Books Recommendations | Top 10 Tuesday

Book recommendations are so valuable! All suggestions are so meaningful. Although I don’t stick to a given reading schedule, I check out all books recommended to me!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. It was then moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.

Each week Jana gives a prompt, and we respond with our own Top 10 list.

You’re more than welcome to participate, but link your page back to Jana’s TTT post!

10 Most Recent Book Recommendations

Here are the 10 books I’ve read recently, because of recommendations!

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1553927196l/41952489.jpg

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: Currently reading for the B2Weird Book Club!

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1541103539l/34563821._SY475_.jpg

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips: I received this recommendation from my local library’s book club!

Audubon's Sparrow by Juditha Dowd. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1576600201l/49365476.jpg

Audubon’s Sparrow by Juditha Dowd: This is another library book recommendation. A lovely work in poetry, talking about Lucy Bakewell’s life.

Book Recommendations. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1594059624l/52339313._SY475_.jpg
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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas: After reading rave reviews on Twitter, I had to preorder! This is a supernatural LGBTQ+ story I couldn’t miss! I also received an eARC through Edelweiss, so I had a chance to enjoy. I wasn’t disappointed!

Book Recommendations. Lock Every Door by RIley Sager. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1540938359l/41837243._SY475_.jpg

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: When Kayla of BooksandLala mentioned this thriller, I had to read it. A house sitter in New York City, with disappearing housemates? I was immediately drawn in!

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1524085521l/36952594.jpg

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney: I stumbled across this Alice and Wonderland retelling. I’m waiting for the third installment. I’m such a fan!

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1585327950l/42074525._SY475_.jpg

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin: This is another book recommendation through the B2Weird Book Club. I’m so happy that I discovered this group! They certainly know good fantasy tales!

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1552334367l/44318414.jpg

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett: One more book from my local library’s book club. This one truly resonated, since a supporting character has Type 1 Diabetes. Some scenes hit close to home!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1516638225l/35403058._SY475_.jpg

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: Common Spence recommended this story. It was my first foray into Victoria Schwab’s work. I love Cassidy Blake’s adventures!

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. Link: https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1551185822l/36492488.jpg

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal: This is another Booktube recommendation, but can’t remember the video. I. Love. This. Story! January 2021 can’t come fast enough!

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Top 10 Tuesday | Aug 4

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Question

Top 10 Books in my To-Read List With Colors in the Titles

While searching through my list, I was surprised that I had very little stories with a color in the title! This was fun to search through!

  1. Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
  2. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gillman
  3. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  4. Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene
  5. Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
  6. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
  7. Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West
  8. Red At the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  9. Coral by Sara Ella
  10. The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

I can’t wait to see your ‘colorful’ stories!



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Top 10 Tuesday | July 28

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.


This Week’s Topic

Things I love to eat/drink while reading


Top 10 Tuesday
A baby pig swimming in coffee
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Coffee (lots of coffee!)


A young girl drinking tea

Tea (very yummy!)


A floating piece of chocolate cake

Cake (Chocolate is my fave!)


Pusheen laying down with a bag of chips. Caption: I'm busy

Potato chips (just like Pusheen!)


Five empanadas floating in the air. Caption: National Empanada Day

Empanadas (beef or chicken, they’re soo good!)


One peanut butter cup.

Peanut butter cups (a guilty pleasure!)


Other Favorites

–Iced Tea

–Water

–Fruits (berries & bananas)

–Veggies


Feel free to add your favorite treats in the comments!


Love and light, Cathleen

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Top 10 Tuesday | July 14

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.


This Week’s Topic: Books That Make Me Smile

Top 10 Tuesday
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert


Top 10 Tuesday
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52211784-the-boyfriend-project?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=flyN30gS2p&rank=1

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon


Top 10 Tuesday
Guild of Tokens by Jon Auerbach
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Guild of Token by Jon Auerbach


Maddy McGuire, CEO: Bring Back the Bees by Emma Bland Smith


Top 10 Tuesday
One Day in December by Josie Silver
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One Day in December by Josie Silver


Top 10 Tuesday
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid


Top 10 Tuesday 
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab


Top 10 Tuesday
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill
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The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill


Top 10 Tuesday
Wish by Barbara O' Connor
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Wish by Barbara O’ Connor


Top 10 Tuesday 
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18516113-nightbird?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=iEPQmFWnNY&rank=2

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman


What books put a smile on your face? Let me know down in the comments!


Love and light, Cathleen

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Top 10 Tuesday | Jul 7

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Topic: Authors I’ve Read the Most By

Charles Shultz (Snoopy/Peanuts Gang, of course!)

L. M. Montgomery

Ann M. Martin (Baby-Sitters Club!)

Z. Brewer

L.L. McKinney

Laurell K. Hamilton

Charlaine Harris

Lisa See

Stephen King

Roshani Chokshi


Which authors have you read the most by? Feel free to share in the comments!



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Top Ten Tuesday: June 30

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.


This Week’s Post

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Top 10 Tuesday selection.
A young woman with long hair, in front of a full moon. The title 'Lobizona' in all caps above the moon. In the moon says: 'Undocumented, Unprotected, Unafraid'.

Top 10 Tuesday selection.

Roshani Chokshi, New York Times Bestselling author, The SIlvered Serpents in red text. 
Frozen vines line the sides of the cover. a Russian style palace is in the white backdrop.
Top Ten Tuesday selection.

A boy sits by an ocean backdrop. A teddy bear laying on the grass is at the front. 'Only she knows the truth' is written in small black text.

'Until I find You' by Rea Frey is in white text.


