Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List


My summer TBR is a work in progress. This year, like many years, setting a list of books I must read is too much like homework. And, with my new job and much, much tighter budget I’m totally at the mercy of the public library and deeply discounted kindle book sales to get my hands on books. I did one version of a summer TBR here in my 20 Books of Summer post (click the link to read it).

Here are a few more books I may read this summer–or may not!

From NetGalley:

From the Lost Section of My Kindle:


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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wishes 


Bookish wishes–this is to include you top 10 wished for books with a link to your online wish list so people can buy them for you. I’m not linking to my wish list. These are all books I want, this time just to read–I’ve done this sort of list before focusing on books I want for my collections.


Right now this is at the top of my wish list. I kept reading about it during Reading Daphne Du Maurier Week and would really like to have it. The Rebecca Notebook & Other Memories by Daphne Du Maurier.


Betty’s Wartime Diary 1939–1945 by Nicholas Welby


Last year I bought his wife’s collected letters. I’ve read a previous biography of him, but I’m curious to see what new information (if any) is added. The World is Not Enough by Oliver Buckton.


A seasonal read and, it is from my favorite Dean Street Press/Furrowed Middlebrow! Win-win!

The Swiss Summer by Stella Gibbons

That’s all I’ve got this week. The items I’ve posted before are still waiting to be purchased. You can view some of those HERE if you click to read the last post we did of this topic-I have purchased the Churchill and Eden book and, in the Kindle version, the biography of Princess Mary.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With a Unit of Time In the Title


This week’s topic was suggested by blogger The Idealistic Daydream

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Units of time–seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, eternity, are constantly part of our lives. So, why not stick them in book titles?

My Most Recent Unit of Time Book


A Year of Mr Maybes by Judy Leigh 

My review is linked.

Books I’ve read with units of time in the title

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR That Sound Comforting 


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was supposed to be “Comfort Reads.” I’ve used my favorite re-reads sooooooo many times on this blog that I just couldn’t do it again. So, I’ve tweaked the topic a little to present  books on my TBR that sound comforting. 

Forthcoming Books

Same, book, but different titles for the US and UK. 

Every day at 8:05, Iona Iverson boards the train to go to work. Every day, she sees the same people and makes assumptions about them, even giving them nicknames. But they never speak. Obviously. Then, one morning, Smart-but-Sexist-Surbiton chokes on a grape right in front of Iona. Suspiciously-Nice-New Malden steps up to help and saves his life, and this one event sparks a chain reaction. With nothing in common but their commute, an eclectic group of people learn that their assumptions about each other don’t match reality. But when Iona’s life begins to fall apart, will her new friends be there when she needs them most?

Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley is available for pre-order. It will be released June 7, 2022.


Jess Metcalf is perfectly content with her quiet, predictable life. But when her beloved grandmother passes away and she loses her job at the local library, Jess’ life is turned upside down. Determined to pick up the pieces, Jess decides it’s time for a new beginning. Unable to part with her grandmother’s cherished books, she packs them all up and moves to a tiny cottage in the English countryside. To her surprise, Jess discovers that she’s now the owner of an old red phone box that was left on the property. Missing her job at the local library, Jess decides to give back to her new community—using her grandmother’s collection to turn the ordinary phone box into the littlest library in England.

The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander is available for pre-order. It will be released on July 19, 2022.

Other Books


An Earl reeling from his service in World War I, his crumbling great country house, and an a lady artist…will his lordship return to living life to the fullest?

At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis


Cindy loves shoes. A well-placed bow or a chic stacked heel is her form of self-expression. As a fashion-obsessed plus-size woman, she can never find designer clothes that work on her body, but a special pair of shoes always fits just right. With a shiny new design degree but no job in sight, Cindy moves back in with her stepmother, Erica Tremaine, the executive producer of the world’s biggest dating reality show. When a contestant on Before Midnight bows out at the last minute, Cindy is thrust into the spotlight. ….But being the first and only fat contestant on Before Midnight turns her into a viral sensation—and a body-positivity icon—overnight. Even harder to believe? She can actually see herself falling for this Prince Charming. To make it to the end, despite the fans, the haters, and a house full of fellow contestants she’s not sure she can trust, Cindy will have to take a leap of faith and hope her heels— and her heart—don’t break in the process.

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

The right supper club would be very comforting, wouldn’t it?

