The Stuck at Home Book Tag.

I saw this tag at A Book. A Thought. and loved it so much that I tagged myself in immediately. What is your reading life like while you are stuck at home? Keep scrolling for a peek at mine.


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🏡 | What are you currently reading? | 🏡

I’m reading a few things right now which seems to be the new normal. Sometimes I can’t read multiple books at once but lately I’ve been reading one book upstairs before bed, my book club pick during the day and a Babysitter’s Club book with my daughter for a little mother daughter book club.

My book club is discussing Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng this month. So far so good. It seems to be wildly popular especially since becoming a show on Hulu. I’ve been reading Aloha, Babysitters with my daughter. How good does a tropical vacation sound right now? And at night I’m reading Artemis Fowl at the recommendation of my fourteen year old.

🏡 | What’s your favourite ‘can’t-leave-the-house’ activity? | 🏡

I won’t lie. I’ve been playing Animal Crossing like it’s my part time job. I just hit 5 stars this morning, so… I’m kind of a big deal.

I’ve also been going for walks, baking, painting and complaining that I’m bored and drinking a lot of coffee. How about you?

🏡 | A book you’ve been meaning to read for forever | 🏡

These are a couple of new releases and soon to be released titles that I’m anxious to read. I pre-ordered the Hunger Games sequel because 3/4ths of the household will be wanting to read this one. The other two are on my library request list for now.

🏡 | An intimidating book on your TBR| 🏡

Maybe now is the time to read a big scary classic novel? Contemplating Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

🏡 | Top 3 priority books on your TBR | 🏡

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and Followers by Megan Angelo are on my nightstand and Kindle waiting for their turn. Which one should I read first?

🏡 | Recommend a short book| 🏡

I really loved this middle reader graphic novel set at the Ren Faire. Another great Ren faire centered book that’s a little more adult (ahem) is Well Met by Jen Deluca.

🏡 | Recommend a long book| 🏡

One of my all time favorites. This one will take you a little longer but is well worth the extra time.

🏡 | Something you’d love to do while stuck at home| 🏡

My daughter and I are planning to rewatch all the Disney Princess movies in the order they were released. This might be the summer of Disney Plus around here.

🏡 | What do you plan on reading next?| 🏡

I’m not sure yet – what do you recommend?


Since I tagged myself, I’m going to encourage you to tag yourself as well! Happy reading!

The Literary Dinner Party Tag

We’re all familiar with the idea of a dream dinner party, yes? This tag takes that idea of coming up with the perfect guest list that isn’t set in reality – i.e. famous people, dead people, etc. are all allowed – but in this tag all of the people are fictional! Who would you invite to your literary dinner party?

I saw this tag at Not So Modern Girl’s blog. I don’t know who originally dreamed up this tag, but I love the idea – so much so that I’m tagging myself in!

Here’s my guest list:

One character who can cook/likes to cook

I immediately thought of Lara Jean from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Lara Jean always seems to be cooking or baking something and I think she’d probably bring food even if I didn’t ask her to. I’m pretty sure it would even be themed to the evening in some way.

One character who has money to fund the party

Mr. Bingley from Pride and Prejudice seems to like throwing a good party and definitely has the funds for it. He’s also known for being sweet and charming to everybody which is always a plus.

One character who might cause a scene

Hermione Granger is clever and passionate and might go off on a tangent if anybody mentions Elf rights or mispronounces a charm or something. I’ll take that risk for the thrill of having one of the most brilliant witches from Harry Potter attend my dinner party.

One character who is funny/amusing

For some reason this one took me longer to decide on. I read plenty of books that have funny, amusing moments but most of the heroines are more bad assed than amusing, I guess? I finally decided on Isabel Spellman from The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz who is certainly known for throwing her wit around a situation.

One character who is super social/popular

Oh gosh this is hard. I definitely gravitate towards books with characters I can relate to – and I can’t relate to that person at all. I’m going to go with Winter from The Lunar Chronicles because she’s one of those people that everyone likes, even though she’s not necessarily a Cool Girl Type, she’s definitely popular and friendly. And who wouldn’t want her at their dinner party?

One villain

Catherine from Heartless by Marissa Meyers is one of those characters who is commonly known as a villain but turns out to be severely misunderstood. In this novel she’s fairly bad assed and also a great baker – here’s hoping she brings some dessert to share!

