Top Ten Books I’d Like My Children to Read


Please go to The Broke and the Bookish for more details about their weekly meme. This week they’ve challenged us to list the books we’d like our children to read. I can’t pin down specific titles for my entire list so you’ll see a mix of titles and authors from whose writings I’m sure my children will learn and be inspired both now and when they are older.

5 Books to read in childhood/adolescence

  1. I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch – captures a mother’s love so beautifully
  2. Rowling’s iconic Harry Potter books – ’nuff said
  3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – a mansion full of secrets in Yorkshire? Sign me up!
  4. Judy Blume of course!
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – fantasy, adventure and fun

5 Books to read in adulthood

  1. Anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez for some Colombian heritage reading
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – because Offred’s insights and observations eerily resound
  3. Eckhart Tolle – at some point each of my children will need some tools to manage the hardships of life which I was unable to impart (or, gulp, deal with issues I may have unknowingly created…sweat beads…)
  4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin – ooooh, this book. Especially my daughter. When (if) she’s a mother.
  5. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – a beautiful, provoking read about identity, forging it, finding it in a harsh world

Which books would your list include?

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Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Art


This week at The Broke and The Bookish the challenge is to list our top ten book covers that could be framed as pieces of art.

Sometimes I pick a book solely based on the book cover. Here are some of my favourites:

The Gargoyle of Andrew Davidson (loved this book and holds special place in my heart since it was one of my first reviews for Book Marks, read review here)


Insurgent by Veronica Roth – I love images of trees


Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler – clean, crisp, cool

Paris by Edward Rutherford – because I love Paris

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – I think I’d like this in a bathroom


Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong – never read it, might read it…love the colours…

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Someday by Alison Mcghee – how cute for a baby’s room


Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss – another cute one for baby or older child

oh the places

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – I would look at this everyday from November to April

beautiful ruins

Lydia’s Party by Margaret Hawkins – so pretty and love the contrast of the sunflowers with the snow…eating outdoors in winter?

lydia party

Your thoughts? Which book covers would you frame?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I’d Love


For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, The Broke and The Bookish have challenged us to list the Top Ten Bookish Things (that aren’t books) That We’d Love To Own. Here are some fun Bookish things I found:

1. I would love to have a room like this in my home.



2. Twirly skirt + Harry Potter Reference = Happy-geek-in-me


3. Because Hamlet always has the right answer…even if it might take him 700 lines to get to it.


4. The perfect poster for my home office…which will be finished one day soon (home renos taking FOREVER!)


5. For those days when I simply cannot put my book down and must change baby’s diaper.


6. When my office is done and I have books on a shelf again instead of in boxes scattered throughout my house…these bookends will look great!


7. Because sometimes reaching for my smartphone to look up a word takes too much effort…an electronic dictionary bookmark!

8. Fun somewhat bookish pillow


9. Just like there can never be enough shoes…there can never be enough bags to carry your books in.

10. Adorable bookmarks perfect for the little readers in your home.


See anything you might like? What are some of your favourite bookish things (that aren’t books)?

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Top Ten Character Names

I know it’s NOT Tuesday! It’s Saturday!  A busy day has left me too exhausted to think or research/prepare a post for NaBloPoMo.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  I hadn’t participated in a long time and wanted to again.  So, I wrote this post 2 weeks in advance – and then forgot to post it!  Since today was super busy, and I had little time to really blog I dug into my drafts and found this one.  I like it, so I’ll post it.

The Broke and the Bookish requested a list about character names I love or unusual character names for Tuesday Oct 15 I believe it was…in any case, here is my list:

  1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter – for the longest time I mispronounced her name…unique and unforgettable
  2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games – great way to get a short form of Kat without the traditional Catherine…quick, clever, fiercely independent
  3. Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind – a name as sweeping and romantic as the book
  4. Lavender Brown from Harry Potter– a minor character but the name is just too cute and an interesting take on names taken from nature
  5. Blanche Dubois from A Streetcar Named Desire – is there a better example of symbolism through character name?
  6. Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird – self explanatory.
  7. Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – an unassuming name for a very dangerous girl.
  8. Portia from The Merchant of Venice – although I’m not a huge fan of this Shakespearean play, she is a great character and her name is just as strong
  9. Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice – classic.
  10. Katsa & Po from Graceling– too cute and love how deadly they are.

What’s your favourite character name?  Answer below or on your own blog and add it to the meme at The Broke and The Bookish.

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Top Ten Tuesday: OCD Bookish Habits!

(a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish)

This week we have been given free reign in our choice of topic.  I haven’t done a Top Ten list in a while (nor blogged in a while – sorry!), and as I perused the list of topics, I knew this one had to be this week’s Top Ten for me.

1.  I must finish every book I read.  (disclaimer: I still feel guilty about not finishing Fruit, but pretty damned satisfied that I didn’t waste any more time on Fifty Shades of Grey)

2.  I must have a bookmark.  It is imperative that the pages of my books not be folded or tampered with in any way.

3.  I must have a pen.  Weird, huh?  I can’t fold the pages of my books, but I can underline and note-take to my heart’s content.  It is a habit I formed when I became an English teacher – and, now, I can’t break it.

4.  I need a cup of tea.   Because reading makes me thirsty and I want to feel cozy and indulge.

5.  I need a blanket.  Again with the cozy.

6.  I must be curled up.  Is there any other way to read than with feet tucked in?

7.  When finished reading I close the book and inspect its cover – perhaps even brushing my hand over it to make sure its clean.

8.  Re-read parts I love. Over and over.  Which might help to explain why I take so long reading books.

9.  Select books based on their cover or title.  Although, since I started blogging I’ll select books recommended on favourite blogs.

10.  Walking through the book store just to be around books.

Do you have OCD habits around books or other hobbies?

Share yours with me in the comments below or at The Broke and the Bookish through the above link.