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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with a unit of time in the title

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is books with a unit of time in the title. I’m going to try to get a bunch of different ranges of time (seconds, minutes, years, etc) to see how large a range I can get! Organized from smallest to biggest and each one is defined by the previous (with one or two exceptions that were a little weird to do that way xD).

The Books

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Top Ten Tuesday: One Word Reviews for my Last Ten Books

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read (submitted by Susan @ Bloggin’ ’bout Books)! This is perfectly timed, because I read a good chunk of books in April but slouched on actually writing my reviews for them. πŸ˜… So here I can at least get some super tiny reviews done for them!

Last 10 Finished Books, from least recent to most!

Entrancing

This book was weird, in a good way. I didn’t always know what was going on, and I just trusted it would help me find my way. Akin to wandering through a foggy dim forest and hoping I’ll make my way out. (Full review!)

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Top Ten Tuesday: 19 Books With Animals On the Cover (That I’ve Read!)

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s post theme is ten books with something on the cover, with each person choosing what thing they want to focus on! I originally thought water, and ended up being super surprised at how few books I had with actual water on the cover. And then also being surprised at how many had animals on the cover.

I ended up pivoting, and I found so many animals that this week’s post is books I’ve actually read before that have animals on the cover, while I’ll do another one later on with books I want to read that have animals on the cover. I’m also trying not to duplicate animals, just to make it more fun! πŸ™‚

The books

  • SCORPION – The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae
  • FOX – The Fox & Little Tanuki, Vol. 1 by Mi Tagawa
  • CAT – The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
  • CAT – The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess,
  • DOG – China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  • SQUIRREL – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  • WHALE – The Whale Library by Zidrou
  • MANTICORE – A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
  • MOUSE – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  • MOUSE – Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
  • BIRD (CROW) – Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
  • BIRD (HUMMINGBIRD) – Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras
  • RACCOON – Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  • OCTOPUS – The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
  • BULL – Bull by David Elliott
  • HORSE – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • SWANS – Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
  • BUTTERFLY – Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
  • PENGUINS – Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books by an Author Named Jennifer (like me!)

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊

This week’s prompt is a freebie for folks to come up with their own. I’m extremely tired, but I wanted to get one out there. So today I’m looking at books that are written by an author with the name “Jennifer” to see who I’ve read and want to read! My name is also Jennifer, and I feel a small kinship whenever I read a great book by someone also named Jennifer. πŸ™‚

Jennifer Weiner – Big Summer

Come on, she’s a hit. Not only does she have a memorable name, but she’s churning out those fabulous books like no one’s business!

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Autumn Tag – Maybe the season’s TBR?

Personally, summer is never long enough. I like every season, but usually only for a month or so before I get bored… and autumn, to me, mostly means the impending darkness of winter. πŸ˜” To make autumn a little more palatable for me, here are some creative links between quintessential fall-things and my brain by books!

Some of these are less reading-focused, but you can make it what you want. Just be sure to give credit to Jenniely for her work in making it! Thanks to her, and here we go!

1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?

A comic series, actually. It’s Roar Street Journal, and it’s SO freaking cute and wholesome and the art style is delightful. It never fails to make me feel better about life and people.

It’s THE BEST.

2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?

Photography, definitely! I fell into it without intending to care about it or love it, but when you do something every day for 5+ years, I guess it’s inevitable that it grows on you. I think that’s called the exposure effect, which is delightfully appropriate for this! All the title photos for this post are my own from my project ☺I host them on my favorite site ever, Tookapic!

3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

When your whole team at work quits and it’s only you left to do all the work. Does that sound too specific? πŸ˜… That’s my current fate, and while it will certainly be endlessly busy, I’m very excited to be able to help lead the team and improve my skills.

In books, when an MC or love interest dies. And stays dead. Call me morbid, but I really appreciate when an author has the chutzpah to write something realistically, even if it’ll be a punch to the gut! No wonder I’ve loved George RR Martin’s works, right? 😍

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge

For reading, a very specific series: the World of Warcraft books. High fantasy at it’s finest, plus I love the game! It doesn’t get much better than that!

K-pop. I fell in love when I was living in Korea, because it’s so energetic and bouncy, and the harmonies you get with 4+ people singing together make the songs layered in a really great way. Plus the MVs are so crazy, I can’t help but laugh when I watch them! Remember that song Gangnam Stlye by Psy that was so popular years ago? That’s k-pop. Crazy and energetic. β™₯ Here’s the only song I can fully sing in Korean.

5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?

The moment right before my favorite band comes onto the stage. The anticipation is so good, and the second they step out, I lose my mind. Being surrounded by so many other people who passionately love what you love is one of the best feelings ever!

On a day to day basis though, the feeling of wind on my face, or warm sun on my skin, or the way raindrops look on leaves. Simple joys. ☺

6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film

Oooh, I don’t read a lot of scary things – because I’m easily freaked out – but Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was required reading for one of my classes in college (and yes, it was an amazing class). That book FLOORED ME. Not only were there tons of moments that I didn’t see coming, but the characters and situations got so chilling that I would actually have to put the book down and read something light and wholesome (there was a lot of Roar Street Journal from Question 1 those times).

Unfortunately, my beau loves horror movies… so guess who’s going to see It Part Two this week!

7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat

For candy, Kit Kats! The wafer and the chocolate get the ratio just right. I’m more partial to chocolate candies than fruity candies.
Of all foods, it’s gotta be ice cream. I have an extreme sweet tooth and I grew up in New England, which means ice cream year round. Blizzard’s rolling in and we have a day off of school? Let’s make a sundae to celebrate! 🍨

8. Scarves – your autumn β€˜must have’ accessory

The knitted headband my friend made me. It keeps my ears from freezing, looks pretty cute, and makes me happy to think of her even when she’s far away. β™₯ My autumn style is best described as “as warm as possible” so it’s nice to have one thing that’s cute and stylish to balance out my ugly puffy coats and gloves!

9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker. I’m not sure I can pinpoint one thing about this story as the “why” of it lighting me up. It simply does with it’s beautiful writing, beautiful story, and challenges to what you believe and how you see the world.

10. Toffee apples / – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

This is partly based on my own expectations I had going into this book, but The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton blew me away. I read it on my own, somewhat expecting a dry classic story that required a lot of analysis and investigation. What I got was a raw, passionate story and characters I absolutely adored. Tears streaming down my face. Good reminder – I think it’s time for a re-read. ^.^