Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Don’t Loan Out

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch.

I usually don’t mind loaning books out, but there are some books I don’t lend. The books not loaned are mainly books that are part of a set or because I haven’t yet read them and plan to in the near future.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I have several copies of this book. Some copies I will loan out, others aren’t leaving my home library.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
I have signed copies of this book. Rachel Caine is one of my favorite authors, and I went to a book signing for these.

Rachel Caine signed books

3. Vintage Classics (Red Spines)
I have a small collection of these books, and don’t plan on lending of them out. Some of these books I have other copies of, so I’ll happily share those instead.

Vintage Classics

4. Little Black Classics set
I have the first 80 books in this set by Penguin. I don’t want to lose track of any of the books.

Little Black Classics

5. A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin
I haven’t yet finished reading these books, but plan on finishing them this year.

A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin

6. The Walking Dead series by Robert Kirkman
I haven’t read all of these yet, but it’s another one I plan on catching up on this year.

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

7. Puffin Classics
This is another small collection that I don’t lend out.

Puffin Classics

8. Penguin Modern Classics
I only have a few of these books, but I prefer the ones I have not get lost.

Modern Classics

9. Assorted children’s books
My son has his favorites and we reread the same books. His favorites aren’t going anyway. His favorites change weekly though, so we keep a variety of books on his shelves for any occasion.

Children's Books

10. Any book on my upcoming TBR
Some of the books I own are on my to-read list for this year, so I’d rather not loan them out until I’ve read them. I’ll stick with loaning out books I’ve read or books I have no intention of reading in the near future. Since I don’t have my upcoming to-read books shelved separately, I’ll just post a photo of a wall of bookshelves. I’m guessing I’ve read about half of these.

Home library bookshelves

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Page to Screen Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is a Page to Screen Freebie.

Page to screen adaptations. Like most book lovers, I tend to prefer the book over the movie. Sometimes though, the book and the movie are both great. Listed below are ten page to screen adaptations that I enjoyed both the book and the movie.

1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

2. The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King

3. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

4. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

8. The Firm by John Grisham

The Firm by John Grisham

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

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

10. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Characters That Remind Me of Myself.

I had to think a little about this one, but finally came up with a list. I couldn’t think of any character that was truly like me, but each of the characters listed below has some similar personality traits that I could relate to.

1. Anne Elliott
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

2. Temperance Brennan
Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs

Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs

3. Katniss Everdeen
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

4. Cath Avery
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

5. Elinor Dashwood
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

7. Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

8. Jo March
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

9. Liz Talbot
Liz Talbot Mystery series by Susan M. Boyer

Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer

10. Anna Pigeon
Anna Pigeon series by Nevada Barr

Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

Top Ten Tuesday: Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes.

Listed below are 10 thought-provoking literary quotes. There are so many good quotes in books, I had a hard time narrowing this one down to ten.

1. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.
The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald F. Scott

2. I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

3. Not all those who wander are lost.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

4. Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

5. Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

6. There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
The Boscombe Valley Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle

7. Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

8. Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

9. When we think of the past it’s the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

10. We accept the love we think we deserve.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Top Ten Tuesday: First Books I Reviewed on My Blog

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is (First Ten) Books I Reviewed.

I reviewed books before this blog, but I have no idea which ones were the first ones. So, I scrolled back to see which books were on here first, and those are the ones listed below.

1. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

2. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

3. The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child by Fiona Barton

4. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

5. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

6. Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

7. The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

8. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

9. Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

10. Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Rainy Day Read.

I love to relax with a good book on a rainy day. Any book is good on a rainy day, but listed below are 10 books I recommend. For a rainy day read, I enjoy a book that is suspenseful, dark, and atmospheric. The books listed below have at least one of those things.

1. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

2. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

4. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

5. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

6. The Killing Echo by Christi Daugherty

The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

7. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

8. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

9. Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

10. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Do for the Love of Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books.

This week’s topic is for outrageous things done for books, but I don’t really have anything outrageous… especially not 10 things. So, listed below are 10 things I do because of my love for books. Totally normal things. Right?

