Monday, February 15, 2016

BBAW Day 1! Introduce yourself...WITH BOOKS!


Wheeee! We (Heather, Jenny, Ana, myself) are super excited that Book Blogger Appreciation Week starts today! Not sure what I'm talking about? Check out the posts here.

Today's prompt is to introduce ourselves by sharing five books that represent our lives, lifestyles, hobbies, etc. These are five favorites that float to the top that have been "formative" reads in my life.



Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver was one of the first books that showed me the magic in food writing. She also inspired me to bring more "real food" into my life and garden as best I can with a small space to work with (even though her space was gigantic).



The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters was my first Waters novel, and it got me hooked on her writing. It's also one of my favorite kinds of books. I love a good psychological (possibly supernatural) thriller. Creepy and atmospheric.



Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang is a set of graphic novels from one of my favorite creators. This one takes a look at two sides of the Boxer Rebellion, and it does "gray area" so beautifully well.



Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown is fun and irreverent. While she's not the protagonist exactly, a kickass lady pirate takes the lead in this book, and I fell in love with every bit of it.



Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite collections of stories. What's more, it's a collection of stories joined together by a common location. One house and the generations of people who dwell there.

I can't wait to meet YOU through books!




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  1. I really loved Cinnamon & Gunpowder but I've had a hard time convincing other people to read it. Why is that? I have had Boxers and Saints for, um, let's just say a long while. I haven't read it yet. Must correct.

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    1. I don't know!!!! I shove it on everyone. I think they're iffy about pirates, but it's SOOOO GOOD. This is me preaching to the choir, obviously. lol You will love Boxers and Saints I do believe.

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  2. Don't you just love those shoes on the cover of Blackbird House? Maybe not so comfy, but still...

    I want to see about reading Boxers & Saints as well. I think graphic novels are going to be in my future from now on.

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    1. I DO! I needs them. I'm convinced. Graphic novels are so much fun, and they can pack such a punch. This pair certainly does.

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  3. Interested in Blackbird House. It reminds me of Hoffman's book The Red Garden, which I recently read for book club, only with connected stories about a single house instead of an entire town. That kind of structure is so appealing to me!

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    1. YES! I really had to slave over whether I would choose Blackbird House or The Red Garden for this list. I loved both so very much.

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  4. Loved Boxers and Saints! Cinnamon and Gunpowder I've wanted to read for a long time, too - definitely need to get to it.

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    1. Cinnamon and Gunpowder is SOOO sooo quirky and wonderful. I want to be a red-haired pirate now. Cheers to Gene Yang!

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  5. I could have made this list myself! You COMPLETE me.

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    1. <3 <3 <3 We're almost creepy.

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  6. Brilliant list - actually haven't read either of them, but isn't that what's so great about book blogging? You hear about so many great books that you never would have come across otherwise! Hope you're enjoying the week so far! :)

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    1. Thank you, Susie! Yes, indeed! I haven't gotten to read as many posts today as I'd intended, and I'm so excited about seeing what everyone listed!

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  7. I wonder if anyone (Heather?!) will do a big list and see how many - if any - books are on more than one list today? hee hee. Such a geek, I can be. (Also, the link in your first wordy bit "Check out the posts here." is a circular reference...)

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    1. Ooooh, that's a thought. Veryyyy tempting. I feel some compiling coming on but it might take all three of us. lol Got that link fixed!

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  8. I've only read one of those books and feel like I need to read the rest so I can know the "real" you better. lol

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    1. LOL, this list holds the deepest secrets of my soul. In other words, I want to be a red-haired lady pirate with a great garden.

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  9. I have Cinnamon and Gunpowder on my TBR list because of you. I just need to find it. The Little Stranger is sooooo good!

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    1. THANK GOODNESS! I'm trying to convince everyone I can get my hands on. If I get 5 more converts I'm pretty sure I win a set of steak knives. <3 The Little Stranger so hard.

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  10. I haven't read the Kingsolver book, but I had a very similar reaction to The Omnivore's Dilemma. It wrenched my heart to leave that one out of my list today!

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    1. Oh gosh, I still have that one on my TBR and I'd almost forgotten about it! I think I might even have physical and digital copies. Ack!

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  11. I've only read one Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible) and it definitely sounds like I need to get to this one!

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    1. It's so good! So unrealistic for most everyone in the world but so good anyway!

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  12. I still need to read a Sarah Waters book - many of her books have been on my wishlist for a while. Also, loved Boxers & Saints - they are fabulous reads.

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    1. Everyone tells me that Fingersmith is the place to start with Waters, but of course I had to go about it all wonky and that one is still on my TBR. The Little Stranger is definitely my favorite of the three of hers I've read so far. Cheers to Boxers and Saints!

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  13. Yay!! Happy BBAW!

    I'm just getting to know Sarah Waters, I read and loved The Night Watch. I've had my eye on The Paying Guests now that it's out in paperback, and I also have a copy of Tipping the Velvet on my shelves. But now I'm curious about The Little Stranger too!

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    1. Happy BBAW, Emily! Ooohh, I haven't read The Night Watch yet. I've read The Little Stranger, Affinity, and The Paying Guests. Everyone says to start with Fingersmith, but of course that one is still on my shelves. lol

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  14. Great choices and thanks again for encouraging me to read Cinnamon and Gunpowder - such a fun book.

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    1. Yay! An angel gets its wings every time someone loves that book.

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  15. Dagnabit, how do I keep NOT reading Cinnamon and Gunpowder? It sounds like a book I would enjoy. Irreverent lady pirates? Um, yes please!

