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…

State of the ARC: I’m joining up!
Meme , State of the ARC / October 30, 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! See, the thing is that Evelina and I are both strong supporters of young. newer, and debut authors. We realize there are many authors out there trying to find their big break– so who are we to get in the way?! We request ARCs to help spread the good word of their art… only sadly we often…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Favorite Anne of Green Gables Characters
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / October 27, 2017

As we are closing in on the conclusion of our read along (can you believe there are only two books left?!), it’s obvious Anne of Green Gables contains quite an amazing cast of characters. Sadly, but reflective of real life, these characters come and go from Anne Shirley Blythe’s life. Despite their waxing and waning that doesn’t mean they need to go far from our hearts! This month,  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I encourage you to join us as we reflect on our favorite characters from the Anne of Green Gables series. 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 Favorite Anne of Green Gables Characters   1 – Miss Lavendar Miss Lavendar Lewis is certainly one of Anne Shirley’s Kindred Spirits. The whole tale of Miss Lavendar is nestled deeply into my heart. She lost her one true love and grew old, but refused to let life get her down. She still made the most of her life— keeping Charlotta the Fourth around for company, using her active imagination, and focusing on what brings her joy. Lavendar’s story,…

#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…

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