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.

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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”

Top Ten Tuesday -Backlisted Books I Want to Read

Today’s Topic: Backlist Books I Want to Read

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I may have mentioned this once or twice or a thousand times, but when I find an author I love, I tend to buy/read every single one of their books. So, it isn’t often I end up with a backlist.

But sometimes I just get behind. Or I discover an author I’ve never read before and fall in love. Then I want to binge read through every book they have published as soon as possible. Such is the case with today’s list.

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Top Ten Tuesday -Book Villains

Today’s Topic:  Villains (favorite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.)

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Everyone appreciates a good villain. Someone we can love to hate as we root for their selfish, wicked schemes to ultimately fail. After all, what is a hero without an evil counterpart to defeat? However, I strongly believe that no one is past redemption, no matter how bad them seem. I don’t look at people as my enemy. The real villain is that which lies within a person’s heart that motivates their corrupt actions. That is why, I decided to focus on a different type of villain for today’s list. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Book Villains”

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 -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”