Hey bookish friends! I haven’t done a top 10 Tuesday in a little bit here. I just wasn’t feeling any of the topics and didn’t want to force it! Does that happen to anyone else? I really need to feel a spark with the prompt in order to do it… otherwise I feel like a fake 😂
So for this prompt I had somewhat of a difficult time! I have read a lot of books but I see now that I don’t read a lot from the same authors… which I need to change! So what I’ve done here is included some of the authors I’ve read series by and then added a few authors that I have really enjoyed and have their other books on my tbr!
This week the topic for Top 10 Tuesday is…….. Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By!
Soooooo lets do it!!
James Dashner is at the top of my list because I have read 2 series by him and LOVED them both! (The Maze Runner & The Mortality Doctrine) – read 6 books in totalby James Dashner
Of course I had to include Suzanne Collins on this list! I have read all 4 of The Hunger Games books so I would say she is pretty close to the top of my list! – read4 books in total by Suzanne Collins
If you have been following me for any extended period of time you would probably know that I LOVE the Charlotte Holmes series. I literally will talk about it to anyone who cares and will always tell people to read it… seriously, read it people!!!
She has also written Hello Girls which is on my tbr and I see she has a new duology in the works!!! So please go check her out shes great! – read 4 books in total by Brittany Cavallaro
I love this lady!!! She has fab writing and I just love her style of books. I have read 2 different standalone books (Terraformer & The Lanterns Ember. Both of this books were 5 star reads for me!!
She has written a couple series that I want to check out as well!! – read2 books in total by Colleen Houck
I read the Twilight series which automatically gets Stephanie Meyer on this list! I know she has written other books since then but I haven’t checked those ones out. However, I may have to jump on the bandwagon and read her newest Twilight book when it comes out haha. – read 4 books in total by Stephanie Meyer
I fell in love with Veronica Roth when Divergent came out. Loved it! It changed me as a reader. I would say Divergent was the turning point for me that really made me love reading!
So, I read the Divergent series and most recently I read Chosen Ones which I understand is the first of a series. I really want to read Carve the Mark – not sure why I never got to it but its on my tbr! – read 5 books in total by Veronica Roth
I read the Gone series by Michael Grant a super long time ago! It was probably the longest series I have actually read haha. He has some other books as well that Id like to check out at some point! – read 6 books in total by Michael Grant
So for the remainder of the authors – I have only read 1 book by them but I LOVED the book I read and have added their other books to my tbr 😊
I read The Book of Lost Names a month or two ago and I loved it so much. Her writing was so amazing and the story was beautiful! I added The Room on Rue Amelie, The Winemakers Wife, The Sweetness of Forgetting, and When We Meet Again!!
I read The Little Bookshop of Love Stories and oh my goodness, that book just made my heart happy! I immediately needed to check out her other book and added The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, Its a Wonderful Night, and The Little Village Carousel by the Sea!!!
My first Ruth Ware book was The Turn of the Key. It was a total fluke that I came across her. I saw The Turn of the Key on a table at the bookstore that was a staff’s pick of the month. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author. Ended up loving it and discovering Ruth Ware has tons of awesome books!!
I’ve added The Woman in Cabin 10, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and The Lying Game to my tbr!!
Do you tend to read a lot of books by one author? Who is your favourite author right now??
Welcome July! I hope this month brings something positive and happy to the world. It seems each month has brought some type of challenge and I can only hope that July will bring some happiness to the world! ALSO – Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians 🍁
One thing I know for sure is that with another new month brings more new books! There are quite a few good releases this month and I’m so excited. I have listed 10 of the ones I’m looking forward to or ones that seem super interesting!!
Check out the list and see if there are any books you will be adding to your TBR for July!
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?
Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful anti-fat beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it.
But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. In this joyful, razor-sharp debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men–and herself–for a chance to live happily ever after.
Pub date: July 7, 2020
The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea
A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips.
Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out–unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .
One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house–to kill themselves.
Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win–or to survive. . . .
Pub date: July 28, 2020
The Shadows by Alex North
You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile–always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet–and inspired more than one copycat.
Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree–and his victim–were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and senile, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home.
It’s not long before things start to go wrong. Reading the news, Paul learns another copycat has struck. His mother is distressed, insistent that there’s something in the house. And someone is following him. Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.
