#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Things I Wish I Could Change About the Anne Series
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / September 29, 2017

I have come to ADORE Anne Shirley and the Anne of Green Gables books. Yet, as uplifting and wonderful as these tales are, nothing is ever perfect.  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I have taken some time this week to reflect on how we might improve upon the Anne of Green Gables series– specifically, what we would love to change about these books. Montgomery creates a beautiful world for Anne to grow up in, but there are a few things which don’t sit well with me, as you’ll see below. Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link up below. Our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! And without further ado…   Top 5 Things I Wish I Could Change About the Anne Series   1 – Diana Barry’s obsession with her weight Diana Barry is never really described in a fashion which would imply she is overweight. Yet, starting in Anne of Avonlea, Diana begins to lament over how large she has grown. This continues throughout the rest of the series, too! She never gets over it, even when Anne tells her everything is okay and Diana is beautiful. I understand that this book series…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Banned Books on my To Read List
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / September 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Books with ____ Characters. However, since it is Banned Book Week, I chose to deviate and develop my own list. So MY theme for this week is: Top Ten Banned Books on my TBR. Banned Books Week is an annual celebration in America hosted by a national alliance of diverse organizations called the Banned Books Week Coalition. They seek to “engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about book censorship.” I always try to host some banned book awareness posts each year during banned books week. So, I did a takeover of the Top Ten Tuesday list. I’m sure The Broke and the Bookish don’t mind. 😉   All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Banned Books on my To Read List   I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel This book is at the top of my list because, in 2015, Jazz Jennings was slated to come to a nearby community and read her book to the students of the Mount…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List
Top Ten Tuesday / September 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: books on your Fall TBR For those of you who don’t know me, I am a mood reader. And sometimes, I feel like I’m the moodiest reader there is. I can’t seem to stick to a TBR list to save my life. I tend to pick up books on a whim. The only exception to this is my book club books; I will read those no matter what. I just need the schedule ahead of time! “Jackie,” you might ask, “Why are you participating in this Top Ten Tuesday, then?” Great question! Because I want an excuse to examine what is coming up with my reading. I want to look at my full TBR, set a reading list, and see if I can do it. Join me.   All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR   The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Believe it or not, this is a re-read for me! I don’t often re-read books, but one of my book clubs has picked this book…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Accidentally DNF’d
Top Ten Tuesday / September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: books you had a hard time with. There are a lot of directions I could take this. I could look at the hyped books I never really go into (probably most of them), the books I dragged myself through (mostly in school), or even the books I intentionally DNF’d. However, I have a small problem I’ve been hiding from the bookish world. I tend to start books… and never finish them. I know, I know! But hear me out: I am involved in quite a few book clubs. Too many, one might say. And sometimes, I find that I just can’t get all the reading in for that month. So, I start a book, but I end up unable to finish it. Yet, I keep it around. I might not have been completely smitten with it, but the book is definitely worth reading and finishing. So what happens? The next month comes around and I’m drowning in book club books. The cycle continues. Therefore, I have quite a few accidental DNFs on my To Read list. I’ve started them, but for some reason or…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Adventures I Would Join in with Anne Shirley
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / August 25, 2017

After reading Anne of Green Gables, it’s obvious that Anne gets up to all sorts of antics. Some of them are just silly things manifested from her imagination and others are just zany circumstance. Regardless, they all make for wonderful stories. Wouldn’t it be magical to join Anne Shirley on one of these adventures? How about five?! Therefore,  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I thought that it would be fun to identify which adventures we’d love to join Anne Shirley on. After all, she could use a new friend in us, right? Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link up below. Our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! Also- We have a giveaway to celebrate the halfway point in our #AnneReadAlong2017 adventure! Can you believe it? We’re already halfway done reading all these wonderful books. Check out my post from yesterday for details and how to enter. It’s open internationally, my friends. Spread the word! And without further ado…   Top 5 Adventures I Would Join in with Anne Shirley   1 – Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 16: Diana is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results Now *this* is the tea…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Poo-Poo Middle Grade Literature
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is Ten Book Recommendations for _____. Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of people talk down to young adult and middle grade reading level books. This has been really frustrating for me. Just because a book is at a lower reading level than you can read doesn’t mean it should be dismissed! Since we were given the option to select our recommendations this month, I am choosing to focus on middle-grade literature. There are hundreds of well-written, meaningful stories written for this reading level which I believe you ALL SHOULD READ. NOW. Since we were given the option to select our recommendations this month, I am choosing to focus on middle-grade literature. These are books written at a reading level appropriate for ages 8-12, or grades 3-7 in America. There are hundreds of well-written, meaningful stories written for this reading level which I believe are being looked over. So, without further ado…   All titles below are links to the series Goodreads page for all books in that particular series. For more information on Lexile reading levels, check out their website.    10 Book Recommendations for People Who…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Songs for my Anne Reading Soundtrack
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / July 28, 2017

