I was really excited to see that this week’s TTT was an audio freebie because I’m a brand new audiobook convert. Like, I just listened to my first audiobook in 2019 new. I’ve listened to three so far but I have a long list I want to tackle!
What I’ve listened to so far:
The first book I listened to was Thirteen Reasons Why. It was a gentle introduction since the story is told through audiotapes anyways. Then I found the Amish anthologies that Beth Wiseman put together. An Amish Cradle was first, and I just finished An Amish Gathering a few days ago!
Next on my list:
I can’t wait to read everyone else’s lists because I need some recommendations! What’s your favorite audiobook?
It’s another TTT Throwback! If you’re scratching your head wondering why I’m doing a completely different Top Ten Tuesday topic, check out my first ‘Throwback’ HERE. Basically, any time a Top Ten Tuesday topic doesn’t work for me I’m heading back to the beginning and working my way down the hundreds and hundreds of Top Ten Tuesday’s that happened before I started participating.
This weeks topic is “Books on my Spring 2019 TBR,” but instead I’ll be doing “Books I’d Want on a Desert Island.”
Here’s the breakdown: a couple long series that I love/want to finish (because we know series only count as one collective book on a list like this 😉) + a few books I could read over and over even though they’re standalones or short series + Robinson Crusoe because even though I haven’t read it, I know it’s about a guy that gets stranded on an island and I’ll need all the survival tips I can get + my own book which would be left in a well sheltered area so that when they find my bones in 50 years, hopefully somehow the book will remain preserved and help them identify me so we don’t have an Amelia Earhart situation going on.
I don’t read very many standalone books – and the ones I do tend to wrap themselves up nicely because ya girl can’t stand a permanent cliffhanger – so I thought I’d make a list of standalones AND series that could use a few more books. Then I realized that most of the series I’ve read are either still going, so I’m getting the sequel I wanted, or they wrapped up really well too…
All that to say, it’s a super short list this week.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett was such a moving book and as perfectly as it ended, I would have loved another story, maybe about the children of ‘the help’ growing up.
The North and Southtrilogy by John Jakes is a sweeping saga of two families connected by friendship in the years before, during, and directly after the Civil War. If there’s one thing John Jakes can write, it’s a multi-generational story. I would love another set of books following the children of our main characters as they approach the turn of the century and beyond.
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller is so. much. fun. The duology wrapped up well, but there’s so much room left for adventures with Alosa!
Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller is written from Ma’s perspective and follows the first year or so of the Ingalls family’s journey. As someone who has always loved Little House on the Prairie with every fiber of their being, it was eye opening to experience the prairie with Caroline instead of Laura. I want Sarah Miller to write the rest of Ma’s life!
Read my review of Caroline: Little House, Revisited HERE.
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth is the first book in a trilogy about Worth’s experiences as a midwife in the East End of London in the 1950’s and 1960’s. To be fair, I haven’t read the other two books yet. But I AM caught up on the TV show and I know that I could read a million books about her time as a midwife and never get bored.
My own book! I’ve been plugging away at the sequel and hope to have it out before fall!
This topic is trickier than it first appears. As soon as I saw it a list of my favorite characters ran through my head, but once I contemplated a little deeper, I realized most of them had a tragic backstory or some impossible situation to overcome – that’s what makes a book interesting, after all. So would I really want to switch places with them?
For the most part, the answer was still yes! I listed a few things that I would change for each character, so if you don’t want to be spoiled just skip ahead to the next one!
Is anyone here surprised? Hermione’s probably going to make a lot of lists, and for good reason. She’s whip smart, loyal, and her life is never boring thanks to Harry and especially Ron.
What would I change?
Hermione had some major setbacks. I wouldn’t want to polyjuice myself into a cat or be petrified by a basilisk, and I definitely wouldn’t want to have to make my parents forget me forever.
Ari is by far my favorite character from the Slow Burn series. Her powers are the strongest and she’s the least meek of the Devereaux women. She’s determined, brave, and resilient. Her love interest would only sweeten the deal!
What would I change?
Ari has a lot of near death experiences. Like…. a lot, a lot. I’d want to skip all of those, plus the migraines that come from using her power.
Jo always seemed like the March sister that had the most fun (not counting Amy’s tour of Europe, of course). I feel like she’s a kindred spirit between her writing and irreverence for traditional roles.
What would I change?
I. Would. Marry. Laurie. I can’t express to you how much it bothers me that they didn’t end up together.
It was hard to pick just one of the women from the Twilight series, but ultimately I think Bella would be the most fun to switch with. She kinda gets her cake and eats it, too.
