Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Changes in my Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created byΒ The Broke and the BookishΒ in June of 2010 and was moved toΒ That Artsy Reader GirlΒ in January of 2018!

Salutations Cahpterlings! I know I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday is a while, but I’m hoping to bring it back as much as I can! As I have mentioned, this time of year is a bit of chaos and stress. From getting sick and battling to regain my voice, to planning traveling and holiday stuff, all the way to the crafting of Christmas care packages, this time of year is chaos. And that’s with working a forty hour job every week during the holiday season. I promise, I have some great stuff coming until then, try to bear with me as I try to bring some order back into all of this. Anyway, I’m back with a Top Ten Tuesday, so let’s get into my answers!

🍁 I read some sci-fi books now!

🍁 I don’t fear large or thick books anymore (although Priory of the Orange Tree is still a daunting thought of a task)

🍁 I read faster when I have music or asmr playing compared to silence.

🍁 I read a lot more contemporary and romance books now!

🍁 I take notes and annotate my books more than what I used to in past reading sessions.

🍁 I’ve become more aware of trigger and content warnings when I read fantasy or contemporary books.

🍁 I’ve become more open to reading historical fiction and historical romance (how this happened, I have no idea!)

🍁 I spend an equal amount of time reading as I do gaming compared to my reading in 2014 where I did more gaming over reading.

🍁 From 2018 to present day, I truly discovered what I really enjoy in books and what makes me interested in certain books.

🍁 I finally use book sleeves to protect my books from my danger prone self!

Okay, dearest readers! I think those are all the changes to my reading that have developed this year. I’m not even sure if some of those count, but they count to me because a lot of these are changes in my habits and they’ve molded my reading for the better of it. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this and much as I enjoyed writing this. Until next time, may November be kind to you, I love you! ❀️



Top Ten Tuesday | Books On My Fall 2019 TBR

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!

Salutations Chapterlings! I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday! I wish I could spend more time explaining why I’m so excited for these books and why each book is on my fall tbr, but I’m currently participating in my very first round of Contemporary-a-thon. So I’m a little all over the place and a tiny ball of chaos! However, just know that I really, really want to get to these books in the month of October, maybe November. November I do have a special TBR planned so I might not get to all the books I want to get to. The goal is to read all of these books in the month of October, for now. Anyway, without me chattering any further, here are the top ten books I have on my fall tbr!

🌻 Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

🌻 The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

🌻 His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler

🌻 Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Five by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges

🌻 Spells on Wheels #1-5 by Kate Leth & Megans Levens

🌻 Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro

🌻 Red’s Untold Tale (Once Upon A Time #4) by Wendy Toliver

🌻 White Stag (Permafrost #1) by Kara Barbieri

🌻 Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

🌻 Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Okay, friends! Those are just a few of the books I have on my fall tbr! To be honest, I have a lot more than these ten books and you’ll see why come October! However, I hope you all enjoyed these books and maybe you’re planning to read some of these books yourselves. Please let me know down in the comments some of the books you want to read this fall and if any of these books have made your list. Until next time; may the final weeks of September bring you five star reads, a strong Contemporary-a-thon game, I love you! ❀️


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

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!

Salutations Chapterlings! This is probably one of my most anticipated posts to ever write! Why? Because I get asked so often what type of snacks and drinks I use when I’m gaming, LARPing, reading, typing up reviews, or taking Bookstgram photos. That’s right, I said gaming and LARPing. This little book dragon is very nerdy! Now I’m super excited to share a little insight to some of the items I have with me quite often and I will try to make sure everything is linked that way if you want some for yourself, you have a way of being able to find them. For this list, I will only be listing the top ten items that have never changed at all through the years (this could mean between two-eight years). These will be ten snacks or drinks that have been with me for a very long time and these will never change no matter what. I just hope all of you enjoy my list and maybe if everyone likes this then I’ll start including snack hauls in my monthly hauls or sharing them in my Bookstgram stories more often

