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Top Ten Tuesday: So tell me about your mother…


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. This week it’s a mom freebie! So I thought I’d write about what my mom likes to read.

First, my mom reads a ton more nonfiction than I do. Her favorite subjects, right now, include: nutrition, psychology, and religion (mostly the history).

Second, my mom reads historical romance written by Christian authors.

Third (combining the two previous), she is obsessed with nonfiction about and historical fiction set during WWII. She mostly watches documentaries but in between she’ll read books.

Fourth, there are subjects that she isn’t into right now but she will probably come back to them. Some of these subjects include: art history, travel, and beauty products.

Fifth, she read the Harry Potter series and she liked it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Wishlist


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is a reading wishlist. This topic is about what you want to see more of in books. But my mind doesn’t work like that. So I selected ten books that aren’t in my currently reading piles but I’d like to get to them soon (optimistically, by the end of this month).


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

A bunch of people have been talking about this one since it came out. From what I understand, it sounds like magical realism. There is a couple fleeing a war-torn country through magical doors. They have to face living in new countries and growing and changing as individuals. But does that mean they grow apart?


Marlena by Julie Buntin

This one has also been very talked of since it came out. But this one is about a toxic friendship and a murder mystery?


The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

I wasn’t blown away by her Inheritance Trilogy but a bunch of people say that this one is amazing so I want to at least give it a try.


Delirium’s Mistress by Tanith Lee

I just finished Delusion’s Master so I’m excited to get into this one.


The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

This one came out this year, I think. This one is about two friends who are animators and that sounds interesting to me.


The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

I just got this in my May Book of the Month Box. I picked this one because the gal who picked it said so many glowing things about the love triangle trope being flipped on its head. I want to see what this writer chooses to do.

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens and How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

These are the classics I’d like to get to soon.


Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

I’ve been more and more tempted to reread this because I’m not exactly sure how I feel about it.


Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto

I haven’t read this one by her yet. I’m curious to see if I’ll like it. She is most famous for Kitchen but I actually like NP more.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Tanith Lee Book Covers


The Tanith Lee fun begins with this Top Ten Tuesday (created by the Broke and the Bookish) theme: cover freebie!

First, I love the covers by Kinuko Craft. They immediately make me think of fairy tales and epic stories.

Then I love these covers for the individual books of the Secret Books of Paradys series. They are creepy and sexy, just like the books.


And this is one of the new covers for the new editions of this series. It kinda freaks me out, to be honest, but I do like this Impressionist-inspired style.


This cover is super pretty and I just bought this book today… Yay!

Top Ten Tuesday: I will be awkwardly repulsed by these things


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. Last week the topic was centered around things that make me want to read a book. This week is the opposite: things that will make me NOT want to read a book.

Number One: I massively dislike the writing. (Passive voice, the writer can’t seem to figure out what tense their verbs should be in, their characters don’t sound like people… the list goes on and on. I want to call their editor and copy editor and give them a piece of my mind.)

Number Two: I’m just not into it right now. There isn’t anything wrong with the writing, characters, etc. I’m just not in the mood for this category, genre, or story. But I may come back to these books at a later date. This tends to happen with YA contemporary romance, sometimes the YA category in general, literary fiction (because tough subjects are a common attribute), and classics (they either need my full attention or at least a primary focus so I can comprehend what’s going on and get the deeper messages and stuff).

Three: The first chapter is a flash forward.

Four: Characters are consistently whining about something.

Five:┬áDisturbing model covers. (Those clothes do not look lived in. That body position is unnatural. This book is about pioneers and yet somehow you have a French manicure and a spray tan… So many negative thoughts. My mom tends to read these books and I flip them over so I can’t see the front.)

Six: People describe it as being a “dystopian” or a “frightening representation of what our future is going to look like.”

Seven: “This book is the next – insert name of popular novel or series here – .”

Eight: Mention of the Fae, Sidhe, Seelie, or by any other name.

Nine: World War II

Ten: Nowadays I may hesitate if the description says it is set in Russia or an alternate Russia.

Top Ten Tuesday: Things that Will Get Me to Read a Book


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish and this week’s topic was a little hard for me. What ten things get me to read a book? I’m so finicky, fickle, and moody about my reading. I also like reading lots of different things, usually at the same time… But the few things on this list are pretty consistent.

If it’s by Tanith Lee, I’ll read it eventually. (Currently reading Delusion’s Master, book 3 in the Flat Earth series.)

Clever title. These catch my attention more often than anything else.

Even if I don’t like the protagonist I can at least connect with them on some level. I do prefer to like them though.

The author is having fun with the setting. They are playful with it and may use interesting metaphors. They also account for all five senses when describing it.

If I start squealing about their writing on the first page, that is a really good sign.

