Top 10 Tuesday | July 28

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. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Topic

Things I love to eat/drink while reading

Top 10 Tuesday
A baby pig swimming in coffee

Coffee (lots of coffee!)

A young girl drinking tea

Tea (very yummy!)

A floating piece of chocolate cake

Cake (Chocolate is my fave!)

Pusheen laying down with a bag of chips. Caption: I'm busy

Potato chips (just like Pusheen!)

Five empanadas floating in the air. Caption: National Empanada Day

Empanadas (beef or chicken, they’re soo good!)

One peanut butter cup.

Peanut butter cups (a guilty pleasure!)

Other Favorites

–Iced Tea


–Fruits (berries & bananas)


Feel free to add your favorite treats in the comments!

Love and light, Cathleen

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Top 10 Tuesday | Jul 7

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. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Topic: Authors I’ve Read the Most By

Charles Shultz (Snoopy/Peanuts Gang, of course!)

L. M. Montgomery

Ann M. Martin (Baby-Sitters Club!)

Z. Brewer

L.L. McKinney

Laurell K. Hamilton

Charlaine Harris

Lisa See

Stephen King

Roshani Chokshi

Which authors have you read the most by? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: June 30

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. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Post

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Top 10 Tuesday selection.
A young woman with long hair, in front of a full moon. The title 'Lobizona' in all caps above the moon. In the moon says: 'Undocumented, Unprotected, Unafraid'.

Top 10 Tuesday selection.

Roshani Chokshi, New York Times Bestselling author, The SIlvered Serpents in red text. 
Frozen vines line the sides of the cover. a Russian style palace is in the white backdrop.
Top Ten Tuesday selection.

A boy sits by an ocean backdrop. A teddy bear laying on the grass is at the front. 'Only she knows the truth' is written in small black text.

'Until I find You' by Rea Frey is in white text.

A woman in a blue dress looking over her shoulder. There is a forest background. 'Cinderella is Dead' is written in white text.
Top 10 Tuesday selection.

Cemetery Boys is written in yellow text. Two boys at the center, while a ghostly figure in a cloak stands in front of a full moon.
Top Ten Tuesday selection.

The Dark Tide written in white text. Moon cycles are in a circle. A whive wave circles the cover.

Far From Normal written in white text. A man stands with a soccer ball. A woman rides a bicycle while walking adog.
Unravel the Dusk written in yellow text. An woman dressed like a goddess, in a red and gold dress,  is cloaked in cloth.
Goddess in the Machine written in white text. A woman stands in front, with rays surrounding her.

Raybearer is written in black text. Rainbow colors surround the book. a person in enclosed in a circle.

What are your most anticipated releases? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Book Blogger Hop: Keeping Track of Reviews & Books

The Book Blogger Hop is a book meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer where you answer a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. This way you have a chance to check out other people’s blogs and gain new followers yourself.

This Week’s Question

How do you keep track of books you will be reviewing or reading? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I keep track of the books I’m reading through Goodreads and writing then down in a my book planner. I enjoy the planners I receive through OwlCrate. When reviewing, I try to post them twice/three times a week.

I also try to post my book reviews on my book blog and bookstagram on the same day, but it never turns out that way!

How do you keep track of the books you read and review? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Top 5 Tuesday: May 5

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This Week’s Topic: Top 5 Cute Romances

Chloe Brown and Red Morgan

Alice and Addison Hatta

Kaz Brekker and Inej Ghafa

Laurie and Jack

Sookie Stackhouse and Quinn

What are your Top 5 cute bookish couples? Feel free to share!

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A New Story, and Addressing Fears

Today I began reading ‘Out of the Embers’ by Amanda Cabot. I received the book through Revell Reads blogger program. It’s a Historical Fiction/Romance novel, and I always take a liking towards the HF genre.

In ‘social distancing news’, Andy worked from home, and I alternated my time between reading and taking care of chores. I also signed up for a webinar for my school. The topic involves how to communicate with students about COVID-19. While my school is closed for at least two weeks, many families are understandably stressed about this sudden change in routine. I’m looking forward in hearing what this webinar entails.

