Top Ten Tuesday

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They create a topic and we create a top ten list to accompany it.

This weeks top ten is

Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR

So the thing is I don’t do well with TBR lists. I almost never know what I want to read next I just go with the flow. But these are books I have been wanting to read for so long. Well all of them except the 1st one on the list, it’s brand new.

10. Me and Mr. Darcy By Alexandra Potter

This one is on the list for Austen in August. Fingers crossed it will be good.

9. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln By Stephen L. Carter

This was also on my spring TBR list and it hasn’t happened yet. This book re-imagines Lincolns story if he survived the assassination attempt.  President Lincoln faces an impeachment trial and, is being defended by a young black woman. Yeah I know sounds amazing. The thing about Carter is he packs a ton on information into his books and you really have to pay attention or, you get lost.

8. Jubilee By Margaret Walker

This isn’t exactly light summer reading, it’s actually kind of heavy. This is the story of Margaret Walkers great-grandmother Vyry the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. It’s nearly 500 pages long so it’s quite an undertaking. I hope to get to it soon.

7. Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

This is a definite read this summer. I am scared of this book because it s so hyped in my mind. If I love it then great but, I am so scared it wont live up to the hype and then I will be sad.

6.  A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

I’ve seen the movie but never read the book. I missed out on a lot of these books that came out in the 70’s and 80’s because I was too young to really know about them. Then I ended up seeing all the movies and just forgetting about the books. I am trying to make up for lost book time now.

5. To Be Young, Gifted, And Black By Lorraine Hansberry

There is a movie about Lorraine in the works and I need to read this before that comes out.

4. Emma By Jane Austen

I started reading this about 2 years ago then I moved and lost the book in the process. I will probably read this for Austen in August.

3. 32 Candles By Ernessa T. Carter

On the surface it looks like chick-lit but I have heard it’s got more depth. I can’t find this in any book store near me so I am going to have to order it soon.

2. Half Of A Yellow Sun By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is another one about to be made into a movie with Thandie Newton and, Chiwetel Ejiofor so of course I will be watching it. Even if it wasn’t going to be a movie I would want to read it. I have heard so many wonderful things about Adichie that I want to read all of her books.

1. Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove By Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson


OK I had to put the cover cuz it’s so awesome! I am beyond excited about this book. It comes out Tuesday 6/18  and it will literally be the first book I have ever purchased the day it came out.  I love Questlove, I love The Roots . This is Questlove talking about his life, celebrity’s he’s encountered, and general amazingness! I mean it’s Questlove what else would you expect?


Top Ten Tuesday

It’s that time of the week Top Ten Tuesday brought to you by the Broke and The Bookish click here to check out what their Top Ten  Beach  Reads are

Top Ten Beach Reads

I don’t often go to the beach seeing as how I live in the desert but, we did have this water park called  The Beach that went out of business about 6 years ago. The owners mismanaged funds so yeah. But I digress..

Here are my top Ten Beach Reads click on the each book  title  to find out more

As usual in no particular order

10. Confessions of  a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

So cute an fun and laugh out loud funny

9.Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

Not as funny as Shopaholic but just as sweet and fun

8. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I love this book it’s so wrong because I root for the cheaters but yeah I love it.

7. Anything by Mary-Higgins Clark

I know these are murder mystery’s but they are really light. I just feel like I should read these on vacation.

6. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

This is going down as one of my favorite books EVER! Could there be a better way to enjoy this book about teen beauty pageant contestants that crash on a desert island than by reading it on a beach?  Umm no the answer is no.

5. Bubbles Unbound (Bubbles Yablonsky Series book #1) By Sarah Strohmeyer

 Very light reading with no message or serious events. It’s all fun, outrageous, silly hijinks and just enough of a mystery to keep you engaged.

4. Social Crimes and One Dangerous Lady (Jo Slater series) by Jane Stanton Hitchcock)

I actually listened to both of these in audio format and the narrator just made them even better.  These books are about Jo Slater who is the definition of a socialite until her husband dies and leaves all the money to  a younger woman. Jo falls far and,wants revenge so, she goes after the woman who destroyed her perfect life.  These books are snarky, witty, and funny also nothing gets too serious so they remain fun.

