Top Ten Tuesdays #22 – January 26th, 2021

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 is about New-to-Me Authors in 2020. Although because I didn’t really read many new authors last year. I am starting to branch out into new authors this year.

  1. Robert Galbraith
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Author is known for Cormoran Strike series. In case you haven’t heard, this is J.K. Rowling under a writing pseudonym. Her writing has evolved since the Harry Potter series, since these books are for mystery, not fantasy like the Harry Potter series were. These books are more for adults, instead of children.

2. Gillian Flynn

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I have finally read my first Gillian Flynn’s books. I really enjoyed this book, despite already seeing the movie, and knowing what was going to happen in the book. I can’t wait to read her other books.

3. Janet Fitch

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I finally read this book. I loved it so much. I have been wanting to read this book for a very long time. It was amazing, but heart wrenching, too. I admire Janet Fitch’s writing, because it was so beautifully poetic, it was like reading a long poem.

4. Shari Lapena

I borrowed this book from my Grandma. I am glad I did. I realized that she is a fellow Canadian, like me. I am excited to read her books.

5. Karen M. Manus

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This was my first book I have read of Karen’s, she is an amazing author. She mostly writes mystery, and suspense books. I have really enjoyed her books. They really do put me on the edge of my seat. She is best known for her book, One of us is Lying.

6. D.M. Pulley

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This was an amazing mystery, suspense story. It takes place in a haunted house. D.M. Pulley writes about suspense books, so I have added them to my To Be Read List.

7. Cristin Terrill

I loved reading this book so much. She had an interesting writing approach. Terrill’s idea was to write about it from Daniel’s perspective, so the reader had to decide from themselves, of whether or not Daniel was lying, or telling the truth.

8. Erin Falconer

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This was an inspiring book, it was one of the first books I read during the first lockdown. It was really helpful. It was sitting on my book shelf for awhile, before I got around to read it.

Unfortunately those are the only new to me authors I have read this year, and last year. I did a lot of re-reads last year, especially with my Harry Potter books. I love those books, but alas, I have to put those books on hold for the time being, since I have a never ending To Be Read List.

Coffee Tea With Whipped Cream

Here is another edition of Tea Tuesdays. The other day, I made myself a coffee tea latte, topped with whipped cream. It was so good. I loved the creaminess to it.

Coffee tea is a pu’erh tea, so it is a really good energy booster. It’s perfect for when you would like a coffee, but tea is life.

This is a picture of my sister’s mug, she should received it as a Christmas present, a few years ago.

Day 26

The other night, my boyfriend and I were discussing something, and he could have handled it better. I get that it was a stressful topic. But just because something is stressful, it does not give someone a free pass to say something mean to the other person. When things get stressful, it is important to stay calm, and not to lash out by something you will regret the second you say it.

“Two things to remember in life”

Take care of your thoughts when you are alone, and take care of your words when you are with people.”

-Unknown

Learn to refrain from saying anything mean to another person just because you two are fighting or having a disagreement.

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Today, I will learn to carefully about my thoughts that I wish to share and contribute to the person I am talking to. I should learn that my tongue has the power to heal or the power to hurt someone. I should make sure that I speak only kind words. I should choose my words wisely, to ensure that I don’t hurt anyone in the process.

Day 25

I realized that I made a mistake when I was trying to discuss something with my boyfriend. I was upset and needed someone to talk about things. I became aware that I should have discussed it with him during dinner. I say that we should have talked about this earlier, since it isn’t a good idea to talk about stressful things in an hour before bed.

Discussing these things with my boyfriend before bed, didn’t really help me, because he became upset and stressed out, too. We didn’t really come up with any ideas to resolve this situation. So it had to wait until later to figure out a solution.

Today, if I can, I will not talk about stressful situations before going to bed, as it might interfere with actually falling asleep. Instead, I will try to write about my feelings in a journal, and I will discuss with someone who is involved in the situation, or someone who might be able to solve the situation until it is an appropriate time to discuss something stressful.

Busyness

Hey everyone!

