Top 3 Thursday: Books That Taught Me Something New!

Hello! Welcome to another episode of “Christina is Full of Lies”!! In a surprise twist, it turns out our host Christina is actually, totally full of lies!

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The reading slump that has completely infected my life for all of February has been a real freakin’ drag y’all. Honestly, I was kind of avoiding my blog and GR account because it was making me feel guilty. But then I realized that was totally self-inflicted and if the worst part of my month was that I wasn’t in the mood to read, well that aint so bad. ANYWHO, while I’ve been on a reading hiatus I’ve had some really great time to focus on myself, my self-care and preparing for the whirlwind that is going to be the next few months of my life. My husband has scheduled his PhD proposal for early April, his soon-to-be-boss is coming to Dallas next week and we’re headed to Colorado for my friends 30th birthday the week after. Things are going to start moving very quickly for us and I’ve been spending too much time on Zillow and rapid fire adding things to my Amazon wish list and not enough time reading.

However, great news my dudes, Taylor Jenkins Reid has done it again and is slowly but surely pulling me out of my reading slump with Daisy Jones & The Six! I’m a little over halfway done and plan to finish tonight so I’ll get back on the reviewing wagon soon! *Also no, today, this time, finally it’s not a lie.* 

Today felt like a great day to get back on the blogging train also with another round of Top 3 Thursday! Top 3 Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by A Cosy Reader where different topics are explored each week. This week, it’s books that taught you something new! As someone who is always trying to learn new things, view the world through new lenses and broaden my perspective I couldn’t be more tickled with this topic.

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Have I also been watching old seasons of ANTM during my slump? Just ask my #smize.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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So, not only did this book teach me what truly swooning means (I mean, it seriously can’t be overstated how amazeballs Jamie is) but it is also incredibly dense with historical information. Set in the Highlands in both the 1940s as well as the 1700s, it was a bit much to work through as someone who isn’t generally a huge historical fiction fan but it taught me a lot of new and interesting things about a place in the world I knew nothing about prior. The longer it goes since finishing this book the more I think I’m not capable of diving back in, however, the rich imagery painted of a time I’ll never see was stunning to say the least.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 

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This was honestly a giant emotional roller coaster for me. It’s definitely geared towards children and it’s a short book that’s easy to really fly through. However, what it lacks in length it makes up for in emotional punch. A story about a young boy losing his mother to illness and coping with emotions he doesn’t know how to deal with. It really struck a cord with me at a time when I was coping with my own loss. With my personal experience, dying really changes a person – they become someone they weren’t before. It can be difficult to watch someone go through it, to know that it might be less painful if they let go but also not wanting to let them go either. I loved the message that it isn’t about how you think it is about how you act and what you do with those actions that shape who you are. It helped me cope and find closure – even if I was a blubbering mess for 2 hours afterwards.

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

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IDGAFFFF that this is non-fiction so *obvi* I learned something from it because that’s why I sought it out. This book is too cute for words! My husband and I have been working on our hygge game for years without even knowing there’s a word for it! I learned so much from this little book about creating comfortable spaces and about the importance of learning to be comfortable with others, not just your “person” or a few people that might be in your inner-circle. I loved it from start to finish and immediately implemented new things I learned from it in my day-to-day life. I highly suggest anyone who likes cozy things to read this book!

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Me for the last month. BUT I’VE LEARNED AGAIN I SWEAR.

Well there you have it folks! I should have my Daisy Jones review up in the next few days and I’ve set aside some books I couldn’t get into and have some new ones I’m super amped for to help me get past this terrible slump that’s gonna set me so far behind on my GR reading challenge it’s ridiculous.


Have you read these titles, if so, what did you think? What are some books that have taught you something new? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!

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4 thoughts on “Top 3 Thursday: Books That Taught Me Something New!”

  1. I had almost a year-long slump last year, and have picked up this year, nearly reading as many books in two months as I read all year, last year! Go figure. Anyway, it’s important to take time for yourself as well, given all the upheaval you’ve gone through of late. So I wouldn’t be hard on yourself about reading or blogging. All it takes is one book to get you back eh, on the horse! 😉

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