Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Standalone Books That Need a Sequel.

I’ve read so many books that have sequels, but, unfortunately, I have a difficult time keeping up with reading them. Lately, I’ve been preferring to read standalones, mainly to avoid starting new series. Anyway, listed below are ten standalone books that I enjoyed, and wouldn’t mind hearing more from these characters.

1. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

2. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

3. Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

4. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

5. The Wife by Alafair Burke

The Wife by Alafair Burke

6. Our House by Louise Candlish

Our House by Louise Candlish

7. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

8. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

9. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

10. Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Switch Places With for a Day

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With.

This one was a challenge! There are so many interesting characters to choose from. Below are 10 characters that I would enjoy being for a day.

1. Nancy Drew – Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

2. Stephanie Plum – Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

3. Fortune Redding – Miss Fortune series by Jana Deleon

Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon

4. Sookie Stackhouse – Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

5. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6. Jane Doe – Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

7. Millie Morris – My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

8. Charley Davidson – Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

9. Lindsey Boxer – Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson

1st to Die by James Patterson

10. Anna Pigeon – Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr

Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Places in Books I’d Like to Visit

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Places Mentioned in Books That I’d Like to Visit.

I wasn’t sure if this week’s topic was meant to be real places or fictional places. I figured it could go either way, and fictional places seemed more fun, so that’s what I listed below.

1. Jay Gatsby’s House – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Oasis – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

3. Jurassic Park – Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

4. Capitol – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5. Caraval – Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

6. Hogsmeade – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

7. Pemberly – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

8. Willy Wonka’s Factory – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

9. Sinful – Miss Fortune series by Jana Deleon

Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon

10. River Heights – Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved with Fewer Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books I Loved with Fewer Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads.

For this list, I just scrolled through my Goodreads “read” shelf. Easy peasy. I did limit it to mysteries and thrillers released in 2018 or earlier. Here are ten books I liked with fewer than 2,000 ratings.

1. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

2. Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig

Southern Discomfort by Christine Fardig

3. Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

Watch Me by Jody Gehrman

4. Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw

Murder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw

5. Better Dead by Pamela Kopfler

Better Dead by Pamela Kophler

6. Color Me Murder by Krista Davis

Color Me Murder by Krista Davis

7. The Proposal by S.E. Lynes

The Proposal by S. E. Lynes

8. Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell

Somebody's Daughter by David Bell

9. Death by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge

Death by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge

10. Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver

Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples in Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Favorite Couples in Books.

I had a hard time limiting this list to ten couples. At first, I was going to limit it to ten couples in a specific genre, but then I couldn’t decide which genre. Anyway, that would have left off some of my favorites. So, here is a list of ten favorite couples in various genres – classics, contemporary romance, historical fiction, YA sci-fi, and YA contemporary.

Couples in Classics

1. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

2. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellPride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Couples in Contemporary Romance

3. Millie Morris and Reid Campbell
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

4. Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina LaurenThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Couples in Historical Fiction

5. Jacob Jankowski and Marlena L’Arche
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

6. Kya Clark and Tate Walker
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Water for Elephants by Sara GruenWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Couples in Young Adult Science Fiction – Dystopia

7. Tris and Four
Divergent by Veronica Roth

8. Lena Haloway and Alex Sheathes
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Divergent by Veronica RothDelirium by Lauren Oliver

Couples in Young Adult Contemporary Romance

9. Eleanor Douglas and Park Sheridan
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

10. Lennie Walker and Joe Fontaine
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellThe Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About.

First off, let’s be honest about the books on this list… I’m going to end up reading all of them. Below are ten books that peeked my interest lately while browsing Goodreads, Netgalley, and Edelweiss. Let me know if you’ve read them.

Listed in order of expected publication dates.

1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – February 5, 2019

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

2. Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge – February 21, 2019

Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge

3. Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – March 5, 2019

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

4. Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter – March 12, 2019

Until the Day I Die by Emily Carpenter

5. The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney – March 19, 2019

The Perfect Wife by J.P. Delaney

6. Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly – April 2, 2019

Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

7. Inspection by Josh Malerman – April 23, 2019

Inspection by Josh Malerman

8. The Holiday by T.M. Logan – June 13, 2019

The Holiday by T.M. Logan

9. The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine – May 7, 2019

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

10. Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson – July 30, 2019

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List.

I’m constantly adding new books to my TBR. My goal this year was to not add as many books to my list, and instead, work on reading what is already on it. No surprise, I’m still adding just as many books to my TBR. Listed below are ten books recently added to my TBR.

1. Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity by Colleen Hoover

2. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

3. The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

4. Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

5. Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

6. The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth

The Mother's Promise by Sally Hepworth

7. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

8. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

9. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

10. A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert

A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To.

I read a lot of books in 2018, but I didn’t read all the books I had planned on reading. Listed below are 10 books I had wanted to read, but didn’t. Hopefully, I get to these in 2019. I have all of these books, but I have a bad habit of not reading books that I own. I’m hoping to work on that this year.

1. World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z by Max Brooks

2. The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani

The Perfect Nanny by Leile Slimani

3. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

4. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

5. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

6. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

7. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

8. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

9. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

10. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors I Read in 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is New to Me Authors I Read in 2018.

I love discovering “new-to-me” authors. Some authors I hear about for ages before giving them a shot, others I try on a whim. Below are 10 “new-to-me” authors and the books I read by them in 2018. I enjoyed each of these authors, and will be picking up more books by them in the future.

1. Riley Sager

Final Girls by Riley SagerThe Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

2. Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go by Clare MackintoshLet Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

3. Christina Lauren

Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina LaurenMy Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

4. Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren OliverPandemonium by Lauren OliverRequiem by Lauren OliverVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

5. Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

6. Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone by Lisa JewellWatching You by Lisa Jewell

7. B. A. Paris

Bring Me Back by B.A. ParisBehind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

8. Mary Kubica

The Good Girl by Mary KubicaWhen the Lights Go Out by Mary KubicaDon't You Cry by Mary Kubica

9. Carol Wyer

The Birthday by Carol WyerLast Lullaby by Carol Wyer

10. Holly Black

Doll Bones by Holly BlackThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019.

It looks to be another good year for books! Below are ten mysteries and thrillers I’m most excited to read in early 2019. I have some of these as ARCs, so I’ll be reading them soon. The others I’ll be anxiously awaiting.

Listed in order of expected publication dates.

1. The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor – February 5, 2019

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

2. The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald – February 5, 2019

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

3. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson – March 5, 2019

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

4. A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daughetry – March 12, 2019

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

5. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – March 26, 2019

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

6. The Better Sister by Alafair Burke – April 16, 2019

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

7. I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney – April 23, 2019

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney

8. The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth – April 23, 2019

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

9. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine – April 23, 2019

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

10. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda – May 2, 2019

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda