Top Ten Tuesday -Favorite Films of My Childhood

Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.)

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I’m deviating a bit from this week’s prompt. I have been an avid reader since I was about four years old, so I read plenty of books in my childhood. But when I think back, the stories that stick out the most in my memory are those from the films I watched. These are movies that I love to recommend not just to the children in my life but also adults. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Favorite Films of My Childhood”

Top Ten Tuesday -Women Who Lead

Today’s Topic: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)

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I’ll admit today’s topic had me stumped for a bit. But then I decided to have fun with it and just play off the word lead. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Women Who Lead”

Top Ten Tuesday -Unique Book Titles

Today’s Topic: Top Ten Unique Book Titles

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This week’s prompt for unique book titles had me slightly stumped. Unique, in what way? So, I’ve decided to feature titles which for one reason or another fascinated me. Generally, the cover image is the first thing which will grab my attention for a book, but occasionally it is the title which hooks me. And guess what?!  Like a good little girl, I actually stuck to ten this week. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Unique Book Titles”

Top Ten Tuesday -Books Featuring Food

Topic: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things?

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I have to confess, I’m not really much of a foodie in my real life. Food in general is a lot of work; meal planning and preparation, cooking, eating and then the clean up afterward.

Although, I do appreciate good food when prepared by someone else, in my daily life I tend to go for convenience. I will often eat the same thing for days, even weeks in a row. Or turn cereal, popcorn or chips and salsa into a full meal to avoid cooking.

So, originally this topic had me stumped. I couldn’t think of a single food experience in any of the books I have read. And then I went back through my book history and found I had read many stories which either featured food or food related occupations.

This week’s list highlights characters with food related careers such as chefs, bakers, restaurateur, cooks and even a food critic. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Books Featuring Food”

Top Ten Tuesday -Fall Covers

Today’s Topic: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish)

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Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t like fall? From the shift in temperatures bringing relief from summer heat, to a new school year, football season, pumpkin everything and warm clothes, fall just screams cozy.

Initially, I looked for covers which would show the changing of the leaves. Then I decided my scope was too narrow and decided my only criteria would be covers that give me the same warm and cozy feeling that fall does.

With the exception of a few recent releases, I have read most of these titles. And I can tell you, the story inside is just as warm and fuzzy as the image outside. Sometimes you really can judge a book by its’ cover. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Fall Covers”

Top Ten Tuesday -Fictional Girl Crushes

Today’s Topic: Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?)

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Well, since I recently did this post on my favorite book boyfriends, I decided to focus on my favorite girl crushes.

In preparing this post, I realized how many great female characters are being written in fiction these days, no matter what genre you read. I’ve also noticed that some of my favorite authors consistently write memorable female characters.

I had a hard time narrowing down my list, but decided to focus not just on strong, inspirational women, but the ones that I really love. These are the women whose personalities and stories stick with me and begin to feel like old friends. So, without further ado… Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Fictional Girl Crushes”

Top Ten Tuesday-Female Characters with Unusual Jobs

Today’s Topic:Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________:

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“Anything you can do, I can do better. I can do anything better than you.”  Don’t ask me why that song popped up in my head. Life isn’t a competition.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is open to interpretation, so I decided to feature fictional women with interesting jobs or who work in a male dominated fields.

In the past working women were restricted to the secretarial, nursing or teaching professions. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way in the past several decades. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday-Female Characters with Unusual Jobs”

Top Ten Tuesday-Books on My Fall TBR List

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Today’s Topic: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Well, I’m ashamed to say my current TBR list for both physical and digital books now numbers in the hundreds (hanging my head in shame). But never let it be said that I am a timid soul. No! I shall not be intimidated into limiting my TBR list. How can I be when there are so many great titles recently released and soon to release? These are the books I desperately hope to read this fall. Click on titles for links to each book’s Amazon page.

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Top Ten Tuesday -Hating on the Classics

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Today’s Topic : Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put DownSo, as usual I have interpreted today’s prompt to suit myself.  There are very few books that I don’t end up finishing. I hate giving up on a story even when it doesn’t resonate with me. Plus, I always want to promote good stories and authors. I have no desire to draw negative attention to books I don’t enjoy, because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?

In pondering this week’s topic, I finally decided to highlight a genre which I don’t particularly love. I totally understand the need and value of the classics, but for the most part, I find them dull, overly wordy, depressing and just boring. In my opinion, real life gives enough hard knock lessons without needing them preached to me by my entertainment choices. I can and do appreciate stories of tragedy, but overall I prefer those which promote encouraging messages and hope. And I love a happy ending, so sue me. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Hating on the Classics”

Top Ten Tuesday -Back to School with History

Well, it’s that time of year when all the children and educators head back to school. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a back to school freebie.

I will confess, I’m a bit of a nerd. I always enjoyed learning in the classroom. My favorite subject was history and I was often chided for reading ahead in my textbook. Many of my friends complained that history was dull, full of names and dates which meant very little to them. To counter that opinion I am sharing my favorite novels set during various times with stories that make make history come alive. For more information on the titles, clicking on each link will give you a description of the story. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday -Back to School with History”