Top Ten Tuesday

I’m sorry this is posted late, but I certainly didn’t want to miss doing another Top Ten Tuesday. I missed last weeks because I was extremely busy and because I couldn’t come up with a list of villains anyway. Books I read don’t have what I would consider major villains, they have subtle bad guys/antagonists.

Anyway, today’s Top Ten Tuesday as suggested by The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books You Read Because of Recommendation. More of my recommendations came from conversations with Bookish friends than from other blogs.

The O’Malley series by Dee Henderson was recommended to me by my good friend, Deanna, who is a Bookish friend, several years ago. It is still one of my most favorite series of books.

2. Death by Darjeeling (Tea Shop Mysteries Book 1) by [Childs, Laura]

The same friend, Deanna, who also is a tea drinker like me, also recommended The Tea Shop Mysteries series by Laura Childs. I haven’t read the entire series yet, but I do enjoy these cozy mysteries. They are light easy reads with fun characters.

3. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by [Sloan, Robin]

My friend, Mandy, who is also a Bookish person, recommended this book to me last year.


I honestly don’t remember who recommended this book, but it was recommended to me by a homeschool mom who said it’s a fantastic book to use for geography. I think it may have been my friend, Karen. She is a wealth of great recommendations for homeschool books. Our youngest son and I read this a few years ago and loved it. We did use it for geography, but he created a whole notebook about the book that included both art and geography, as well as bits and pieces of the story.

5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by [Gilbert, Elizabeth]

This book was recommended by my friend, Lisa, at a writers’ retreat. I still haven’t finished reading it, but I plan to sometime. I often struggle to get through nonfiction books, but my struggle with this one is that it is too New Age for my liking.


This book was recommended to me by our church’s associate pastor because he is also a writer. I also have not finished reading this book because it takes me a while to get through technical books, but I have found a lot of value in what I have read so far. I will finish this one sometime too.

7. The Help by [Stockett, Kathryn]

This book was recommended to me by my friend, Denise. It is now one of my all time favorite books. I love the fact that it is told from the perspective of Black women in the south during the time of race/slave issues.

8. The Restoration Collection: Last Light, Night Light, True Light, Dawn's Light (A Restoration Novel) by [Blackstock, Terri]

I honestly don’t remember if this series was actually recommended to me or if I simply chose to read it because I heard a lot of talk about it at church and was intrigued, so I picked up one book after another at the library. It’s a great series and very realistic.

9. The Secret Life of Bees by [Kidd, Sue Monk]

This book was recommended to me by my sister-in-law who is a teacher. I found it quite interesting and enjoyable. In some ways the story reminded me of The Waltons.


This book was recommended to me by a homeschool friend. I really enjoyed the story and became quite fascinated with what I learned about moths in the story. However, part of the book was quite unrealistic, but I would still read it again and recommend it to others.

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I am glad to see that you have found so many wonderful books through recommendations. I really liked The Help and The Secret Life of Bees. I found them at the library but picked them because of recommendations that I had received about them.

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    • I think Bookish people just love to share good books and that’s why we get so many wonderful recommendations and our TBR lists are never-ending! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Diana.


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