I am so sorry for being a bit M.I.A. these past few days. I have been helping my sister, and my mom with some things. The days seemed to go by a lot faster than they usually do. Here am I trying to catch up with everything. I will definitely make more time to stay on top of my blog.

I hope everyone is doing well, and I can’t wait to get back in touch with everyone. I would love to know what everyone has been up to these past few days. Let me know in the comments.

Thank you for the continued support and love throughout my blog journey. I love it.

Goodreads Mondays #15 – January 25th, 2021

Hey bookworms!

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

One of the books that I actually haven’t gotten around to reading, yet is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I feel like I am missing out, since I have not read the series, let alone this book, or seen the movie. I have been slowly going through my books from childhood. I am getting excited for my niece to be able to read. She is almost two, so she will be able to read in a few years, give or take. I cannot wait to enjoy all of these classics with her.

Has anyone read this classic, or are there still a few people, like me who hasn’t gotten around to read this, yet? Also, I would love to know which book you would like to read soon. Leave a comment below.

Goodreads Rating: 4.22 stars out of 5

Courage

I hope everyone is having a good week, my week could definitely be a bit better.

I didn’t draw this, but I came across this photo on Facebook. I love Oprah Winfrey and quotes.

But with this whole pandemic going on, I have been doing some soul searching and wanting to try new things. One of my dreams is to write a book, and become a published author. I have been working hard on brainstorming ideas, and manifesting my dream to the universe.

I believe that everyone has a goal inside of them. All you need is to dig deep within yourself, and let the universe know what you would like for yourself.

New Day – Alicia Keys

In honour of Alicia Key’s birthday, which was on Monday, perfect for Music Mondays. I decided it would be perfect to celebrate her. I have always loved her, and still do.

The song I picked is New Day, because to me, she is talking about how a new day brings us new opportunities. We should learn to let go of our yesterdays, and embrace new beginnings. Anything is possible.

“There’s a feeling that I got that I can’t give up
Feeling in my heart that I can’t get over
I know that it’s coming, let the sun come up
Tell me do you feel the same? Everybody say”

-Alicia Keys, New Day

Day 24

I am currently planning on writing a life lesson, or a daily affirmation every day. These lessons have either been learned that day, or some point throughout my life. I hope that the lessons I have learnt throughout my years can help someone.

In life, we often fail, many times, more than we care to admit, but that doesn’t mean that we will never be able to reach success. We just have to continue to believe in ourselves, and never give up. Our goals normally take a lot of work, but that’s okay, because it wouldn’t feel as good to accomplish them if they were easy.

Regardless how many fails we have and go through. It does not make us a failure. Please refrain yourself from calling yourself that. We both know that, that is not true.

We may go through a lot of failed attempts with everything, but that does not mean that we can never feel the feeling of success, and feeling successful. In fact, we face a lot of failed attempts, before we reach success. Reaching success mostly comes from failures, and learning from our past mistakes, and realizing those solutions didn’t work.

Today, I will recognize that just because I have failed at something, that doesn’t mean I will never not be successful. It just means that I have to keep on trying to reach success. I have to learn and accept things from my past mistakes and failed attempts. It is usually right after a lot of failure, where we truly get to experience success. We must not give up, or else, we may never experience success.

Day 23

Something that I have learnt from Gretchen Rubin, is that she talks about the importance of what we do every day, matters more than what we occasionally do.

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in awhile”

-Gretchen Rubin

What I love about this quote is that she talks about how important our habits are. I believe how we spend our days matters. How we spend our days, can tell us if we have what it takes to make our goals a reality. Do we prioritize social media instead of spending time working on our goals?

Even if we only spend 10 minutes of working on our goals, we can have a bit accomplished, than nothing at all. Good habits of setting aside time every day, is what helps ensures you that we accomplish our goals.

Today, I will allow myself to spend time on what I truly want to achieve. I will understand that how I decide to use my time, will determine what habits I would like to have. And these habits will determine whether or not I have the ability to make my goals happen.