It wasn’t just the murder.
It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again…
Pub date: July 7, 2020
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Wanted: One (fake) boyfriend Practically perfect in every way
Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.
To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.
But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.
Pub date: July 7, 2020
Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees
World War II has just ended, and Britain has established the Control Commission for Germany, which oversees their zone of occupation. The Control Commission hires British civilians to work in Germany, rebuild the shattered nation and prosecute war crimes. Somewhat aimless, bored with her job as a provincial schoolteacher, and unwilling to live with her overbearing mother any longer, thirtysomething Edith Graham applies for a job with the Commission—but she is also recruited by her cousin, Leo, who is in the Secret Service. To them, Edith is perfect spy material…single, ordinary-looking, with a college degree in German. Cousin Leo went to Oxford with one of their most hunted war criminals, Count Kurt von Stavenow, who Edith remembers all too well from before the war. He wants her to find him.
Intrigued by the challenge, Edith heads to Germany armed with a convincing cover story: she’s an unassuming Education Officer sent to help resurrect German schools. To send information back to her Secret Service handlers in London, Edith has crafted the perfect alter ego, cookbook author Stella Snelling, who writes a popular magazine cookery column. She embeds crucial intelligence within the recipes she collects. But occupied Germany is awash with other spies, collaborators, and opportunists, and as she’s pulled into their world, Edith soon discovers that no one is what they seem to be. The closer she gets to uncovering von Stavenow’s whereabouts–and the network of German civilians who still support him–the greater the danger.
Pub date: July 7, 2020
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.
Pub date: July 28, 2020
Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu
The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.
Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.
But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.
Pub date: July 28, 2020
The Safe Place by Anna Downes
Emily is a mess.
Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.
Emily is desperate.
Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.
Emily is perfect.
Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.
Pub date: July 14, 2020
The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Making it up the aisle was the easy part: After marrying the heir to the throne, Rebecca “Bex” Porter must survive her own scandals as she adjusts to life in the glamorous British royal family, in this “highly anticipated” follow-up to The Royal We, the “fun and dishy” bestseller and NYT Summer Reading List pick inspired by Will and Kate’s romance (People).
After a scandalous secret turns their fairy-tale wedding into a nightmare, Rebecca “Bex” Porter and her husband Prince Nicholas are in self-imposed exile. The public is angry. The Queen is even angrier. And the press is salivating. Cutting themselves off from friends and family, and escaping the world’s judgmental eyes, feels like the best way to protect their fragile, all-consuming romance.
But when a crisis forces the new Duke and Duchess back to London, the Band-Aid they’d placed over their problems starts to peel at the edges. Now, as old family secrets and new ones threaten to derail her new royal life, Bex has to face the emotional wreckage she and Nick left behind: with the Queen, with the world, and with Nick’s brother Freddie, whose sins may not be so easily forgotten — nor forgiven
Pub date: July 7, 2020
Girl from Nowhere by Tiffany Rosenhan
Ninety-four countries. Thirty-one schools. Two bullets. Now it’s over…or so she thinks.
Sophia arrives in Montana with the promise of a normal high school experience. But after a turbulent few years abroad with her diplomat parents, forgetting the past is easier said than done. After all, “normal” high schoolers aren’t trained in several forms of combat. Then Sophia meets Aksel and finds herself opening up in ways she never thought she could. Except Sophia’s past is about to catch up with her, and she must confront who she really is, why she was betrayed, and what she is capable of in the name of love and survival.
Pub date: July 21, 2020
What books are you most excited for?
Im super excited for The Heir Affair (Im reading it now) and also looking forward to The Suicide House!
I am a huge mood and seasonal reader! Anyone else out there like me?
I love to match the types of books I read to the type of weather that is outside haha I don’t know if this is common or if I am just crazy…. but for me, the weather influences a lot! I tend to read happy, romantic, light books during the summer. I love to read thrillers and mysteries in the fall. During the spring I read more intense fantasy and sci-fi books. Winter I like to read holiday themed stories and cute romantic books. Obviously, I am up to read anything but those are what I seem to go to during those times!!
So, I am already thinking ahead to September and into fall because time is FLYING BY ME and I figured I should maybe think about what Ill be looking forward to reading! I already have a long list of books for the summer and I’m trying to catch up with my Netgalley books so for the most part my summer is planned!
