Top Ten Tuesdays #29 – March 16th, 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 on our Spring 2021 TBR List. I have a lot of books that I would love to read!

  1. The Snow Child
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2. Becoming

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3. My Sister’s Keeper

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4. How to Stop Time

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5. The Midnight Library

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6. Sharp Objects

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7. The Wives

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8. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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9. Charlotte’s Web

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10. Anne of Green Gables

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Top Ten Tuesdays #26 – February 23rd, 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 was books that make us laugh out loud, but I don’t really read those books. I am more of a thriller reader, and I do like the occasional romance book. So I am going to write about books that made me cry.

  1. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
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2. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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4. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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5. White Oleander by Janet Fitch

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6. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous

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7. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

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8. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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9. In Search of April Raintree by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier

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10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Top Ten Tuesdays #23 – February 2nd, 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 were written before I was born. I was born in 1994, so I actually own a lot of books that were written before me entering the world. I would love to see what kinds of books were written before you were born.

  1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865

The famous story about a young girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole, and all of her adventures. I have been wanting to read these books for so slow. This book contains Alice in Wonderland, and Alice Through The Looking Glass, among other tales as well.

2. Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray, 1858

A medical textbook, which is still used today. It is about the anatomy of the human body. I really enjoy reading it. Fun fact, the famous Grey’s Anatomy TV show, got its name from this book. I bought this book because I thought I wanted to be a nurse, but I later changed my mind.

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925

This story was inspired by Fitzgerald’s romance to a socialite, and the parties he attended in 1922. The story follows Jay Gatsby and his love interest to Daisy.

4. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1932

I was first introduced to these books because my mom used to read these books growing up. She ended up buying me these books for my 13th birthday. I was so excited. Her and I started reading them, but unfortunately our lives have gotten too busy to continue to read them. But maybe her and I can make some time later on to finish them.

5. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, 1952

The heart felt story about friendship, love, and death. I loved this book so much, I read it in the seventh grade, and I remember begging my Mama to buy me this book, and the movie for Christmas, and she did. I remember watching the movie over and over again. I can’t wait to buy this book for my niece.

6. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1905

This is a sad story about how a little girl losing her mother, and her father goes to serve in the British Army. Her father sends his daughter, Sara to a boarding school in London. He gives the Headmistress extra money so she can have own room. Despite her fortunes, she is genuine, and sincere. She becomes friends with another girl, and the errand girl. It tells the tale of Sara Crowe. My sister and I used to always rent this movie from the video store, all the time, that and Matilda. But I have not read this book, yet. There is a movie based on this novel. Frances Hodgson Burnett also wrote The Secret Garden.

7. Matilda by Roald Dahl, 1988

Matilda is a girl who loves to read, and has an amazing imagination. The problem is that she is a lot different from her family members. They love watching TV, and they hate reading. Matilda soon discovers that she has magical powers. I loved watching the movie with my sister, but I haven’t read the book, yet. I can’t wait to read it.

8. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1908

Anne is an orphan, and she was sent to a pair of siblings, who were looking to adapt a boy, so he can help them run the farm at the Green Gables. But the adoption agency made a mistake and sent them Anne instead. The story tells the adventures of Anne has at the Green Gables. I plan on reading this book this year.

9. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, 1961

It is about an orphan boy who enters a magical peach, where he meets seven garden bugs. This was one of my sister’s favourite story, but I have never read it, or seen the movie. I can’t wait to read this book and watch the movie. Dahl wrote this story for his daughter, Olivia, who passed away a year later after it was published.

10. The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, 1991

I am currently borrowing this book from the library, so I haven’t gotten to it yet. 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.

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.

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.