Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Auto-Buy Authors.

There are a lot of authors I look forward to reading, so this week’s topic was hard to narrow down. Listed below are 10 authors that I really enjoy, and have read most, or all, of their books.

1. Ruth Ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth WareThe Lying Game by Ruth WareThe Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

2. Riley Sager

Final Girls by Riley SagerThe Last Time I Lied by Riley SagerLock Every Door by Riley Sager

3. Gillian Flynn

Dark Places by Gillian FlynnGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

4. Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel CaineKillman Creek by Rachel CaineWolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

5. Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot by Liane MoriartyBig Little Lies by Liane MoriartyTruly Madly Guilty by Liane MoriartyNine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

6. Karin Slaughter

Triptych by Karin SlaughterPretty Girls by Karin SlaughterThe Good Daughter by Karin SlaughterPieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

7. Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go by Clare MackintoshI See You by Clare MackintoshLet Me Lie by Clare MackintoshAfter the End by Clare Mackintosh

8. Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door by Shari LapenaA Stranger in the House by Shari LapenaAn Unwanted Guest by Shari LapenaSomeone We Know by Shari Lapena

9. Sandie Jones

The Other Woman by Sandie JonesThe First Mistake by Sandie Jones

10. John Marrs

When You Disappeared by John MarrsThe One by John MarrsThe Good Samaritan by John MarrsHer Last Move by John Marrs


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Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Character Names for Dogs

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Character Freebie (any topic you want that deals with book characters!).

I think it’s cute when pets are named after literary characters. We have two dogs (neither one named after a literary character), so we’re not looking to add a new pet to our family right now. However, if I was looking for a dog, these are some names I would consider.

1. Gatsby – Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. Sherlock – Sherlock Holmes in the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle
3. Watson – Dr. John Watson in the Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle
4. Marlowe – Philip Marlowe in the Philip Marlower series by Raymond Chandler
5. Jekyll – Dr. Henry Jekyll in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
6. Rhett – Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
7. Darcy – Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
8. Dashwood – The Dashwood family in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
9. Scout – Jean Louise “Scout” Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
10. Huckleberry – Huckleberry Finn in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan DoyleThe Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellPride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane AustenTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


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Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Childhood Favorites.

Instead of my childhood favorites, I’m listing 10 picture books that my son has been enjoying lately.

1. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

2. Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet

Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet

3. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

4. Otis by Loren Long

Otis by Loren Long

5. Dylan the Villain by K.G. Campbell

Dylan the Villain by K.G. Campbell

6. Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

7. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

8. Shark Nate-O by Tara Luebbe

Shark Nate-O by Tara Luebbe

9. The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara

10. In the Deep Dark Deep by Ben Joel Price

In the Deep Dark Deep by Ben Joel Price

A few honorable mentions… meaning I enjoy them more than he does.

The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon StoneThe Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinOh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

1. The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
3. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss


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Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer 2019 TBR

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

Last week’s TTT was anticipated releases for the second half of 2019 (my list is here). Some of those books are on my reading list for the next couple of months, but I don’t want to duplicate the same list as last week. So, below are 10 books I plan to read this summer that are on my reading backlog list.

1. Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swensen series, #10

Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Summertime has finally arrived in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar bakery, is looking forward to warm, lazy days, eating ice cream, and sharing picnics with friends. But when a family reunion takes a deadly turn, it’s up to Hannah to find a killer…

Between baking up a storm for The Cookie Jar and unraveling the mystery of her cat Moishe’s recent strange behavior, Hannah Swensen has a lot on her plate. But she’ll always make time for her business partner, Lisa, who’s in the midst of preparing for a big family reunion. Everyone is delighted when Lisa’s long-lost uncle makes a surprise appearance. No one has heard from Gus in twenty-five years–and his arrival has everyone buzzing with excitement.

Uncle Gus is immediately the hit of the reunion, telling tales of his great success and flashing money for all to see. He’s almost as popular as Hannah’s scrumptious carrot cake, which is also Gus’s favorite dessert. But the next morning, as the whole family gathers for the group photo, one person is missing. Hannah offers to track down Uncle Gus, but her search leads to a shocking find. Over by the bar at the pavilion, she spots two slices of her infamous carrot cake, frosting-side down on the floor–and Gus’s corpse with an ice pick jutting out of his chest!