The Kindred Spirts Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert

The Umbrian Thursday Night Supper Club by Marlena de Blasi

And These…


All Maggie Bliss needs to do is write. Forty-eight years old and newly single (again!), she ventures to Paris in a last-ditch effort to finish her manuscript. With a marvelous apartment at her fingertips and an elegant housekeeper to meet her every need, a finished book—and her dream of finally taking her career over the top—is surely within her grasp. After all, how could she find anything except inspiration in Paris, with its sophistication, food, and romance in the air?But the clock is running out, and between her charming ex-husband arriving in France for vacation and a handsome Frenchman appearing one morning in her bathtub, Maggie’s previously undisturbed peace goes by the wayside

Maggie Finds Her Muse: A Novel by Dee Ernst


Best friends Agnes and Bea decide to embark on one last adventure before their adult lives begin. For Agnes’s mother Florence, a fresh chapter is starting as her youngest flies the nest and her marriage settles into a new routine. But she can’t help feeling that something is missing. As Agnes travels to London and Florence follows her heart to Europe, both will discover a world of possibilities they never could have dreamed of…

The Never-Ending Summer by Emma Kennedy

Romance should always provide comfort! 

My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel

The Marriage Code by Brook Burroughs

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Good Persephone Book Quotes


This week’s topic is a Book Quote “Freebie”–i.e. make up your own topic on book quotes. I chose to showcase Persephone Books from Bath (England/UK). Some I took down when I was reading the book, others I got off Goodreads.


“Time now seemed to have receded, to be an enormous empty room which she must furnish, like any other aimless woman, with celluloid shadows of other people’s happiness, with music that worked one up for nothing.”

Good Evening, Mrs. Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes


“But if you can get so interested in a conversation with someone you’re in love with that you forget about wanting to kiss them, then – well then it looks as if you’re safe to go ahead..”

A House in the Country by Joceyn Playfair


“They had reached the strange, disturbing little moment that comes in every holiday: the moment when suddenly the tense excitement of the journey collapses and fizzles out, and you are left, vaguely wondering what you are going to do, and how you are going to start. With a touch of panic you wonder whether the holiday, after all, is only a dull anti-climax to the journey.”

The Fortnight in September by R.C. Sherriff


“Received by Lady B. …surrounded by a bevy of equally bejeweled friends. She smiles graciously and shakes hands without looking at any of us, and strange fancy crosses my mind that it could be agreeable to bestow on her sudden sharp shaking, and thus compel her to recognize existence of at least one of guests invited to her house.” 

The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield



“What would her dear dead mother say if life came back to her body? What did Miss Pettigrew care? Nothing. Freely, frankly, joyously, she acknowledged the fact. She was out for a wild night. She was out to paint the town red….She was out to enjoy herself as she had never enjoyed herself before, and all the sermons in the world wouldn’t change her course.” 

Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day by Winifred Watson



“She was all in pink, and a wreath of little pink wild roses lay close about her head, making her, with her tall young slimness, look like a Botticelli nymph.”

The Making of a Marchioness by Frances  Hodgson Burnett


Only six this week.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was SO EXCITED about when they were released, but Still Haven’t Read 


Top Ten Tuesday often does “What’s on your Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall TBR” and that usually leads me to  survey new or soon-to-be-released books. But do I read them? Not always! I also suffer from what I call “homework syndrome”–if I put books in a list that must be read I lose interest. So, here are some that I’ve never done the “homework” with (bad grammar, I know).

I have not included any I DNF-ed.


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


The Great Circle: A Novel by Maggie Shipstead


The Last Bathing Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan


Lear Wife: A Novel by J.R. Thorp


The Rain Watcher: A Novel by Tatiana De Rosnay


The Husbands: A Novel by Chandler Baker


The Parisians: A Novel by Marius Gabriel 


I’m not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez


In Five Years: A Novel by Rebecca Serle


The Farm: A Novel by Joanne Ramos

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Characters 


This week’s topic is “bookish characters.” This was a harder topic than it first appeared. I’ve read lots of bookstore books, books set in libraries or in universities or colleges, books about book clubs, writers and editors, but, to me none of these are automatically “bookish characters.” For example, I wouldn’t call either of the professors in David Lodge’s hilarious Changing Places “bookish” though they are scholars. It’s a job, a career to them–not a passion. I see bookishness as a passion.

