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Book Club Pop Culture

Wuthering Heights Fueled Into Pop Culture

Wuthering Heights is a hardcore classic novel. For those who don’t know, Wuthering Heights is a dark novel written in 1800s by Emily Brontë, a novel that uses darkness to tell a story of a revenge plot just because he didn’t get the girl he wanted. But why didn’t he get the girl he wanted? Well, because he was different. Heathcliff was an orphan with a dark complexion, working at a farm. Socially, he was “white trash” and for those reasons, rich people treated him like shit, including the girl that he loved, Cathy. Catherine loved him, but she cared more about her social standing  than Heathecliff.

Does that story line sound familiar? That’s because Wuthering Heights has influenced television shows, books, movies, and even poems. Here are some of the works where I have seen Wuthering Heights be a strong presence in.

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Reading Tips & Tricks

Bullet Journal Spreads and Ideas for Book Readers and Bloggers

What is a bullet journal?

A literal definition of a bullet journal is a journal that uses dots rather than lines. The dots are used as a guide to create charts, and shapes.

A figurative definition of a bullet journal is a journal that you customize to your own liking. Bullet journals are for the planners that hate traditional planners because truth is, everyone has different priorities, things to do, and different day-to-day routines. Bullet journals are for fast-logging, organizing your ideas, to-do lists, and planning. So yes, a bullet journal is a diary, a planner, and a to-do list all in one.

This is an example of a bullet journal spread. This journalist wrote their wreaking spread along with their to-do list, goals list, and weather ideas. This is just an idea what you could do with your bullet journal.

Although the idea of bullet journaling sounds appealing, it isn’t for everyone. Bullet journals are time consuming since you have to create your own spreads, use different colors to your likening, and write all of your goals, motivations, and to-do’s all in one list. Not only is bullet journaling time consuming, they are also an investment. Bullet journals range anywhere from $5-50, and besides that, you have to invest on good pens, pencils, rulers, and markers. But at the end of the day, the work is rewarding. Everything is organized in a few pages, and you feel one step ahead. Plus, the whole process of journaling is relaxing for those who love arts and crafts. You have the option to use colors, stickers, and Washi tape.

Since bullet journals force you to create your own spreads, readers use books as inspirations to plan their day, write their ideas, and plan their next reads. Here are some of my essentials spreads, monthly themes, daily themes, and reading trackers, all book themed!

TBR (to be read) Spreads

TBR spreads are essential for every reader. They allow you to jot down all the books that need to read for when you are looking for your next read.

Created by dear friend, Jessica. Thanks Jessica!

I like this spread because it portrays the bookshelf that you may or may not have. This a great example for those who love to see their book visually rather than a list. The use of highlighter colors bring out the books, and appeal to they eye. This spread allows you to have up to 50 books, in one page, and drawn literally.

This spread is also simplistic and easy to draw. All you have to draw are rectangles and squares, use highlighters to draw around the boarders of the books, and use a pen to write in small print the books that need to be read.

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Playing around with next month’s reading list spread 📖

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This is a custom made spread by Cara, thank you Cara!!!

This spread is a good way to introduce the month as it has your TBR books for the month, along with a calendar and a separate box for favorite books.

I love this spread because it has a TBR list, a calendar, and colors to make it stand out.

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This a good monthly book spreads for bloggers. This spread allows you to list the books you want to read for the month, and opposed to rating it for stars, you could highlight the emoji that summarizes your relation to the book. Or if you want, you substitute the smiley faces to stars.

This spread is also a good idea for readers who want to get back into reading, and it allows you have a to be read list, a read list, and a rating system all in one page.

My favorite part about this spread is the detail on the pages. You could see the zig-zag and the pencil used to show the age of a book.

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This is a simplistic TBR spread for hardcore readers who have huge libraries, and huge lists of books to read. This is something that I could take advantage of since I’m always reading different books and short stories for the blog.

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This is a great, and a beautiful spread for those who want to draw a reading nook. This is a page for those who are artsy and love to take their time on spreads.

As an English major and a writer, my drawling skills are limited, but this is just a pretty picture to look at.

Monthly Theme Spreads

Most bullet journals, depending on those who like them or not, have a page or two dedicated to presenting the months by a quote or an image. For example, someone’s December intro page would be a picture of a Christmas tree or a snow man.

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This page looks like a lot of work, but then again, bullet journaling are meant to relax you by using colors and drawing objects. This idea is great because it shows the many different types of books, and the classic looks of books from the 19th century.

Now I love this image. Although this may be really hard, it gives the idea of using Belle as a literary theme for your bullet journal. Belle has been a beloved literary character by Disney, and represents the model of reader who reads simply to escape into another world better than their own.