3. The Agatha Raisin books by M.C Beaton

I love everything about these books. They are set in the English Cotswolds and revolve around a sleepy little English village. They all contain a murder that needs solving and Agatha always wants to solve it but they are more than that. The people who live in the village are recurring characters and add so much color to the stories. I don’t think I will ever get tired of this series.

2.  The Goldy Bear series By Diane Davidson-Mott

I feel the same about these books as I do  the Agatha Raisin books. There isn’t anything deep or profound here but they are very funny and entertaining. Plus these contain recipes for all the food mentioned in the book (Goldy is a caterer)

1. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

I feel like I should read this book either during Christmas or in the middle of summer. I think that’s because of the movie but either way it’s an excellent light summer read.

Yes I know I cheated by using a couple of series but I cheat it’s a thing I do so get used to it.

Until Next Time

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie!!

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I took my sweet time trying to figure out what to post about and I think I finally decided.

Top Ten Books/Authors/Genres/Topics I am just not interested in or don’t want to read

These are things I just don’t want to read or see myself reading for one reason or another I can’t take credit for this I totally stole it from Grace over on YouTube. Click here to see her video and visit her channel

1. The Harry Potter Series By J.K Rowling

I know it’s almost sacrilegious in the book community to have not read this. Everyone talks and talks about this series and it ends up on almost everyone’s favorites lists but for me it holds no interest. I get why people are into it I’m just not one of those people

2.  Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

I know it’s a literary classic, it’s got mad symbolism and there’s Ishmael,but man it sounds boring!  I don’t actually know anyone IRL that has read this book, I just know it’s on the list of books you are supposed to read.

3. The Help By Kathryn Stockett

I watched this movie but only because my mom and nana wanted too and I love Octavia Spencer but I had mixed feelings about it. I really liked the actors in the movie and it held my interest but I am really over this theme in movies, books and TV. The theme I am talking about is the one where the poor downtrodden black person won’t do anything to help themselves, either because they aren’t very smart or, they aren’t very brave. Enter the benevolent courageous white person who shows them the way. That may not be what the author was going for but after the movie and reading the description that’s the feeling I get.Also in the book synopsis they describe Minny as “perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi” .Anytime a black woman is described as sassy I feel icky and it makes me want to run in the opposite direction.

4. Eat, Pray Love By Elizabeth Gilbert

I just think it sounds whiny. I really like Julia Robert but even she couldn’t save the movie for me. I just don’t think I want to invest the time.

5. Magic/Supernatural

I don’t know what it is I just don’t find it interesting. I have read books where there is a touch of something magical or it’s alluded to.If magic is the theme or plays a major part I am probably gonna skip it. If it’s about supernatural creatures vampires. werewolves, fairies, witches, wizards etc. I am out as well.

6.  New Adult

Yeah I feel a bit weird reading about people in their late teens and very early twenties having sexy times.  I actually think these books are marketed to 18-30 year olds so I am right on the cusp but still, awkward for me. I know they are about more than just sex but I am just not in the new adult phase of my life right now.

7. Gillian Flynn books

I jumped on the Gone Girl bandwagon and I really didn’t enjoy it. I had never heard of Flynn until this book and it sounded so suspenseful. What I got instead was a miserable book full of miserable people having you guessed it a miserable time! By the end of the book I hated everyone in the book,and myself for reading it. I have looked at her other books and they also seem miserable so I’ll skip it.

8.  David Levithan

I know that he is a major author and people talk about him all the time. Every time I hear about one of his books it’s a rave but the books just don’t appeal to me.

9. UnWholly By Neal Shusterman

This is strange because I read UnWind and thought it was pretty good and intriguing. I immediately put UnWholly on my goodreads TBR and then a few days later I knew I would never pick it up. I don’t have an explanation but I just don’t want to read the series anymore.

10. Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door By Stephanie Perkins

All I hear are raves about these books. Sometimes people love one a but more than the other but either way, it’s all love all the time. I just feel eh when I think about them. I think I might have wanted to read them about 15 years ago but alas that time has passed

Alright so that’s my list. If you love a book or author or genre on this list don’t be offended that I am not interested in it. This is just my little old opinion and well who knows I could be dead wrong.