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    1. I DON'T KNOW! I think you would eat it up.

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  16. Some great books in your list there! Happy BBAW!

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    1. Thanks, Sharlene! Happy BBAW!

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  17. I really need to get to Boxers & Saints one of these days!

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    1. Do the thing! They're quick and awesome.

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  18. Cinnamon and Gunpowder - that one seems to be a good fit for me. Adding it to my TBR. Love your list! :D

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    1. I hope you love it as much as I did! It's so so so fun.

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  19. I loved Blackbird House!! LOL a kickass lady pirate! That suits you =)

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    1. Hahaha, I might use the cover image of the kickass lady pirate on Facebook sometimes. Maybe.

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  20. You're the second one I've seen with the Kingsolver book, which has me intrigued. I love food nonfiction, so I'm not sure why I haven't gotten to it yet! I'd also love to read a Hoffman novel, she's been on my TBR for years but I have yet to try her out.

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    1. COOL! I haven't read anything else of Kingsolver's because this book is just it. IT. As for Hoffman...I love her. Love the little tinges of magic in her work. So lovely and charming and just easy and wonderful to read.

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  21. I need to read more Sarah Waters books! NEED! And can I just say, this whole revival of BBAW is making my day today. THANK YOU!

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    1. I'M SO GLAD!!!! We're having a blast seeing everyone have fun. :DDD Sarah Waters is so good!

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  22. I have been meaning to read Blackbird House for ages. I should get on that.

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    1. It's a super quick read, too!

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  23. I remember when I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle I wanted to live where she lived!

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    1. Me too! It sounded positively heavenly.

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  24. You know what else I love about this list? It's books from a wide range of times in your reading life! I know you just read Cinnamon and Gunpowder like a hot second ago, and Little Stranger is older, and I just think you're really cool is all. Thanks for being my co-host. <3

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    1. AWWWWW, thank you dear. You're a fan-freaking-tastic cohost. <3

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  25. You have kick-ass choices because you are a kick-ass lady! I really need to reread The Little Stranger this year for RIP because it also started my love for Sarah Waters.

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    1. Thank you and right back at ya!!! It's one of those books I don't mind rereading. I notice something additional every single time.

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  26. I am thoroughly loving this prompt. Everyone's approach to it has been fascinating.

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    1. And I'm soooo behind on reading posts! How dare work be so busy today?

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  27. I really like Alice Hoffman; I think my favorite is The Red Garden. And the whole getting the turkeys to hatch their eggs in the Kingsolver was hilarious.

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    1. I loved The Red Garden, too. I alllllmost put it on this list as a matter of fact. And I'd forgotten about that with the turkeys! I need to reread it.

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  28. Alice Hoffman is one of my favorites and Blackbird House is on my list this year (for a reading challenge). Now I can't wait.

    Also, I've never read Cinnamon and Gunpowder, but I can see myself loving it.

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    1. Oh goodness, I hope you love Blackbird House as much as I did! I have one of her newer releases on my TBR from Book of the Month, and of course I can't remember the title. I can see you loving Cinnamon and Gunpowder, too!

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  29. I loved Animal, Vegetable Miracle also. Boxers and Saints was great, too, but if I had to pick a graphic novel that was formative for me it'd be American Born Chinese by the same author. It was one of my very first graphic novels and reading it was like Mind.Blown. - holy crap, you can do that with a book that has PICTURES? LOL. It was great.

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    1. I was SO close to putting American Born Chinese on my list! I love love loved that one! I taught it for years and enjoyed picking it apart (in the best way).

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  30. What a great idea! I love The Blackbird House too.

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    1. Wasn't it wonderful? More people should give it a go. :)

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  31. I'm with you on Blackbird House and The Little Stranger. I think it is about time for me to reread The Little Stranger. I just loved that book.

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    1. It's such a good reread. So many things to catch that you may have missed the first time.

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  32. I really need to read some Gene Luen Yang! I hear great things from my students and bloggers.

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    1. You SO do! He's wonderful and nuanced and just fan-flanging-tastic.

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  33. I enjoy Hoffman's writing as well. My 5 titles are: http://wordsandpeace.com/2016/02/15/bbaw-2016-day-1/

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Emma! I'm still trying to make the rounds! lol

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  34. The Little Stranger!!!

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  35. Everytime I see Cinnamon and Gunpowder I think of you!

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  36. I loved Fingersmith and still haven't managed to read anything by Waters. The Little Stranger is one I definitely want to read (although I do want to read all of her books eventually). Cinnamon and Gunpowder sounds like a good one too.

    This was a fun topic! Thank you for co-hosting BBAW!

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    1. Ahhh, Fingersmith. Soon, soon. Since I'm reading my own damn books and all, I have that one in the crosshairs. Cinnamon and Gunpowder is so much fun. I just don't know how else to put it...and the writing is lovely too! Bonus score!

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  37. I had Cinnamon & Gunpowder from the library or somewhere but never read it. I'm really not sure why since it's totally my jam.

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    1. IT IS your jam. REALLY REALLY.

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  38. Terrific list -- embracing gray areas and kickass women -- I definitely see that in you!

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    1. Awww, thank you Joy. That makes me happy. :)

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  39. Blackbird House is so good! In fact, Alice Hoffman's entire back list is just the best.

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  40. I thought this was such a fun question!

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  41. I have to read something by Sarah Waters!

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  42. Blackbird House sounds like a book I need to get too! I've been loving connected short stories lately and I have a hard time saying no to authors who write magical realism.

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  43. I do believe that it was from you that I first learned about Boxers and Saints. Still need to get that sucker!

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