🌻 Pure Leaf Tea – Mint, Green Tea with Honey, Sicilian Lemon & Honeysuckle, etc…

🌻 Harney & Sons Tea – Peppermint, African Autumn, Blueberry Green Tea, etc…

🌻 Goldfish Crackers

🌻 Ritz Crackers with Cream Cheese

🌻 Diet Coke – Now Drinking the Flavors

🌻 Blackberries

🌻 Starfruit

🌻 Fruit Snacks

🌻 Pop-Secret Popcorn Movie Theater style

🌻 Apple/Pear Slices with Peanut Butter

Okay, friends! Those are all my snacks! The Diet Coke Flavors was a little bit of a stretch, but I have been drinking Diet Coke for a very long time. Probably since I was a preteen so I figured it would still count. But I hope you all enjoyed this list and decide to give some of these a try. Anyway, please feel free to tell me down below some of the delicious snacks you like to have with you while you game, read, or even if you’re just relaxing! I always enjoy trying out new goodies in my downtime. And as always, may your month be filled with goodies and delightful reads, I love you! ❀️


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books on My TBR I’m Avoiding and Why

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!

Salutations Chapterlings! I know, I know…it’s been a hot minute since a triple ‘T’ has made an appearance on this blog. To be honest, things have been a bit crazy over here and so I’ve been prioritizing other blog posts over others. However, this was the perfect opportunity to give you a little insight to my TBR cart and some of those books I’m avoiding. This week we’re all talking about the books we’re avoiding. We may be dodging these books because of the hype, maybe it’s the thickness of the book, or maybe you’ve become scared because someone you trust had a bad reading experience with that book. Whatever the reason, you’re about to find out some of mine and it feels like I’m showing the skeletons in my closet to you all.

Before I get into this list, know that some of these books have appeared on other lists. For example, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is on two or three lists now. Some of these books have a lot of my anxious energy surrounding them and while I may be excited to read them…I’m also dreading that moment immensely. Writing this was a challenge and taking time to truly admit that I have been keeping some of these books at arms length was so challenging to admit, especially admit openly to you, dear reader. So without any further delays and side comments, here are my top ten books I’m avoiding and pretending they don’t exist.

🌻 Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Yes, Strange the Dreamer has found it’s way onto another one of my lists and it took me forever to admit I was dodging it. The shortest answer I can give to why it’s on this list is simply because I’ve been hearing so many mixed things. Honestly, that makes me nervous because most of those mixed answers are coming from friends who I trust very much. So, I’ve been avoiding it, but I truly want to read this book. I just never seem to be in a mindset for it or have the courage to try to push through it and read it.

🌻 All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

This was one of my anticipated books of 2019. However, this book has been put in a very negative light by friends I trust and by those who have ‘dnfed’ this book in less than 50% of the way through. And since they know me fairly well, I haven’t touched this book since I got it. But mostly, I’m heartbroken over this book even more so since I was really looking forward to reading this book at first.

🌻 Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Honestly, I think the hype around this trilogy just has me in a mental state of fearing I won’t love it like everyone else does and I don’t want to let a lot of my friends down who really love this trilogy.

🌻 Stain by A. G. Howard

Okay, so I know I said I really want to read this by the end of the year. However… my experience with the first book of the Splintered series (and my first A. G. Howard book) left me feeling conflicted. So that has been at the back of my mind since I bought this book. I’m hoping I get the courage to read it though because it is a Princess and the Pea retelling.

🌻 Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

If you haven’t seen this book then let me put things bluntly… This boy is THICC! I love a good fantasy read, but a book that’s almost a thousand pages, that’s a lot and it’s intimidating. I haven’t read books that thick since The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini and even then I don’t think they were this thick!

🌻 The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Yes this book is making an appearance! Now before you come after me, everyone I know who has read this has either hated it or ‘dnf’ the book OR they fell madly in love with it. I’ve heard mostly negative things about it over the positive, but either way, it has me nervous to pick this book up.

