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Top 10 Tuesday: Focus on Family

A new Tuesday, a new prompt for Top 10 Tuesday. This week the prompt is Bookish Gifts I Received or Bought With a Gift Card. We made a family group decision this year to do away with Christmas gifts and focus on spending time together. So, no gifts. Since it's a time of the year many of us spend time with family, I'm going to switch it up and share books about siblings or family.

Thanks to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting another week of Top Ten Tuesday. I enjoy participating each week for a couple reasons. I'm a compulsive list maker and love a good list. And, I love a connection with other readers as I wander their book blogs. Click on the book cover to go to Goodreads.

The ultimate family story is the classic Little Women following the lives of the four sisters. Garden Spells is a delightful, heartwarming tale of two sisters, with a little magic thrown in for good measure.

The Christmas Sisters is a fun holiday tale of three sisters who are all going through various personal issues and go home for Christmas and find the help they need. Pale Morning Light With Violet Swan is not a well-known story, but is the story of a family told by an elderly lady (an artist) reflecting at the end of her life.

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Here are a couple darker family stories: Florence Adler Swims Forever starts out with the drowning death of a daughter and you learn of the family dynamics in retrospect as family members think about her. The Dutch House is the story of a dysfunctional family and how two siblings stick together and overcome their family.

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Here are a couple of unusual frameworks for a family story: The Given Day is historical fiction of two families, one black (laborer working for the white family) and one white (Irish cops), taking place in Boston at the end of WWI. The Twentieth Wife is also a historical novel set in 1600s India about a young woman finding her place in palace life and becoming a remarkable Empress.

Families have many looks and I am always drawn to stories of found family. I was totally taken by the connection these random readers formed in The Reading List. Broken For You is set In Seattle where a lonely septuagenarian living alone in a huge house meets and helps a young woman with a broken heart.

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And there you have it - a random collection of books about family in one way or another. Hope you pick one or two and give them a try. There are so many more - what are some of your favorite books about siblings or family?

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