all things bookish | 5 mini book reviews + the bookish bucket list tag!

Thanks so much for being here on my blog! ❤ After doing #Inktober2020 all month long in October, and then starting my podcast last week, I’ve been doing less blog planning. The normal way I would outline the posts I wanted to write hasn’t been happening so far in November. However, starting again with today’s post, I’m getting back in the blogging rhythm! Stay tuned for more awesomeness! 😀 ❤

Today I’m catching up on writing little reviews for the books I’ve been enjoying reading. Then I’ll do a fun book tag!

trick or treachery | a murder, she wrote mystery

I first spotted this book on Amazon while seeing what other Murder, She Wrote novels I might like to read, and I was like BRUH! That is the most fallish, Halloweeny-ist cover I’ve ever seen. I thought it might be too spooky for my liking, but I really loved the cover so I bought it to give it a try!

I ended up really liking it – I did have to read it earlier in the day though; if I read it once it was getting dark outside I regretted it lol – but the mystery was great. It had the perfect fall vibe! And I love that it was set in Cabot Cove, the hometown of the main character Jessica Fletcher. I’d give it 4/5 stars!

bamboo & lace | lori wick

It had been a while since I read a Lori Wick novel, so I checked out this one from the library to read! It ended up having such a sweet love story that had unique elements to it, which made it fun to read. ❤ I also enjoyed the setting (which was tropical and exotic!), and it was a lot of fun to see how most of the main characters matured and what they learned over the course of the book.

However, I wasn’t a fan of the focus on why the main character struggled the way she did. It wasn’t graphic or descriptive, but it involved how her father treated her unkindly and disrespectfully (like she wasn’t allowed to make eye contact with him, and he was ungrateful for all the work she did for their family and village). It was just sad. While the story focused on how she healed and it had a positive ending, it didn’t exactly make the negative experiences she went through good, you know? This book gets a 3.5/5 stars from me.

pollyanna | eleanor h. porter

GUYS!!! I’m so happy I read this book. I recently read a mini review on Amy’s blog about Pollyanna, and it inspired me to see what it’s like myself. I grew up watching the Disney movie based on the book, so it was nice to read the novel that inspired it! What’s awesome is that I ended up enjoying the book just as much (if not more!) than the movie!

Pollyanna is such a sweet character. ❤ I loved seeing the positive impact she had on the people who lived in her aunt’s hometown, and I’d highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. I happily give this book 5/5 stars!

100 simple secrets of happy people | david niven

I found this book at the library and thought it would be fun to flip through – and it was! Some of the little happiness tips were ones I’ve read before (i.e. exercise, be kind, eat healthy food, be grateful, etc.), but then others really stood out to me and got me thinking about ways to incorporate those habits into my life! Here are some highlights I penned:

  • when your goals are aligned with one another and point in the same direction, you will be able to chase after them in a way that allows you to achieve them!
  • set a nightly limit to thinking about one subject while going to bed.
  • if you’re not sure, guess positively. (expect the best in situations where it’s uncertain what the intention is!)
  • pay attention: you may have what you want. (acknowledge where you are and recognize progress)
  • if you can’t reach your goals, they’ll hurt you. (as your situation/motivation changes, allow your goals to change with you so they’re attainable and current!)

I give that book a 3.5/5 stars!

creative you | using your personality type to thrive

So you know the 16Personalities website where you can take a free personality test? This awesome book guides you through how to determine your personality (they’re all amazing in their own way!), then the authors (David B. Goldstein and Otto Kroeger) talk about how each type expresses themselves creatively!

I didn’t get to finish reading this book before needing to return it to the library, but what I did read was really eye-opening and awesome. It helped me to get to know myself better as well as understand how other personality types think and create! From what I read, I’ll give this book 4/5 stars.

the bookish bucket list tag

Back in September, Esther left an open invitation for this tag! So I thought I’d do it today along with the mini book reviews I wrote! 😀 ❤ Thanks Esther!

What’s your favorite book cover (provide image if possible)? There are sooo many book covers I find beautiful (usually books I don’t end up reading, which is strange haha)! A few that I love are the Puffin in Bloom classics collection! I haven’t even read any of them (in this format – I’ve read three out of the four, but with different covers)! Aren’t they GORGEOUS?

What’s your least favorite book genre? Horror. I haven’t even attempted to read a book from the genre because I know myself and it’s not something I enjoy lol, but the book covers are enough to turn me away.

Do you enjoy reading books written in the first or third person? Ooh this is a hard one! I love both – first person really helps you get to know all about that one character and how they view the world, but third person often allows you to have that same experience from multiple perspectives. I guess for that reason, I like third person more! Getting to know a lot about how multiple characters think and view things is so interesting to me.

What are some of your favorite book topics? Life in rural Ireland, historical fiction that focuses on the simpler way people used to live hundreds of years ago, and romance books that capture the budding relationship between a couple!

