Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Love that Need More Love

Today’s Topic: Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads

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In my own mind, I am a champion of the under-rated book or author. There’s nothing I like better than discovering a book that is under the radar and then raving about it to everyone I know. Honestly, it makes me feel “in the know.” But I also like the idea of bringing to attention authors or books who I feel deserve it.

This week’s list includes several series, as well as single titles.

 

Price of Privilege Series 

One of the most stunning series I’ve ever read. It’s also my very favorite. This historical drama follows a young woman who unexpectedly becomes an heiress and finds herself as a pawn in a game played by some very powerful men.

Carry Me Home

I’d heard about this Australian historical novel for years. It did not disappoint! I liked the marriage of convenience story line, but I really loved the hero the most. My review

 

Drawn by the Frost Moon/Creek Country Saga

This historical series set in 19th century Florida is unique in its’ portrayal of the Indian culture. I also appreciate how multi-cultural the series is.

Seeing Miss Heartstone

What a surprise, another historical fiction title makes my list! I enjoyed this sweet tale of an heiress managing her father’s empire who teaches through correspondence, a nobleman, the details of business finance. My review

 

The Girl Next Door Series

This series is contemporary romantic suspense with an emphasis on ROMANCE and SUSPENSE. I’m always exhilarated and exhausted after finishing one of these stories. Review of If Spring Comes

 

Storm and Silence Series

This series is on many of my lists. I love it so much. The chemistry and dialogue between the two main characters is just so zippy and feisty. Review of Storm and Silence and in the Eye of the Storm.

 

California Rising Series

As much historical fiction that I read, I rarely come across anything featuring the history of California. It is a fascinating time as portrayed in this series.

With This Curse

I love a good gothic-lite romance and this one features a wounded, skittish heroine and one of the most patient, self-sacrificing heroes I’ve ever read.

 

The Bridge Duo

Ya’ll, the first book in this duo only has 157 ratings on Goodreads. That is a crime! This YA/New Adult duology has heart and unexpected depth. Plus, some of its’ settings include Paris and Ireland. Review of The Bridge and The Long Walk.

 

Raleigh Harmon P.I. Mysteries

I don’t read a lot of crime drama or mysteries, but I find this one about a female forensic crime investigator fascinating. This series is a spin off the earlier Raleigh Harmon FBI Mystery series.

There you have it. My top ten underrated books (series). Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite underrated novels?

Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Book Couples

Today’s Topic: Favorite Couples In Books

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I’ll let you in on a little secret if you promise not to tell anyone. I’m a romantic at heart, always have been. I appreciate the ideas of commitment, faithfulness and sacrifice that are present where real love exists.

It is this type of love that makes relationships last. Because, let’s be honest. We are all human, prone to make mistakes and hurt those we care about. But people who choose to love each other work hard to prioritize each other and their relationship by practicing forgiveness, thoughtfulness and mercy.

With Valentine’s Day a couple of days away, I’m glad that this week’s prompt gives me the opportunity to share some of my favorite book couples who exemplify some of the characteristics of real love. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Book Couples”

Top Ten Tuesday – New to Me Authors I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2019

Today’s  Topic: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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I covered this topic just recently in my book year review for 2018. So instead, I thought I would share new to me authors that are on my TBR shelf OR who have new releases coming out this year that I want to read. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – New to Me Authors I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2019”

Top Ten Tuesday -Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Today’s Topic: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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Well, it’s that time again. Time to ignore reality, the constraints of time and budget and add to my TBR list all the new books I want to read while blithely ignoring all the lonely titles sitting on my shelf crying out for attention. But, hey, I believe in dreaming big people!

There are many books I can’t wait to read this year, but I’ve brutally cut my long list down for the sake of this top ten.  Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019”

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Fictional Heroes in 2018

Today’s Topic: Best Books I Read In 2018

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Well, originally I thought to stick to today’s prompt. However, I am covering my favorite books of 2018 in another post. So, instead I decided to make a list of my favorite fictional heroes of the year. You know I can’t resist a well written romantic leading man. It was extremely hard to narrow them down, but I did my best. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Best Fictional Heroes in 2018”

Top Ten Tuesday – Winter 2018 TBR

Today’s Topic: Winter 2018 TBR

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My winter TBR list consists of books which I really want to read, but which I haven’t gotten around to yet. With the holidays upon us, I don’t have as much time to whittle away at those lonely titles that are waiting to be read. But, I am resolved to make the effort.

Here are a few that I’ve decided to make top priority. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Winter 2018 TBR”

Top Ten Tuesday -Fictional Marriages of Convenience

Today’s Topic: Freebie (Make up your own topic, or use a previous TTT topic you might have missed.)

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Do you ever feel like you are slow to learn certain things about yourself? I sure do. It’s only in the past year that I have discovered that I actually enjoy reading stories featuring the marriage of convenience trope. Although, I’ve read many such books over the years, it’s only recently I realized my own reading pattern in choosing these types of books.

There’s just something about two people who aren’t initially in love making a lifelong commitment that fascinates me. Many times, they are strangers, sometimes they are known to each other. But either way, I love “watching” them discover each other in a new light as they work to combine their lives.

Although this trope is easier to write into a historical fiction story, there are also several well-written contemporary tales of these marriages on this list.

Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Fictional Marriages of Convenience”

Top Ten Tuesday -Hallmark Christmas Movies Adapted from Books

Today’s Topic: Cozy/Wintry Reads (Make this prompt suit your current season if needs be.)

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Well, I decided to tweak this week’s prompt a little bit. To me, cozy /wintry = Christmas! And what Christmas would be complete without Hallmark’s sappy/sweet holiday films? With that thought in mind, I thought it would be fun to list holiday titles that were adapted into Hallmark Christmas films. You’re welcome!

With the exception of one, I’ve not read any of these books. But I have seen the movies. So, now I just need to set aside some time for some holiday fiction. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Hallmark Christmas Movies Adapted from Books”