Thankful Thursday #30 – January 21st, 2021

I feel so honoured to be apart of the blog community. I love reading about people’s lives, success, and what they have learnt from their missteps. Even though we might hate to admit when things went wrong, but that’s where we learn the most things about ourselves.

I would love to read all of the things you are thankful for throughout the week. Here is my list.

  1. The motivation of wanting to write a story. Although finding the time, is another issue. I am thankful that I have the desire to write a story. I have been really wanting to get back into writing. Hopefully when my schedule becomes less busy, I can get back into writing again.
  2. I am thankful for the time I spent cleaning and tidying my room, so I am able to enjoy spending it in a clean environment.
  3. I am glad that I got to spend an extra day with my boyfriend, he took a day off throughout the week. We got to spend more time than we would have.
  4. I am grateful for being able to talk to my friends and family members via text messages since we live far away, and can’t travel to see each other.
  5. I am grateful that I am able to stay true to reading 30 minutes a day despite how busy some of my days have been.

WWW Wednesdays – January 20th, 2021

Let’s talk about books! This is a post where I discuss all the books that I have been reading, by answering the following questions…

  1. What have I finished reading?
  2. What am I currently reading?
  3. What will I read next?

1.What have I finished reading?

Although I had a busy week this week, I haven’t been able to finish reading much of anything. I have been making time to read, I just haven’t been able to finish any books this week. Hopefully this week coming, I am able to finish some books.

2. What am I currently reading?

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I am about half way through this book, so far it is really good.

3. What will I read next?

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I am really excited to read this book.

Top Ten Tuesdays #21 – January 19th, 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 all about books that you meant to read last year, but the year got away from you, and you didn’t have a chance to read them. Perhaps you can read them this year, I know I will be doing that.

  1. The Queen’s Gambit
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I haven’t had the chance to read this book yet, but my interest grew, because I know there is a Netflix series. I have been waiting to get a copy from the library, so I haven’t had a chance to watch the show yet. But I am really excited to check this out. I have heard wonderful things about it. It’s crazy because this book was first published in 1983, and Netflix helped made this book more popular.

2. The Guest List

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I love reading thrillers, and this book is the perfect cozy mystery, where there is a murder at a wedding, and everyone there becomes a suspect.

3. Midnight Library

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There is a library that showcases books of what might have happened had you made different choices in your life. It is an enchanting tale. I can’t wait to get read it from the library.

4. Anxious People

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A bank robbery goes wrong, and the robber runs away from the bank and storms into an apartment of strangers at a viewing. The robber takes the group of strangers for hostage. The strangers realize that they have more in common then they had realized. They realize that they all have secrets and grievances. I have heard that it is an emotional, but humourous.

5. The Chef

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I first saw this book at the library, and I got it for my boyfriend to read. He didn’t read it in time, so I had bought it for him for his birthday. I still haven’t read it yet. I plan on reading it soon, since the story takes place just before Mardi Gras. A police detective and a food truck becomes Louisiana’s Most Wanted. He believes that his city is under attack. Although he isn’t exactly sure where what is going to happen, although he only knows that innocent lives are at risk.

6. Little House in the Big Woods

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I recently got reunited when I was organizing my belongings. This was in one of my containers from when I finally went through my belongings of my old room from my mom’s. I received the book set for my 13th birthday. It made me sad that my mom and I never finished this series, since life got too busy for us. It’s the real adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family. A cherished story from generations about how her family prepared for cold winters, and how they worked together to ensure they were ready.

7. The Flight Attendant

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I kept on seeing the commercial for this show on the TV, and I came to the realization that it is a based off of a book. I was quite intrigued. I was so excited that I was able to get it from my library not too long ago. I just got to finish a few books before I start reading this book. I cannot wait! Cassandra who is a flight attendant and a binge drinker, so blackouts and not being able to remember the night before aren’t uncommon for her. One morning she finds herself waking up in a wrong hotel room, and a man who is laying in his own blood, dead. She has no memory of what happened, and she is far away from home.

8. The Secret Garden

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I bought this DVD not too long ago, and I have been meaning to watch it. But I have never read this book before, I would love to do that one day. It’s about a young English girl who moves from England to India after the traumatic loss of both her parents. Her memories of her parents are not pleasant since her parents were selfish, and neglectful. She moves to India to live with her uncle. Upon her arrival she is rude towards her uncle. Once he is away from their home, she discovers a walled garden that is always locked. She then hears a a sobbing sound somewhere in her uncle’s mansions, although the servants ignore her, or pretend they haven’t her concerns. The mystery sparks her interest and curiosity.

9. Charlotte’s Web

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The book about friendship, love and death. Charlotte tells her feelings to a pig named Wilbur, who he wants a friend. They express their love for a girl named Fern, who takes care of the pig on her family’s farm. This book always hold a spot in my heart. I loved this book for just over half of my life. I first read it in the seventh grade for a school project.

