Top Ten Tuesday: Books which have the Longest Shelf-Life on my TBR
Top Ten Tuesday / February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: This week the theme is: Books which have the longest shelf-life on my TBR You know what I learned doing this TTT? I learned that I created my Goodreads account on April 22nd, 2012. Which, honestly, is much later in life that I thought I had created it. I feel like Goodreads has been around since the beginning of my use of the internet. But, the date makes sense. It’s after I moved to Madison and started reading heavily again. So, I’m not surprised with the date, it just feels like life could not have existed without Goodreads. Due to this, and due to my horrible memory for details, the list you see below is a list of books I added on April 22nd, 2012. No, these are not necessarily the oldest books on my To Read list. But they are the most easily accessible list of amazing books I could come up with. Now, without further ado… All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Books which have the…

State of the ARC: January 2018
State of the ARC / February 2, 2018

            State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books used to track ARC progress and motivate us ARC reading slackers. My friend Evelina at Avalinah’s Books and I have a problem: We tend to let our ARCs pile up. Yup, that’s right. Our Advanced Reader Copies quickly become Current Reader Copies. And in some situations, even become Old Reader Copies. That’s right–we both have ARCs which are over a year old. SUPER guilty! Evelina decided to take matters into her own hands! Not only did she start this lovely meme, State of the ARC, for people to try to grapple with their love-hate ARC relationship, but she also started #ARCsAnonymous on Goodreads. This group is geared towards just pushing through the ARC pile and making a difference. All are encouraged to join! December/January Progress Somehow, I let State of the ARC fly past me last month and I never put a post up. Instead, I’ll cover both December and January in a single post. The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own edited by Veronica Chambers A long time coming,…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Anything About
Top Ten Tuesday / January 23, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: This week the theme is: Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About Confession time: I have a terrible mind for details. I like to pretend otherwise, so word to the wise if you want me on your trivia team. All jokes aside, I rely heavily on Goodreads to hold onto bookish details for me. I can’t often recall all the books I read this month, let alone details of the books I read a number of years ago. It’s embarrassing. This should be an interesting exercise. In case you are curious, here is my game plan for this post: I’m going to start by listing book I know I’ve read and enjoyed, but totally don’t recall details for. Then, I will go through my Goodreads Read shelf by date read, and then by rating, to see what other mysteries are hidden in this silly head of mine. Without further ado… All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About  …

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Bookish Resolutions for 2018
Top Ten Tuesday / January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals When this was announced as a Top Ten Tuesday I was both excited and frustrated. I wanted to post about all my goals RIGHT AWAY in 2018! I’m glad that I took some time to sit on my goals before announcing them, however. Having time to ruminate allowed me to develop stronger, more meaningful goals.  I broke my list up into two sections: 5 reading goals and 5 blogging goals. The number might be a bit intimidating, but I feel like these goals are all shallow enough I can make a dent in them this year. 2018 is going to be one heck of a year for me– so I need to make certain I balance my blogging, reading, and real life! Without further ado…   Top 10 Bookish Resolutions for 2018   2018 Reading Goals Read at least one ARC each month. As you might have seen when I joined State of the ARC, I have a backlog of ARCs (don’t we all?), and I want to prioritize them. In…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017
Top Ten Tuesday / January 2, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017 One of the things I love most about the Top Ten Tuesday lists is that they challenge me to review my reading in a different light. I don’t consistently participate in these because, honestly, they can be really time-consuming posts and I might not be interested in the prompt. But each time I do participate I love what I learn about myself. The neat thing about the timing for this TTT is how it will tie into my 2018 reading goals. I have a feeling that once I get this list done I’ll have an updated idea of what my new favorite authors/genres are, which will inspire reading for 2018. So, without further ado… All author names below are links to their Goodreads author pages.   Top 10 New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017   Daphne du Maurier Reading Rebecca was a surprise for me– I didn’t expect I’d like this novel! Normally, I shy away from gothic books and thrillers. I’m so glad I didn’t shy away here. I fell in love with this writing…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Top 5 Things I Learned Reading Anne of Green Gables
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / December 22, 2017

