Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Names/Character Names In the Titles


This week’s topic are those books I call “The Something, something life of somebody somebody.” Here are some of the ones I’ve read and enjoyed. So many had to be ignored! Mr. Rosenbaum Dreams in English, The Secret Life of Mrs. London, Bill Warrington’s Last Chance, Entertaining Mr. Pepys, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,–so many more even! I had to include Bridget Jones so I picked my favorite of the books.

My Reviews

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock by Jane Riley

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (my review was lost on my old blog)

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Miss Pettigew Lives for the Day by Winifred Watson

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (scroll down to the review)

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris (my review was lost on my old blog)

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding (my review was lost on my old blog)

A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul (I read this years ago in the Peace Corps).


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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection


Believe it or not, last year (when I was employed) I set the goal of buying more books–not only for the topics on which I collect, but to support fiction authors! I did buy a few more, mostly for Kindle and mostly from Dean Street Press (a total of 7 books). Here are some of my most recent purchases and one gift (which I requested).



My grown-up kids gave me this one–God bless the Amazon Wish List! One child hates to figure out gifts and demands a list. I was picky about the two books I put on that list and she chose this one. Great choice. Review coming soon.

These are some of the hardbacks I bought myself. I failed to buy any hardback fiction. I bought the UK edition of the Churchill book which is now out in the USA and titled The Churchill Sisters. The collection of Ann Fleming’s letters is due to my love of society letters. Ann was the wife of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming.  You can read my reviews of Survivors and Windsor Diaries by clicking on the linked titles.



I know next-to-nothing about Spain, so I bought this book to read during Spanish lit month over the next few years. It is enjoyable prose, but I am limiting myself to reading it at that time only. Roads to Santiago by Cees Nooteboom.


I have not yet read The Far Country, and I threw back The Sanatorium, but my reviews of the other two books are linked. Like many Kindle owners, I also purchased several bargains that will likely never be read.

Wintering by Katherine May

Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison



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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2020

It’s always hard to do “Best/Favorite Book of the Year” posts. I usually recommend one book as my “Must Read Book” of the new year for my readers. Here are some of the books I enjoyed in 2020. All are reviewed here. Please use the search box to find the reviews. I normally link, but I’m on vacation this week!



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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles

A while back we did Book Titles That Would Make Great Band Names–one of the most creative topics ever! So, I view this topic as a great follow-up!


Entwined With You would be a crooner song–A Sinatra-wannabe or Michael Buble-type singer would be needed. Or maybe a Luther Vandross-type.


Black Heels and Tractor Wheels would be a perfect song for Dolly Parton


Devil’s Highway would be a perfect Johnny Cash song–it would be gritty and end in prison.


Tomato Girl--follow up to Watermelon Sugar for Harry Styles.


The Crossroad would be a soulful hit for Blake Shelton–a heartstrings-tugging love is over song.


Dogtripping! Alice Cooper and all that noise! I can imagine my brother torturing us with it in 1973 on those HUGE speakers he had!


As Sure As The Dawn just screams Steven Curtis Chapman to me [although this book cover definitely does NOT scream his name!]


This is a dark, angsty rap. Not sure about who would perform it. I’m not into rap.


Since You’re Leaving Anyway, Take Out The Trash has to also go to Dolly Parton! Country music does a great job with songs like that so why not give it to the best?


Salt to the Sea would be that rare instrumental #1 hit. Probably from a movie soundtrack.


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