Top Ten Tuesday – Books with Famous Cities in their Titles

Today’s Topic: Freebie

Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl

Although international travel has been severely curtailed thanks to the craziness that is 2020, thankfully we can always rely on books for adventures in armchair traveling. Which in some ways is even better than the real thing; no long lines at the airport, or untold hours seated next to that annoying person on the plane, no jet lag and no language barrier.

So for my fellow armchair globe-trotters, here is my list of books with real-life locations in their titles. And if you are wondering what to pack…a hat  is a must! Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books with Famous Cities in their Titles”

Top Ten Tuesday – My Most-Read Authors

Today’s Topic: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

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This certainly is an interesting choice for this week’s topic. It could be assumed that most read author would also mean favorite author. However, this is not necessarily the case.

There are authors whose book count is high for me, but my reading tastes have since changed and I no longer care for their writing style or subject. Then there are authors who I adore, but who don’t release new titles as frequently as others, so obviously aren’t on this list.

In any case, it was interesting researching my reading history. I was surprised by some of these numbers!

I have chosen my favorite of each author’s books to feature as a visual.
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Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Today’s Topic: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

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Oh sure, let’s just add a few more books to my ever expanding TBR pile. Call me a glutton for punishment. I know I’ll never get to them all, but I’m super excited about these particular titles. I guess I’ll just have to owe an apology to all the other books that just got pushed down my list.

Oh and it did not escape my own notice that the main criteria for my choices is that I love and trust the authors who have written them. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020”

Top Ten Tuesday – Forgotten Books on my TBR

Today’s Topic: Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why

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When your TBR list is almost as big as your actual bookshelf, it’s fairly easy to forget why some of the titles were originally added. In fact, I discovered that I didn’t even remember adding some of these books to my TBR at all.

Most likely, I chose these books because the cover grabbed me or because I read positive reviews about them. But who is to say for sure? Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Forgotten Books on my TBR”

Book Review – Lovely War by Julie Berry

SUMMARY

Lovely War is three romances in one. It is WWI in England  and it is love at first sight for James and Hazel. But after a brief few days together, James is unexpectedly called to the front, leaving both of them to wonder if what they felt was love.

Then there is the more complicated relationship that develops between Colette, the sole survivor of her family and Aubrey, a talented jazz musician. These two meet in the midst of a France at war, but tragedy and racial tensions tear them apart.

Of subtler romantic origins is the narration of these two love stories. The Greek gods have gathered for a trial. Hephaestus has caught his wife Aphrodite together with Ares. When Aphrodite begs to plead her case she calls on Hades and Apollo as witnesses. As they give their testimony, the value of Aphrodite’s work as the goddess of love begins to emerge. But what does all that have to do with Aphrodite’s guilt or innocence and what will her husband decide? This is the third tale, one of a marriage on shaky foundations. Continue reading “Book Review – Lovely War by Julie Berry”