🌻 A Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Now, I’m sure you have asked yourself why this is on this list. Well here’s the thing, I’m worried that I will love this book so much that once I fall back into my reading slump and that it will be nearly impossible to climb out of it, if ever again. So I’m dodging it like the plague. But it keep taunting me, begging to be picked up. The struggle is very hard.

🌻 Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini

Well at this point you’re probably wondering what the hell I’m doing. And this is simple… I love this series so much that I want to do a reread of the whole series. However, my biggest fear is that if I reread this series then I’m not going to love it as much as I did back in middle school. This is one of those series that’s a piece of me and my reading journey and I don’t know if I could handle anything causing me to love it less. So I’ve been refusing to reread the series even if I desperately want to.

🌻 The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

So I actually started reading an arc of this book and actually got half way through… and then I ‘dnf’ the book. At some point I will read this book, but the way this book is written, it is an immense struggle and I usually avoid books that are written this way. And if you have an arc copy of this book then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

🌻 Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It was very hard to put this book on this list, but two factors played into making this choice. One, my relationship with The Shadow and Bone trilogy just didn’t happen. It’s nonexistent. I read the first book and never finished the other two. And secondly, the hype around this book is incredibly intense. That kind of hype is a lot of pressure and it definitely makes me weary to go into a book, more specifically this book. I want to read this book so badly, but ever fiber in my body is saying, “Not today Satan!”

Okay, friends! Those are just ten of the books that I’m avoiding. If I’m being truly honest, I’ve been in a weird reading slump and my reading taste has been all over the place. However, these books are ten out of fifteen books that I’m avoiding because of hype, thickness, or the writing style. But please let me know in the comments below if there’s any books you’re currently avoiding! And as usual, may September be a month full of five star reads, I love you! ❀️


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Book Characters I’d Love to be Besties With

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!

Salutations Chapterlings! I’m so excited about this Top Ten Tuesday! I love talking about book characters; the ones I love, the ones who deserve a second chance, the villains, etc… You name it, I love talking about them! And I’m so excited to share some of the characters that I love with all of you. More specifically the ones I’d want to be friends with. These are all characters who have touched me and I love them to pieces. So without any further delay, let’s jump into it!

🌻 Sirius Black

🌻 Art by IrenHorrors

🌻 Nesta Archeron

🌻 Art by SnCinderArt

🌻 Daenerys Targaryen

🌻 Art by Nikulina-Helena

🌻 Amren

🌻 Art by Hestiea

🌻 Manon Blackbeak

🌻 Art by NanFe

🌻 Tsukimi Kurashita

🌻 Art by naftie

🌻 Ahsoka Tano

🌻 Art by Lotsmanov

🌻 Magnus Bane

🌻 Art by Mutsumipat

🌻 Lupin the III

🌻 Art by handesigner

🌻 Jude Duarte

🌻 Art by Wictorian-Art

Okay, Chapterlings! Those are all the characters I would love to have as besties! I know, I know, there’s probably some listed that are questionable based off their personalities or things they have done, but I adore them to pieces and I think most of these characters mesh really well with my own personality traits. But please feel free to tell me some of the characters you want to be besties with! I would love to hear about them and who knows, maybe we have someone in common! Until next time, may August be filled with lots of reading and as always, I love you! ❀️


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books that Changed My Life

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!

Hello Chapterlings! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a bit different than the others. While the others are a bit bright and full of anticipation, this one is going to be a bit different. It’s going to be a bit sappy, a bit emotional, and there’s going to be a giant piece of me that gets poured into this post. Reading has always been an important part of my life, but there have been a few books that have made an impact with me. They changed my life, they altered my paths, and to all of that, I’m very thankful for these books to have come into my life when they did. Without these books, I definitely believe my life would have turned out far more different. So prepare some sappy, emotional bits, but I hope you enjoy this post nonetheless!

