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from one book nerd to another


May 2014

Butterfly in the Sky…



Unknown-2 Where should I even start? Reading Rainbow is probably the TV show I remember and cherish most from my childhood. I can still list my favorite stories and celebrity guests. I remember wanting a pet pig just so I could name him Perfect, hoping that my own paintbrushes would suddenly become magical like Liang’s, and trying to convince my father to make us fruit stew for dinner. Reading Rainbow was one of the best shows public television has ever given us and as an adult I realize that much of it has to do with the commitment of LeVar Burton himself. An advocate for literacy for more than 30 years, Mr. Burton and Reading Rainbow have launched a Kickstarter to fund a large scale attempt to improve childhood literacy rates. I’ve supported it not only because I’m a fan, but because I see this as a way to thank Mr. Burton and Reading Rainbow for all the joy they gave me and hopefully help them give that same gift to others. Maybe you can help too? I think it’s valuable–but you don’t have to take my word for it 🙂


Revisiting Wonderful Book Memories–The Baby-Sitters Club

When I saw that Ann M. Martin was going to be appearing at Book Expo America/Book Con this week the little girl in me let out a shout of excitement. When I was in elementary school these were my absolute favorite books. I read them all over and over, even when I was really just a bit to old for them. Maybe this explains my adult love for YA novels? Continue reading “Revisiting Wonderful Book Memories–The Baby-Sitters Club”

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Janeite in possession of a paypal account must be in want of Pride and Prejudice merchandise.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Janeite in possession of a paypal account must be in want of Pride and Prejudice merchandise.

Pride and Prejudice is quite possibly one of the most commercially popular and merchandised classic books today. One google search will turn up hundreds if not thousands of purchase options for fans of Austen’s work. Being quite the Austen fantatic myself, it takes something special to make me look twice at any of the offerings. I discovered Storiarts while searching Esty a few years ago and was totally taken in by their lovely book scarves. I ordered one almost instantly and still receive complements about my lovely Pride and Prejudice scarf, it gives the phrase “wrapped up in a book” a whole new meaning. I chanced upon Storiarts again just last week and happily stumbled upon my new favorite shirt (this pic is taken from the Storiarts Etsy page).


Beautifully screen printed on a lightweight black burnout tee, this shirt features a passage from Pride and Prejudice (a conversation between Elizabeth and Darcy once they come to an understanding) gently cascading down the back and a small one line quote near the base of the front. The fitted shirt is very flattering and I absolutely adore the back graphic. It’s like no Pride and Prejudice shirt I’ve seen before. On top of my love for the art, Storiarts’ customer service is impeccable. This is my third order from them and each has been filled quickly, courteously, and in a manner that has always exceeded my expectations. I don’t think I can recommend this shop highly enough. They get five stars from me in every way.

Book Expo America/ BookCon

Book Expo America/ BookCon–less than one week to go. SOOOOOOO excited!!!

BBC Radio Mansfield Park with David Tennant and Benedict Cumberbatch

Jane Austen + David Tennant + Benedict Cumberbatch = Obsessive Fangirl Scream!


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