Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born

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This Week’s Topic: Books Written Before I Was Born

Choice: Books I Need To Read

Birth Year: 1986

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  3. The Witches by Ronald Dahl
  4. Cujo by Stephen King
  5. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  6. The Mist by Stephen King
  7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  8. The Shining by Stephen King
  9. The Thomas Berryman Number by James Patterson
  10. Night Chills by Dean Koontz

Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors of 2020

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This Week’s Topic: New To Me Authors I Read in 2020

  1. V.E. Schwab- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue- This book ruined me in the best way possible. I absolutely loved it.
  2. RK Phillips- Complications of Pi- I’ve known the author for a few years now. She just recently published her first book. I was so proud of her. I’m honored that I got to read her very first book.
  3. Carolyn Brown- The Ladies’ Room- Somebody very important to me wanted me to read this book. I’m glad that she talked me into it now.
  4. Jennifer Cruise- Agnes and the Hitman- The same important person wanted me to read this book as well. It is downright comical. I loved it dearly.
  5. Darynda Jones- A Bad Day for Sunshine- I’ve been wanting to read this author for awhile. I still need to read her one series. This book was amazing. I’m so glad I got to read it.
  6. Krys Fenner- The Dark Road Series- I met this author in 2019. I am so glad that I got to read her work. She’s an amazing writer.
  7. Holly Jackson- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder- I was introduced to this author and book because a person wanted to buddy read it with me. They wound up ghosting me midway through the book. It’s okay though. I really enjoyed the book. I am excited to see that it has a sequel coming out.
  8. Kate Quinn- The Huntress- Another author that I really wanted to read for a long time.
  9. Sherilyn Kenyon- Night Pleasures- Was given the book as a gift. Never heard of the series or the author before. Really enjoyed it.
  10. Tilly Greene- Highland Heat- I’ve been familiar with this author for a very long time. I’ve actually had the honor to meet her. She’s so beautiful. Inside and out. I was afraid to read her books because I was afraid they wouldn’t be for me. I did enjoy it though and look forward to reading more.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2020

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This Week’s Topic: Books I Meant to Read in 2020 but Didn’t Get to

  1. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: I really couldn’t get into this one right away. I wound up setting it down hoping I would get into it after some time.
  2. People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd: I was almost done with this but wound up setting it down for some reason and then never picked it back up. I’ll probably start it all over again in all honesty.
  3. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson: I had this on my list to read. I just didn’t get around to it. I even bought an audiobook to listen to it. I’ll get to it. It’s still on my list.
  4. Prisoners of History by Keith Lowe: I’m not sure the reason I never got to this. I know it was on my list because I got a review copy to read it. It looks like it will be a great and very educational read.
  5. What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate Mclaughlin: I really want to read this as soon as I possibly can. I’ve been wanting to read it for months. I just haven’t been able to get to it yet.
  6. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell: This book was a book club book for November of last year. I think. I wound up not really reading that much in November so I never really got to it.
  7. In The Lion’s Den by Barbara Taylor Bradford: This is a sequel to a book I read awhile back. I won a copy of the sequel a long time ago. The release date has been pushed back a few times because of Covid. I still wound up not being able to get to it somehow.
  8. More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn: This is another book that I was really excited to read. I’m very disappointed with myself that I never got around to reading. I hope to read it really soon.
  9. Diamond City by Francesca Flores: I can’t say why I didn’t read it when planned. I did check out an audiobook from the library. I’m hoping that gives me the push I need to get it read.
  10. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin: This is a book I was curious about. I think I was kind of afraid to read it . Not really sure why. I’ll read it soon. In all actuality.

Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions/Hopes For 2021

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This Week’s Topic: Resolutions/Hopes for 2021

  1. Read one nonfiction book a month
  2. Read one graphic novel a month
  3. Be more disciplined about getting blogs out on time.
  4. Write reviews in a more timely manner
  5. Work towards starting career
  6. Write more every week
  7. Draw more every week
  8. Color more every week
  9. Branch out more and make more friends
  10. Make more videos for social media. Go live once a week/month.