What would I change?
I’d like to think that I’d be a little less awkward and, most importantly, a WHOLE lot more careful about paper cuts.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Okay, so I cheated a teensy bit on my last two picks since they were actually real people. Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of my favorite people of all time and I wouldn’t be able to resist the opportunity to switch places with her.
What would I change?
In The Long Winter Laura recalls the winter that her family nearly starved during one of the worst seasons the Dakota’s had ever seen. I’d be perfectly content to skip that year of her life!
I mean, this really needs no explanation. Queen Victoria was one of the most influential people to ever live, and a sound politician to boot. I really enjoyed reading about her ascendancy in Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (and the TV show Victoria based on the book).
What would I change?
Less children! Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had nine children all together even though she hated being pregnant and thought infants were ugly.
Did we want to switch places with any of the same characters?
Here’s the thing… I couldn’t care less about the actual Academy Awards. I read through a list of the big winners in the morning and save myself 4 hours of cheesy jokes and commercials.
Footage of me watching any awards show
BOOKISH Academy Awards though… that’s a whole different story. This tag was originally created by Bookadoodles in 2014 and it’s made the rounds ever since. I’m only going to answer using books I read in 2018, so that next year I can do this tag all over again!
Best Actor Best Male Protagonist
Definitely Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows, even though he walks the line between protagonist and antagonist. We love an anti-hero!
This week’s topic is actually ‘Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About’ but I don’t have any! I thought it’d be fun to fill in any topics I don’t want to do by working my way down the original Top Ten Tuesday topics. The very first Top Ten Tuesday topic was childhood favorites, so that’s where we’re starting!
The Little House on the Prairie Series and Dear America series were my absolute favs, although A Series of Unfortunate Events was a close runner up! I’d like to do a few posts this year revisiting and reviewing my childhood favorites.
Title: Caroline: Little House Revisited
Author: Sarah Miller Publication Date: September 19, 2017 Genre: Historical Fiction Rating:
In this novel authorized by the Little House estate, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before—Caroline Ingalls, “Ma” in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.
In the frigid days of February, 1870, Caroline Ingalls and her family leave the familiar comforts of the Big Woods of Wisconsin and the warm bosom of her family, for a new life in Kansas Indian Territory. Packing what they can carry in their wagon, Caroline, her husband Charles, and their little girls, Mary and Laura, head west to settle in a beautiful, unpredictable land full of promise and peril
The pioneer life is a hard one, especially for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to for comfort or help. The burden of work must be shouldered alone, sickness tended without the aid of doctors, and babies birthed without the accustomed hands of mothers or sisters. But Caroline’s new world is also full of tender joys. In adapting to this strange new place and transforming a rough log house built by Charles’ hands into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength she does not know she possesses.
For more than eighty years, generations of readers have been enchanted by the adventures of the American frontier’s most famous child, Laura Ingalls Wilder, in the Little House books. Now, that familiar story is retold in this captivating tale of family, fidelity, hardship, love, and survival that vividly reimagines our past.
I was raised on Little House on the Prairie. The book series was my very first boxed set and the TV show was ALWAYS on at my house (and let’s be real, it still is). When I read the books for the first time I wasn’t too much older than Laura was and it was easy to relate to her sense of adventure and excitement over all the changes in her life. As I got older I found myself wondering more and more about pioneer life from the adult perspective. Enter Caroline: Little House, Revisited.
I was so excited when this book popped up on my Amazon recommended page, and it didn’t disappoint! Sarah Miller expertly blends fact with the fiction Laura created – like beloved character Mr. Edwards – to give readers a glimpse into what a trip to the prairie would have been like for an expectant mother who already had two young children. While I was reading it felt like I had tapped directly in to Caroline’s thoughts and emotions. Her outward stoicism and inward reflection perfectly captured the ideal Victorian woman of the time. I scrolled through a few reviews on goodreads and there were quite a few people who didn’t appreciate the internal struggles as much as I did, but I found them to be completely authentic. It did make the story a little slower, but that just gives you more time to savor the prose-like writing.
I think the thing I appreciated the most about Caroline: Little House, Revisited is that it is very clearly geared towards an adult audience. Chamber pots and outhouses are addressed, Caroline’s fear of the Native Americans is front and center, and the nature of childbirth on the plains is clearly laid out. Can you imagine traveling hundreds of miles without knowing if there would be someone to help you give birth at the end of your journey? And then, even if there was someone to help, it would be a complete stranger.
It was so refreshing to revisit these familiar stories from an adult perspective. It was such a nostalgic experience, it felt like getting a hug from Caroline herself.