For those of you who don’t know, my original degree is in music performance. Yes, I was a performing musician for a while before I ended up in my current corporate office role. Trust me, it isn’t as glamorous as it sounds to be a professional musician, but it was a bit of an unintentional journey to my current role in life. But that’s life, right? Anyway– I have a keen ear for music and I’m constantly listening to something. As I’ve been reading Anne, I’ve found my background music has fallen into a steady rhythm. So, this month’s #AnneReadAlong2017 Top 5 post features the songs I have been listening to while reading! Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and linkup below. Just post your link in the comments! For future posts, our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! New to the #AnneReadAlong2017? Hosted by Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and myself, we’d love to have you along for the journey– no matter where you are in your Anne reading. And without further ado… Top 5 Songs for my Anne Reading Soundtrack   1 – Beethoven’s 6th Symphony: Pastoral Ahhh, Beethoven. This is…

#AnneReadAlong2017: 5 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / June 30, 2017

After reading Anne of Green Gables, it’s obvious that Anne gets up to all sorts of antics. Some of them are just silly things manifested from her imagination, but others are just zany circumstance. Therefore,  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I thought that it would be fun to come up with new adventures for a modern day Anne Shirley. Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link-up below. Our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! And without further ado… Top 5 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To 1 – Leads a Local Chapter of Our Shared Shelf Emma Watson’s Goodreads book club, Our Shared Shelf, is fantastic. I can 100% see Anne Shirley deciding that the students of Avonlea School (while student or teacher) or those of Redmond College needing to be more open in understanding The Other in their midst- whether they be women, Muslim, disabled, etc etc etc. She gets so excited and puts posters all over the school inviting people. However, once a diverse group of readers show up and begin to argue with each other about what is “correct” in their eyes (therefore, everyone…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Just Haven’t Yet
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is series I’ve been meaning to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. There are SO MANY series! For many of the series on my TBR I am actually in the middle of them right now (Oops…), but I decided those didn’t count for this post. So instead, I give you ten series I for some reason I just never pick up. It was hard to narrow down the list! All titles below are links to the series Goodreads page for all books in that particular series.   10 Series I’ve Been Meaning to Read but Just Haven’t Gotten to Yet If you read my reviews at all, then you know I don’t start a series until all the books are out. Why? Because I can’t keep all the darn details in my brain. I need to be able to binge read them if I can. So, most of the series below are incomplete at this time, but that doesn’t mean I want to read them any less! Without further ado… The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss The Kingkiller Chronicle comes to mind first because Rothfuss’s…

#AnneReadAlong2017: 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Green Gables
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / June 2, 2017

To keep things fresh and exciting with our Anne of Green Gables read-along, Jane and I thought some Top 5 lists would be a fun way to better understand your reading experiences. Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link-up below. Our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! And without further ado… Top 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Green Gables   1 – I’ve never read any of the Anne of Green Gables books before! This is almost an embarrassing thing for me to say. I obviously adore reading, and while I haven’t read EVERY classic ever, I am really into children’s literature. In fact, I’m on a quest to read all the Newbery Award Winners by 2022, the 100 year anniversary of the award. How did I miss Anne? It’s not a book I had even heard about until I became an adult. My friends, family, teachers, and librarians obviously failed me. But now that Anne of Green Gables has found its way into my grubby little paws, I won’t let go until I’ve read them ALL.   2 – Anne is a fellow redhead! Hurray! Take…

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