Top Ten Tuesdays #14 – December 1st, 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 it is about Books I Want to Read Again, or Books I Wish I Could Read Again For the First Time.

  1. All of the Harry Potter books
I really wish I had my collection with these covers, but that’s okay.

I would love re-reading them from time to time. I feel like they become more magical every time I re-read them.

2. Eat Pray Love

I loved the book, and the movie. I enjoy re-living the first time I experienced this book and movie.

3. The BFG

My boyfriend and I read this book together a few years ago. We thought it was really good.

4. To Kill A Mockingbird

I fell in love with this book when I read it in the tenth grade.

5. Charlotte’s Web

I first read this book in grade seven, I thought it was a touching and a heartfelt book. I can’t wait to re-read it. It’s a beautiful story about friendship.

6. The Year of Yes

I enjoyed this book, I thought it was a smart and funny book. It inspires me to be a better person.

7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

I remember these books in high school, after watching the movies, years prior. I loved these stories so much.

8. Gone Girl

This book was a lot of fun to read. I wish I had read the book, before I saw the movie. It was still a good book. I probably wouldn’t read it again, or at least not for awhile. But I wish I was able not to know the ending, so I can read it without knowing what was going to happen.

9. Turn of the Key

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a thriller, so I wouldn’t be reading this since I already know the mystery. But I wish I can travel back in time, to be able to read it all over again. This book wanted me to read other Ruth Ware’s books. I enjoyed her writing.

10. The Couple Next Door

I borrowed this book from my Grandma, and it was a really good book. I wish I was able to go back in time to write the book for the first time, and not be able to see that twist happen. It was well done.

The Folklore Book Tag

I am super grateful to be nominated for this cool tag. Thank you so much https://chickadeelovermaggie.wordpress.com/ for nominating me. I enjoy reading all of her posts because her blog is amazing. You should totally check out her blog.

For those that may not know, I love reading and I am such a big book worm, so I cannot wait to get started with this tag. This post has also inspired me to listen to Taylor Swift’s new album, I haven’t listened to it yet. I just put her album when I started writing this post.

Rules:

  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink 
  • Tag at least three people
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post 
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link to their post

The One: A book with an ending that left you speechless
The Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I don’t want to say anything to spoil it, but just whoa! I loved the movie, too.

Cardigan: A book that makes you feel happy and sad all at once
Pretty much anything Nicholas Sparks. I love his books and movies. I remember being very obsessed with his work in high school. The first movie I had seen of his was A Walk to Remember, and the first book I read of his was The Longest Ride.

The Last Great American Dynasty: A book with a fascinating and extremely well-told story
The Harry Potter series. I loved it, it was extremely well thought out, and magical.

Exile: A book you wish you hadn’t read
Hm… I’m drawing a blank with this one, because I can’t think of a book I didn’t wish I had read. Maybe a school text book of a subject I didn’t have an interest for.

My Tears Ricochet: A book that made you cry uncontrollably
When I was in middle school, the book that made me cry uncontrollably was, and still does is Charlotte’s Web. And now when I was older, I would say Go Ask Alice. It was written anonymously as journal entries about a girl goes to a party and how she got addicted to LSD. It’s really sad, but I read it because it was my friend’s favourite book.

Mirror Ball: A book that feels like it was written just for you
I feel like the book, Year of Yes was written for me. I’m a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan. And the book is about encouraging us to be more confident with yourself. It seemed like the perfect book for me to remind me to be more confident with myself.

Seven: A childhood book that makes you feel nostalgic
Matilda and the Little House on the Prairies series. When my sister and I were young, our Dad took us to the video store, and we always picked out Matilda and we watched it over and over again. I finally read that book a few years ago, and it was absolutely amazing. My mom and I used to read to Little House on the Prairies when I was in grade school. That was a lot of fun. Although her and I never finished it, because life happened and we got too busy to keep on reading them. So I’m going to read them on my own. My mom used to read these books when she was growing up, too.

August: A book that reminds you of summer
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. I saw this movie for the first time with my sister and her two closest friends at the time. It was a great film. It wasn’t until years later that I read the books. I adored the books so much. It’s about four best friends who are best friends throughout their whole lives, and have never spent an entire summer apart until they were in high school. They went shopping at this thrift shop, and came across these pair of jeans. Despite their different body types, Bridget being taller than her friends, the pair of pants magically fits all of the girls. They decide to wear the pair of jeans throughout the summer, and mail them to each other, documenting the special moments that had happened to them.

