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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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Random Book Musings: Do you like to read a Christmas themed book in December to help set the mood for the upcoming holiday season? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

 

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Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a great Thursday!

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.

So last week totally got away from me and I did not post a Book Musings Random Question and I apologize to everyone who looks forward to participating and sharing your thoughts with us.  So I thought with the holidays coming I would ask a related book question this week.

Norma’s random book question:

Do you like to read a Christmas themed book in December to help set the mood for the upcoming holiday season? Do you have any Christmas traditions that you &/or your family partake in?

img_7228Norma’s Answer

I have kind of a love/hate relationship with Christmas themed books. I used to totally avoid them and wouldn’t even pick up anything that was solely Christmas themed as I felt like they were a little bit too cheesy for some reason. I’m not exactly sure where those thoughts even came from because I haven’t read too many over the years.

I definitely feel like reading one this year though and picked up The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan. Not sure when I’ll get the chance to read it but I couldn’t resist because I love that cover!

So I sort of got this idea after really looking at that cover and thought what a perfect read for Brenda, Lindsay and I to read together this holiday season.  Three Christmas sisters and us three Traveling Sisters…..what do you think Brenda & Lindsay are you game to read this one?  If anyone else would like to join us in reading this book or if you have read it let us know what you thought of it.

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P.S. – Just maybe, Secret Santa might be sending you some surprise bookmail to you my dear Brenda & Lindsay!

img_7232Brenda’s Answer

Christmas themed books are not my normal type of read but I think I would like to read The Christmas Sisters.  How could I not with a title like that?  I am going to be watching the mail.

img_7237Lindsay’s Answer

I’m with you Norma and Nikki – on the fence about Christmas themed books. I don’t dislike the idea of reading them, but I’m not drawn to them in any way. I think for a lot of readers, reading them puts them in the Christmas spirit which is a fun and festive thing. 🎄 🎅

 

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 if you were to describe yourself in a review which five words would you use?#travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Hi everyone! Hope everybody is having a great Thursday!

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.

Okay, I thought I would do a little something different this week to mix it up and maybe make it a little more interesting and get to know you all a little bit better.  This question was well received in our Traveling Sisters reading group and seemed like a fun one for all.  I hope that you find my question this week fun too!

Norma’s random book question:

So if you were to describe yourself in a review which five words would you use? Feel free to use your words in sentences if you so wish! 

Web_L337-1_brunette_brown eyesNorma’s Answer

So I thought I might get some help from my hubby with my five words but he just said, “Honey you really aren’t going to ask that of me are you?” LOL

Affectionate, emotional, dramatic, predictable, and spontaneous.

I am an extremely affectionate person and I need lots of love and also like to show my love.

I am an all around emotional person. I can get easily excited and I am very open with my feelings. You would know exactly how I am feeling.

I have been known to get quite dramatic at times and well I can be a little bit of a drama queen. LOL

I have a tendency to be a little predictable and pretty sure that everyone around me can easily foresee or anticipate what I might do under certain situations.

I am an all around spontaneous kind of person.

Web_L365-1_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

Hmm I would describe myself as

Passionate about the things I love and love to share what I love.

Welcoming, I welcome everyone to share in our passion with the things we love.

Worrier but I think I control that

I am determined

Empathic to everyone’s mental health and it’s one of the things I worry about.

I am going to sneak one more in.  I am all over the place kind of person who always has too many tabs in my brain open and sometimes doesn’t know when to close some.   lol

Web_L353-1_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s Answer

Ohhhhhhh…..interesting question Norma! Five words that describe me…..🤔….. happy, energetic, sensitive, caring and stubborn. 😆

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 makes a book a great reading experience for you? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Hi everyone! Hope everybody is 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.

Well I am a day late in posting my Random Book Musings question for this week.  I have no other excuse except that I kind of lost track of what day it was because with Monday being a holiday it sort of threw me off my schedule.  Luckily I knew it was Tuesday at work or else I might have made a few mistakes there.  LOL

Anyway onto my question this week……I’ve been told it is my hardest one yet.

Norma’s random book question:

What makes a book a great reading experience to you? Is there certain things that you look for while reading? Are you an emotional reader or are there certain aspects that a book must contain in order for you to feel like it is a great book?

Print_L375-5_brunete_brown eyesNorma’s Answer

I am definitely an emotional reader and all for how a book makes me feel. If a book gives me those warm fuzzy afterglow feelings then it is a great book. For thrillers, the ending is usually what tells me that it was a great book. I don’t necessarily have to be shocked for it to be a great book though but it has to come together really well.  Also, being totally immersed in the storyline and thinking about the book when I’m not reading it is another telltale sign for me that it was a great book.

I am also big on writing style. I definitely like to have a connection with the way that the author is telling the story.  Beautiful writing gets me every time.

If I get any type of emotions while I’m reading whether it be scared, mad, angry, sad, happy, excited, surprised and even contentment, then that usually tells me that it was a great book too.

Looking forward to hearing what makes a great book a great book to you!

L389-3_brunete_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

I love the books and authors who make me think.  I love to be drawn into a character’s mind and emotions.  I love to be shown how they feel and see them experience the events of the story in my mind.  I am not a big fan of being told what they feel or do or big on the shock factor.  I love the stories that make me dig deep into the layers.  So I guess the well-layered books are the ones that make for the best reading experience.

And of course, the very best reading experience is when I can discuss and see other people’s thoughts on the book whether it’s in our groups or here on our blog or traveling over to other bloggers and reading your reviews.

L383-3_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Answer

Norma – a great book for me is one that I simply cannot put down. If I read it in a day or 2 that usually means I loved it. I’m a highly emotional reader and love a good “book cry”. Like you, I really love to feel something while I’m reading which means I really connected. 💜

 

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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