Top Ten Tuesdays #19 – January 5th, 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 most anticipated book releases in 2021. Although I was planning on cutting back on spending money on books this year, I would love to see if my library has any of these.

  1. The Push

This is a debut novel by Ashley Audrain who is a local Canadian author. It is about a new mother who fears that her new baby doesn’t behave like the other children do. But her husband convinces that their daughter is just fine. But the more he tries to convince her that their daughter is fine, the more she doesn’t believe him. She begins to question her own sanity. But then life changes in an instant which makes her face the truth. This book is said to be a psychological page turner.

2. A Promised Land

This book explores Obama’s political career, to his reflections as America’s 44th President. I am really interested in reading this book. I heard many great things about Michelle Obama’s Becoming, although that is on my To Be Read List, too.

3. Pretty Little Wife

Another author’s debut novel. Lila and her husband live in a college town. This town there was a student who seemed to have vanished a few months ago. Now, Lila’s husband has gone missing. Although people seem to think that this is just a terrible coincidences. Everyone in the town is worried except for Lila. The police are seeking a connection, if there is any. Lila is confused about the disappearance of her missing husband, because she was the last person to see his body, and now he is gone.

4. Home Body

Kaur is always embracing growth, and self love. This book is filled with raw and honest poems about the past, present, and the journey of oneself.

5. The Greatest Secret

This is the fifth book, and it is about how your thoughts are more powerful than they appear to be. They shape our lives, because whatever we think will eventually happen to us. I would love to read the other four before I pick this book up.

6. The 4% Fix: How One Hour Can Change Your Life

I am really excited because I am slowly regaining my time management skills. I have thought about creating a “Power Hour” for myself, even before I heard about this book, so it’s exciting to read something you have already thought of. Although so far my Power Hour, is currently known as Chore Hour, which is what I used to spend time getting my chores down, and prepping dinner.

7. The Wrong Family

Juno moves in with this Winnie and Nigel Crouch, who appear to have the perfect house, marriage and son. As the days pass, she soon sees the cracks in everything, that everything isn’t as perfect as they seem. Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Nigel and Winnie, and she knows she shouldn’t continue eavesdropping, but she couldn’t stop. She realized that she has an opportunity to make this right, since she is a retired therapist. Although you would be wrong if Juno doesn’t have any secrets of her own.

8. Is This Anything?

Is This Anything? written by Jerry Seinfeld. For some reason, I had trouble downloading a photo of the book, but feel free to Google it. In this book, he has divided his sketches and monologues into a decades, ranging from the 70s to present. Although this was another book that was actually published in October 2020.

9. The Last Days of John Lennon

I haven’t actually read a James Patterson book before, but my mom, and Grandparents love reading his stories. I love The Beatles since my Mama would love listening to them throughout my childhood. I studied The Beatles in my music classes throughout elementary school, and I still remember those lessons. It was a lot of fun studying various musicians who had paved a way so our music can exist today, such as The Beach Boys and Elvis Presley. I am excited to read this book. Although when I was researching this book, I noticed that it was published near the end of last year.

10. Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick

I ran out of books that will be released next year, but this book was published on December 1st, 2020. It focuses on how we can train ourselves to be better, and make better habits. There are even a 21 day challenge on how to get started with our habits.

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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!

Top Ten Tuesdays #17 – December 22nd, 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 it’s about books we wish Santa brings us.

  1. In A Holidaze
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I have heard amazing things about this book. I cannot wait to read it one day. It’s about this girl who basically gets stuck in a time loop and has to relive her Christmas over and over again to find her true love under the mistletoe.

2. Midnight Library

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Another book I had heard great things about. It’s about how there’s this library that has an infinite amount of books, some of them are about what would your life be like if you had many different choices in your life. It’s about finding out what makes life living in the first place.

3. One by One

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The first (and only book, so far) that I have heard by Ruth Ware was Turn of the Key, and it was amazing! I loved reading that book so much. I am excited to read this book because my Grandma read it, and she told me she really enjoyed it. This is like a Whodunnit meets thriller kind of book. It’s about 12 people who get snowed in a chalet.

4. Guest List

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They are calling this book one of the best thrillers of the year. It’s about a wedding where someone ends up dead. People begin to wonder what happened, and why this person had died.

5. Anxious People

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When a bank robber failed to rob a bank, he then bursts into an open house, and holds people hostage. The group of strangers realize that they have more in common than they thought.

6. The Return

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This is the story of an injured Navy doctor, and two secrets that will change his life forever.

7. The Devil Wears Prada

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I have watched the movie, and thought it was amazing! So I have always wanted to read the book.

8. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

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It’s about how about a murder case that has been closed for a few years now, and a student in her final year picks this as her project, she discovers that people in this town has secrets.

9. Confessions on the 7:45

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It’s about how these two strangers, Selena and Martha end up having a conversation on the train because they are sitting next to each other. Martha talks about how she believes that her husband is having an affair. Which makes Selena confess to Martha that her husband is sleeping with the nanny. Eventually the train stops at their destinations. They assume that they wouldn’t see each other again.

