Top 10 Tuesday (11)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

This is my first Top 10 post since May! If you missed why I’ve been absent, see my post here. I’m really excited to be able to start posting again though, so here we go! I chose this top 10 (it was actually kind of a freebie) because the following books are what I think help shaped the things I am passionate about today. These are my pick of books I read from Middle School through College that taught me what I love (and don’t) about reading. 

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.1.

Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia, YA/Children’s fiction

The Giver was the first dystopian novel I had ever read, and I was hooked. I recently bought the quartet but I haven’t gotten a chance to read the other three yet.  


.2.

Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia

The thought of a future where books would be banned and burned was horrifying to me as a young girl. I think I hoarded books for years after this because of my irrational (maybe not irrational) fear of losing the ability to read books. 


.3.

Title: 1984
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia

I am actually re-reading this book now via audio-book. Orwell paints such a vivid and stark world that I love diving into. 


.4.

Title:  The Handmaid’s Tale
Author:Margaret Atwood
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia

As much as I enjoyed this book, I am actually enjoying the show on Hulu even more! The book itself got kind of tedious to me sometimes, but it’s on this list because it was my first taste in a world where women held less value than men. I was raised by a single dad who never forced traditional gender roles onto me because he simply didn’t have the luxury. He did all the cooking, cleaning, yard work, work on our cars, etc. He raised me to be a strong and independent woman who rarely took “no” for an answer, so The Handmaid’s Tale was shocking for my young and naive mind.  


.5.

Title:  The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy

My 5th grade teacher handed me this book with the warning that “it might be too much for me to understand”. I took that as a challenge and devoured this book. It was my first fantasy novel and propelled me into the fantasy genre which I still enjoy today. 


.6.

Title:  The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical, Memoirs

I remember being in high school and sobbing in my room after making it through this. I love learning about the Holocaust and reading about the terrors so many people had to endure, and am hoping someday to be able to visit the concentration camps and pay my respects in person. This book helped to teach me empathy and the resilience of humans. 


.7.

Title:  The Art of War
Author: Sun Tzu
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Military

This is a really short book and I recommend it to everyone. The Art of War is more than a strategic guide for War, but it is a philosophical guide to life. 


Okay, these last three books are a little different. I loathed being forced to read all three of these books and as a result steer away from both contemporary and historical fiction novels because of it. Get your pitchforks ready because I’m about to make a few people upset ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #sorrynotsorry

.8.

Title:  The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Literary Fiction


.9.

Title:  Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Literary Fiction


.10.

Title:  The Scarlet Letter
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Genre: Literary Fiction


Honorable Mentions: Books I never read in school but everyone else did.

I have no idea how I passed over these books, but they never came up in my curriculum. Maybe eventually I will go back to read them. 


See other people’s lists here!

Update and why I’ve been MIA

I honestly don’t even know where and how to start this post because so much has happened over the past few months so I’m just going to dig right in by showing you 🙂

The picture is my own, but I bought the calendar from FrankandBunnylove on Etsy (follow this link to see her great shop!)

I am currently 17 weeks pregnant! My husband and I had been trying for almost a year, and with previous fertility issues we are over the moon excited for our newest little one. 

This pregnancy has been hard though y’all (actual picture of me below). 

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But seriously, My first pregnancy was pretty “easy” as far as pregnancies go; the birth story where I almost died is another story, but the pregnancy itself was smooth until the last few weeks. My second pregnancy was a little more complicated than the first, but I had no morning sickness and definitely had that coveted “pregnancy glow”.  

This pregnancy has been another story altogether. I have been considered “high risk” from the beginning because of health issues caused by my first two pregnancies, which we expected. I did not expect the crippling “morning sickness” (in quotes because if you have ever experienced this, it is most definitely more of “all day – 24/7 perpetual state of nausea and vomiting sickness“).  By the time I was 14 weeks I had lost about 20 pounds because I can’t keep anything down, but I have been sitting at that weight for the last few weeks so I am hoping the losing weight portion of it is over. The nausea/vomiting several times a day is still present, but I’m holding out hope that it will go away soon (apparently denial and delusions of grandeur are also symptoms of this pregnancy 😂).

On top of the sickness (or because of it) I have developed headaches that make it almost impossible to concentrate, especially on screens, books, etc. This has obviously impacted my ability to read and review for my blog, but honestly, the exhaustion has been a huge reason why I have been on a hiatus for so long. Another contributing factor for me not posting is because of my depression. I have been pretty open on my blog  (see here and here) about my depression in the past and would like to continue to do so. I have recently lost a lot of joy in the things I love to do so much: reading, blogging, interacting with fellow bloggers, and bookstagramming. I think the combination of not being on meds right now, being unable to eat anything of significance, not being able to go to the gym (because of my nausea – lets just say the dead-lift floor at my gym will always remind me of the smell of vomit and sweat Image result for sick emoji), and pregnancy hormones are taking their toll on me. Honestly, I have been trying to post this for a while now, but just couldn’t find the motivation. 

If you’re still with me – thank you! I am trying to find joy in the things I used to so I decided my first step is to begin blogging again. My goal at this point is to post at least once a week. Because the headaches are still impacting my ability to read much, they may be weekly memes and such for now.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following my blog.