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This spread is another great theme of comic books! Comic books and bullet journals share the idea that they are straight forward, and fastly paced.

This a great idea for those who love comics and have the freedom to use bold colors, markers, and icons.

List of Books Read Spreads

Below are my compilation of bullet journal read books spreads, used as a reference page for readers, book critics, and bloggers to keep track of the books that they loved or hated.

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This is a great spread for hardcore readers and bloggers. This easily organizes the books you read, the dates read, and your ratings. The use of glitter on the top is just an example of how you can make your pages stand out. Plus, they make me feel good so I love glitter on my bullet journals.

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This is a great example of keeping track of the books you read. I love the way that this page looks, but it also stresses me out because it looks so complicated to create. This is definitely a spread for those who are talented at creating 3D art.

Another great artsy, challenging spread idea. I love this spread because it scatters the books all over the floor, almost making it look like 3D art. It also uses details of the spider webs, to evoke the passage of time.

This spread is not also a spread to bring out your nostalgia, but it can also be used as a list to note the books that you have already read.

This another example of simplistic read list. What I appreciate about this spread is that it allows space for a key/legend to remind you of your rating system, and uses lines to organize the columns for each book.

Quote Spreads

Bullet journals often have pages that dedicate an entire page with uplifting quotes from celebrities, philosophers, and authors. Here are some of my favorite artistic quote spreads for artsy fans.

This was a custom made bullet journal by @beansbujo. Please follow her on Instagram!! Her
account is so pretty, filled with bullet journal ideas for days.

I love this spread because it gives you the idea of using a favorite quote from your favorite book, and create something unique. Using the cover for inspiration, you can use the colors, and symbols as part Of the design.

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I love this design as a designated bullet journal spread for a TBR list and a quotes page.

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Reading Trackers

Reading trackers are for those who want to keep track of days that they’ve read. They are perfect for those who are trying to create a routine out of reading.


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Besides the drawing of a girl carrying the book, this reading tracker is great because it’s a whole year view of your reading habits. This tracker allows you to track all 365 days, and the pages that you read using a color key to show how much reading you have done.

This is great idea for readers to keep track of the series that they are reading. As someone who starts multiple book series, and almost never finishes them, I need this bullet journal spread to keep track of my reads.

Now I love this bullet journal spread because of Winnie the Pooh. I love that character.

Okay now for serious talk, this bullet journal spread is perfect for keeping track the minutes and hours that you read, alongside with a rating system for your books.

This is a custom spread and quote by Freya. Please follow her Instagram account!!! Her page is filled with bullet journal ideas for weeklies, dailies, and trackers.

This is an a weekly spread, using an opened book as the inspiration. This image is so pretty for the use of colors. Not only could this be used as a weekly spread, this could be used as a reading tracker for the books or short stories read. This spread could also be used as a tracker for books to be read, or book releases, or books to review.

This bullet journal spread is great for a more detailed list of the books read. You could keep track of the books that you read along with a list of your impressions of the book.

Now I love this spread. It has a great use of colors and organization, with each color meaning the books you read, along with a sleek and clean rating system. The chart on the second chart is also a good idea for those who want to keep track of the pages read for the month.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, these are just ideas. You could use these spreads as inspirations and you could tweak it to your liking. Not only that, these page spreads are versatile. You could use it on your journals, notebooks, the back of books, a whiteboard, where ever you want!

If you have some spreads of your own, email me at readinglitty@gmail.com and submit your submissions to be featured on this blog post.

Do you bullet journal? Comment below your response! 🙂

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Book Club Book Recommendations

April’s Book Club Pick: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Page Count: 344

Genres: Suspense, Romance

Themes: Love, Infatuation, Good vs. Evil, Violence and Revenge.

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Book Club Agenda

Every week for the month of April, I will publish book club content to enhance your reading of Wuthering Heights.
Week One: Meet the Characters
Week Two: How Wuthering Heights Influenced Pop Culture
Week Three: Let’s talk about the major themes. How Heathcliff and Carol Baskin Are Murderers
Week Four: Wuthering Heights Book Review

How to Join the Book Club

Just by you reading our book club pick, you’re already in the book club! You can read at your own pace, and all posts will have spoiler warnings. You are also encouraged to join the Facebook group in which all book club members will be welcome to join the conversation, take part on quizzes and polls, and help us pick our book club pick for May!

Synopsis

Perhaps the most haunting and tormented love story ever written, Wuthering Heights is the tale of the troubled orphan Heathcliff and his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw. The windswept moors are the unforgettable setting of this tale of the love between the foundling Heathcliff and his wealthy benefactor’s daughter, Catherine. Through Catherine’s betrayal of Heathcliff and his bitter vengeance, their mythic passion haunts the next generation even after their deaths. Incorporating elements of many genres—from gothic novels and ghost stories to poetic allegory—and transcending them all, Wuthering Heights is a mystifying and powerful tour de force.

