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: 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: Books I Read but do not review here on my blog


This week’s topic is: “Books I Enjoyed, but Have Never Mentioned On My Blog,” but I’ve tweaked it a little. I don’t always “enjoy” books I do not review here. You’ll see in a minute….

Church Books

I dread being handed things like The Purpose Driven Life of The Story for an all-church read. (No I did NOT vote for him….). The Bible is “it” as far as I am concerned. It’s enough for many a lifetime. The stories, the people, the contradictions, the unexplained stuff, the beauty, the glory!! Wow! I don’t care to read vapid re-tellings of it or the inane and usually dead obvious thoughts on it from some celebrity pastor.

C.S. Lewis and a few others are NOT included in this, but I still will not be reviewing them. The Screwtape Letters is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

NOTE: I do not mind if you do not read the Bible. I do not mind if you have no faith or hold to a different faith. ALL are totally welcome here at this blog. ALL means ALL of humanity.

Series Books

There ARE exceptions to this, but mostly I do not review series books because it is too hard to review them without spoilers. I love a number of series, but have quit listening to one series I loved, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency because the reader was dropped after 20+ books. Why it was necessary to drop the white read of a series set in Botswana written by a white Scotsman, I have no clue. But for many, many, many fans of this series it was cruel.

When the longtime reader of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series died, Louise Penny herself broke the news to her fans and introduced Robert Bathurst as the new reader. I didn’t quit that series because it was handled beautifully.

I also didn’t like the “other” reader in the Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich because she made a favorite character seem brainless.

Books for Work

I make exceptions for business or self-help books that are for a general audience. No one on the planet wants to read a review of a scholarly work on librarianship. Trust me.

Royal Books That I Just Skim

I usually can skim a new royal bio in an evening. I just look for the new or different stuff. Much of what is sold as “new” or “shocking” or whatever isn’t–I’ve known about it long before. Hence not being even remotely shocked by a new book detailing the “scandalous” marriage of a prominent relative of the Prince Philip’s. Old news.

Cookbooks that are not also Foodie books

I love to look at and read thru new cookbooks, but I don’t review them. I don’t make enough of the recipes (one or two usually) to adequately judge the quality of the recipes and how they turn out.

Political Biographies

I skim them and move on. I no longer wade through doorstop political biographies. Life is too short.

Art Books

I enjoy art books too–big lavish coffee table ones. I love looking through them and reading the parts about the artist’s life. I do not have a BFA or MFA, so I do not have the knowledge to really judge and comment on the text or the selection or works.

Once I again, I’ve come up short! Oh well….next time.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Dynamic Duos


Name your duo? Scarlett and Rhett? Popeye and Olive Oil? Who cares! Dynamic Duos are the topic today!


1. Stephanie Plum and Lula

Or should that be Stephanie Plum and Grandma Mazur? Or Stephanie and Joe? Or Stephanie and Ranger? I’ll stick with gal pals for this one–Stephanie and Lula, all the way. Let’s hit Cluck in a Bucket and the doughnut joint first though, ok? Funeral home cookies don’t cut it.


2. Miss Benson and Enid Perry

An unconventional duo on an unconventional mission.


3. Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir

Part Chief/deputy, part father/son, part bromance. Love these two.



4. Alex Claremont-Diaz and Prince Henry.

I didn’t know what I’d think when I started reading this book. I came to [heart] both.


5.  Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd and Johanna.

A good man takes care of a dumped kid. Sam Elliott should have gotten the role in the film.


6. Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi.

Or maybe Precious Ramotswe  and Charlie? Or Precious Ramotswe  and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni? Until they abruptly changed performers on the audio (They do know this series is written by a white, male, Scot– right?) I LOVED this series. Precious and Grace are the ultimate dynamic duo, but Charlie and a few others make duos with both on their own, too.


7. Noah Selvaggio and Michael

This pairing does strain the bounds of credulity, but I loved it anyway. Noah and Michael are IT!


8. Vish Puri and his “Mummy Ji”

Where would he be without Mummy to solve the crimes and make him think it was all his own brain power?

Sorry, that’s all this week! I’ve done more than 10 many weeks so I’ll just stop here.


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