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Top Ten Tuesday: New to My TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s prompt is Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately.

This is good timing with this post. With Christmas right around the corner, you all will know what to get me. You’re welcome.

  1. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. This sounds like such a good thriller/sci-fi book. It’s also up for Best Science Fiction on Goodreads.
  2. Monstress, Vol. 1:  Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu. This is a graphic novel with steampunk elements and the artwork looks amazing. This is another selection up for “best of” on Goodreads.
  3. Wool by Hugh Howey. My husband actually brought this book to my attention. He bought it for himself and told me it would probably be something I’d like. Being a dystopian novel, he’s probably right.
  4. Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory. This is the 8th novel in Gregory’s The Plantagenet and Tudor Novel series. I don’t know about you, but this is one series that I’ve read completely out of order because I didn’t even realize it was a series at first. It doesn’t help that this is the combination of two of her other series either. Still, I enjoy Gregory’s novels and I’m definitely looking forward to this one.
  5. The Fountain of St. James Court by Sena Jeter Naslund. The synopsis for this novel is a bit confusing. I saw Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun and figured it’d be right up my alley and bought it anyway, lol. I saw a couple of her paintings in London this past May and being an artist from the French Revolution era, I expect this book to be interesting at the least. Also, I loved Naslund’s novel Abundance, which is about Marie Antoinette.

The next five books are all off of my TBR on Goodreads that I added after seeing them in Goodreads’ Giveaways. They sounded good enough to enter the giveaway and to add them to my TBR, but I don’t know anything about them other than what Goodreads says about them.

  1. The Calorium Wars:  An Extravaganze of the Gilded Age by Dennis O’Flaherty
  2. The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  3. Grigory’s Gadget by E. A. Hennessy
  4. The Ashes and the Sparks by Mary Victoria Johnson
  5. Nightmares:  A New Decade of Modern Horror by Ellen Datlow

And there you have it. I already own books 3, 4, and 5, but feel free to send me any of the other seven books. 😉

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Top Ten Tuesday: Villains


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s prompt is Top Ten Villains.

I’m going to do my best to come up with an actual list of ten this week. I don’t read a lot of books with “villains” in them. As usual, not in any particular order…

  1. Dracula from Dracula by Bram Stoker
  2. Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling
  3. Eren in Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark
  4. Nature and time in The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  5. Satan in the Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones
  6. The thing that terrorized the Orsk store in Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  7. Any of the bad guys in the In Death series by J. D. Robb. Wracked my brain trying to come up with a favorite and couldn’t.
  8. The bodachs in Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Ok. I tried. I really did but my brain isn’t functioning. There were plenty of bad guys in the Stephanie Plum books too but I couldn’t think of a specific one. I’m feeling very vague today. I can’t wait to read everyone else’s TTT, which will be better thought out and more interesting than mine. 😉

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s prompt is Books on My Fall TBR.

Hopefully making this list doesn’t automatically doom me to not reading these books as making lists so often does. It’s a really weird quirk of mine.

  1. The Sepulcher by Kate Mosse. This is the print book that I’m currently reading. It had been sitting on my shelf for quite some time and I decided to give it a go.
  2. The Heretic’s Creed by Fiona Buckley. This is my current eBook that I’m reading from Netgalley.
  3. To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin. This is next up from Netgalley.
  4. ODY-C, Vol 1 – Off to Far Ithicaa by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward. This is a graphic novel that I plan on reading for Dewey’s Read-a-thon next month.
  5. Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Another graphic novel I plan on reading for Dewey’s.
  6. Rogues edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois. This is a collection of short stories by authors like Neil Gaiman and Gillian Flynn.
  7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. This is an ALA challenged book that I’ve been wanting to read for a while. No time like the present.
  8. The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer. This is another book that’s been sitting on my shelf for at least a year. Recently, it’s been catching my eye as I walk by. I think it’s calling out to me, lol. 

