Weekend Review: 4/17-19

As some of you may remember from my Weekend Plans post, I had four things that I planned to do this weekend. I’d like to say that I accomplished all of them…not quite. But I was close!

1) Volunteering. I did start volunteering at one of my local libraries! I’ll be doing two things. First, I’ll be contributing to the library’s blog with a series called At the Table. It’s where we post about recipes that we have tried or crafts that we have done taken from books available at the library. It’s pretty cool actually and I’ve always wanted to get better at cooking and become more crafty, so this is like a win-win-win for me. Second, I’ll be working with the donations department. We go through each of the books that have been donated looking for damage, then we check it in the system to see how many copies we have and all that good stuff. Then we decide whether to add it to our collection, sell it at the library, or sell it on Amazon. It’s fascinating to see how the library works behind the scenes. I’ve only done the one week so far, but I’m definitely loving it!

2) #ReadingMyLibrary Scavenger Hunt. This was so fun! See my post for it HERE. I really appreciated the nudge to get back out to the library that’s physically the closest to where I’m living. I’ll definitely be going back more often!

3) Make a TBR Jar. Okay, I almost have this done. I was going to do this cute little “ships in a bottle” type thing. I have all my slips folded into origami boats, but my bottle wasn’t big enough. So I’m currently on the lookout for something else to hold my TBRs, but at least the slips are completed (that took the longest amount of time anyway).

4) Book shopping. I kind of did this…but not to the extent that I had hoped. After my volunteer shift was over, I stopped by the sale section of the library and picked up a couple books. I was also sent a book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. So without further ado…..MINI BOOK HAUL!

Mini BH

The World Before Us was the book that I got for free. I’m interested in reading it, but it’s not the type of book I would usually read.

Wither and City of Fallen Angels ($1.50 each, $3 total) are both books that I’ve read before, but also both part of a series that I’d like to own. Wither is the first in The Chemical Garden trilogy and City of Fallen Angels is number four for The Mortal Instruments series. I’ve been aching to reread the whole series…in fact, I’ve only just realized that I haven’t actually read the sixth book yet. It’s been sitting on my Kindle forever, but I don’t quite remember what happened in the first five books so I haven’t read it yet. I’ll get to it eventually.

As far as reading goes, I finished the ARC that I was trying to get through and I’m almost done with the ebook that I have checked out. How were your weekends? Productive?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors.

Let me just add a quick disclaimer–this list is always changing but this would be my top ten list right now.

1) Jane Austen – Because duh. I have yet to read a book as witty and clever as some of Jane Austen’s (I even liked Emma).

2) Sarah Dessen – She’s an insta-read for me. Ever since I read This Lullaby, I’ve been hooked on her books. I feel like I can really relate to her characters and that’s something that I’ve come to enjoy.

3) Jennifer E Smith – Another insta-read, but a newer one. She just writes cute, fun books that have a lot of heart.

4) Cassandra Clare – Talk about world building. The Shadowhunter world that she has created is unbelievable. I honestly hope she keeps all of her books as part of this one world.

5) Gail Carriger – While not as witty or as clever as Jane Austen, Gail Carriger comes close. Her heroines are spunky and smart and don’t take “no” for an answer.

6) Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games was brilliant and I’m really excited to see what she decides to do next.

7) Frank Beddor – Writer of The Looking Glass Wars. I don’t really hear people talking about him or his series ever, but of the several Alice and Wonderland retellings that I’ve read, his is my favorite. Give it a try (there are even some slight elements of steampunk which I LOVE).

8) Rainbow Rowell – Beautiful writing, real characters. Rainbow writes about people who don’t exist, but legitimately could.

9) Cornelia Funke – Who could forget the Inkheart series? Definitely due for a reread in my opinion. I loved these books.

10) J.K. Rowling – Another duh. Do I even need to explain?

This was a fun list to come up with. Who are your favorite authors? Do we have any matches?