Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Bookmarks

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

This week’s Top 10 list is My Top 10 Favourite Bookmarks. I guess this could be meant in a few different ways.

It could mean my Top 10 physical book marks–different ones I have owned through my life that look cool or had sentimental meaning, or it could mean the top 10 things I use for bookmarks.

My list is going to be a hybrid between the two…so here we go.

  1. Scrap Paper
    When you’re in a pinch, anything will do as a bookmark (except folding the page because that’s just wrong wrong wrong).
  2. Flash Cards
    I like to use flash cards as bookmarks when I want to see the physical progress I have made in a book. Seeing the distance between the starting bookmark and the flash card.
  3. Sticky Notes
    I don’t do it often, but when studying a book for school, there would be multiple times when I would take notes on a sticky note and use that as a bookmarker to go back to that page.
  4. My Finger
    There have been more than a couple times that I would walk around for an hour or two with my finger in the book, marking my page. A lot easier when you I found the moment to sneak in a page or two.
  5. Metal Book Markers
    I got these as a gift several years ago, and they are still my favourite bookmarks. They are small metal markers that you can hardly see or feel when running your hand along the book. They’re easy to lose, but when they come in a tin of 30 or so, you have several years worth of bookmarks that wont get ruined in your bag.
  6. Electronic Bookmarks
    So these obviously only work on eBooks, but I can’t deny how handy it is when I re-open the eBook I am reading and it is on the exact page that I left it on.
  7. Paper Bookmarks
    I haven’t used a paper bookmark for years. They were my favourite ones as a kid, usually with a tassle at the end of them, but they got ruined too quickly for my liking now.
  8. Nothing at all!
    I know it sounds a bit barbaric, but there have been a few times in my life where I would just pick up a book at random times when I was bored and would just find the spot where I left off. Usually it would be a book that had more of a text-book style reading to it, but still the idea of not using a bookmark sort of makes me sick.
  9. One Attached to the Book/Journal
    Sometimes I’ll find a book or journal that has one of those attached pieces of fabric to use as a bookmarker. I use one in my agenda everyday, and they’re really handy and can’t get ruined that easily.
  10. Paperclips
    I was not a fan of this when I did it, but a paperclip did come in handy to quickly mark the page I needed.

What are some of the most bizarre things you’ve used as a bookmark before? My list is pretty tame compared to some others I have heard, but let me know in the comments!

AudioBook Review: Outlander

I have said before that it is a rare occurrence for a TV show or movie to be better than the book, but Outlander is one of those books that might just be an exception.

I had binge watched most of the TV show in a few weeks, knowing that there was a related book series, but I didn’t really feel like I had the time to start another series of books since I already had a few going at the time.

I had a free audio book that I could download, and I figured Outlander would be a good choice of book, and I am happy I was right.

Despite being a fantastic book, that the TV show is very similar to, I think an audiobook was a good call for Outlander, because the woman who was reading the story had a nice accent, and did a good job changing her voice slightly depending on who was speaking.

This is one of the few audiobooks I have listened to, but each one I listen to makes me love the medium more and more.


In terms of how the book actually was, I thought it was well written, very descriptive, and historically accurate (from my small understanding of that period in history).

I think when doing a historical fiction piece, it is important to get some level of accuracy, and I think Diana Gabaldon did a great job of writing about the period and the characters.

I haven’t read too many historical fiction pieces before, but I thought that I could really understand the period and the society that Gabaldon writes about in Outlander.

I haven’t learned a lot of this period in history, but I have done some research after watching the TV show, and from what I can tell Outlander is pretty spot on to what I could have expected.


Gabaldon’s writing style has caused her to quickly cracked my Top 10 favourite authors even though I only listened to one of her books.

I find her descriptive writing to be captivating enough that I can see myself in the story, but not overbearing that it becomes a grind getting through different scenes.

I think there is a time and place for overly descriptive writing. I think George R.R. Martin does a good job of it, but he is one of the few people that I have read that was able to do it well.

Gabaldon’s writing has enough description in it that there were times I could see the scene so perfectly, and the sex scenes were…interesting to say the least.


I think a historical-fiction book does its’ job when it makes the reader want to explore more. After listening to the entire book on my walks to and from work every day, I watched a few other shows about Scotland and their history. I also did some light reading online about Scotland and their fights for independence.

As you probably know, I am a lover of history, and Outlander has definitely made me want to dive a little deeper into the historical fiction genre.


I plan on continuing the series in the future, but not any time soon. There’s a few other series I want to finish first, but I won’t forget Outlander because I really enjoy the TV show.

