Top Ten Tuesday – It’s a Laugh

Looking for books for this topic has confirmed that comedy is not my bag. I do not gravitate towards the typically funny. Not that I don’t get joy out of my books or that they don’t make me laugh, but I don’t read a lot of ‘funny’ books.

But I’ve found a few – and realized that when I reach for the funny , it tends to be autobiographies of very funny women.

Is Everyone Hanging out Without me? / Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – Felicia Day Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday -Private Eyes They’re Watching You

I love crime novels. Good ones. Cheesey ones. Good cheesey ones. Not awful cheesey ones. If it’s a crime novel, I’ll give it a shot. Especially when it’s a detective novel. And that leads in to this week’s topic. Novels when you’re in the mood for a little figuring.

These are not necessarily good books. But they’re entertaining. You’ve been warned.

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Any of the three novels are a fabulous read, but this one is my favourite. It’s dark, dirty, and over the top and all about the publishing industry. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Automatic for the People

Okay, I like doing lists, but I’m starting to have a bit of a problem with the TTT topics. They’re beginning to feel repetitive. Authors I own the most books from. Authors I read the most. And now, auto-buy authors. By nature, these lists are going to be pretty similar. If I own a lot of books by someone, I’m probably going to read a lot of their books, and eventually, they’re going to be an auto-buy (I’m using auto-buy to mean that I know I will eventually buy these books, not that I will always buy them before I read them. Rowling is the only one whose books I currently pre-order). Maybe this isn’t as much of a problem when you have multiple blog submitters, but when pulling from just one person’s preferences… well, here’s a list you’ve pretty much read before. I don’t actually have ten authors, so I’ve added a couple that I want to be on this list but I just haven’t gotten around reading all their books yet, so they haven’t quite made it onto my go-to list. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – You Can Figure It Out

This week’s list is super open. Pick a quality you like, find ten characters/books that fit. I’m picking characters with good detecting skills. I love me a good crime novel. Something that I have to figure out along with the characters. A mystery/treasure hunt gets the blood pumping.

I’m going to stick to pretty modern novels in this list. No obvious winners like Sherlock Holmes or Nick and Nora Charles or Encyclopedia Brown. These are characters that use their detectiviness to solve whatever it is they need to solve – even if that means ruffling the feathers of the people around them.

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Frank Mackey – Dublin Murder Squad Series (Tana French)

Frank’s a dick, but he’s a hell of a cop. He shows up in at least three of the five books in this series. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – 2015 Releases

And the 2015 Top Ten Tuesdays kicks off. This week’s list is a list of 2015 debuts I want to read. Now, I’m going to be honest here and admit I read the prompt wrong and read releases instead of debuts. I come up with a whole list and then realised I’d missed the debuts part. So, I’m going with releases cause I do not have enough debuts to make a list.

I knew a couple of these before I started the list, but I had to do some research to fill this thing out. Then I discovered a couple of them were released in late 2014, even though they were on a list for 2015 release dates. Whatever. I’ve been terrible at reading lately, so I’m including them.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

I’m not sure why I want to read this one. I’ve been sucked into the hype. It’s not a book blurb I would generally be attracted to, but so many of my fellow bloggers are talking about it. And the cover is pretty pretty. Continue reading