I thought if anyone else is like me and goes for more mysterious, spooky, and thrilling stories in the fall, you may like this list and maybe even add some to your fall reading list this year 😊
First on my list is Mydworth Mysteries by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello. So this is a series of mystery books and they just look fabulous! These mysteries push together 2 of my favourite genres (historical fiction and mystery) so really this is a must read for me! The first book is called ‘A Shot in the Dark’ and takes place in 1929 England… NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT TIME!
Synopsis: Sussex, England, 1929. Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But things are about to liven up there, when young and handsome Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his diplomatic posting in Cairo, with his beautiful and unconventional American wife, Kat. No sooner have the two arrived, when a jewel robbery occurs at Harry’s aunt’s home – Mydworth Manor. The police are baffled and overwhelmed with the case. But Harry and Kat have an edge in the hunt for the dangerous culprit: not only do they have certain useful “skills” they’ve both picked up in service of King, President and Country, they also have access to parts of English society that your average bobby can’t reach …
Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson!!! I’m a little late to the game with this one but it has been on my TBR for so long! Since. It. Was. Released. What is wrong with me you might ask? I wish I knew. I need this book in my life you guys. So many people have loved it and the reviews are great!
Synopsis: The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?
Felicity Carrol Mysteries by Patricia Marcantonio – so there are currently 2 books and I’m hoping there will be more because they seem fantastic! Not only are the covers very pretty and intriguing, but the stories are again twisted with historical fiction!! Te first book is called ‘Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit’ which just sounds so fun!
Synopsis: Felicity Carrol is interested in everything—except being a proper young matron of Victorian society. Brilliant and resourceful, Felicity took refuge in science and education after her mother died and her father abandoned her to servants. Now, all he wants is for her to marry into a family of status and money.
Felicity has other ambitions—but her plans shudder to a halt when her mentor is murdered at the British Museum and his priceless manuscript of King Arthur lore is stolen. Tapping into her photographic memory and the latest in the burgeoning field of forensic detection, Felicity launches an investigation. Handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies is also on the case, and finds Felicity as meddlesome as she is intelligent. But when more nobles are murdered and their King Arthur relics stolen, Felicity must journey on her own into the dark underworld of antiquity theft, where she uncovers a motive far more nefarious than simple profit. As the killer sets his sights on a new victim—a charismatic duke who has captured Felicity’s imagination—the stakes rise to impossible heights.
Countess of Harleigh Mystery series by Dianne Freeman. Okay so maybe it’s clear there is a theme to the types of mysteries I feel like reading right now lol. This is ANOTHER mystery with historical fiction. I am so drawn to these!!
Synopsis: Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York—for her first London season.
No sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old one make an unwelcome appearance. The Metropolitan police receive an anonymous letter implicating Frances in her husband’s death. Frances assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but she’s also keen to keep him from learning the scandalous circumstances of Reggie’s demise. As fate would have it, her dashing new neighbor, George Hazelton, is one of only two other people aware of the full story.
While busy with social engagements on Lily’s behalf, and worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances learns of mysterious burglaries plaguing London’s elite. The investigation brings death to her doorstep, and Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is in their midst, perhaps even among her sister’s suitors. And Frances must unmask the villain before Lily’s season—and their lives—come to a most unseemly end . . .
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Sooooooooo, again, I’m really late to this one and need to read this one AND the second one! So much reading to do!! When I heard this is like Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars I was like YUP say no more I need that!
Synopsis: Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens! I just came across this one when I was watching a booktuber (cannot remember who because all I do now is watch all these booktubers lol). I love me a good mystery where everyone ends up being involved!! So juicy!
Synopsis: The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.
The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.
Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.
But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:
What if her father is the Gemini Thief?
This is a Bookstagram made me do it pick!! The Guest List by Lucy Foley is HIGH on my list of mysteries I need in my life. I have seen this book everywhere and it wasn’t really on my list at first but then I just decided I needed to jump on the bandwagon and now here we are!
Synopsis: The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. TALK ABOUT A GOOD MYSTERY! This has everything you need. I love a good amateur sleuth type mystery and I love when the main character is a suspect of the mystery! Always SO interesting!
Synopsis: Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History.
But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.
To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects—and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.
