Top Ten Tuesday -Longest Books I’ve Read

Today’s Topic: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

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I’ll have to confess, this week’s topic gave me pause. I wasn’t sure I would be able to participate. I don’t generally read that many long books. With so many on my TBR pile and so little time, I always figure why read one long one when I can read two or three shorter ones in the same length of time? Also, I have a very hard time DNF-ing books I am not enjoying. So I hesitate to invest my time in a longer book, knowing that if I don’t like it I will still feel obligated to trudge my way through the remaining pages in misery. Still, I have managed to read my way through some longer books in my long years of being an avid reader. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Longest Books I’ve Read”

Top Ten Tuesday -Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Today’s Topic: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

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If I really love an author, I will read every book they have ever written. So it is rare for me to have any unread books among my favorite authors’ book lists. Still, sometimes it happens. Usually, it’s just a case of not yet having had the time to read their latest releases as is the case with most of those on today’s list. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read”

Top Ten Tuesday -Fall 2018 TBR List

Today’s Topic: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

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Well, as is already well established, my TBR pile, existing and future, will already require a couple of lifetimes to complete. But hey, why let a little detail like that stop me when there are new releases to drool over. Here are a few I am adding to my TBR library this fall.

An Act of Villainy -I’m still one book behind, but I’m so excited about the latest release in the historical mystery series.

All Made Up -I’m thrilled about the fourth contemporary romance from New Zealand native Kara Isaac! I’m also hoping to catch up with some old favorites from her previous books.

Rose in Three-Quarter Time -I fell in love with Vienna thanks to author Rachel McMillan’s earlier novella. That romance continues in the second. I actually just finished it and Spoiler Alert! I loved it!

On Magnolia Lane -I never miss a book by Denise Hunter. And that gorgeous cover is bound to be a reflection of the equally gorgeous story inside, based on my past experience.

The Liberty Bride -I’m enjoying this multi-author historical fiction series Daughters of the Mayflower. Plus, I’ve been a long time fan of author Marylu Tyndall’s sea-based stories.

Royally in Trouble -Jenny B Jones is one of my must read authors. I adore the humor in what are often deeply thoughtful stories. There’s still no release date yet, but I’m looking forward to the continuation of her cozy mystery series.

Lies We Tell Ourselves -I always look forward to any new releases from contemporary author Amy Matayo. I’ve been a fan since her indie debut. Her latest looks to be emotional and introspective. I’m gonna go on a limb and say I will probably end up crying over it.

Searching For You -Jody Hedlund always writes profound stories based on lesser known stories in history. In this series she tackles orphan trains and the involvement of three sisters. I’m always up for a good sister book especially when it is historical fiction.

Hunting for Silence -I’m obsessed with this series and with Lilly Linton and her boss Rikkard Ambrose. I even joined Radish so that I could read the books that aren’t yet available on Amazon. In the last novel, the two finally admitted their feelings, so I’m curious to see where the story takes them next.

Marilla of Green Gables -This is the book I have been waiting for without knowing it! Who isn’t curious about the earlier people and events that made Marilla Cuthbert who she was in the Anne series?

What are some of your most anticipated TBR new releases?

Top Ten Tuesday -Hidden Gems in Books, Series and Authors

Today’s Topic: Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?)

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Ooh, I love this week’s topic. Nothing excites me more than discovering a wonderful book or author, that no one else is talking about yet. I love to share these discoveries with other readers. Partly because I’m proud to have found something no one else is talking about but mainly because I like to share the love.  This week’s choices are a mixture of hidden gem authors, series and/or books that I think deserve more praise and attention. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Hidden Gems in Books, Series and Authors”

Top Ten Tuesday -Bingeworthy Streaming Series

Today’s Topic: Bingeworthy TV Shows/Movies (The new fall TV season is starting up this month, so let’s talk about what shows everyone should watch when they’re not reading!)

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Aside from one or two TV programs I watch with my best friend, I’m not much of a television watcher. Most of the shows I enjoy best are British series aired on PBS. So instead, I’ve decided to share some the series I’ve found on various streaming sites that I really liked. These are definitely worth binge-watching. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Bingeworthy Streaming Series”

Top Ten Tuesday -Back to School Themed Books


Today’s Topic: Back to School/Learning Freebie (in honor of school starting back up soon, come up with your own topic that fits the theme of school or learning! Books that take place at school/boarding school/during study abroad, books you read in school, textbooks you liked/didn’t like, non-fiction books you loved or want to read, etc.)

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So, I’m sticking by the “freebie” idea for this week and not choosing a specific qualifier for my list. Some of my choices feature schools, others are about teachers or governesses. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Back to School Themed Books”

Top Ten Tuesday -Books to Break Your Reading Slump

Today’s Topic: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

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Um, would you believe me if I told you I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a reading slump? There have been times, when I’ve had less time for reading, sure. But ever since my mom first taught me to read at age four, I’ve been a voracious reader. Maybe, I’ve just been lucky. In any case, if I ever did find myself in a slump, these are the books that I feel certain would stir up my interest. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Books to Break Your Reading Slump”

Top Ten Tuesday -Book Mashups

Today’s Topic: Books You’d Mash Together (pick two books you think would make an epic story if combined)

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What a fun idea this week’s topic turned out to be. Initially, I thought it would be difficult to find books to combine. But as I started going through my book shelves, I discovered it to be rather easy. The problem came in limiting my list. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Book Mashups”

Top Ten Tuesday -Books Worth Their Hype

Today’s Topic: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

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I’ll admit that the more praise a book receives the more skeptical I am that it deserves it. Some books, I will even put off reading because of the hype. Sometimes I’m right and the book doesn’t live up to the praise. But sometimes I’m wrong and happy to discover a new favorite. As usual, I couldn’t stick to ten.

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Top Ten Tuesday -Favorite Novellas

Today’s Topic: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

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This is actually an interesting topic for me as I’m not generally a fan of novellas or short stories. It often doesn’t allow enough time for proper character or plot development. However, I’ve found a few exceptions to the rule which I will share with you today. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that the majority of these are written by some of my favorite authors. Many are prequels to series, which naturally make the stories of more interest to me. Others are just very well written despite their short length. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Favorite Novellas”