If you could become a book character, what character would you choose, and from what book? One of the main characters from The Dowry by Walter Keady (which I reviewed here!) has a side character friend who lives in the village. I can’t remember her name lol, but I’d love to be her! The book is set in 1940s Ireland and while it was a trying time for the Irish, the events described in the story are something I wouldn’t mind being part of. Plus, if I was that side character friend, I’d get to know all the cool characters in The Dowry!

If you could enter a book world, what book would you choose to “live in”? I’d love to visit the fairytale forest from my own book Hutterfly! It’s a fantasy story I wrote back in 2013 that I’d love to write a second draft for someday.

Do you like to write books? Yeah! I used to write full-length novels when I was younger, but in more recent years, I love doing flash fiction. I’ve shared some of them on my blog!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from reading books? There’s always something new to learn! Whether it’s a time period the author chooses to write about, or how a character views the world – I constantly find myself growing as a person because of the positive impact books have on me. ❤

Who’s your favorite author? I don’t really have one at the moment. I used to love Lori Wick’s novels, but I’m on the lookout for a new favorite author!

Do you like happy or sad books? Happy! I appreciate it when an overall upbeat book can teach me about a topic that’s challenging to read about, because I don’t like reading unhappy books.

I tag*:

*Note: you’re very welcome to write about this on your blog, or you can answer the questions that stand out to you in the comments below!

questions for you:

  1. Which book genre do you read the most often?
  2. If you could be best friends with a fictional character, who would you choose and why?
  3. Do you prefer hardback or soft cover?
  4. What’s the last book you read?
  5. Do you like books with more dialogue, more descriptions, or a balance of both?
  6. How do you organize your bookshelf? (by color, by spine size, by author, not at all?)
  7. Is there a book you thought you wouldn’t like, but you ended up loving it?
  8. If you could meet one author, who would you choose and why?
  9. What time of day do you usually do the most reading?
  10. Have you ever read the end of a book before finishing it?

Thank you so much for reading! I enjoyed writing this post and I can’t wait to see what book catches my fancy next. ❤

What books have you enjoyed reading recently? Which books are you excited to read next? Let’s chat in the comments!

18 thoughts on “all things bookish | 5 mini book reviews + the bookish bucket list tag!”

  1. Oh my GOSH I LOVE Pollyanna so much!!!! I just adore books like that, Tom Sawyer, Anne of Green Gables, LITTLE WOMEN. Have you read Little Women? It’s so good, I love it with my entire being, it gives me so much joy.😍

    But wait….

    Do you mean by any chance that you haven’t read Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, or A Little Princess(it’s also very good)????🤨

    Because if you haven’t….

    You should go read them! They’re amazing!

    Sorry for the rant, I just really love books.

    Have a great day Maggie!!❤️

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    1. SAAAME! It’s a beautiful book 😍👏🏼👏🏼💜
      I really should have specified 🤣 I’ve read Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and Heidi! I meant I hadn’t read any of those beautiful editions from that Puffin collection. But I’ve read three of the four in other formats. I’d like to read A Little Princess someday!
      No problem! They’re all amazing books and once I read the fourth, I’m sure it’ll be awesome too 😂👏🏼💕
      Thanks Bea, you too!!

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  2. Those sound like great books!! I’ve been wanting to read Polyanna as well for quite a while. I haven’t watched the movie either. I loved your answers to the tag’s prompts!! I had no idea you’d written a fantasy novel! Hutterfly sounds like a wonderful, whimsical book!!😂👏 Hope you share it in this blog soon!❤️✨

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    1. Yeah they totally were! I loooved watching that movie as a kid 😍 I really recommend the movie and book!
      Thank you D! And yeah!! I just might have to share it – I’ve noticed that I’m slowly regaining interest in reading and writing fantasy after quite a long break! 😂💛 I’d love to show you guys that story!

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  3. Those sound like great books!!! I’ll be sure to check out Pollyanna 🤩 ooh awesome answers! I think my least favorite genre is horror or non-fiction, however, I have read a horror series and loved it, and I’ve read a few non-fiction books as well, and I really like them. So I’m not so sure😂
    Those book covers look so Prettay😍😍
    And I’m currently reading the Tom gates series. I’ve been wanting to finish the series, and also “Diary of a Wimpy kid” I’m really close to finishing the series!😄
    What about you?

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    1. Yeah they were!! and YAY! You’ll love that book! 😀 ❤ hehe, yeah I have other least- favorite genres! It doesn't mean I haven't liked anything from them, but usually I like other genres more. Like psychological thrillers can be really cool, but they also disturb me haha!
      YEAH!!! They're bootiful ❤
      That's cool! Right now I'm reading this awesome Europe 101 book by Rick Steves! I've really liked watching his travel show, and this book's been fun to read. I'm learning a lot about ancient Egypt and Greece right now!

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