Although Tumblr seems to have fallen by the wayside when it comes to social networking popularity, it’s still home to one of my guilty pleasure on the Internet: pop culture mash-ups. I love stumbling (tumbling?) across a blog that combines bits from my favorite pieces of pop culture to create something new and funny. Instead of a regular post today, I thought I’d share three of my favorites (and one bonus mash-up from Twitter).

An Unexpected Book Binge

by Kim on January 16, 2013 · 45 comments

Because I live in a town without a dedicated bookstore, I can never buy just one book when I get the chance to go book shopping. I always bulk up my online orders to get free shipping, and I can’t walk out of bookstore (new or used) without bringing a pile of books home with me. And this weekend was a perfect storm of book magic: an online order arrived at home just before I took a trip to the Twin Cities that involved a wonderful book binge at a new-to-me Barnes & Noble with a fabulous used books section.

My books in/books out goal too

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What do you need to know to fake having read Jonathan Franzen? How should you go about picking up the cute guy browsing the biographies at your local indie bookstore? Which book should you buy for your obnoxious mother-in-law? What books should you feature on your living room bookshelf if you want visitors to know what a quirky hipster you are?

The answers to these questions and more can be found in the snarky homage to literature and the current literary scene that is Lauren Leto’s Judging a Book By Its Lover.

August, September and a Moving Update

by Kim on September 3, 2012 · 10 comments

We’re still Internet-less at our new house, so this post is coming to you from my office, which is abandoned for Labor Day. I need to get ready for an online fantasy football draft tonight and catch up on a couple of projects, but also wanted to use the quiet to post a quick update. This picture, taken from my reading chair this morning, might give you a sense of where we’re at with getting organized in our new house. It’s not pretty (except for Hannah — she’s still adorable)…

I am officially out of bookshelf space in my house.

I knew I was reaching my limit before I headed to Book Expo America, but it wasn’t until I got back and started trying to find space for all of the books that I realized just how crammed everything is. Every shelf is totally full and most have books stacked on top and in front. There’s just no more room.

Office Decorating, Bookish Style

by Kim on October 11, 2011 · 21 comments

There are many cool things about my new job as a community newspaper editor, but one unexpectedly sweet perk is that I have my own office. Not a cubicle or other Office Space-like desk divider system, a real, honest-to-goodness office that I get all to myself. It’s actually pretty ridiculous.

I’ve been so busy for the last couple of months that I haven’t had much time to think about decorating the place. I’ve started bringing in a few things for my desk and bulletin board — tea mugs for storing pens and, you know, drinking tea; photographs, postcards and a favorite xkcd comic — but the walls are still pretty bare.

On Friday afternoon I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, NPR MonkeySee’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, which was discussing upcoming summer movies the various participants were excited about. One person mentioned The Help, which will be coming out this August.

I knew the movie was coming out, but hadn’t seen a trailer yet, so popped over to YouTube to find one.

I’m back in Minnesota this weekend, so I’m probably not going to get any reading done today. And since it’s the beginning of May, it seemed like a good day to take a look at my reading from the past month and what I want to try and read in May. Plus, the first third of the year is over which makes it an apt time for a few bookish stats from the year so far.

Book Sales and Book Loot

by Kim on April 15, 2011 · 28 comments

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In the wake of Borders closing down more than 200 stores, there have been a lot of posts of the piles of books people have have snagged during the sales. As much as I like seeing new book stacks and chiming in with which ones I’m most excited about, actually posting my own book piles seemed to depressing, like kicking a kid while they’re down.

Readers on Reading

Teresa (Shelf Love) is contemplating ways of “shutting off the fire hose” of books on her shelves. The post feels like something I could have written myself, since I feel the same way.

Meg (write meg!) has a great post about how she finds time to read even though people in her life rarely see her reading. For the most part, this could have come straight out of my own life.