One couple (doesn’t have to be romantic)

Cress and Carswell from the Lunar Chronicles because they are adorable together and should add some fun conversation to the party. Carswell strikes me as someone who would liven up a party – and Cress will keep him in line! Yes, that makes 3 characters from The Lunar Chronicles and three different titles by Marissa Meyers that I’ve referenced. Apparently she owns my soul right now. Or has written some incredible characters.

One hero/heroine

I know Doctor Who is a tv show, but the character is fictional and there have been books. I can’t really throw this party without hoping that my favorite Time Lord will show up. Bonus points for the current incarnation played by Jodie Whittaker.

One under-appreciated character

Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter universe is fantastic and not really given enough page-time in the books at all. I’d love to get to know her better without being overshadowed by her famous beau.

One character of your choosing

There are seriously too many to choose from, but if we’re going to have Hermione and Ginny, then Luna Lovegood really aught to come along as well.

This party sounds awesome and also like it might possibly go off the rails entirely.

I tag…

Whoever actually read this post!

Happy reading!

tag: My Life in Books.

Sofii @ A Book. A Thought shared this fun tag recently and I thought it would make for a nice easy blog post for Thanksgiving Eve. I’ve probably done a similar tag in the past, but the questions are a fun way to get to know each other through the books on our bookshelf.

Here are my answers:

🍂||Find a book for each of your initials||🍂 

J Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster | I just started reading this last night – I love Jen Lancaster (a fellow Jen!). This is all about her efforts to finally start acting like a grownup.

M Mirage by Somaiya Daud | I finished this a couple nights ago. It was a recent Owl Crate pick, about a girl forced into living as the body double for the awful Princess whose father invaded her people. Great world building.

E Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery | I still haven’t read this! What is wrong with me?

🍂||Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?||🍂 

Robert Frost’s Poems | The 35th book on my bookshelf is an old tattered copy of Robert Frost’s Poems. It’s one of the oldest books on my shelf actually.

🍂||Pick a book set in your city/country||🍂 

Old World Murder by Kathleen Ernst isn’t set in my city, but it’s close enough that I could read the book and think, “I’ve been there!” It’s the first in a series of books and it takes place in Old World Wisconsin, which is a field trip regular around here.

🍂||Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to||🍂 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling | I’m a pretty big Anglophile so this one was easy for me. I’d need to do a Literary Tour of the UK and visit sites from Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen, Doctor Who, etc.

🍂||Pick a book that’s your favorite color||🍂 

Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon | I just started reading this one, too. It’s a doozy of a Cinderella retelling, and it’s all about The Fairy Godmother. Also the word retelling is being used liberally here.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion | I really enjoyed the first book, but I still haven’t actually read the sequel. Love the pretty blue cover though.

Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner | Another beautiful blue book – this one is a writing memoir by Jennifer Weiner that looks really good – you know, like all the other books on my shelf.

🍂||Which book do you have the fondest memories of?||🍂 

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows | This was a hard category to choose just one book. I wanted to mention Book 1 in this series, My Lady Jane and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell also… oh wait, I just did. These are probably the three books that I get the most fervently fangirly over.

🍂||Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?||🍂 

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue | This one isn’t on my actual bookshelf, but it definitely qualifies as the hardest book I read this year and also, frankly the biggest disappointment. To begin with, it simply wasn’t the story I thought I’d be reading. My review from January began with the words “frustrating, emotional, and disturbing” and that pretty much sums it up. Sensitive readers beware of this one. Also I didn’t like it.

🍂||Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?||🍂 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens | In addition to being a lengthy classic that I’ve never read, it’s also frankly been on my shelf for awhile. Also I’m an English major so it might be self-shaming to admit I haven’t read this yet.

I’m not going to tag anybody specifically for this post –  but if you are reading this and thinking it sounds like the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving weekend, then I hope you’ll consider yourself tagged and send me a link to your post in the comments!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!

I can’t help it if I’m Flawesome! | blog award


I was nominated by the Not-so Modern Girl for the Flawesome Award. This award was created by Sophia Ismaa. She wants to encourage us to celebrate our flaws and turn them into strengths.

