Articles by " Jessica Philo"
23 Sep

2015 Tolkien Week Quiz!

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4 Sep

It’s International Enthusiasm Week!

It's International Enthusiasm Week! Here are some things you can get enthusiastic about.

Scotch tape:


Rolling on your back like this dog:

Puppy backHair flips:


Going to Disney World:


Answering questions:


Living in a van, down by the river:




Taking ice cream and cookies from strangers:






And last but not least, Friday:


31 Aug

September 2015 Calendar of Events

September Events

Ah, September, it leads a double life. Some people are CLINGING TO SUMMER FOR DEAR LIFE, while others are counting down the days until pumpkin spice lattes are available and they can begin carving pumpkins. No matter which way you swing, September probably has a holiday you'll like whether it's bourbon (Bourbon Heritage Month), Lord of the Rings and J.R.R. Tolkien (Tolkien Week September 20-26), or  coffee (National Coffee Day September 29). Read on to see all of the good stuff we're crazy about this month! Do it you won't.



Month-long holidays are the best because you get a whole month to savor them. Bourbon Heritage Month means drinking all the bourbon! Children's Good Manners Month is a great time to educate the children in your life how to behave. If you don't have a library card, you're in luck because September is Library Card Sign-up Month. See also: 
The only thing better than honey is National Honey Month! Honey forever. Shameless Promotion Month allows us to say HEY ARE YOU FOLLOWING US ON FACEBOOK AND ISNTAGRAM AND TWITTER? WE LOVE YOU. Last but certianly least, September is Pleasure Your Mate Month. Butter them up with a cute card, get some massage oil, light some candles, and hopefully that works out for you. Wink.


INTERNATIONAL ENTHUSIASM WEEK is September 1 through the 7. What do you get enthusiastic about? May we suggest everything this week? GET FIRED UP. Salami Day (September 7) is a good time to get re-acquainted with some salami.

Birthdays this week: Jack Daniels and Werner Herzog both on September 5. Here are Werner Herzog's hilarious thoughts on chickens.


On September 8, 1966 Star Trek Original Series premiered. So today we are getting all 'live long and proposer'. Roald Dahl Day is on September 13 and we're probably going to be eating chocolate, peaches, taking RED WAGONS of books from the library, and so on and so forth. We love Roald Dahl! (You can get the print of the quote below here.)

Birthdays this week: Leo Tolstoy (September 9) and Bella Swan (September 13).


Do you know any greeting card writers? If so, you're in luck on September 18, because it's Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day. On Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), drink your grog with your beauty, play your hornpipe, and RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER, you land lubber. Tolkien Week is back (September 20-26) and betta than eva. We'll have books on tape playing through the store, a Tolkien quiz to take and general enthusiasm all week. National Dog Week (September 20-26) is a great time to sneakily pet other people's dogs while they're not looking. And maybe adopt a dog. Or take your own dog for a walk. WhatEVER. DO A THING!

Birthdays this week: Sophie DahlMontgomery Burns, and Agatha Christie (September 15), H.A. Rey (September 16), William GoldingHermione Granger, and Arthur Rackham (September 19), George R.R. Martin and Malcolm Reynolds (September 20), Bill Murray, Stephen King, and H.G. Wells (September 21).


Dear Diary Day (September 22) is a great time to get back to journaling. And don't hold back. For example, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret. Gretchen my friend, got her period. I'm so jealous, God." #JudyBlume. MOVING RIGHT ALONG. Hobbit Day (September 22) means throwing a Bilbo Baggins birthday party! Yay! Celebrate Bisexuality Day (September 23) is a holiday close to our hearts. No matter who you're into, we love you just the way you are. On Punctuation Day (September 24), you can finish every sentence with an exclamation point! And double question marks after all questions. National One Hit Wonder Day (September 25) you can pore over this list and reminisce. On Love Note Day (September 26), write someone you love a love note. And yes, it can be your pet. KU Book Club meets on September 27 at 6 PM to discuss Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked this way Comes. Bring  your book and a friend! Banned Books Week (September 27 - October 3) IS OUR FAVORITE! Come on in to see the banned books we sell, because damn the man! Get ready for Ask A Stupid Question Day (September 29). While you either believe in stupid questions or you don't, you're bound to get asked one today. On what is likely the most productive day of the calendar year, National Coffee Day (September 29) is a great excuse to pound that coffee! Caffiene forevar. Blasphemy Day (September 30) encourages individuals and groups to openly express criticism of religion and blasphemy laws. So get to gettin.

Birthdays this week: Frodo and Bilbo Baggins (September 22), Arthur GuinnessJim Henson, and F. Scott Fitzgerald (September 24), Mark Hamill and Shel Silverstein (September 25), Johnny Appleseed (September 26), T.S. Eliot and Scott Pilgrim (September 27), Truman Capote (September 30).

31 Jul

August 2015 Calendar of Events

August Events (2)

Well folks, we're into the last third of summer. Summer technically ends on September 23, but we all know that summer really ends when Labor Day weekend ends. So, with that in mind, let's all appreciate the CRAP out of the next month. August is full of fun reasons to celebrate, starting with goat cheese and ending with More Herbs, Less Salt Day! Click through to see 'em all! Read more >>

23 Jul

A Tribute to Daniel Radcliffe

Today's Daniel Radcliffe's birthday and we wanted to celebrate the wonderful man he is.

