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…

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…

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…

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…

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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