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Random Book Musings: Unlikeable characters…….Do they make the story more interesting for you or make the story harder for you to enjoy and like? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Hello everyone and Happy Monday to you all!

Thought I better do my Book Musings question for this week since I forgot again last week. I am totally guilty that my mind hasn’t been necessarily on book related things lately…..it has been stuck in granddaughter/grandma mode. Which I am absolutely loving btw! Who would have known that being a grandma feels so darn good and satisfying. LOL I am totally smitten with that adorable little baby girl.

Anyway…..here is my question for this week.

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s Random Book Musings Question

Unlikeable characters…….Do they make the story more interesting for you or make the story harder for you to enjoy and like? 

Norma’s Answer

For the most part unlikeable characters make the story more interesting for me. I definitely don’t need to like the characters for me to enjoy the story but they do have to feel like they are contributing and moving the story forward for me to fully embrace and enjoy them. I am totally able to forgive and forget an unlikeable character though that I don’t necessarily like or have a problem with. I just usually chock it up to oh well if I am enjoying the story in a whole why does that little character need to ruin the whole book for me. LOL

Lindsay’s Answer

Unlikable characters are hit or miss with me too. Sometimes they can completely ruin a book and overshadow any sort of enjoyment I get from the story. Other times, as Diane mentioned with Maurice, they make the story highly appealing and intriguing. So I guess it all boils down to the writing and if the author has created this unlikable character to suit the story and move it forward, like Norma said. 

Brenda’s Answer

More interesting for me. I think they add contrast to the story. I like having characters to dislike and to like. If everyone is likeable or unlikable I find the dynamics between the characters a bit boring and unrealistic. Real life is hard and messy.

Well I was beyond excited when I won this #goodreadsgiveaway THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by KAIRA ROUDA! This is a highly anticipated read for us as we absolutely loved BEST DAY EVER!

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: So I’m really curious to hear what your most anticipated read is for this year? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

Hello everyone and Happy Saturday to you all!

So guess who came to visit me and my adorable granddaughter, Natalie?  Brenda!!!  

I am so thrilled and so happy to have had the pleasure of spending four wonderful days with Brenda. We had some great quality time together and we did lots of baby holding and hugging too.

I actually took two weeks vacation to be able to spend time with Brenda as well as help out our new mom. So I have been spending lots of time with my daughter-in-law and of course our little sweetie, Natalie.

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s Random Book Musings Question

So we are really curious to hear what your most anticipated read is for this year? I know it is early days…….but we’d love to hear if you have read any great books so far this year and have they made it into your favourite reads shelf? 

Norma’s Answer

I might have a few highly anticipated books this year so far which are My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing, No Exit by Taylor Adams, The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald & The Invited by Jennifer McMahon (which I don’t have….so bummed LOL). Yes, my very first and only book that has made it into my favourite reads shelf so far this year is The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I absolutely LOVED it!!!

Brenda’s Answer

The Night Olivia Fell is also one of my anticipated reads and I am really looking forward to it. I think we can say that is a highly anticipated Traveling Friends group read. Start date is around March 1. Christina MacDonald will be joining us in our discussion. If you are interested in joining you can find the group on Goodreads or drop us a comment below.

For favourites so far, Verity by Colleen Hoover took me by surprise and I really enjoyed it. I really look forward to adding more books on my favourites lists.

Lindsay’s Answer

Great question Norma! 💜 My most anticipated read would be The Night Olivia Fell by Christina MacDonald and Kelly Rimmer’s latest – The Things We Cannot Say. Really looking forward to both! No Favourite Shelf reads yet this year but hoping to change that real soon.

Enjoy that gorgeous baby and your time with Brenda! Wish I was there with you! 💗

Brenda & I heading out the door to go for a little nighttime stroll with our new books in the Coulee! 🙂

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: Just for Fun!! Guess who’s a grandma? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday to you all!

I have a very special announcement to make!!! I am so excited and proud to announce the arrival of our very first grandchild (Brenda is now a great aunt). Natalie Liann Rempel was born on January 18th, weighing 6 lbs 7 oz. We are totally in love and smitten with this adorable little girl!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s Random Book Musings Question ~*~ Just for fun!

So for my Book Musings question for this week is something that you have all probably seen done lots of times on Social Media. I have to admit that I like reading these but I have never actually “played along”. I would like to encourage everyone to please play as I think we would all love to see each others answers. I know that I do! So here we go…….

