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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Discoveries I Made in 2019

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Let’s see how many things I can add to this list. The prompt for this week said “these could be books, authors, blogs, websites, apps, products, etc.,” so I’m going to try to be creative with it.

The Art of Darkness.

This is a bookish Halloween blog that I love. They have a weekly roundup of links that have introduced me to so many new authors and random literary things.

Header for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge. Image shows a laptop sitting on a wooden desk and the WWBC logo.

The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge.

This is a fun blog hop put on by Long and Short Reviews. The topics last year range from favourite characters to recipes to books you’d recommend to people who liked a certain genre.

Open Mic Nights at My Local Library 

I don’t know how many – if any – I’ll be attending this year, but it was pretty amazing to listen to other people read their own work, share a favourite poem from a famous writer, sing, crack jokes, and otherwise explore the wide world of literature and the arts last year. If your community has a library, I’d definitely recommend checking to see if they have a similar event (and asking them for one if they don’t).

It’s such a wonderful way to spend an evening and get to know your community better.

Folklore Thursday

If you’re on Twitter, #FolkloreThursday happens every Thursday. Their website or Twitter account generally share the specific themes ahead of time. Past topics have ranged from the food to children to winter holidays.

I’ve learned about so many legends and traditions from the folks who run it and highly recommend it to anyone who loves fairy tales, folk tales, or anything similar to that.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I’ve been looking forward to this prompt for weeks! There are so many amazing books coming out over the next six months.

Book cover for When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk. Figures on cover show two friends embracing, one friend walking away from the other, and then the first friend all alone.

1. When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

Release Date: March 10

Why I’m Excited for It: There aren’t enough books out there about friendship, especially when it comes to the end of a friendship. I hope this one does so well that publishers realize there’s a demand for these types of stories.

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman book cover. Image on cover is stylized one of a trapeze artist tumbling upside down.

2. Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman 

Release Date: March 10

Why I’m Excited for It: I’m fascinated by trapeze artists and want to read more about them.

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin book cover. Image on cover is of the underside of a bridge and the skyline of a large city.

3. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin 

Release Date: March 26

Why I’m Excited for It: This is apparently based on her short story called “The City Born Great.” I loved the world building in that story and can’t wait to see where Ms. Jemisin goes next with it.

Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner book cover. Image on cover is of a butterfly, and there is a quote by Kate McGarry on the upper righthand side that says, "an absolutely real, raw, and emotional read."

4. Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner

Release Date: April 7

Why I’m Excited for It: While the young adult genre in general is getting better at including mental illness reps, I can’t remember the last time I read about a character who was at all familiar with Dissociative Identity Disorder. I hope it’s a good read that does justice for this illness!

 Loveless by Alice Oseman book cover. Image on the front is of a young girl holding a heart that is releasing smaller hearts into the air.

5. Loveless by Alice Oseman

Release Date: April 30

Why I’m Excited for It: There have been a few great books about asexual characters that came out over the last few years. This one is about someone who is aromantic and asexual, so I’m super curious to see what it will be like.

G.O.A.T. - Serena Williams: Making the Case for the Greatest of All Time by Tami Charles book cover. Image on cover is of tennis trophy and outline of Serena Williams playing tennis.

6. G.O.A.T. – Serena Williams: Making the Case for the Greatest of All Time by Tami Charles

Release Date: May 5

Why I’m Excited for It: I’ve never been good at any sports no matter how hard I tried to play them. Serena’s talent on the tennis court amazes me, and I’d like to learn more about  where it came from and how she became a star in her sport.

The Anthill by Julianne Pachico book cover. Image on cover is of a barrio.

7. The Anthill by Julianne Pachico

Release Date: May 12

Why I’m Excited for It: As soon as I saw the phrase “literary ghost story” in the blurb, I knew I had to read this one. Hauntings of both the literal and metaphorical kinds are always interesting to me.

Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way by David Barrie  book cover. Image on cover is of a bear reaching down to touch the "U" in the title and a bird and two bees flying around the title.

8. Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way by David Barrie 

Release Date: May 28

Why I’m Excited for It: My sense of direction is honestly not spectacular. Like reading about star athletes, I find joy in learning how other living beings find their way around in our world much better than I can!

The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ by Monty Lyman  book cover. Image on cover is of a patch of human skin that is perspiring slightly.

9. The Remarkable Life of the Skin: An Intimate Journey Across Our Largest Organ by Monty Lyman  

Release Date: June 2

Why I’m Excited for It: I take good care of my skin. Reading about the newest science on what you should and shouldn’t do for healthy skin is something I enjoy quite a bit. Here’s hoping this book will touch on that topic!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books I Read in 2019

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

2019 was an odd reading year for me. I started and finished fewer books than I usually do. The ones that I did finish were less likely to stand out as amazing in my mind for reasons that had as much to do with me being honestly a little burned out on reading in general as it did with the content of what it read itself.

So my list this week is going to be short and sweet. I hope that I will have a much longer response for this prompt if Jana decides to recycle it next year.

Becoming by Michelle Obama book cover. Image on the front of it is of Mrs. Obama smiling and looking straight ahead at the viewer.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I had no idea the former first lady was such a good storyteller! It was really lovely to read her remembrances of her childhood, college years, working/married life, and experiences in the White House.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood book cover. Image on cover is of a handmaid wearing a green shawl and white cap. You can't see her face.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (my review is here)

I adored the way this sequel fleshed out the parts of The Handmaid’s Tale that Offred couldn’t have possibly known about. I can’t wait to see how it might be incorporated into the TV show next!

 The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters book cover. Image on front is of the shoulder, arm, and face of a topless woman who looks like she is dancing.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

It took me a couple of years to finish this book because of how slow the beginning was and how much other stuff I had to read, but I’m glad I slowly chipped away at it. There are other Sarah Waters books that I enjoyed more, but I ended up really loving this one once the characters had all been introduced and the mystery elements of the plot started to coalesce.

If you’ve been through a reading slump, what have you done to get out of it?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Santa's red bag overflowing with presentsThis week’s topic was a little tricky for me because the list of books that I want to read but haven’t already purchased as e-books or requested from the library is honestly pretty small. When you add my minimalistic lifestyle on top of that, I’ll admit that I can be a difficult person to buy presents for.

What I ended up doing with this prompt was coming up with a list of titles that my library doesn’t carry and that were hard to find in e-book form the last time I looked for them.

It’s quite possible that one or both of these things have changed for any of these titles. Maybe I’ll do more searches for them after Christmas ends? Or maybe it’s best to keep these as ideas for people who want to buy me stuff and are totally stumped by what to get? What do you all think?

Book cover for The Witch Under the Mountain by Audrey N. Allison

1. The Witch Under the Mountain by Audrey N. Allison 

Why I Want to Read It: A friend of mine gave it a great review a few months ago. Witches and ghosts are also things I enjoy reading about in general, so combining the two is automatically going to make me perk up.

2. Interference (Semiosis Duology #2) by Sue Burke

Why I Want to Read It: I was a huge fan of the first book! It’s surprising to me that my library doesn’t have it yet considering how popular Semiosis was.

Book cover for Defying Doomsday by Tsana Dolchva.

3. Defying Doomsday by Tsana Dolchva

Why I Want to Read It: It’s still disappointingly rare for characters who have disabilities or chronic illnesses to be main characters in science fiction stories. I’ve been yearning to read this book ever since stumbling across a reference to it on a blog earlier this year.

4. The Deep by Rivers Solomon 

Why I Want to Read It: I’ve heard amazing things about this book from other bloggers. The premise of it makes me think of a horrifying scene in the 1970s Roots mini-series that showed Africans being thrown off slave ships to drown in the middle of the ocean. I love the fact that Ms. Solomon decided to create a world where these people not only survived but thrived.

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Ostrich looking over the shoulder of a man reading the newspaperHere are ten books that will be published during the winter of 2020 that I hope my local library gets copies of soon.

As always, my TBR list is heavily influenced by which books my library orders and how long the wait lists are for them.

