Top Ten Tuesday: Give me more! Authors whose entire works I NEEDED after reading just one of their books…

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them — which can be interpreted a bunch of different ways.

For my purposes, I thought I’d focus on authors whose works I feel in love with after just one book. For all of the authors below, once I read my first book by them, I immediately needed to read ALL (or, okay, A LOT) of their books!

My top ten are:

  1. Diana Gabaldon: Once I read Outlander, I was a goner!
  2. Jojo Moyes: I think my first book of her was The Ship of Brides, but I’ve made it my business to read as many of her books as I could get my hands on. I think there are a still a few earlier books that I haven’t gotten to yet, but I’ve now read 10 of her books!
  3. C. Robert Cargill: This is a recent addition for me, but now that I’ve read Day Zero, I need to read everything else he’s written. (Fun fact: He’s also a screenwriter — for movies including Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which I just watched last night and hadn’t realized he’d written!)
  4. John Scalzi: My first book by this author was Redshirts, and it was a case of insta-love for me. I’ve now read everything of his except a book of essays, I believe.
  5. TJ Klune: I adored The House on the Cerulean Sea, and absolutely want to read more.
  6. Octavia Butler: Kindred felt like a life-changing read for me, and I immediately picked up copies of Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents, and Fledgling as soon as I finished. I still have a big chunk of her oeuvre yet to read.
  7. Georgette Heyer: My book group picked a GH book for a discussion a few years ago, and it made me want to read more and more and more of her works! I’ve made a point since then of looking for her books whenever I’m in a used book store, and have quite a collection so far.
  8. Jenny Colgan: My first Jenny Colgan books was The Bookshop on the Corner, and I was totally smitten with her rosy-eyed view of quirky village life. I’ve read a whole slew of her books since then, and still have more to go!
  9. Mary Robinette Kowal: The Calculating Stars blew me away, and I’ve since read the next two books in that series, plus her Glamourist Histories books (loved them!) and a collection of short stories. More, please!
  10. Seanan McGuire: I don’t even remember which book of hers came first for me, but once I started, I was totally hooked. And considering she publishes about four books per year, that’s a lot to keep up with!

Have you ever read a single book by a new-to-you author, then turned around and read ALL the books? Bookworm problems, amirite?

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Top Ten Tuesday: My daughter’s favorite reads from the past 12 months

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week is a Freebie week, so we all come up with our own topics. Since my wonderful, amazing, book-loving daughter is home this week, I thought I’d make her the star, and have her pick her top 10 reads from the past year.

Here are the books she’s loved recently:

(She couldn’t quite narrow it down to 10, so here are the 11 top books!)

  1. Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  3. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
  4. Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz
  5. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
  6. Umami by Laia Jufresa
  7. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  8. The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air trilogy) by Holly Black
  9. Good Talk by Mira Jacobs
  10. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  11. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think? (I’ve read 5 of her 11, and clearly need to read at least a few of the others!)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences.

I was surprised by how many I found just by looking at my review archives! Here are 10 of my favorites:

  1. Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit by Amy Stewart
  2. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  3. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  4. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
  5. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  6. Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon (New Outlander book! Coming November 2021!!!)
  7. Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
  8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  9. Do You Dream of Terra-Two by Temi Oh
  10. Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Nature on the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books with Nature on the Cover.

I thought I’d focus on flowers and plants, but a few landscapes and animals snuck into the mix as well!

  1. Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
  2. Orfeia by Joanne M. Harris
  3. The Familiars by Stacey Halls
  4. America Pacifica by Anna North
  5. Bleaker House by Nell Stevens
  6. The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss
  7. The Fall of Koli by M. R. Carey
  8. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
  9. If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name by Heather Lende
  10. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

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Top Ten Tuesday: Animals from Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Animals from Books. I did a TTT post this past November about great pets in fiction, so I may have some overlap here.

My top 10 animals from books:

  1. S.T. (crow) from Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
  2. Rocinante (horse) from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  3. Crookshanks (cat) from Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  4. Rollo (dog) from Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Adso (cat) from Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  6. Rosie (elephant) from Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
  7. The owls in Hoot by Carl Hiaassen
  8. The Adelie penguins in How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior
  9. Buck (dog) from The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  10. Carl (dog) from Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi (represented here by the dog flying a plane, in case you’re wondering…)

What animals in books do you especially love?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Colorful Book Covers. I misread the topic, so I had a completely different list ready to go… but I guess I’ll save that one for another time! I went back to my shelves and looked through all the covers there, and came up with this collection of colorful book covers:

  1. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  2. Icons by Monica Ahanonu & Micaela Heekin
  3. Jane Was Here by Nicole Jacobsen
  4. The Roommate by Rosie Danan
  5. Outlawed by Anna North
  6. Mythos by Stephen Fry
  7. The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes
  8. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  9. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
  10. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

What colorful book covers did you feature this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: If books were crayons…

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors. Checking out the existing Crayola colors, I fell down a deep rabbit-hole of Pinterest boards, graphs, charts, images… but I really like this one, which is a great visual reference of currently available Crayola crayons:

Source: Jenny’s Crayon Collection http://www.jennyscrayoncollection.com/p/crayola.html

I also found this awesome chart that shows the evolution of Crayola colors over time — and if you go to the original site, you can hover over a color to see its name:

Source: http://www.datapointed.net/visualizations/color/crayola-crayon-chart-bow/#

Onward to books!

