Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

It’s well known that curling up under a blanket with a good book is the best way to pass a rainy day, but what kind of book should you pick up? Personally, rainy days put me in the mood for dark supernatural and fantasy stories.

I haven’t actually read It, Outlander, or City of Bones yet, but they give me major rainy day vibes!

What’s your favorite rainy day read?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Intimidating Books | TTT Throwback

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It’s another TTT Throwback! If you’re scratching your head wondering why I’m doing a completely different Top Ten Tuesday topic, check out my first ‘Throwback’ HERE. Basically, any time a Top Ten Tuesday topic doesn’t work for me I’m heading back to the beginning and working my way down the hundreds and hundreds of Top Ten Tuesday’s that happened before I started participating.

This week’s topic is actually “Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books” but I haven’t done anything outrageous, really, so instead I’m doing “Most Intimidating Books on My TBR.”

London is one of many books I have by Edward Rutherford. All of his books are MASSIVE and span the entirety of a city’s (or country’s) lifetime.

Gone to Soldiers is another big book clocking in at around 800 pages. I know that I’m going to absolutely love it – it’s one of the most heralded WWII fiction books around – but it’s so intimidating to start.

Homeland is the beginning of a series by John Jakes, who writes sweeping family sagas set in various time periods. Like Edward Rutherford, I’ve never seen a small John Jakes book.

Roots isn’t only intimidating because of its size, but because of well-loved the story is. I haven’t seen the mini-series because I want to go into the story blind.

The Diviners is another well-loved series that’s pretty thick. I’m worried I won’t like it – even though it sounds amazing – because I had a hard time getting into a different Libba Bray book.

Game of Thrones is pretty self-explanatory. They’re giant books, and I know that everyone I come to love will eventually end up dead. Plus there’s the fact that the series isn’t finished yet and no one seems to know exactly when/if that will ever happen.

Bloody Jack is the first book in a twelve book series. I read the first three-ish books when I was really young and can’t remember anything except absolutely loving them. I have 10/12 on my shelf now and really need to get started!

City of Bones isn’t exceptionally large, but I know once I pick it up I’m going to be thrown down the Cassandra Clare rabbit hole and find myself wanting to read everything she’s written and her latest books look HUGE!

Outlander is intimidating for the same reason as City of Bones. I know once I read it I’m going to fall in love and have to gobble up the entire series – whose books are pretty big, unlike City of Bones.



Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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This was a hard one! I didn’t want to just list 10 topics (that post is coming soon 😉) so I had to do some contemplating. Here’s 10 reasons I might pick up a book!

1. Hype

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I’m the first to admit that I get mowed down by the hype train CONSTANTLY. If I see a book over and over and over on book blogs or booktube then I check out the synopsis and more often than not add it to my TBR.

2. A Gorgeous Cover

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And the rule breaking continues! I always judge books by their cover. Always. A good cover is meant to draw a reader in and, more importantly, give them a vague idea of what the book is about. If I’m walking around a bookstore I’m way more likely to pick up a book with a beautiful cover before putting it back on the shelf because it’s way cheaper on Amazon.

3. The Whole Series is Out

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As far as actually buying books, I’m way more likely to buy a book (these days) if the whole series is out or on its way out. Going along with that…

4. I have the other books in the series

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I’m in the process of collecting a few different series – like the 12 book Bloody Jack series – and anytime I run across a well priced book I need for my collection I snag it.

5. I know and love the author

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If I already know that I like the authors style and storytelling then I’m a lot more likely to pick a book up. In a select few cases the author’s name alone is enough to make me want to buy it.

6. It’s a subject I love

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Obviously I’m a fan of historical fiction, and there are quite a few time periods and people that will make me automatically interested in a book. There are certain plots in other genres that peak my interest too!

7. It’s free

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Raise your hand if you compulsively download free Kindle books because you have no self control! 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️ I can’t stop myself. Do I ever read them? Nope. But they’re there, just in case. In fact, I don’t even include them in my monthly hauls.

