WWW Wednesdays – February 10th, 2021

Hi everyone, I’m just trying to play catch up over here! I hope everyone is doing well!

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?

I had an amazing week last week. I was able to read three books!

  1. What have I finished reading?
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I read this book in middle school. It was a really book. I loved it. This book tells a tale about friendship, and courage. A new girl becomes best friends with her neighbour. She shows him the woods by their houses, a place where only they know. They decide to call it Terabithia. It was a place that made them forget about the bullies at school. It’s such a heartfelt story. After I finished reading the book, I watched the movie with my boyfriend. What I loved about the movie, is that they kept it the same from the book, I love that about movie adaptations. It is targeted for middle school kids, but you can still enjoy it if you’re an adult, too.

My rating: 5 stars out of 5

And

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I felt nostalgic, so I wanted to read other books from my middle school days. My Mom, and my Dad bought me this book set collection for my 13th birthday. I loved reading these books, although, I haven’t actually read all of the books before. My mom and I started to read these books together, since she read them when she was younger, too. Although I guess we just got busy with life, and didn’t get to finish these books. There are nine books in the series, and I believe my mom and I got to the third book.

These stories are based on real life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family during the pioneer days. Her father worked really hard to hunt enough food for his family. Laura is the middle child, and she loves playing with her sisters, and helping her mom out with the chores. She also loves hearing her Dad sing, and play on his fiddle before bed.

My rating: 5 stars out of 5

And

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This is the second book of the series. I thought I may as well read this book, too. I can these quite fast. I love the illustrations throughout the book. Garth Williams have done illustrations for Stuart Little, and Charlotte’s Web. In the second book, it is about their move from Wisconsin to Kansas City, and all of the adventures about building a log house, going into town. I really enjoy this book, a lot. I would recommend these books to anyone.

My rating: 4 stars out 5

2. What am I currently reading?

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I picked this book again, after I read some of my books from my middle school days. This book is suspenseful. Flight attendant, Cassie wakes up in a hotel room, with a hangover, from drinking the night before. What she notices is this isn’t her hotel room. And she soon realizes that she wakes up to a guy she was hanging out with the night before. She takes a closer look at him, and discovers that he isn’t breathing. She can’t remember much, or anything at all for that matter. She is far away from home, and not sure what to do next.

3. What will I read next?

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I am so excited for this book. I have amazing things about this book, and TV show. I haven’t watched the show yet, but I would love to read the books first, so I can watch the show.

What are some of the books you have read, or will like to read? Let me know in the comments!

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.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside Book Tag

I was nominated by https://chocoviv.home.blog/ This blog is really amazing, so heart felt and inspiring. I love that we have some similarities with our interests, example our love for Harry Potter. Thank you for nominating me!

Rules:
* Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
* Display the banner
* Link to the original creator: Erin @ Reading On A Star!
* Answer the questions!
* Tag however many people as you want!

  1. Snow Day: What’s your comfort book?

I like this book because it deals with love, travelling and food.

2. Snow Angels: What’s a book that you love so much you would want to be buried with it (a little morbid, but…)?

More like the whole series! :p

3. Warm Socks: What’s a book that makes you feel warm inside? (The fluffiest, cutest romance you’ve ever read?)

This book is all about Hygge, which is everything cozy, and warm. Things that are Hygge are candles, warm blankets, and cozy socks.

4. Hot Cocoa: What winter-themed novels have you previously read?

I read this as a kid with my mom. I love reading these books with her.

5. Sledding: What’s a book with the best plot twists? Who’s an author that always keeps you on your toes?

And authors that keep me on my toes are Ruth Ware, and Lisa Jewell.

6. Ugly Sweaters: What’s a book with the ugliest cover?

I picked this because it had the ugly and scary witch on it.

7. Movie Marathon: What’s the last book you binge read?

I love reading about haunted houses.

8. Letter to Santa: What’s a book that’s on your wish list this year?

I want to read this book so badly!

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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.

Day 159 of 192

This is Saturday’s item.

I don’t even remember where I first got this book, but I saw it in my childhood house, when I must have been in the seventh grade. It probably was my mom’s book, perhaps. But I already have it in my box set edition of all the books in the series. I’m going to ask my Mom if she wants this, if not I’m just going to give it to my Grandma.

My Mom and I used to read these books when I was younger, since she grew up on these books, but she never finished them. I hope my Mom and I can find some to make time, reading these books again. I always had a lot of fun reading these books.

