Top Ten Tuesday #1: Characters I Want to Push off a Cliff

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which a bookish list is posted every week.

April 28, 2015 – Top Ten Books Who Feature Characters who_____

For this week character I would love to share with you the top ten characters I would like to shove off a cliff. Hard. With sharp pointy rocks at the bottom.

Top Ten Books Who Feature Characters Who I Want to Throw Off a Cliff

  1. Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer – Jealous boyfriend issues and kind of controlling and really ticks me off.
  2. Sebastion Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – Not spoiling it for anyone. Just trust me.
  3. Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Kind of an elitist idiot who would rather lose his own son to Voldemort rather than fight against him
  4. Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Racist horrible educator.
  5. Caelena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (only in the first book) – I found her really weak and not as awesome of a protagonist as I thought she was going to be. Maybe in the later books she gets better.
  6. Zoey Redbird from House of Night by P.C. and Kristen Cast – Weak. So weak. Sure she has all of these powers but her actions were very repetitive and all surrounded around boy trouble and it was rather annoying.
  7. Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James – Enough said.
  8. Ashfur from Warriors: The Power of Three by Erin Hunter – Mad because he got turned down in favor of a better cat and couldn’t get over it.
  9. Linc Slocum from Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley – Sees animals as a status symbol and doesn’t treat them well.
  10. Prospero the Enchanter from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Literally haunted his daughter and overall jerk. But funny at times.

That’s it for this Top Ten Tuesday either leave your list down below in the comments or head on over to The Broke and The Bookish’s page to link up!

Have an awesome day!

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Size Doesn’t Matter

It’s that time of year again. The time in which students all over the world are losing their ever loving minds and pulling multiple all nighters in a row. It’s the time when 12 page papers are due, cram sessions abound, and exam times creep closer and closer with every passing moment.

That’s right. It’s finals week and I’m here to tell you a little secret.

Size. Doesn’t. Matter.

You read that correctly. I’m writing a post about finals and I’m saying size doesn’t matter. You’re probably wondering how in the world this makes any sense at all.

I’m talking about To-Do Lists

This kind of corny post is simply to tell you that the size of your to-do list doesn’t matter. As long as you’re able to prioritize and take things one task at a time, you can do it.

My current to-do list kind of looks like this

  • Course Evaluations
  • Extra Credit for Children’s Lit
  • Paper #2 for Philosophy in Literature
  • 10-12 page paper for Philosophy in Literature
  • Practice for Oral Exam on Tuesday
  • Therapy Appointment on Thursday
  • Renew Prescription
  • Read Proust for Philosophy in Literature
  • Email Dr about Syl’s paperwork
  • Critical Paragraph #8 for Philosophy in Literature
  • Pack

It seems really hectic right? That’s because it is. None of these things are prioritized or grouped together or broken up into smaller steps which makes it very overwhelming. So here’s how I would fix my to-do list to make it a little easier to manage

Prioritize

So, this is extremely hard for me because my priorities tend to shift throughout the day. What seemed super important first thing in the morning usually doesn’t seem urgent by the end of the day and thus is doesn’t get done. If I were to prioritize the above list it would go something like this

  1. Email Dr. about Syl’s paperwork
  2. Read Proust for Tuesday’s Class
  3. Critical Paragraph #8
  4. Renew Prescription
  5. Practice for Oral Exam
  6. Paper #2
  7. Course Evaluations
  8. Extra Credit
  9. Therapy Appt
  10. 10-12 Page paper
  11. Pack

So then I would obviously start with the number one thing on the list and work my way down.

Another way to organize your to do list is to group like items together

Grouping

I don’t usually do this one unless I have a lot of similar tasks. For this example I will separate them into three groups.

Group One – Errands

  • Email Dr about Syl
  • Renew Prescription
  • Therapy Appt
  • Pack

Group Two – Homework

  • Read Proust
  • Critical Paragraph
  • Paper #2
  • 10-12 Page Paper

Group Three – Extras

  • Practice for Oral Exam
  • Course Evaluations
  • Extra Credit

This breaks a huge to do list into smaller to do lists in which you can prioritize how you should go through the groups.

The last way to organize a to do list is to :

Break It Down

This method works great for huge projects like the 10-12 page paper I mentioned earlier. It makes your to do list seem bigger but it makes the over all execution of it a lot easier.

To start take a huge project – a 10-12 page paper for example, and try to break it down into at least 3 smaller parts.

  • Thesis
  • Main Points
  • Conclusion

Then, break those into smaller parts

  • Thesis
    • Identity Crisis
    • Hamlet
    • Agamemnon/The Flies
  • Main Points
    • There is a similar identity crisis going on within Shakespeares Hamlet as there is in Orestes who is featured in both Agamemnom and The Flies.
    • Supernatural forces influence both Hamlet and Orestes
    • Madness?
  • Conclusion
    • Restate thesis and explain it in 1 paragraph

Just keep breaking it down into smaller and smaller portions that can be done over a time span. If you have a semi big project like a 5 page paper and not a lot of time then do something like this

  • Main thought/issue you want to talk about
    • sub idea/issue that relates to the main pont
  • Supporting evidence
    • quotes that support the supporting evidence
  • Conclusion

There you have it! Three ways to make your To-Do List a little more manageable. I know I’m not the best at this, but I’ve found that depending on what I’m working on I can always use at least one of these methods to get everything done, no matter how daunting my list seems to be.

