Top Ten Tuesday – First Times

It’s been a pretty shit year for reading for me. There are many excuses I could list, but mostly, I just haven’t made as much time as I should have. However, I have read several new authors this year. And that is today’s Broke & Bookish Topic! These aren’t necessarily debut authors; they are simply people I’ve never read before. Some have been added to my list of authors to watch. Others probably won’t get a revisit.





Stacey Lee – Under A Painted Sky 

I do not like historic fiction. It is not my bag. But I did not hate this book. And that puts Ms. Lee pretty high in my books.



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Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR 2016 (the season of completion)

I have been terrible with my reading lately. Terrible. I have been doing almost none. So, this spring TBR is full of books I keep meaning to get to and then don’t – like I said, I’ve been a terrible reader. But with the weather warming up, it means being able to sit out on my swing and read. That should fix this problem right up.





Happiness by Will Ferguson – Yup, this one has been on previous TBRs, but I swear, I will actually get to it one of these days.

When an enormous, self-help manuscript lands on Edwin de Valu’s desk, it seems destined for the trash can. The trouble is this doorstopper is a unique thing–a self-help book that actually works–and before Edwin knows it, a chain of events has been started that will have enormous consequences not just for his own life, but for the world at large.



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Top Ten Tuesday -Too Many Books, Not Enough Time

Today’s post is about books I meant to get around to reading in 2015. Technically, it’s supposed to be books published in 2015, but I don’t organize my reading that way. Instead, I’ll just talk about books I really wanted to read but didn’t. I’m slowly rectifying this since I’m in the middle of reading the first two on the list.


Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Autumn To-Be-Read Books

New season. New Tuesday. New TBR list. With darkening weather comes darkening reading preferences. Well, not really. My tastes typically land the depressing side of things. So this isn’t a change. We’ve got a missing girls, the rapture, rape culture, Lizbeth. And then this strange book about Happiness that was recommended to me. It seems a little out of place on the list, but we must shake things up from time to time. Or whatever. Good books are good books.

Oh, and this is exciting for me, I just noticed that almost all of these are new authors. Ren Suma is the only one I’ve read before and that was several years ago. Embarking on adventures in new authors. The possibilities are exciting.


17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything. Continue reading