Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Hello! It’s Tuesday and you know what time it is…Top Ten. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl, Jana every week, they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I looked at this week’s challenge and definitely knew I could do this one since I have so many books I own and haven’t read!

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Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

 

I love her books and once again she has created a historical fiction that has excited me to learn something new to me – the Haenyeo (female divers) of the Korean province of Jeju. It sounds like a fascinating history and I know once I read the book I will be all over the internet to learn more about this important part of history. I pre-ordered this book once I found out about it and I have already received it so it will be read this spring for sure.

 

 

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The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

I can not remember I heard about this author but she has popped on my radar and I look forward to reading a sci-fi, fantasy novel set in South Africa with a band of unlikely characters trying to save the world.

 

 

 

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Mayhem & Mass (A Sister Lou Mystery) by Olivia Matthews

I love sneaking cozy mysteries into my reading time. Especially between heavier books. But I am so excited to read this because it is a cozy written by an african-american author. She has already written several books in the series so I have a wonderful list to continue once I read this one.

 

 

 

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Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

I bought this book to go add to my social justice library that I am collecting for myself. I look forward to reading this book to learn more and I am particularly interested as a black woman to read a book that presents multiple ways race, gender, and class affect the oppression of black women, and how they subsequently navigate in this world. I am sure I will find it quite affirming.

 

 

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The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

I absolutely loved reading The Wedding Date which was Guillory’s debut novel. It was a really fun contemporary which is a genre I haven’t read in a long time. It was so enjoyable that I picked up this second book. It’s not the a series but if she writes the way she did in the first, I will gobble it up fast!!

 

 

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Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

I am late to game with this author. I first heard about her over 4 years ago and still have read any of her novels. My husband bought this one for me on my last birthday and I can’t wait to jump in to it. It’s one of my favorite genres, historical fiction so I got to get to it. This one is set in the French Quarter in New Orleans, a place I have had the pleasure of visiting so it will be fun to revisit.

 

 

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Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Bought this book a couple years ago. I absolutely love the cover. I own two books by this author but haven’t cracked one open. This year would be a great year to do that.  A family drama set in Philly in the 1940s and 50s, that focuses on a couple on the brink of splitting when something unexpected arrives to change the tides. Sounds like I need to read it for sure.

 

 

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The Martian by Andy Weir

Oooo, don’t let my husband see this post. I know I have a good man because I told him to read this book when it came out and when this book first came out and he did. Then the movie came out and he said he would wait for me to read the book and then watch it with me. Well hello!! I still haven’t read it! So I need to step up and get on it.

 

 

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A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney

A young adult fantasy inspired by Alice in Wonderland with a black female protagonist sounds like fun. Sign me up!

 

 

 

 

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Bought this end of last year, sounded like an interesting historical fiction mystery set in 1862 and the present. I hope this author can deliver a ride like Susanna Kearsley does in her books. If so, it will be a win!

 

 

Happy reading!

Belinda

Belinda’s Book Nook: March Mystery Madness

It’s that time of year again. March Mystery Madness has begun. For the past few years I been participating in a reading challenge for the month of March. For the entire month, you are encouraged to read mysteries. This year they have prompts to make it more challenging.

The prompts are:

1 Old – Could be a book that is really old, or old-fashioned like an old cozy crime.

2 Again – Could be something you re-read or maybe the word again is in the title.

3 New – Could be any book new to you or a new release.

4 Borrowed – Could be a book borrowed from the library or a friend, etc.

5 Blue – The book could be colored blue, the title could have the word blue in it, or blues music.

Optional bonus – Read a mystery that features a wedding or wedding preparations.

I like the prompts but I have already grabbed some options from my shelf as you can see in the pictures so I will see if any fit in with the prompts. I definitely have old, new and borrowed. I don’t have time to re-read books so I know that one is off the table for me. For me I just like the idea of reading mysteries all month. Right now I am listening to an audio mystery called, “Murder in G. Major and I started a book I borrowed from the library called, “Land of Shadow (A Detective Elouise Norton Mystery).  So I will update you on what I read in early April. Feel free to suggest a mystery if you read one you like.

Happy reading!

Belinda

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday – #508

Good morning to my crafty WOYWW friends! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Hello! I first must apologize because a few weeks back when I last posted, I was unable to visit all of the desks of all of you that popped by. I plan on rectifying that this week.

Today’s desk not so bad because I cleaned it up a few days ago. Otherwise it would be pure chaos right now. I’m sorry the photo is a little blurry. Today I am sharing another coloring page and this time from the coloring book, “Die Welt unter der Lupe zu Lande by Rita Berman. I love her coloring books so much that I plan on collecting them all. First off, the size of the book is perfect (roughly 8 x 8 inches). It’s not to small and not too big. The images are so pretty that they make you want to color them. I am almost through with this page. Once color the remaining flowers, then I think I will color a table to ground the items. This page will help me get closer to my goal of coloring at least one page in all of my coloring books in 2019. I will share with you the finished page that I shared last time later this week. I meant to post it Monday but that didn’t happen.

Also on my desk is my new collapsible water cup (It’s the green thing) for water coloring. I am loving it and it has a curvy top to rest my brush on.  You can see I still haven’t had time to play with the new distress oxide inks because they are still un-opened. I also still need to test out those new embossing folders from Park Lane and an old die I bought ages ago from WPlus9.

You can also see I took out my Brushos so I can play with them. The ephemera in the package is new and for use in my bullet journals. (I am a sucker for flowers.)

I hope you all are well and can’t wait to see what you are working on.

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday – #505

Good morning to my crafty WOYWW friends! For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Well Happy New Year to all my WOYWW peeps! I have been MIA for way too long so it’s time to begin my snooping for the new year. I had a wonderful holiday break and then seemed to take a crafting break upon my return. So I had nothing much to share.

This is the first year, I decided to have some coloring resolutions for 2019. One of them is to color at least one page from the many coloring books I own. As with all of my crafting I have a habit of attaching myself to a craft and buying way more than necessary. So this year, I will attempt to color in all of my coloring books.  It should be challenging but fun.

This first coloring is in the Creative Haven Winter Wonderland coloring book. I just started coloring it this morning. So I will share the completed page when I finish it.

On my desk, you can see my bullet journal on the left with some washi tape on it. My cute calendar I received free from Minted printing when I ordered my Christmas cards from them. You can see some new Copic refills for three of my most commonly used colors. The refills arrived last week and I still haven’t gotten around to refilling the markers. Some stamping blocks, some really cute blank cards with envelopes that I bought for $3 at Target. Plan to use them for bases for some Valentine’s cards. my colored pencil tray and the bag below holds so new stamps and dies that arrived for me to play with later this week.

I hope you all are well and I can’t wait to snoop around on your desks. I have an appointment this morning so I will begin my visits when I return home.

Have a crafty day!

Belinda

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