Hopefully what I’ll look like all year this year:

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

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This Week’s Topic: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

1) Soul of Cinder by Bree Barton (Releases January 12th)

2) The Conjurer by Luanne G. Smith (Releases January 12th)

3) What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo (Releases February 2nd)

4) Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher (Releases February 16th)

5) Namesake by Adrienne Young (Releases March 16th)

6) Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (Releases March 30th)

7) My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Aston, and Jodi Meadows (Releases June 22nd)

8) Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida (Releases January 12th)

9) The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick (Releases January 19th)

10) A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (Releases January 26th)

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2020

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This Week’s Topic: Favorite Books of 2020

1) The Complications of Pi by Rk Phillips
2) Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies by Tara Shuster
3) The Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
4) The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
5) Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco

6) Jane Austen’s Dragons series Maria Grace
7) The Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz
8) The Paranormals Of Avynwood series by Michelle Dare
9) The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan
10) The Tourist series by Olen Steinhauer

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings

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This Week’s Topic: Books I Hope Santa Brings

  1. Any book by James Patterson
  2. Any book by Meg Cabot
  3. Any book by Richelle Mead
  4. Any book by Christopher Paloni
  5. The Selection series by Kiera Cass
  6. Any Sweet Valley book by Francine Pascal
  7. Any Babysitter Club book by Ann M. Martin
  8. Any book by Melanie James
  9. Any book by Dean Koontz
  10. The Rizzoli & Isles by Tess Gerritsen

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter 2020-2021 TBR

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This Week’s Topic: Books on my Winter 2020-2021 TBR

  1. Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Mar
  2. Darkest Powers series by Kelly Armstrong
  3. The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong

4. Ender’s Game Quintet by Orson Scott Card
5. The Immortals series by Alyson Noel
6. The Fallen series by Lauren Kate

7. Paranormals of Avynwood by Michelle Dare
8. Her Reverse Genus series by Adell Ryan
9. Havenfall Harbor by Albany Walker

10. Ash and Stone by Rose Alexander

Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas Traditions Around The World

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This Week’s Topic: Holiday/Seasonal Freebie

Topic I Chose: Top Ten Christmas Traditions Around The World

  1. People in Iceland will often exchange books on Christmas Eve, then spend the rest of the night reading them and eating chocolate. The tradition is part of a season called Jolabokaflod, or “The Christmas Book Flood.” As a result, Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country selling most of them between September and November.
  2. Mistletoe was held sacred by the Norse, the Celtic Druids, and Native American Indians, because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when other plants seem to die. Druids thought the plant had the power to cure infertility and nervous diseases, and to ward off evil.
  3. According to old English folk tales, the Devil died when Jesus was born. So some developed a Christmas Eve traditions of ringing the church bells near midnight to announce the Devil’s demise. In England, this custom was called tolling or ringing “the Devil’s knell.”
  4. In Peru, December 24th, which is known as La Noche Buena (“the Good Night”), is the main day for celebrations. After mass, families go home to feast, open gifts, and toast each other at midnight. The most important decorations are pesebre- Nativity scenes intricately carved from wood or stone. Gifts are spread around the manger rather than a tree, and it’s considered lucky to be the one chosen to put the figurine of baby Jesus into the manger on Christmas Eve.
  5. Roast turkey didn’t appear consistently on Christmas Day menus until 1851, when it replaced roast swan as the favorite dish of Royal courts.
  6. “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” originally written in Latin in the 17th century, has been attributed to King John IV of Portugal.
    One of the most popular American songs in the world, “Jingle Bells” wasn’t intended to be a Christmas carol at all. Composed in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont, the tune was actually written for Thanksgiving, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh.” Although Pierpont was the organist and music direct at a Unitarian Church in Savannah (where his brother was the minister), the song is decidedly secular. It was often used as a drinking song, with revelers jingling the ice in their glasses as they sang.
  7. Spider webs are common Christmas tree decorations in Poland because, according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. Many Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity.
  8. Bolivians celebrate Misa del Gallo (“Mass of the Rooster”) on Christmas Eve, with people bringing roosters to midnight mass to symbolize the belief that a rooster was the first animal to announce the birth of Jesus Christ.
  9. Christmas cards, which originated in England, were first sent in the 1840s.
  10. Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas an official holiday, in 1836. It wasn’t declared a national holiday in the United States until 1870.

Source: 75 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD (WITH FUN CHRISTMAS FACTS)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Read Again

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This Week’s Topic: Books I Want To Read Again

1) House Of Night Series by P.C. and Kristen Cast
2) Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
3) Literal Leigh Series by Melanie James

4) The Paranormals of Avynwood Series by Michelle Dare
5) The Giver by Lois Lowry
6) His Dark Materials Series by Phillip Pullman

7) Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Manisalco
8) Innkeeper Series by Ilona Andrews
9) My Life as an Album series by LJ Evans

10) The Complications of Pi by RK Phillips