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”

Top Ten Tuesday -A Few of my All Time Favorite Books

Today’s Topic: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

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Well, I may have jumped the gun a little bit on this week’s prompt. I actually tackled this subject on a recent Top Ten Tuesday post. So instead of sharing my favorite reads of the year, I’m going to share my favorite reads ever! These are books that I re-visit over and over without ever growing tired of their stories.

Since I have more than ten all-time favorites, today I will share those that have received little to no attention on my website. I always love to introduce people to a good story!

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Top Ten Tuesday -Books That Celebrate America

Today’s Topic: Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers (In honor of the 4th of July in the USA. Choose covers with your own country’s colors if you prefer!)

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I was really excited about this week’s prompt, until I started looking through all my books. Can you believe with hundreds of books on my shelves I only have two or three with appropriately hued patriotic covers?! #fail.

After this astonishing discovery I realized I would have to reinterpret the prompt. So, instead I have made a list of books which I believe feature stories celebrating America. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Books That Celebrate America”

Top Ten Tuesday -Series I’ve Given Up On

Today’s Topic: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish

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Although I probably have more reading time than most, it isn’t near enough to conquer my massive TBR list. Unfortunately, this means many books I purchase don’t end up being read. And though I almost never DNF a book, I do sometimes DNF a series. It’s rarely because I don’t like the series. Most of the times it is because a lot of time has passed in between the books I’ve read and the ones still remaining and I lose interest. Other times, I like the first book or two in the series, but I just don’t find them compelling enough to continue. With reading time a valuable commodity, a series must keep me intrigued over the length of the entire series. I may finish a single title that I find less than fascinating, but I won’t invest the time into a whole series. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Series I’ve Given Up On”

Top Ten Tuesday -My Favorite Books of the First Half of 2018

Today’s Topic: Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.)

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As you can see, I decided to go with my own topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I almost never DNF a book. So, instead I decided to share my favorite reads so far this year. So far, my tally of books read for the year sits just under forty. I’m happy to say that I have enjoyed the majority of them. That makes it hard to narrow down my favorites. However, as they say, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Some of these are single titles, many by authors I’ve never read before. Then there are also titles in series which I’m already obsessed with. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -My Favorite Books of the First Half of 2018”

Top Ten Tuesday -Historical Time Periods I Want to Visit

Today’s Topic: Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In

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I’m being a  little creative in interpreting this week’s prompt. When I started thinking about bookish places I would like to live, I realized it wasn’t so much places that I was interested as time periods. I’ve always been fascinated by history. And even though time machines have not yet been invented, stories allow me the experience of visiting other times from the comfort of my own home. Now, as much as I find these other time periods fascinating, I appreciate all of the modern conveniences and comforts. So, I think a visit would be as much as I could handle.

Today I’m sharing my favorite books featuring historical periods I would love to visit. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Historical Time Periods I Want to Visit”

Top Ten Tuesday -Best Character Names

Today’s Topic: Best Character Names (make this as narrow/broad as you’d like)

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This just may be my favorite Top Ten Tuesday topic ever!

For as long as I can remember I have been in love with and fascinated by names. As a child one of my most cherished books, which I read over and over, was a baby name book. I loved keeping lists of my favorites and most hated names as well as reading about their origins and meanings.  I once carried on a two hour phone conversation discussing names, liked and disliked. And at one point I wanted to re-name myself Lavender (don’t ask!)

This week’s topic choice however made me realize that I haven’t kept a list of my favorite book character names. I’m actually kind of mad at myself about it. Thankfully, this topic prompted me to dig back into some of my favorite stories to search out some great names. And also, to start keeping a list. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Best Character Names”