Top Ten Tuesday

Joining The Broke and the Bookish to share my top ten for this week.

This week the Top Ten topic is books we are thankful for.  Which books have touched your heart and left you SO thankful it was written?

  1. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
  2. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  3. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  4. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  5. Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery
  6. The Mitford Years series by Jan Karon
  7. The Simple Life by Rhonda Hetzel
  8. Return to Me by Lynn Austin
  9. 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life by Bob Welch
  10. When Your Parent Becomes Your Child by Ken Abraham



Top Ten Tuesday

Joining The Broke and the Bookish to share my top ten for this week.

This week the Top Ten topic is “Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)”. Oh boy!…

  1. Lindsay Boxer in 1st to Die would make a great Sergent in her police department.
  2. Alice in The Reading Promise would mae a great leader of a book club with her knowledge of so many great books.
  3. Harry Potter would make a great Headmaster.
  4. George Bailey for Mayor!
  5. Cynthia Kavanagh from Jan Karon’s Mitford Years series would make a good leader of a book club as she was an author of children’s books herself.
  6. Ebenezer Scrooge leader of the annual town Christmas celebration
  7. Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in Gone With the Wind would make a great leader of a woman’s church group.
  8. Isabelle in The Nightingale would be a creat leader of a Secret Service.
  9. Caroline in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter would be awesome at teaching and leading young people with Down Syndrome.  Very compassionate and understands the need for them to be as independant as possible.
  10. (my mind is numb and I can’t think of another great leader)

Top Ten Tuesday

Joining The Broke and the Bookish to share my top ten for this week.

This week Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?)  This is a very difficult one for me as I haven’t read many books with “attractive to me” kind of men…

  1. Rhett Butler
  2. Gabriel Oak in Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  3. Jack Carstares in The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
  4. Atretes in Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers
  5. Aragorn in Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
  6. Edward Rochester in Jany Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  7. Legolas in Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
  8. Tobias in Divergent by Veronica Roth
  9. Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  10. David Tulloch in The Cottage by Michael Phillips

Top Ten Tuesday…on Wednesday?

Well, I’m a day late but I just found this meme at The Broke and the Bookish and wanted to jump in and gets started.  Next Tuesday is my regularly scheduled Nightstand post so I will skip TTT.

This week we are to list the Top Ten books that are on my TBR Fall list.  Hopefully this list will keep me focused on what I want to get completed this year.

  1. The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemmingway
  2. The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
  3. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  4. I Heard the Owel Call My Name by Margaret Craven
  5. A Room With a View by E. M. Forster
  6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  7. The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge
  8. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
  9. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  10. This Life I Live by Rory Feek


I was browsing my old blog the other day and found this really great “Bookish Survey”.   I discovered this survey at Smiling Shelves who found it at The Perpetual Page Turner.   I thought I would give it another try see how my answers have changed.  Here is the link to my original post!

A to Z Bookish Survey

Author You’ve Read the Most Books From:

Jan Karon (19), L. M. Montgomery (9), Jane Austen (7), J.K. Rowling (7), Charles Dickens (6), Francine Rivers (4), and Janette Oak (4).

Best Sequel Ever:

The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn sequel to The Centurion’s Wife

Currently Reading:

The Count of Monte Cristo

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Since most of my reading is done in the evenings I drink a caffeine free hot tea in the winter months and usually just water in the summer months.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book. I love to turn the pages of a REAL book.  To hear the crisp “swish” when I turn to the next page and feel the cover in my hands is just very exciting!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

My answer is still the same as last time… I only dated my husband so this is a hard one!  Hard because I can’t imagine anyone else!  Gabriel Oak in Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.  He was loyal, hard working, and kind.  All the things that my husband is! 🙂

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

Divergent.  Took me a long time to even look into this one.  Glad I did.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Alchemist

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I reach my goal for the year early!

Just Finished:

The Nightingale

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Science Fiction (tried them but didn’t really care for them)

Longest Book You’ve Read:

War and Peace 1,392 pages

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

The Woman in White by Wilke Collins

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Three (if you count one on each side of the fireplace and one down stairs)

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I haven’t made it through all I want to read yet to start over but I would read Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers again.

Preferred Place To Read:

Same as last time…

Summer – by the pool
Winter – snuggled up on the couch by the fireplace.

Quote That Inspires You From a Book You’ve Read:

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”  Henry David Thoreau quoted in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Reading Regret:

Solitude: A singular life in a crowded world.

Series You Started and Need To Finish:


Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Nightingale

Wild at Heart


Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Thomas Hardy

Very Excited For This Release More Than All the Others:

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon coming September 19th!

Worst Bookish Habit:

Getting too many going at the same time.

X Marks the Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

Your Latest Book Purchase:

7 good used books from

Zzz-Snatcher (last book that kept you up way late):

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have made it back two weeks in a row!  Although not a lot has changed…  Linking up to share my progress!

I’m listening to this one.  It’s hard!

Closer to being done with this.  Ready to move on to the one below…

Currently on the nightstand, waiting for me.

This one is just okay.  About a man whose wife dies when a tree falls on their house and his grieving process.

I hope to have more reading time now that graduation is over.  I love to read in the summer (as if the season really matters) while I lay in the sun! 🙂

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

A very long time ago I participated in this weekly link up.  Thought I would give it a go but I’m sure it won’t be every Monday as my reading isn’t that quick right now.  Got a couple books going that are taking some time to “sink” in. If you know what I mean.  So if you’re interested go over to The Book Date and see what great books others are reading!

I’ve found though that visiting her can cause a rash of Challenges to take place! 🙂

I’m listening to this one.  It’s pretty good.

This one is a slow pondering type of book.  I read it on my breaks at work.

I started this one but it is a slow pondering type book too.  I will pick it up again when I am finish with the other slow pondering book.

Started this one over the weekend.  It is a light read that I will pick up at bedtime.  I don’t want to read anything that causes me to think too deep right before going to sleep.

So many books and so little time.  With this week being our Son’s graduation there is lots that we have going on.  Posts may be sporadic and reading and knitting close to nothing. 😦

My Reading Habits

I’ve always loved reading.  My old blog began as a reader blog that warped into a homesteading blog.  {{Sigh}}  another leg of my journey in this life…
I can be found on Goodreads where I often times set too lofty of a reading goal for the year.  I don’t think I have never NOT reached my goal but it leaves me stressed out.  I lowered my goal this year and of course I’m having a stellar year.
I was also involved in a reading challenge to read 100 classics in 5 years.  I am seriously falling short as my 5 year mark is July 2017.  I’m about 40 books short.   Oh well, I gave it a good shot.  Now the only “challenge” I am really in is 1 Million pages.  There is no time frame for that.  In fact I will be lucky to reach it before I die.
I just finished listening to…
It is a juvenile fiction of the fantasy/magic variety.  I’ve been trying to shake it up a little and know what my “grand-kids” might be reading.  Not a bad read.  It is book one in a trilogy.
I am currently reading…
This one was recommended to me by my sister.  It is partly to help me on my journey to Find Me.  It’s attempting to help me do what I like without caring what others think of me for it.  I’m not very far into it because my hands have been very busy with all my other activities.  I did enjoy the beginning, I just need to take some time to sit and do nothing but read for an hour.
I am currently listening to…
Book 3 in a trilogy… Not sure what I expected from these books but once I started I had to see it through to the end.  They are in the category of Fantasy/Romance.  Geez, there is quite a bit of sexual content to them.  
1,000,000 Pages status:
This year I have read 8,206 pages
Since I began this challenge in 2012 I have read 78,028 pages! (see what I mean?!)