If I’ve read the previous book in the series and really liked it, I will try and read the sequel and possibly the rest of the series.

If I’ve read a book by an author and really liked it, I will try any subsequent books.

A more complicated situation: I read a book by an author and really didn’t care for it but a bunch of people said that book was a dud and I should try something else by that author then I did try something else and really loved it so then I had to read a bunch of other books by the author to get a better perspective on their work. (I might do a post later this week discussing a more specific instance and how I feel about most of their books.)

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is unique books. “Unique” can definitely be open for interpretation so I picked these books because they represent a “1st” for me.


James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

This is the first chapter book I read by myself.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

This was my first historical fiction and also the first book that I had to read for school that I’d read already.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

This was the first time my mother and grandmother tried to prevent me from reading a book. I was able to change their minds though.


Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan

This was my first contemporary fiction about teenagers but it was also about teenagers that were not behaving the way I was taught to behave. It was also my introduction to a rather aggressive form of feminism. It was the first time I wanted to discuss ideas in a book (rather than just the plot, characters, and setting) and had no one around to discuss them with. I was probably eleven or twelve at the time.

Angel Sanctuary and Godchild by Kaori Yuki

These were my introduction to Kaori Yuki, who is one of my favorite manga-ka, and to gothic horror manga in general.

Faces Under Water and The Book of the Damned by Tanith Lee

The fact is, I don’t remember which Tanith Lee book was my first but I’m pretty sure it was one of these two first books in their series. She is my most read author and one of my top five favorite authors of all time.

Top Ten Tuesday: Living authors I want to meet


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. I did a post while they were on hiatus about authors I’d like to meet who also happen to be dead so this post is about living authors I’d like to meet.

One. Erin Morgenstern

I just finished my reread of The Night Circus (I’ll probably do a post tomorrow about that) and I just want to chat with her about the circus.

Two. Melanie Rawn

I don’t know what we’d talk about. Maybe I could just sit in her presence; maybe she’d allow me to give her a hug.

Three. Gail Carriger

We could talk about her books, Victorian things, vintage fashion…

Four. J.K. Rowling

We could talk about Harry Potter but I imagine that there are tons of other things I could listen to her talk about.

Five. Maureen Johnson

I like her books and I think she’s a hilarious human (her tweets make me laugh).

Top Ten Tuesday: Optimal Conditions for a One-Sitting Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and Bookish. This week is all about books you can read in one sitting. ┬áReading speed is relative so I thought I’d list a few optimal conditions.

  • A comfortable chair
  • Comfortable clothes
  • A drink and snacks within easy reach
  • Meals are easily eaten while reading
  • I’m not working that day.
  • I didn’t watch the movie first.
  • It is a plot driven book.
  • I tend to read young adult books faster than adult (and sometimes faster than middle grade).
  • Does the book have lots of pictures? (Middle grade books with lots of pictures are relatively easy to get through.)
  • Instrumental music tends to help my brain focus on the book. Music with words tends to interfere unless the song is really familiar to me.
  • The book has grabbed me and won’t let my brain go (or sleep) until I’m finished with it.

What was the last book you read in one sitting? Let me know in the comments, thanks for stopping by!

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and they are back from hiatus! This week the theme is my spring TBR. I’m going to be honest though… my TBR is pretty nebulous and flexible so these were the first ten that came to mind that I haven’t started reading yet.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is one of my favorite books of all time and it’s my Retro Reread pick for April.


The Gods Are Thirsty by Tanith Lee is my favorite historical fiction novel of all time and it is my Retro Reread pick for May.


I got this ebook from a Goodreads giveaway forever ago and recently there was an update that hopefully fixed the typos.

I got Romancing the Inventor and Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger and Storming by K.M. Weiland for Christmas and I want to read them soon.

I got these from the library recently. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer will count for a Popsugar Challenge task and History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera will count for a Read Harder task. I’m working on Temeraire Book 3: Black Powder War but I’ve been flying through this series.


I finally decided to subscribe to the Book of the Month Club and I picked Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach for my first month because it sounded really interesting.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I’m Grateful For


The Broke and the Bookish are still on a break so I decided to do this topic based on what 4th House on the Left did last week. These are the book related things I’m grateful for.

Annotated classics! I love it when people take the time to do the fancy editions with pictures and notes. Very helpful.

The printing press! As beautiful as those illuminated manuscripts are, they were meant for a limited audience. The printing press allowed for mass production and distribution.

Type! Handwriting is fabulous when it can be read but typed words are a lot easier to read in general.

Standardized spelling! Creative spelling can be funny to read but there are times when it can make research very difficult.

Book glue and book tape! They make repairing books a lot easier.

Genuine laughter! When a book makes me laugh it feels good.

Discussion and debate! Books give people a chance to talk about something they like and/or difficult topics.