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Bambbles Rambles

Books, Reviews, and general awesomeness

About Julia

Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.

I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.

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Currently reading

Wanton Christmas Wishes
Eliza Lloyd, Samantha Kane, Kate Pearce, Monica Burns, Madelynne Ellis, Jess Michaels
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Matthew R. Price, Noel Daniel
Progress: 21 %
I Love it When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech
Ralph Keyes
Progress: 28/271 pages
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore
Progress: 42/420 pages

Musings: Moving my Catalogue

It's funny the things you can recall about a specific something. I think about this often wit music, how when I hear a specific song I am transported to a location or time in my life for some reason or another. But I have never really thought about it in the context of books. 


I've been manually moving my 1098 books from Goodreads to BookLikes since September. Slowly but surely I have gotten to the last 120ish. But I noticed on my last round of moving that I was having the same sensation that I do with music with these books. The funny thing is I haven't even read them all. I remember what was going on when I added them to my tbr! Not all of them of course, but I remember adding a bunch because of all the great recommendations showing up in the Seasonal Reading Challenge group on Goodreads.


Or for books that I have read: I remember being able to take one book with my when I lived in China and I took the next book in the Desperate Duchess series each time I came home and back. This worked out well for me on the plane, because I usually finished it there, but then for four months I'd be bookless. 


Then there was my copy of The Little Prince. I picked that up in China in the kids section of a bookstore. On each page it has the words written in English and the mirror page has the words in simplified mandarin. I read that slowly but in Chinese. I still have the same sort of thing with an abridged copy of Hunchback of Notre Dame. 


I just thought it was an interesting observation. I guess I always knew the act of reading books could literally transport your mind somewhere else entirely, but it's a new concept for me to think about how it also transport me back to a time in my life. Even if I haven't even read it.