The photo in today’s post was included mostly because it made me chuckle. To the best of my knowledge, there are no ostriches  in Toronto who expect winter bedtime stories.

1. Born in the Wrong Time: Female Husbands and the Transgender Past by Jen Manion

Publication Date: January (no book cover photo or precise publication date currently available.)

Why I Want to Read It: I know very little about this topic and would like to learn more.

Cold Fusion Presents: New Thinking: From Einstein to Artificial Intelligence, the Science and Technology that Transformed Our World by Dagogo Altraide book cover. There is an abstract picture of circles connected by lines as the image on the book cover.

2. Cold Fusion Presents: New Thinking: From Einstein to Artificial Intelligence, the Science and Technology that Transformed Our World by Dagogo Altraide

Publication Date: January 15

Why I Want to Read It: Cold fusion is a fascinating topic that I do not understand well enough to discuss in this post. With that being said, I like reading about science and technology in general.

The Seep by Chana Porter book cover. There is a bouquet of flowers on the cover.

3. The Seep by Chana Porter

Publication Date: January 21

Why I Want to Read It: It’s been too long since I read anything about alien invasions. The fact that the protagonist is a middle-aged woman only entices me more. Will she have more common sense than the typical teen hero in these tales? I hope so!

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi book cover. Cover image is of a woman's face.

4. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Publication Date: January 21

Why I Want to Read It: There’s nothing like the bond between siblings. The characters in this book sound like they’re going to go through a lot of hard times together. I want to see them come out triumphant at the end.

Remembrance by Rita Woods book cover. Image is of the profile of a woman's bowed head. her eyes are closed.

5. Remembrance by Rita Woods

Publication Date: January 21

Why I Want to Read It: There’s something I really like about books that jump between the past and present, especially when the timelines seem like they might somehow intersect.

Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond by Lydia Denworth book cover. The only images on the cover are of stylized DNA strands lying on their sides at the top and bottom. They are behind green or blue backgrounds.

6. Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond by Lydia Denworth

Publication Date: January 28

Why I Want to Read It: Friendship is a fascinating topic.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Deborah Riley Draper book cover. Image on the cover is of eight of the athletes who defied Adolf Hitler.

7. Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Deborah Riley Draper

Publication Date: February 4

Why I Want to Read It: I know only a few scraps of information about the 1936 Olympic Games and would like to read more about it.

Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump book cover. Image on cover is of a young person wearing a hoodie whose face is obscured by an orange dot.

8. Everywhere You Don’t Belong by Gabriel Bump

Publication Date: February 4
Why I Want to Read It: I’ve never thought of terms “funny” and “riot” in the same thought before. Only time will tell how this author finds the humour in such a serious topic.

9. Common Bonds: An Aromantic Speculative Anthology by Claudie Arseneault

Publication Date: February (no cover photo or precise publication date currently available.)

Why I Want to Read It: I’m demisexual and curious to compare my experiences to theirs.

Finna by Nino Cipri book cover. Cover image is of bent tubes and screws scattered around.

10. Finna by Nino Cipri

Publication Date: February 25

Why I Want to Read It: Of course there would be a portal to a different dimension that just so happened to open up in a retail store. If anyone deserves an adventure, it’s two people who work for minimum wage! We honestly need many more books about characters like these.

Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Reads

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl While I don’t really celebrate any winter holidays with anything other than a nice meal, I still enjoy reading books about or set in this part of the year. 1. Yuletide Tales A Festive Collective by Peter John I’ve never seen such a diverse assortment of stories related to Christmas.… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Native American Reads

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl This week’s prompt was a Thanksgiving freebie. Since I’ve already written a few different posts about the Canadian and American Thanksgivings over the last month, I decided to use this prompt to share books written by Native American and First Nations authors that I’ve already read or am I’m… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Unconventional Bookmarks

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I’m modifying this week’s prompt a little bit because I’m the sort of reader who gleefully makes bookmarks out of all sorts of unconventional things when I read physical books. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I bought or used a traditional bookmark! No, this post isn’t… Read More