Top Ten Tuesday – Traditional Christmas Covers

Today’s Topic: Holiday/Seasonal Freebie (holiday books/covers/titles, wintry reads, snow on cover, cool color covers, takes place in cold settings, cozy scenes on cover, etc.)

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Full disclosure, ya’ll. When it comes to Christmas, I am a traditionalist. I like the white lights, the red and green, the nostalgic look on artwork, paper and decorations. All you modern, trendy people can keep your flocked trees and those blue and silver color combos. And don’t get me started on pastels for Christmas!

I want Christmas covers  to elicit a Dickensian holiday, the warmth of family, peace and good cheer. Here are a few which meet my criteria in evoking that traditional Christmas feel. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Traditional Christmas Covers”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Want to Re-Read

Today’s Topic: Books I Want to Read Again

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I’m one of those readers who like to re-visit the stories I love over and over again. Those books become like old friends to me and I have hundreds of them.

So, in order to shorten this list to a manageable size, I’ve chosen to list newer releases that I’ve only read once so far, but would love to read again. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Want to Re-Read”

Top Ten Tuesday – Why I Am Thankful for Books

Today’s Topic: Thanksgiving Freebie

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Well, with Thanksgiving this week, one thing I’m certainly thankful for is that 2020 is almost over! (Can I get an amen?)

In all seriousness, I wanted to dig a bit deeper with this freebie to share what books and reading have done for me and why I am thankful for them, specifically.

And to my fellow Top Ten Tuesday-ers, I am thankful for you all and this little community hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. In a year full of challenges where I feel overwhelmed most days, this is one of the few posts I’ve kept up regularly on my blog, because of the connection it gives me.  Many times it’s the small things that make the most difference in our lives. So thank you.

Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Why I Am Thankful for Books”

Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Real-Life Settings

Today’s Topic: Halloween Freebie

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I’m sorry to say that I’ve never been that big of a fan of Halloween. So, I’m going way off course on this week’s freebie.

As someone who loves to travel and experience new faces and places, I find books offer the perfect substitute during these travel-restricted times. Today, I’m featuring books set in places I have or would like to visit in real life. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Real-Life Settings”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Read because They Were Recommended by Rachel McMillan

Today’s Topic:  Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me

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I know what types of books I like to read. That’s not to say I can’t be influenced to read something that might not normally catch my eye. But I rarely remember who first piqued my interest in a specific book once I decide to read it…with one exception.

Rachel McMillan is an author (and a great one at that) who also has wonderful taste in and a special knack for recommending amazing books. All it takes is her gushing review and that book automatically goes on my TBR list. She is my go-to person for book recommendations and I trust her implicitly. With few exceptions (I’m looking at you Villette), I LOVE every single one of her recommendations. And my TBR list should either thank her or villify her for expanding beyond what I will ever be able to read in a lifetime.

Here are just a few books I discovered thanks to Rachel. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Read because They Were Recommended by Rachel McMillan”