I’ve Moved!

After much thought and consideration, I have decided to stop posting on this blog. 

HOWEVER, I haven’t stopped blogging. I have just changed directions. 

The Printed YA Word was started as a YA book review blog…nothing more would be added to it. But over time, I found myself wanting to blog about other things and not just about book reviews. So, instead of revamping The Printed YA Word, I decided to just create a new blog that had been on my mind for quite some time.

Thus, Books and Burlap was born. My new blog not only will contain book reviews (mostly YA, but some other genres thrown in as well), but it will also have other features (go take a look to find out what those are! Please?)

I can’t bring myself to “get rid of” The Printed YA Word, so it will continue to be here…I just won’t be posting on it. I know, I know, it’s super sad (at least to me), but I needed to change my blogging direction and this is the best way (I think) to do so. I hope my followers will continue to follow me on Books and Burlap. Thank you all for the follows, likes, comments, and messages…I truly appreciate it all.

goodbye

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Classic Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

I absolutely adore the classics. Of course, everyone seems to have a different definition of what the classics are. Quite honestly, I don’t even know how I define them myself. But I do know what I consider a classic novel to be. In no particular order (except the first one is my favorite book ever) are my top ten favorite classic novels.

1. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

2. The Crucible – Arthur Miller

3. Animal Farm – George Orwell

4. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

5. Anything by Shakespeare

6. Dracula – Bram Stoker

7. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

8. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

9. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

10. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

What are some other classics I missed? There’s a good chance I haven’t read them yet (The Grapes of Wrath for example…apparently that was my mother’s favorite book). Any suggestions for some classics I should check out? I love me some classic novels!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer TBR List

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s topic is all about the books we bloggers plan to read this summer. I have SO many books I want to read this summer, but the following are the ones I really want to have read by the time summer has come to an end.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. The Giver quartet by Lois Lowery

3. All of the Agatha Christie mystery books I own

4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

6. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

7. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

9. Looking for Alaska by John Green

10. The Maze Runner by James Dasher

So what do y’all think of my list? It’s a bit of a mix between YA and others; I’ve been meaning to have more variety in what I read lately, just so I don’t miss out on great books that aren’t in the YA genre.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s topic is easy: what books have we read so far this year. I’ve read quite a few, but I’m going to post only my favorites.

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Has anyone else read any of these this year? I absolutely adored The Selection trilogy and really need to write my reviews for those. What has everyone else read?

No Longer On Hiatus

I feel like it has been forever since I last posted something here, even though May 20 was my last post. I haven’t posted a book review in quite some time and I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday list for the past 2 weeks. I feel bad that I haven’t posted anything recently, but between graduating from graduate school and working like a madwoman during these last few weeks of the school year, I haven’t had time to do anything except sleep.

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But, thankfully, that is over now. I graduated from LSU with my MLIS degree on May 16, 2014. I will finish up my first year as a high school librarian on June 13, 2014. While I am hoping to begin my next degree in the fall and will start my second year as a high school librarian, I hope to also become way more present on my book blog. I had hoped to be that way from the beginning of the year, but I have had some difficulty organizing myself and dividing my time.

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The bright side of all of this is that I will not be doing anything this summer, except reading. No school, no work, nothing stressful. Sounds perfect to me! I appreciate all of my followers still hanging in there with me while I took an unexpected hiatus, but I am back now and will have a book review (actually, several!) showing up within the next few days. Thank you all!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Friendship

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s topic is all about friendship. I interpreted this as any form of friendship, as I have one book on my list that is about best friends falling OUT of friendship (depressing, I know, but it shows the true workings of friendship). So here are my top ten…

31187008517573559So what books did y’all come up with? I’m sure there are plenty more that I completely missed, so let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Would Like To Own

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This week’s topic is about bookish things we would like to own that aren’t books. I love this topic! Let’s see…

1. Book page necklace

2. Built in bookcase

3. Typewriter

4. Reading nook

5. Thumb ring page holder

6. Penguin clothbound classic

7. Folio Society book

8. Book related clothing

9. Anything Jane Eyre related

10. Book related tattoo

Apologies for posting this a day late (technically) but I just had to make sure I participated in this top ten Tuesday post (I blame being on spring break for my lateness). What are some bookish things I maybe missed?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

So the focus for this week’s topic revolves around the most unique reads we’ve read. I had to think long and hard about what I consider unique, but I think I’ve come up with something. I also managed to get 10 books, which I thought I wouldn’t be able to do, so that’s pretty impressive.

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Belle Eqoque – I really enjoyed this book. The idea was new (to me) and how it was carried out was memorable.

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3:59 – First of all, the author’s first name is the same as mine, so that counts as being unique right there. Aside from that, I loved the parallel universe idea; apparently it has been done way more than I knew of.

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My Life After Now – This was such an amazing read. While the idea of the book may be scary, it was an incredible read, as well as informative about AIDS.

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Poison Princess – Tarot cards come to life? Awesome. Fantastic characters? Sign me up. Really attractive male character. Bonus.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived by Victoria Schwab The Archived – Okay, so as a librarian, this book automatically drew me in. Libraries are places for the dead to rest on shelves…so…awesome.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Monstrous Beauty – Mermaids are fascinating, but they really aren’t written about all that often. This was such a wonderful read and if you haven’t read it or heard of it GO READ IT NOWWWW! I mean it.

Whispers In Autumn by Trisha Leigh

The Last Years series – This entire series was amazing. I can’t even explain it well enough to do it justice but it’s fantastic.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – I didn’t read this book…I listened to it and the audio for it was fantastic. Such a strange, but amazing book.

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Monster – The book is written as a screenplay…while it was a bit distracting at times, it was definitely unique.

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Fruits Basket series – Changing it up a bit and including a manga in the mix. I used to be obsessed with manga…this one was by far my favorite and the most unique…of course, manga in general is pretty unique.

What do y’all think of my list? Anything I should read to add to this unique list?

Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Books in My Reading Journey

 

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

This is a pretty interesting topic this week; surprisingly, it’s rather difficult for me to think of ten…but I think I’ve done it. These are books that got me interested in something related to reading…

Reading as a kidThe Pony Pals series AND The Babysitter’s Club series

YA LiteratureTwilight

YA DystopianThe Hunger Games

YA ContemporaryMy Life Next Door

YA Book ReviewingHourglass

Classic NovelsJane Eyre

Reading as a preteenThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

Adult RomanceThe Bride Quartet series

PlaysThe Crucible

Love of readingThe Outsiders

I apologize for the lack of explanation, but if I started explaining, I’d be here all day (if you’re curious though, just ask me!) So what are some titles you all have on your lists? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books in X Genre (YA Contemporary)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Anyone can join!

So this week’s theme features our favorite books in the X genre…you get to pick the genre! I decided to go with YA contemporary. There are many YA contemporaries that I love, but looking back at the ones I have reviewed, the following are my favorites (but are not in any particular order):

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What do y’all think of my list? Anything other fabulous YA contemporaries that I missed (or haven’t read yet!)? Let me know! And let me know what your favorite X genre list looks like!