“A Book That You’ve Read More Than 3 Times” – 30 Day Book Challenge

Today's Book Challenge topic is “A Book That You've Read More Than 3 Times”. Again, this is a tough one for me to answer – I get attached to books and love reading, re-reading and re-reading again.

But as I have to narrow it down to a single book that I have read, I figure that I will post about Lucy-Anne Holmes' 50 Ways to Find a Lover.

Sarah Sargeant is an actress who rarely gets a decent role and is even unluckier in love. After her parents sign her up for a dating reality show, and being rejected by a balding man with a paunch (who informed her that he would rather stay in and watch the Narnia movie on DVD than go out with her) Sarah decides to start a blog (!!) called '50 Ways To Find a Lover', documenting the outrageous lengths she attempts to find her love.

“I feel like a failure. It's now been 351 days since I had sex. That's a carnal drought. If Bob Geldof knew about it he'd hold a concert.”

I have read 50 Ways to Find a Lover over 3 times this year just because of the hilarity involved. You know reviews that you roll your eyes at that say “Laugh Out Loud”? This book actually does make you laugh out loud!

What about you? Share which book(s) you have read more than three times in our comments section!

This challenge comes from That Little Book Blog đŸ™‚



Helping Your Child Learn To Love Reading Over the Summer- Blog Challenge Post 6

Weather Changes Reading Habits

Wherever you are it’s the heart of Winter or Summer, do you find your reading and blogging habits change with the seasons?

While my reading habits stay quite consistent throughout the year, studies have shown that as a result of taking a break from reading over the summer holidays, many children suffer a loss of reading skills.

It is incredibly important to help your children continue good reading practices irrespective of what level they are at or whether they are on holidays or not. To create and maintain a good reading schedule over the summer, try the following with your children:

Talk To Them

If you aren’t already certain, ask your kids what they are interested in. My rule is “you can read anything from a picture book, to comics, to magazines, but you must read SOMETHING”. Instead of forcing them to read something that you’re interested in and ultimately annoying the heck out of them, chance are your child will be thrilled to hear you taking an interest in their interests.

If your child hits you with the classic response “I dunno”, consider the movies and television shows they enjoy, and go from there. If your child enjoyed the Harry Potter movies, get them reading Harry Potter. If they enjoy adventure films, look for adventure based stories.

Take An Interest

Most simply, this involves reading with your child and listening to them read. But even better than this, get involved. Ask them what they think of the story. Do they like the main character? If they were the main character, would they do something different? How could the story be better? The more questions you ask the better –

Some parents like to have a reading night. One person reads (or each family member takes a turn reading a chapter) while the others sit and listen, do jigsaws, do quiet crafts or colouring… It takes the focus away from the television and trains your child to see that reading is just as much fun.

Do Reading Based Activities

The Internet is STUFFED with reading activities. Personally, I like to pair these with writing activities (as reading and writing go hand-in-hand), such as making a Summer Scrapbook where your kids collect things to stick in it, but must also write little memories and ideas throughout it.

Or what about asking a relative or a school friend who lives further away tonepen-pals with your child? Trust me – your child will LOVE receiving letters in the mail and begin sending stuff off regularly just for the excitement of receiving a letter in return.

Take Them To The Library

Chances are your local library holds reading groups and activities throughout the week. Your kids will love interacting with other kids, and those who think reading isn’t “cool” might change their minds when surrounded by book loving children…

These are very simple, unobtrusive things you can do to keep your child reading over the Summer to ensure that the weather doesn’t change their reading habits!

Do you have any other ideas? Why not share them in the comments section?

This post is part of Bookish Ardour‘s ‘Posting Challenge’. To see all of my posts so far, click here.

Christmas Gifts for Book Lovers – Blog Challenge Post 5

This post is part of Bookish Ardour‘s ‘Posting Challenge’. To see all of my posts so far, click here.

Christmas Presents for Book Lovers

Christmas is right around the corner and we all know, when you’re a lover of books, people think the easiest thing to get you is an actual book. Wrong! What have been some of your favourite presents related to your bookish habits and what’s on your bookish wishlist?

