My Bookish Quirks

Everyone has their quirks.

I personally have a number silly habits when it comes to reading and blog-hopping that I thought would be fun to share:  Continue reading “My Bookish Quirks”

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Remembering the Ravensbrück Rabbits in Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Holocaust is one of the most notorious and tragic human rights violations recorded in history. Approximately 6 million Jews were murdered and another 17 million people were victimized including Soviets, Non-Jewish Polish civilians, Serbs, people with disabilities, Romas, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Many pieces of literature recounting the horrors of the Holocaust exist, but many stories will remain unheard and many more untold due to the massive impact of the incident on Europe during WWII. There is a need to remember these stories more than ever as we live in a world where the disappointing reality is that Neo-Nazis actually exist and are even permitted to protest.

Seeing as January 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I thought I’d share a little bit about a story I recently finished that was set during that time: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.  Continue reading “Remembering the Ravensbrück Rabbits in Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly”

My Favorite Books of 2017 (Part Two)

Happy New Year!

This post is a year late, but when have I ever been good at keeping to my schedules?

Never. The answer is never.

It’s too bad though because I had plenty of holiday-slash-end-of-the-year-themed posts that I never got the chance to make. I had to at least crank out this post though since My Favorite Books of 2017 (Part One) post is floating in the cybernet already (so lonely, so cold).

I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge by reading fifty-two books, two more than the fifty I pledged (wowow. what an over-achiever.). Here are the books from the second half of 2017 that stuck out to me:  Continue reading “My Favorite Books of 2017 (Part Two)”

Why I Struggle to Complete Reading Challenges

At the beginning of 2017, I set out to complete four reading challenges and failed four reading challenges.

Reading Challenges One. Belle Zero.

*Take a shot every time  “reading challenge(s)” is mentioned in this post.

I set myself up for failure, and here’s why:

Continue reading “Why I Struggle to Complete Reading Challenges”

Dear Authors, Please Write More About… (Part 1)

Welcome to a new series I’m starting called Dear Authors, Please Write More About…!

There are certain topics, tropes, and types of characters that make me gravitate towards a book. In this series, I’ll share those items with you all in hopes that an author will come across these posts and answer my pleas for more books about those thingsHere’s to screaming into the void (because let’s be real, this series is futile.): Continue reading “Dear Authors, Please Write More About… (Part 1)”

How to Be a Minimalist AND a Bookworm

One of my other interests, asides from books, is minimalism.

Minimalism is more than a white, bare room aesthetic; it’s a way of thinking and intentionally living, and I find that very appealing. There’s no right way to be a minimalist (or a bookworm, for that matter). To me, intentionally living as a bookworm means keeping the amount of books I own to a minimum by rarely purchasing physical books and getting rid of those of no value to me. Being a bookworm, it’s easy to get carried away with buying books and adding to the seemingly never-ending TBR pile. So, while my virtual TBR is always growing on Goodreads, I don’t have an actual pile of books in my home making me guilty or anxious about all the books I have to read.  Continue reading “How to Be a Minimalist AND a Bookworm”

The Blog Name Bind

Let’s be honest.

Belle Can Read is a boring name. It’s unoriginal, unimaginative, and uninventive—all of the -UNs.

So, how did I come up with the name? Let me tell you all story you may be able to relate to:

When I was in Elementary School and asked the teacher, “Can I use the bathroom,” the teacher would reply, “I don’t know, can you?” They would then proceed to explain that can meant “to be capable” and may indicated possibility or permission; therefore, I was capable of using the restroom, but I had yet to ask permission to do so.

Believe it or not—and this is going to sound really silly (or stupid)—but that childhood memory about bathrooms was on my mind when I created my blog name.

See, I knew I wanted to incorporate my nickname, Belle, and the blog’s focus, books, in the blog name, but I also didn’t want to spend too much time fussing over the name (Pfft, so much for that. I mean, did you see the post title?). The result was the totally creative name, Belle Can Read. The idea behind it was that although this is a book blog, there’s a possibility that I may post about other topics; even though I can read, I may not always be reading. (Do you understand why I was talking about bathrooms now?)

I’m laughing because the more I think about it, the less sense my reasoning for the blog name makes.

Now, I’m faced with a problem I’m calling The Blog Name Bind. Should I change my blog name? Continue reading “The Blog Name Bind”