Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Read because They Were Recommended by Rachel McMillan

Today’s Topic:  Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me

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I know what types of books I like to read. That’s not to say I can’t be influenced to read something that might not normally catch my eye. But I rarely remember who first piqued my interest in a specific book once I decide to read it…with one exception.

Rachel McMillan is an author (and a great one at that) who also has wonderful taste in and a special knack for recommending amazing books. All it takes is her gushing review and that book automatically goes on my TBR list. She is my go-to person for book recommendations and I trust her implicitly. With few exceptions (I’m looking at you Villette), I LOVE every single one of her recommendations. And my TBR list should either thank her or villify her for expanding beyond what I will ever be able to read in a lifetime.

Here are just a few books I discovered thanks to Rachel. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Read because They Were Recommended by Rachel McMillan”

Top Ten Tuesday – Fall Book Titles

Today’s Topic:  Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere)

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Hmm…I decided to interpret this week’s prompt loosely. Very loosely. This week, I’m featuring books with fall in their titles. And strangely enough, even though most of these aren’t about Fall, some of these covers still give me fall vibes. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Fall Book Titles”

Top Ten Tuesday – Evocative Book Covers

Today’s Topic: Cover Freebie

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Art serves many purposes, but one of the most important is to make us think and feel, to evoke emotion in us and to help us to see things with fresh eyes. In my opinion, book cover art is no different. Although it’s main design is to sell the story inside. The image tells us what to expect. But good book art can also create the same reaction as other types of art.

For this week’s prompt, I want to share covers which have not only grabbed my eye, but have caused me to feel or to take action. Some of these covers motivated me to purchase the book, without knowing anything about it. Others have artwork I wish I could use in my home. And then there are those that evoke strong emotion in me, whether that is yearning, comfort, wistfulness or familiarity. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Evocative Book Covers”

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

Today’s Topic: Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

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Oh wow! This week’s post kind of shames me. I’ve only reviewed a very small percentage of the books I’ve read, so this list could be very, very long if I named them all.

And while favorites implies a very limited number, I’m overly generous with the term.

I’m going to break this down into more recently discovered favorites as well as ones I’ve loved for many years. And while it’s impossible to keep it to ten, this is a very small list of my favorites.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books with Famous Cities in their Titles

Today’s Topic: Freebie

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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”