The First Two–the Ones Everyone Thinks of

Hermoine Granger in Harry Potter and Jo Marsh in Little Women

Sorry fans, but neither Gilmour Girl makes my list. I didn’t like the show–especially Lorelei. Rory was ok, but a tad smug to me. Mea Culpa.

My All-Time Favorite Bookish Characters: One real, one fictional

Helene Hanff who wrote to 84 Charing Crossroads Marks and Co for all those years. And dear Frank.

Helene Hanff was the bookish, real-life, character who got me to look beyond popular authors of the ’70s. I discovered Pepys fabulous diary through her. And, she started my life-long love affair with epistolary novels, published diaries, and collections of letters. Thank you, Helene. Plus the movie of this book was so wonderful. (Did you spot Judi Dench in it? A little extra fun).


Katherine Hepburn, as Bunny Watson, in Desk Set

You just know Bunny has a Commonplace Book, as vast a home library as her little apartment can hold, and books that she treasures–many with notes stuffed in them or even, (yes, even!) comments written in them. I suspect she has a card file of reviews with ratings and errors noted. I love her. Sadly, 70+ years later, people are still trying to replace us (librarians) with computers. Sigh.


Professor Godfrey St. Peter in Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House. He is so attuned to his world of books–the world of his home “study” [room] that when his family moves to a new house he retains use of his room in the old one. I took down pages of quotes from this book in my Commonplace Book.

Cussy Mary and her adopted daughter, Honey, are both book lovers. So, too, are the many folks on their pack horse librarian routes in the back hills of Eastern Kentucky in the 1930s and 1950s. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson.


Ritaro’s Grandfather loves books and is devoted to keeping them available via his bookstore. When he dies, Ritaro and his friend, must continue to save books with the help of a cat. The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa is an amazing story for all ages.


Evie Stone is another type of bookish person. She saves, catalogs, and protects books and cares deeply about an author’s legacy. She promotes obscure, but deserving books. She is a fictional soulmate of mine, even if I have never enjoyed cataloging in my professional life. The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner.

Ashley Wilkes is the very definition of a bookish aristocrat. He adores beauty, peace, tranquility, his library, his gardens, his art collection, his memories of his Grand Tour and all the beauty he steeped himself in while in Europe. That he owns slaves actually bothers him–he wanted to free them all when his father died. He is bookish to the ends of his very slender fingers. His wife, Melanie, is the very same. They are a very, very bookish couple. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. (Be wary of cheap Kindle editions of this book).

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Top Ten Tuesday: One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read


Thank you to Susan @ Bloggin’ ’bout Books for comin up with this topic.

My Last 10 Books

I’ve done this list in using the actual last 10 books I read in the order I finished them–not in the order the reviews appeared here on my blog.





















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Top Ten Tuesday: My Posts of Books With X On the Cover


I’ve done a lot of book cover posts! So, since I didn’t have an idea ready to research–a cover with x on it–I decided I’d give you the opportunity to pick one (or more) of my previous book cover posts to look at instead this week. Click the list title to go to the post.

Some of My Book Cover Posts

  1. Books With Nesting Dolls on the Cover
  2. Books With Nature on the Cover
  3. Books With a Ferris Wheel on the Cover
  4. Books With Matches or Matchbooks on the Cover 
  5. Springy and Summery Book Covers 
  6. Books With Recorded Music on the Cover I
  7. Books With Recorded Music on the Cover II
  8. Books With Red, White, and Blue Covers 
  9. Books With Cute Covers 
  10. Book Covers I’d Like to Live In 


A few new book covers I love


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Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classic


I’ve been doing Top Ten Tuesday for so long! I love it. I track my reading so that makes it easy to participate. This week the topic is one I suggested so even more fun. You’d think I’d be well prepared, right? Wrong! I had to go back into my lists to make my top ten!

Here are a few lists:

Guardian’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

Sorry Guardian but Normal People is not a future classic. It was disgusting. Other lists mention Wild by Cheryl Strayed–God help us. Heroin is amazing? No. It’s not. It kills.

25 Books to Read Before You Die: 21st Century by Powell’s Books



The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Train Dreams: A Novella by Denis Johnson


This Tender Land: A Novel by William Kent Krueger


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo



The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2010) nonfiction


Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink


The Glass Caste by Jeannette Walls

I read this when it came out–before blogging.


American Prison by Shane Bauer. Currently on sale for $5.99 for Kindle

My review


In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

I’ve probably forgotten a ton of others that should be on this list. Nickeled and Dimed is another I’d like to include. So many others.


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