This is me Trying: A book that deals with loneliness and sadness
The first book that came to came to mind was In Search of April Raintree. It’s about two sisters whose parents are alcoholics and they end up getting put into foster care. Although the sisters get separated and one gets put in a better foster care and the other sister doesn’t have much of a better life than when she was when she was with her parents. It always makes me sad.

Invisible String: A book that came into your life at the exact right time
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero. I absolutely loved reading this book. At the time I was having a challenging time with myself. I kept on doubting myself and selling myself short on things. But after reading it I appreciated and loved myself more.

Mad Woman: A book with a female character you adore
Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. I admire everything about her. She is an extremely strong willed kind of girl.

Epiphany: A book that is haunting
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, read this book really fast since it was so good. It started off a bit slow, but near the middle, it gave me goose pimples. It was a really good book. I would recommend this book who is looking for a good scare.

Betty: A book that fills you with yearning
Ron and Hermione. I absolutely love them! I loved Ron’s lack of passion for school and studying and how it is oversets Hermione’s passion for school. To me, they have a lot of opposites, and I guess that is something I used to look for in a guy, too.

Peace: A book character you’d die for because you love them so much!
Carmen from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. I love her character and how much growth she goes through throughout the series. I can relate to her because she was the writer of her group of friends, and her parents get divorced. And I was able to relate to what she goes through.

Hoax: A book that you thought you were going to love but didn’t
I can’t seem to think of a book that I haven’t liked. I guess I have a knack of picking out good books.

Nominees
https://midnightbookblog.wordpress.com/
https://ivyslibrarycard.com/
https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/

Real Neat Blog Award

Thank you so much https://jasleenmanifests.com/, for nominating me for this amazing award. She has an amazing blog about manifestation and the power of believing in oneself. She is a firm believer that whatever you send out to the universe, will come back to you. It truly is a wonderful and insightful blog, I highly recommend reading it.

Rules

  1. Include the award logo in your post.
  2. Answer the following seven questions, asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank you the person/people who nominated you.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like by linking to their blogs.
  5. Notify them that you have nominated them.

My Answers

  1. What are you most grateful for in your life?
    I am grateful for a lot of things, but the first thing that came to my mind was the car accident. Last year, I have been in a car accident, so I am grateful to only have bruises from the incident. I understand and realized that it could have changed my life forever.
  2. If you could re-model the world how would you promote love despite borders?
    I would have created a school credit that enforces the students to love themselves. They would learn a lot of how to deal with negative criticism that they may tell themselves. If people are no longer in school, they will be able to undone the damage that they may brought on themselves growing up. Perhaps at 12:30 EST, which works out in every time zone, we can have a live meditation that temporary shuts down the world for 20-30 minutes a day. During the meditation pause it will promote self love, and clarity as well as other positive skills. This ceremony will be allow us to be in unity with one another.
  3. What is that one fear you would like to vanquish?
    I am sort of scared of heights, but a way that will help me overcome the fear by swinging over the edge of the world in Ecuador.
  4. Describe what is a perfect day for you?
    It would be me getting up early practicing some yoga, followed by mediation. Perhaps go for a run with my boyfriend. It will always be a nice day out. Then come home, tidy up a bit, then shower. Have a delicious and nutritious breakfast. Then I would journal and blog while sipping a latte. After that I would have lunch, followed a readathon. My boyfriend and I would make dinner. We could watch our show together. Then we would read our book together and go to bed afterwards.
  5. What is one goal you would like to achieve in life?
    I want to be happy. I want to write a book.
  6. Which is your favourite book that you’ve read?
    This one is challenging because I have read so many books. I have enjoyed all of the Harry Potter books. I enjoy the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, too. In conclusion I love that are about friendships and how the friends grow and evolve together.
  7. How do you decide who is your true friend?
    I have to be able to trust this person with my secrets. They have to be kind, and caring.

My Nominees

  1. https://myrandomspecificthoughts.wordpress.com/
  2. https://winterbetancourt.com/
  3. https://sarafowall.wordpress.com/
  4. https://themomshiediaries.wordpress.com/
  5. https://chrstnorecul.wordpress.com/
  6. https://kamalsbloggingcafe.wordpress.com/
  7. https://cookingincowboyboots.wpcomstaging.com/

My Questions

  1. What has been a special moment for you thus far in 2020?
  2. If you have the power to correct one problem in the world. What will you fix and why?
  3. When and where was the longest vacation you have ever taken? If you haven’t been on vacation, talk about the perfect vacation.
  4. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
  5. Do you think you can have happiness without sadness? Why or why not?
  6. What is one piece of advice would you give to a child?
  7. Would you rather make your own decisions or allow someone to make them for you?

Congratulations to all of the nominees, I hope everyone is doing well.