Bout of Books 7.0

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Day One: Book Spine Poetry hosted by Escape Through the Pages

Book Spine Poem

    Just Listen, My Beautiful Failure.
    Between You & Me,
    The Truth About Forever isn’t all
    it’s Cracked Up to Be.
    Every Day Under the Never Sky
    the Rules of Attraction Tilt,
    causing Pandemonium.

    This Is Where I Leave You.
    I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You…
    Before I Fall, remember:
    Smart Girls Get What They Want
    and Bad Girls Don’t Die.

Day Two: Soundtrack Challenge hosted by Medusa’s Library

I’m horrible at making playlists for books. I wish I were some wiz at it, but honestly… that’ll never happen. I was looking at my bookshelf, though, and realized there are a couple songs that never fail to make me think of books. They are:

just listenlock and keythe divinersShutter IslandThe Outsiders

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and Thank You by Led Zeppelin

Annabel’s sister made a mixed cd with this song on it and Annabel and Owen had a conversation about it being the best Zeppelin song ever. I love Led Zeppelin and I love Just Listen. I can’t help thinking about these two together.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen and Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan

Sarah Dessen and I must have very similar music taste, because she mentioned Bob Dylan very plainly in this book. I love Bob Dylan, so I’ll never forget the use of Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right in this book.

The Diviners by Libba Bray and Love Me or Leave Me by Ruth Etting

I was obsessed with a CD that had Love Me or Leave Me on it while I was reading The Diviners. The song is actually a little later than the book’s time, but still. The association is seared into my brain.

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane and Cry by Johnnie Ray

Cry was used in the Shutter Island movie adaptation and whether I’m thinking about the movie, the book, or the song… it doesn’t matter. They all mesh together now.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Rumble by Link Wray

So I looked over at my bookshelf and saw The Outsiders and felt like Rumble was a little perfect for it. They both have that rough-and-tumble feeling about them. Looove.

I adore all of these songs and a couple of the artists are favorites. Click on the song titles to listen. I tried to make a playlist for you guys, but there was always something missing. Oh, well.

Day Four: Acrostic Poem Challenge hosted by Harley Bear Book Blog



Children’s Waltz
Only child(ren)
Teenage love
Immigrating family
Kid prodigy


I feel like I’m sort of stretching this one, but oh well. I really wanted to use Chopsticks. P.S. The “O” is like the “only child” in a family… just for clarification.

42 responses to “Bout of Books 7.0”

    • Yeah, sometimes I just can’t get into the reading groove and it takes me way too long to read very much. Luckily, though, the books I’m reading are right now are really good and make me want to keep going. (:

  1. Wow, good job on the poem! I love it!! I tried doing this challenge once but I wasn’t very good at it haha. It’s harder than it seems! But yours is really good 🙂

    • Thank you! It was my first time making a poem with book spines. I’m surprised it turned out to be more than just jumbled phrases, to be honest. Though it still sort of is. Hahaha.

  2. You have so many good books to choose from! I adored Smart Girls, 52 Reasons To Hate My Father and I’d Tell You I Love You. They’re really quick, fun reads. I’m so excited for Invisibility. Hope you get to that one. Enjoy all your books and good luck!

    • I’m hoping to get to all of those, though I don’t know if I actually will. Invisibility is waiting for me at the library right now. I need to go get it before they put it back on the shelves. Haha.

    • They certainly are! I waited until the day before it started to really make a decision about participating, but I’m glad I chose to. It’s fun so far.

  3. Lots of good books I see! And nothing wrong with only reading 139 pages; that’s pretty impressive! Good luck reading today; hopefully you’ll get some good reading done while babysitting! 🙂

    • Yeah, I’m having a bit of trouble getting through E&E. It’s not bad… but I’m not as interested as I thought I was going to be.

    • Yes, ma’am. That’s correct. The MC is a piano prodigy who frequently remixes Chopsticks. There are other reasons Chopsticks is the title, but I don’t want to spoil it. Haha. I definitely recommend the book though. It’s a graphic novel, so it doesn’t take very long to read. I looove it.

    • Thank you. And I agree.

      I’m very shocked I actually got some reading done yesterday, because I REALLY didn’t feel like it. *shrugs* Whatever. Haha.

  4. Hi Lisa. I hope your last day of the bout of books let’s you finish one more book. I’m hoping I can finish The Girl with a Pearl Earring today as my goal was to read 4 books as well. I’d like to read Eleanor & Park and Under the Never Sky from your list. Although some of the others sound great too! Good luck and nice to meet ya. new twitter follower and facebook fan.

    • Thank you! I hope you can finish Girl with a Pearl Earring. I want to read that sometime. I have the book on my shelf, but just haven’t gotten to it.

    • I LOVED In the Shadow of Blackbirds. I was trying to write a review about it and was mostly like: “I LOVED THIS BOOK. dsjvbkfbdsvfd OHMYGOD GAH!b nhgbfdvbgfd”. Hahaha.

    • I loveloveloved In the Shadow of Blackbirds. It was so good and one of two that I just COULD NOT put down. The other being 52 Reasons to Hate My Father. All four books I read were good, though.

  5. I had a few books that did not go smoothly, either. I am too stubborn to move on when a book is not what I need. But you did read, and you participated in all of the awesome other activities, so I would still say it was a success.

    I totally get the “supposed to” limiting the “want to,” though because I felt it a little too.

  6. I hope you will still join next time. I agree, I also felt a little of what you felt… but then again, finishing the books are just awesome!

    • That’s true. But then again, finishing books is always nice. Lol. Anyhow, I’m glad other people felt the same way. I mean, I don’t like that people feel that way, obviously, but it’s nice to not be alone. You know? I’ll stop rambling now. Haha.

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