Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

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 Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading. While reading, I’m more likely to drink something than eat something. Mostly, I read without any food or drinks. If I do have something, it’s usually some sort of adult beverage while I read at night. Hence the name of my blog… Nightcap Books.

EAT
1. Fruit
2. Cheese
3. Popcorn
4. Pretzels
5. Cookies

DRINK
6. Coffee
7. Tea
8. Wine
9. Whiskey
10. Brandy

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

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 Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why. I don’t have a good reason for not reading the books on my TBR. Mostly, I have too many books on my TBR, and not enough time to get them all read. Right now, I have over 2000 books on my Goodreads “want to read” shelf. With so many new books that sound good coming out, I usually read those first, and kind of forget about some of the ones that are languishing on my shelf. I also tend to be a mood reader, so I shuffle my reading list around a fair bit. So, for this topic, I’m listing the 10 books that have been on my TBR the longest. Maybe I’ll move them up on my reading list and actually get them read.

1. Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott

Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott

2. The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

3. Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

4. With Malice by Eileen Cook

With Malice by Eileen Cook

5. No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

6. Half Way Home by Hugh Howey

Half Way Home by Hugh Howey

7. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

8. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

9. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

10. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

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 Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone. I tend to mostly read mysteries and thrillers, and prefer contemporary over historical fiction. I do read a fair amount of books in other genres though, and often end up enjoying them. The books listed below fall under fantasy, science fiction, or historical fiction. These are books I enjoyed more than I expected.

1. Circe by Madeline Miller
Mythology isn’t something I usually enjoy. This one is fantastic though. It ended up being one of my favorite reads in 2018.

Circe by Madeline Miller

2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
I’m not a big fan of time travel books, so I wasn’t expecting to like this one very much. I was wrong. It’s great.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

3. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
I thought I would be confused with all the characters. There is a lot happening, but it’s so good. I ended up reading the other books in the series too.

4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
A combination of historical fiction and romance is usually a turn off, but this one kept me captivated.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

5. The Revenant by Michael Punke
I read very few westerns. This one is great though.

The Revenant by Michael Punke

6. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Historical fiction about a stodgy butler. Never would have guessed this one would intrigue me as much as it did.

The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A teen trapped on a lifeboat with zoo animals. Magical realism that I enjoyed.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

8. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
This was one of the first urban fantasy novels I read. I haven’t read much in this genre, but liking this book made me want to read more.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I thought this one would be slow and boring. It wasn’t.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

10. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
A book about werewolves… written in free verse. Weird, but it works.

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That I Want in My Personal Library

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 Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library. The books listed below are books that I read either as an eARC or borrowed from the library. I enjoyed each of the books on this list, and would like to add them to my personal library.

1. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

2. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

3. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

4. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

5. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

6. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

7. The Wife by Alafair Burke

The Wife by Alafair Burke

8. You by Caroline Kepnes

You by Caroline Kepnes

9. Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

10. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Tropes

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 Favorite Tropes. So many tropes to choose from! I’m listing ten tropes I enjoy in mysteries and thrillers.

1. Unreliable narrator

Beautiful Bad by Annie WardThe Wife by Alafair BurkeThe Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

2. Everything is perfect on the outside

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. ParisThe Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv ConstantineLies by T.M. Logan

3. Girl goes back to hometown after years away

All the Missing Girls by Megan MirandaGirls Like Us by Cristina AlgerBefore We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

4. The whole neighborhood is involved

Watching You by Lisa JewellThose People by Louise CandlishSomeone We Know by Shari Lapena

5. Memory loss

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsUnder My Skin by Lisa UngerClose To Me by Amanda Reynolds

6. Buried secrets

The Last Time I Lied by Riley SagerForget Me Not by Kierney ScottThe Lying Game by Ruth Ware

7. Closed circle/Locked room

The Escape Room by Megan GoldinAn Unwanted Guest by Shari LapenaNo Exit by Taylor Adams

8. Missing spouse or child

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnDear Wife by Kimberly BelleThe Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

9. Last girl left alive

Final Girls by Riley SagerDisturbed by Jennifer JaynesBlack-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

10. Revenge

The Line That Held Us by David JoyJane Doe by Victoria Helen StoneThe Exes' Revenge by Jo Jakeman

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Characters I’d Be Friends With

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 Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With. The characters listed below are very different from one another, and would all bring different things to a friendship.

1. Nina Hill – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
2. Millie Morris – My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
3. Fortune Redding – Louisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon
4. Harper McClain – The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty
5. Emma Davis – The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
6. Jane Doe – Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
7. Amy Byler –The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
8. Charley Davidson – First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
9. Tricia Miles – Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
10. Jess Bishop – Forget Me Not by Kierney Scott

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi WaxmanMy Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina LaurenLouisiana Longshot by Jana DeleonThe Echo Killing by Christi DaughertyThe Last Time I Lied by Riley SagerJane Doe by Victoria Helen StoneThe Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly HarmsFirst Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesMurder is Binding by Lorna BarrettForget Me Not by Kierney Scott

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Vintage Classics (Red Spines) Covers

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 Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated.

This week was hard to narrow down to ten, so I’m narrowing it to my favorite book covers in the Vintage Classics (red spine) collection. I love the updated covers for these books. I have a few of these, and I’m on the look out for the others.

1. The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

3. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

6. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

7. The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

8. Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood

Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood

9. The Collector by John Fowles

The Collector by John Fowles

10. Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim

Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim


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Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming ARCs on My TBR

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 a Freebie.

This week’s TTT is a freebie, so I’m listing 10 books I hope to get read in the coming weeks. All of these are ARCs that I have and haven’t yet read.

1. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

2. Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

3. The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz

The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz

4. The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre

The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre

5. The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

6. On the Corner of Love and Hate by Nina Bocci

On the Corner of Love and Hate by Nina Bocci

7. No Good Deed by James Swain

No Good Deed by James Swain

8. Treacherous Strand by Andrea Carter

Treacherous Strand by Andrea Carter

9. Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge

Now You See Me by Chris McGeorge

10. Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron

Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Settings

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 Settings I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All).

There are a lot of great historical and fantasy settings out there, but I’m sticking to contemporary and real world for this list. Listed below are 10 book settings I would like to read more of.

1. Bayou towns

Heaven's Prisoners by James Lee BurkeLouisiana Longshot by Jana Deleon

2. The woods

The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les BecquetsThe River at Night by Erica Ferencik

3. Book shops

Camino Island by John GrishamYou by Caroline Kepnes

4. Beach towns

Death by the Sea by Kathleen BridgeThe Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

5. Islands

Until the Day I Die by Emily CarpenterThe Beach by Alex Garland

6. Boarding schools

All these Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth KlehfothCatch Your Death by Kierney Scott

7. Hotels / B&Bs

Southern Discomfort by Christine FardigAn Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

8. College campuses

Academic Curveball by James J. CudneyWatch Me by Jody Gehrman

9. Summer camps

The Last Time I Lied by Riley SagerI'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

10. Boats

Sail by James Patterson


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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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