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2023 Bookish Books Reading Challenge

My Progress:

23 / 30 books. 77% done!

20 Books of Summer 2023

My Progress:

17 / 20 books. 85% done!

2023 Literary Escapes Challenge

- Alabama (2)
- Alaska (1)
- Arizona (1)
- Arkansas
- California (12)
- Colorado (1)
- Connecticut (3)
- Delaware (1)
- Florida (1)
- Georgia (1)
- Hawaii (1)
- Idaho (1)
- Illinois
- Indiana (1)
- Iowa (1)
- Kansas (1)
- Kentucky (1)
- Louisiana (1)
- Maine (3)
- Maryland (2)
- Massachusetts (3)
- Michigan (2)
- Minnesota
- Mississippi (1)
- Missouri (1)
- Montana (1)
- Nebraska (1)
- Nevada
- New Hampshire (1)
- New Jersey
- New Mexico (1)
- New York (11)
- North Carolina (4)
- North Dakota (1)
- Ohio (3)
- Oklahoma
- Oregon
- Pennsylvania (1)
- Rhode Island (1)
- South Carolina (1)
- South Dakota
- Tennessee (1)
- Texas (4)
- Utah (1)
- Vermont (3)
- Virginia
- Washington (3)
- West Virginia (1)
- Wisconsin (2)
- Wyoming
- Washington, D.C.* (1)


- Australia (3)
- Canada (7)
- Chile (1)
- England (19)
- France (2)
- Ireland (2)
-Italy (1)
- Scotland (2)
- South Korea (1)
- Sweden (1)
- The Netherlands (2)
-Vietnam (1)

My Progress:

41 / 51 states. 80% done!

2023 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

My Progress:

25 / 25 books. 100% done!

2023 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

48 / 50 books. 96% done!

Booklist Queen's 2023 Reading Challenge

My Progress:

49 / 52 books. 94% done!

2023 52 Club Reading Challenge

My Progress:

46 / 52 books. 88% done!

2023 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

My Progress:

34 / 40 books. 85% done!

2023 Pioneer Book Reading Challenge

29 / 40 books. 73% done!

2023 Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge

My Progress:

13 / 25 books. 52% done!

2023 Medical Examiner's Mystery Reading Challenge

Book Bingo Reading Challenge

20 / 25 books. 80% done!

2023 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

My Progress:

85 / 109 books. 78% done!

Children's Book Reading Challenge...For Adults!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things to Turn Your Frown Upside-Down

In general, I'm an upbeat, positive person, even when times are rough like they are right now.  However, today's TTT topic du jour—Top Ten Books That Make Me Smile—made me realize I don't read a lot of books that reflect that.  I tend to shy away from funny reads.  Why?  Not sure.  My tastes just naturally skew toward the moody, broody.  The mysteries, thrillers, family sagas, and hist fic that I read most tend to be darker and heavier than your basic rom-com or contemporary story.  As you can see, I'll never come up with ten books to fit the prompt, so instead, I'm going to go rogue and change up the topic a little bit and go with Top Ten Bookish Things That Make Me Smile.

As you probably know already, Top Ten Tuesday makes me smile, so join in, wontcha?  It's fun and easy.  Just click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Top Ten Bookish Things That Make Me Smile  

1.  Mom—The first one isn't a thing, it's a person.  My mom and her identical twin sister turned 78 today and they both make me smile.  They're both retired teachers who love to read.  My mom taught me to love books by example (she was always reading—even when she had to do it in a locked bathroom to get some privacy), by reading me bedtime stories, by driving me to the library and letting me check out as many books as I could carry, by encouraging me to enjoy said books (even when I stayed up way too late), and by being one of the very first followers of this blog.  She's also taught me to love family history, to find joy in the journey of life (even when it's tough), to be strong through my trials, to be patient, and to have faith in a loving God.  She's pretty great, I have to say.  Happy birthday, Mom!  P.S. I think my mom's the one making the goofy face, but I'm not totally sure ...

2.  Strong, endearing leading ladies—I do have some favorites who make me smile:  Jacky Faber, Veronica Speedwell, Hermione Granger, Scout Finch, Jo March, Anne Shirley, etc.

3.  Punny book titles—I've come to appreciate cozy mysteries a lot more in the past few years than I ever have before.  They're clean, they're upbeat, they're fun, and oh my goodness, the titles!  A Tale of Two Biddies, Assaulted Caramel, Penne Dreadful, Dachsund Through the Snow, etc.  Even when they're totally silly, they make me smile.

4.  Book Memes—You gotta love a good nerdy meme that makes you feel seen and understood in your crazy bookwormish ways.

5.  Bookish apparel—There are so many fun shirts, socks, hats, etc. that promote a love of reading.  I love seeing them in the wild :)

6.  Bookish Accessories—Posters, mugs, jewelry, totes, bookmarks, etc. are fun, too.

7.  Knife Blocks Made out of Books—Who knew these were a thing?  They make me grin and, not gonna lie, I kind of want to make one.

8.  Bookish Cross-Stitch Patterns—COVID boredom has reawakened my interest in cross-stitching.  I haven't made anything book-y yet, but I've purchased some fun patterns that I can't wait to work on.  The one above will probably be my next stitching project.

9.  Book Mail—This has been a regular thing for me since I started my blog way back in 2006, but guess what?  I still smile every time I get a book in the mail, especially one I'm really excited about!

10.  BBB Readers and Their Comments—Truly, hearing your thoughts on books never gets old.  I smile every time I check my comments.  They always make my day.  Also, Napoleon Dynamite makes me smile.

So, there you go, ten bookish things (okay, nine things and one person) that make me smile.  Which books and/or bookish things make you smile?  I'd love to know.  Leave a comment on this post (see #10) and I'll gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT! 

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