1. Stay up too late reading
I’m frequently guilty of this. I often stay up too late to finish reading a book.

2. Have a book blog
Obviously. I couldn’t keep my love of books to myself, so I started a blog.

3. Spend time on Goodreads
I use Goodreads to keep track of books read and ones I want to read. I also use it to find new books, read and write reviews, participate in groups, and find out when new books are hitting the shelves.

4. Own hundreds of books
I own a lot of books. Like, I have a home library. Also, it’s full of books I have not read. I do intend to one day read them, but I keep adding more and more books to my collection. It’s a never ending cycle.

5. Spend hours browsing books
It’s amazing how much time goes by without my realizing it when browsing books. I can easily spend a couple of hours in a book store or library.

6. Spend too much on books
Sometimes I have no self-control, and end up buying more books than I should.

7. Shop books when traveling
When going somewhere new, I’ll check to see if there are any book stores worth checking out in the area.

8. Have a bookstagram account
I started an Instagram account for books before I started this blog. I don’t post as regular as I once did, but it’s still a fun way to share the love of books.

9. Always carry a book
Sometimes I have a print book with me, but more often I keep books downloaded to my phone. If I find myself with a little extra time while out, I’ll get in some extra reading time.

10. Pre-order books
Sometimes, I need to have a book the moment it comes out.

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book.

It seems I’m always finding new books to read. Listed below are some of the reasons I’ll add a book to my ever-growing reading list.

1. Written by a favorite author
There are plenty of books I pick up just because I’ve enjoyed others by the author. Some of my favorites are Rachel Caine, Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, and Liana Moriarty.

2. Cover love
Yep. Guilty of this. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t.

3. Genre love
It’s great to find new books and authors in my favorite genres – mysteries and thrillers.

4. Keep hearing about it
If a book keeps popping up in my Goodreads and book blog feeds, I might pick it up. Even if it’s out of my genre comfort zone.

5. Part of a series I’m reading
Once I start a series, I want to finish it. My TBR is full of books that are parts of series I’ve already started.

6. Fits in with a reading challenge
This is one of the ways I broaden my reading. Some challenges are easy. Others require me to get a out of my comfort zone and try something new.

7. Recommended by someone with great taste
If I see someone raving about a book, and I know we tend to like the same books, then I’m likely to pick it up too.

8. Learn something new
I usually read for entertainment, but sometimes I pick up a book to learn something new.

9. A break from reality
It’s great to get lost in a creative world. Some of my favorite books fall in the fantasy and science fiction genres, and provide an entertaining break from reality.

10. A movie or tv show is based on it
If a book is made into a movie or tv show, I’ll usually read it before watching it. It’s true when they say the book is always better. Maybe not always, but usually.

Top Ten Tuesday: Audiobook TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Audio Freebie.

Since this week’s TTT is a freebie for anything audio, I thought I’d list 10 audiobooks on my TBR. I either have these on hold from the library or have borrowed them through Kindle Unlimited.

1. It by Stephen King

It by Stephen King

2. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

3. Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

4. Malice by Jennifer Jaynes

Malice by Jennifer Jaynes

5. Her Last Day by T.R. Ragan

Her Last Day by T.R. Ragan

6. In the Vines by Shannon Kirk

In the Vines by Shannon Kirk

7. Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell

Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell

8. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

9. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

10. Deck the Hounds by David Rosenfelt

Deck the Hounds by David Rosenfelt

Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books On My Spring 2019 TBR.

I have a lot of books to read this Spring! Listed below are ten of the books I’m looking forward to reading in the next couple of months. They are listed in order of expected publications dates, and that’s the order I plan to read them. I have ARCs for all of these, and will post reviews near the publication dates.

1. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – expected publication March 26, 2019

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

2. The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton – expected publication April 2, 2019

The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton

3. Murder at the Marina by Janet Finsilver – expected publication April 2, 2019

Murder at the Marina by Janet Finsilver

4. The Better Sister by Alafair Burke – expected publication April 16, 2019

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

5. The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott – expected publication April 23, 2019

The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

6. The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth – expected publication April 23, 2019

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

7. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine – expected publication April 23, 2019

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

8. The Dare by Carol Wyer – expected publication April 25, 2019

The Dare by Carol Wyer

9. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – expected publication May 14, 2019

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

10. Murder by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge – expected publication May 21, 2019

Murder by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge