10 binge worthy TV shows

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s theme is 10 binge worthy TV shows or amazing movies.  These are my favorite shows, whether they are complete series or still airing.  However, if they are still airing, they are shows that I’ve watched several seasons of (with the exception of “Outlander”…I’ve only seen the first season!)


Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.


Breaking Bad

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future.


Gilmore Girls

A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.



Battlestar Galactica

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet – the last of humanity – as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.



Follows the personal and professional lives of six 20 to 30-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.




Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters”, fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.


New Girl

After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.



An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.



How I Met Your Mother

A father recounts to his children, through a series of flashbacks, the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother.


Arrested Development

Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.











10 covers that feature school supplies

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Today’s theme is back to school and I copied That Artsy Reader Girl and chose books with school supplies on the cover.

I’ll start with the book I’m reading right now:



by: Tara Westover  (pencil)





by: David Arnold  (backpack)





One of Us is Lying  
by: Karen McManus  (notebook paper)





Fahrenheit 451  
by: Ray Bradbury  (book)





The Bookshop on the Corner  
by: Jenny Colgan  (books)





Muse  by: Jessie Burton (paintbrushes, typewriter)





Life in Outer Space  
by: Melissa Keil  (laptops)





by: Lauren DeStefano  (globe, books)





Room  by: Emma Donoghue  (fingerpaints)






Loving Lefties: How to Raise Your Left-Handed Child in a Right-Handed World  by: Jane M. Healey  (chalkboard)



10 Hype Worthy Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Today’s theme is top ten books that are worthy of the hype they received.  These are my ten picks, in no particular order.



The Language of Flowers
  by: Vanessa Diffenbaugh – This was before Goodreads was as popular and before I was part of The Silent Book Club on Facebook.  So I heard about this book a on a few book blogs and from my mom.  It was excellent and I’ve always heard good things about it, whether or not that qualifies as “hype.” 🙂



  by: Stephen King – I read this fairly soon after it was released, but I still hear a lot about it today from book lovers.  On Silent Book Club it is always one of the first recommended when someone asks what King book they should read.  I loved it, in spite of the weird ending (which is true of many of King’s books).


The Book Thief  
by: Markus Zusak – Awesome, amazing book that people recommend all the time and rightly so.  My husband did read the first chapter and decided he didn’t like it, but he’s not a cultured reader so he doesn’t count.


Beneath a Scarlet Sky
  by: Mark T. Sullivan  – I haven’t heard as much about this book recently, but it was talked about a lot when it was first published.  I loved it, whether or not it was an accurate portrayal of the real Pino’s life.


  by: Emma Donoghue – This has been made into a movie that I haven’t seen yet, but it’s an excellent novel.  The first few chapters were some of the most agonizing suspense scenes I’ve ever read.  My oldest child was the same age as the protagonist of the book, which made it affect me even more.




The Help  by: Kathryn Stockett – There’s a reason this book is one of the most popular novels of the modern age.  The fact that it’s a movie has helped, but that’s the reason it became a film in the first place.  Great story, well written, interesting characters.




Water for Elephants  by: Sara Gruen – I don’t hear as much about this book now, but for a while it was highly talked about amongst book lovers.  I never watched the movie, but the book was excellent and deserved to be recommended as much as it was.



Harry Potter series  by: J.K. Rowling – Do I even need to justify why this is on my list?  This series grows along with the characters and along with many of the first readers.  That is neat in and of itself, but the original story, fun characters, and unique setting tops it off.



  by: R.J. Palacio – For years I heard about this book but kept putting off checking it out.  I figured it was just blown out of proportion or just appealed to young readers.  Boy was I wrong.  It’s fascinating how well this was written that it can reach young and adult readers.  The message is so important as well.



To Kill a Mockingbird
  by: Harper Lee – Once again, I don’t feel there’s anything I can really add to make you understand why this book is on this list, but it truly is a classic tale.  Part of it is how incredible this book was released when it was, at a time when the message was controversial as well as important.  The message is still incredibly important.  Also, I want to take this opportunity to say that I didn’t like Go Set a Watchman and I honestly don’t think it was ever supposed to be published.  Harper Lee wouldn’t have wanted that considering it was a first “draft” of Mockingbird and she obviously decided to write something else instead.



Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2018

I’m new to the modern book blogging world, so this is my first time doing this tag.  Thanks to Bionic Book Worm and Read All The Things! for introducing me to the tag.

As of June 30, 2018 I’ve read 46 of my annual goal of 70.


The best book you’ve read:


Turtles All the Way Down  
by: John Green


Beacon 23  
by: Hugh Howey


  by: R.J. Palacio



Your favorite sequel:


Memories of Ash  
by: Intisar Khanani



New release you haven’t read yet but want to:


Sometimes I Lie  by: Alice Feeney
I have it on hold at the library.



Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:


Saga Vol. 9  by: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples



Your biggest disappointment:

Lincoln in the Bardo  by: George Saunders
I’m like books that are allegorical or alternative or layered.  I enjoy books whose main purpose are to make the readers think in a new way.  I couldn’t stand this book.  I barely finished it and just skimmed the last few pages.  It presented some interesting ideas about life, but it’s way too wordy.

Biggest surprise of the year:


by: Intisar Khanani



Favorite new to you or debut author:

N.K. Jemison
N.K. Jemisin
I’ve only read one book by her so far, The Fifth Season, but the world building, characters, and timeline were so amazing that I immediately looked up the author on Goodreads and plan to read the rest of The Broken Earth series and start on her other books as well.


Your new fictional crush:


Val from Sunbolt



New favorite character:


Aza from Turtles All the Way Down  by: John Green


A book that made you cry:


Winter Garden  
by: Kristen Hannah


A book that made you happy:


The Girl Who Drank the Moon  
by: Kelly Barnhill



Your favorite book to movie adaptation:

I haven’t watched much this year based on books but I’ve really enjoyed the first season of “Outlander” and I’m on the 4th season of “Call the Midwife.”


Favorite blog post you’ve published this year:

Top Ten Red Books

The most beautiful book you have read:


Saga Vol. 3  
by: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples




The Shell Collector  
by: Hugh Howey




That Inevitable Victorian Thing  
by: E.K. Johnston



Some books that you need to read by the end of the year:


by: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann (The Illuminae Files #3)




The Obelisk Gate  
by: N.K. Jemisin  (The Broken Earth #2)



Did you complete the Mid Year Freak Out Tag?  Put your link in the comments!

Top Ten RED books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s topic is 10 books that feature your favorite color.  My favorite color has been red for years and years.  Lately I’ve also been loving teal, but red holds a special place in my heart so here we go.  10 books that have red covers in no particular order.  In choosing from my favorites list, I noticed that most of these books are sci-fi and that isn’t my most read genre.  Just an interesting observation.

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Wool  by: Hugh Howey  (Silo #1)

This is an interesting and unique sci-fi read.  It was my introduction to Howey’s books, most of which I very much enjoy.




Inkheart  by: Cornelia Funke  (Inkworld #1)

A great children’s fantasy that was made into an okay movie.





Life of Pi  by: Yann Martel

An incredibly unique fantasy/magical realism.  It didn’t sound like something I’d usually enjoy, but I loved it.  I still haven’t seen the movie.




The Martian  by: Andy Weir

Am I veering into orange?  This is a popular sci-fi for a reason.  Who would have thought that I’d enjoy it so much with all of the scientific jargon?  It was also a good movie.




Ready Player One  by: Ernest Cline

Once again, a sci-fi that takes place in the future and includes an extensive virtual reality aspect.  It’s an awesome book and I’m hoping the movie will be good too, but I haven’t seen it yet.




Doctor Sleep  by: Stephen King  (The Shining #2

This is the sequel to The Shining.  Read my review because I really connected with this book and thought it was a great sequel.  I was nervous about reading it, but it didn’t disappoint even though it was very different from The Shining.