I went through my shelves (physical and e-book), and came up with a list of 10 book titles that I think could also be great names for crayon colors. Tell me if you agree!

  1. Cress by Marissa Meyer — a fresh green, of course
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer — from the same series (the fabulous Lunar Chronicles) — a light, ashy grey
  3. Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown — a brown/black blend
  4. Iron Kissed by Patricia Brigg — this would have to be a steel grey with a hint of rose mixed in
  5. Firefly Beach by Luann Rice — I’m picturing a bright, sandy color
  6. Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire — maybe something electric blue?
  7. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer — a deep, bloody red, of course
  8. Storm Front by Jim Butcher — a deep bluish-gray, veering more toward the dark side
  9. Rainwater by Sandra Brown – something pale and silvery
  10. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley — a lovely red/pink mix

And just because I never get tired of looking at books, here’s a collage of the books on my list:

What book titles do you think would make good crayon names?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Under the Sea

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean. I just wasn’t feeling the topic at all. I don’t want to throw any books into the ocean! Except maybe as an offering to the merpeople…

Anyway, that got me thinking, and I decided to go with a altogether different sort of ocean theme. Here are 10 books (most that I’ve read and loved, plus a couple still sitting on my shelf waiting to be read) that focus on people of the sea — merfolk, selkies, and other underwater spirits. I didn’t realize I had so many until I started creating this list!

  1. The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris: A beautiful little illustrated book telling a wonderful selkie tale. (review)
  2. The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan: More selkies! Gorgeously written. (review)
  3. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire: The 5th book in the October Daye series. And yes — more selkies!
  4. Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant: Killer mermaids! One of my favorite horror novellas. (review)
  5. The Mermaid by Cristina Henry: A mermaid in a historical fiction setting. Loved it. (review)
  6. The Deep by Alma Katsu: Supernatural goings-on on the Titanic. I didn’t love it, but it’s a cool concept. (review)
  7. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan: I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my shelf and I can’t wait.
  8. All the Murmuring Bones by A. G. Slatter: Another one to be read.
  9. Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel: Excellent graphic novel. And yes, more mermaids. (review)
  10. The Deep by Rivers Solomon: Powerful and unique! (review)

Do you have any mermaid or selkie books to recommend? And sticking with this week’s official TTT topic, do you have books you want to throw in the ocean?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Places In Books I’d Love to Live

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Places In Books I’d Love to Live. This was a bit of a challenge, but in the end, I have 9 places — some real, some fictional — that I’d love to at least visit, and maybe possibly live… and one place (although I’m sure I could come up with a lot more) that I definitely don’t want to go anywhere near!

1. Lallybroch: The Fraser family home in the Scottish Highlands, from Outlander. Lallybroch is fictional, but the Highlands and all of Scotland are a dream destination for me.

2. The House in the Cerulean Sea (from the book by the same name, by TJ Klune) — I love the description of the house and sea and the forest!

3. Pemberley: I’d be happy to live at Mr. Darcy’s estate forever!

4. Elfhame: From the Folk of the Air books by Holly Black, I think I’d like to at least vacation in Elfhame to see the beauty and the strangeness of the faerie kingdom — but with a great deal of caution, because they really aren’t particularly kind to mortals there.

5. Anywhere in Alaska, particularly the parts described in the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow. Although maybe just in the spring and summer. Winters? Brrrrrrr.

6. Prince Edward Island: An absolute dream of mind is to visit PEI and visit all the beautiful spots described in Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon!

7. Australia: I’ve never been, and I’d love to visit to see the landscapes described in books such as The Thorn Birds and The Exiles.

8. Tuscany: So many books describe this gorgeous region. My most recent read set there, My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith, convinced me that I need to go to see the landscapes and eat the amazing food.

9. Willow Creek, Maryland — a fictional location that hosts the amazing Renaissance Faires portrayed in Jen DeLuca’s Well Met and Well Played.

10. Please do NOT send me anywhere near the Scholomance, the school of magic in Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education. I don’t think I’d survive even my first hour there.

What bookish locations are your dream destinations? Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

Top Ten Tuesday: Funny Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Funny Book Titles — always a fun topic to put together! I know I’ve featured at least some of these before… but here’s a collection of favorites:

  1. Bite Me by Christopher Moore (funny because it’s a vampire book…)
  2. The Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore (and yes, I could probably fill up this list with just this author’s book titles)
  3. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
  4. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  5. Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi
  6. Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby by Allyson Beatrice
  7. Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
  8. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters
  9. Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Trusse (because grammar books are funny!)
  10. Have You Eaten Grandma? by Gyles Brandreth (see what I mean about grammar books?)

What books are on your list? Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!