Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Atmospheric Books for Winter

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 Tuesday and I’m so very excited because we’re finally in December! Now I know this is the second week of December, but I’m super excited and ready for all the wintery vibes! So for this Toop Ten Tuesday, I was originally was going to do my favorite holiday movies to watch in December, but I decided to go with atmospheric books for the winter season. Winter and fall are my two favorite seasons so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write about the books I enjoy curling up with during this time of year. So sit back, relax, curl up with some hot chocolate and let’s get into the books!

❄️The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, #1) by C.S. Lewis

I mean, the majority of the first book in this series is all winter. You can literally feel the chill in the air!

❄️The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman

Constant wintery scenery! Plus, a main character who’s not only amazing, but also becomes friends with a polar bear!

❄️Check, Please! Book 1 #Hockey (Check, Please 1-2) by Ngozi Ukazu

The only sport you will here me talk about this time of year and the graphic novel I will rave about religiously this time of year.

❄️Gabriel’s Angel by Nora Roberts

Chilling, but incredibly sweet!

❄️My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Full of holiday romance and wintery vibes! Perfect with a cup of hot coco!

❄️The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Set in the harsh cold and unpredictable Russian wilderness where the wolves lurk!

❄️Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

Of course Harry Potter was making it onto this list! It wouldn’t be December without it!

❄️The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Naomi Lewis

One of my favorite classic wintery tales that I never get tired of reading.

❄️A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

Yes…I know, I know, but I truly love this series and this book will make you want to pick it up for this December! I get so many chills thinking of all the feelings this books gives!

❄️Lord of the Rings (Middle-earth Universe) by J.R.R. Tolkein

Something about groups of people gathering around fires ready to take on evil makes me want curl up by the fire reading.

Okay, friends! That wraps up this Top Ten Tuesday of wintery reads. I’m sure there are plenty more out there, but these are the ones I personally enjoy the most. I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did writing this! And please feel free to tell me in the comments below some of your favorite winter reads! Until next time, may December be filled with five stars reads, I love you! ❤️


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’m Thankful For

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 dearest readers! I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday! I told you I was going to attempt to bring some order back to the chaos that is my schedule and here we are! I have been eagerly looking forward to posting this article since the season of fall landed upon us. And now…I can finally post this! This is probably one of my most important posts! My excitement is at an all time high and so is my stress, but it’s fine! I have my cup of coffee and I’m about to spill some for y’all!

This Thursday in the US is Thanksgiving! I know many people in the US celebrate this holiday and I hope you all have a marvelous time. Now, things are a bit different with my family. I’m very open about my heritage and being half Native American. We do and don’t celebrate this holiday. And what I mean by that is my spouse isn’t Native American so they still celebrate the holiday because of their family. However, with my family we don’t celebrate the holiday. We usually end up having a feast, we call our loved ones who are still on the reservations, and it’s a lot of reflecting. So that’s my little tid-bit of how I celebrate the holiday without going into too much details, thank you for coming to my Ted Talk!

I figured the best way to bring this holiday in is to do this Top Ten Tuesday and make it about the books that I’m thankful for, the books that really had an impact with me. While I have so many books I could talk about, I’m only going to talk about the top ten that really molded me and impacted me. So I hope you enjoy this and I may get a little sappy!

🍁 The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

I’m thankful because this is the first series that really pushed me into fantasy and all things with werewolves.

🍁 Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

I’m thankful because this is a book I needed as a child, but it was the book I longed for as an adult.

🍁 Montana Sky by Nora Roberts

I’m thankful because Nora Roberts has brought me closer to my family and allowed us to find a common ground with one another.

🍁 Sadie by Courtney Summers

I’m thankful because it taught me to speak up about my own journey and experiences, and even if it’s difficult or painful, speaking up can make a difference.

🍁 Every Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I’m thankful because it taught me to never apologize for being different, for feeling differently, and even if no one is looking for you, it doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to be found.

🍁 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I’m thankful because it taught me it’s okay to be different, to have internal conflicts about who you are and what you want to be, and how it’s okay to love differently. And you can live in the moment even on the hard days.

🍁 To Drink Coffee with a Ghost (Things that Haunt #2) by Amanda Lovelace

I’m thankful because it helped heal so many wounds that I keep reopening about grief, about death and loss, about trauma and abuse, and how we still deserve love regardless of the scars we bear.

🍁 Pocahontas by Susan Donnell

I’m thankful because it taught me to be proud in my Native American heritage and to seek out more books with Indigenous representation.

🍁 The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

I’m thankful because Magnus Bane is such an important character in my life and without Magnus Bane, I would have never found my pride in my bisexuality and lot of my wounds for my bisexuality would have never healed.

🍁 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

I’m thankful because it taught me it’s okay to be a strong headed woman, to keep fighting for your career no matter what challenges you face, and that you can find love in the most unlikeliest places and people.

Okay, friends, it got a lot personal near the end there and I still have a few lingering tears. I hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did writing this. And of course, I have to acknowledge the history of this month and of the events on the 28th. I know a lot of people in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving by having a big celebration, having a large dinner with family and friends, but I want to take this moment to remind everyone that one of the main genocides of the United States was the genocide of the Indigenous people. It’s devastating, heartbreaking, and even today my family members still speak of the horrors past generations endured. Also, November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States and my family will be taking a few days to honor our ancestors and celebrate our pride in our heritage. But, I hope you all have a safe holiday, filled with lots of love, and a good book! 💛


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Changes in my 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 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! ❤️


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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! ❤️