A little snooping reveals that not everyone was celebrating Gus’s return. And when Hannah unearths more secrets from Gus’s past, she discovers even more people with an axe to grind. Now Hannah’s got to sift through a long list of suspects to find a killer–even if it could mean a recipe for her own demise…

2. Hook, Line, and Blinker by Jana Deleon
Miss Fortune Mystery series, #10

Hook, Line, and Blinker by Jana Deleon

Nobody knows speed like Ida Belle.

Behind the wheel of her hopped-up Blazer, she’s the queen of the back roads. But when someone tries to kill Hot Rod and steals only black SUVs from his shop, Fortune worries that excessive horsepower is the least of the trouble that comes along with her friend’s new ride. When it becomes clear that the car thieves didn’t get what they were looking for the first time around and Ida Belle’s vehicle becomes their next target, Fortune and Gertie are determined to protect their friend.

Ida Belle is determined to protect the Blazer.

3. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night, when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately lands on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

4. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Millennium series, #4

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

A genius hacker who has always been an outsider. A journalist with a penchant for danger. She is Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo. He is Mikael Blomkvist, crusading editor of Millennium. One night, Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information vital to the United States by a young female hacker. Blomkvist, always on the lookout for a story, reaches out to Salander for help. She, as usual, has plans of her own. Together they are drawn into a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives—some willing to kill to protect their secrets.

5. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire series, #2

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel… and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

6. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A captivating and glamorous tale of squandered talent that defined “The Lost Generation” of 1920s New York.

Anthony Patch and Gloria Gibson are the golden children of the Jazz Age. They marry and embark on a life of glittering parties, lavish expenditure and scandalous revelry. When the money dries up their marriage founders. In this wistful novel Fitzgerald portrays the decline of youthful promise with devastating clarity.

7. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods. It was on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, and a woman was sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm, and she probably would have been hurt herself if she’d stopped. Not only that, her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing. Where she left the car; if she took her pills; even the alarm code.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

And the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

8. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

9. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read…

My darling Cecilia,
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

10. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
The Forest of Hands and Teeth series, #3

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister’s face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah’s world stopped that day, and she’s been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn’t feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it’s up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return’s destruction?

*Blurbs via Amazon.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. That means I may receive a very small commission, at no cost to you, if you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase.

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

I’ve been adding a lot of new books to my TBR this year. It looks like some good books will be released in the second half of 2019. Listed below are 10 books that I’m excited to read in the coming months.

1. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – July 2019

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story… until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

2. Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham – July 2019

Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham

A girl is discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Half-starved and filthy, she won’t tell anyone her name, or her age, or where she came from. Maybe she is twelve, maybe fifteen. She doesn’t appear in any missing persons file, and her DNA can’t be matched to an identity. Six years later, still unidentified, she is living in a secure children’s home with a new name, Evie Cormac. When she initiates a court case demanding the right to be released as an adult, forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven must determine if Evie is ready to go free. But she is unlike anyone he’s ever met—fascinating and dangerous in equal measure. Evie knows when someone is lying, and no one around her is telling the truth.

Meanwhile, Cyrus is called in to investigate the shocking murder of a high school figure-skating champion, Jodie Sheehan, who dies on a lonely footpath close to her home. Pretty and popular, Jodie is portrayed by everyone as the ultimate girl-next-door, but as Cyrus peels back the layers, a secret life emerges—one that Evie Cormac, the girl with no past, knows something about. A man haunted by his own tragic history, Cyrus is caught between the two cases—one girl who needs saving and another who needs justice. What price will he pay for the truth?

3. Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson – July 2019

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

In this game, even winning can be deadly…

Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.

Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.

When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.

To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.

4. Someone We Know by Shari Lapena – July 2019

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did…

“This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much… My son broke into your home recently while you were out.”

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well–learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets?

In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide…

You never really know what people are capable of.

5. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – August 2019

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

6. The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre – August 2019

The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre

Some people just need killing.

Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband’s shadow. He controls her every move―what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she’s allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are…consequences. And he has all the power.

To outsiders, it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena has traded freedom and safety for luxurious imprisonment, and most days, that seems like a bad bargain. Death may be the only exit she’s allowed. Just like his first wife. And his second. Unless she flips the script.

Some people just need killing.

7. The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan – August 2019

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is–she’s wrong.