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books on My TBR

The usual Top 10 list that I get ideas from didn’t have a topic I was interested in writing this week, so I found a Top 5 idea from Yolanda at Past Midnight, who got the idea from Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, so thank both of you for the idea.

This weeks list is all about the books on my TBR that I am most excited to read. The TBR list on my blog isn’t the complete list, so expect a few that you wont find on there.

#1 The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I vaguely remember seeing the movie years ago, and I thought it was pretty good, so I thought maybe I would read the book. There’s no real reason this is on my TBR list other than I am excited to get away from the fantasy genre for a little bit.

#2 American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a great author from my experience, and I have heard that American Gods is a terrific read. Plus, as a Supernatural fan, I am a big lover of the “gods walking among us” idea.

#3 IT by Stephen King

Though technically this is the book I am currently reading, I haven’t gotten too far into it yet, so I am counting it on my TBR list. So far it’s been a great read, and I can’t wait to dive into it further.

#4 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Of course one of the classics is on my list, especially Frankenstein. A few first hand accounts I have heard make me want to read this one as soon as possible.

#5 Top 10 Games You Can Play In Your Head by Yourself by D. F. Lovett, J. Theophrastus Bartholomew, and Sam Gorski

I actually found out about this book through a YouTube channel that I follow, and the idea sounds really interesting. It’s supposed to help your brain function, and I often find myself passing the time with meaningless tasks because I am bored.


Are any of these books on your TBR? If not, what books are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comment section.

Wheel of Time Wednesdays: Script Read Through.

A few weeks ago the cast of the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show did a read through of the script.

Today, a short video was released.

Hope you enjoy!

100 WordPress Followers!!!

It’s been just over a year since I started this blog, but I have finally hit 100 WordPress followers.

I actually hit the milestone a few weeks ago, but I never had the time on Thursdays to write about it.

Finally I have found the time.

I am very proud of myself for keeping up with my blog for an entire year. There were a few times where I thought about quitting, but ultimately I enjoy it too much to give it up.

I like making the time to write posts for you guys. I am far from the biggest blog out there. One of the blogs I follow just hit the 11,000 milestone, but ultimately I am on my way to get there.

I have seen plenty of other blogs start after me, and reach the 100 followers much quicker, but there are many reasons for that I will not get into. Ultimately I am happy I have finally reached that mark, which was one of the goals I had set for myself in 2019.

I am genuinely surprised that I have 100 people that follow my blog. I am terribly sorry for all of those who get the notifications or read through my content, but thank you at the same time.

Honestly, without all of you guys I probably wouldn’t still be doing this. Being busy with life means I can’t dedicate my life to this blog, but seeing the slow and steady climb in followers has been a real boost when making my posts.

I’m not sure I will ever make the 11,000 follower milestone like other blogs I have seen, but I have accepted that reality.

I also took a look at making some money from runnign this blog, and I’ve seen a few opportunities to be able to do that, but I don’t expect this to pay the bills any time soon.

For now, it’s something that I enjoy doing, and it’s something that helps keep me sane through the day.

Words cannot express how thankful I am for all of you that read my posts. You must be crazy if you keep coming back, but I am thankful nonetheless.

So, from the bottom of my book filled heart, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Book Review: Tragedy in the Commons

The Canadian Federal Election is coming up in a few weeks, so I thought it would be a good idea to cover the one Political Science book that I have read.

I want to read more books about politics, but they’re usually on the back of my mind so I don’t often look for them when I go book shopping.

This one however was very insightful, and got me interested in the genre.

This really isn’t a book about one party’s politics, or a certain political viewpoint. This was more about how the Canadian political system works as a whole, and the different aspects of the system.

It’s written and includes stories about former Members of Parliament. It’s that first hand account that really drive the point home in my opinion.

It’s one thing to write about something you never really experienced. You can get all the facts, get the first hand accounts, but there is nothing quite like experiencing it for yourself.

I read this book while I was taking a Political Science class and it was a nice education in the field.

I had a basic understanding of how Canada’s democratic system worked, but I didn’t really understand the intricate workings of it until I read this book.

I wouldn’t call myself an expert in any shape or form, but this sort of made me realize how important it is to have an understanding of your country’s government.


I don’t know what country you are reading this in, but one of the best parts of a democracy is that you get a voice. Whether you like this person or that person, this ideal or that, this party or the other, you have a chance to vote.

It’s important to vote. I mean it is literally the fundamental component of the democratic system.

It’s only been a handful of elections, but I have voted in every single election I have had the chance to vote in because I have the right.

