Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Random Tuesday Post! Bookstore Escapade.

Love doves!

Here I am, sitting in our bookstore cafe, my mind racing and reeling with all sorts of thoughts, ideas, and dreams that seem to run around like caffeinated toddlers, bumping into each other, making no sense, having no organization... and just when I think that all of these energetic molecules of thought will have a nap they snap back into action and start blitzkrieging my brain again.

In an attempt to silence the thunder warriors in my head, I've decided to write another blog up for today.

No, you didn't miss anything. The review for Tuesday is right below this post. Shhh. Quiet now. All is well. Look here, I'll even link it for you: The Thief of Always

Stuck in a rut, stuck in a rut. In between life chapters trying to fill this part up with something interesting before the next big step comes up. Then there's all the wondering if the next big step is the right one. The practical side of me has the floor but the dreamy idealist is waving its arms for attention. Battle battle.

Anyway, I've had a lovely little jaunt out and about this morning and I would like to share with you what caught my interest!

Every Woman Should Have and Know
 By the Time she Turns 30
Featuring advice, wisdom, and observations from an array of prominent and beloved women, 30 Things is an essential guide (and perfect gift) for women on the brink of thirty--and for those who are already there!

Fifteen years ago, Glamour published a list of distinctive yet universally true must-haves and must-knows for women on the cusp of and beyond the age of thirty titled, "30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She's 30." It became a phenomenon.
Originally penned by Glamour columnist Pamela Redmond Satran, The List found a second life when women began to forward it to one another online, millions of times. It became a viral sensation, misattributed to everyone from Maya Angelou to Hillary Clinton--but there's only one original list, and it stands the test of time. Quirky and profound, The List defines the absolute must-haves (#11: "A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra") and must-knows (#1: "How to fall in love without losing yourself") for grown-up female happiness.

Now, Glamour magazine has gathered together its editors and an incredible group of notable women to expand on each of the items on The List in wise, thoughtful, and intimate essays. Kathy Griffin meditates on knowing when to try harder and when to walk away. Lisa Ling explores the idea that your childhood may not have been perfect, but it's over, and Lauren Conrad shares what she has learned about what she would and wouldn't do for money or love. Other personal insights come from Maya Angelou, Rachel Zoe, Taylor Swift, Katie Couric, Portia de Rossi, Kelly Corrigan, ZZ Packer, Bobbi Brown, Padma Lakshmi, Angie Harmon, and many more.

Along with essays based on The List, writers share their feelings about what the milestone of turning thirty meant to them. 30 Things is the one book women of all ages will turn to for timely and timeless wisdom

Now I know that many of you readers are not anywhere near 30. But I also know that the rest of you are approaching, have arrived at, or have surpassed that glorious transitional age.

When I picked this book up and considered it, I realized that I am not at all afraid for 30 to approach me. Actually I think I'll be welcoming it with open arms. My 20's have been a myriad of misadventures mixed with an abundant dose of life-lessons and mistakes made and learned from. I've had many happy memories from my 20's as well, and I have 4 more years to make my 20's a decade to remember... fondly.

Alright... up next is a book I think many of you will raise your eyebrows at. 

The Complete History 
of Jack The Ripper

A comprehensive account of London's celebrated East End killer, revised and updated. The murders in London between 1888-91 attributed to Jack the Ripper constitute one of the most mysterious unsolved criminal cases. This story is the result of many years meticulous research. The author reassesses all the evidence and challenges everything we thought we knew about the Victorian serial killer and the vanished East End he terrorized.

Yes. Okay. I admit it's a taaaaad creepy that I run my fingers over this title and then actually pick it up. I embrace my weird, alright? I accept my intrigued curiosity and tolerate its often questionable interests.

Moving on.

This next one will be a book that I know many many of you will be sharing my interest in. 

The Jane Austin
Guide To
Happily Ever After

Have you stopped believing in happily ever after?

Women today are settling for less than we want when it comes to men, relationships, sex, and marriage. But we don’t have to, argues Elizabeth Kantor. Jane Austen can show us how to find the love we really want.

In The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After, Kantor reveals how the examples of Jane Austen heroines such as Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, and Anne Elliot can help us navigate the modern-day minefields of dating, love, relationships, and sex. By following in their footsteps—and steering clear of the sad endings suffered by characters such as Maria Bertram and Charlotte Lucas—modern women can discover the path to lifelong love and true happiness.

Charged with honesty and humor, Kantor's book includes testimonies from modern women, pop culture parallels, the author's personal experiences and, of course, a thorough examination of Austen's beloved novels.

Featuring characters and situations from all of Jane Austen’s books (including unfinished novels, and stories not published in her lifetime), The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After tackles the dating and relationship dilemmas that we face today, and equips modern women to approach our love lives with fresh insights distilled from the novels:

Don’t be a tragic heroine

Pursue Elizabeth Bennet’s "rational happiness” —learn what it is, and how you can find it

Don’t let cynicism steal your happy ending

Why it’s a mistake to look for your "soul mate”

Jane Austen’s skeleton keys to a man’s potential

How you should deal with men who are "afraid of commitment” (from Jane Austen’s eight case studies)

Learn how to arrange your own marriage—by falling in love the Jane Austen way

I know. Jane Austen fever. It's a screaming epidemic is what it is. You know what though? I don't mind. Jane Austen is COMPLETELY amazing enough to have a cult following in this day and age. So wave your Austen flags my ladies (and gents)! 
I plan on flipping through it before I actually purchase it. It seems like a fun and uplifting read and I actually found it in the "Personal Growth" section while looking for books on optimistic thinking.
Sometimes books just jump out at you... like that Jack the Ripper book. But why are we back on that topic?


I did purchase a few things today that have been sitting in my pile for a bit, waiting to be taken home.

I will share all, even though one of the items isn't a book. I won't post synopsis or information; that will all be provided in the official "Book Gathering" post on Sunday. So keep a look out!

I got FOUNDLING for $2.40. Thank you book fairies for this discount blessing!

I'm actually thrilled over this because I purchased "Lamplighter" the second book in this series a few months back. Of course I hadn't realized at the time that it was the second book... but now it doesn't matter! Very excited to have the first part of this series so I can get started.

Here's one that's been on my list for a while so I'm happy to add THE STONE CHILD to my collection. It's a Middlegrade, not very long, but hopefully creeptastic.

And finally our non-book guest for today:

I have never seen this movie. I KNOW, RIGHT? What alternate Universe have I been vacationing in?

Well my darlings, that's all for this random book (mostly) post. I've expelled a bit of energy by writing and I feel a little more at peace. I'm also a lot less hungry thanks to the yummy bag of POPCHIPS that I just inhaled.

Here's to hoping all of you have a great Tuesday!

Until Next Blog,

Read On! 



  1. Hey there, I found your blog through Book Blogs. I am now your newest follower! I would love it if you would stop by for a visit when you get the time! :) I hope you are having a wonderful week!

    Leigh Ann
    MaMa's Book Corner

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