Dark Matter  by: Blake Crouch

Once again, I didn’t think I’d enjoy a sci-fi book that relies heavily on the theory of quantum mechanics, but this was an interesting, action-packed book.  Yes, I did read a few articles about quantum mechanics and yes, it’s still hard to wrap my head around.  My brain just doesn’t think that way.




Illuminae  by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff  (Illuminae Files #1)

The first in a very unique sci-fi series that isn’t complete yet.  So far only the first two books have been published and they were both great.





Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by: Mark Sullivan

An historical fiction about the Italian resistance during WWII.  It was so well written and I was glad to read about a part of the war I wasn’t familiar with.




11/22/63  by: Stephen King

I know I’m stretching with the red here, but the red really pops on this cover and it’s a great book.  Once again, it’s a sci-fi that deals with time travel back to 1963 and the assassination of JFK.



10 Books Set in Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books that take place in another country.  I live in the U.S. so the books I list will be my favorites that take place in a country other than the U.S.A. but are also informative about the culture/beliefs/history of each country.



Beneath a Scarlet Sky  by: Mark Sullivan

Italy (WWII)




Call the Midwife  by: Jennifer Worth

England (1950s East End London)





The Bear and the Nightingale  by: Katherine Arden

Russia (Medieval folk tales)





Outlander  by: Diana Gabaldon

Scotland (1700s)





All the Light We Cannot See  by: Anthony Doerr

France  (WWII)





Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Law  by: Michelle Granas

Poland (2000s)





The Sandalwood Tree  by: Elle Newmark

India (1940s)





The Poisonwood Bible  by: Barbara Kingsolver

Belgian Congo (1950s & 60s)





Mara, Daughter of the Nile  by: Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Egypt  (Ancient Egypt)





Snowflower and the Secret Fan  by: Lisa See

China  (1800s)





Ten Favorite Fictional Couples

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a love freebie.  I like a little romance in the books I read, but I’m not always a huge fan of the characters or the relationships.  But the couples I’m listing today have stuck with me through the years or are newer favorites that I can tell will remain in my mind in years to come.

EDITED TO ADD: How could I forget about Katniss and Peeta in the Hunger Games series!?!


Alana & Marko in the Saga series  by: Brian K. Vaughan

Inej & Kaz in the Six of Crows series by: Leigh Bardugo

Jane Eyre & Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre  by: Charlotte Bronte

Hanna & Nik in Gemina  by: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Elizabeth Bennett & Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice  by: Jane Austen


Louisa & Will in Me Before You  by: Jojo Moyes


Hazel & Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars  by: John Green

Sorcha & Red in Daughter of the Forest  by: Juliet Marillier

Beauty & Beast in Beauty by Robin McKinley

Yelena & Valek in Poison Study  by: Maria V. Snyder


Ten Oldest TBR Books

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday by That Artsy Reader Girl is Top Ten Books That Have Been on my TBR List the Longest.

These are all on the first page of my Goodreads TBR list which I created in 2012:


Half Broke Horses  
by: Jeannette Walls

I enjoyed The Glass Castle so I thought I would check this out as well, but it just hasn’t happened.



Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  by: Seth Grahame-Smith

Isn’t there a movie based on this book? I watched a movie called “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” but I haven’t read that book.  My husband read this one and enjoyed it so I put it on the list…6 years ago.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  
by: Rebecca Skloot

My mom recommended this to me and I’ve seen it recommended highly on several book blogs.



His Majesty’s Dragon  
by: Naomi Novik

Part of the reason this has been left on my TBR is because I didn’t really like Uprooted.  Not that it was bad, but I worry that this will be another 3 star book.


The Stand
  by: Stephen King

I’ve been meaning to read this for the longest time.  I really should get around to it!



The House on the Strand  
by: Daphne du Maurier

I’ve loved the other books I’ve read by this author, but I just haven’t gotten around to checking this out.



The Double Bind  
by: Chris Bohjalian

I don’t know why this is on my TBR.  Some books by the author I like, some I don’t.  But just the cover and the name seem boring.



Life As We Knew It  
by: Susan Beth Pfeffer

This seems like a book I’d really like so I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.