There are plenty more books that I’ll read between now and the winter solstice, but I’m not sure what they are at present. I have a list of “need to buy” books that I’d love to read asap, but with Christmas right around the corner, I’m not sure how many of them I’ll pick up. Actually, I have 74 unread books currently sitting on my shelves so I have plenty to choose from. Why is it that we continue to buy books to read when our physical TBR pile is so tall??? 😉

So tell me, what’s on your Fall TBR? Anything you’d recommend?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fave Books

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s topic is Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre. I don’t like this kind of pressure. So, I’m adding a caveat to mine to say these are books that I really like in the historical fiction genre at this moment in time. I’m not listing them in any particular order either because that’s too much pressure.

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
  2. The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. Madame Tussaud:  A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
  5. Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
  6. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  7. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
  8. Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund
  9. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

For some of my picks, I only listed the first book in a series. I could have filled my list with books by just one or two authors because they’ve written so many books in a series, but I wanted my list to be more diverse.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Back To School

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s topic is:  Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related. For mine, I’m posting the Top Ten Books for Every High School Kid, but in no particular order.

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Every student should have to read this book from an analytical point of view. Talk about the themes as they pertain to the time in which it was written and Twain’s life.
  2. CarmillaCarmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. I remember trying to get through Dracula by Bram Stoker in high school and slogging through every page. Carmilla should be read, in my opinion, before Dracula because 1.) It’s the definitive and basic tale of vampires and 2.) It’s shorter and easier to read. I was turned off by Dracula for about ten years before I read it in college and loved it. I now consider it one of my favorite books.
  3. Something from the Lost Generation and please, let’s skip The Great Gastby for pete’s sake. I’d personally pick something from Hemingway like The Old Man and the Sea or A Farewell to Arms or my personal favorite, A Moveable Feast. There are so many great novels by any of the Lost Generation authors that it doesn’t always have to be Gatsby.
  4. HurstonTheir Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Gosh! I loved this novel. I think it’s more important to learn about this author, her life, and all the things she said and believed than it would be to read her novels, but the novel is a great place to start.
  5. Poe’s collected works. Haha. Joking. But more than just The Raven. It seems like that’s all that’s ever assigned. Memorize the freaking Raven. How about The Cask of Amontillado? Or The Black Cat? Poe was a prolific writer. Pick something out of the ordinary.
  6. , 7., 8., 9., & 10.  Writing guidebooks. The APA should be one of them. High school students are sent off to college and out into the world without the proper tools and knowledge for writing. I have papers and statistics for this, but I’m too lazy to find them on my computer. College certainly isn’t for everyone, but chances are, you are going to run across at least one instance in your life where you have to write something on a professional level; you should know what you’re doing. Also, a book on how to read critically should be one of the five.


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Top Ten Tuesday: July 26, 2016


Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them from The Broke and the Bookish

  1. J.D. Robbs In Death series has made me want to try a hotdog from a street vendor in NYC.
  2. All of the novels and biographies I’ve read about Marie Antoinette have made me want to visit Versailles in France. I’m pretty sure I’d be disappointed though because all the pictures I’ve ever seen, tourist swarm the place like roaches. It was the same in London at all the historical places I wanted to visit and at Windsor Castle and the entire city of Oxford.
  3. All the historical novels, fiction and non fiction, I’ve ever read of the Tudors have made me want to visit all the significant castles, cities, fortifications, abbeys, etc. that are still standing. Particularly, Hever Castle.
  4. When I read The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore, I immediately wanted to learn more about J.P. Morgan, George Westinghouse, and Thomas Edison.
  5. Any time I read a book where the main character is a writer or artist of some kind, I always pull out something that I’ve been working on, in that vein, and continue my own projects.
  6. Reading the Outlander series makes me want to time travel. I imagine meeting famous figures in history but dealing with the harsh realities of what history actually means, it probably wouldn’t be as fun as I think it would be. What bothers me the most:  no indoor plumbing.

That’s all I can think of right now. Maybe other bloggers’ posts will jog my memory and I’ll flesh this out more later today.