Top Ten Tuesday – First Ten Books I Reviewed

Today’s Topic: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too!

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Sadly, I was never in the habit of doing book reviews before I started my blog two and a half years ago. Major apologies to all the authors I’ve been reading all these years. I still don’t do a lot of reviews on sites like Amazon and Goodreads, and when I do, they are generally brief.

But in preparing for today’s prompt I realized how much I enjoyed going back to read my thoughts on the books I first reviewed for my own site. Which means, I really want to get better at recording my thoughts on the books I read in the future. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – First Ten Books I Reviewed”

Top Ten Tuesday – Recommendations for Rainy Day Reads

Today’s Topic: Rainy Day Reads

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Well this is an interesting category. I’m not entirely sure how to interpret and correctly apply this week’s prompt. I kind of feel like rainy day reads should be cozy. But sometimes rainy days feel broody and mysterious. So, my list consists of mixture of both. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Recommendations for Rainy Day Reads”

Top Ten Tuesday – Cover Love

Today’s Topic: Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books (i.e. skip meals, camped outside a bookstore, broke up with someone because they don’t like books, etc.

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Even though I’m a book lover and voracious reader, I’ve never done anything crazy for the love of books. I’m a bit too practical for that. So, I decided to go a different route for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list.

I am someone who is always drawn to a book which has a stunning cover. It’s been a long time since I did a cover love post. I figured it’s time for another. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Cover Love”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Featuring Musicians

Today’s Topic: Audio Freebie (Any audio goes: audiobooks, music, podcasts, you name it.)

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Well, I almost didn’t participate in this week’s Top Ten post. I’ve only listened to one audiobook and never listed to podcasts. So, I was stumped. But then I decided to think outside the box a bit. Since music is an audial experience, I thought it would be fun to list books that feature musicians; those who sing and those who play.

The characters in these books are not all necessarily professional or career  musicians. Some just have a personal passion for it. So without further ado…

Rose in Three-Quarter Time – This one has been on a lot of my lists lately, mainly because it is so good. But this time it is because both of the main characters are musicians. Oliver is now a conductor and Rose is a violinist with an orchestra in Vienna.

Love’s Reckoning – Silas Ballantyne may be a blacksmith’s apprentice, but his true passion is the family violin which he has brought with him from Scotland.

Infinity + One – Bonnie Rae Shelby is a famous singer in hiding who finds herself on a cross-country road trip with a stranger.

The Whys Have It – A tragic accident brings together the orphaned Samantha with pop superstar Cory Minor.

Then There Was You – This delightful rom-com set in Australia has a male protagonist who is not only the son of internationally known pastors, but also the lead in their very popular touring worship band.

Nocturne for a Widow – What happens when a sassy actress butts head’s with her dead husband’s arrogant son who is running from his past as an acclaimed violinist? Sparks, that’s what. I love this gothic-lite/comedy mashup set in the Hudson River Valley area.

The Butterfly and the Violin – This heartbreaking, well-written time-slip novel features a talented Jewish violinist who finds herself alleviating the tragedy of her interment in Auschwitz.

A Light in the Darkness – One of my favorite YA stories. I just love the main characters Tish and Sebastian so much. Tish is the sole female in a male rock band and Sebastian is the tortured newcomer.

One Night With a Rockstar – This modern re-telling of the biblical story of Esther is one of my favorites.

All She Wanted – Charlie is a pianist with a scholarship to a prestigious music school.

What are some books featuring musicians that you would recommend?

Top Ten Tuesday -Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Today’s Topic: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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I love the host of new books which get released each spring. There are so many great new titles this time of year that my TBR pile just gets bigger. Some of these on this week’s list are new releases which I haven’t read just yet. Others will be releasing later this spring. Either way, I’m very excited about the books on this list. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Books On My Spring 2019 TBR”

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Today’s Topic: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

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What a fun prompt this is. It has really made me think differently about familiar and well-loved books. The great thing about a good book is that it takes you out of your own life and allows you to live vicariously through the lives of its’ characters.

Regular readers know that I adore historical fiction. However, when it came time to make this week’s list, there’s something I realized. As much as I enjoy reading about history, I don’t know that I would want to live it. That is why many of the ladies I chose for this list come from contemporary stories. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Book Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With”

Book Review – A Fallen Lady

SYNOPSIS

Six years ago, to the outrage of her family and the delight of London gossips, Lady Helen Dehaven refused to marry the man to whom she was betrothed. Even more shockingly, her refusal came on the heels of her scandalous behavior: she and her betrothed were caught in a most compromising position. Leaving her reputation in tatters and her motivations a mystery, Helen withdrew to a simple life in a little village among friends, where her secrets remained hers alone.

For reasons of his own, Stephen Hampton, Lord Summerdale, is determined to learn the truth behind the tangled tale of Helen’s ruin. There is nothing he abhors so much as scandal – nothing he prizes so well as discretion – and so he is shocked to find, when he tracks Helen down, that he cannot help but admire her. Against all expectations, he finds himself forgiving her scandalous history in favor of only being near her.

But the bitter past will not relinquish Helen’s heart so easily. How can she trust a man so steeped in the culture of high society, who conceals so much? And how can he, so devoted to the appearance of propriety, ever love a fallen lady? Continue reading “Book Review – A Fallen Lady”

Top Ten Tuesday – Places Mentioned in Books That I’d Like to Visit

Today’s Topic: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

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Travel is one of my passions. I love going someplace new and experiencing the culture and sights of that place. However, time and money limits the amount of travel I’m able to do.

That is one of the reason I enjoy reading. It’s armchair travel at it’s best. As soon as I crack open the pages, I’m instantly transported and experiencing that place vicariously through the characters. And of course, it also allows me to time travel, which is sadly still impossible in real life. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Places Mentioned in Books That I’d Like to Visit”