What are some other mysteries I should check out?? Are there any on this list you want to read too? Chat with me in the comments!
If you are like me, you have a huge spot in your heart for Robert Munsch. I spent SO much of my childhood reading his books. They are actual masterpieces and I actually came across my little collection of his books not long ago while cleaning mt house.
I sat down and I read of them (The Paper Bag Princess to be exact) and YOU GUYS I loved it like I was a child again. I don’t know what it is about his books but they honestly appeal to everyone at any age. Little Deanna as a child loved the humor in the books and the funny pictures and just found comfort in them. Older Deanna as an adult sees just HOW funny some of the books are and the hilarious situations that parents honestly deal with and I see them as an outlet for teaching and learning.
So, I wanted to share a few of my TOP favs because lets be real…. I love them all. So I’m narrowing it down to just a few (maybe?? so sorry)!
Honestly hilarious. A little kid who just wants to be different in her class so she decides to wear a ponytail but everyone copies her. She keeps trying to be different by changing her hair and it just becomes so outrageous 😂
Basically this is about parents who are just a mess and bring an alligator home from the hospital instead of their baby and everything that would come from that LOL
Just a little boy who keeps his family up all night with his singing! The story is extra funny because it shows the parents frustrations increasingly getting worse throughout the book!
This one just depicted my childhood and going to the store with my parents hahaha. The child puts every sugary bad for you treat into the cart during the whole shopping trip. Dad says no over and over to the point where he just told the child “stand here and don’t move” lol I feel that.
If I remember this one correctly – this is about a girl who loves to get outside and dirty in the mud. Then a mud puddle starts to follow her and she works on trying to defeat the mean mud puddle lol
FINALLY MY ALL TIME FAV ROBERT MUNSCH BOOK……
The Paper Bag Princess
This one is so funny but also a really good story for children to learn from. Princess Elizabeth is supposed to marry Prince Ronald but that is ruined when a dragon kidnaps the Prince and destroys the castle and everything in it. Elizabeth is left wearing only a paper bag. Elizabeth then goes on an adventure to save the prince but when she does he is not happy with her appearance. Elizabeth doesn’t take that type of attitude from Roland. Elizabeth is awesome.
Have any of you read these books? What do you think of them? Lets chat in the comments.
Hi friends!! I found another Top 10 Tuesday prompt that I am totally all for!! I saw this one and I knew I needed to do it because it seemed so fun!
I feel like I should be writing more in this intro but I just have NOTHING to say today lol does anyone else have days like that?? So, just ignore my weird anti-socialness today and read my Top 10 Tuesday instead 😂
The prompt is…….. Top 10 Opening Lines. I just added “favourite opening lines” because I’m sure there are some really iconic opening lines but I wanted to just share the ones I’ve read and enjoyed 😊
Verity – “I hear the crack of his skull before the splattering of blood reaches me”
I like this one because its SO in your face. I remember reading this opening line and I actually paused and thought like what the heck am I getting myself into if this is the FIRST LINE OF THE BOOK!!
The Little Bookshop of Love Stories – “It is a truth universally acknolweged that today is the Mondayest Monday ever”
This first line isn’t anything as gripping as the first one I shared haha. I just love how real and cute this line is. I love that type of writing so I just knew I was getting into something cute and quirky!
Gone – “One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone. There. Gone”
I’m not sure if any of you have read the Gone series? It is centered around the idea that all the adults just vanish and only kids are left! So, I was excited to read that the questions and suspense start right at the beginning!!
The Grave Keepers – “You should know that I died a long time ago, and that I was young when I died”
This first line made go “whaaaat” right away haha I guess it kind of confused me because I thought the book was about 2 girls who were very much alive. It caught me off guard but then I found out the person at the beginning was in fact, dead, and not one of the main characters! It definitely made me want to read on to find out more!
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – “Anyone who knew me in college might be horrified to hear that I ended up employed as an elementary school teacher, responsible for educating our wide-eyed, sponge-brained youth, but in truth, I suspect I’m pretty great at it”
This just made me laugh! We all know someone who became a teacher a you went “oh that wont be good” LOL so this just reminded me of that!!
