Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading


I suppose the short answer to this would be: sci-fi, fantasy, 50 shades of anything, stuff written by Ann Voskamp, the Elsie Dinsmore saga, books featuring the words “dystopian” or “paranormal, ” or having werewolves or zombies in the story. Finally, I won’t be reading  [most] Oprah’s Bookclub of Depressing Human Experience selections. But that’s oversimplifying this week’s list! So, here are some of the specific books I’ve supposedly wanted to read that I no longer plan to bother with as well as a few more general classes of materials I will skip. Sorry if any of your favoirtes on here. Remember, too, I’m free to change my mind at anytime.


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


Done. Just done with trying to get to it. The same friend led me to believe I would “enjoy” the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because I enjoy British humor. He was wrong. Very wrong.


Beloved by Toni Morrison


Ok, this probably was an Oprah pick at some point. I get extra points for TRYING–really trying, to read this. I’m done. She writes beautifully. It’s the story matter that does me in. Yes, I’ve read reams of depressing real life stuff. But this one just sends me over the edge.


Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


Not even with Jeremy Irons reading it to me will I listen to or read this book. And, yes, I do get it–its about obsession. It frustrates me no end that some of the best looking picutres of Jeremy Irons are stills from that movie, too!


The Famished Road by Ben Okri



I have even owned a copy of this. I sold it to Half Price Books when I needed gas money several years ago.

Anything by Charles Dickens


There. I’ve said it. No more attempts at Dickens. I liked Picwick Papers. I’ve never finished anything else except A Christmas Carol. I’ll watch PBS instead.


Manga, Anime…and Graphic Novels



I’m just not into this format. That’s all.  Creative–sure. Interesting–possibly. But at almost 55 life is too short to waste on it.

The Hobbit


The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are my brother’s all–time favorites. Meh… I might give LOTR another try, but I’m done with the Hobbit. I’ve tried multiple times, different editions, audio, and fell asleep each time. Done.

Kilted time-travel books


Outlander, tome 1, was more than enough. I prefer my kilted love-intersts to be gentlemen and to live in one time period. And no forced sex. Above all, I prefer the kilted gentleman whose story I’ve written. That’s enough kilted goodness for me.


The Love Comes Whatever Way  franchise


Now if love came with a kilted highlander and the audio was read by Jeremy Irons and there was no forced sex, no quilts or buggys on the cover, then MAYBE I’d give those two genres another shot. Maybe. Neither print, audio, kindle or video have kept me awake. Even in Malawi with no other entertainment I had a hard time staying awake for Christian romances. Just no.


Modern Poetry


I don’t get it and don’t care. And, NO, it doesn’t mean I voted for… just means I’m honest.





And, for the record, NO I will not be giving WILD another try….ever.




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Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie


This week’s topic is: Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.


The Song–Lady In Red


The OTP: Andith.  Edith and Sir Anthony Here’s their story’s link



The Bad Boy History Crush and Romance: Richard Grenville and Honor Harris. Here’s their story’s link.

King's General


The Couple Crush that isn’t a ‘ship: George and Amal, their story’s link.



The Chest or why waxing should be illegal: Sean Connery. His story link.



The Quotes


I was addicted to the thrill of his attention.” and “…raked with excruciating pleasure....” and “How did you know I needed saving?

The first man-crush Rhett Butler/Clark Gable: His story link.



The first tv man crush: Simon Williams and his story link.

Simon Williams 'Upstairs, Downstairs' (1975) 2


The Older Man Crush: Cary Grant and his week of stories link.


The voice: Jeremy Irons…..




Plus one more

The Romance With a Scene as Out-landish as Outlander!



Here’s a hint…..






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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read



Top Ten Tuesday has a new home! Thank you to blogger, That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting this great, long running, meme!

This list will involve use of my personal Way-Back machine for the first entry!




I was a sophmore or junior in high school when this gem came out! It was a little shocking back in the day. It mentioned things that weren’t mentioned–even things as tame today as tampons. Still, it was not great literature! Wifey by Judy Blume.







One of my nearly life-long best friends kept telling me I’d LOVE this series. Sometimes you really don’t know your nearly life-long best friends!! After nearly careening into a semi after one passage of forced sex was my morning commute accompanyment, I had a really difficult time finishing this one, but I did. No, I  do not have plans to read any of the other books in the series! Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.




UGH! I get it. This book is very creative. But ugh all the same. I listened to it on audio. I’d never have finished it in print. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Sanders. You can read my full review here if interested.

