Top 5 Wednesday (February 1)

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and there’s also a Goodreads Group where you can find the Wednesday topics for the month.

This Wednesday’s topic is:

Current Favorites that Aren’t Books

1.TV: This Is Us

 I have quickly fell in love with the TV show, This is Us.  It is a family saga that will break your heart, surprise you (especially at the end of episode 1) and inspire you.  It goes back and forth between two time lines so you learn bits and pieces about the family as needed.  I highly recommend this show.  It is available on hulu and that is how I primarily watch the show.

2.TV: Gilmore Girls

I watched Gilmore Girls on Nextflix last year with my daughter before the new episodes were released.  I really enjoyed the show, except for season 7.  That season had some noticible changes and it lost some of the appeal, but it was still enjoyable. It is a quirky family drama centering around a single mom and her teen daughter living in a small town that I quickly fell in love with.  Mostly, I will always have great memories of watching this show with my daughter.  It was great to bond with her and make memories while watching a show with two main characters that have such a strong mother/daughter bond.  Although, my parenting style is different then what is displayed in the show.

3.Drink: Teapigs Teas

My current tea obsession is Teapigs, especially their English Breakfast Tea.  So yummy! Other staples of their teas in my home are their Earl Grey and Spiced Winter Red teas.  I’ve also tried some of their tea flavors that I wasn’t sure about.  A family favorite of these teas is the Chocolate and Mint Tea.  If you are a bit adventerous in your tea drinking, I would highly recommend this one!  Teapigs can be found here: Teapigs website

4.Scent: Lancome La Vie Est Belle Perfume

I’m not one to wear perfume very often.  In fact, I’m a big fan of the clean notes from the Philosphy Grace fragrances/body washes, etc., Amazing Grace and Pure Grace.  They could’ve made this list as well.  😉  However,  I was in Sephora with my daughter and I decided to test La Vie Est Belle perfume.  I used to wear another one of their perfumes in high school so I was intrigued by this one.  I loved it!  My kids bought me a big bottle of it for Christmas.  🙂

5.Hobby: Crochet


I learned to crochet through YouTube a few years ago.  For awhile, I was obsessed with crocheting.  I enjoyed it so much and I was so happy to finally have something crafty that I could do.  I love crafting, but often I am unhappy with the results and just give up.  Crochet, for me, was different and I was able to pick it up pretty quickly.

I learned how to crochet mostly from Jayda in Stitches .  Her YouTube channel is very light-hearted and fun.  She posts new tutorials/projects every Friday and I look forward to each and every one.

What are some of your favorites besides books?

…or whatever else makes you happy! 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday (Dec. 7)

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and there’s also a Goodreads Group where you can find the Wednesday topics for the month.

This Wednesday’s topic is:

Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017

Here is Sam’s explanation for this topic from the Goodreads Group page: “These are those books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. Those books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to. These aren’t upcoming 2017 releases; these are older books that need your love too!”

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Feel free to post your Top 5 Wednesday.  What books did you have the best of intentions to read, but they’re still on your TBR list for 2017?

 

Top 5 Wednesday (Nov. 23)

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and there’s also a Goodreads Group where you can find the Wednesday topics for the month.

This Wednesday’s topic is:

Books I Want to Re-Read

I haven’t been much of a re-reader, but it is something I hope to add to my reading  in 2017.  I think that there can be a lot of enjoyment in exploring a book a second time (or even a third).  It is something I am looking forward to trying out in the new year. I look forward to seeing if it is something I enjoy as much as I suspect that I will and enjoy re-reading some books throughout the new year.

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I absolutely LOVED The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern!  This book was packed with so much beautiful writing and imagery that I believe it would be so much fun to explore it again.  I think I will pick up on things that I missed the first time I read it and so it would make a perfect book for a re-read.  I think this might even be the perfect book to re-read many times.

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I really enjoyed Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah and I would love to read it again.  I really enjoyed the friendship between Tully and Kate and following it throughout many years.  I’m not a crier when I read, but this book takes you on an emotional ride of ups and downs throughout many years of friendship.

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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah is the book that I credit with getting me back into reading as an adult.  However, I don’t remember much about the book, other then how much I really enjoyed it, so I would like to re-read it.

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Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers was also a book I read many years ago and I remember how much I loved it.  But, I don’t remember much about the book so I want to re-read it.  I’m curious to see what I will think of the book after reading it a second time.

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Over the summer, I re-read Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and I loved it as much as when I read the series as a child.  I plan to continue re-reading the series and I’m really looking forward to Anne’s world again.

Feel free to post your Top 5 Wednesday.  Are you a fan of re-reading?  Like myself, do you want to add re-reads to your reading journey?  I’d love to see what books you would like to re-read.

If you are in the US, I’d like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

 

Top 5 Wednesday-Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and there’s also a Goodreads Group where you can find the Wednesday topics for the month.

This Wednesday’s topic is:

Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

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HP and the Order of the Phoenix: Goodreads

HP and the Half-Blood Prince: Goodreads

HP and the Deathly Hallows: Goodreads

HP and the Cursed Child: Goodreads

I decided to start this week’s Top 5 Wednesday with a series I want to (and need to) complete by the end of the year.  Reading the Harry Potter series is way overdue and I need to get onto completeing the series.  I’m not quite halfway through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, so before the end of the year I hope to finish reading it and the rest of the series.