10. Where the Crawdads Sing

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Long ago, people suspected a quiet fishing village was haunted. Kya Clark who lives carefree in the wild. When one day, one of their villagers has died, everyone suspects Kya. But Kya isn’t who everyone thinks she is. She has one day of school, and she learns everything from the wild. There comes a time where she wants to be touched and yearned. Two men become attracted to her ability of being able to survive on her own. She begins to open herself up — until the unthinkable happens. In this thought provoking book about how isolation effects and influences our behaviours. I have heard many great things about this novel, especially since most of us have been isolation from the pandemic of the coronavirus. It is Delia Owens’ debut novel.

Goodreads Mondays #14 – January 18th, 2021

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 don’t know who knows this, but I have a lot of books on my To Be Read List. I wish I had enough to read all of the books in the whole world. But I am trying my best to make a big dent with my books this year.

One of the books on my To Be Read List is The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I would love to read this because it has romance, history and fantasy with the time travelling. It is about a girl named Claire who is celebrating her second honeymoon with her husband after World War II, but she suddenly becomes an “Outlander” when she is magically transported into 1743. I want to read the books, so I can watch the show on Netflix. I always prefer to read the books, before I watch the movie, or show.

What is something you wish to read soon?

Goodreads Rating: 4.23 stars out of 5

WWW Wednesdays – January 13th, 2021

Let’s talk books! This is a post where I talk all about books by answering the following questions…

  1. What have I finished reading?
  2. What am I currently reading?
  3. What will I be reading next?
  1. What have I finished reading?

This book was amazing! I really enjoyed reading it. I liked that it was easy to be able to relate to Jay Gatsby. I haven’t read this book before, but I have seen the movie, the one that Leonardo DiCaprio stars in, back in 2013. I loved the movie, and I can’t wait to watch it again this weekend. It was a short read, which is good, because I didn’t have a lot of time for reading this week.

2. What am I currently reading?

I haven’t officially started this one yet, but I will start reading it tomorrow night.

3. What will I be reading next?

I saw a lot of commercials for this show, and when I was researching where to watch it, I realized it was based off of a book. It made me really excited that my library had it, and I was able to get it fairly quickly. I cannot wait to start reading this.

Goodreads Mondays #13 – January 11th, 2021

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.

One of my books on my never-ending To Be Read List is The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. I have had this book on my book shelf for a few years now, and I would love to actually read this book this year. I have seen the movie twice, and on the second time I had watched the movie, I made a vow that I would actually read the book. I have started expanding my genres a bit. I like fantasy since I loved Harry Potter, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But one of my goals is to read more fantasy books. I cannot wait to read this book, and compare it to the movie. And then I can reward myself by watching the movie again.

What is a book that is on your To Be Read List?

Goodreads Rating: 3.98 stars out of 5

Day Nine

I have learnt this from Gretchen Rubin, and her book The Happiness Project. As part of her section called Secrets of Adulthood, she mentions that “What may be fun for you doesn’t mean it’s fun for others.” I have always thought about that, but I haven’t actually considered it. As bad as that may sound.

Like today, I wanted to watch the football playoffs, but my boyfriend didn’t really seem that interested in them. I kept on asking him about him throughout the day. I could have just watched the games on my laptop, I had no issue, but he wanted to just lay there on his phone all day. He didn’t really have an interest for all of the games.

Sometimes this may be challenging to accept that there might be other people who disagree with you and what you do for fun. But this is okay. This sort of shapes you in who you are as a person. The world might be a bit boring if everyone liked the same things, and disliked the same things as well.

Today, I will understand that the things I enjoy may not be for other people. And what’s fun for them, may not be fun for me either.

WWW Wednesdays – January 6th, 2021

Let’s talk books! This is a post where I talk all about books by answering the following questions…

  1. What have I finished reading?
  2. What am I currently reading?
  3. What will I be reading next?
  1. What have I finished reading?

Because the week prior I didn’t have much time to read (unfortunately), I hate when that happens. But this week I was able to finish two books.

This was an amazing book, I was happy to pick this book up again. It had me on the edge of my seat. I definitely do not want to give away too much. If you think thrillers, you are definitely going to like this one.

And

This was such a lovely book, especially since I read it during the Christmas season. I think it made it that much more magical. I loved this book. I can’t wait to buy it for sister, so she can read it soon.

2. What am I currently reading?

I have seen the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio back in 2013 with my mom, and I loved it so much. I cannot wait to finally read the book. I realized that I bought the book, twice, so I ended up giving one to my sister for Christmas. It is a fairly short book, so she shouldn’t have a problem with it. I can’t wait to talk about it with her. I can’t wait to watch the movie again.

3. What will I read next?

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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Goodreads Mondays #12 – January 4th, 2021

I forgot to write about this yesterday, so here it is.

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 have had Anne of Green Gables on my bookshelf for a few years now, and I haven’t gotten around to this classic yet. My boyfriend and I were planning to take a trip to Eastern Canada about two years ago, but we just never gotten around to take a vacation. And for those that may not know, the book takes place in Eastern Canada. I would have loved to have read it before we vacationed out there. But hopefully we will be able to do that in the upcoming years.

I heard so many great things about this book, I can’t wait to read it!

Goodreads Rating: 4.26 stars out of 5