Top Ten Tuesdays #18 – December 29th, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want. Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/ in your Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week we are discussing our favourite books of 2020. I’m not sure if this specifically includes books that were published in 2020, or just our general favourite books in 2020. I unfortunately, didn’t read any books that were published in 2020, but here is my list of the favourite books I have read this year.

I started making even more time for reading in March. I have always been a reader, but I was able to make more time for reading with the whole lockdown.

  1. Educated

This book was such an inspiration because it shows how determined people are to go after their dreams. It’s an easy reminder of how fortunate we are to have access to an education, because there a lot of people in the world who don’t have access to an education.

2. White Oleander

I finally got around to reading this book. Although to be fair, when it first came out I was only five years old. Despite that this book was heartbreaking, I think Janet Fitch is an amazing writer, it’s almost like a long poem, it was so beautifully written. It is also sad that some people live like that.

3. No One’s Home

This was the perfect thriller. I loved every moment of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves thriller and mystery.

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I reread my Harry Potter series (again!). To me, these books never get old. I read them at the start of the pandemic, because these books have the ability to always calm me down. I always enjoy reading them again. I also watched the movies after I finished the books. It was a fun marathon. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is my favourite Harry Potter book.

5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I wasn’t planning on reading this book, because I was waiting to watch the play first. I’m normally a read it first kind of gal, but I really wanted to watch the play not knowing much of the play. I was supposed to watch the play in October of this year, but the whole pandemic postponed the show. I hope I’ll be able to see it soon. I read it this summer because I was already doing a reread of the series, so I figured it seemed fitting. I am focusing on reading the other books on my bookshelves. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was nice knowing what happened to the majority of the main characters.

6. Gone Girl

I have seen this movie twice, and I have finally gotten around to reading the book. It was still fun reading the book, despite already watched the movie. It’s a scandalous mystery, thriller. It makes me want to read her other books.

7. Cuckoo’s Calling

This was my first time reading these books, I had a lot of fun reading them. This series was written by J.K. Rowling I think the reason why these books weren’t as popular as Harry Potter series were was because when these books were released no one knew J.K. Rowling wrote these books, and when they found it was her, they tried comparing these books to Harry Potter. These books are nothing like Harry Potter, but nonetheless, still enjoyable. This series is about a private detective, Cormoran Strike, and him solving cases with his assistant Robin.

8. The Couple Next Door

I love reading mystery books, and this was an amazing read. I borrowed it off of my Grandma, I’m so glad I did. I enjoyed the ending, and thought it was well done.

9. The Happiness Project

I have always enjoyed reading this book. I have been reading this book on and off for the past six years. I finally confident enough in myself to make my own Happiness Project. I am super excited for that.

10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I enjoyed reading this series, although I was looking forward to watching the series, but with Warner Bros. Production have requested Johnny Depp to resign, I don’t think I can support Warner Bros. after their decision. But the books are really amazing!

Candy Cane Matcha Iced Latte

Here is another post for Tea Tuesdays.

My sister-in-law bought my boyfriend and I this cool matcha kit for Christmas. It comes with the whisk, and a bowl to whisk the powder. We already have a bowl, and whisk set, but I am still happy that we have another. Now my boyfriend and I can make our own matcha together. She also got us a set of four stackable mugs, which are really cool. I’ll for sure post photos in an upcoming post.

Here is our matcha bowl.

The matcha tea I picked was Candy Cane, which shockingly I haven’t had any this whole season yet. I was saving it since I didn’t have much left.

First thing I did was I began boiling the kettle. While the kettle was boiling, I measured my matcha powder into the bowl.

I added some ice cubes to my mug. I used my cozy sweater mug, because that one is my favourite one.

Next, I poured the boiling water over the powder to form a liquid.

I began whisking the liquid to ensure everything dissolved properly.

Whilst I was whisking to make it frothy, I let my eggnog frothed in my milk frother.

Once finished, I poured my matcha tea over the ice cubes, topped off with my frothed eggnog.

It was delicious! 🙂

Day 190 of 192

This item is from Tuesday.

I found this book The Hunchback of Notre Dame while I was cleaning and going through my belongings. I haven’t read this in a really long time, so I quickly glanced it over. I decided to give this to my sister, so we can help my niece have a big library of books. She seems like she will really like stories. I hope so, I think reading books is amazing! I can’t wait to have sleepovers with her, and reading cool books with her.

Goodreads Mondays #11 – December 28th, 2020

I cannot believe this is the last Goodreads Mondays of 2020. It is crazy how time flew by, but it also felt like it didn’t fly by. Out of 11 of these books that I have talked about, I was able to read two of these books. I have read No One’s Home, and Gone Girl.

