Top 10 Tuesday: Non-Book Websites

10 May

This week the folks at The Broke And The Bookish are hosting a Top 10 Tuesday that is a little different — Non-Book Related Sites on the Interwebs. Hmmm . . . . To find out where book blogger spend their time when not obsessed with books, click HERE.


I first was made aware of this week’s topic by Carrie over at Reading Is My Superpower. She posted on FB about this astonishingly unique theme. How were we ever to find 10 sites we visit that are not book related? As is everything in life, all things lead either to or from books. It just is impossible to find a site that is not some way related to something bookish. Kind of like the 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon. 😉 Ok, maybe not everything is book related, but in my world I am afraid that is how it works. So here is my list of sites I have perused in the recent past that on the surface have nothing to do with books.

10 Non-Related Book Sites

Fabulous Food

Some books just make me hungry! When they are filled with references to food, I start looking for recipes to satisfy my cravings. Here are some food-related sites that fit the bill.

csootk-logo-400x288Can’t Stay Out of The Kitchen — I found this blog when I was looking for a recipe for Panera’s Autumn Squash Soup. The characters in Irene Hannon’s Thin Ice kept meeting at Panera and I developed a craving for this delicious soup.

(From Teresa’s About Page) So I (Teresa) am constantly cooking, experimenting and trying new recipes. Part of that process is changing and transforming dull recipes into ones that shine. It also means creating recipes from scratch based on what you have on hand at the time. That’s a whole lot of fun. I would never classify myself as a gourmet cook or professional chef, even though I have done some catering over the years. I’m more of a down-home, southern-style kind of a cook. That doesn’t mean that I don’t experiment with dreamy desserts (because I do), but there are certain combinations and styles of cooking that I really love to cook.

sally-about-pageSally’s Baking Addiction — The yearning for a simple sprinkle donut as described in Demise in Denim by Duffy Brown led me to this wonderful blog.

(From Sally’s About Page) I’m Sally. I like to take pictures, write, and bake. Scratch that, I’m addicted to baking. The kitchen is where my creative juices flow and Sally’s Baking Addiction is where I can share it all with you. Often with a lot of sprinkles and even more exclamation points.

398-tacos_175The Santa Fe School of Cooking — All of Cathleen Armstrong‘s books in her Last Chance series feature Green Chile Stew. Where else would I go to find a recipe for this New Mexico staple.




toh-logo-footerOf course Taste of Home is always a good go-to site for great recipes. I got a recipe for Lemon Crumb Cake that was featured in Lisa HarrisRecipe for Murder.




Sensational Settings

The settings of books just naturally lead me to learn more. Here are some websites of the places I have virtually toured.

201306067_Etape-10_ville-arrivee_saint-maloSaint-Malo is the main setting of Anthony Doerr‘s All The Light We Cannot See. I was intrigued by the walled town on the Brittany coast that was almost completely destroyed by Allied bombing towards the end of WWII. I just had to visit.


hermaness-reserve-shetland-islands_82585_990x742The Shetlands — The rugged islands set between the Atlantic and the North Sea are the setting for Michael Phillips The Inheritance. Puffins, sheep, waves and winds are what you experience there.




EWG-exterior-01The Elgin/Winter Garden Theaters in Toronto were the scene of the crime for Rachel McMillan‘s The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder. The theaters are unique in that they are stacked on top of each other!






Miscellaneous Meanderings

Random topics crop up in the midst of my reading and I just have to stop and Google!

DSC8722ePaper Bag Floors — the crazy and creative aunts in Hope Toler Dougherty‘s Mars . . . with Venus Rising helped out a friend’s kitchen reno with a paper bag floor. Who knew?! You can find instructions to make your own at Domestic Imperfections.

According to Ashley, Domestic Imperfections is all about DIY decor, home renovation, craftiness, and real life.




104376-100007-medMuttville — part of the sales proceeds of Dana Mentink‘s Sit, Stay, Love goes to this Senior Dog Rescue. Love dogs? Be sure to check out their website!





dnews-files-2013-02-gus-grissom-libery-bell-670x440-130204-jpgGus Grissom and the Apollo 1 Conspiracy The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel read like a soap opera, but the Apollo 1 tragedy that was detailed led me to this website and the allegations surrounding the incident.




Well, there you have it. 10 Non-Book Websites that really are all about books!

What are some of your favorite sites?







14 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday: Non-Book Websites”

  1. Kate W May 10, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    Looks like we have a few things in common 🙂 I added Saint Malo to my travel bucket-list after reading All The Light We Cannot See as well.

    Here’s my TTT (heavy on the delicious food links) –


    • rbclibrary May 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

      Wasn’t Doerr’s description wonderful?! I really liked that book, despite its very dark tone.


  2. thepowerofwords2016 May 10, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    Beckie, I love the way you grouped the various areas you visit. “Sensational settings” that books lead us to visit is a great idea that I never thought of. That would be a fun “top ten” theme in itself – settings and other things we were curious about from reading.


    • rbclibrary May 10, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

      I could probably have gone on and on about settings. One site I did not list is Wikipedia. It is my go-to resource for historical events and people.


  3. Amber @ Book Stacks Amber May 10, 2016 at 10:29 am #

    I’m really excited to check out Domestic Imperfections! I’m house hunting so I’m anticipating doing a lot of renovating when I move 🙂
    Here’s my TTT.


    • rbclibrary May 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

      Make sure to check out her post about paper bag floors — really cool stuff! Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Rissi May 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    LOVE Sally’s Baking Addiction. Her site is home to my new favorite (and BEST) muffin recipe. I always struggled finding a good, fluffy, bakery style muffin, and her jumbo blueberry muffins are perfect. Plus, they seem to adapt well if you’d rather use a different fruit. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland today, Beckie. 🙂


    • rbclibrary May 10, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      I will have to start visiting Sally regularly. Great blog!


  5. Carrie May 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    i am so tickled that you still managed to make this completely book related LOL. So much fun 🙂 I’m heading to a couple of these sites – Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen looks right up my alley and Domestic Imperfection could perfectly describe me lol.


    • rbclibrary May 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

      You know me — it’s all about the book! Make sure to check out paper bag floors on Domestic Imperfections. So cool!

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      • Carrie May 10, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

        i actually DID check out paper bag floors when I was reading that book – who thinks of these things?? More creative people than me, that’s for sure 🙂


      • rbclibrary May 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

        Fun to read about for sure.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Sue May 11, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

    Will be checking out the food blogs after supper, and I always check TASTE OF HOME for the easiest recipes. Used two of them tonight.


    • rbclibrary May 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

      Some of my best dishes have come from Taste of Home.


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