8. It’s cheap

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In the same vein, I’m SO SO SO much more likely to buy a book if it’s used. I rarely buy brand new books, and when I do they’re from Amazon 95% of the time because I have gift cards and they’re cheaper.

9. It’s available at my library

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I adore my local library. I went to the grand opening when I was five and I’ve been a regular there ever since. Now that I listen to audiobooks and read more ebooks, I use the digital app constantly.

10. It was recommended to me

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Last but not least, I’m 1000x more likely to pick up a book I never would have if someone I trust recommends it to me!


Do we have any answers in common?



Top Ten Tuesday: The First 3 Audiobooks I Listened To (And 7 More I Want to Hear)

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I was really excited to see that this week’s TTT was an audio freebie because I’m a brand new audiobook convert. Like, I just listened to my first audiobook in 2019 new. I’ve listened to three so far but I have a long list I want to tackle!

What I’ve listened to so far:


The first book I listened to was Thirteen Reasons Why. It was a gentle introduction since the story is told through audiotapes anyways. Then I found the Amish anthologies that Beth Wiseman put together. An Amish Cradle was first, and I just finished An Amish Gathering a few days ago!

Next on my list:



I can’t wait to read everyone else’s lists because I need some recommendations! What’s your favorite audiobook?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want on a Desert Island | TTT Throwback

It’s another TTT Throwback! If you’re scratching your head wondering why I’m doing a completely different Top Ten Tuesday topic, check out my first ‘Throwback’ HERE. Basically, any time a Top Ten Tuesday topic doesn’t work for me I’m heading back to the beginning and working my way down the hundreds and hundreds of Top Ten Tuesday’s that happened before I started participating.

This weeks topic is “Books on my Spring 2019 TBR,” but instead I’ll be doing “Books I’d Want on a Desert Island.”


Here’s the breakdown: a couple long series that I love/want to finish (because we know series only count as one collective book on a list like this 😉) + a few books I could read over and over even though they’re standalones or short series + Robinson Crusoe because even though I haven’t read it, I know it’s about a guy that gets stranded on an island and I’ll need all the survival tips I can get + my own book which would be left in a well sheltered area so that when they find my bones in 50 years, hopefully somehow the book will remain preserved and help them identify me so we don’t have an Amelia Earhart situation going on.


would you take any of these books with you?


Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I’m Waiting For

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I don’t read very many standalone books – and the ones I do tend to wrap themselves up nicely because ya girl can’t stand a permanent cliffhanger – so I thought I’d make a list of standalones AND series that could use a few more books. Then I realized that most of the series I’ve read are either still going, so I’m getting the sequel I wanted, or they wrapped up really well too…

All that to say, it’s a super short list this week.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett was such a moving book and as perfectly as it ended, I would have loved another story, maybe about the children of ‘the help’ growing up.

The North and South trilogy by John Jakes is a sweeping saga of two families connected by friendship in the years before, during, and directly after the Civil War. If there’s one thing John Jakes can write, it’s a multi-generational story. I would love another set of books following the children of our main characters as they approach the turn of the century and beyond.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller is so. much. fun. The duology wrapped up well, but there’s so much room left for adventures with Alosa!

Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller is written from Ma’s perspective and follows the first year or so of the Ingalls family’s journey. As someone who has always loved Little House on the Prairie with every fiber of their being, it was eye opening to experience the prairie with Caroline instead of Laura. I want Sarah Miller to write the rest of Ma’s life!

Read my review of Caroline: Little House, Revisited HERE.

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth is the first book in a trilogy about Worth’s experiences as a midwife in the East End of London in the 1950’s and 1960’s. To be fair, I haven’t read the other two books yet. But I AM caught up on the TV show and I know that I could read a million books about her time as a midwife and never get bored.

Honorable Mention

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My own book! I’ve been plugging away at the sequel and hope to have it out before fall!