And in this cat and mouse game–the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

8. Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook – September 2019

Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook

Librarian Carrie Singleton is building a haven, but one of her neighbors is misbehavin’. Can resident spirit Evelyn help Carrie catch the culprit who made her a ghost?

In winter, the Haunted Library is a refuge for homeless townspeople. When a group purchases a vacant house to establish a daytime haven for the homeless, Carrie offers the library as a meeting place for the Haven House committee, but quickly learns that it may be used for illegal activities.

As the new Sunshine Delegate, Carrie heads to the hospital to visit her cantankerous colleague, Dorothy, who had fallen outside the local supermarket. She tells Carrie that her husband tried to kill her–and that he murdered her Aunt Evelyn, the library’s resident ghost, six years earlier.

And then Dorothy is murdered–run off the road as soon as she returns to work. Evelyn implores Carrie to find her niece’s killer, but that’s no easy task: Dorothy had made a hobby of blackmailing her neighbors and colleagues. Carrie, Evelyn, and Smoky Joe the cat are on the case, but are the library cards stacked against them?

9. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron – September 2019

Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron

Louisiana B&B owner Maggie Crozat kicks up her heels at a country music festival–but she’ll have one foot in the grave if she can’t bring the killer of a diva’s hanger-on to heel.

Grab your tickets for Cajun Country Live!, the pickers’ and crooners’ answer to the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Maggie Crozat, proprietor of the Crozat Plantation B&B, plans to be in the cheering section when her friend Gaynell Bourgeois takes the stage with her band, Gaynell and the Gator Girls.

The festival’s headliner, native daughter Tammy Barker, rocketed to stardom on a TV singing competition. She has the voice of an angel…and the personality of a devilish diva. But Maggie learns that this tiny terror carries a grudge against Gaynell. She’s already sabotaged the Gator Girls’ JazzFest audition. When a member of Tammy’s entourage is murdered at the festival, Tammy makes sure Gaynell is number one on the suspect list.

Gaynell has plenty of company on that list–including every one of Tammy’s musicians. Posing as a groupie, Maggie infiltrates Tammy’s band and will have to hit all the right notes to clear her friend’s name.

10. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell – October 2019

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London.

It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back.

Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now twenty-five, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now it’s hers.

As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children? And are they still at risk?

*Listed in order of release date.
**Blurbs via Amazon.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Opinions

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is for unpopular bookish opinions. Most of my opinions aren’t that unpopular… so I’m just calling this 10 bookish opinions.

1. Reading ebooks is as good, and sometimes better, than reading print books.

2. Listening to audiobooks is as good as reading books.

3. Standalones are better than series.

4. Sometimes the movie is better than the book.

5. Book tropes aren’t a bad thing.

6. It’s okay to judge a book by it’s cover.

7. Used books are better than new books.

8. It’s okay to skim read a book.

9. It’s good to read books outside your genre comfort zone.

10. Paperbacks are better than hardcovers.
Paperbacks are usually cheaper and easier to carry around. However, I’m slowly changing my opinion on this one. As my home library grows, I’ve come to accept that hardcovers look better lined up on the shelves. Also, the print is usually easier to read.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Psychological Thrillers

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Books From My Favorite Genre (You pick the genre, and give us your ten faves.).

My favorite books are mysteries and thrillers. In the last few years, I’ve been reading a lot of psychological thrillers… so I’m picking that genre for today. There are so many good thrillers out there! Listed below are ten that I loved.

1. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
2. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
3. Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
4. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
5. The Wife by Alafair Burke
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
7. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
8. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
9. The Good Samaritan by John Marrs
10. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel CaineThe Last Time I Lied by Riley SagerJane Doe by Victoria Helen StoneThe Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth WareThe Wife by Alafair BurkeGone Girl by Gillian FlynnThe Other Woman by Sandie JonesBefore She Knew Him by Peter SwansonThe Good Samaritan by John MarrsI Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books Released in the Last 10 Years

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years.

Favorite books released between 2009 and 2019 listed below. We’re not too far into 2019, so that one may change before the end of the year. These are favorite books by published year, not the year I read them in.

1. 2010 – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

2. 2011 – Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

3. 2012 – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

4. 2013 – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

5. 2014 – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

6. 2015 – Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

7. 2016 – Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

8. 2017 – Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

9. 2018 – The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

10. 2019 – A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daughtery

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Don’t Loan Out

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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