I am a huge supporter of Etsy for my Christmas gifts, purely because I enjoy supporting homegrown businesses as opposed to huge corporations. So these are some bookish Christmas gifts I have found on Etsy that I would loooooove to receive this year (hint hint hint)

Stocking Stuffers

Coryographies has these gorgeous book earrings for just $14.76AU, and apart from being soooo cute, they are made to order (buyers should note that these come from England, so if you want them for Christmas you better order soon!)

Everlastingdoodle is selling this awesome personalised notebook for just $11.30AU. Be warned though that their postage to Australia is a bit steep… Everlastingdoodle have a huge range of really cool notebooks, so definitely check it out for some cool gifts

Exlibrisjournal has this cool tote paraphrasing Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s iconical 90s song “I Like Big Butts”. This one made me giggle and is yours for just $16.95AU

Small Gifts

All the rage in Hollywood, Book Clutch Purses are the must-have accessory for the chic book lover. Bookarelli is selling this gorgeous Alice in Wonderland Book Clutch Purse for $91.35AU; a real treat for a book lover with a fashion sense. Bookarelli sells a number of different book clutches, so you can purchase a firm favourite!

Katy Perry with her Olympia Le-Tan Book Clutch at the recent AMA Awards

Blow Me Away Gifts

If you REALLY want to blow away the book lover in your life, why not purchase a vintage copy of their favourite book. A few hints on getting it right:

– go for the oldest copy you can find

– within reason, purchase a vintage book in good condition. Note that anything in good condition is bound to be expensive.

– when deciding if the price is fair, just consider the sentimental value – my mum bought me a 1914 edition of Little Women, and while I know it is valuable, I don’t really care about the true value as it is just a sentimental gift. The truth is, most true book lovers won’t care if you have bought them an edition worth $150 or $500; they will just love the fact you thought of them and found them something they’d love

Some cool vintage books I found are:

From wishmaker, this very rare 1930’s edition of “Mickey Mouse Presents a Walt Disney Silly Symphony” for $220.34AU what an awesome present!

Or if your budget isn’t so large, what about this pair of vintage 1960s Winnie The Pooh books from Shabitat, who is only charging $40.68AU for the set! We all have childhood memories of this magical tale, and I’m sure a bookish lover would be wrapped to unwrap these on Christmas morning!

What about this 1903 copy of 10 000 words often mispronounced? A serious piece of history right here, available for $56.50 from SpiderVintage

What was the best bookish gift you have received? What bookish treasure would you love to receive? Safe your thoughts below!

Memes, Memes and More Memes – Blog Challenge Post 4

This post is part of Bookish Ardour‘s ‘Posting Challenge’. To see all of my posts so far, click here.

Memes and More Memes

Be honest, what is your opinion on blogging memes, and has it changed?

I don’t wanna look stupid, but… What Is a Meme?

According to UrbanDictionary.com, a meme can be defined as:

“in blogspeak, an idea that is spread from blog to blog”

The term originates in science circles where Meme (rhymes with “gleam”) is “a self-propositions unit of thought spread from one host to another”. In the blogging world, its basically an activity that’s done regularly (say weekly or monthly) and other bloggers might take part on their blogs.

On That’s What She Read, I host the blog Meme “Third Sentence Thursday“, where bloggers open up the book they are currently reading, flip to a random page and post the third full sentence on their blog each Thursday. If someone doesn’t have a blog, they can participate by posting their Third Sentence in the comment section of my blog post. Apart from reading snippets of books, the one of the rules of my meme is that each participant goes to other participants pages and comments – it’s nice to share the love and give a fellow blogger a bit of support.

A really great directory of different memes taking place in the book-blogosphere is at Book Shelf Fantasies, and I encourage anyone looking to take part in a Reading Meme to go look there for something that strikes your interest.

I really like blogging memes. Apart from the community element of memes (which really is what blogging should be about), I think memes offer the blogger an idea of what to write next. Now, I haven’t been blogging for long, but its already apparent that sometimes, thinking about what to write about can be tough… Memes offer a break and a set idea about what to write. From a new bloggers perspective, it also offers a ready-built audience – most memes list all of the participants on their page, allowing their readers to read all of the meme posts by different bloggers.

What about you, do you participate in any memes? What do you think of memes? Share the memes you participate in and comment below!