Top Ten Tuesdays #22 – January 26th, 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 about New-to-Me Authors in 2020. Although because I didn’t really read many new authors last year. I am starting to branch out into new authors this year.

  1. Robert Galbraith
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Author is known for Cormoran Strike series. In case you haven’t heard, this is J.K. Rowling under a writing pseudonym. Her writing has evolved since the Harry Potter series, since these books are for mystery, not fantasy like the Harry Potter series were. These books are more for adults, instead of children.

2. Gillian Flynn

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I have finally read my first Gillian Flynn’s books. I really enjoyed this book, despite already seeing the movie, and knowing what was going to happen in the book. I can’t wait to read her other books.

3. Janet Fitch

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I finally read this book. I loved it so much. I have been wanting to read this book for a very long time. It was amazing, but heart wrenching, too. I admire Janet Fitch’s writing, because it was so beautifully poetic, it was like reading a long poem.

4. Shari Lapena

I borrowed this book from my Grandma. I am glad I did. I realized that she is a fellow Canadian, like me. I am excited to read her books.

5. Karen M. Manus

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This was my first book I have read of Karen’s, she is an amazing author. She mostly writes mystery, and suspense books. I have really enjoyed her books. They really do put me on the edge of my seat. She is best known for her book, One of us is Lying.

6. D.M. Pulley

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This was an amazing mystery, suspense story. It takes place in a haunted house. D.M. Pulley writes about suspense books, so I have added them to my To Be Read List.

7. Cristin Terrill

I loved reading this book so much. She had an interesting writing approach. Terrill’s idea was to write about it from Daniel’s perspective, so the reader had to decide from themselves, of whether or not Daniel was lying, or telling the truth.

8. Erin Falconer

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This was an inspiring book, it was one of the first books I read during the first lockdown. It was really helpful. It was sitting on my book shelf for awhile, before I got around to read it.

Unfortunately those are the only new to me authors I have read this year, and last year. I did a lot of re-reads last year, especially with my Harry Potter books. I love those books, but alas, I have to put those books on hold for the time being, since I have a never ending To Be Read List.

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!

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!

I tag you!

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WWW Wednesdays – December 9th, 2020

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?

I was hooked on this book. It was really creepy, some parts really scared me. It’s like a realtor tells you that this house is haunted, and you still buy the house anymore. Yeah, that’s what happened here. I have always been intrigued by books about a haunted house.

My rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

2. What am I currently reading?

I am excited to start this book. I have about just under 3.5 years until my 30th birthday, so I feel like this is an important book for me to read. I’ll be starting this book later on today.

3. What will I be reading next?

WWW Wednesdays – December 2nd, 2020

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?

I had a great week for reading. I was able to finish a lot of books. I was able to finish three books.

  1. What have I finished reading?

I really enjoyed reading this book, I have never read any of her books before. This book was amazing. It had a fast paced plot, which I really liked. All I kept on thinking about was the theme song from Pretty Little Liars. It is the perfect book for Spooktober.

My rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

And

This book is split up into 12 chapters, one for each month. I read a chapter on the first of every month. I have read this book for the past five years or so. Although I have been reading this book more cautiously this year. It’s about Gretchen’s research on happiness, how to find it, and monthly resolutions that help us find happiness. I really enjoyed this book.

My rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars

And

I fell in love with this book, the moment I picked it up. I always wanted to read it years ago, because my sister tried getting into the book. She kept on putting the book down, and picking it back up, but she kept on forgetting what happened. Her solution was to watch the movie. I watched the movie, and I thought it was really well done. I saw the movie several years ago, so I vaguely remember it. I prefer the book better, although I might watch this movie this weekend. Even though my sister found the beginning to be a bit slow, which it was, but it was still well written. I can’t recall if she finished reading the book, but it is really good. I would recommend this book to anyone.

It is about the story of a teenager who gets sent to different foster cares, and each house she is, faces different challenges, and teaches her various lessons about life, and self-growth. I recommend reading the book first, then watching the movie, but that’s just me.

My rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

2. What am I currently reading?

This one is a really long book, and at the end of the day, it’s hard to find motivation to read this with my boyfriend after a long day.

I cannot wait to start reading this book. It looks like a great spooky thriller. I haven’t started it yet, just been finishing up my errands around the house. Thrillers are my favourite books to read. I feel thinking about what is going to happen next. Most thrillers have exciting twists that you didn’t see coming.

3. What will I read next?

Since one of my goals for 2021 is save up more money, this book will definitely help me. I can’t wait to read this book.