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

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish where we are given a topic and then we have to come up with a Top Ten list to go with it. Go over and see what everyone has to say this week.

So this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is

 Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

I broke this one up into categories because what I recommend has to do with what a person is looking for, as much as it has to do with me and my likes.

Series 

If you want  murder mysteries without all the violence,blood and gore

The Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny

This is not quite a cozy but you don’t have to worry about yucky stuff. This is definitely more cerebral I guess is the word than your average book like this. There is a lot going on beyond just the old someone dies and the police come in investigate and brilliantly figure it all out. Gamache is one of my favorite male characters ever, he is just so well written you can’t help but love him.

The Agatha Raisin Series by MC Beaton

This is  a cozy series. It’s fun, funny, sarcastic, and smart. Agatha is not the kind of person anyone would want as a friend in real life but somehow, Beaton makes her so darn likable.  The surrounding characters are also so well written that even though none of them would be particularly likable in real life you find yourself liking them as the series progresses.

Stand Alone books

If you want a creepy, crazy psychological book that messes with your mind

The Bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell

Well really any of Rendell’s stand alone books will really do it but, this one stands out for some reason. I got so creeped out by this one I thought about it for days afterward.

You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson

I have read a bunch of Patterson but, he got really repetitive, overly violent, and sexually graphic so I stopped. I haven’t read anything by him in about 2 or 3 years. However, this was a bit different from his others and really messed with my mind. I think I screamed out loud at the end.

If you want to uncover deep dark secrets 

The Killers Cousin by Nancy Werlin

Oh man I liked this book. It was so dark and twisted. When I read it I thought I figured out what the secret was but it was so much bigger than I imagined.

To The Power Of Three by Laura Lippman

This is about a group of friends who are all involved in this twisted tragedy. It takes most of the book to unravel it all. Just when I thought I had it figured out they would change the game on me.

If you want historical fiction

Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter

This was the first Carter book I read and it’s not for the faint of heart.  Carter packs a ton of information into this book and you really need to pay attention to understand what’s going on. It is set during the Harlem Renaissance and that just made the book come alive for me.

If you want to read about issues surrounding race  (non-fiction)

Skin Deep: Black Women & White Women Write About Race by Marita Golden

This is a book I read years ago when I was taking some sociology classes in college. It really held a lot of meaning for me at the time and I think it still does. The book tackles some serious issues but that’s the point I guess.

Don’t Play In The Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through The Color Complex by Marita Golden

Seriously go read something anything by Marita Golden she is amazing.

Alright that’s all I’ve got this week.

Until Next Time