How often do we forget that our weaknesses can be a strength? Our flaws make us human, our flaws tell us more about who we are, and in turn we turn those flaws into awesome strengths. In short, our flaws make us #flawesome.” – Sophia Ismaa

I can definitely get behind this. I’m definitely guilty of being my own worst critic and sometimes it’s easy to fall into the trap of only ragging on ourselves and not remembering to build ourselves up, too. We shouldn’t wait for external compliments and praise – sometimes you have to be your own cheerleader, even when you feel like you don’t deserve it. And maybe especially when you feel like you don’t deserve it.

Thanks for nominating me, Not-so Modern Girl. I think you’re Flawesome, too! 😉


  1. Link back to the creator – Sophia Ismaa Writes
  2. Display the award
  3. List 3 flaws and turn it into a strength
  4. Tag 10 other people

Three Ways In Which I Am Flawesome:

  1. I’m a conflict avoider and don’t like choosing sides. | I am very good at seeing both sides to a situation. In a world with so much conflict and people shouting from different sides of a platform, I think it’s important to have people that can mediate a situation – who can see both sides to a story and calmly take in information from both sides and come to a compromise. Sometimes I feel like the only moderate person in the room, especially where politics is concerned. But I also pride myself on being able to adapt to different situations and take in new information and while sometimes avoiding conflict means not dealing with a situation, it also means not seeking out drama and helping situations find a resolution. I create happy places wherever possible.
  2. I worry too much | I am organized and good at preparing for a worst case scenario. If you say, “What’s the worst that could happen?” you should brace yourself for a long list from me. Sometimes this means that my brain is filled with worries and anxiety (okay fine, most of the time) but I can also turn this into a Super Power of being prepared for anything. I’ve thought of all of the ways that a kid could hurt themselves on a slide. I’ve also thought of every issue we might need to deal with on a road trip and prepped for the trip to the Nth degree with itineraries, maps, printouts of hotel reservations, lists of places we want to see, emergency contacts and more. Maybe we’ll never need all of these things, but I sleep easier knowing that we are prepared.
  3. I’m easily distracted | I have a lot of different interests. Just writing this post, I’ve found myself checking facebook and my email, getting distracted while linking to other blogs, wanting to read more of their posts, texting friends, checking my calendar and more. This is pretty par for the course for me. You should see how long it takes me to drink my coffee. But I guess it’s also proof that I am living a full life, with lots of interests and plenty of obligations and people that fill my day. And the fact that I finish this post at all will be a testament to my ability to finish a task even when there are a million other balls up in the air at the same time.

Okay, time to nominate 10 Flawesome people:

Randomly Jess | That’s What She Read | Really, Are You Serious? | Something To Ponder About | Beach Bookworm | Ex Libris Kate | Opinionated Book Lover | Birdie Bookworm | The Writing Hufflepuff | Life Should Be Lit

No worries if you don’t participate in blog tags and awards. Whether you decide to participate or not, I think you are awesome, flaws and all. Thanks again to Not-so Modern Girl for nominating me.

Random Questions.

You know I’m a sucker for a blog tag / survey – I saw this list of random questions at Randomly Jess and basically couldn’t help myself. I feel like there are actually some questions on here that I’ve never answered before and it would probably be cruel of me not to fill you in.

What is your favorite flavor of jelly bean? Coincidentally, I brought a bag of jelly beans to my friend’s house last night to eat while watching Book Club with some friends. There were some strong opinions about jelly beans declared last night – licorice seemed to be the most detested, though I don’t mind them in small doses. I really liked the coffee flavored ones. I’m not super picky about jelly beans though – as long as they aren’t grass clippings, boogers, etc.

What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Probably Elf. I love Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel and they are both fantastic in this movie – fun for the whole family!

If you could live in any period of history when would it be and why?  This is so hard to answer – because all time periods have their pros and cons you know? It might be fun to go back to the Renaissance or like some period with dashing knights and beautiful frocks and maidens in distress. But that also means short life expectancy and having way less rights and freedoms as a woman. Can I just visit a bunch of time periods but live in the here and now? Basically, I want a TARDIS.

Tell me 10 things I’d see when I walk in your door?

  1. shoes
  2. jackets
  3. the stairs
  4. the exploding TARDIS / Van Gogh painting hanging in our stairway.
  5. the living room – hi tv!
  6. tv trays that seem to be constantly blocking the way to the living room
  7. peek inside and admire our board games
  8. or video games and movies
  9. wow, Jen, there are a lot of blankets on your couches – are you, like, always cold?
  10. the dog crate, possibly with a dog in it

What kind of celebration would there be on a “St. YOU” day? I assume there will be much drinking of coffee, reading of books and watching of Project Runway and Parks and Recreation. Followed by a game night and a glass of Moscato and going to bed early.