The Widow of Pale Harbor – “This was the fourth dead raven to appear on Sophronia Carver’s front path in as many weeks, and there was no explaining it away as coincidence this time”
I like this first line because its perfectly intriguing. It doesn’t give any information about the character or the story and doesn’t just start in full blown chaos. Its just enough to make you wonder whats happening and also gives some spooky undertones!
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – “Esther Solar has been waiting outside Lilac Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for half an hour when she received word that the curse has struck again.”
CURSE? This is the perfect opening line!! It has me asking “what curse” and just needing to read more. Its kind of sinister in a way but also could mean anything so its just a really good hook!
The Academy – “I’m reading Vogue one night in my bedroom when there’s a knock on the door, four hard ones in rapid succession: the code knock that means Emergency!OpemThisDoorRightNow!”
I love this! Its such a good mix of weird haha – person reading Vouge but then has code knocks. Who is this person??
How to Hang A Witch – “Like most fast-talking, opinionated New Yorkers, I have an affinity for sarcasm”
This line is witty! I like when things start off and you know the type of humor you’ll be working with during the book!
The Anatomy Of A Murderer – “Almost a year after Franklin Kettle shot my friend Pete Lund through the head, a squad of cops took Franklin to my mom’s lab so she could put a hole in his head and slide a small electronic capsule inside”
As if the title of the book wasn’t catchy enough – the first line just gets you!! So right away you’re like okay, someone was murdered…. and then WOW so much talk of holes in peoples heads!
What do you think? Are these good opening lines? Do you enjoy any of these ones?
Share your favourite opening lines in the comments!!
I have recently read a few historical fictions, which I LOVE! I find that every time I read one I put the book down feeling this sense of awe and wonder. I think it has a little to do with my love for history but also because there is something really special about the stories from the past. I tend to read WW2 historical fictions but have ventured to other time periods. I just love the war times. Those seem to be the stories that draw me in the most!! I don’t know if that is weird? I know a lot of people feel the same way though.
I often find I am pushing all these historical fiction books on my IG and most people seem to like them and add them to their reading lists but some people just are not on board with the historical fiction train and THAT IS OKAY! However, I am going to share with you why I love these books so much and I will share some books I’ve recently read that you NEED to read if you enjoy these books like I do!
Sooooo, lets get this list going!
What I mean by this is that, I find SO much of my empathy for others has come from books. This is a general point I suppose since you can gain feelings of empathy from any story – however, I find my empathy grows so significantly when I read historical fiction.
I am taken to a time of fear and hatred. It allows me to be in someone else’s shoes and see life from their point of view. Sometimes its from the “good guys” side, but sometimes its from the “bad guys” side and you know what? Every single time I see the good in people whether they are “bad” or “good” because there is much more to peoples stories than what we see in the history books.
I especially love reading about all the characters and their connections to others. It is SO different than what I am used to. First off, there is always so much urgency in historical fiction. Characters have to be so strong but also leave nothing unsaid because there is a chance tomorrow will not come. I find this very touching and it always reminds me to be more present in my day to day life!
Relationships between family is always big in these stories. Many times families are torn apart or are away from each other for a very long time. This of course still happens to many people who have family in the military or people who are living through wars right now. It is eye opening to say the least, which is why I enjoy that aspect of these stories so much! Each relationship means so much and is not taken for granted (at least not very often).
So, it goes without saying that war brings a lot of tension. I like this part. I like feeling tense and on my toes. I like to feel like I am IN the book and experiencing war with the characters in the book. If the author does it right then you are taken into the book and feel every bomb drop, you feel the fear of being seen by the wrong person, or feel the anger between soldiers. I just feel that tension makes the story feel real.
I feel like suspense and tension go hand in hand. The reason I separated them was because there is a difference between the tense atmosphere and the fear of death or the fear of uncertainty. I find that even though I know what happened in the war (since, duh, its over and everyone knows who “won” and who “lost”), I still am on the edge of the seat because I DON’T know what happened to the particular characters in the story. Even better is that a lot of historical fictions are based on a true story or on real people. I find it makes me so much more nervous during the story because I just want everyone to be okay.
Something I’ve realized in life and especially by reading a lot of historical fiction is that, not everyone ends up okay. A lot of people don’t get a happy ending. As much as it hurts my heart reading about people not getting the ending they should, it sure makes for a good, gripping story.