Favourite Friday #2

Graphic Designer: The Midnight Book Blog

I was really inspired and wanted to partake in this post, although I got so busy with it being my Thanksgiving Weekend. Now, I’m just catching up with all of my posts.

I first saw this on https://midnightbookblog.wordpress.com/ ‘s blog, and I loved the idea of this post.

https://midnightbookblog.wordpress.com/ says anyone can participate in this post, although she does asks that you can tag her, so she can read your responses, as well.

Every Friday we talk about a different topic. The past Friday’s topic was talking about our favourite book from our childhood or from when we were teens.

I have a few books that summarize my childhood. I have always been a big reader.

My favourite books are Little House On the Prairie, my mama would read these books when I was younger. Although I am sad because life got too busy and her and I never got around to finish the series. She told me that she used to read these books when she was going up, too.

Another one of my favourite is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I liked this book, because when I was younger, my sister insisted that I read this book. So her and I used to read these books.

And lastly, I loved reading Disney fairy tales. I would get my Dad to read them to me when I was younger before bed. He didn’t mind.

Containers Full of Stuff

So, after I had moved in with my boyfriend, I kind of left behind some of my things in my old room at my mom’s house. Only because at the time my boyfriend was still living with his family, so we were limited to space.

Another reason why I couldn’t go back to my mom’s and go through my stuff is because it was a long bus ride to and from my boyfriend’s house to my mom’s house. I actually hate that I had left more stuff there. It wasn’t really responsible of me to do.

My mom’s friend was planning in on staying in my room for some time, since she just had broken up with her boyfriend. My sister lived at my mom’s for a bit, too, so she had some of her things there.

Because my sister had stuff there, her boyfriend drove us over to my mom’s house so we can gather up our things from my room. It was a last minute thing, so my sister’s boyfriend bought containers and we placed all of my belongings in these containers. My sister and her boyfriend stored my containers in their basement. After about a year and a half, I can finally start sorting through my things.

I am really happy that I have my stuff back. Since I have been working on my decluttering my belongings, I can see what is actually valuable to me. I am so grateful that I no longer have to haul all of these things with me anymore.

I will for sure talk more about these belongings in the upcoming days.

I was reunited with my Little House on the Prairies book set, which made me so happy. I missed those books.

Top Ten Tuesdays #2 (September 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’s theme is Books for My Younger Self, (These could be books you wish you had read as a child, books younger you could have really learned something from, books that meshed with your hobbies/interests, books that could have helped you go through events/changes in your life, etc.)

  1. A Wrinkle In Time

I read this book for the first time, two years ago. I had wished I had read it years ago. It’s about a group of neighbourhood kids that band together by travelling through space and time to save the world from unprecedented times. My boyfriend and I read this book together and we watched the movie together, too.

2. A Little Princess

My sister and I watched this movie all the time, but we never read the book together. Although this is on my To Be Read List. The movie taught me the true value of family and friendship.

3. Matilda

I had wished my sister and I had read this book together, but we watched the movie, like a million times. But I hope we have the chance to enjoy this book together with my niece. I wished I had read this book when I was younger. But the movie has taught me valuable lessons of friendship and how it’s okay to be different from your family. It also showed me and inspired me the importance of being a book worm.

4. The BFG

BFG is short for Big Friendly Giant. I wished I had read this book when I was young, too. I read this a few years back with my boyfriend, and we really enjoyed it.

5. Charlotte’s Web

I read this book when I was in grade seven. I loved it so much. I had asked my mom to buy me the DVD and the book for a Christmas present. I loved this book because of how it reminds me about friendship and hard work.

6. You Are A Badass

I wish I read this book many years ago, because it talks about acknowledging how awesome you are, and how you shouldn’t doubt yourself. There were times throughout my life where I have doubted myself, forgetting how awesome I truly am.

7. You Are A Badass At Making Money

I wished I had read this book in middle school, because then I could have had a better understanding of money and how it works. I would have saved up more money throughout my life.

8. 101 Simple Truths For A Better Life

This has been one of my favourite books that I have read in the past two years, or so. What I love about it was how simple it is. The advice is what everyone needs to hear.

9. The Ripple Effect

I first read this book a few weeks before I was going to college. I wanted to be prepared because it taught me how by changing just one of these habits, it will spill over into the other areas of my life. I just wished this book was available sooner.

10. Little House in the Big Woods

I enjoyed reading this series with my mom. It made me really appreciate the hardships that my grandparents and great grandparents had to go through. This book also makes me appreciate the simpler things in my life. It reminds me that by working together, you can accomplish so much.