This is a post about us discussing one of the books in our To Be Read List and talking about why we would like to read it. I would love to know what is on your To Be Read List.

I would love to read all of the books I have on hand, before I buy anymore, and even placing holds at the library. I told myself that it is okay that I place books on hold for a few books. But at the same I already have so many books here.

One of these books that I haven’t read yet, is The Family Upstairs. by Lisa Jewell.

It is a dark thriller about how on Libby’s 25th birthday she received a letter, which she has been waiting all of her life for. She is finally going to find out who she is. She soon discovers the identity of her birth parents, and that she is the inheritor of their abandoned mansion, worth millions of dollars. She has no idea that other people have been waiting for this moment to happen either. Twenty-five years ago, the police were called to the mansion with reports of a crying baby, laying in her crib, where there were three dead bodies in the kitchen, next to a note. And the other four children reported to live there were gone. This house lives the darkest secrets.

Goodreads Rating: 3.97 stars out of 5

Follow Your Compass

So with another year coming to a close, another year is about to begin. I figured we could all use some motivation to begin the best year of our lives. I believe this is the perfect quote to conclude 2020, and begin the new year with this knowledge.

Some people are so obsessed with time. They feel like in order to be successful, they must have a degree by the age of 23, get married at 25, buy a house at 26, start a family when they are 27, and continue building a family through their early 30s, make time to travel the world by 45. And the list just keeps on going. And they probably feel if there are any set backs that prevents them from achieving these goals, which set backs almost likely to happen, they aren’t successful in their eyes.

I am not hating on anyone that may have these goals for themselves, by any means. But at the same time, you shouldn’t feel the need to put an exact age on these goals for yourself. What we should realize is that, it is a good thing to set goals for ourselves. But to the point we are stressing ourselves out by placing (sometimes) an unrealistic time frame on ourselves, it s not okay. You can still be successful if you buy a house at the age of 35.

A solution to this problem is to that we follow our compass instead of a clock. We would feel happier about the journey, instead of feeling like we are running against a clock. Stressing out about running out of time, is what is going to take away the moment of happiness, joy and success of these goals.

We should just let our lives unravel the way it is meant to be, instead of stressing out of completing a goal by a certain age. You can still achieve goals without having it done by a special age. What matters is that we accomplished a goal.

Feel This Moment – Christina Aguilera and Pitbull

It’s another edition of Music Mondays, on a Tuesday.

I picked Feel This Moment, by Christina Aguilera and Pitbull, because to me, this song is about being present in the moment, and actually being aware of how far you have came.

I really like listening to this song. It makes me want to dance. For those of you who know me, I love to dance.

“Like a stopwatch, let’s stop time and enjoy this moment, dalé
One day when the light is glowin’
I’ll be in my castle golden
But until the gates are open
I just wanna feel this moment”

-Christina Aguilera and Pitbull, Feel This Moment

Day 189 of 192

This item is from Monday.

I used to love this shirt, but it is fairly old. I bought a lot of other shirts since having this one. And now I don’t have a lot of room to keep this shirt, and that’s okay.

I just hope someone after me enjoys this shirt as much as me.

Day 188 of 192

This item is from Sunday.

I have a lot of stockings like these, because my sister would always need to borrow them going to a social gathering, or whatever else. And she also never returned them right away. I would need to borrow them for an event, so I would have to go out and buy them since my sister would lose the pair I had given her.

I am probably going to give these to my sister, so she doesn’t have to keep on asking me to borrow my things.

Day 187 of 192

Hey, sorry I’ve been in a bit of a holidaze, as some might call it. But here I am. I hope everyone had a festive and safe holiday.

This item is from Saturday, as I am a bit behind with my posts.

I haven’t worn these socks in awhile. I thought they were cool, but now I see them as ineffective, design wise, because no one can see the cute reindeer. Instead they just look like a regular pair of brown socks. So, perhaps someone can enjoy these socks more than I do.

Advent Calendar of Kindness 2020 Day 25

I cannot believe how fast December went by. Today is the final day of the Advent Calendar of Kindness 2020. I want to thank everyone for reading these challenges, and for partaking in them, as well. If you weren’t able to do all of the challenges, no worries, you can always spread joy and love next year, too.

Today, let us reflect of how lucky we truly are. Some of us might not even realize just how lucky and fortunate we truly are. I hope on this magical day, you genuinely feel the love and magic that this day has to bring.

Don’t let the stress from the holidays ruin your day. Your kids aren’t going to remember if everything was perfect, what they more than likely will remember is how happy everyone was.

I hope this Bucket List is helpful to you.

Although I know that with Covid going on, perhaps it’s a good idea to only hug those you know.