I like the fact that sometimes I feel uncomfortable reading some of the events that occur in historical fiction books. It shows that I am learning and growing. It also points out that maybe I feel a certain way about something and that I need to be more open minded. This ties back to empathy. By feeling these weird, unfamiliar feelings, I actually grow and change my perspectives on people and the world. It makes me feel things I haven’t felt before.
Another aspect of unfamiliar feelings is the feeling of total despair and loss. I have never lived through a war. I really haven’t had too many truly negative things happen to me. By reading some of these tragic stories it makes me feel things I haven’t had to deal with before. Sometimes it makes me angry that certain events happened to people. Sometimes I cry while reading the stories because it is SO UNFAIR and the hatred seeps off the pages into me. I have to say I am quite emotional already so maybe this isn’t normal, but it is the truth for me.
This also comes off as kind of a negative…. you are probably thinking “why do you want to read something that hurts your heart and makes you angry?” Simple. I think that it makes me a better person knowing the horrible things that have happened whether the story is 100% true or not. Somewhere and sometime, something like the story or way worse has happened and I think the stories need to be told so people like me, living a privileged life, can connect to people who were not so lucky. I personally think, that is a huge reason to read historical fiction.
I LOVE Europe and foreign places that are not Canada and the US. Don’t get me wrong, I still love stories that are set in the Western world and I obviously connect to those stories and characters well. However, I have been to Europe and have seen some historical spots that really made my love for history grow. So, its pretty simple – I just like stories set in Europe and that just happens to be where a lot of historical fiction books are set!
HopeFor The Future
When I read historical fiction, especially ones that have a large emphasis on the wars and the hatred people have for the “other side” like say WW2 and the hatred for the Germans – when the story ends and the war is over, I feel like I have hope for the world. I know there are so many negative things happening in the world today, but when you read these stories and see one of the biggest wars resolved and people coming back together and life going back to normal, it feels hopeful to me. I love that feeling when you put the book down and things feel resolved and since the stories are usually so profound and meaningful, it just feels so much more hopeful!
Maybe I have just been lucky with the books I have read lately, but I find the writing of historical fictions to be amazing. The authors seem to do such a great job of telling a crazy story and also using the language of the time and facts from the time/place. Obviously I know this is what “makes” the book for any story but I just find that the writing in these books to be so flowy and easy to read. Again, this is not ALL historical fictions, just the ones I have read.
I don’t know why but romantic relationships during the war times always feel like EXTRA romantic to me. You know the story – two people fall in love but they are from different “sides” and cannot be together. Then, the boy has to go to war and doesn’t see the girl for a few years. The girl waits for him and then one day, he comes back to her and they get married and everything is fab. THIS is what keeps me going 😂 Not all stories have this type of romance. Some end really sad with the boy dying in the war and the girl finding out many years later. Or the couple gets separated, never to see each other again. Obviously, there is more sad than happy BUT when the romance does work out, it is so unlike anything else. Its the love against all odds type stuff and I just am all for that.
Past to Present
Something I really like is when a historical fiction has the character living their life in the past (like telling their story in say 1940) but then flips to the present day where they are older. I just really like this style. It gives me some reassurance that the character made it out of the war which calms me down during the crazy parts. It also sometimes adds a depth to the character, especially when the character reflects on their past and how it molded their life and when they talk about their regrets and whatnot. I just love that in a historical fiction!!
That was long!! So, if you made it this far… thanks for reading 😊 Here are some books I totally recommend if you enjoy historical fiction:
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
The German Heiress by Anika Scott
The Agency series by Y.S Lee (these are a little more mystery historical fiction)
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (this is a MUST for anyone who really like history and war themed books… heartbreaking but such a good read).
As usual, thanks for stopping by! Leave some historical fiction recs in the comments, I always love to find some new ones to read!!
I am back with my 2nd Top 10 Tuesday! I think these are so fun! I decided to participate this week because the prompt was hilarious and I had so much fun looking for answers to it!
This week’s prompt was…. book titles that would make good band names!
How fun is that?!?! Check out my answers below 👇🏻
Sanctum by Madeline Roux
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Shadows by Alex North
The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
Bell Hammers by Lancelot Schaubert
Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
White Stag by Kara Barbieri
Kept Animals by Kate Milliken
The Stone Boys by Michael Gurian
I feel like Sanctum, The Iron King, and Kept Animals sound very “metal” lol.