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry/A Review

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Length: 362 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: March 3, 2020
ARC acquired through publisher

It’s 1989, and the Danvers High School Women’s Field Hockey team is staring down another losing season. But things start to look up when the team’s goalie discovers a book that will change both the course of the season as well as each player’s life.
FACT: In 1692, a handful of young girls, interested in divining the nature of their futures, brought devastating consequences to what was then known as Salem Village. FACT: Three hundred years later, Salem Village is now the Town of Danvers, and these teen girls are just as wily and original as their ancestors. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, then Boston’s north shore is about to discover what lengths eleven teen girls will go to win a state championship, uncovering their true selves and bucking convention along the way. We Ride Upon Sticks and Are There Presently presents a portrait of teen girl-dom in all its furious messiness, from big hair to Heathers to coming into one’s glorious own despite society’s stale notions of femininity.

My Thoughts:

When I first heard about We Ride Upon Sticks, I was immediately drawn towards the plot of a women’s hockey team thriving under the influence of supernatural power. The fact that the story is set right in the heart of a region rich in witchcraft added on to my interest in the tale. I’m so thankful for Pantheon Books for providing me with an ARC of this book!

We Ride Upon Sticks follows the lows and steady rise of the Danvers High School Falcons, an all-female hockey team suffering struggles until some supernatural help befalls on these women one summer. The triumphs the team experiences are sudden, but these women are also handling the pressures of senior year in high school. The friendships and dramas that befall girls approaching the crossroads of adulthood can bring about its own stresses. Each of the women described in We Ride Upon Sticks fit the mold of an ‘It Girl’, ‘The Leader’, ‘The Mousey-yet-assertive’ types that we’ve all seen in our high school days. Ushering in an extra dose of supernatural, ‘witchy’ abilities bring about unexpected surprises that takes us for a ride as the story progresses.

We Ride Upon Sticks is set in the 1980s, which I very much appreciated! I love reading historical fiction tales, and while I was just a child in the 80s, many of the references brought a smile to my face (I loved ‘The Bangles’ and ‘Duran Duran’ musical references, to name a few!). The tension in the story was also presented in the style reminiscent to 1980s storytelling (I can only describe it as events take place in a slow-but-steady pace, keeping me focused!

I enjoyed We Ride Upon Sticks, as it exemplifies the power of women coming together to survive and thrive while enduring the trials of adolescence, and having supernatural abilities on your side. If you love stories rich in female friendship with a hint of magic, then this is the book for you!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Reading Blog: January 28

Happy Book Birthday to ‘Don’t Read the Comments’ by Eric Smith! You can catch my review of the story here!

I’m still deep into ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. It’s highly enjoyable, yet recent events have prevented me from finishing it as quickly as I would’ve wanted. Life brings surprising events at your door, and you just need to accept that level of unpredictability.

Will I finish the story? Of course! I love it a great deal. It has such a wide cast of characters.

Life will continue to be unpredictable, but I’m hanging in there. I just need to remember to breathe.

Blogmas Day 24: Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve usually brings a flurry of activity! Many families do preparations for their evening meals, while others frantically complete last-minute shopping for loved ones.

Andy’s family takes part in celebrating a traditional meal that occurs every Christmas Eve. It’s wonderful to participate in the meal, and also have a nice visit from my sister-in-law’s cat Bebe! Here she is with Andy!

What traditions do you take part in during Christmas Eve, if any? Let me know in the comments!

Blogmas Day 17: Ideal Secret Santa Gifts

If you’re participating in a Secret Santa activity for your job, it can be truly overwhelming to figure out what to buy for your person. The task to choose a gift throughout the week for $5-10 a day (the price of the last day may vary), can feel scary! It doesn’t need to be though. There are a few mainstay gifts you can stick to, that everyone can enjoy!

Here is a small list of gift ideas that you can select for your Secret Santa:

–Chocolates (you can pick up a gift pack from any department store)

–Coffee/Tea packs (these can be available in any price range)

–Skin care packets (face masks and/or creams): you would be surprised what you can find at Target/WalMart between $1-5!

–Small books (easily found at Barnes & Noble, near the sales racks)

–Bottle of wine (this is ideal for a Final Day gift. There are many varieties, for any price range)!

I hope this year’s Secret Santa activity is a stress free one for you!