Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September TBR: How It Went

We made it to the end of September! A few weeks ago, I posted my TBR list for the month. Today, I'm going to look back and see how I did!

Check out my progress after the jump!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Upcoming Film Adaptations!

Welcome to the start of a new week! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

If you're like most bookworms, you either get very excited or very worried when you find out one of your favorite books is being made into a movie! It can be perfect (The Silver Linings Playbook), terrible (The Time Traveler's Wife) or "eh" (The Last Song). We've been seeing a lot of book to movie adaptations lately, so I got together a list of nine films that will be released before the end of 2014. Check it out after the jump!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Buying!

Hi everyone! Sorry for the absence for the past few days, I've had a bit going on, and honestly... sort of forgot I started the blog! Ooops! But that's okay because today we're going to talk about one of my favorite things to do: BUY BOOKS!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Very Magical Day!

Happy Hump Day! First of all, I apologize if this page takes a while to load - TONS of pictures to follow!

As I mentioned in my first post, last month I got to cross something off my bucket list - visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Resort in Orlando! Most of you probably know all about it, but for those who don't, I'll give a little back story! It originally opened in 2010 at Islands of Adventure, which is one of the two theme parks at the resort. This section features the village of Hogsmeade and the Hogwarts castle. In July of this year they opened a new area in Universal Studios, which highlights Diagon Alley and London. The two parks are "connected" by the Hogwarts Express train!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September TBR!

Happy Tuesday! I'm going to keep it simple today, because there is a huge post set for tomorrow, and I'm also preparing for a job interview!

I wanted to share my September TBR (To Be Read) list with you. Normally I don't plan out what I'm going to read... ever! What I choose to read is pretty random, and depends on my mood and recent purchases! If I buy something I've been looking for for a while, I will read it right away.

So here is what the rest of my September will be looking like:

Not pictured but already finished this month is Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. It was good, but quite odd! Anyone who reads Vonnegut probably knows what I mean!

I've already finished Eleanor & Park, and it was great! It was my first taste of anything by Rainbow Rowell, and I will say that I'm very much looking forward to reading her other novels! I especially loved that the story took place in 1986, which was the year I was born! 

Currently I'm reading Anna and the French Kiss, and when I'm done I'll move on to Lola and the Boy Next Door. It seems as though everyone on my Instagram feed has been obsessed with Stephanie Perkins all summer, so I finally bought these two copies (see below for a brief rant). 

The Bone Clocks was just released a few weeks ago. I won an advanced reader's copy from a giveaway on Goodreads. If you don't know about that site, go check them out right away! It's a book lover's dream! When you sign up, add me as a friend!

After I read The Silver Linings Playbook a few years ago, I knew I had to read the rest of Matthew Quick's novels as well. He's got a great style and really knows how to tell a story. I was very excited when I found Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock at one of my favorite stores for $5! 

I picked up The Group after seeing it on a few different lists of NYC-centric stories. I love reading about the city in historical novels, and this is set between the two world wars. Also lucked out when I found this at a library sale - only $1!

Last but certainly not least, The Silkworm! We all know this is written by J.K. Rowling under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith AND it just came out over the summer, which is why I thought I'd have to wait a pretty long time to find this in any used bookstore. But, library sales rock, and I scored this for only $7! 

Sidebar - I'm actually very upset that my copy of Anna doesn't match Lola. I ordered it from a used bookstore on Amazon, and the picture they had up was of the other cover, not the one I ended up receiving. Which means I will end up buying a second copy of Anna when I find it for a reasonable price (yes, I will donate the other copy). Being the nut that I am, it really bothers me when books that are supposed to match, don't! 
Can you see what drives me crazy?
So, what are YOU reading this month? Do you plan ahead, or go with the flow?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Welcome to Joie de Livres!

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica, and thanks for checking out my brand-new blog!

The decision to start this blog stems from my absolute love (read: obsession) of books and reading. I currently own over 500 physical books, most of which are stacked up next to an overflowing bookcase. Observe:


My blog is mostly going to focus on what I'm reading, interspersed with bookish shopping sprees, memes, and other book related things! For example, one of my first planned posts is to recap my visit last month to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando! I live just outside of New York City, and a few posts will be devoted to the best bookstores in the area. 

I look forward to connecting with fellow bookworms! I always welcome feedback, recommendations, and general comments!

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