I am ashamed at how absent I’ve been with blogging and reading lately. I am a book behind with our read along (but almost done! Review to come ASAP!)– a horrible shame as I am co-hosting with Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf. But, as we learned from Anne, life can be unpredictable sometimes. More on that in a future post– let’s focus on Anne! Now that we’re wrapping up our read along with Rilla of Ingleside and Anne is fading into the background of her children’s lives, it’s time to focus on all the great things Anne has taught us. Each chapter of every book comes with a wonderful life lesson. But what are the lasting ones I will walk away with? It was challenging to select only 5 lessons, but they are some of my favorites. 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 Learned Reading Anne of Green Gables   1 – Appreciate the world around you.  I find the way Anne Shirley finds beauty in the world absolutely charming. She is completely…

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017
Top Ten Tuesday / December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: Top 10 Favorite Books of 2017 I know there are a lot of bloggers out there who are going to ONLY list 2017 new releases. However, I rarely read releases from this year. My To Read list is just far too long! Instead, I’ll be listing out the top books I read this past year. Many of them are probably your old favorites. That’s great! At least I finally found it. You’ll also notice throughout this list that there are very few links back to my posted reviews. The books listed below all earned 5 stars from me this year. However, I have a bit of a mental block when it comes to writing reviews of books I enjoy that much. Rarely do I find the mental space to articulate in a way suitable to me how this book influenced me. This gives me an outlet to present my favorite books from 2017 without the pressure of writing an articulate review! Without further ado… All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Books I Read in 2017  …

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love To Visit
Top Ten Tuesday / December 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit One of the reasons I love to read fantasy has to do with the settings. There’s nothing more engrossing to me than a setting so escapist I can completely emerge myself in the book’s story. And yet– I really struggled to identify settings I’d actually love to *visit*. So many of the settings I read seem innately violent, dangerous, or generally scary.  Wonderland? Pass. District 13? HARD Pass. Then, the next collection of settings are all real places! Walden Pond, Paris, London… I’m currently reading Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine which is set in Glasgow! Yes, please! I definitely want to visit all these places (or in the case of Walden Pond, I have already), but that seems like cheating for the purpose of this list. What I came up with is a collection of fictional locations I always loved getting lost in. Nothing dangerous (if you’re a smart REGULAR human being). Nothing scary other than getting lost perhaps. Perfect for a vacation. All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.   Top 10 Bookish Settings I’d Love…

State of the ARC: November 2017
State of the ARC / November 29, 2017

            State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books used to track ARC progress and motivate us ARC reading slackers. My friend Evelina at Avalinah’s Books and I have a problem: We tend to let our ARCs pile up. Yup, that’s right. Our Advanced Reader Copies quickly become Current Reader Copies. And in some situations, even become Old Reader Copies. That’s right–we both have ARCs which are over a year old. SUPER guilty! Evelina decided to take matters into her own hands! Not only did she start this lovely meme, State of the ARC, for people to try to grapple with their love-hate ARC relationship, but she also started #ARCsAnonymous on Goodreads. This group is geared towards just pushing through the ARC pile and making a difference. All are encouraged to join! November Progress This month I read an ARC! I know, I know, little victories, right? Plus, I also managed to read and review the book before publication day! This has only happened one other time for me over my blogging career (not quite two years), so I am giving myself a big pat on the back for this one….

Top Ten Tuesdays: Top 10 Books I’m Thankful For
Top Ten Tuesday / November 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: Top 10 Books I’m Thankful For Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. My whole family gets together in person. There are ~35 of us. We laugh and eat and drink and play games and just generally appreciate being together. And at the Thanksgiving dinner table, we all go around and tell everyone what we are thankful for. Last year, that’s when David proposed to me. He was thankful for ME. Mind-blown. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about what I am thankful for. Books, reading, and my bookish friends are definitely high on that list. That just makes this TTT even better. As Ottavia and I have been preparing for our #ThanksgivingReadathon, what I am thankful for has been top of mind. It’s been wonderful spending time considering what I am thankful for. For this Top Ten Tuesday, I want to think about the books which brought me to where I am today. They might not all be great works of literature, but each of these books shaped me into the reader I am today. I certainly wouldn’t…

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