Top Ten Tuesdays #13

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week is to honour America’s Thanksgiving, by expressing ten things we are thankful for. Even though I am a Canadian, and had already celebrated Thanksgiving last month, I figured I would write about what I am thankful grateful. It’s really beneficial to think and write about what you are thankful for.

This is in no particular order.

1. My family, and my boyfriend. Even though I wished I was able to see them more, but with the whole pandemic, we haven’t gotten together as much.

2. My friends. I don’t have many friends, which is okay, but for the few people I actually talk to, they’re awesome people. I wish I was able to hang out with them more.

3. Being able to help others. I love that feeling, being able to help brighten someone’s day.

4. My books. I love reading, and I am slowly reading more books from my bookshelves. I used to buy a whole bunch of books, and never actually get around to reading them. Which is why I have been spending more time reading them.

5. My tea collection. I enjoy making myself, and others a cup of tea, or even a latte (depending on which tea we’re having).

6. Sports. I love watching sports. My favourites are football, hockey, basketball, and baseball. I love reading about the players, the traditions, and superstitions. I love reading about the history of the team. I enjoy following stats about the players.

7. My room. I love my room. It has everything that I enjoy, my books, my tea, my mugs.

8. My laptop because I use it for my blogging.

9. My crockpot, because it allows me to make delicious soups, and pastas.

10. The ability to be comfortable with less – things, stress, debt. I am starting to understand the importance of feelings, and experiences, instead of being bombarded by all of these things.

I would love to see your list of things that you are grateful for.

Top Ten Tuesdays #12

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Characters I’d Name a Pet After. But I’m not a big pet person, please don’t hate me! But I’m just not a big believer of having any. I grew up with a dog that my parents had before I was born. After he died, my sister wanted to her own dog, but my dad recommended that she tries to look after gold fish first. Unfortunately those fish died very quickly. Once my sister thought that if she feed the fish a lot one day, she wouldn’t need to feed them the next day. But she learned the hard way, that wasn’t healthy for the fish to overeat.

So, I put my own spin on this, and changed it to Characters I Would Name a Child After. Even though I don’t really want children either.

10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter’s mother name was named Lily Potter (nee Evans), and I have always loved that name, and I would love to name my daughter that. My great aunt was named Lillian, and she holds a special place in my heart. I would name daughter Lily because in the book, she belonged to the Gryffindor House, which symbolizes bravery, courage and determination. She loved her son very much, and tried to do everything she could do to protect him from danger.

Another reason why I like the name Lily so much is it means pure, passion, and rebirth.

I realized that I didn’t have a lot of boy names, so I thought about it. I thought that I would like my son to have Albus as his middle name. It means white in Latin. But in the book, Albus, who is the Headmaster of Hogwarts demonstrated leadership throughout the series.

9. Time Traveler’s Wife

I haven’t read this book yet, but I loved the movie, so I am really excited to read this one. But in the movie, I loved Clare a lot. I can tell she has morals, and good manners. She comes across as a girl who has a very traditional lady, which I admire.

I also like the name Henry, too. It means ruler, and it is quite a royal name.

8. The Notebook

Sorry this book was a bit hard to photograph because of the material of the book cover.

In this book I really liked the name Allie, which in the book is short for Alison. She finds her true love, and they make it work for many decades. That is what I would hope my daughter finds. And today is Rachel McAdams birthday today.

7. Anne of Green Gables

I haven’t read this book yet either, but it is on my To Be Read List. I have always liked the name Anne as a middle name. If I name my daughter’s middle name Anne, she would have half of my name, which is Julianne, so that would be a cute tribute. The book is about her struggles of one foster care to another, and having to take care of younger children. Until she finally gets taken care of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. She must have developed a lot of strength to overcome those foster homes.

6. The Longest Ride

I also liked the name Ruth, when I started reading this book. I think it’s the perfect middle name. I liked that it was old fashioned, but elegant at the same time. I don’t want to say much about this book, but it is really sad. It’s one of my favourite Nicholas Sparks’ book. It is making me want to watch the movie again.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird

I loved this book so much! I would totally give my son the middle name of Atticus. To me, Atticus symbolizes morality and heroism. He provides his children with a lot of wisdom throughout the novel. He is an attorney, and can see the good in others. I just love his character a lot. I also like the name Harper, as well. It would be a cool middle name, too.