The Shadows, Bell Hammers, White Stag, and The Stone Boys are totally rock-n-roll!!
The Diviners and The Extraordinaries sound more like a pop band to me but could totally also be rock bands.
Saint X might not totally be a band name per say – it could be, but also strikes me as more of a rapper name 🤷♀️
So I don’t know why but my brain just went straight to like rock-n-roll and like metal band names??? I do not know why, maybe it was easier? Anyways, this was fun and honestly hilarious that my brain went straight for hard core names for a rock band 😂
What do you think of any answers? What book names do you think would make good band names? Chat with me in the comments!
So, we are almost through April now…. what the heck is happening? Time is flying by so quickly. It is also SO PAINFUL that its beautiful outside but all the parks and whatnot are closed. Who would have thought the world would come to this? I actually miss the outside?? I never really liked being outside that much (wow that sounds so pathetic 😂) before but now that I’m not allowed to go out…. I want it! But, on the positive side, with more time spent inside it means more books are being read and I do love to read so its not all complaints from me.
I thought it would be fun to share with you all my most recent requests on Netgalley, what they have approved me for, and sadly what I have been DECLINED. Also, can be talk about the feelings you get when a book is declined? I take it like a personal attack almost LOL I felt okay when my first one was declined as I had been approved for so many, so I felt it was fair. BUT THEN I got 3 books in a row declined and I have to say – I felt a little salty about it.
Anyways, I have gotten over it now hahaha. Hopefully I can work on my salty attitude towards declined books in the future as Im sure there will be many!
The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts – Approved
The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull – Approved
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel – Approved
The Cabin on Souder Hill by Lonnie Busch – Approved
Fussy Flamingo by Shelly Vaughn James – Approved
After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy – Approved
Terraformer by Colleen Houck – Approved
A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison – This was a “read now” book
Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim – Pending
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston – Pending
By the Book by Amanda Sellet – Declined
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab – Declined
Havenfall by Sara Holland – Declined
So there you have it. My 3 declined books. I have to say I am most disppointed in Havenfall as I really wanted that one but I supposed I will just have to go buy it! Struggles.
Overall, I am happy with how Netgalley is treating me. I have read some fabulous books off it and keep getting a pretty steady stream of books!!
What books have you most recently requested on Netgalley? Do you get declined often? What book are you looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments 😊
So happy to be back with a super fun book tag AND even more fun that it is a “scavenger hunt” since its Easter weekend! I don’t know about you, but I loved waking up early to see what the crazy bunny left around my home. I was lucky enough to have parents that went to a lot of trouble to hide things everywhere (to the point that they have to take note of where things were for when I inevitably did not find them 😂).
I do miss the fun aspect of Easter. I mean, I still get the chocolate…. I just miss out on the hunt. Its somehow less fun when you know where you got the chocolate from and picked it out yourself…. STILL DELICIOUS but less fun. Oh well, I will have to find fun in something else. Too bad I don’t find cooking a large dinner for my family fun LOL.
Maybe you guys can share what you do for Easter and what you find fun about it! Give me some ideas so I can stop reminiscing of the good old days of Easter egg hunts 🤷♀️
So, I found this tag on Words About Words blog. It seems fitting and like a lot of fun! I always like an excuse to look through my book collection. So follow me on my journey around my bookshelf and see what I can find!!
1. Find an author name or title with a Z in it
Author: Suzanne Palmieri
2. Find a classic
So I don’t actually have any classics on my bookshelf BUT I do have two coming in the mail from BookOutlet! Frankenstein and Treasure Island!
3. Find a book with a key on it
I don’t have a cover with an actual key on it!! The closest thing I have is “key” in the title and a keyhole on the cover!!
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
4. Find something on your bookshelf that is not a book
So many things!! On my bookshelf I keep all my bookmarks, candles, fake plants, and random little knickknacks. I also have my box of recipe cards beside my cookbooks!
5. Find the oldest book on your shelf
This book was first published in 1993 which was 1 year before I was born… so this is definitely the oldest book on my shelf!
The Giver by Lois Lowry
6. Find a book with a woman on it
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
7. Find a book that has an animal on it
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
This book has a kitty on the cover!
