Five Things

Earlier this week I was browsing through some of the bloggers I follow and I came across a post by Melanie, author of “Sparks From a Combustible Mind.” She shared 5 things you should read, watch, and listen to if you want to get to know her better. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love getting to know the author behind the blog!

I was inspired to do a similar post, but I have added a little twist to it. I am sharing 5 things in each category.:

  • 5 Books
  • 5 Movies
  • 5 Songs

Thanks for the inspiration, Melanie!


Let’s get started!

5 Books You Should Read if You Want To Know Me Better:

I can’t stop readin’ into ya, and love, oh yeah! You’re the best book I’ve read in a while. – Jason Mraz

  1. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams


The velveteen Rabbit was the first book I ever read. I was very young, my mother said at the age of 4, but it may have been closer to 5 or 6. Anyway, I know I couldn’t have appreciated the story the way I do today, but it made me want to become a writer. I used to scribble my thoughts down on scrap pieces of paper that my mom kept by the phone. I did this so often that my mom bought me a journal to keep all of my thoughts and ideas. I love this book for so many reasons now. So many wonderful quotations, phenomenal writing, and nostalgia.

velveteen rabbit quote

This is my favorite quote from the book, and the quote that is most like me. I have always been able to find the beauty in things that most people can’t. It’s why I always wanted that spotted elephant from the land of misfit toys in “Rudolph,” and why I’m drawn to imperfections. I like elongated green peppers that can’t stand when you sit them down, lumpy strawberries, and crooked coffee mugs.

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


My mother gave me this book on my 10th birthday, and I could always tell she felt bad for telling me I needed to put the book down and go to sleep, she too, was a bibliophile, so she understood the struggle of “Just one more chapter.”

I fell in love with this novel, and it still remains one of my favorites! I thought I would turn out just like Jo. I have always shared her passion for reading and writing, and while I don’t have the temper Jo does, I can be just as stubborn and hot headed as she is. I am the most like Jo, except when it comes to romance.


One of my favorite quotes from the book, and I too, tend to romanticize memories and traditions, but when I look back, it is the times I have spent, laughing, kissing, and learning that take up the most room in my heart. The times I’ve spent around the dinner table, with family and friends, sharing conversations and getting so lost in those conversations that we lose track of time.

3. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee


I read this book for the first time last year and I have been recommending it to everyone since. This book is so well written and I got lost in the story.

The thing I love most about myself is my ability to empathize with others. The older I get, the more I realize how rare this trait really is. The character I felt the most empathy for in this beloved novel was Atticus. Atticus is a lawyer defending a black man in 1930’s Alabama. I don’t think I need to say anything more for you to understand why I empathize with him. If you haven’t read this book, I implore you to do so!


Empathy, man. Empathy.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride & Prejudice

This story tells the importance of marrying for love over financial status. It’s a romantic story through and through, and if you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a romantic. I have many depths and layers, as you will find out as we continue on into movies and songs, but love is always at my core. No matter what. You can beat me, throw me to the wolves, and stand me up at the gates of hell, and I will still continue to believe in love. I can also fully comprehend how Elizabeth fell head over heels for Mr. Darcy. *Swoon!*


5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

a christmas carol

I am pretty sure I have loved this story since my days in the womb. My mother used to read it to me every Christmas, and we watched the movie every Christmas, and sometimes throughout the year. It was her favorite story ever! I am not like any of the characters really, but you will appreciate my love for dark tales and Christmas. It speaks to my old soul, and teaches us that even the worst “scrooges,” can become sweet. And I believe that even that darkest of souls carry some light.

christmas carol

I don’t know if there’s a quote I agree with more than this one!

So there you have it, 5 books that carry pieces of me inside of them. Check back tomorrow for the 5 movies you should watch if you want to know me better!

Have you read any of these books? What are your opinions? What books should I read to understand you better?

Love & life lessons,


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15 Responses to Five Things

  1. Destiny is destined to happen,,

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  2. Nova says:

    I’m going to do this later 🌸🌸

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  3. Nova says:

    Little Women was and always has been one of my favorites :)!!

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  4. I love this! Great to know more about you!

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  5. What a lovely ‘twist’! And we agree on four of the five books you shared. I love 1, 2, 3 (have read it many, many times) and 5. Four, sadly, is not my cup of tea, although I’ve tried to get ‘into Austen’ several times over the years. I did watch the PBS series made of the book, and it was okay, but I still am not a fan. The Velveteen Rabbit brought tears to my eyes. My mother read that to me when I was small and before the foster years I endured. I still cry over it. Little Women, Little Men and all the rest are books that I ADORED as a teenager. In the late 1970s, you can imagine how well my taste adapted to that of my peers. They didn’t get me then, they don’t get me now. The difference is that now I could not care less. To Kill A Mockingbird is possibly my favorite all time book, although it shares the ‘shelf’ with several others. I’ve read Mockingbird so often, I can probably quote portions of it verbatim. Such a great story and unique because yes, one gets lost in it. Er. One CAN get lost in it. I’ve had folks tell me they didn’t like it because of the language or they found it juvenile. I remain astonished that someone can’t submerge themselves in that book. and #5 is another on the top shelf as favorite. Every holiday season I get out my copy and re-read it. I watch all the movies made about it, including the kinda stupid ones like “Scrooged” (Bill Murray) and a few others…but mostly I wallow in “A Christmas Carol” all Christmas season long. Thanks for enjoying my post and taking it to make something really unique and wonderful! I’ll watch for tomorrow’s post about the movies you love. 🙂

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    • kristianw84 says:

      I’m happy to learn we have so much in common! I don’t understand people that don’t like to Kill A Mockingbird either. It is up there in my all time favorites too! Pride & Prejudice isn’t for everyone but it speaks to my romantic side. I adored it. I love the movie adaptation with Keira Knightly as well.
      I’m not huge on Audio Books, but I love Patrick Stewart’s version of A Christmas Carol. I listen to it a lot during the holidays as well. I’ve seen all the movie adaptations too. The one with Alastair Sim is my favorite!!


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