Until Next Time

Top Ten Tuesday





Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This Weeks Top Ten Top is

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read

This one was kind of difficult for me because the cover isn’t usually something I pay much attention to. I have looked at books just because of the cover but it’s never the deciding factor for me. If I love a cover but the story sounds lame I will put it down. I am also not one of those people who will only buy pretty editions of books. So I really had to think about this one.

As usual these are in no particular order


Obviously I love this one because it’s just so darn beautiful.


I love Camryn and this cover pretty much sums her up.


I really disliked this book but, I thought the art work was really cool.

beauty bray

I love everything about this book and the cover was just perfection!


I thought this was simple and elegant


I really loved this book and the cover is so on point. HAHA!

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Ok I know these are really weird but I think that’s why I like them. They have nothing to do with the story line except that there is a cat in the books but, he isn’t exactly central to the plot. I might have passed them by if not for the cover and they ended up being really fun reads.

Top Ten Tuesday


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This is a weekly meme brought to you by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish go check them out participate, comment generally have a great time.

This weeks topic is

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects (abuse, suicide, grief etc or something personal hard for you)

I couldn’t come up with ten so here are my top 8

As usual these are in no particular order.

The Warmth of other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

I read this last month and I still find myself thinking about it at random times. It deals with the great migration and the era of Jim Crow. It hit very close to home because my paternal grandparents were a part of the migration.

Squalor, New Mexico by Lisette Brodey

This has depression, sexual abuse, rape,family secrets, family fighting. I think that about covers all the tough subjects right? I know it sounds depressing but it was actually really funny and smart and had a great protagonist.

The Killers Cousin Nancy Werlin

I read this years ago and it was so creepy. A young man is accused of causing his girlfriends death and he moves to another town with his aunt, uncle and cousin. They have had a death in their family that is “suspicious”  and there is some possible mental illness going on. The whole thing creeped me out in the best possible way.

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W.Durrow

A young girl is sent to live with her grandmother after a tragic accident that takes the lives of  her mother and 2 siblings. But, of course there is more to the story also mental illness/depression which apparently I love to read about.

Like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I gotta be honest the parts about the elephant were really bad. I don’t want to spoil anything but when something happens to an animal even fictional I have a hard time reading or watching it.  And, for some reason reading about things like domestic abuse are harder than watching a movie about it, I can’t explain why.

Flowers in the Attic V.C Andrews

Secret kids hidden in an attic and incest nuff said.

All Around the Town Mary Higgins  Clark

I have read almost all of her books and this one is the most disturbing one, more so than the one where the guy would dance with the dead bodies. A girl is kidnapped and then sexually abused and there is a scene with a decapitated chicken and ew.

Molokai by Alan Brennert

A young girl is ripped from her family and forced to live on another island while she deals with a disease that is going to disfigure her and is ultimately supposed to kill her.  Sounds like the most depressing book of all time right? Well somehow it wasn’t. I cried my eyes out with this book and it was difficult to read but it was also beautiful.

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This weeks top ten is

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

Here they are in no particular order

10. Harlem Renaissance

In the crazy fantasy world I keep up in my brain I think it would have been awesome to have been alive during this era. I can just imagine hanging out with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Marcus Garvey discussing the social issues of the time. Listening to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and,Nat King Cole while sipping bootleg beer. I understand that what I have in my mind is a romanticized version of what really happened but I just can’t help it.

9.  Female Detectives

I love female detectives. Old, young, british, american, police detectives, amateur detectives I love them all. I will try out a book even without knowing much about it if it mentions a female detective.

8.  Female Lawyers

If there is anything I love more than female detectives its female lawyers. Just like with the detectives I love all kinds of lawyers,except for amateur since there is no such thing as an amateur lawyer.

7.  Cozies

Anything classified as a cozy is probably something I am going to at least look at. Cozies are great for times when I have just finished a book with a sad or tough topic.  They are like a palet cleanser

6.  Deep dark family secrets

I love me some family secrets. The deeper and darker the better.