Who would play you in a movie about your life? Back when I was skinny, I probably would have said Katie Holmes. Now, I’m not sure. Maybe Katy Mixon from American Housewife? Or Rachel Bloom from Crazy Ex Girlfriend?

Give me three words that describe you. Introverted, overthinking… compassionate?

What was the best birthday you ever had? I have literally no idea. The one where I was born and thus got to be the terrific person I am today?

If you were a ghost where would you haunt? Why? Maybe a library so I can hang out with books even in the afterlife? And like get into fun ghost hijinx and rearrange the books when nobody is looking or magic a book suggestion into someone’s hands? That would be pretty funny. I plan to be a friendly ghost though so people will mostly not mind that I’m there.

What kind of car did you wish you had when you were a kid? What about now? It’s definitely changed over the years – I wanted a Mazda Miata for awhile because my dad had one and I thought it was the coolest car ever. Now it sounds a little small for my purposes as a mom of two and wife of a really tall guy. I dreamed about owning a Subaru for years and that still sounds cool, but I think the odds are better that I’ll get a minivan. Honestly, I just want something with all wheel drive and Bluetooth. I’ll settle for an auxiliary port.

What’s your favorite 1950s rock song?  What? I have no idea.

Which one would you choose to watch: Family Guy or South ParkI guess Family Guy, but I’d much rather watch Futurama or the Simpsons.

In a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?  The one that lets me hide real good? I think I’m banking on having one of those armored cars so I can skedaddle real quick when the zombies come. Or maybe my weapon will be a cure to zombie-ism and I’ll save everyone and we’ll all live happily ever after and not eat people’s brains.

What is your favorite video game? I probably play more games on my phone than actual video games but when I do play video games it’s usually Minecraft, Skyrim or Wii Jeopardy because why yes I am a giant nerd.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever purchased and why was it so bad? Probably our last refrigerator – it was a Samsung and one heck of a lemon. By the end, we were defrosting it manually about once a month. When we finally called a repair guy because my husband had tried every trick in his Electrical Engineer Handbook, the repair guy said he wouldn’t work with Samsung fridges because they are terrible. Ummm… yeah. We know.

Snapchat or Instagram?  Definitely Instagram. I think I’m too old for Snapchat – like I just don’t get it. It feels like joining a conversation as it’s ending on repeat.

What’s a movie you can practically quote from start to finish? Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Mary Martin’s Peter Pan, Frozen, Moana, The Princess Bride…

You look great! What’s your fitness routine? hahahahahahahaha I like to eat things that are bad for me, complain about my weight, eat some more things, go to an exercise class once every three weeks and repeat.

the Harry Potter tag.

Another bookish tag, Jen? I know, I know – but this one is all about Harry Potter which has been the backdrop to our lives this summer and I couldn’t resist joining in the fun. I saw this tag at A Redhead’s Rambling – a fellow Hufflepuff and book blogger that you probably need in your blogging life.

Now, are we all ready to pretend that we are living in the Harry Potter universe? Then let’s begin…

What house are you in?


Fun fact – Pottermore originally sorted me into Slytherin and I was all like, “Um… say what?” Ignoring the misconceptions that Slytherin is somehow evil – that wasn’t my beef at all. It’s just that nothing about the Slytherin house sounds anything like me. I’m hardly what you’d call ambitious, shrewd, cunning or achievement-oriented. But Pottermore only let’s you take the quiz once and so I figured I was basically stuck with my life choices, left to wonder what questions I’d answered to their quiz that had given them the impression that I might be a parsletongue kinda girl.

Well I lamented the situation to my husband who was all, “you know there’s a solution to this problem,” and I was like, yeah but I don’t want to create a new email address just for this. And he said – you don’t need to create a new email account – just register again but with :

Like if my email address was, I could register as – and the genius bit is any emails from the site will simply be forwarded to your actual email address. Guys, it worked, and when I took the quiz again I got the Hogwarts house that I actually relate to and that most people who know me would place me in – Hufflepuff!!! Loyal, patient, fair, hard-working, true… That’s more like it.

