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Top Ten Tuesday: Literature-Themed Colouring Books

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Close-up photo of colored pencils Technically, this week’s topic was “Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors.”

My apologies to Jana, but I couldn’t find a single title that fit this description no matter how hard I searched.

Due to this, I tweaked the topic to be literature themed colouring books. That is to say, colouring books that are inspired by actual novels. Get your coloured pencils ready!

1. Tolkien’s World: A Fantasy Coloring Book by Allan Curless

2. The World of the Hunger Games: The Official Coloring Book by Scholastic Inc.

3. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Coloring Book by Terry Pratchett

4. Hansel and Gretel: An Amazing Colouring Book by Fabiana Attanasio

5. The Alice in Wonderland Colouring Book by Rachel Cloyne

6. The Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy Colouring Book by Nicolette Caven

7. The Walking Dead: Rick Grimes Adult Coloring Book by Robert Kirkman

8. A Court of Thorns and Roses Colouring Book by Sarah J. Maas

9. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Coloring Book by Terry Pratchett

10. The Official Eragon Coloring Book by Christopher Paolini


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean

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Aerial shot of blue ocean waves Content warning: abusive relationships. Scroll past my first answer if you’d rather not read about that topic for any reason.

I’m a patient and forgiving reader in general. There are very few books out there that I have no patience for and will not provide links to here.

The Books: The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

Why I’d Toss It: I was in an abusive relationship when I was a teenager, and it was really painful. There were so many red flags in Bella and Edward’s relationship that I couldn’t keep reading and can’t recommend this series to anyone.


The Book: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Why I’d Toss It: Look,I completely agree that having a positive and optimistic attitude is a good thing in general. Anyone who follows me on Twitter will see how perky I usually am! Unfortunately, I’ve observed a lot of ugly victim blaming coming from the idea that terrible things happen to people because they entertained the wrong thoughts. Not every tragedy in life can be prevented. I believe in loving and supporting people when they’re at their lowest points instead of coming up with reasons why they deserved it.


The Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Why I’d Toss It: All of the characters were awful human beings. They all had the time and money to become better people and yet refused to do so. I do not have the patience to read about folks like that, but I won’t judge anyone who does. This was simply a case of my moral code clashing so strongly with theirs that I couldn’t get into the plot at all.


The Book: Anything written by Donald J. Trump

Why I’d Toss It: He’s Trump.


The Book: The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

Why I’d Toss It: I loved the Earth’s Children series, but the final book in it was nonsensical at best. It destroyed character arcs, ignored thousands of pages of foreshadowing and plot development, and refused to answer the majority of the questions the audience had been carrying around for years.

Top Ten Tuesday: Places in Books I’d Love to Live

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I adore living in Toronto, but there are parts of all of these places that intrigue me. It would be cool to see them in person someday if it were safe and affordable to do so.

A red passport tucked into the handle of a blue wheeled suitcase If I didn’t mention a specific thing I wanted to do for the numbers on the list below, that means I’d want to talk to the locals to get their recommendations on the best restaurants, museums, parks, etc. before adding my own wish list to the agenda.

You can learn so much about other cities, countries, and cultures by listening to the people who live there and taking their advice on where to go and what to do.

If any of you ever visit Toronto once travelling for fun is possible again, I’d be happy to give you some suggestions of what to do here!

1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou’s Autobiography, #1) by Maya Angelou

Location: Stamps, Arkansas

What I’d Do There: Soak up every ray of sunshine I can. I get the winter blues each year, so this would make a big impact on my life.


Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Location: Japan (various cities)

What I’d Do There: Among many other destinations, I’d visit Rabbit Island.


3. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Location: Calcutta, India


4. Dubliners by James Joyce

Location: Dublin, Ireland

What I’d Do There: Visit whichever castle Irish people think is the nicest one there.


5. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Location: Manchuria, China

What I’d Do There: See the Great Wall of China.


Person going kayacking in Nigeria. 6. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Location: Nigeria


7. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Location: Dominican Republic (various cities)

What I’d Do There: Visit the schools and other places that a relative of mine helped to build! He has a lot of experience with this kind of stuff and used to visit every year to help with various projects.


8. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Location: Egypt (various cities)

What I’d Do There: See the pyramids, of course!


Ama Dablam in the Himalayan mountains 9. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Location: Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal

What I’d Do There: Quietly enjoy the majestic mountains for a day or two before asking about specific places there to visit.


10. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Location: Mexico


Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Titles

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All of these titles make me giggle! I have not read any of them yet, so let me know if you’ve read and liked any of them.

1. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin

2. Annie Gomez and the Gigantic Foot of Doom by Jay Cutts

3. It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita by Heather B. Armstrong

4. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

5. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1) by Tom Angleberger

black and white photo of an elderly man who is laughing.

6. How You Can Bowl Better Using Self-Hypnosis by Jack Heise

7. The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill

8. How To Tell Your Cat About Trump by Breaking Burgh

9. The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck

10. How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom  by Patricia Carlin

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring 2021 TBR

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Stack of books on a wooden swing. I’m a mood reader, so these TBR posts for Top Ten Tuesday often turn out to be wildly different from what I actually get around to reading in any given season.

Spring is also the time of year when I generally read less and spend more time outdoors.

Toronto doesn’t have many dry days with mild and pleasant temperatures, so you’d better believe we take full advantage of them when they start showing up in the spring! The heat and humidity of the summer will encourage us to head back indoors soon enough.

With those things in mind, these books do sound good to me and I do plan to eventually read them on days that weren’t meant for picnics and hikes in the warm, friendly sunshine instead.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro book cover. Image on cover shows drawing of yellow hand holding a small bright yellow sun.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Publication Date: Already released

Why I Want to Read It: I enjoyed “Never Let Me Go” by Mr. Ishiguro and thought the fairytale-like themes of this new release from him sounded right up my alley.

Girlhood by Melissa Febos book cover. The only decoration on this cover is the title and author repeated over and over again with each repetition missing a little more of the words.

Girlhood by Melissa Febos

Publication Date: March 30

Why I Want to Read It: I love reading about other women’s experiences with every stage of life, including girlhood and puberty. These aren’t topics that are discussed enough in my opinion.

The Light of Days- The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos by Judy Batalion book cover. Image on cover shows woman wearing a headscarf and 1940s clothing standing alone.

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion

Publication Date: April 6

Why I Want to Read It: I didn’t realize there were resistance fighters in the ghettos in Germany.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon book cover. Image on cover is a stylized drawing of plants growing in a medow. One of them might be harbouring a human as you can see a hand around it.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Publication Date: May 4

Why I Want to Read It: I loved “The Deep” (my review of it is here) and can’t wait to see what Ms. Solomon does with the Gothic Fiction genre! It’s so cool when authors dip their toes in other genres or sub-genres.


Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir book cover. Image on cover shows astronaut fallling through space next to a planet.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Publication Date: May 4

Why I Want to Read It: I loved ” Martian” and can’t wait to see what thought-provoking hard science fiction Mr. Weir has for his fans this time. Yes, I do tend to stick with certain authors once I have an amazing experience with one or more of their books.


The President's Daughter by Bill Clinton book cover. It has no decorations.

The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton

Publication Date: June 7

Why I Want to Read It: It makes me wonder which parts of the plot might have been inspired by President Clinton’s time in the White House! No, I don’t think it’s secretly autobiographical or anything like that, but maybe there were quiet moments from his presidency that inspired him to wonder how they’d fare as a thriller.

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac book cover. Image on cover is of a native child petting a dog in a field.

Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac

Publication Date: June 8

Why I Want to Read It: I have relatives who worked in the medical field during the first few waves of Covid-19. They only know about its effect on reservations from secondhand experience, but even those tidbits of information were more than enough to make my ears perk up at the thought of learning more.

Are you also a mood reader and/or someone who struggles with these seasonal TBR prompts? Please tell me I’m not the only one!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Fresh Starts

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I prefer to tidy up my TBR and home at regular intervals rather than doing spring cleanings every year.  I tweaked this week’s prompt a little bit, but I am sticking to the spirit of it. There’s something about the arrival of spring that feels like a fresh start… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl Kudos to whomever came up with this unique topic! I have not read these books and am only mentioning them because these occupations sound amazing.   Title and Author: The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani The Job: Carpet designer Why I’m Interested: It’s quiet, intricate work that creates beloved… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl Honestly, I haven’t read that many humorous books recently regardless of if we’re talking about tales published last year or thirty years ago. I’ll share a few funny books I have read and hope I can get some great ideas for other reads from everyone else’s posts today. Solutions… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Mardi Gras

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl Technically, today’s topic was “Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers in honour of Mardi Gras.” I’ve written so many posts about book covers of various colours that I tweaked it to be “Books About Mardi Gras” instead. They span a wide range of topics, from  recipes to history to… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Conversation Hearts on Book Covers

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl As I mentioned on last year’s Valentine’s Day freebie post, I don’t actually celebrate this holiday. I do, however, love conversation hearts, so this year’s freebie post will be all about covers that feature those delicious little candies. If you’ve never eaten a conversation heart, they’re hard, sweet, and… Read More