Top Ten Tuesday: July 7th

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is…

Authors I’ve Read The Most By

I had to seek out help from Goodreads to help me with this…but there is one author you won’t find on my Goodreads read shelf…

Mary Higgins Clark

I read many works from Mary Higgins Clark as a pre-teen/early teen growing up. My grandmother loved her and I would read her books she had laying around. I have not picked up a book from her in YEARS and recently grabbed a few of her newer books to read. I look forward to reading them!

When I consulted my Goodreads shelf I found out there are quite a few authors I have read 2 or 3 books by…and only ONE that was more than that, standing at 5…that author is…

Elin Hilderbrand

How fascinating…I guess I like to vary the books I read…anywho, if you’re curious who the authors are that I’ve read 3 books by (according to my Goodreads shelf) they are…

Jody Clark, Jenny Han, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, Sandie Jones, Kelsey Kingsley, & Beth Reekles

And two…

David Baldacci, Katherine Center, JP Delaney, Teresa Driscoll, Gaby Dunn, Laurie Gelman, Karen Hamilton, Kerry Anne King, Celeste Ng, DJ Palmer, Kristin Rockaway, & Ruth Ware

Who is an author you have read the most books by???

Top Ten Tuesday: June 30th

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is…

Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of 2020

I originally was not going to participate in this meme today, but there is ONE book…ONE book that is on my MUST read list, will have in my hands on release day…I cannot stop THINKING about this one…just this ONE book…this ONE book has caused me agony every day because I keep thinking about it…that’s a lot for just ONE book, right?? Aren’t you dying to know what this ONE book is?!?

OCTOBER WHY AREN’T YOU HERE YET?!?!?!?! This is the LAST book in Elin Hilderbrand’s Paradise trilogy and I am just DYING at how everything will end…she has left us on cliffhangers with the first two and I just need to know how it all ends!!!

What are you most looking forward to being released?

Top Ten Tuesday: June 23rd #HappyBirthdayTTT

That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesdays is TEN today!!!!! To celebrate the ten year anniversary/birthday of Top Ten Tuesday this week’s topic is…

Past Topic Of Your Choice

I have decided to revisit my very FIRST #TTT post which is back on January 8, 2019. Here’s what the topic was that week…

This week we are highlighting our top ten most anticipated reads of the first half of 2019!  I listed these in scheduled release order!

So I’m going to go back over each book, say if I read the book or not, and give a quick star rating of what I thought of it! Here’s we go…


The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

Read (click on title for link to full review): 3 stars


And Then You Were Gone by R. J. Jacobs

I never got around to reading this one…it sounds really good though!


Lovely Little Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

Oh yes, this one was a GREAT one. With the subject matter it was a little difficult for me to read, but this has stayed with me. Click the title for a link to my full review: 4 stars


The Night Before by Wendy Walker

I have this on my Kindle, it’s a past (over a year) Netgalley title. The plan is to get to this one THIS summer! *fingers crossed*


The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver

I never got around to reading this, but I am a fan of his work!!


Montauk by Nicola Harrison

I loved this one so much I bought a copy for my grandmother to read! Click the title for a link to my full review: 4 stars


Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

You KNOW I read this one by my girl Elin!!! Full review can be found by clicking on the title: 4 stars


Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

I remember checking this one out of the library, I loved it so much I read the sequel! The link to my full review can be found by clicking the title: 4 stars


The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader

An emotion read, the full review can be found by clicking on the title: 5 stars


Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

Another great read, full review found by clicking the title: 5 stars

So overall, I read 7 out of 10 books!!!!!!!!! I’m quite proud of myself!!! What are you doing on this lovely Tuesday?

Top Ten Tuesday: June 9th

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is…

Books I’ve Added To My TBR & I’ve Forgotten Why

Time to bust out the ol’ TBR list and take a look at some…wait, I wanted to read this?? selections (and maybe take them off my list).


On December 26, 1985, at a secluded cabin in upstate New York, Whitley Strieber went siding with his wife and son, ate Christmas dinner leftovers, and went to bed early.

Six hours later, he found himself suddenly awake…and forever changed.

Thus begins the most astonishing true-life odyssey ever recorded — one man’s riveting account of his extraordinary experiences with visitors from”elsewhere”… how they found him, where they took him, what they did to him and why…

Believe it. Or don’t believe it. But read it — for this gripping story will move you like no other… will fascinate you, terrify you, and alter the way you experience your world. 