4. Safe Haven

I loved this book, as well. The name that I loved the most was Katie. I have always liked the name Katie. In this novel, Katie has demonstrated strength, and bravery, which is ironic because those are the traits of belonging to the Gryffindor house. I don’t want to say much about the book, because I don’t want to spoil it. But I would recommend it.

3. Alice in Wonderland

I love Alice, she is one of my favourite Disney characters. I love how imaginative she is. She is very curious, and loves to explore things to find out. She prefers books with pictures in them, instead of a book that just has words in it. Alice is Old German for noble.

2. The BFG

I have adored the name Sophie. She is a little girl who is in a Orphanage when the Big Friendly Giant takes her on an adventure in the middle of the night. She also is brave, and kind-hearted. Dahl’s first granddaughter is named Sophie.

  1. Charlotte’s Web

I first read this book in the seventh grade, which was about 14 years ago. I remember bagging my mama to buy me the book and DVD box set, which she did. I just loved it so much. Which probably explains why I love the name Charlotte. She has shown a lot of heroism throughout the novel.

Top Ten Tuesdays #11

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Book Titles That Would Make Great Song Titles.

I tried to used books that I haven’t used before.

10. You Do You

9. The Cuckoo’s Calling

8. Now Effect

7. Eat Pray Love

6. Wild

5. 12 Rules For Life

4. The Pocket Book of Hygge

3. The Notebook

2. The Best of Me

  1. Then She Was Gone

Top Ten Tuesdays #10

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Non-Bookish Hobbies. This post is to help us get to know each other. The list of hobbies should not be books or reading related.

  1. Cooking
  2. Watching movies and TV shows
  3. Listening to music
  4. Travelling
  5. Playing games on my phone
  6. Hanging out with family and friends
  7. Practicing yoga
  8. Making scrapbooks, and other art projects (painting, colouring, etc.)
  9. Relearning French
  10. Studying astrology and Tarot cards

I would love to read all about your hobbies in the comments. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays #9

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is a Halloween freebie. So I am going to list all of my scary thriller books that I will be reading over the next few days.

10. Two Can Keep A Secret

I am really excited to read this book, I just got it from the library a few days ago.

9. There’s Someone Inside Your House

Another book I picked up from the library. It sounds really spooky.

8. Here Lies Daniel Tate

Another book I found at the library. It looks really interesting.

7. Then She Was Gone

6. The House We Grew Up In

5. The Family Upstairs

4. Woman on The Edge

This was the only book I had finished. It started out really well, but without giving away the ending, it could have been better.

3. The Girl On the Train

I started watching the movie, because my boyfriend and I were having a scary movie marathon, but we changed our minds, and we didn’t want to spoil the book. I was drawing a blank that day of movies to watch, but we eventually figured out which movie to watch.

2. The Other Mrs.

  1. Gone Girl

I have seen the movie, and I have just started reading this last night. It’s really good.

Top Ten Tuesdays #8

Hey everyone, I forgot to post this on Tuesday, and then I was busy yesterday, more on that later.

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Books I have Read Because Someone Has Recommended to me. Feel free to share who recommended it to you, and why, if you like.

10. How to Win Friends & Influence People

When I used to work at a cafe, a customer had actually recommended this book to me. He knew that at the time I was studying and going to school for accounting. I was also thinking about working towards being an accountant manager, perhaps. This customer is a owner of his own barber shop, and this was one of the books he has read, so he made the recommendation to me. Although I have gotten busy with life, and I haven’t read the whole thing, yet, but I will one day. I have taken the first step of buying this book. “Small baby steps still move forward.”

9. The Happiness Project

This book was suggested by one of my best friends at the time, unfortunately we aren’t that close anymore, but that’s okay. He suggested this book to me, because he was talking about how he was going to the library to get this book. He was explaining the concept of this book about Gretchen Rubin makes different resolution based on what theme she has assigned to each month. At the time I started reading this book, my mom and I had just moved out of my childhood house and I had lost my job a few months prior. It’s not like I wasn’t not unhappy, I was happy to a degree. I became really fascinated with the whole idea. To be honest, this book was the start of me wanting to read self help books. After buying and reading these self help books, that’s when people really started noticing me having more of a positive outlook on things. Which encouraged me to start my own blog!

