Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 2022 TBR List

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 on My Fall 2022 To-read List. My list this time is a combination of upcoming new releases and books I already own but haven’t read yet.

My top 10 for fall are:

  1. The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal
  2. Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca
  3. The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
  4. Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk
  5. Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen
  6. Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell
  7. Troy by Stephen Fry
  8. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  9. The Grief of Stones by Katherine Addison
  10. Heading Over the Hill by Judy Leigh

What books are on your TTT list this week? Please share your links!

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Top Ten Tuesday:  Books with Geographical Terms in the Title

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 Geographical Terms in the Title.

This was a fun one, and I had plenty to choose from!

Here’s my list:

  1. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
  3. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
  4. Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
  5. Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  6. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
  7. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  8. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
  9. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  10. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George


What books made your list this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library

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 So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library.

This does happen for me quite a bit! Sometimes it’ll be an audiobook I’ve listened to that I need to own in print, or maybe I’ll have read either an ARC or e-book or library book and fallen for it so hard that I needed my own copy!

Here are my top ten:

1 . The Emily Starr trilogy by L. M. Montgomery

2. The Good Neighbors (graphic novel trilogy) by Holly Black

3. If It Bleeds by Stephen King

4. Newsflesh trilogy (boxed set) by Mira Grant

5. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

6. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

7. Wonderstruck, The Marvels, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

8. Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

9. Plain Bad Heroines by emily m. danforth

10. Mythos by Stephen Fry


What books made your list this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books connected to schools… somehow

TTT back to school

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 a School Freebie — and lacking the brain power at the moment to come up with a coherent theme, I thought I’d go for a more random post.

All of these books, one way or another, remind me of school or learning — so I’ll just go ahead and share my list and then explain why I chose these books.

1) Educated by Tara Westover: There’s the title, for starters, plus what’s more iconic when thinking about school than a big old pencil?

2) The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland: I just finished this book, and it absolutely took me back to the days of high school yearbooks, extracurriculars, and cafeteria table groupings.

3) A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik: I did say this was going to be rather random. This is an example of a school that I would never, ever want to attend. It’s terrifying and potentially lethal.

4) The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune: As opposed to this one, which is more of a home for magical children than a formal school, but education happens, so it counts! And it’s so lovable that I’m always happy to include it in a TTT post!

5) The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger: Now here’s another school I’d be happy to visit! I mean, it’s set on a dirigible! ‘Nuff said.

6) The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder: I will always be scared by the scenes of the children trying to get home from the schoolhouse in a blizzard. Brrrrrrr.

7) The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare: This book doesn’t have much to do with a school, although the main character does teach others to read. I associate it with my own school days, since I think it was pretty much required reading for every schoolkid in Connecticut, at least back when I lived there.

8) The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: Does this still get taught in high school? I read this for an English class, and this was long enough ago that “dystopian” wasn’t an entire genre yet. It felt so startling at the time!

9) The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan : And now, a weird detour into my more recent reading! This is all about a remedial school for parents deemed negligent in some way, and it’s very disturbing.

10) True Biz by Sara Novic: Wrapping things up with one more school-based book — this one takes place at a boarding school for the Deaf, and it’s amazing.

So… was your school freebie more organized than mine? What theme did you go with? Please share your TTT links!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Completed Series I Wish Had More 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 Completed Series I Wish Had More Books.

So… last week, my topic was first books in favorite series that were published over 10 years ago, and I definitely did not look ahead to see what this week’s topic would be. As a result, there’s going to be a lot of books/series in common between last week’s and this week’s lists, but that’s okay!

These are all books and series that I love, and I never mind featuring them in a post.

Ten series that are already done, but which I wish had more books:


The Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal

This five-book series has been described as “Jane Austen but magic”, which is okay at a basic level, but just doesn’t convey how absolutely wonderful the characters and world are.


The Expanse by James S. A. Corey

My heart hurt by the time I read the (amazing) conclusion to this 9-book series. Yes, the story is done… but really, I’d happily read more about any of the characters or the worlds of this series.


Newsflesh by Mira Grant

The Newsflesh trilogy blew me away! Who knew zombie books could make me cry? There’s a 4th book that retells certain events from other characters’ perspectives, plus a bunch of spin-off stories, but really and truly, I just want to read more novels about the main characters!


The Parasol Protectorate (and the Parasol-verse at large) by Gail Carriger

I don’t know if it’s really true to say that this series is complete, because the lovely author continues to publish related stories and novellas… but after the five books of the original series, the four books of the Finishing School series, and the four Custard Protocol books, I am highly attached to these characters and would LOVE to see more full-length novels (or another series??) set in this world.


Codex Alera by Jim Butcher

This was such a good series! Six books, great world-building, great story progression — I’d definitely read more!


The Kopp Sisters by Amy Stewart

The seven volumes of this terrific historical fiction series showcase the real-life Kopp sisters as they solve crimes and go off to war in the early 1900s. The author has said that she’s not writing any more Kopp Sisters books any time soon… which could mean never, but since she doesn’t actually say never, I’ll continue to hope for more!


The Mure series by Jenny Colgan

The 5th book in this charming series just came out in June, and comments by the author seem to suggest that the series is now done… but wait! I still have questions! Yes, most characters got a beautifully happy ending, but there are still some loose threads and (I’m sure) plenty more stories to tell. Please, Jenny Colgan????


The Rajes by Sonali Dev

This series of interconnected stories about a large Indian-American family consists of four books retelling Jane Austen classics… But – there are six Jane Austen novels! I’ve read that the Rajes series is now done, but I think I’ll feel incomplete until there are Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey volumes too!