Norma’s Answer

Children: 3 & 1 grandchild! 🙂
Surgeries: 4
Tattoos: 0
Shot a Gun: Yes. (Target Practice) Didn’t like it much.
Quit a Job: Yes, when I got married and moved to the country in a different part of Alberta.
Ever been on TV: No 
Been to an Island: Yes, my parents recently moved from Prince Edward Island.
Rode in an Ambulance: No
Sang Karaoke: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes
Been on a Cruise: No
Rode on a Motorcycle: Yes
Rode a Horse: Yes
Almost Died: No
Stayed in a Hospital: Yes
Favourite movie: I don’t know if I actually have a favourite movie. I can’t think of one particular favourite at this moment anyway.
Update: The Sound of Music (just thought of one…LOL)
Morning or night: Night
Favourite colour: Brown
Last Phone Call: My mother
Last Text From: Brenda 
Favourite drink: Diet Pepsi 
Coffee or Tea: I’m not really a lover of hot liquids but if I were to choose it would be Coffee.
Favourite chocolate bar: Crispy Crunch (edited this to read chocolate bar LOL – or if you have a favourite bar then go ahead and add that in too)
Pizza: Hawaiian 
Cats or Dogs: Both 
Favourite Season: Summer but I think that Winter is the prettiest.
Favourite Book Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Your turn! 

Brenda’s Answer

So much fun. Here I go.

Children: 2 adult sons. I am now a great aunt and Norma a Grandma. oh my! Congrats Norma. 
Surgeries: none
Tattoos: no 
Shot a Gun: no
Quit a Job: Yes
Ever been on TV: no
Been to an Island: Yes
Rode in an Ambulance: no
Sang Karaoke: no
Ice Skating: yes
Been on a Cruise: No
Rode on a Motorcycle: Yes Husband loves to ride but I am not going near it and I am not invited either. lol 
Rode a Horse: Yes, not something I want to do again
Almost Died: No 
Stayed in a Hospital: Just when I had my boys 
Favourite movie: Not Bird Box. lol Watched with my husband he is now worried about what I read. lol 
Morning or night: Definitely a morning person. Love early mornings
Favourite colour: Orange
Last Phone Call: Norma
Last Text From: Wish I could say son but I have to text him. He was the last one I did text with but the last from was my Mother-in-law
Favourite drink: White wine
Coffee or Tea: coffee and a book are the best way to start my morning. I like tea too 
Favourite bar: anything Cadbury 
Pizza: Pineapple, green peppers and onions
Cats or Dogs: Dog 
Favourite Season: summer
Favourite Book Genre: Historical 

Lindsay”s Answer

Fun idea Norma!!

Children: 3 (2 of my own, 1 stepdaughter)
Surgeries: 2
Tattoos: 0
Shot a Gun: Yes
Quit a Job: Yes
Ever been on TV: Yes 
Been to an Island: Yes
Rode in an Ambulance: No
Sang Karaoke: Yes
Ice Skating: Yes (5 times just over the Christmas break with my kids – Santa brought them all skates)
Been on a Cruise: No – doesn’t interest me at all
Rode on a Motorcycle: No
Rode a Horse: Yes
Almost Died: No
Stayed in a Hospital: Yes
Favourite movie: don’t have one. Not into TV or movies
Morning or night: Morning
Favourite colour: Pink
Last Phone Call: My mom
Last Text From: a girlfriend
Favourite drink: coffee (red wine comes in a close second)
Coffee or Tea: I enjoy both, but would always choose coffee over tea
Favourite bar: Wonderbar
Pizza: Hawaiian 
Cats or Dogs: Cats 
Favourite Season: Fall
Favourite Book Genre: Historical Fiction

Never Ending TBR Book Stack #2 ~ Do you have any of these to read? Which ones have you read and recommend to read sooner than later? Want to help us knock some of these off of our shelves?

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: What are your Top 10 Favourite Books of 2018? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday to you all!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s random book question:

We would love to know some of your absolute favourite books that you have read in 2018. Whether it be a list of your top three, top 10 or just your #1 absolute favourite. What are some of your favourite reads of 2018? They don’t necessarily have to be books that were published in 2018 just any book that you have read and was a favourite or top read.

Norma’s Answer

Here are my 13 (baker’s dozen) favourite books that I have read and loved in 2018 in no particular order.

* Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
* The Past is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson
* The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
* The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
* One Day in December by Josie Silver
* Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
* Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent
* Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
* The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol
* The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
* Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
* A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
* Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier 

Brenda’s Answer
  • Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier 
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
  • Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer
  • The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
  • Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood
  • Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
  • Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
  • Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson
Lindsay’s Answer

*Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant
*Lying In Wait by Liz Nugent
*The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
*The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
*The Home For Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
*The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
*The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon
*The Taster by V.S. Alexander
*Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer
*Need To Know by Karen Cleveland
*The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 

Never Ending TBR Book Stack #1 ~ Do you have any of these to read? Which ones have you read and recommend to read sooner than later? Want to help us knock some of these off of our shelves?

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: Do you have any bookish goals for 2019? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Hello everyone and Happy New Year to you all! I hope that everyone has a readiculously great 2019 in books!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s random book question:

Here is my very first book musings question for 2019!

Do you have any specific bookish goals for 2019? Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? Did you make your Goodreads 2018 Challenge and whereabouts did you set your challenge for 2019?

Norma’s 2019 Bookish Goals
1. Read 125 Books in 2019 (I surpassed my 2018 Reading Challenge of 115 books.)
2. Remember reading is my passion and don’t lose sight of that!
3. Be more organized when it comes to blogging.
4. Review books right after or soon after finishing them or else I forget and it will not get done.
5. Plan, organize & accomplish! (All platforms)

I might be back with more goals as I am sure I have more! LOL

Yes, I made a New Year’s Resolution this year and I should be able to master this one. I better anyway! LOL

So I used to be a smoker and started smoking when I was 16 years old – quit through my pregnancies and started up again. I quit for good when I was 25 years old and quit for 20 years then I had a really stressful and hard year a few years back and started smoking again. I smoked for 3 years and quit to vaping. I vaped for 2 years and on January 1st, 2019 I decided to quit cold turkey. I have had a few notions that I need it but I am proud to say that I am tackling those cravings successfully! It is still early days but I am convinced that I am done and don’t want to do it anymore!

Brenda’s 2019 Bookish Goals

I set a goal for 152 books last year and I read 156. I made my goal a bit less this year and set it for 125 books.

My goal is to read a little less this year. I should be spending some more time at home with my husband hopefully this year. He is a little needy of my time and that leaves less time in my reading world and spending more time at home means more things that need to be done and less reading. lol .

I do like a little chaos in my reading world and I have a lot going on in that world. However, I need to be more organized so everyone else knows what is going on. I plan on doing less group reads this year so we can focus more on each. Which means less books on my shelves. Often we can’t keep up. My plan is to get our group reads organized a month in advance and clearly post on our platforms so it’s easier for friends to know what we have going on and where. I am already behind on that. lol

I really need to work on my fear of missing a good book and try to simplify the number of books I receive, request and buy. My goal this year is to focus on a couple publishers we enjoy working with and control that fear of missing out.

I am really looking forward to seeing your bookish goals.

Lindsay’s 2019 Bookish Goals

I surpassed my goal of reading 100 books in 2018 and set the same 100 book goal for 2019. No other goals or resolutions for me this year. Looking forward to many wonderful reads in 2019 with all of you!! 💗

One of our favorite Instagram pics this week. Are you excited to read or wanting to read these ones?

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Random Book Musings: Do you like to participate in a Secret Santa Holiday Book Swap or any other special holiday book swaps? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

img_6793Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a great Friday!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s random book question:

Do you like to participate in a Secret Santa Holiday Book Swap or any other special holiday book swaps?  

Just a little more info provided regarding a book swap.  You fill out a form that allows your swap partner to get to know you a little better. With questions such as: What three books are on your wishlist?  Will you accept books not on your wishlist? Favourite treats? Interests? Favourite bookish items? Favourite colour?

img_7225Norma’s Answer

I love book swaps and I have participated in two this holiday season. One on Instagram and another with the BookSharks on Facebook. I love sending out bookish surprises.
The featured photo above is my fabulous Secret Santa package that I received from Laurie @booksandchinooks.  I was absolutely thrilled to have received The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson and kind of did a little squeal when I saw it.  It is a book that is high on my TBR list and hopefully, we will have some interest in our Traveling Friends group so that I can read it in the new year!  I also received some really nice cozy socks, a Canada mug, bookmark and an absolutely adorable mug Christmas ornament.  Thank you so much, Laurie, for the thoughtful package….I absolutely love everything!!

img_7232   Brenda’s Answer

Norma your book goodies look and sound so wonderful!   I love it!  I haven’t done one before but I love the idea and think it would be so much fun to do.

img_7237Lindsay’s Answer
Love the idea of a book swap! 😍📚

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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