Quotes

If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.

He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.

I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. 

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Join us tomorrow for Meet the Characters of Wuthering Heights.

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Book Club Book Recommendations book review

The Bluest Eye | Book Review

Author: Toni Morrison

Release Date: 1970

Page count: 206

Genres: Fiction, African American Literature

Themes: Beauty, Whiteness, Seeing vs. Being Seen, Sexual abuse

My Rating:★★★★★

Where to buy this book:

I read this book as part of my book club pick for the month, and I do not regret choosing this book for the month of March. This book has everything one can hope for: wit, humor, beauty, tragedy, and imagination.

Synopsis

This book focuses on the story of Pecola during the Great Depression. Pecola is a young black girl who has an abusive father and a mother who finds comfort in her job of caring for a white home. Pecola is often mocked for her dark skin and prays for blond hair and blue eyes. In this novel, you read the story of Pecola when she was taken care by another family, learn the backstory of Pecola’s parents, and ultimately, the meaning of beauty, race, and class. 

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book review

I Read American Dirt So That You Dont Have To |Book Review

Author: Jeanine Cummins
Publish Date: January 21, 2020
Pages: 400
Genres: Hispanic American Literature, Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Themes: On the run, family bonds, trust, money as the root of all evil
My Rating:★★☆☆☆

Where to buy this book:

You may know about this book because it’s being widespread as we speak, or because of it’s heavy criticism that it’s been receiving. In this book review, I’m going to address all the goods and bads about the book.

Now, I hardly ever read new releases. I usually wait a few weeks until a book has been reviewed and then I usually pick it up. This time around, I will say that I was well aware of this book hitting the shelves when I was researching books being published in 2020 and I immediately wanted to read it. I was interested in the book of because of how it was marketed. The promo had Stephen King blurbed saying it was, “An extraordinary piece of work, a perfect balancing act with terror on one side and love on the other.” Also, Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street said, “This book is not simply the great American novel; It’s the great novel of Las Amricas.” After reading those two comments, I was hooked. The marketing did it’s job of being interesting to read about. As a Mexican American citizen, these stories of migrants crossing to America is all my family and I talk about. But then I read this book and realized, this book relies heavily on stereotypes and does not, whatsoever reflect today’s migrant story.

Table of contents:
Page 1: Spoil free book review
Page 2: Spoiled, detailed book review
Page 3: Addressing the controversy

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Book Club

February’s Book Club Pick: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is one of my favorite books of all time and I’m so happy to announce this months book club pick. Last month’s pick was Lolita and it was an interesting read, but many readers found it hard to connect with the text in the beginning. But this month, I wanted to choose a book that goes in theme with Valentine’s Day, but also a book that is more than just a romance book. This book talks about family dynamics, feminism, and about the theme of “money talks.” So please please please, join me this month in reading this classic.

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Short Story Sunday

The Aged Mother: A Folktale of Wisdom

Where to Access this Short Story:

What is vulnerability? Google defines it as the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. I define it as the governor of Shining.

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Reading Tips & Tricks

The Ongoing Struggle of Reading Books in A Digital Era (video)

Above is a must watch documentary by Max Joseph, the star from MTV hit series “Catfish,” where Max tackles the idea of reading in a digital era. In this documentary he travels across the world to bookstores and interviews many different people on how to read in the era. This documentary was extremely interesting and insightful. This is a must watch video for all book lovers. Enjoy!

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Reading Tips & Tricks

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to Read More Books? Here are 12 tips

I’m so happy you’ve clicked on this blog post, because that means you want to read books. Reading is a wonderful exercise that helps stimulate the mind, relax, and most importantly, help you reflect on your life.

I ask everyone if they read books and more often than not, they reply with, “No, I don’t have time.”

Reading requires effort. You have to put in the effort and time to read.

Reading is fun. Books are designed to make us feel. You can read a book and have a completely different interpretation than someone else. Books is something that has been used for centuries as a mode of communication. Before there were paperback and hardcover books, there were scrolls in Egypt. In the 1930s, books were Penguin Publisher started selling books at newsstands for the price of a pack of cigarettes.

Remember: books are political. For decades, countries have banned books that limit what we read. Books have the ability to tell us stories that inspire our everyday actions.

So whether you are avid reader or a beginner, here are some tips and tricks for those hoping to get back into the joy of reading.

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Book Club

January’s Book Club Pick: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Oh yes, I’ve chosen this book for my blogs very first book club pick. You cannot stop me now.