4, 5 and 6

All sci-fi. Enough said. You can read more about them here.







This book was truly painful. Finishing it was total desparation–it was listen to it or listen to NPR pledge drive week. Ugh Ugh Ugh. Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro









Possibly the worst novel ever commercially published, this rag has every cliche and then some. Ugh Ugh Ugh Ug. I can’t even glorify it with a link to Amazon–that’s how awful it is!






Finally, two books that were so incredibly good that I can’t believe I was so afriad to read them.





This book would never have stayed in my hands in elementary or middle school. No way. Sci-fi? Nope. As an adult, though, I devoured it! It deserves all the praise has ever earned. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. You can read my full review here.








This one came out when I was a little too old. I was an adult with a successful career as a law librarian. I worked out daily and took work home. I didn’t read much at that time due to my job requireing at least 8 hours per day of reading. When I did read it–for Banned Books Week, I was over 50, but it was cathartic. Read why here.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.



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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To


Usually, when I get to year’s end without reading something it comes down to two things:

  1. Time to do print reading (actual books or e-books)
  2. The title isn’t available thru my vast library system on some version of audio

With that said, here then are the ten books I was looking forward to but never managed to read or listen to in 2017.



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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 of my Favorite Books in 2017–Fiction


Every year I choose a “Must Read Book” to recommend to everyone for the coming year. It’s my favorite book from the current year. I’m not revealing that ONE book here, but here are ten of my favorites. Today’s list has 10 novels.



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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR


Here are a few of the books I’m anxiously awaiting between now and the start of Spring.  This list is nearly all historical fiction. I haven’t found a good list of all genres so these will suffice for today. Can you guess the two I’m most looking forward to?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unique Book Titles


This week’s topic: Top Ten Unique Book Titles.


1. A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka. This book is a fun account of an older man falling for a much younger immigrant woman who is searching for wealth in Britain. It is hilarious in places and funny throughout.

2. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl For some reason I did not review it either here or on Goodreads,  but gave it 4 stars in my reading log.

3. In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda. Here’s my review from my old blog:

In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda I didn’t know what to think of this, but ended up marveling at this boy’s survival instinct. Makes me cringe when I think of the silly stuff we American parents “worry” about happening to our kids–like bad grades, not being picked for the team or having to eat nutrition-free school lunches. This young man, even though this is a fictionalized account of his life, is a ROLE MODEL. And his mother DID know what she was doing–she gave him LIFE for ever, not for the short selfish term.

4. All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg. Here’s my review from my old blog:

If you grew up in the late 60s and early 70s likely you remember Fannie Flagg trading wise cracks with Gene Rayburn, Brett Summers and Charles Nelson Riley on the The Match Game. Well, today, she’s the author of a great slew of novels. The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion tells the story of the SPARS–women who ferried planes to US Army Air Corps bases during World War II. It’s also the story of identity and what it means to be “me” and “us.” This little gem is interesting, fun and well worth your time in every way. And, please, somebody play me the “Aw Jeese, You Bet Polka.” The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.

5. Sima’s Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stranger-Ross. Here’s my review from my old blog:

I’ve long been fascinated by all types of fundamentalism, regardless of the political or religious creed the espouse. Sima’s Undergarments for Women is set in a mostly Orthodox and Hassidic Jewish neighborhood in New York. As the title indicates, Sima sells lingerie–the real stuff that real women wear daily. She fits bras perfectly–altering them when necessary. [Yes, I learned a lot!] The story intermingles her struggle to have children with that of the young woman she takes under her wing as a sort of surrogate daughter. Her stale marriage, a friend’s glorious marriage, all get worked into the story. Sima’s Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross.

6. Gonzales and Daughter Trucking Company by Maria Amparo Escandon. Read my review.

7. Why Can’t Somebody Just Die Around Here? by Gerhard Marocher Read my review.

8. Dark Ferret Society and Rise of the Narcoleptic Turtles by Emily Humphreys. Read my review. YA Fans, check out this great series!

9.  Ginger, You’re Barmy by David Lodge. Read this one years ago in the Peace Corps.

10. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. Read my review.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books



This week’s topic: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books. I’m taking this to mean books that aren’t foodie non-fiction.  And, I’m not even counting how many such “foods” I mention!

Two of my favorite book series for sheer food delight are Jan Karon’s Mitford and Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series.  Probably because I am currently listening to the newest book, the food of Mitford is on my mind! And, there’s an actual published cookbook of all the great Mitford food.