If you have any other methods to add or try these methods and they work for you, leave me a comment and I’ll check it out!

Have a great day and good luck on conquering your to do list!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #1

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly feature hosted bySheila @ Book Journey!

It’s Monday. And boy has it been one. It started off great but it quickly went downhill between class, spilled coffee, study sessions, and a doctor appointment. But now all of that is over and I can relax a bit. So I didn’t read anything for pleasure this past week with school coming to an end and me basically losing my mind, but I did manage to finish one book for class last week and I have a few books that I’m currently reading.

WHAT I READ LAST WEEK

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WHAT I AM READING AT PRESENT

In Search of Lost Time Volume 1: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

UP NEXT

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Hope you enjoyed it!

Leave your answers to the following questions down in the comments!

What did you read last week?

….What are you currently reading

……….What are you going to read next?

Have a great week everyone!

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My Dream Filofax

Okay guys, I have a confession.

I am obsessed…..

With planners.

I know it’s awful. It’s an expensive habit and I shouldn’t be so in love with them but there’s just something about them that keeps drawing me in, Maybe it’s the way I can color code everything or the pretty covers or even the different layouts.  i

Okay, there are worse things to be addicted to I know. Today I thought I would share with you what my dream planner/personal organizer would look like with links to some places where you can purchase the products I mention. Note: I am not receiving any revenue from this. I just thought it was fair to link where I found the products.

Let’s get started!

1. A Filofax

Obviously the first thing I would need would be a Filofax or a similar personal organizer. Currently I have a purple Daytimer but due to the nature of the holes it’s not easy to use. I have fallen in love with the Domino Patent Personal Organizer and I am so upset that the USA site is sold out of the turquoise ones. The pine spots Domino is also really pretty but my poor heart is set on the turquoise. It’s bright, it’s fun, maybe a little loud, and it’s just so beautiful. In the picture it looks more mint, but after watching countless YouTube videos and looking at Instagram photos I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a turquoise/Tiffany Blue color and I am in love.  The downside is that Filofaxes are rather expensive, this one being a whopping $35. However, they are refillable and well made so you can use them year after year instead of spending $5-$20 on a planner every year.

2. Colorful Inserts

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Why have boring black and white inserts when you can have these really cute ones? There are multiple places on Etsy and all over the internet that have printables for your Filofax ranging from free to around $50 or more depending on what you get. These ones pictured above are by Stationera on Etsy. You just print them out, hole punch them and voila! You’re ready to use them! And some of them are undated so you just pay once to use them whenever you want. For me, I would like my inserts to be blue and coral, which is my favorite color combination these days. But the owls are just too cute to resist!

3. Pretty Dividers & Dashboard

In order to keep all of your sections separated, you need cute dividers and these coral and blue ones by PlannerMania are just amazing. A dashboard is a piece where you can either keep sticky notes on it or you can leave it blank and just have it as a cover page. I absolutely love this teacup one by MikasMarket.

4. Adorkable Accessories

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Bookmarks, stickers, paperclips, pagemarkers, etc really complete the planner package. These Time To Plan stickers I found at ObsessedWithCute on Etsy for $3.75 and she has a number of other amazing stickers that can go in any planner. This felt coffee cup paper clip is the perfect finishing touch to my dream planner and it can be found on Pigtails and Pockets on Etsy for $3.25

Well there you have it folks. My dream planner in a nutshell. I didn’t mention basic supplies such as pens and pencils because I use far too many different ones to remember where I got all of them. Reminder: I receive absolutely nothing for linking to where I got the products mentioned above. Also, none of the images are mine, they’re stock photos from the stores to where they’re sold.

What about you? Do you have a Filofax or similar planner? How is it set up? Or are you like me and you spend hours setting it up in your head even though you don’t have the physical products yet? Let me know down in the comments or on Twitter/Instagram with the hashtag #TeacupsnDustJackets.

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Hello internet!

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My first post on WordPress, how exciting!

(Okay Anna calm down.It’s a blog not a new puppy.)

Anyway, hello internet! Greetings from northern Arizona! If you haven’t checked out my sidebar or About page, my name is Anna and I am a twenty-one year old college student who happens to be a total nerd when it comes to books, planners, and office supplies. As an English major, I pretty much live inside a bookshelf lately. With finals coming up and trying to get ready to head home to Ohio for the summer, it hasn’t been easy squeezing in time to read for pleasure. Which is a bit of a bummer, I’m not going to lie. However, summer is two weeks away and even though I will (hopefully) be working a lot, I will have more time to read for sheer enjoyment and I already have a long list of books I can’t wait to start in on.

The point of Teacups & Dust Jackets is to connect with other book bloggers/lovers on the internet as well as have a place to just get all of the things in my brain out of it. Why not get a journal? Well, because: I like to type, I would rather share my thoughts and feelings on the internet rather than have them just in a book somewhere, and  if I think someone is reading my posts, then I’m more likely to keep posting rather than keeping things inside my head.  If you’re not ready for some personal posts here and there, then I would suggest you look for a different book blog or you can just ignore them and focus on the book related posts which will be tagged accordingly.

That’s pretty much it for this initial post. I really just wanted to say hi, introduce myself, and let you know the reason I created this blog in case you’re interested in following it.

I hope you have an amazing day and I will talk to you soon!

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