Top Ten Tuesday – What’s In a Name?

Today’s Topic: Freebie

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As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by names. As a child I treasured my dog-eared copy of a baby name book that I read over and over.  I love the meaning of names. I love how a name may or may not match a person’s character or personality. And so, for this week’s freebie, I wanted to focus on fictional character names that I either thought were interesting, unique or pretty. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – What’s In a Name?”

We Love Detectives Week Spotlight on The Amory Ames Series

When it comes to my entertainment choices, detective stories aren’t always at the top of my list, although I do enjoy them. But when I do choose something in that genre, I generally gravitate to cozy mysteries.

That’s why I was thrilled to discover The Amory Ames Mystery series. Well, I didn’t actually discover it personally, author and book reviewer extraordinaire Rachel McMillan recommended them to me.

Written by Ashley Weaver, the first book of the series was actually her debut novel. I especially love that Weaver was first a librarian before becoming a published author, because who better to write a book than someone who loves and works with them every day? Her Amory Ames series spans seven full length novels and one novella.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Restraint; The Underrated Romantic Quality

Today’s Topic: Love Freebie (come up with your own topic having to do with love)

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I had a difficult time deciding what love topic to focus on this week. I didn’t want to choose something obvious which of course then forced me to think hard and get creative. I finally chose to highlight one of my favorite character traits in romantic heroes; restraint.

I believe restraint or self-control to be a much under-rated quality these days. I personally find it very appealing. A man who is able to control himself, deny his own desires for the sake of another is one who is unselfish and usually also protective.  Restraint is sexy because it is leashed passion, banked fire. Someone who can control desire and only shows glimpses of it, releasing the full power of it at the appropriate time is a man of great strength of character. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Restraint; The Underrated Romantic Quality”

Top Ten Tuesday -Books with Character Names In the Titles

Today’s Topic: Books with Character Names In the Titles

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Well, the obvious answer to this one would have been to list all the biographies and autobiographies on my TBR list. But that would have been too easy. And while I originally thought I would have a hard time meeting this week’s criteria, I was surprised to realize there are lots of books with character names in the title. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Books with Character Names In the Titles”

Top Ten Tuesday -New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Today’s Topic: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

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I always enjoy discovering new authors I’ve never read before. It’s a bit like receiving a present, when I open it will I like it? Will I not? Will I be surprised. I never know what I will get when I read a new author and that’s half the fun.

Julia Quinn – I’d heard of this author, but never got around to reading any of her books until the Netflix juggernaut that was Bridgerton aired.

Harper St. George – I’ll be honest, the cover alone convinced me to read the first book in this series. But the story inside convinced me to continue and finish the series.

Lyssa Kay Adams – The first book in this series really hooked me, but I didn’t enjoy the others as much. Still the overall premise of a group of men reading romance novels to improve their relationships was a creative one.

Kimberly Duffy – This author quickly earned her place on my must read list with vivid depictions of Colonial India and complex (sometimes unlikeable) characters that captured my attention.

Regina Scott – I wouldn’t have thought a series about National Parks would hold my interest, but the author made the settings come alive.

Natalie Jenner – I couldn’t escape talk of this book early last year. It was everywhere! I did enjoy it enough to make me seek out other titles from Jenner.Stephanie Landsem – I’ve been meaning to read one of Landsem’s books for years. But it was this re-telling of the Prodigal Son story set in classic Hollywood that finally got my attention.

Caroline George – At times I struggled to get through this book. Jumping around three different stories within the book made it hard to maintain my focus. But the revelation of the deeper message the author was creating really wowed me.

Jenn McKinlay – This is the first book I’ve read by Jenn McKinlay, but I was impressed how she wrote a sensitive portrayal of a hero with mental and physical challenges.

Top Ten Tuesday 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

Today’s Topic: 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

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I had the best reading year I’ve had in several years in 2021. Despite that, I still didn’t get to read all the new releases I was excited about. Here are some I missed that will now be on my TBR pile for 2022 Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To”

2021 End of Year Book Survey

Although, I always do a full review of each book reading year. I ran across this fun annual survey originated by the Perpetual Page Turner thanks to Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl who hosts the Top Ten Tuesday weekly. I love that it allows me a different way of looking at my reading year so of course, I had to participate.

2021 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 128 plus
Number of Re-Reads: about 10
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Romance Continue reading “2021 End of Year Book Survey”