Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Best of 2019

Posted December 31, 2019 by Bonnie in 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

Posted December 17, 2019 by Bonnie in 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)

Posted June 18, 2019 by Bonnie in 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

Posted June 4, 2019 by Bonnie in 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

Posted May 28, 2019 by Bonnie in 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

Posted April 30, 2019 by Bonnie in 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

Posted March 25, 2019 by Bonnie in 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



Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR

Posted March 18, 2019 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 16 Comments

I’m so grateful to have survived this winter (it was a rough one) and my first in a new city that actually experiences winter. With a new season, it’s time to review the TBR again and make lists that I won’t likely accomplish. lol Except I’m doing something a little different this time and not picking a single review book as a “goal”. They’re already the goal after all. I always try to focus on review books because, yes, they’re important and I love being given the opportunity to read them early, however, I’m trying to go easier on myself these days and am trying not to give myself such a hard time when I don’t get to all of them in time. I’ve also read about half a dozen 3-star books in the last few weeks so I’m really just looking to pick up more books that I’m excited to and not just because I full obligated to. Here are a few that I hope give me some bookish joy.

Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts #1) by Stacia Kane
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Blue World by Robert R. McCammon
Six Stories (Six Stories #1) by Matt Wesolowski
The Anomaly (The Anomaly Files #1) by Michael Rutger

What are on your Spring TBRs?



Top Ten Tuesday – Literary Traveling

Posted February 25, 2019 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 15 Comments

Stories can take us on the most wondrous adventures. I love a good fantasy world, but I especially love a story that tells me of a place that I could possibly visit someday. These 10 stories are set in a few locations I wouldn’t mind seeing with my own eyes.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor | Prague

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio | Bora Bora

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light by Amy Thomas | Paris

One Day in December by Josie SIlver | Thailand

Still Me by Jojo Moyes | New York City

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon | Scotland

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent | Iceland

Timeless by Gail Carriger | Egypt

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan | Greece

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave | Sonoma – I’ve been here before but I wouldn’t mind a repeat visit 🙂



Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated on my TBR

Posted February 19, 2019 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 30 Comments

Today’s topic was essentially Underrated Gems and I’ve done almost too many of those that I seem to have run out.

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Underrated Gems Pt. 2
Underrated Gems Pt. 3
Underrated Gems Pt. 4

Instead, I’m focusing on a handful of underrated books on my TBR that I’m hoping end up being an as of yet undiscovered gem.

The House of War and Witness by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, Louise Carey | 147 ratings
A Tree Born Crooked by Steph Post | 172 ratings
Zazen by Vanessa Veselka | 236 ratings
In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson | 308 ratings
Love and Other Wounds: Stories by Jordan Harper | 362 ratings

Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky by William Van Meter | 370 ratings
The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel by Jeremy Massey | 1,099 ratings
Donnybrook by Frank Bill | 1,249 ratings
Six Stories (Six Stories #1) by Matt Wesolowski | 1,791 ratings
Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti | 1,831 ratings