Please note, these books aren’t in any particular order.

🌻 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

For coming into my life at the darkest time and pulling me out of that darkness.

🌻 The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall by Shannon Kirk

For teaching me to grieve, but to also to remember all the good and let go.

🌻 To Make Monster Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

For coming into my life when I needed to be reminded to hold my head high and be proud of my scars, they are the results of my strength and all that I have overcome.

🌻 Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

For being the voice and perspective of poverty and hunger through the eyes of a child. For being the book I needed as a child, but the book I longed for as an adult.

🌻 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

For being the most relatable book I have come across in my entire life. For being the book that shattered me into a million pieces, but for being the book that put me back together in a million ways. For being everything when I needed anything. For being the book I never knew I needed until I had it.

🌻 The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Cassandra Jean

For being the first book I read with a bisexual character. For being the book that made me proud in my sexuality. For being the book with my most favorite character who instilled the strongest confidence and pride in me.

🌻 Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston

For teaching me that it’s okay to vulnerable, but still fight for what you believe in, to fight for what’s right.

🌻 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

For reminding me that through hard work, you can achieve all your goals and dreams. For being the book to remind me that through all the pain and hardship, you can still find happiness.

🌻 The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

For being my friend, my companion, my source of adventure when I was too sick to be around anyone. For being the words of bravery to keep fighting and the anchor to keep me grounded. For being the first book that made me fall in love with reading.

🌻 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

For giving me the strength to keep chasing my goals and dreams despite all the obstacles. For reminding me the greatest love is found in the most unlikeliest places and in the most unlikeliest people. For giving me so much when I least expected it.

Okay, friends! I think that’s all the books that have impacted me, changed my life, and made ripples in my heart. Of course, there are probably plenty more and more to come, but these are the ones that I hold dear to my heart the most. Words can’t even begin to express what these books have done for me. But please let me know some of the books that have impacted you or have changed your life! I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did writing it. And until next time; may your books be five stars, I love you! ❀️


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Book Quotes

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 may not be quite apparent, but I’m a huge searcher of quotes.Quotes have been something that have pushed me through the hard days, made me laugh on sunny days, and help me ponder beyond my own thoughts. Lyrical prose is probably my favorite and most important element of reading! And since there’s an actual topic to share my top ten quotes, I wanted all of you to see some of the quotes that have touched my soul in it’s deepest roots! And of course, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did sharing them! (P.S. – Yes, I’m a sentimental, sappy mess of a hopeless romantic and proud of it!)

🌻 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

β€œYou think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”

🌻 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

“You care so much that you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”

🌻 A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Martin Luther King, JR.

β€œDarkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

🌻 The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holy Black

β€œWe love until we do not. For us, love doesn’t fade gradually. It snaps like a branch bent too far.” 

🌻 Black Hills by Nora Roberts

β€œDo you know how many ways love can hit you? So it makes you happy, or miserable? It makes you sick in the belly or hurt in the heart. It makes everything brighter and sharper, or it blurs all the edges. It makes you feel like a king or a fool. Every way love can hit you, it’s hit me when it comes to you” 

🌻 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

β€œI don’t know when we’ll see each other again or what the world will be like when we do. We may both have seen many horrible things. But I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.”

🌻 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

β€œSo, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

🌻 The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

β€œLife is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud…”

🌻 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

β€œI am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belong to you.”

🌻 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

β€œRoses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.”

Oh god, I’m getting emotional already! Let me stop before I fall too far down this rabbit hole! And if you’ve ever had to sift through some of your favorite quotes, to just choose only ten, it’s incredibly hard to narrow them down. But please, tell me some of your favorite quotes in the comments below! I hope you all enjoyed these quotes and maybe some of these touched you the way they touched me. Until next time, Chapterlings; I hope your month is filled with remarkable reads, I love you! ❀️