Valentine’s Day 2016: Nicholas Sparks Style

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What do you do on Valentine’s Day when it’s 21° F but feels like -10 ° F outside and you don’t want your Valentine to get frostbite?

Stay inside with a book or a movie!

Although his personal romantic life may be a bit of a mess right now, Nicholas Sparks is one of the most romantic storytellers of all time. His romances will warm your heart, whether in book form or on the flat screen TV in your living room.

So grab a blanket for two, a bottle of wine and cuddle up with your Valentine, because it’s time to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2016, Nicholas Sparks style. Here are four books and movies by the author that’ll put the sap in sappy romance.

1. The Last Song (2010)
Starring Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth as Ronnie Miller and Will Blakelee.
For those of you who miss the old Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth pre-Gale Hawthorne, this one is a must watch. Animal lovers reading the book or watching on screen will fall in love with the sea turtles they rescue on the beach.

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2. The Longest Ride (2015)
Starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood as Luke Collins and Sophia Danko.
If you love all things rodeo, fine arts, vintage love stories, and city meets country romance, this one’s for you. I dare you not to see Clint Eastwood every time you look at Luke!

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3. A Walk to Remember (2002)
Starring Mandy Moore and Shane West as Jamie Sullivan and Landon Carter.
This one is a tear jerker. Gentlemen, if you’re having trouble figuring out how to ask her dad to let you take her out on a date, pay attention to the scene where Landon asks the reverend the big question.

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4. The Choice (2016)
Starring Teresa Palmer and Benjamin Walker as Gabby Holland and Travis Parker.
Spend some time reading The Choice and take a rain-check on seeing it in theaters. Warning: beware of Travis’ obsessive southern hospitality.

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Have a happy and safe Valentine’s Day 2016!

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Books I Want to Read in 2016

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It’s a new year, so I’ve got a new list of books I want to read!

Honestly, one of the best things about being out of school is the fact that you can read every and any book you want by choice. 

In 2015 I challenged myself to read 12 books, which I documented on Goodreads. I got really close to not completing my goal, as I strayed off my schedule of one book per month, but I got back on track by cramming two books a month in the fall.

Also, I think Jennifer E. Smith is one of my new favorite authors. The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love at First Sight was such a great read that I’ve decided to make it my business to read every single book this woman has written.

I’m actually quite proud of myself because I managed to finish three book series’ and start two new ones that I plan to continue this year.

My list for 2016 features 15 books I plan to read in order to fulfill my new reading challenge. A few books on this list are coming out as movies this year as well, so let’s see if I can finish them before their release dates.

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sutlan

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

What Pretty Girls Are Made Of by Lindsay Jill Roth

The Unexpected by J Sheley

The Coffee Girl by Shanna Hatfield

Taming Cross by Ella James

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Subject to Change by Alessandra Thomas

If you’d like to, feel free to add me on Goodreads to see my progress!

Gallery Mondays: Allen Ruppersberg’s ‘Too Many Books’ @ Printed Matter

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Printed Matter opened their new location on 11th Avenue last week, so I went to check it out with two of my friends before heading to dinner in Little Italy.

The book store is filled with tons of art books by artists, as well as artwork for sale, and an exhibit which is currently Paper Rad: The Zines of Paper Rad.

On the second floor of the book store, I found this 4.5 x 3-foot photo block by Allen Ruppersberg leaning against the wall. It’s called Too Many Books, and you can buy it for $2,000.

I wonder if the pile of books ever fell before the photo was taken. The books are piled almost as high as the guy in the photo, who looks about 5’7″ or 5’9″, so it must have been fun piling all those books up on the sidewalk.

If you’re in Chelsea, be sure to check out Printed Matter’s new location!

 

How About Some Literary Would You Rather?

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I stumbled upon a fellow blog from the Her Campus Blogger Network, Falling From Grace the other day. Bookworm that I am, I couldn’t refrain from answering the Literary Would You Rather she featured in a post. The questions are from the 6th edition of 101books.net’s Literary Would You Rather.

So here we go!

  1. Would you rather be a character from Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey?
    This is hard. I love the two series dearly, but I’d rather be Ana Grey from Fifty Shades. I don’t think I could marry a cold blooded man. I like warm cuddles 😉
  2. Would you rather forfeit reading for the rest of your life or forfeit all food but bread for the rest of your life?
    See, that’s not fair. Can someone else still read to me? Can I listen to an audio book? I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT MY FICTION.
  3. Would you rather be Gatsby or Daisy?
    Daisy. I don’t want to live my life a fraud.
  4. Would you rather never love again or never read again?
    Why would you ask such a cruel question?! Again, can someone else still read to me? Can I listen to an audio book? If I HAVE to choose then love trumps all.
  5. Would you rather your eyeballs be located next to your bellybutton or have to quote Scarlett O’Hara 10 times a day for the rest of your life?

    “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

    – Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With the Wind

  6. Would you rather be a literate member of a cult or an illiterate member of happy, healthy family?
    If the cult fights for a good cause then I’ll be literate.
  7. Would you rather have written The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, or Game of Thrones?
    The Chronicles of Narnia. C.S. Lewis is brilliant.

 

If you take the quiz, send me a link to your responses!