8. Find a book with a male protagonist
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Love this book series! I feel like I never get to talk about it but it was really fun to read! I really enjoy James Dashner. You cannot go wrong with a story about a virtual reality world in which people spend all their time. Michael, the main character, gets into some trouble in the virtual world and is on the run from the government. Super exciting book!
9. Find a book with only words on the cover
All of my books have some sort of picture on the cover but the closest one I have to all words is….
A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
10. Find a book with illustrations in it
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Look at me – finding yet another place to talk about the Charlotte Holmes series!!! Love this series. At the beginning of the books there is a family tree outlining all the family members going back to Sherlock Holmes and a little information about them. Its quite funny!
11. Find a book with gold lettering
House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin E. Craig
Such a pretty cover!! I especially like the font!
12. Find a diary, true or fictional
The Dairy of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
I read this when I was probably 13 or 14 years old. It hit me hard and really opened my eyes to a lot of history. Ever since then I have LOVED history and am really drawn to historical fiction books.
13. Find a book written by an author with a common surname (like Smith)
The Gone Series by Michael Grant
I feel like Grant is pretty common. I know a few people with this last name 🤷♀️
14. Find a favorite childhood book
I don’t have any of my old children’s or middle grade books on my shelf as they are all at my parents house. BUT I know that I loved a few different series as a young reader.
Magic Tree House series
15. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
This book is based in the UK during 1818!
16. Find a hardback book without a jacket
I don’t have any of these!! I never take the jackets off the hardcover books! But like I mentioned above, I am getting a couple classics in the mail soon. They are hardback without jackets!
17. Find a teal/turquoise colored book
Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickman
I picked this one up from the thrift store for like $2.00. This was at the beginning of my blogging journey. I needed more books to include in my pictures that were colorful. This one caught my eye right away! It has such pretty bright colors! I have to admit, I haven’t read it yet but maybe one day😂
18. Find a book with stars on it
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This one was difficult for me! I had to look through so many books. I feel like this one works though – it has a starry sky on it!
19. Find a non YA book
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
This was my first ever Goodreads win 😊
20. Find a book with a beautiful cover
This one is not on my physical bookshelf but on my ebook shelf! This is my go to book when anyone asks about a beautiful cover. I LOVE this cover! It is so beautiful and colorful. Hope to get this in a physical copy sometime because I would love to have it displayed on my shelf.
I discovered BookOutlet like not even a year ago! I saw it on bookstagram one day and looked it up…. WOW I was missing out you guys! I immediately threw down my credit card and started mass buying everything because HOW CAN YOU TURN DOWN a book for like $4.00?!?!?! It was outrageous. I felt like I was unstoppable. I just found the best ever book website. Then, I sort of lost interest because well I bought like 12 books and then when they arrived I was like ‘Oh shoot… Now I have so many books and the desire to BUY MORE’ – I am a sucker for book buying, what can I say.
So, I have been pretty good recently. I haven’t bought any large amount of books since Christmas (which was done via gift card). I think I bought like 2 books from a used book store for cheap, so really, I’m pretty impressed with myself. However, that does not stop my wandering eyes from looking… from adding to my wish list… from just putting them in the cart and SEEING how much it would theoretically cost 😂 Guys – I’m pretty sure this is what people call an ‘addiction’ like what the heck is my problem LOL.
Anyways, I know I’m not the only one out there with this huge issue. I have seen many of you write similar posts about your struggle to not buy books. I see people going on “book buying bans” and to honest I should do that too but like I said, I’ve been good lately. Maybe soon I will deserve a reward in the form of more books 😈 My boyfriend already thinks I have a problem so he would not agree with me on that one!!
So here I am – Just a lonely little book blogger who wants to shower herself in new books and guess what???? I can’t, I shouldn’t, I won’t. So instead I am going to share with you a few books I have on my BookOutlet wish list so you can see what I’m dealing with!
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne ($7.69)
Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzzane Young ($7.09)
A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison ($3.73)
Anatomy of a Murderer by Tim Floreen ($3.73)
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather ($4.07)
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson ($9.25)
Well, that is like a third of my wishlist. I will save the rest for another day 🙂
What books are on your wish list? Any of these ones? Have you read any of these ones? Should I buy them? Chat with me in the comments!!