The Clutter Cure: Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space, & Creating the Home of Your Dreams  
by: Judi Culbertson

Hahaha, I should post a picture of the loads of clutter around my house to share with this.


A Duty to the Dead  
by: Charles Todd

I’ll probably take this off one of these days.  It doesn’t look bad, but with a TBR list that’s 14 pages long, this doesn’t seem like a priority.



In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer  
by: Irene Gut Opdyke

This seems worth reading so hopefully I’ll get around to it someday.

Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Voluntarily Read

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This Top Ten Tuesday’s topic is “books I can’t believe I read.”  I’m listening books that I voluntarily read.  They were’t school assignments or book club choices.  Some of them were great and I’m glad I read them and some of them I didn’t enjoy all that much.  But they weren’t something I’d typically choose to read.


Anna Karenina
  by: Leo Tolstoy

Yes, I voluntarily read this because I typically enjoy classics and I wanted to read more by Russian authors.  I didn’t enjoy it so much, but that’s okay, at least I tried!


Fifty Shades trilogy  by: E.L. James

I knew what they were about and don’t ask me why I decided to read the first one.  And the second one.  And the third one.  And I rated them low on Goodreads for some reason, but I actually kind of liked them all. 😉



Saga, Vol. 1
  by: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples

I never, never thought I would ever pick up a graphic novel, but the awesome cover drew me in and I’m super glad I started this series!



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  by: J.K. Rowling

I didn’t intend to read this for a couple of reasons.  I didn’t think an eighth book was necessary, it didn’t get the best reviews, and I don’t really like reading plays.  However, a friend of mine gave it to me as a gift so I read it a few months later.  Eh.


Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker
  by: Gregory Maguire

I didn’t like the other books by Maguire I read and over the years I’ve had no desire to read any more.  The idea of a Nutcracker novel drew me in and I’m glad I gave this a chance.


The Martian
  by: Andy Weir

I checked this out from the library after hearing it was good and it sounded like something my husband would enjoy.  He read it and said he didn’t think I’d like it because of all of the technical details.  I secretly didn’t think I’d like it either, but I gave it a chance and loved it.


First Frost
  by: Sarah Addison Allen

I usually don’t like the magical realism genre, but my mom said she liked this book so I gave it a try.  I liked it enough to also read the first in the series, Garden Spells.  They weren’t amazing, but I’m glad I gave them a chance.


How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will)
  by: Chuck Sambuchino

Does this really need an explanation!?  It was a gift from a friend (along with a gnome figurine).  It’s hilarious, but obviously not something I would have chosen for myself.

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Can’t Remember

Today’s TTT topic is to list 10 books I really liked but can’t remember much (or anything) about!  This meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

TTT #10


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  
by: Stieg Larsson
Out of all the books I’m listing, I remember this the best, but still not much of it.  Something about a young woman and an agent of some sort working together to catch someone?


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  by: Susanna Clarke
I remember loving this book so much, but I don’t remember much about it except that it was long, so I’m hesitant to re-read it.



Gentlemen and Players
  by: Joanne Harris
I rated this 5 stars but don’t ask me why…because I literally can’t remember!  A boarding school for boys???  That’s it.



The Sandalwood Tree
  by: Elle Newmark
5 star rating and I don’t remember anything about it.



State of Wonder
  by: Ann Patchett
I’ve seen this book mentioned on Facebook’s Silent Book Club and I did rate it 5 stars, but I don’t remember even a single detail about it.



  by: Franny Billingsley
This is another that I remember loving, but I can’t remember what it’s about.  I’ve been meaning to re-read it for awhile now.



The Last Runaway
  by: Tracy Chevalier
I remember not liking a couple of books by Chevalier, but I guess I enjoyed this one since I gave it a good rating.


Notes from the Underground
  by: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I read this in college and I remember being surprised by how much I liked it.  I should re-read this as well since it’s short and I own a copy.



Their Eyes Were Watching God
  by: Zora Neale Hurston
I also read this in college and remember thinking it was profound, but now I can’t remember why.



Howl’s Moving Castle
  by: Dianna Wynne Jones
Yet another book I’ve been meaning to re-read for awhile.