But days later, Selena’s nanny goes missing, and she now becomes a part of the disappearance of her nanny. This results in her marriage problems arising. So, who exactly is this Martha person?

10. The Guilty Mother

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*Trigger Warning* Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Murder

This book is about a woman who deals with the death of a young infant from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and then a few weeks later her other twin daughter dies.

This mother is facing murder charges for her twin daughters. But did she really do? If she didn’t do it then what really happened to her children?

Top Ten Tuesdays #16 – December 15th, 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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week is about what is on your Winter To Be Read List.

  1. Christmas Sisters

2. The Other Mrs.

3. 12 Rules For Life

4. Woman in Cabin 10

5. I am Malala

6. The Family Upstairs

7. In a Holidaze

8. Help Me

9. Best of Me

10. The Girl on the Train

Top Ten Tuesdays #15 – December 8th, 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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week is all about holiday or a seasonal books/covers, books that take place in winter, or have a cozy scene, or takes place in the cold.

I only have two Christmas/winter book at hand, but I think I would like to read some Christmas books. These are the books I would like to read.

  1. The Christmas Sisters

This is the only Christmas book I have on hand at the moment. This book is about how a mother wishes to spend the holiday with her three adoptive daughters. But each daughter is currently going through something, that may prevent them from spending the holidays together. Will they figure out a way, so they can all spend it together?

2. The Long Winter

I haven’t read this book, yet. It was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It’s about how her family work together by surviving a long winter in the prairies.

3. In a Holidaze

I saw this on someone’s blog, and I think it looks great. I would love to read it one day. I have heard a lot of good reviews about In a Holidaze.

This book is where Mae wishes to be happy. She spends every holiday at a cabin in Utah with her family, playing board games, while eating and drinking. She asks the universe to show her happiness, so she ends up in a time loop reliving Christmas, until she gets her true love under the mistletoe.

4. 12 Dates of Christmas

This book is about a single woman who goes on 12 different dates.

5. The Greatest Gift

This book tells the story about how our life touches and intertwines with other people. George is greeted with his Guardian Angel, when he was thinking about jumping off of a bridge. His Guardian Angel shows George how different everyone’s lives would be had George not born. I have seen the movie several times, but never have read this book yet.

6. A Christmas Carol

I haven’t read this book, or seen this movie either. I really would like to. It’s about a man who gets visited by his former business partner, and the spirits of Christmas, the past, present and future.

7. The Christmas Train

It’s about a journalist trying to make it home for the holidays, forced to take the train from Washington D.C., to LA. He begins to realize that things, and sees life differently now from this train ride.

8. Skipping Christmas

What would our lives look like if we skipped Christmas, no crowded malls, less stress that has somehow became part of the holiday tradition. I think I would like this book a lot. I have always wondered what things would be like. I’m trying to make mine Christmas traditions less commericialized.

9. ‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

A diary of a junior doctor in what he has experienced during the holidays.

10. The Christmas Wedding

The bride in the story is getting remarried, she has kept her groom a secret from her family. They haven’t gotten together for Christmas since the passing of her first husband. She also has another secret that is going to change everyone’s lives forever.

Top Ten Tuesdays #14 – December 1st, 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 The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week it is about Books I Want to Read Again, or Books I Wish I Could Read Again For the First Time.

  1. All of the Harry Potter books
I really wish I had my collection with these covers, but that’s okay.

I would love re-reading them from time to time. I feel like they become more magical every time I re-read them.

2. Eat Pray Love

I loved the book, and the movie. I enjoy re-living the first time I experienced this book and movie.

3. The BFG

My boyfriend and I read this book together a few years ago. We thought it was really good.

4. To Kill A Mockingbird

I fell in love with this book when I read it in the tenth grade.

5. Charlotte’s Web

I first read this book in grade seven, I thought it was a touching and a heartfelt book. I can’t wait to re-read it. It’s a beautiful story about friendship.

6. The Year of Yes

I enjoyed this book, I thought it was a smart and funny book. It inspires me to be a better person.

7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

I remember these books in high school, after watching the movies, years prior. I loved these stories so much.

8. Gone Girl

This book was a lot of fun to read. I wish I had read the book, before I saw the movie. It was still a good book. I probably wouldn’t read it again, or at least not for awhile. But I wish I was able not to know the ending, so I can read it without knowing what was going to happen.

9. Turn of the Key

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a thriller, so I wouldn’t be reading this since I already know the mystery. But I wish I can travel back in time, to be able to read it all over again. This book wanted me to read other Ruth Ware’s books. I enjoyed her writing.

10. The Couple Next Door

I borrowed this book from my Grandma, and it was a really good book. I wish I was able to go back in time to write the book for the first time, and not be able to see that twist happen. It was well done.

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. 🙂