish them, but I had other books that took priority for one reason or another. I got some bills from my library holds. I had some ARCs to read before they published. And now Dune is technically one that I started almost a year ago. 😅🤣

I guess I’ll have to reprioritize these soon to get them off my list! Why did I suddenly become a serial abandoner??

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Stuff I Want

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is for bookish merchandise you’d (I’d) like to own. Admittedly, I’m not really intersted in most of the stuff people seem to get for bookish merch, especially the little knick knacks and decor that come in a lot of book sub boxes. That would just be clutter to me and get tossed in the bin. But below are a few things I might actually be willing to make room for in my in-progress library.

These gorgeous honeycomb bookshelves

I’m absolutely WILD for these bookshelves, and have been building my entire library vision around them. Unfortunately (for MUCH more reason than my personal inconvenience), the creator lives in Ukraine and is dealing with much more pressing matters right now with the Russian invasion. The store is HexagonicaEtsy, and you can purchase donation items through Etsy to support the seller while they cannot run their business.

These fake books to cover up clutter

Remember how I mentioned I hate clutter? Well if you haven’t noticed, I *also* love books. So this is a little wooden thing with cut out books surrounding it that can nicely house cables and whatever other crap I need to have on or around my desk, but would really rather not look at. And now I can look at much nicer more stylish decor. ^.^

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Ten free digital books set around the globe with Amazon’s World Book Day

Hey y’all! If you haven’t heard yet, don’t fret: at the time of writing, you still have nine days to claim your free books! Every year, Amazon does a Read the World event where they share books set in different countries around the world. You can download the digital books for free here if you’d like!

Below is my breakdown on each book, including the ones I’ve read and the ones I’d most like to read! 🙂

Bolivia: The Puma Years

YESSS I LOVED THIS BOOK! Definitely read this one! 🙂

Ghana: North to Paradise

I got this one in February and am looking forward to it!

China:

Fantasy with an epic timeline, gods, vengeance… and a stunning cover!!

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