The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

This sweet, huggable YA superheroes love story trilogy has everything, and it had a very definitive ending — but can I help it if I love these characters so much that I want to see the rest of their lives too?


Bridgertons by Julia Quinn

I mean, yes, the Netflix version will keep me busy for years to come (I hope), and there are always other Julia Quinn books to read — but I felt a bit misty when I finished the books in the series and had to say good-bye to this incredibly entertaining family!


What series do you wish had more books? Do we have any in common?

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 favorite series starters from over 10 years ago

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 Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago.

I know I have a tendency to mention the same favorite books over and over and over again (*cough* Outlander *cough*), so I thought I’d narrow the focus a bit this time around. My list this week highlights books published 10 or more years ago that are the first books in series that I love. Some of these series are still ongoing, some are done — all are amazing!

Note: I’m listing here whether the series are complete, and how many books they include. For some, there are other published works (such as short stories) that fit within the larger stories, but to keep things simple, I’m just listing the number of primary works (novels) per series.

Without further ado, my top ten are:

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Series: The Glamourist Histories
Published: 2010

Completed series – 5 books


Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Series: Old Man’s War
Published: 2005

Completed series – 6 books


Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Series: The Expanse
Published: 2011

Completed series – 9 books


Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

Series: Jane True
Published: 2009

Completed series – 6 books


Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Series: October Daye
Published: 2009

Ongoing series – 15 currently available; #16 to be released September 2022


A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

Series: Kate Shugak
Published: 1992

Ongoing series – 22 currently available; #23 to be released April 2023


Feed by Mira Grant

Series: Newsflesh
Published: 2010

Completed series – 4 books


The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Series: Slains / The Scottish Series
Published: 2008

Not exactly a series — 3 interconnected books; all work as stand-alones as well


Kin by Holly Black

Series: The Good Neighbors
Published: 2008

Completed series – 3 graphic novels


The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Series: His Dark Materials
Published: 1995

Completed series – 3 books


Do you have any favorite series, either completed or ongoing, that started more than 10 years ago? And back to the official TTT prompt, what are your favorite books from before 2012?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read

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 From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read.

My initial thought was — um… yes, I have those! Don’t we all?

BUT — as I went back through my seaosnal TBR posts, I had to go all the way back to winter 2019/2020 (and doesn’t that feel like another lifetime?) in order to come up with 10 that I (a) haven’t read yet and (b) still do really want to read!

Moving backwards chronologically, my 10 are:

Spring 2022:

The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

(High priority — I hope to read or listen to this one by the end of August!)

Winter 2021/2022:

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto

Spring 2021:

Ambush or Adore by Gail Carriger


A Twist of Fate by Kelley Armstrong


Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Winter 2020/2021:

One By One by Ruth Ware

Fall 2020:

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman


Dying With Her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuire

Spring 2020:

Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman


The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

Winter 2019/2020:

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik


Yes, that’s actually 11 — I couldn’t leave out one from a TBR list that still had two left!

I have to say… I’m a little proud of myself, because having to go back three years to come up with 10 books means that I’ve been pretty good at sticking to my reading plans!! Either that, or I’ve gotten much better at picking books for my TBR that I know I’ll want to read.

For the sake of being complete, I thought I’d also include a look at the books from the same timeframe’s TBR lists that I ended up DNFing. For the books below, I thought I’d want to read them, but for all sorts of reasons, they either didn’t end up holding my interest or didn’t appeal to me enough to see all the way through:

Are there any of my remaining TBR picks (in my top 11) that you’d especially recommend?

If you wrote a TTT post this week, please let me know your freebie topic and share your link!

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Top Ten Tuesday (Freebie): My favorite books from the past 10 Julys

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, where we each pick our own topic. I guess I was feeling nostalgic — I decided to write about the best books I read in July of each of the past 10 years.

In some cases, it was hard to pick just one — but I whittled down my choices by looking for books I’d rated 5 stars, and where there was more than one, just went with the one I have the best memories of!

Here are my favorite books read in July, 2012 – 2021:

2021: Flash Fire by TJ Klune


2020: Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald


2019: Ellie and the Harp Maker by Hazel Prior


2018: Scythe by Neal Shusterman


2017: Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris


2016: Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi


2015: Alex + Ada (3 volumes) by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


2014: The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan


2013: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


2012: Fables (volumes 1 – 10) by Bill Willingham

Looks like my July reading is really all over the place, although I notice that for two of these years, I was immersed in graphic novels over the summer (and really, that could have been three — there was one year where I read tons of Walking Dead volumes in July, but had other books that ranked higher for me).

Putting together a retrospective of the last 10 years was actually quite fun. Do you have any stand-out July books in your reading past?

If you wrote a TTT post this week, please let me know your freebie topic and share your link!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers That Feel Like Summer

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 Covers That Feel Like Summer.

I did a similar theme for a Top 5 Tuesday post not too long ago… but summer-flavored books always make me happy, so why not put together another batch?

Beaches, seashells, palm trees, fireworks… the joys of summer!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022

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 Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the Second Half of 2022.

Where do I even start? I want to read ALL the books… but here are ten I’m really excited about.. while also trying not to repeat books I’ve highlighted in other TBR posts already!

  • The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (7/19)
  • The Bodyguard by Katherine Center (7/19)
  • Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid (8/30)
  • Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn (9/6)
  • Be the Serpent (October Daye, #16) by Seanan McGuire (9/6)
  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King (9/6)
  • Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory (9/20)
  • The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal (10/11)
  • Scattered Showers by Rainbow Rowell (11/8)
  • Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca (12/6)

What new releases are you most looking forward to? Please share your links!

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