Posts Categorized: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Only Because of Homeland

April 7, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 7 Comments

I’m obsessed with Homeland. I’m usually always late to the party when it comes to shows, but I’ve watched Homeland since it first aired back in 2011 and I’m so very sad to be in the middle of the last season.

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Because of how much I love the politics, the characters, and the dynamics, I’ve had a massive influx of TBR additions (and a couple of shows too) that can hopefully satisfy the void I’m fully anticipating.

The Terminal List (James Reece #1) by Jack Carr
At Risk (Liz Carlyle #1) by Stella Rimington
American Tabloid (Underworld USA #1) by James Ellroy
Gorky Park (Arkady Renko #1) by Martin Cruz Smith
The Miernik Dossier (Paul Christopher #1) by Charles McCarty

The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists by Tracy Walder & Jessica Anya Blau
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan & Bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll

TV Shows
Prisoners of War (Hulu)
False Flag (Hulu)

I’m happily accepting any additional recommendations as well. 😀


Top Ten Tuesday – Romance 101

February 11, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 4 Comments

Romance is far from my go-to genre, but I do partake occasionally. And when I actually look at my shelves, I’ve read far more than I realize. But typically, I’m more like:

But, of course, this is the week that everyone wants to talk about romance. The following is my list of romances (and all its sub genres) that are ones that I recommend most and would be a great starting point for those looking to branch out into a new genre.

Contemporary Romance

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Historical Romance

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn [Purchase]
Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare [Purchase]
Some Like It Wild (Kincaid Highland #2) by Teresa Medeiros [Purchase]
The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1) by Courtney Milan [Purchase]
Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon [Purchase]

Paranormal Romance

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews [Purchase]
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones [Purchase]
Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning [Purchase]
Veiled by Karina Halle [Purchase]
Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) by Jenn Bennett [Purchase]

Fantasy Romance

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas [Purchase]
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven [Purchase]
The Winter King (Weathermages of Mystral #1) by C.L. Wilson [Purchase]
The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland #2) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness [Purchase]

Sci-Fi Romance

Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) by Rachel Bach [Purchase]
Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet [Purchase]
Grimspace (Sirantha Jax #1) by Ann Aguirre [Purchase]
Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan [Purchase]
Shades of Treason (Anomaly #1) by Sandy Williams [Purchase]


The Boss (The Boss #1) by Abigail Barnette [Purchase]
Wicked Ties (Wicked Lovers #1) by Shayla Black [Purchase]
Asking for It (Asking for It #1) by Lilah Pace [Purchase]
Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1) by Laura Kaye [Purchase]
Unteachable by Leah Raeder [Purchase]


Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated of 2020 (First-Half)

January 7, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 7 Comments

I have been staying on top of the 2020 releases a bit more closely than I typically do, and as such, my not-released shelf is out of control. And there’s SO much good stuff! I had so many I honestly thought I’d be able to break down my most anticipated for the year into quarters, but I restrained myself. It’s just when you pair that with the other various bookish resolutions I tend to make that involve tackling my entire backlist, it just doesn’t seem reasonable that I’m going to be able to read everything. Trying to find the balance between staying on top of the new releases and continuing to chip away at a backlist tbr that you’ll never have enough time to complete is rough. But here are ten being released in the first half of this year that I’m extra excited for.

Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus | Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver | Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Ballantine Books
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle | Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Atria Books
The Return by Rachel Harrison | Expected publication: March 24th 2020 by Berkley
Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett | Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Del Rey

Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich | Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Minotaur Books
The Down Days: A Novel by Ilze Hugo | Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Skybound Books
Deal with the Devil (Mercenary Librarians #1) by Kit Rocha | Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Tor Books
Kingdom of Shadow and Light (Fever #11) by Karen Marie Moning | Expected publication: June 2nd 2020 by Delacorte Press
Dragon Unleashed (Fallen Empire #2) by Grace Draven | Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Ace

What are you looking forward to most in the next few months?


Top Ten Tuesday | Best of 2019

December 31, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

I always wait until the last possible minute to compile my best-of lists because I’m always holding out hope that I’ll read something truly amazing, possibly on the last day of the year. I’ve still got a handful of books that I hope to complete before the clock strikes midnight but these are the ten I came up with for now. I picked these a little differently this time. Instead of filtering for the highest-rated I chose instead to scroll through my full list and pick the ones that caused immediate remembrance of their brilliance. It’s kind of interesting how a few of these didn’t garner the highest of ratings after completion but still left a major impression on me. In no particular order…

One Day in December by Josie Silver
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
Phoenix Falling (Wildlands #5) by Laura Bickle
Like Lions (Bull Mountain #2) by Brian Panowich
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Small Spaces (Small Spaces #1) by Katherine Arden
Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes
It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

What are your favorite reads of the year?

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Top Ten Tuesday | Winter TBR

December 17, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 5 Comments

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are but it’s definitely a bundle up on the couch with a good book weather here!