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I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I really want to dive into it before this year is over.

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Everyone has raved about how good this book is, even those who weren’t fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses, which I enjoyed.  I need to get to this book!

I haven’t read all of the Throne of Glass series that is out so far.  I’m on Heir of Fire and I thought about adding it to this Top 5 Wednesday list.  However, I’ve picked it up twice so far and put it back down.  For some reason, I can’t seem to get into it and I’m finding the book confusing.  I may still try to get to it this year and try again.  We’ll see…

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I have been meaning to start this series for a long time.  A few days ago, while at Goodwill, I found hardcover copies of all 5 of the books in this series that have been published so far.  They were in great condition so I scooped up all 5 books!  🙂  I can’t wait to jump into this series.

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I have yet to read a book by Kate Morton.  I’ve heard that this book has some references to The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which I read as a child and I loved!  I would love to re-read The Secret Garden as an adult.  I thought this would be the perfect Kate Morton book to read first due to it’s nod to The Secret Garden.

What books are you wanting to read before the end of the year?  I can’t believe it’s almost September already!  Where is 2016 going?!?!

Top 5 Wednesday-Favorite First Sentences

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and there’s also a Goodreads Group where you can find the Wednesday topics for the month.

This Wednesday’s topic is:

Favorite First Sentences

1.”The circus arrives without warning.” The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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2.”The way she saw it, some families were like well-tended parks, with pretty daffodil borders and big, sprawling trees that ordered repite from the sun.  Others-and this she knew firsthand-were battlefields, bloody and dark, littered with shrapnel and body parts.” Home Front by Kristin Hannah

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3.”If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be, in war we find out who we are.” The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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4.”I had come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.” Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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5. “Day 5994

I wake up.

Immediately, I have to figure out who I am.  It’s not just the body-opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth.  The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning.  It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.” Every Day by David Levithan

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What are some of your favorite first sentences?

Top 5 Wednesday-Most Recent Additions to My Wishlist

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and there’s also a Goodreads Group where you can find the Wednesday topics for the month.

This Wednesday’s topic is:

 Most Recent Additions to my Wishlist

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Sleeping Tom by E.V. Fairfall: Goodreads

Waking Gabriel by E.V. Fairfall: Goodreads

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Transformed by E.V. Fairfall: Goodreads

I began chatting about books with E.V. Fairfall on her YouTube channel, The Booktube Couple, a little while ago before I even realized she was an author.  Once I realized from Goodreads that she was in fact an author, I looked into her books and the stories got my attention.  Her channel is so much fun! If the energy and creativity of The Booktube Couple’s channel is anything like E.V. Fairfall’s writing, I’m sure I’ll enjoy these books very much.  I can’t wait to read them!

The cover for Transformed is so beautiful!

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Goodreads

I heard this book compared to The Night Circus…and that’s all I needed to hear!  I loved The Night Circus!  It’s one of my all time favorite books.

This book has an anticipated release date of January 31, 2017.

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Fellside by M.R. Carey: Goodreads

I read The Girl With All the Gifts also by M.R. Carey and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book.  It’s definitely a genre (horror) I don’t read a lot of, but since I liked M.R. Carey’s other book, I want to read this one also.

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly: Goodreads

This is a debut novel that is a World War II historical fiction novel.  It intrigued me and this is one of my favorite time periods to read in historical fiction novels.

What books are on the top of your wishlist?  I’d love to know!  🙂

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday-Books You Wish Had Sequels


Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and there’s also a Goodreads Group where you can find the Wednesday topics for the month.

This Wednesday’s topic is Books You Wish Had Sequels.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is one of my favorite books.  The writing is so beautiful and I just wish I could return to the magical and glorious world that is The Night Circus.  I have a full review of this book in my Review section if you would like to know more about this book and my love for it.

I don’t often re-read books, but it’s something I would like to try to do more often.  The Night Circus is on the top of my re-read list.

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is another book that I enjoyed very much.  However, the ending was a bit quick and I would have liked to learn more of what happened.  This book centers around the lives of 17 year old Molly and 91 year old Vivian.  They form a very unlikely friendship and help eachother through their difficult pasts that have some surprising common threads. Even though the ending is too quick, it’s a beautifully written story about a part of history many do not know a lot about.  It’s a great read that I would highly recommend.

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I read Room by Emma Donoghue awhile ago.  I would love to have had a sequel of this book to see what happens to 5 year old Jack in the future.  How does what happened to him in the room affect him as an adult?  Does he become a parent?  If so, how does his childhood affect the type of parent he becomes?

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman was a 3 star read for me, so it was a good book but not a great one.  However, I would have liked a sequel to find out more of what happens to Malorie and her two young children, “The Boy” and “The Girl.”  The book left too much open ended and I would have loved to know more about what happened.

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett was such a great heartwarming story and I just wish I could have more from the lives of Abigail, Skeeter, Minny and all of the characters in The Help.  The characters made this story such an enjoyable and moving read and I just want to hear more about all of them.

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