Many people across the world don’t have that chance, and so I take advantage of the opportunity when I can.

I won’t share my political views, that’s not the point of the post. The point is to understand how your government works. People will argue that they don’t vote for a handful of reasons, but I promise you they are all crap. There is no reason not to vote.


Overall Tragedy in the Commons is a good book. I was a bit worried because I thought it would be difficult to follow along, but it’s not.

It’s a really easy read, and any confusing concepts are explained in detail that you don’t need to be a political nut to understand it all.

I don’t think a lot of my readers are in Canada, so this book won’t really do much for you.

What I am hoping for then, is that you get some sort of inspiration from it. You feel some inner need to vote, even if you think it’s pointless or a waste of time, do it anyways. Especially you young folk. Let your voice be heard.

Top 10 Book Bloggers I Follow

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday was supposed to be the Top 10 Things that I eat/drink while reading.

This kind of confused me because I’ve never met anyone who has foods/drinks while reading consistently enough to be considered reading snacks or drinks, but maybe that’s just me.

I might have a cup of hot chocolate, or maybe a bowl of pretzels nearby, but even that’s maybe once a month.

Since this week’s topic doesn’t apply to me, and I wanted to give you something interesting, I figured I’d give you a different Top 10 that might interest you.

This week I am going to give you 10 different bloggers that I read and follow that consider themselves in the “book blogger” category.

They aren’t in order of least to most favourite, or vice versa. I’m just putting them in the list in the order I find them in my notifications.


Past Midnight

Yolanda, creator of Past Midnight  is writing with a long-lasting love of books and reading. She’s a mother of two, and has worked many jobs, until she finally found herself as a stay at home mom and a great book blogger to boot.

If you like romance or YA books I definitely recommend checking her blog out, but don’t be surprised with a review of a different genre now and then.


The Geekish Brunette

Joanna is a fantastic book blogger who originally had her content just on Goodreads and Instagram. Lucky for us she decided to make The Geekish Brunette where we get both book reviews and other great book-related content.


Belle of the Library

Holly, the creator of Belle of the Library has never quite grown out of her love for YA books. If you’re a YA lover her blog is the place to go, and keep an eye out for the book that she is working on!


The Bibliophagist

Book reviews, book tags, and plenty of other book related posts. Sarah (the first of many Sarahs on this list) somehow has time for all this awesome content. She’s been around on one platform or another since 2013 and has covered over 700 books. If romance is your go-to genre, The Bibliophagist is the place to end up.


Hamlets and Hyperspace

Sarah #2 of my list loves books, but if you get in between her and a book about Vikings just watch out. She’s mainly a Kindle reader, but will buy the books that she loves in a hard copy. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are her two most reviewed genres, with a few graphic novels mixed in now and then.

She does like Sharknado movies though…so if you can forgive her for that Hamlets and Hyperspace is definitely worth the time to read through. She’s been an awesome friend in the book blogging world and she was my first ever guest poster!


Ashes Books and Bobs

Ashley, the mind and words behind Ashes, Books, and Bobs has been a book blogger for about three years. She prides herself on giving her honest opinion at all times.

Of all the bloggers I follow she has definitely reviewed the most books that I have never heard of, which is so refreshing to see new books out there I haven’t heard of.


The Library at Woodring Estate

Sarah #3 on my list is a special collections librarian in the Midwest. I am a lifelong reader, occasional blogger, full time dog mom, and lover of all baked goods.

Honestly I don’t even know how to describe her blog other than the word warm. Might sound weird but whenever I read her posts I just sort of feel content and happy, like it’s the right place to be. I’m comfortable.


Chocolate’n’Waffles

Meggy thought it would be a good idea to write her About Page in third person, but we still like her blog anyways.

She calls herself a ” Grammar Terror” and I’m a little scared to put that to the test. She loves tea, chocolate and waffles, as well as making great blog posts about some great books.


Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

Romance, Erotica, Westerns, and plenty of other genres. The Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub covers a lot of the lesser read genres, and it’s hard to stop reading her posts.

She won’t shy away from negative reviews if they are needed, but she stays respectful the whole time.


Welcome to MarieMcWilliams.com

Marie is an aspiring writer, and wants to share that love with others. She is a self confessed book worm and nerd and would probably prefer to spend her days reading and writing.

With some book reviews, and some original pieces written by Marie herself, there’s always something interesting to read on Marie’s blog.


What other book bloggers do you guys read? I love discovering new bloggers to get an idea of what people are reading and reviewing. Let me know in the comments.