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In the last few weeks of the year/decade, I’ve been trying to finally get around to at least a few of those 2019 releases before I become completely inundated with the 2020 books that are already rolling in. Here are a few that I’d still like to finish and a few early 2020 releases I’d like to get a head start on

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4) by Rick Riordan
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards #2) by Jennifer Estep
Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen | Expected publication: January 14th 2020 by MIRA
Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford | Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Scribner

What are you planning on reading this season?


Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated of 2019 (Last-Half)

June 18, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 4 Comments

Today’s topic is about all the upcoming goodness being released in the second half of the year. Yes, we’ve already reached the halfway point, people. Crazy talk, I know. I for one am looking forward to quite a lot of releases and had a bit of a struggle narrowing it down to 10, but that’s far from the worst problem to have. What are you anxiously awaiting the release of this year?

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig | Expected publication: July 2nd 2019 by Del Rey Books
The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel by Craig Davidson | Expected publication: July 9th 2019 by Penguin Books
The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon | Expected publication: August 20th 2019 by 47North
Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews | Expected publication: August 27th 2019 by Avon
Missing Person by Sarah Lotz | Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Mulholland Books

The Unkindest Tide (October Daye #13) by Seanan McGuire | Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by DAW Books
The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith | Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Ace Books
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren | Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by Gallery Books
Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater | Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Scholastic Press
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Shusterman | Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Top Ten Tuesday – Police Procedural Favorites

June 4, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 4 Comments

When I was a teenager, I read a lot of police procedural novels. This segued into a love of mysteries in general, but police procedurals were my jam because I harbored dreams of one day being an FBI agent or a forensic scientist… I would have even settled for a private investigator. Basically, just your average badass that puts bad guys away. While my life has not gone as planned, and I don’t read nearly as many mysteries as I used to, I still have a deep love for police procedurals and really oughta incorporate them more into my reading. These are some of my favorites from over the years.

The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme #2) by Jeffery Deaver
The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman #1) by Ben H. Winters
The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper
The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan #1) by Iris Johansen
Mayhem (Dr. Thomas Bond #1) by Sarah Pinborough

Blindsighted (Grant County #1) by Karin Slaughter
The Child Finder (Naomi Cottle #1) by Rene Denfeld
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
The House of Silk (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Anthony Horowitz
The Power of the Dog (Power of the Dog #1) by Don Winslow


Top Ten Tuesday | A Decade of Favorites

May 28, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

I’ve only been on Goodreads since 2011 so, fortunately, I didn’t have to completely rely on my memory to remember what books I read what year. Honestly, what did we do before Goodreads? It was so much fun to scroll through and look at what I’ve read the last decade but crazy to think how long it’s been since I’ve read certain titles. I pulled up my old End of Year surveys and it was interesting to see what I had picked as my favorite for the year and how I ended up changing some because some titles just resonate more with me to this day. 2011 was an awesome year of reading and was by far the hardest favorite to pick. Oddly enough, that was the year I joined Goodreads so that’s totally thanks to finding a whole slew of people I call friends and getting their amazing recommendations. Without further ado, these are my last decade of favorites.

2018: Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

2017: One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

2016: The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

2015: Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

2014: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

2013: The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock

2012: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

2011: The Collector by John Fowles

2010: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

2009: The Wood Wife by Terri Windling


Top Ten Tuesday – Inspirational + Literary Quotes

April 30, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 15 Comments

There’s nothing better than reading some amazing line in a book and having it really resonate with you. I love each and every one of these incredible quotes and would love to see these hanging in my house.

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“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”
-William Ernest Hensley [Link]

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“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul…”
-Emily Dickinson [Link]

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“It is a serious thing
Just to be alive
On this fresh morning
In this broken world.”
-Mary Oliver [Link]

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“We are all in the gutter, but
some of us are looking at the stars.”
-Oscar Wilde [Link]

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“There was a lust of wandering his feet
that burned to set out for the ends of the earth.”
-James Joyce [Link]

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“Buy the ticket. Take the ride.”
Hunter S. Thompson [Link]

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.”
-Robert Frost [Link]

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“My mission in life is to not merely survive, but to thrive
and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
-Maya Angelou [Link]

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“It takes courage to grow up
and become who you really are.”
-E.E. Cummings [Link]

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“I am, I am, I am.”
-Sylvia Plath [Link]


Top Ten Tuesday – Recent Audio Favorites

March 25, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 36 Comments

I haven’t always been a listener of audiobooks, but ever since they became a staple of my daily life, I can’t remember life without them. I mean, I have to listen to something when I’m on a long drive, or doing dishes, or doing some monotonous work task, and sometimes music just doesn’t cut it. I’ve done plenty of “favorite audiobook” posts in the past, so today’s post just serves as an update to the last ten that ended up being really fantastic listens.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo | Narrators: Jacob York & Stephanie Willis

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Author & Narrator)

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman | Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi | Narrator: Wil Wheaton

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright | Narrator: Gabra Zackman

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter | Narrators: Emilia Fox & Richard Armitage

Becoming by Michelle Obama (Author & Narrator)

We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union (Author & Narrator)

One Day in December by Josie Silver | Narrators: Eleanor Tomlinson & Charlie Anson

Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely | Narrators: Grace Grant & Richard Armitage