Here he is rapping Eminem.

Here he is walking like, a billion dogs.

Daniel Radcliffe films a scene on the set of the motion picture "Trainwreck" in Bryant Park. CREDIT: Abaca USA/AKM-GSI [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Daniel Radcliffe films a scene on the set of the motion picture "Trainwreck" in Bryant Park. CREDIT: Abaca USA/AKM-GSI [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Here he is um, being HARRY POTTER.


Angsty Harry was my favorite

Don't you just want to be BFF with him?

Happy Dan

He gives to great charities, and look, here he is with a cute PUPPY!


I have no idea what this picture is for/about but I don't really care.

He's weird, but he's my kind of weird.

Dan bongos


19 Jul

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Ice cream is the ultimate treat. I don't care what time of year it is, ice cream is permissible. If you're one of those people that's like, "OMG I don't eat ice cream when it's cold out," we are not friends. And there is always room for dessert, even if I've just eaten a 7 course meal. ICE CREAM IS THE BEST! Here are a bunch of gratuitous ice cream related gifs.

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I want to live in this place.

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See also: Ron Swanson eating a banana. Priceless.

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Wuv, true wuv.

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<3 <3 <3

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True dat.

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And, the best for last.

8 Jul

JP’s Picks!

Food Rules by Michael Pollan  & Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson

These books will change the way you look at food, grocery shopping, and produce FOREVER, in the best way. Food Rules gives you the reasons behind just exactly how our food is making us sick and fat, and then tells you how to change your shopping and eating habits to cut out preservatives, chemicals, and artificial flavors in your foods. If you've heard of clean eating, this is the bible. Eating on the Wild Side gives you the best advice on how to shop for produce. What variety of every vegetable is nutritionally best for you, how to tell if your carrots are fresh when you buy them, how to tell if that bag of grapes is a million years old or only a few weeks old, and so much more.

The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver


You know how you pick up a book and start reading it in the store to see if you want to buy it and before you know it you've read 20 pages? This happened to me with the first book in this trilogy. I had to get it. I was immediately pulled in by the world Oliver has created. A world where there is no love, because it is the most dangerous disorder on earth, cured only by a procedure in the brain. You'll feel all the feels as you follow Lena from 'Ima-Get-My-Brain-Washed' to 'Now-Wait-Just-A-Damn-Minute'. The second and third books in this un-put-down-able series are Pandemonium and Requiem.

The Circle by Dave Eggers


Have you ever wondered what the world might look like if technology and social media started to infiltrate every aspect of our lives? I hadn't really thought about it. Not until The Circle. As you watch Mae's life go from boring cubicle job in the suburbs, to un-eraseable sex tape and CONSTANT sharing online in LA, you'll find yourself wondering where the Internet will take us. In the words of The Circle, "Secrets are lies. Sharing is caring. Privacy is theft." If that doesn't sound like the most thought-provoking set of sentences, I don't know what does. Pick up this book for an interesting look into a potential future of social media and an interesting storyline to boot.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple


This is the chronological recounting of how Bernadette Fox went missing, and how she was found. Several story lines start separately and end twisted together, and almost all of the story is told through a paper trail of letters, e-mails, confidential FBI files, psychologists notes, handwritten notes, faxes, and IM chats compiled by Bernadette’s daughter Bee, after Bernadette mysteriously goes missing. Much of the book hinges on a promised trip to Antarctica which gets Bernadette into all sorts of trouble before she disappears. Her virtual assistant in India who is actually the Russian mob does not help appearances. This social satire had me turning the pages eagerly to find out where the eff Bernadette went and how she did it.

Redwall by Brian Jacques


This was one of my most favorite books when I was 10. It's a classic tale of good versus evil as the peace-loving mice of Redwall take on the eeeeevil Cluny the Scourge. This book written for children but enjoyable for anyone will have you rooting for the underdog, and pining for Cluny's demise.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

I've NEVER been so mentally effed up by a book. I thought about this book for WEEKS after I was finished with it. It gets into your brain and you just can't get it out. It's the perfect amount of sick, twisted, and yet... totally understandable. The levels of cray cray in this book are unparalleled, and it will make you want to take a shower and then read it all over again.

8 Jul

All of July is AC Appreciation Days!

You know what's awful? Being out, sweating practically to death, and then coming home to your sweltering home. And sweating fully to death.

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Or you know, a lot. Whatever. I've died about a million times in my melodramatic life.

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She's actually outside? So IDK WTF is going on but IT'S FINE, Gil Elvgren.

The point is, ain't nobody got time to be sweating their dick off in summer. Especially when they're trying to sleep.

"The actress recalls having to have the air conditioning angled at her while on the set of Harry Potter." Sort of related.

"The actress recalls having to have the air conditioning angled at her while on the set of Harry Potter." Sort of related. AND YOU GO GURL. Anyway.

Or better yet, has your car's AC ever stopped working in the dead of summer? It's like when you first get into your car after it's been buttoned up, except it never really cools off and you're essentially riding around in a giant, sun powered toaster oven. No thank you.

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*Psh might as well ride my horse everywhere* Cars with no AC. PUH-LEASE.

These are all of the reasons I appreciate AC. These dogs are not enjoying AC but the output from an AC. But THEY ARE STILL SO CUTE.

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