What is your patronus?


I got a Bloodhound which, to be honest, I was kind of meh about. I’m more of a cat person truth be told. But he is pretty cute. And really, look at this face:


Don’t you feel happier already?

What is your wand?


Some snooty Wizards belive that Elm wood wands will only work for Pure bloods, but Rowling heartily disagrees. “Of all wand woods, elm, in my experience, produces the fewest accidents, the least foolish errors, and the most elegant charms and spells.” Being a somewhat clumsy kinda girl, this sounds like a good choice to me.

I’ve also got a unicorn hair core which is said to produce the most consistent magic – these wands are very loyal and tend to remain strongly attached to their first owner. So no need for password protection?

What would your boggart be?

I’m not honestly sure – I feel like it would be something threatening my children. Momma bear life, you know? Or maybe a ledge under my feet that appears to be precariously high in the air?

What position would you play in Quidditch?


Um, yeah, there’s no way I’m playing Quidditch. I’ll sign up for bringing the players a nice cold drink of water or maybe just cheer from the stands.

Would you be pure-blood, half-blood, or muggle-born?

I really don’t know – I think I’d be fine with any scenario but if I am a pure blood, I’m gonna be real Weasley about it. Like, yeah that’s cool but it doesn’t make me better than anyone.

What job would you want to have after graduating Hogwarts?

Something relatively safe and non-Auror-ish. Are there magical librarians? Maybe I’ll go work for Flourish and Blotts?

Which of the deathly hallows would you choose?

I think the cloak of invisibility is the only one I’d feel comfortable possessing – the other two seem like a pretty big responsibility. But with the cloak I can go do things without having to people so that’s pretty cool.

Favourite book?


Probably the Prisoner of Azkaban – at least that was my favorite the first time I read the books. We’re rereading them all with the kids and just started The Order of the Phoenix. I have to say that my impressions of the books feels different this time around so I’ll be curious to see which one feels like a favorite by the time we finish them.

Least favourite book?

I do remember finding Harry to be a particularly angsty teen in The Order of the Phoenix and that tainting my opinion of the book a bit – but we aren’t far enough in yet for me to have made a firm decision on this. Really, I love all of the books for different reasons so picking a least favorite is difficult.

Favourite film?

Probably the first one – it was our first time really getting to experience the world of Hogwarts visually and because it’s the shortest book they were able to give attention to most of the plot points. Also the Dumbledore was better back then.

Least favourite film?


Goblet of Fire seems to fill me with the most nerd rage over missing characters and plot points. And, you know, entire swaths of the book. The lack of S.P.E.W. still really irks me. But David Tennant is there and that helps a little even if he’s kind of creepy as Barty Crouch Jr.

Favourite character?

Honestly, I have a few. Rowling wrote some incredible female characters that are strong and clever and fantastic people. Ginny and Mrs. Weasley. Hermione, Luna Lovegood, Professor McGonagall. I can’t pick just one.

Least favourite/most hated character?

Rita Skeeter seriously ticked me off. Blame it on my years working for the college newspaper, but honestly – she’s a disgrace to her profession and gives journalists a bad name.

Favourite teacher at Hogwarts?

I mean, obviously Professor McGonagall – she’s often the only one who seems like she could be qualified to teach at any school, magic or no. Plus she’s bad ass.

Least favourite teacher at Hogwarts?


Professor Trelawney is kind of exhausting. Like Hermione, I’d have a hard time taking the class seriously and her dramatics and dark predictions would get old pretty quick.

Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?

I don’t know if they’d really be unpopular. I’m possibly too basic for that. I certainly have opinions though. I didn’t really like either of the actors cast to play Dumbledore, but that’s probably because I still wish it was Gandalf.


That’s all I can think of. Pretend it’s unpopular and you don’t all agree with me.

If you could save one character from the finale battle who would you save?

Honestly, if I could save all of them I would. Tonks, Lupin and Fred Weasley definitely hurt the most and I have my reasons for wanting to save them like everyone else. But I also can’t help thinking about all of the people who didn’t really need to be there – like Colin Creevey who was pretty much just at the wrong place at the wrong time. I’d want to save the people who didn’t march in bravely but died anyway.

Okay – that’s all the questions for today. If you want to play along on your blog – tag you’re it! Let me know in the comments section so that I can go read your answers.