Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Books for People 
Who Liked Author X

I was stumped with this week's prompt for a while, but I finally thought of an author with comparable books. I'm going with the legendary Jane Austen!

Thanks for stopping by!
Be kind to yourself!
Happy reading!

Monday, March 27, 2023

Someone Else's Shoes

Someone Else's Shoes

Author:  Jojo Moyes

Publisher:  Pamela Dorman Books

Date Published:  February 7, 2023

Genre:  Fiction, Contemporary

Rating:  ⭐

My Thoughts:

-  Nisha is a wealthy socialite from America. She and her husband are visiting England on business, and while Nisha is at the gym, her scum of a husband cuts off all her money and access to the hotel. He won't even speak to her, and she is left on the streets of England with no resources. She doesn't even have her own clothes because someone has taken her bag. 

Sam is struggling in multiple areas of her life. Her husband is depressed and can't move from the couch each day. He refuses to get help, and Sam is left taking care of him, their daughter, and their house. Her boss is a total jerk and constantly demeans her. When Sam accidently grabs the wrong bag from the gym she is visiting for the first time, she discovers some incredible clothes inside. The shoes give her a boost of confidence that she desperately needs. 

-  I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, and I didn't think I would like Nisha, but she really grows on me. Sam tugged at my heart, and I loved cheering for both of these women. 

-  The first half of the book progressively made me angrier. I wanted the people in Nisha and Sam's life to get their comeuppance, and I wanted it to be evil and awesome! The ending wasn't what I wanted or expected, but it was still satisfying. 

-  My favorite part of the book was women helping other women. I loved how Nisha found people to help her, and I loved Sam's friend. I loved how a group of women helped he each other out for the sake of sisterhood. 

-  I loved Nisha and Sam's character arc. I loved how Nisha had to come to grips with the reality of her life. It was a hard pill to swallow, and she goes through a lot of emotions. I also loved Sam's growth. She was always amazing, but she didn't realize it. She deserved so much more than what she was getting. 

-  I can't stop thinking about this book. It was so good! This was my second Jojo Moyes book, and I am excited to read more of her stuff. 

My Thoughts in a GIF:

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Book Club Picks

My book club has picked our books for the next year! How do we pick books? Everyone says what books they would like to read, Suey compiles all the suggestions into a list for us to vote on, and we all vote. Here are the winners:

For those of you counting, yes that is only eleven. In July, everyone is going to read a memoir of their choice. 

Yes, this is the order in which we are reading them. 

Our book club starts the new book list in June. 

What do you think of our picks?

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Eleven Books on 
My Spring 2023 To-Read List

I love TBR lists, but since I'm a mood reader, my list and what I actually read aren't always the same. I usually read at least half of the books though.

Happy Pi Day!
You make the world a better place!
Happy reading!

Friday, March 10, 2023

The Bookworm Tag

Answer the questions
Make new questions
Tag people

I was tagged by Cindy from Cindy's Book Corner. Thanks Cindy!

1.  How many books do you have on your physical shelves? (It can be best guesstimate!)

I have never counted my books. It is something I've thought about doing, and I want to keep a log of all my books as well, but I just haven't done it. Ummm . . . if we aren't counting children's books, probably 300ish? Maybe?

2.  What is your favorite book about books?

There are so many! I'm going to go with Book Love. 

3.  What is your favorite format to read in (paperback, hardback, e-reader...)?

I am a big lover of hardcover!

4.  What is your favorite genre to read?

I am a very eclectic reader. It really depends on my mood. The majority of the books I own are probably fantasy, so I'll go with that. 

5.  How do you find new-to-you authors?

My book friends. The books we read for book club help me find new genres and authors to love, and we share a lot about the books we are reading. 

6.  What is a series (or book) you would/have reread over and over again?

My most re-read series is The Chronicles of Prydain. My brother introduced me to Taran and gang when I was in middle school, and I used to read them every single year. 

7.  Do you have a book (or author) you are constantly recommending people to read? If so, what is it?

It depends on the person. I like to ask a couple questions before I recommend a book to someone. I recommend Ranger's Apprentice and The Lunar Chronicles a lot. 

8.  What is a genre you would never read?

Like I said, I am an eclectic reader. I don't believe in bad genres. I think there is a book in every genre that someone could love. That being said, I try to stay away from erotic books. I'm just not into that kind of thing. 

9.  Do you prefer long books or short books?

Depends on the book. Does it feel long? I enjoy both.

10.  Who inspired your love of reading?

My family. My dad used to read to me a lot as a child. My brothers introduced me to a lot of the books I love today. One of my brothers read The Hobbit to me when I was 5, and I loved it. 

My new questions:

1.  What was the last book your read?
2.  Did you like it?
3.  Who is your favorite Author?
4.  What book do you wish had a sequel?
5.  What is your favorite movie adaptation?
6.  What is your favorite place to read?
7.  What book do you wish was required reading in school?
8.  What is your quirkiest reading habit?
9.  What do you use as a bookmark?
10.  Besides reading, what other hobby/hobbies do you have?

I would like to tag: 
If you want to participate, please consider yourself tagged.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Chewy's Birthday

I normally don't post personal posts, but today is my dog's 15th birthday, and I wanted to give him a little shout out. 

We adopted Chewy in May 2014. He has been my constant companion and reading buddy ever since. He is the perfect dog. He has the sweetest personality, and our family would not be complete without him. 

Despite being 15 today, he still gets excited and he is healthy. He has arthritis in his hips and legs, and he is on a special diet, but overall he is healthy.

Like most dog owners, I have a plethora of pictures of him, so I decided to pick out some of my favorite pictures from the first year he became part of the family.

p.s. He is a yorkie/poodle mix. Most people call him a yorkie-poo. I like to call him a porkie.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Bookish People I'd Like to Meet

I'm going to go with authors I'd like to meet. I am incredibly blessed to live in a place where authors abound, and I've met quite a few, but I still have a list of authors I'd love to meet and get some books signed.

John Flanagan

Fredrik Backman

Liane Moriarty

Neal Shusterman

June Hur

Amy E. Reichert

Lemony Snicket

Gene Luen Yang

Katherine Applegate

Rainbow Rowell

Thanks for stopping by!
You are amazing! Have a beautiful day!
Happy reading!