28 July 2015

Top 10 Tuesday: Characters Who Are Book Nerds

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about our favorite bookish characters -- book nerds who love to read or write or just be around books.
  • Florence Green, The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald. Florence opens a bookshop in a little seaside town and ticks off the local shopkeepers by making a success of it.
  • Catherine Warner, Bookends by Jane Green. Cath quits her job in advertising to open a the bookshop of her dreams, falls for a sexy real estate agent, and reconnects with an old friend ... who may not be much of a friend.
  • Laura Horsley, Love Letters by Katie Fforde. Laura agrees to organize a literary festival in the bucolic English countryside only to be overwhelmed by the amount of work involved ... including traveling to Ireland to track down a reclusive (and infuriatingly attractive) author.
  • Betsy, Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Betsy loves writing and the series follows her from her very first preteen literary efforts onward into adulthood.
  • Emily Starr, Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery. Unable to imagine a world in which she is not a writer, Emily is horrified when her conservative aunts forbid her to write a single word of fiction while attending high school.


  • Nyx, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Pledged from birth to be the bride of the "Gentle Lord" (and trained from early childhood to kill him), Nyx reads to escape (literally and figuratively).
  • Cath Avery, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Cath is a passionate fan of the fictional Simon Snow series -- so much so that she had devoted quite a lot of her time to writing Carry On, Simon, a fan fiction about series.
  • Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Over-imaginative young Catherine has read far too many Gothic novels and imagines all kinds of ghastly doings around her.
  • Hailey Genest, Taken With You by Shannon Stacey. Hailey, a very modern small town librarian, gets lost on a wilderness hike with her best friend and is rescued by the grungy-yet-impossibly-hot new game warden.
  • Charmain Baker, House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones. Respectable, sheltered Charmain spends her days lost in books and dreams of becoming a librarian. Then she house-sits for the Royal Wizard Norland and her world is turned on its head.


22 July 2015

15 July 2015

Wordless Wednesday: At the Farmers' Market

Garlic and a snarl of garlic scapes.

Pattypan squash and zucchini.

Bunnicula's been at the cucumbers!