5. The great migration

This is a subject that I have only just gotten into and I am hooked. It’s a sad time in history so it can be a bit heavy (which is where the cozies come in) It’s also a subject that isn’t really covered in history class at least not where I am from. I feel like there is so much to be learned and I could read about it forever and not even scratch the surface.

4. Fashion

I love fashion magazines so it stands to reason that I would love to read books about fashion. This can take the form of a book like the Devil Wears Prada a fiction book that centers around fashion. It can also take the form of a book from someone like Victoria Beckham,. Rachel Zoe, or Tim Gunn where they talk about all things fashion.  Bottom line if it even looks like it might have something to do with fashion I am going to give it a look.

3. Anything to do with being a makeup artist or hairstylist

I feel the same way about makeup and beauty related topics as I do about fashion. I will read fictional books about makeup artists or beauty salons or real books by makeup artists.

2.  Food

If a book revolves around someone who owns a bakery, coffee shop, or is a chef I am in. I will probably read the book even if it seems cheesy. I especially love it if the recipes for the foods mentioned are in the book. I have actually made quite a few things from a few of the series I read.

1. Medical conspiracies/Pandemics and Epidemics

I love books with conspiracies anyway and, when they are in the medical field I love it more. Stories with crazy corrupt doctors and corporations doing creepy medical experiments I’m in. Anything to do with releasing a super bug and creating an epidemic or pandemic yes please.

Alright that’s it for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday

Until Next Time


Top Ten Tuesday REWIND!

So you know what this is by now right? No? OK well this is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They present a topic and we list our top ten choices within that topic. This week we get to go back and pick any of the past topics we liked and use it. I picked 2 different topics and split my 10 in to 2 groups of 5.  First Up…

Top Ten Books I can’t believe I’ve never read

Here they are in no particular order

5. Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

I feel like I talk about this book so often you would think I would have read it 10 times over. I keep picking it up and getting 40 or so pages in and then putting it down. I don’t really know why or if I will ever actually read it but it’s so on the short list.

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I can’t say why I haven’t read it since my mom keeps going on and on and on about how much she loves it. I think I may be scared of the Brontes.

3. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

This movie has some serious childhood memories attached to it. I love the movie and I watch it whenever it comes on. I also find myself quoting lines in my everyday life. So why haven’t I read it you ask? Because I’m scared. What if I hate the book or it’s so good I start disliking parts of the movie! AHHH!  As God is my witness I will read this book.

2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I feel pretty much the same about this book as I do Gone with the Wind. I love this movie it holds a special place in my movie heart and I might feel differently after I read the book but, I will read it this year.

1. North and South by John Jakes

When I tell you that this is yet another movie that sort of defined my adolescence you are going to think that my parents only exposed me to things with serious race issues attached and, well you would kind of be right! But  that’s a topic for another time. This miniseries was MAJOR in my life and yet I haven’t read the books.

Second Choice is…

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations

5. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I know a lot of people thought Kate Hudson was the wrong choice for Darcy but, I love Hudson so it worked for me. I read the book first and really liked it and the movie was jut as enjoyable. I don’t think they are going to do the sequel but I would love to see it if they do.

4. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I liked the book better than the  movie mostly because of the ending. But the movie had all the fashion! I would just die if I got to walk around in the Vogue accessories closet.

3. The Body In The Library By Agatha Christie

I really love Miss Marple books and I have read quit a few but this was my first and favorite. I read the book years ago and then recently stumbled upon the movies on Netflix. I think my favorite part is Geraldine McEwan who plays Marple, she is exactly as I imagined her,

2.  Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

I watched the movie first and so went into the book thinking I knew what I was going to get. Boy was I wrong. They are so different. The have the same basic premise and the names are the same but that’s about it. They were both really funny and I can’t decide which one I love more.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I love this book, I love the 1995 film version and, I love the 2005 film version . Colin Firth will always be my favorite Darcy but Matthew Macfadyen is like really sexy so. Yeah I love everything that has to do with Pride and Prejudice end of discussion.