My Opinion: Who knows, maybe I thought it would be cool to read a book where someone was “abducted” by an alien. I have no idea how I ever came across this one or why…*shrugs*


Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive.  Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show.
When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?

My Opinion: What? This sounds a look that talks a lot about bread and I’m just not certain why I EVER put this one on my list…it doesn’t appeal to me in the least!


Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music.

One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes–and haunt their memories.

Traveling from Brazil’s inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship–its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses–and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.

My Opinion: I am not a huge fan of historical fiction…I’ll read it, but it isn’t my favorite genre. The fact that this book is ON my TBR is confusing…usually I’ll come across a historical fiction book and read it to take a break from reading thrillers. This one truly baffles me…


The six stories in The Dunning Man feature anti-heroes who reject society’s rules. Characters from all walks of life—a rogue hip-hop star, a blackjack dealing mom, a middle-aged drunk plowing through his inheritance, and an empty-nester housewife trying to make peace with the past. They each exist in the here and now, living for what’s possible and what’s left—not what they’ve left behind. Redemption awaits all, but only along the rutted, gut-churning path of honest self-examination. Age quod agis.

Set in Atlantic City, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., the Hudson Valley and Manhattan, Fortuna’s stories depict the violent clash between society’s expectations and the chaotic arc of individual destiny. These are powerful tales of truth seekers imbued with larger-than-life personalities and the all-consuming need to find something worth seeking.

My Opinion: Again…I am not a fan of books that are a collection of stories, so it baffles me why I would ever put this on my TBR list. Maybe because it’s a movie??? I have no idea…

Well, I don’t want to make this too long and these are my top 4 that really had me scratching my head…have you read any of these and should I read them?? What books are on your TBR list that have you scratching your head for how they ever got on there??

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs You’re A Book Lover #BookBlog #MomsWhoRead #ReadMe #Books #Reading #TTT

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is…

Ten Signs You’re A Book Lover

Let me rack my brain and see what I can come up with…

  1. You have books hidden EVERYWHERE…random places, in your car, at work, etc etc.
  2. You pick up a book instead of putting that head down on your pillow…staying up past bedtime just because you have to read!!
  3. You get emotionally invested in fictional characters (mourn for them, lust for them, etc).
  4. You buy more books…even when you have a huge stack of books on your Kindle or bookshelf that you haven’t read yet!
  5. You’re constantly browsing for new books…
  6. You know all the ins & outs of your local library.
  7. You change plans you have because you can’t put a book you’re reading down…(ex. cancel dinner plans with friends to stay in)
  8. You see furniture and think, “Wow, that would make for a great reading chair…that would look great in a book nook!”
  9. A gift card to your favorite book shelf is the ultimate gift for you!
  10. You find yourself distracted by browsing book blogs seeing what everyone else is reading!!!

What are some signs you think that show you’re a book lover??

Top Ten Tuesday: January 14th #bookish #MomsWhoRead #books #ReadMe #TTT

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s topic is…

Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019

I had to ponder this one for a little bit…a few I thought I discovered last year, but really it was in 2018.  I didn’t really ramp up my reading game until 2019 so…I think I’m going to include them anyway!!



Netgalley.  Oh boy…this site gets me in TROUBLE.  I have vowed to read and review ALL the books I have from 2019 before I request a single book this year…will I be able to do it?  Who knows…if I got off here and on my Kindle, maybe!  If you are unsure what Netgalley is, it is a site where you can get your hands on advance copies of books in exchange for leaving for honest review.  It is pretty neat!  Just watch how many books you request, they stack up quick!



WordPress.  Now, wait a minute.  I started to blog on WordPress in 2018 on my friend’s site Book In The Bag.  It was in 2019 I decided to start *MY* blog and when I did that, I discovered the world of book bloggers and well…you all keep my TBR list stacked.  Haha.  It is crazy how HUGE the book blogging world is and that has spread across ALL of my social media!!  Thank YOU for showing me the light!  😉



Amazon First Reads.  Who knew how much EXTRA a Prime membership could get you as a reader?!  One free book every month (this month we get TWO) AND our own special library!!  It doesn’t get better than that!  What awesome perks!


I’m a little boring with this…that’s pretty much all I can think of.  I am sure when I go through and read all of your Top Tuesday posts I’ll be like OOOOOOO YEAH and duuuuuuuuuuh.  I can’t wait to read all of yours!  What bookish things did you discover last year?  Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday: May 21st

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl!  This week’s topic is…

Books That I Refuse To Let Anyone Touch

Oh boy…this is a TOUGH topic for me this week because I LOVE to share my books!  I don’t save my books, usually, and once I read them and pass them around my reading circle, I drop them off to a Little Free Library.