The OMC–the Orange Marmalade Cake. This is the one that nearly kills Father Tim–it’s that sweet! But boy does it sound fabulous!   Puny’s Cornbread and her Macaroni and Cheese!n the newest books, Dooley’s Deep Dish Pizza, always makes me want someThose Vanilla Muffins from the cookbook–I copied the recipe years ago from the library’s copy of the cookbook. We LOVE them.  While the OMC, Puny’s Cornbread and, who could forget it? liver mush are about the most mentioned, food plays a big role in this series as people gather together or live out ordinary lives or drop something off to comfort a neighbor. And it is all great-sounding Southern American food although they’ve eased up on the deep frying.


Scrambled eggs with brie. I don’t even really enjoy scrambled eggs but I bet brie would help the flavor a lot! Duck, Brie, and Fig Confit Sandwich –my mouth waters every time this is mentioned! Parsnip and Apple Soup with a Drizzle of Walnut-Infused Oil YUM!!!  Admit it, they had you, too, at the “drizzle,” right? Then there’s the chocolate-covered blueberries from The Beautiful Mystery.… swoon. Heck, I’d even take a Tim Horton’s doughnut!

Although it does not offer ALL the recipes, The Nature of the Feast can be downloaded here to help you enjoy Gabri’s wonderful meals.


Just about anything in the City Baker’s Guide to Country Living–including even the crock of Boston Baked Beans served with Brown Bread “spackled’ with real butter!


That subscription required, one-off dinner. All of it. Everything! Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Autumnal Covers


This week’s topic: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fall-ish)



Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost The cover just says “Fall in New England,” right? Love his work.

Keeping a Nature Journal In the fall I love to be outside and see the changing colors, feel the crisp cool air and, above all, rake leaves. I’ve never had so many trees that it was a burden, though, so don’t call me insane for that! So many happy memories raking leaves with my late Keeshund beside me. I also have great memories of “drawing” hikes with my kids inspired by this book. We’d take sketch books and colored pencils and go to a park and hike. Finally we’d decide on a place to sit and draw. That their drawings were much better than mine was always a confidence booster for them–and I wasn’t faking my no talent!

Freckles A Hoosier (Indiana) classic, by early-20th Century best-selling author, Gene Stratton Porter, this book is one of her Limberlost tales.

Headmaster’s Wife Here is my review from my old blog:
 “‘Do you have children?….Now imagine if, just to spite you, they do the exact opposite with their lives from what you hope they will.‘” (p. 107). 

Usually a story told in  non-linear fashion gets annoying to me–not so this time. There IS a method to the madness and it is to tell a very griping story. This books was MESMERIZING. I had to ration it–it had that great a hold on me.  In the last part f#-! became his go-to word and it cheapened the book unnecessarily, even if it was meant to convey the changing times or something else . That’s a very minor detraction though, from what is truly a work of art. The author is a gifted storyteller. I hope to read many more books by him.[NOTE: without spoilers I will say there is an event that, when taken out of context, may upset some readers.] 

October Sky (aka Rocket Boys)  My son and I both enjoy this book–and the wonderful movie adaptation, in spite of a crucial change. in the movie

Cold Sassy Tree There is so much to “love’ in this book about when Miss Love Simpson comes to town! Look out Will Tweedy! The movie is equally delightful.

Mayflower Thanksgiving is pretty darned Autumnal and this book’s cover has the look of an eerie late Fall day.

At Home in Mitford

Mitford is one of my favorite fiction series. Father Tim, Cynthia, and all the rest of the town are marvelous. Plus there are two adoption stories in here to warm my adoptive-Mom’s heart.

A Separate Peace

This was my favorite assigned reading in high school. I loved it even more than the Rocking Hhorse Winner (D.H. Lawrence). I think it may be the reason some older parents named boys Phin/Finn in the 1990’s and early 2000’s (I imagine there’s something newer that explains the rest of the name’s popularity).

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

How could we have Fall or Halloween without this one? Not possible for those of us in it’s first generation of fans.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback Freebie: 10 Books I Loved From the Early 20th Century


This week’s topic is: Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want!



1900    Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson

1905    Diary from Dixie by Mary Chestnut

1906    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

1908    Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

1909 Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

1910    Twenty Years at Hull House by Jane Addams

1911    Peter Pan (And Wendy) by J.M.Barrie

1912  Yosemite by John Muir

1913  Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

1916    Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher



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