Top Ten Tuesday

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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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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.