Top 10 Tuesday: Books that make me hungry

I'm joining Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl for this week's book roundup on the theme of "books that make me hungry" - about food, eating, recipes, food image on cover, etc. This weekly bookish gathering started from a place of loving books AND loving a good list - count me in! Every week Jana offers a different theme to give us a chance to share a fun book list. This week I broadened the theme a little to include a few "food for thought" books that I've loved this year. Take a minute and browse through some of the links and I'm sure you'll find your TBR list will explode! The Terror by Dan Simmons Based on true, this story isn't maybe the best one to lead with because it's about the absen

The Tilted World is a historical novel about the 1927 flooding of the Mississippi River

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Anne Finnelly Genre: Historical Fiction Published 2013, 300 pages The #ReadHarder challenge of a book about a natural disaster didn't sound interesting to me. But, I found this book about the 1927 disastrous flooding of the Mississippi River which would fit the bill. Still not particularly interested. BUT - this book was surprisingly readable and much better than I expected. Probably because it wasn't all about the flood, though that was certainly an overriding theme of the story. The Author's Note at the beginning gave some facts and figures about the Mississippi flood to set the stage. A thousand miles of levees were in danger of collapsing and gu

My August TBR list

Every month I share with you the books that caught my attention and that made it to my TBR list. This month's is crazy long because, now that the libraries are open again, Donna and I restarted our Buddy Reads plan and picked the 24 books that we'll read over the next year - 2 per month. Some are already on my TBR, but there's lots new that we decided to read. AND I've joined in with That Artsy Reader Girl on her weekly Top 10 Tuesday book blog roundup and seeing what other bloggers recommend has dramatically impacted my TBR - in a good way! You can see my full TBR list, all 600+ of them on my Pinterest Terrie's TBR List board. I keep it updated with what is on my list and remove books onc

12 Debut books worth reading

Debut books are often a risk. Can the author actually write well? Do they have a compelling story to tell? Here are some of my recommendations of first books that are well worth reading. Presented alphabetically by author, these 12 books represent a variety of genres so hopefully there will be something to catch your attention. As usual for my lists, I've read all these books (though some I read years ago) and can recommend. Many Must-Read lists tend to focus on the shiny new publications - and those are fun....but you'll see that many of these are back-list books. Back-list books are often easier to find at the library or at thrift stores because the big rush to read them has passed. But, t

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is about the older brother of Sherlock

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse Genre: Historical Fiction Published 2015, 323 pages When I came across this book last year on a list somewhere, it intrigued because of the author. Basketball star Kareer Abdul-Jabbar! Could he write? Come to find out he's an avid Holmesian and this series is his contribution to the myth, the genius of Sherlock Holmes. Kind of surprisingly, it was actually quite good. Mycroft is the older brother of Sherlock. Mycroft is three and twenty in this first installment of the series and Sherlock is still in college. He makes a couple of short appearances, but the story is all about Mycroft, a brilliant observer and genius with a prodigious

The Last Mrs Parrish: devious social climbing woman sets her sights on a married man, and.....

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine Genre: General Fiction Published 2017, 400 pages This book is a Reese Witherspoon book club pick (see all her picks in the Awards list above). Though this was a bit of a slow starter for me, I'm glad I stuck with it. This is a story of a devious, twisted social climber of a woman who sets her sights on a wealthy family man. She wants the life his wife enjoys: tennis club, fancy dinner parties, beautiful clothes and large, expensive home - she wants to BE his wife (based just from online research that she did and society paper stories). “When we walked into the grand foyer, with a chandelier that would have been at home in Buckingham Palace, I gave him

Top 10 Tuesday: Books that should be adapted by Netflix/Amazon

Happy Tuesday! If it's Tuesday, it must be Top Ten Tuesday book sharing blog roundup day. I'm again joining Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl and the theme this week is "books that should be adapted by Netflix (or Amazon, or whomever)". This theme is a bit more of a challenge for me this week. It took a bit of thought! Netflix, if you're searching for ideas online, this week's roundup should give you lots to think about. I asked my sister Donna for her ideas and here are our suggestions: When you visit That Artsy Reader Girl's site, you'll find lots of participants (over 100!) with a zillion books to fit the theme each week. Your TBR will never be the same! Donna's Suggestions: Dry wit, a quirk

Just Mercy is a eye-opening read about injustices in the legal system and one man's attempts to help