A woman in a blue dress looking over her shoulder. There is a forest background. 'Cinderella is Dead' is written in white text.
Top 10 Tuesday selection.

Cemetery Boys is written in yellow text. Two boys at the center, while a ghostly figure in a cloak stands in front of a full moon.
Top Ten Tuesday selection.

The Dark Tide written in white text. Moon cycles are in a circle. A whive wave circles the cover.

Far From Normal written in white text. A man stands with a soccer ball. A woman rides a bicycle while walking adog.
Unravel the Dusk written in yellow text. An woman dressed like a goddess, in a red and gold dress,  is cloaked in cloth.
Goddess in the Machine written in white text. A woman stands in front, with rays surrounding her.

Raybearer is written in black text. Rainbow colors surround the book. a person in enclosed in a circle.

What are your most anticipated releases? Feel free to share in the comments!



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Top 10 Tuesday: June 22

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

Happy 10 years to Top 10 Tuesday! This week you can choose to: (a) put your own spin on a previous Top 10, or (b) complete a Top 10 you missed out on. I decided on Option (b), since I’m fairly new to posting Top 10 lists on my blog!

This Week’s Post

The Best Books I’ve Read During Each of the Last 10 Years

2010

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Shanghai Girls was the first book by Lisa See I’ve read, and I fell in love with her work! Her Historical Fiction is so lovely! I can’t wait to absorb myself in her characters with every story she writes!

2011

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was a book recommended to me by my NYC poetry therapy circle. I’m so glad that I read this story! It’s such a lovely coming of age story.

2012

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

This is a wonderful supernatural horror between a vampire and a telepath. This was a 13 book series, but I think I stopped at book 6 or 7 (the one where Quinn disappeared). I really need to continue this series!

2013

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

I read Kushiel’s Dart during the summer of 2013. I needed some light reading to pass the time during the summer, and discovered this story through Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Romance Book Club on YouTube. It ran until 2018, but their list/videos are still listed if anyone wants to check it out!
While Kushiel’s Dart was a huge read (over a thousand pages!), it was a pretty good story!

2014

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Z Brewer

The Vladimir Tod series was so addictive and emotional! It was exciting to read Vlad’s growth throughout the series!

2015

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

This was such a captivating Middle Grade story filled with witchcraft, friendship, and a curse!

2016

It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake

Around this time, I began to branch out on reading genres. Mystery sounded like a interesting genre, and the topic of It Takes a Witch still leaned toward the supernatural, so I was immediately hooked!

2017

The Moonlit Garden by Corina Bowman

I received The Moonlit Garden through Amazon Kindle’s First Reads program. this was such a lovely Historical Romance!

2018

One Day in December by Josie Silver

This was such an emotional contemporary romance. A love story spread out over a decade!

2019

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I know that this book has mixed reactions within the bookish community, but I absolutely LOVED this story! I read Daisy Jones through Audiobook format, which made the story flow beautifully!

That’s my list of best books throughout the decade! I wonder what my fave will be for 2020…

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Top 10 Tuesday: June 16

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Topic

Books on my Summer 2020 TBR

Now that it’s starting to feel warmer outside, I’m looking forward to tacking my TBR outdoors! Here are 10 stories that’s listed on my reading list:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


What books are on your Summer TBR? Feel free to share!

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Top 10 Tuesday: June 9

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Topic:

Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why (stolen from Louise @ Foxes & Fairy Tales)

I have sooo many books on my TBR pile! While I had a goal in mind for most of these books, there are some that I honestly forgot why they were placed there!

Here are 10 books that I forgot why I placed them there to begin with:

The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

There might have been an Instagram giveaway going on when I added this one!

Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

I was probably hoping to pick up this book, but I never began Crown of Feathers…and I’m looking right at Book 1 as I type this!

More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood

I think I placed this book on my list because the title sounded pretty cool. Still planning on picking it up on August!

Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor

Wow, I completely forgot about this one! I think I saw it at a store in South NJ last summer.

Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

I received this book in an OwlCrate last year, and just completely put it out of my mind!

Afterland by Lauren Beukes

Yeah…no clue why it’s there. Another giveaway maybe?

Terms of Use by Scott Allan Morrison

I placed this on my TBR list a long time ago!

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

Not sure why this one is on my TBR. The cover looks beautiful though!

Circe by Madeline Miller

I guess I got caught up in the hype! Still haven’t picked it up yet!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I first saw this book on Book of the Month about…2 years ago? Although I didn’t pick it up, I placed it on my list. Someday!

Those are my responses! What books do you have on your TBR that you’ve forgotten about? Feel free to share!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Give Off Summer Vibes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Theme: Books That Give Off Summer Vibes

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

A diverse story filled with mermaids and empowerment. My kind of book!

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Two competing writers trade author tips (and other secrets!) in Emily Henry’s light-hearted summer read!

Once Upon An Eid: Edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed

A collection of stories that highlight Eid, a joyous holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge

Two former best friends spend the summer (reluctantly) working together, while competing for the coveted honey queen pagent!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

A young girl attuned to the supernatural (and her ghostly best friend) embark on an adventure during summer vacation!

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

A riveting tale of twin sisters and the stunning secrets that are carried throughout the generations!

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Lots of surprises are in store for two friends at a crossroads while planning the wedding of the summer!

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

A young field hockey team goes out on a wild night of dares and secrets!

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

This hot summer read is filled with a close knit friendship and romance!

Lobizona by Romina Garber

I had to include ‘Lobizona’ in this list! I mean, a modern world blending with fantasy, the main character on an adventure to find her true origins. The perfect summer read!

What books bring on summer vibes for you? Feel free to share!

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