There is ONE book that I have recently come across that will not leave my possession and I will NOT lend out.  I am actually debating buying a second copy so I can share it with those around me because I love it so much.  I haven’t reviewed it yet (remember, I am still catching up with all my reviews) so I don’t want to say too much because I want to pour my heart into the review.

Some books touch your heart and leave a forever impression and this book did just that.  I cannot wait to share this book with you (pictures only, I’m telling you I won’t lend it out).  Here it is…


It’s from an indie author who lives in Maine and it’s just magical.  Look for my review to come SOON!  What books will you not let leave your possession???

Top Ten Tuesday: March 12th

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl!  This week’s topic is…

Standalone Books That Need A Sequel

The prompt this week was MADE for me…are you ready?!?

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

 I loved this book.  I know there are a lot of mixed reviews, but, with the population I have worked with over the years I could absolutely see a child doing this.  I am DYING to know what happens to Hannah as she gets older.  DYING.  DY-ING.  Stage knows we want a sequel and I just hope she delivers one day!!!

Into The Hollow by Lynn Vroman

 This was a great young adult novel.  I just want to know what happens to the kids AFTER high school.  They have so much going for them, I need to know what else happens in their future!

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

This book was just released and I loved it.  I would love to see where Deya goes in life and see any struggles she faces.  This book focused on Palestinian woman coming to America and I would love to see Rum pen a book about a Palestinian woman adopting more American cultures (while still hanging on to some of her heritage).  We already see her breaking away from the tradition of marriage and I would love to see how her story goes…does she marry?  Does she have a full career?  Oh man…I became attached to Deya!

The Life We Wanted by Kelsey Kingsley

 A whirlwind romance.  I loved Sebastian and Tabitha.  I just need more.  I’m a very needy reader and when I fall in love with characters I can never get enough of them!  NEVER!  I’m a member of Kingsley’s advanced reader team and yes, I will keep bugging her until I get another Sebastian and Tabitha story, haha.  The son has to grow up!  See, I already have a plot…will he follow in his father’s footsteps?  Will his aunt step in and intervene?  But I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!!!  Go read this book, trust me.

The Silent Patient by Alix Michaelides

   BECAUSE WHAT THE %$&# HAPPENS AT THE END OF THIS BOOK!!!!! I NEED TO KNOW!  He is so damn manipulative it could go either way.  This book was a let down for me and the ending just made it flop for me.  I know a lot love it, I get it, the twist was definitely a good one, but, COME ON!  I love SOLID endings and they just left us to assume!  %@$#@&@(@$*@#^#%@#@%%@$!@


I went with 5 books this week…less than I thought I would come up with.  I get attached quickly to characters and find myself always wanting more.  I can’t help it.  Have you read any of these and agree there should be a second book?  Any other books you’ve read where you think there should be a sequel?  Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: March 5th

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl!  This week’s topic is…

Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Ooooh, this is a tough one.  Let’s see…what books would I love to be a part of…after careful consideration there’s only one character I would love to become…

Jessica Reel


Jessica Reel is part of the Will Robie series by David Baldacci.  They both work for the same secret agency and we first meet them when Robie is supposed to kill her.  Spoiler alert, he doesn’t, they team up and actually make a good team.  I would love to go around, spying, and saving the world from dangerous people.  She sounds fun and dangerous…and provided my outcome ends up like hers, I’m ok with switching places with her!  I would love to walk on the dangerous, wild side for a day or two, especially if I had Robie to protect me too!

What character from a book would you like to switch places with?


Top Ten Tuesday: February 26th

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another TTT courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl!  This week’s topic is…

Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like To Visit

There is only ONE book that stands out in my mind which highlights a place I have actually looked into visiting.  This book made this place sound so magical, I just HAVE to go here…and hopefully one day I will!

The Book…


The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant

The Place…




Lapland is a place in Finland which boasts itself as the place where Santa lives.  The celebrate Christmas like no other place and you can catch the Northern Lights here.  They went here in the book and everything from the hotel to the activities they did just made me want to be here with them, enjoying everything!  Polar nights, snowmobiling, Santa’s Village, reindeer sleigh rides, snowcastle buildings, reindeer races (there are over 200,000 reindeer here), and the Santa Claus post office; it sounds like a truly magical place and one that I hope to cross off my bucket list one day.  Have you heard of Lapland??