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Genre: Nonfiction Award: Several awards and many nominations Published 2014, 316 pages I received this book a couple years ago when I announced that I was interested in reading more nonfiction. My niece sent me this book as a gift with her strong recommendation. I had read several similarly themed ones that year so kept putting this one off. I finally moved it to the top of the pile and read it this year. Eye-opening, heartbreaking, and disturbing on so many levels, this thought provoking book is just as relevant today as when Stevenson wrote it. I admit my ignorance at the numerous ways the justice system is unjust and this book illustrates so many of them. I

A dramatic memoir - It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War

It's What I Do: A Photograher's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario Genre: Memoir Published 2015, 368 pages I picked this book for one of LAST year's challenge reads and never got around to it. Then, this year #PopSugar20 had a category that reminded me of this book on my TBR, so this time I actually read it. It was a good choice. This is not your typical fluffy celebrity tell-all but rather a gritty, eye-opening, sometime disturbing look at war and one woman's attempt to put a human face on the costs of it. In this far ranging memoir, Addario describes her unusual, very liberal upbringing. Raised by parents who were both hairdressers and had the type of open household that welcomed every

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I loved but didn't review on the blog

It's Tuesday, so it must be Top Ten Tuesday book sharing blog roundup day. I'm again joining Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl and the theme this week is "books I loved but didn't review". There are lots of books that fit that criteria! I didn't spend a lot of time hunting (or trying to remember) my very favorites. But, once again, my handy dandy Excel spreadsheet comes to the rescue. I highlight my favorite books so it's easy to scan through decades of books and find the best of the are 10, in no particular order. When you visit The Artsy Reader Girl's site, you'll find lots of participants with a zillion books to fit the theme each week. Your TBR will never be the same! The Pi

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - the classic coming-of-age story of a young girl in early 1900s Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith Genre: Classic, General Fiction Published 1943, 496 pages If I read this in school, I certainly don't remember it. I felt like it was time to see what all the rave reviews are about so when the library reopened, I requested it. I didn't really have an idea of what it's about which is maybe the best way to start the book. No expectations. In the prologue I learned the book was originally intended as a memoir but the publishers didn't think it would sell, so convinced her to present it as fiction. It's a quiet story, nothing specific really happens, and yet everything happens. Francie is 10 at the beginning of the story - a smart, inquisitive little girl

Multi-verse depicted as never before in this debut sci-fi, The Space Between Worlds

The Space Between Worlds by Macaiah Johnson Genre: Sci-Fi Published 8/2020, 336 pages Just released, this sci-fi debut novel is fascinating. I was impressed by the concept and then amazed at how well it was developed. The idea of multiple worlds existing on the same time plane isn't new, but to me (admittedly a sci-fi neophyte) this treatment was very creative. Cara, the amazing heroine, is an outcast but through a case of mistaken identity, weasels her way into a job in the "city" where she becomes a world traveler. In fact, the most widely traveled traveler. People selected to be travelers have to be expendable because it's so high risk - and she's from an edge-of-civilization town filled

Top Ten Tuesday is all about book titles with a color in them.....can I come up with ten?

I'm again participating in Jana's Top Ten Tuesday book sharing blog roundup. The Artsy Reader Girl's theme this week is a "books with a color in the title". If you visit her site, you'll find lots of participants with a zillion books to fit the theme each week. Your TBR will never be the same! Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Genre: YA Fantasy Published 2015, 383 pages World divided by Red blood or Silver Blood and a rebellion is brewing when the oppressed Reds want better lives. Silvers have special powers and when a Red discovers she has one of those powers, a shift begins. Reviewed here. #fantasy #booklist #YA #bookinseries #booklist Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery Genre: YA, Clas

Stolen Beauty, about Gustav Klimt, is my favorite kind of historical fiction.

Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese Genre: Historical Fiction Published 2017, 320 pages I found this title on a "Little Known Books" list on Twitter (as evidenced by only 397 reviews for a book published in 2017). This is maybe my favorite kind of historical fiction and I'm really glad I noticed the title on the Twitter feed! Well researched and based on true events, this is a story about the artist Gustav Klimt and one of his patrons, Adele Bloch-Bauer. It's the story of how his famous gold-dressed portrait titled Judith and the Head of Holofernes and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer in the early 1900s came about. Yes, Klimt figures prominently in the story and I learned a lot about his proc

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