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This week’s top ten Tuesday theme: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.) Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

  1. YA historical fiction without paranormal themes. Two of my recent favorite books are Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys and The Caged Graves by Dianne Salierni. Bonus points if the historical fiction is set in the Victorian era. Double bonus points if it centers around a mystery.
  2. Victorian era without steampunk/fantastical elements. Seriously, the industrial revolution was fascinating. It doesn’t need googles and dirigibles to dress it up (as much fun as they are). I am completely consumed with fascination for the Victorians.
  3. YA mysteries – again without paranormal themes. It seems like everything being published in YA revolves around shifters, ghosts, vampires, aliens, or other creatures of nightmare and mythology. This is fun and all, but a good mystery satisfies. Bonus points if it is a historical mystery.
  4. Books about gypsies. I don’t know why.
  5. Books set in brooding gothic castles. Preferably brooding gothic castles in places like Romania or Hungary (see below).
  6. Books set in Budapest & Prague. Really, anywhere in Eastern Europe. Combining this with historical fiction about Bohemia for the win.
  7. Books written by Brandon Sanderson, who, sadly, is a mere mortal and is incapable of publishing books on the schedule that I would prefer.
  8. A companion to Lord of the Rings, told from the perspective of Eowyn. I want to know more about Rohan, and seeing Middle Earth from the perspective of the only significant woman (who is not an elf) would be awesome. Sadly, this will never happen, J.R.R. Tolkien being disinterested in writing about women as substantial characters, and also, of course, being dead.
  9. Books set before, during or just after World War I. It’s the 100 year anniversary of the start of WWI, after all.
  10. Books that don’t involve love triangles. I am over them. OVER THEM.

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This fun meme is offered by http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html . This week’s  topic is books that we’re thankful for – so, without further ado:

1. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series: I will be forever thankful to Jo Rowling for providing me with endless hours of reading pleasure, and countless shared memories. Both of my children were, and are, Harry Potter fans, and these books have become a part of our family history.

2. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series: Again, this book series has provided family entertainment over the full five books. We listened to these audiobooks on family driving trips, rainy afternoons in our travel trailer,  and a great deal oof knowledge about Greek mythologythat we would otherwise not have.

3. Frances Hodson Burnett’s A Little Princess: this was a book I loved as a child. It is also the first book that I reviewed on Amazon 12 years ago, and really started me on the process of reviewing books, which has ultimately led to this blog. It also brought me tremendous pleasure. Sara Crewe remains one of my favorite fictional characters.

4. L.M.Montgomery and Anne (with-an-e) Shirley: This is one of my favorite series of all time. I didn’t discover Anne of Green Gables until adulthood, and devoured the whole series in a couple of weeks. I am thankful for Anne – she is dreamy, girlish, kind, generous, funny, a  bit tart, and so open for friendship and love that she is utterly irresistible.

5. Trixie Belden: Trixie Belden got me through the 5th grade, and through my first divorce. I like Nancy Drew just fine, but it was Crabapple Farm and Sleepyside, New York that I loved. My family moved from Nebraska to Idaho before the 5th grade, and reading, and rereading, the stories about Trixie, Honey, Jim, Di, and the whole gang of Bob-Whites is really what made that year bearable. Years later,, after my first marriage exploded, I spent a summer at home with my mom and dad, and my mom had found my collection of Trixie Belden books in a box. I reread them as an adult, and was, again, comforted and captivated by their sweet familiarity.

6. The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss: I stole this off my mother’s nightstand when I was in the seventh grade. It started a life long love of historical fiction in general, and historical romance in particular.

7. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: I can’t say enough about how much I love Tolkien’s classic trilogy. I read it for the first time  in high school, and every few years ever since. There is an endless amount of content to this book, and I find something new in it every time I read it.

8. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher: This beloved book, along with Trixie Belden, got me through a pretty rough time. There is something about Pilcher’s writing that is comforting.

9. Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz: There just aren’t enough books that appeal specifically to middle grade boys. Horowitz’s series does just this – and has been instrumental in convincing my 12-year-old son that reading can be, indeed, be fun.

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: All of Austen’s works technically qualify as books for which I am thankful. But P & P is my favorite, and has remained my favorite for nearly 30 years, since I read it for the first time when I was 16 years old.

11. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Yes, I know this is supposed to be a “top ten.” But I reached the end of this post and realized that I had neglected to mention TKAM, which is the one book that I would say literally changed my life. I looked at the world differently after reading it. Thank you, Harper Lee.

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Top Ten Tuesday

So, I’m having a really hard time figuring out how to work the links, since I am new to wordpress. I think that I may need to upgrade my browser since the link function isn’t working at all. However, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish (http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html). I’m trying to involve myself in the blogging community, and memes seems like a really fun way to do that.

Therefore, I am posting my Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List:


The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This book looks like so much fun for fall! I am considering joining in the RIP event, and this is one of the books that is going to be read and discussed.


The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

I read a review of this one over the weekend and it looks excellent. It is a first effort by Ms. Coplin.


The Murders in Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe

Obviously, this fits into the fall/gothic/Halloween theme. It is also a classic, and fits into that category of reading as well. I’ve never read anything by Poe and feel like this deficiency should be remedied this fall.


Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I am actually participating in the Harry Potter readalong that is being hosted by Jenna over at her blog: http://lostgenerationreader.com/2012/08/31/harry-potter-read-along-master-post/. I will be [re]reading all seven books, and I am very excited to contribute my very own, first guest post to her readalong.


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Another book that is part of the RIP readalong. Fortuitously, my son and I do a Halloween readaloud every year & this one is on the agenda for that project.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I love Maggie Stiefvater and am very excited about this new release. It looks simply wonderful.


Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

This is on my Classic Club challenge list. I am really looking forward to this one, as it will be my first work by Anne Bronte.


The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins. Enough said.


Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

I have been a fan of Marillier since I stumbled onto Daughter of the Forest and her Sevenwaters books. I have been looking forward to this release for months.


Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. I set it aside over a year ago, and it is time to either finish it or DNF it for good.

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