8. Giving Back

I helped my other friend’s mother a few years ago. We were at the door for a conference for Mental Health, verifying people’s tickets. Afterwards, they had closed the doors, so my friend’s mom and I sat in and listened to these talks. My friend’s mom was also a speaker, so we got to seat at the speaker’s table. Linda Marshall was one of the speakers and she had mentioned her book during her talk. Her book talks about how you can find joy by giving back to others. She also talks about emotional intelligence, and the different styles of people’s leadership traits. She had brought with her copies of her book in case, people were interested in purchasing it. I was able to get this book signed by her. It was a really inspirational day. And that day gave me inspiration and a desire to help others. I would like to be a psychologist, or even as a life coach so I can help others.

7. In Search of April Raintree

My sister recommended me this book. This was one of the books she had to read in school. Because it was a story about sisters, my sister wanted me to read it. *Trigger warning* it’s about how two Ingenious sisters get separated and put into different foster homes because they’re parents are alcoholics. One of the sister is living a better life than her sister. It’s a sad and an emotional story, but nonetheless, still a good story to read.

6. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

I had received this book as a Christmas present from my boyfriend’s brother. I have read it a few times now. This book was bought because it is useful and helpful for business leaders, and other managers as well. It showed me why my previous managers at work has acted in some of the ways they have acted before. It has taught me a lot about management skills and how to effectively be a leader to others. The following Christmas I have bought this book for my uncle who is an accounting manager and I figured he would have appreciated this book.

5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

My other friend has suggested these books to me, since they’re his favourite books to read. I placed a hold at my library, and was able to read these fairly quickly. These were really amazing and funny books. I haven’t read these books since, which was eight years old. I am really excited because I have found out that my boyfriend hasn’t read these books, so we brought them. Although we haven’t read it together, yet, but we will.

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

When I was younger my Aunt and Uncle bought this book for my sister, and when she finished it, she told me I gotta read it, because it was amazing. I remember reading it, and really admired Hermione Granger. It’s funny because I was too obsessed with Barbies, my aunt and uncle only ever gave me Barbies, and their other accessories. So they only gave my cousin and my sister these books, and out of the three of us, I’m the only one with a complete set of the books. I have read and watched the movies countless of times. I even have Harry Potter shirts, and accessories.

3. The Couple Next Door

My Grandma got this book from the library, and she gave it to my mom to borrow because they say this is amazing book! I had saw my mom had return it to my Grandma, so I had asked if I can borrow it, too. I have had this on my To Be Read List for a few weeks now, so I cannot wait to start reading it soon.

2. Go Ask Alice

When my sister and I were packing our things for the move, she had came this book which she says was one of her friend’s favourite books. Although my sister forgot about that she had this book packed away, and ended up buying a new copy of the book, so this book is mine now. It was a heart breaking but empowering book.

  1. Wild

My dad’s cousin’s daughter (I still have no idea what that is officially called, so I just call her my cousin), and I were talking about travel, books, relationships, and other stuff like that. I told her how much I loved Eat Pray Love, so she recommended that I read Wild.

What are some of your book recommendations? I would love to hear them. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays #7

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is super long book titles.

10. How to Win Friends and Influence People

9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

7. You Are a Badass How to Stop Doubting Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

6. How to Have a Great Career, Find Your Passion, Achieve Your Goals, Love Your Goals

5. You Are a Badass at Making Money Master the Mindset of Wealth

4. The Happiness Project Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

3. You Are a Badass Every Day How to Keep Your Motivation Strong, Your Vibe High, and Your Quest For Transformation Unstoppable

2. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

  1. A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind

Top Ten Tuesdays #6

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Book Covers with Autumn vibes and or colours.

My boyfriend contributed by letting me borrow his books for the photo op (Dracula, Terror and Adulthood is a Myth). And he also took these photos, as well.

10. 108 Pearls To Awaken Your Healing Potential

I have started reading this book, and it has been really insightful. I would highly recommend this book. My boyfriend had even bought me a Mala (a bracelet that consists of 108 pearls).

9. Many Waters

I haven’t read this book yet, my boyfriend and I have only started reading the second book, not too long ago.

8. 101 Simple Truths For a Better Life

This is one of my favourite books. I loved how simple and profound this book is. It really inspired me to make better choices in my life. It’s about the lessons he has learned from his hardships.

7. Harry Potter And the Cursed Child

This is an amazing book. I really enjoyed it. Although I am sad because my boyfriend and I were supposed to see the play, but it got postponed to an undetermined date, because of the whole covid-19 pandemic. I was going to wait to see the play first, then read it, but I couldn’t wait that long.

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much. I love all of the Harry Potter books.

5. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

This book was so amazing, but incredibly sad, I still cry about it to this day.

4. The Tales of Beedle the Bard

In Hogwarts this book is like the equivalent of our Fairy Tale fables and stories. It was an interesting read of five short stories. My favourite short story is the The Tale of Three Brothers.

3. Dracula

I have read this story back in high school. My boyfriend thoroughly enjoys watching these movies.

2. Adulthood is a Myth

This story contains funny sketches about Sarah’s life. My boyfriend and I really enjoy these comics. She started out on a Facebook page called Sarah’s Scribbles. And then she has published books about her comics.

  1. Terror

I haven’t heard of this book until my boyfriend bought it, it looks interesting and spooky. Perfect for spooky season.

Top Ten Tuesdays #5

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week is Top Ten is Favourite Book Quotes (from books, or any bookish quote in general).

10. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
-George R. R. Martin

9. “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.”
-Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

8. “Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are.”
-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

7. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

6. “Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love, but that doesn’t make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.”
-Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

5. “I had diverged, digressed, wandered, and become wild.”
-Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

4. “You’re wishing too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughta be.”
-Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

3. “So Matilda’s strong young mind contributed to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
-Roald Dahl, Matilda (1988)

2. “Dumdledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows (2007)

  1. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
    -Roald Dahl, The Minpins (1991)

This one was a lot of fun! I love these ideas. I posted a lot of authors that has impacted in some way. My early childhood memories (and my mid 20s) is filled with Roald Dahl’s books and movies. As well as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and movies. My early high school days I read a lot of Nicholas Sparks books and watched a lot of movies. I enjoy the life lessons that are in each of his books. I was in grade 10 when I first read To Kill a Mockingbird. I still read that book from time to time. I have always loved Eat, Pray, Love and Wild. I enjoy the woman’s journey of finding themselves.

I enjoy reading and all of the things they have to offer the universe. I make it a habit to read everyday. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays #4

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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s top ten is Books On My Fall 2020 TBR. I am so happy to start reading these books since it’s now spooky season!

10. 11/22/63

My boyfriend and I are currently reading this book. It’s a really good book. I remember I read it for a school project, and I quite enjoyed reading it. It’s about this guy who has a time travelling machine in his diner. He convinces one of his customer to go back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy from happening. I highly recommend reading this book.

9. The Mist

Another one from Stephen King. I wish to have all of his books at some point in my life. I haven’t read many of his books before, because I used to think they were too scary for me. But now, I am embracing it the spookiness because I love watching scary movies and reading scary books. I just started reading this book today, it’s pretty interesting. It’s about a father and son that get trapped at a super market during a thunderstorm. There’s unknown creatures in the mist.

8. The Chef

I bought this book for my boyfriend. He seemed to really like it, so that makes me really excited to read it, too. It’s about how a detective who also runs a food truck becomes Louisiana’s Most Wanted.

7. The Other Mrs.

I haven’t read this one either, but it sounds quite intriguing. A husband and wife start a new chapter in their lives by moving to a new state. Only to discover one of their neighbours is found dead in her house.

6. The House We Grew Up In

This is one of the books I am most interested in about. I have heard many great things about Lisa Jewell books. This one is about how a close knit family, until a tragedy pulls them apart and they end up having to go back to the house they grew up in.

5. Then She Was Gone

It is about a girl who disappeared ten years. And her mother has never given up hope of finding out what happened to her daughter. Then the mother meets a gentleman who has a daughter that looks identical to her missing daughter when she was her age.

4. The Family Upstairs

I haven’t read this book either, but it looks really spooky. It’s about a woman who is about to find the identity of her birth parents, but she is about to discover that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion.

3. Woman on the Edge

I saw this at a book store, and I was so intrigued by the cover and the tag line. I had to buy it. And the best part was it was on sale, too. I can’t wait to read it.

2. Girl on the Train

This book has been sitting on my bookshelf, and I keep on vowing that I’m going to read this by the end of the year. A lot of reviewers are comparing this to the next Gone Girl. This is one of the books I’m really interested in, so I didn’t want to look it up online. I got this book because I’m scared of trains, so I thought it would make this book much more scarier than what it actually is. I can’t wait to watch the movie.

  1. The Time Traveler’s Wife

I’ve seen this movie a few times, and I loved it. The first time I watched it, I had no idea it was based on a book. It’s about a guy who has a genetic disorder that allows him to time travel. Which results in his wife feeling lonely and out of sync dealing with his absences.