Day 36

I spent the majority of my day reading books that I have adored from middle school. The books brought back so many memories. They were emotional books, despite remembering the ending of the stories. It was a fun way to spend the day. Reading books has always made me happy. Reading all day is a fun way to spend the day.

Today, I will do something to bring back a happy memory, whether that is making an older recipe, reading a book from my childhood, or any other ideas similar to these ideas. It’s good to honour the past of happy memories.

WWW Wednesdays – February 3rd, 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?

I loved this book, it’s almost like Breakfast Club meats Gossip Girl. It’s about how the Brain, the Princess, the Criminal, the Athlete and the Outcast all end up in detention together. Five of them walk in, but only five of them walk out. The student’s death is ruled to be suspicious. The student died before he was about to expose secrets of the other four students, who now are accused of being a suspect. So what exactly happened in that detention room? And just how far will you go to protect your secret?

My rating: 4 stars out of 5

This is Karen M. McManus’ debut novel. I am really starting to like reading her novels.

I have been spending a lot of time reading last week and this week. I feel proud of myself. My goal is to read 100 books by the end of the year.

And

Wow! This book was amazing! I can see why it won the Goodreads Choice 2015 Winner. Rachel takes the same train ride every day, she knows the route like the back of her hand. She sees this couple, so much, she feels like she knows them. She refers to them as Jess and Jason. She can see how happy they are, and wonders why she can’t be that happy. Until one day, she discovers that everything is about to change, and nothing was ever the same again.

My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

I can’t wait to watch the movie this weekend. I have had this book sit on my bookshelf for almost six years, before I was finally able to make time to read.

2. What am I currently reading?

I am so excited to read this book. It’s about a flight attendant who has a drinking problem, and wakes up next to a guy who is dead in a wrong hotel room. She has no memory of last night, since she has a drinking problem, and would often have blackouts. I am going to be starting to read this later tonight.

3. What will I read next?

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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.

Goodreads Mondays #16 – February 1st, 2021

I have a never ending To Be Read List, which I am trying really hard to read a lot of those books. I would love to know what some of the books you have on your To Be Read List, and why. Here is one of the books on my list.

This week I picked to talk about The Wives by Tarryn Fisher. I just got it from the library not too long ago, so I am really excited to read it.

I have heard this is a fast paced thriller. A woman discovers that her husband has two other wives, and she doesn’t anything about the other woman, but she is okay without not knowing about them, because she is so crazy in love with her husband. But she soon learns a horrifying story about her husband, a story that she hasn’t heard before.

I’m really excited to read this one. I enjoy a good thriller. Because I love all of the twists and turns that this genre has to offer.

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Goodreads Rating: 3.64 stars out of 5

Day 32

What I love the most about reading, is that it can let your mind wonder into a new place, perhaps a place where you have dream of going to. Or perhaps the book you are reading, is inspiring you to be a better person, or perhaps you’re reading a book to help you learn a new language. Whatever your reason as to why you love reading books may be, it’s important to make an effort to read every day. Whether you make 15 minutes, or a half hour to read a day, you will begin to notice the amazing effects of reading. Your vocabulary might strengthen, because you may have learned new words, or phrases from your books. Your problem solving skills will improve as well.

I love reading because right now, there are so many travel restrictions where I am not able to travel to anywhere I desire. Mind you I wouldn’t really feel comfortable to travel to somewhere new, in the middle of this pandemic. But I love being able to use my imagination to discover something new.

Today, I will try to read every day. It can have a lot of benefits on our brain, and lifestyle. Reading can help heighten our imagination. I will read and use my imagination to help me escape with what I am currently dealing with. Reading is like feeding your brain, mind and soul. Today, I will make an effort to read when I can.

Thankful Thursdays #31 – January 28th, 2021

This is one of my favourite posts to write! I love to write and think about what I am thankful for. I hope I inspire you to think and reflect what you are grateful for throughout the week.

Here is a list of things that make me grateful.

  1. I am grateful that I get to babysit my niece, when her parents work. I enjoy the time we get to spend together. We read books, and we have tea parties together. Well, not real tea parties, yet, since she is almost two. We just pretend. But it’s still a lot of fun.
  2. I am grateful that my Grandparents helped my mom and myself pack up my mom’s stuff for her move. My mama has a lot of things, so I appreciated any help.
  3. I was able to pick up my holds at the library the other day. Picking up books at the library is always fun. I can’t wait to read them all. I am always excited to read books that I have never read before.
  4. I am thankful for talking to my friends, and family members especially when I have days where I feel upset, or sad about something.
  5. When I saw my Grandma the other day, she gave me her blanket that she meant to give us awhile ago when she gave us the set it goes with. It’s really warm, and cozy. It’s the perfect reading blanket.

Let me know what you are thankful for in the comments!

WWW Wednesdays – January 27th, 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?

Because my goal is to read 100 books by the end of the year. I fell a bit behind with my reading, so I ended up reading a few shorter books, so I can stay on par with my schedule. That is why I have read these two books the other day.

  1. What have I finished reading?
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This book is written by Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) about how you can do small things that can change the world. He wrote a speech for a graduating class about how we area capable of changing the world. It is a really inspiring book.

My rating: 4 stars out of 5

And

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This book talks about how we have the power to either make today work, or don’t work. How we spend our time will determine whether or not we will be successful, or not. The power lies in how we can spend our days. Do we spend time working on our goals, or do we scroll through Facebook, asking ourselves, why we don’t have time to do the things we want to do. It is another inspiring book, too.

My rating: 4 stars out of 5

2. What am I currently reading?

I am going to finish this book by Wednesday, so I can write about it. So far, it is amazing! I feel bad that I had to put it down to help my family with things.

3. What will I read next?

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.

Goodreads Mondays #15 – January 25th, 2021

Hey bookworms!

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

One of the books that I actually haven’t gotten around to reading, yet is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I feel like I am missing out, since I have not read the series, let alone this book, or seen the movie. I have been slowly going through my books from childhood. I am getting excited for my niece to be able to read. She is almost two, so she will be able to read in a few years, give or take. I cannot wait to enjoy all of these classics with her.

Has anyone read this classic, or are there still a few people, like me who hasn’t gotten around to read this, yet? Also, I would love to know which book you would like to read soon. Leave a comment below.

Goodreads Rating: 4.22 stars out of 5

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.