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Top 10 Tuesday — Vivid Settings

23 Jul

In some books the setting takes a backseat to characterization or plot — the book could take place just about anywhere. But in some books the setting is a major player in, well,Ā setting the scenes. šŸ˜‰ Whether it is the time or place, an author that can skillfully bring the reader to the site of the story is tops in my books. (Sorry/not sorry for the pun šŸ˜‰ ) Ā This week Top 10 TuesdayĀ challenged bloggers to share settings they would like to see more of (or not at all), but of course I am tweaking yet again. My list features books that got the setting just right, allowing me to see and feel what the characters did. I hope you find a place to visit and a book to love!

For more on settings, visit That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

Top Settings in Recent Reads

 

Alaska — Alaska Twilight by Colleen Coble

Ancient Israel — The Shelter of The Most High by Connilyn Cossette

Colonial Canada — Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Colonial North Carolina — The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

Edisto Island, South Carolina — The Bridge Between by Lindsey Brackett

Medieval England — Prince Edward’s Warrant by Mel Starr

WWII Germany — My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt

WWII Poland — The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke

When The Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma

Yellowstone National Park — Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett

Top 10 Tuesday — Favorites of 2018 (So Far)

17 Apr

This week That Artsy Reader Girl of Top 10 Tuesday is letting bloggers have a Freebie. After much thought, I finally settled on sharing the Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year. The books on this list all were given a Highly Recommended rating by me. Covering a variety of genres, these books offer realistic and endearing characters, are beautifully written, and share messages of hope, healing, and grace. I loved them, and I think you will too. If you have read any of them, let me know if you agree with my assessment.

 

 

 

Ā Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton

Lead Me Home by Amy K. Sorrells

The Melody of The Soul by Liz Tolsma

Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

On This Foundation by Lynn AustinĀ 

A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith

The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner

Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey

What book is your favorite this year?

Top 10 Tuesday — Bookish Resolutions

16 Jan

Um . . . resolutions are not my friends. Lofty goals often become epic fails a few months later. I think the success of resolutions is seated in realistic expectations and aspirations. So really the only bookish resolution with any hope of succeeding is read more books! Seriously, there are a few things I need to do to get my obsession hobby under control. But before I get to that, you need to check out Barnes and Nobles’s 20 New Year’s Resolutions for Book Nerds. Very funny!

To find out what other bloggers are vowing to do, head over to The Artsy Reader Girl.

 

Top 5 Bookish Resolutions

Read more books . . . for pleasure. I know that sounds kind of ridiculous, but since I read a lot of review books, I often spend my reading time with books I have to read. Don’t get me wrong, I love the blogging/reviewing life, but my eyes can be bigger than my reading time. And reading on a deadline can seriously affect my enjoyment of a book. So, I vow to limit the number of books I take on review. (This was also a goal last year. I was somewhat successful as compared to previous years, but I still overextended.)

 

Expand my reading horizons. I am a pretty eclectic reader, but my all-time favorite genre is mystery/suspense. I read a lot of that in 2017. I want to include more books from other genres, especially speculative fiction.

Work on the TBR pile. Books to the sky is a reality at my house. As is a Kindle library that may be insurmountable. I hope to read more books that have languished on the shelves far too long.

More time reading, less time on social media. I love, love, love to talk books, and I have found great sites to do just that. But social media, especially FB, takes me on too many time-consuming bunny trails. I’m not going to say I am giving up social media, but I am going to try to control the amount of time spent there so that I can have more reading time, while allowing more time interacting with actual people. šŸ˜‰

Read the Bible. Of all the time I spend reading, the Bible often gets short shrift. I want to read more of what is truly important — those things God has to say to me. I lead a Faith And Fiction Bible study at my church. It combines Bible study with fiction inspired by stories from the Bible. My group had a great time digging into the Bible while exploring the creative accounts by Christian authors. I’d like that to be more of an emphasis this year — mining truths from fiction and God’s word.

 

Do you have any bookish resolutions?

Top 10 Tuesday — Fall TBR List

19 Sep

Can you believe that in two days it will be Fall?! Here in middle Georgia the department stores are sporting Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decor for sale, but the temperatures are hovering in the Summer-range, so Fall doesn’t seem that imminent. But what is imminent is my Fall TBR list (or pile!). The folks at The Broke And The Bookish are asking bloggers to share what they will be reading in the next few months, and I am always eager to oblige. I have a wide variety of reading ahead of me — historical, romance, contemporary, mystery/suspense, and interestingly enough, a couple of Christmas novels! So without further ado, my Fall TBR List!

Top Ten Books on My TBR List

The Case of The Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin

Charming The Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

Christy by Catherine Marshall

Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

Deeds of Darkness by Mel Starr

How Sweet The Sound by Amy SorrellsĀ 

Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

What are you reading this Fall?

 

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Classics I Love and Classics I Don’t

21 Feb

The folks at The Broke And The Bookish are talking books we loved more than we thought we would and/or books we found kind of disappointing. I thought I would take the coward’s way and talk about Classics — you know, so no one would get their feelings hurt šŸ˜‰ . To find out what other bloggers are talking about, click HERE.

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I am a book nerd without apology. I love a really good classic, and by good, I mean one that is highly readable. The kind that I would recommend to normal people; the kind that I think just about anyone could (or should šŸ˜‰ ) enjoy! I’m not talking Finnegans Wake, but Jane EyreĀ (a book IĀ knew I would love from the start). My list this week includes classics I just wasn’t sure of, but found I loved. Books that I easily can recommend. I have also included a few beloved classics — beloved by others, but not by me! Books that many love, but I just don’t understand why. So without further ado, here is my Top 10 Tuesday list:

Classics I Didn’t Think I’d Like, But Found I Loved.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens — I have to admit that I picked this book up after seeing just one episode of the BBC miniseries. This 900+ page book is a gem. If you didn’t like A Tale of Two CitiesĀ in ninth gradeĀ (I didn’t), don’t despair. This book is so much better!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens — this book is a masterpiece of description. Way better than any movie version.

IvanhoeĀ by Sir Walter Scott — I started this book in college and never finished, although I did write a paper on it. Cringe! Later, having endured years of guilt, I started it anew. Loved. It.

Moby Dick by Herman Melville — this novel was another college assignment that I did finish. At first I thought whales, ships, uh no! But I loved this book. I loved it so much I talked about it with my youngest son, who also loves it. He in turn told his dad he had to read it. My husband? Not so much. He couldn’t get past the whales and ships . . . .

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Beloved Classics, But Not By Me!

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen — I know it may be almost blasphemy not to like a Jane Austen novel, but I cannot help myself. Austen is one of my very favorite authors and I love Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Emma Ā . . . . But I just can’t get into this novel. I didn’t like any of the movie adaptations I have seen either.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen — now I know you really think I’ve gone too far, but Catherine Morland is just plain silly, and unlikable to boot! Again, I didn’t like the movies.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — I loved Jane Eyre by sister Charlotte, and Villette by sister Anne is one of my all time favorites. But I wish Cathy and Heathcliff had just gotten lost on the moors at the beginning of the book and put this reader out of her misery!

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What about you?

Which books did you love and/or hate more than you thought?