Top Ten Tuesday #45: Books I Want to Reread

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

BOOKS I Want to Read Again

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 10 Tuesday post, but I couldn’t pass on this one because it’s the perfect topic for me. I’m a major rereader. I enjoy revisiting stories I love and even those I didn’t to see if my mind has changed. If I didn’t complete a book, it’s highly possible that I might reread it to see if my mood is more in tune with the book then.

Being spoiled on how the story will end doesn’t turn me off either. Most times, I’ll still anticipate what will happen next and will be at the edge of my seat speeding through the book although I know exactly how it all wraps up. I reread to revisit worlds, reengage with characters, and reflect on the author’s prose. And the experience is always different from when I first read the book.

Well then, here are 10 books I’d like to reread.

Rasputin’s Daughter by Robert Alexander

I read this years ago when I was in high school and loved it. It’s historical fiction about the notorious mad monk, Rasputin. The story is narrated from his daughter’s POV. I recall it being a very engaging, gripping read. I wonder if such will be the case when I revisit it.

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Book Haul #66: I’m Back

Hey peoples, I’m back!

I took a quick break from blogging because I felt like it, but now I’m back at it. You can expect to see posts whenever I manage to throw one up, and hopefully I’ll get some time this week to catch up on all your posts I missed out on.

My plan was to preplan posts for the week over the holiday, but that didn’t work out. So here’s a nice, easy book haul post! 😀

It’s quite long because it’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these.

Couple notes:
First, please let me know if you are using a mobile device to view this post because ever since WordPress switched to the block editor, my posts have been looking wonky on phones whenever I group images together.
Second, all links are to Goodreads unless otherwise stated.

Purchase

Physical

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Top 5 Tuesday #47: Books I’m Glad For & Top Recs

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

I’m doubling up on topics since I didn’t do this post last week (haven’t been in a blogging mood). So…

Last week’s topic:

Top 5 books I’m glad I read

Books I’m glad I read this year (or other years)

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better by Pema Chödrön

This is actually a speech that Chödrön gave at her granddaughter’s graduation. It’s very inspiring and something I needed to read at the time I read it. Failing at something is often seen as the most horrible thing to happen, but after reading this book, I’ve started to realize that failing is not the end. It can be the beginning of something new, something better.

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Let’s Rewind: October 2020

This is my October wrap up. It’s late because I haven’t been in the mood to blog lately.

Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.


Maaan… I don’t even remember what went down in October. All that’s on my mind right now is that Trump is out of a job and is acting like an ass about it. I wish he could be kicked out ASAP instead of having to wait until January next year. This dude is so odd and incompetent as a president.

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Top 5 Tuesday #46: Books I Haven’t Read Yet & New Authors

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm, and now managed by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

I’m doubling up on topics since I didn’t do one of these last week. So…

Last week’s topic:

Top 5 new authors

2020 debut or new-to-me authors

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 26 | Art Books

Wow! We’re on the last bookcase I’ll show for this Bookshelf Tour series. I didn’t expect to complete this tour this year so to be at the end now is surprising. I really thought this would extend into 2021, but, here we are even though I twice took a week off from the tour.

I started this series back in May when everything shut down due to corona and I began spending more time blogging to ignore the world falling apart around me. It was successful for a while in distracting me, but eventually I had to pop my head out of the blogging sand and engage in reality.

I was happy to do this tour, and I hope you all enjoyed it too. I’ve always wanted to do such a series of posts but figuring out how to do it on a blog (and not on video) was tricky. The format I chose worked for me, but it is detailed and it took time to prepare the posts. However, I’m glad I did it this way because I was able to accurately catalog my books as I went along. I use the Book Collectorz app to keep track of my books but had not been keeping up with it, so my numbers there are probably a bit skewed.

According to the app, I own 1,200 print and electronic books, including audio books. I still wonder if that’s correct. Although I include stats on my books at the end of each of these tour posts, they do not include books I bought since beginning this tour series in May or my e-books or audiobooks. So maybe I’ll do a separate post with the final stats to fully wrap up this series. Maybe…

Anyway, here’s the final bookcase we’ll tour. It doesn’t look like the previous ones because it’s just a short office furniture that I use as a bedside table and mini bookcase. Check it out:

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Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 25 | Picture Books & Graphic Novels, Pt. 2

So this is the last shelf on this tour. Well, it’s supposed to be because since the beginning of this bookshelf tour series, I’ve only mentioned that I’ll tour the two large bookcases in my room. There is one more bookcase in the room. Actually, it’s a small office desk that I use as a nightstand. I mostly store there my art books. When I started this thing, I didn’t plan on touring it too, but now I think I might. I mean, why not, right?

Well, since I’m nearing the end of this tour series, I hope you’ve hung in there with me and have found a few books that interest you as well. Not only was it fun (and a bit time consuming) to do this series, but it was also helpful in allowing me to accurately catalog my books. I use the Book Collectorz app to keep track of my books, but I hadn’t been keeping an accurate catalog of them for some time. This tour series helped me to get back on track.

Well, anyway, we’re on the second bookcase:

And we’re touring the last untoured shelf, which is the one at the very top. Let’s take a closer look:

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Spoopy Memes Book Tag, Pt. 2

Lol! I did the first part of this book tag exactly one year ago. If Emily at Embuhleelist keeps creating them, I guess it will become an annual event on my blog to do the Spoopy Memes Book Tag on October 26, lol!

Name a character that keeps repeating the same mistakes, despite having multiple opportunities to prevent them.

Nevare from Forest Mage by Robin Hobb

Emily chose Fitz from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series, so I’m gonna choose Nevare from Hobb’s Soldier Son trilogy, which Emily and I are currently buddy-reading. We are about to start the last book in the trilogy now — Renegade’s Magic. To me, Nev is as hardheaded as Fitz so far, and it took him until the end of the second book, Forest Mage, to realize that he should start trying to do things a bit differently. It was a bit frustrating to read about even if I understand the reason for his obstinacy.

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Autumn Book Tag

Autumn has become one of my favorite seasons. I even like the cold winds that sometimes blow through it because they make me bundle up in cozy sweaters and thick scarves.

I love this season for its blazing colors and for the fashion that goes with it too. It’s the only time of year that I’m eager to shop for clothes, so my closet tends to have more items to wear in the fall than in any other season.

I love the food and drinks this season inspires, especially as it leads into Christmas — hot chocolate, apple pie, gingerbread latte, pumpkin spiced latte, and so much more.

Anyway, for today’s entry in BOOK TAG WEEK, I’m doing the Autumn Book Tag, which was created by Jenniely. And this time, I was tagged by the Orangutan Librarian 😄😆 (she tagged me for it last year, lol, but don’t mind that. Better later than never, eh!) 🙃.

Hot Chocolate: What is your comfort book?

Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (illus.)

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Dark Academia Book Tag

I saw this tag going around and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do it too, especially for this season. I consider myself tagged by Madame Writer because I saw the tag there first. It was created by booktubers *emmie* and CarolynMarieReads.

What is your favorite “academia” or “dark” book + movie?

I don’t know why, but my mind went blank when I read this question. I guess it’s because I haven’t read many “academia” novels, but I’ve certainly read a few “dark” ones. For my favorite book, I choose The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey because it’s a bit dark and it fits the dark academia aesthetic.

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