Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s theme as per The Broke and the Bookish is “Top Ten Books I Wish Had More/Less X in Them”. However, I couldn’t think of anything for this topic, so I looked at past Top Ten Tuesday Themes and decided to do one that I don’t think I’ve done in the past.

Therefore, my theme for today is “Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry”.

  1. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  2. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  3. Unblemished by Sara Ella
  4. Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund
  5. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  6. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  7. Fire and Water by Betsy Graziana Fasbinder
  8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  9. This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury
  10. The Promise by Danielle Steel


Top Ten Tuesday


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a FREEBIE as determined by The Broke and Bookish.

Therefore, since I could choose WHATEVER I wanted to create a list of, AND because I am a writer, I decided to do “Top Ten Books on the Writing Craft That I Hope to Read This Year”.

  1. & 2. Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by [Cron, Lisa] & Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere) by [Cron, Lisa]

I finally ordered and just received “Wired for Story” by Lisa Cron. I have heard so many good things about this book from other writers. I can’t wait to finally dig into it! Then there’s Lisa’s newest release from 2016, “Story Genius”. I’ll be looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this one too.


Okay, confession: I have already started reading this one. But, I’ve only completed chapter one. I ran into an issue in my WIP (work in progress) and thought this might help, and I’ve already discovered and corrected my biggest issue, after just reading one chapter, so I can’t wait to see what the rest of this book has for me!

4. Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules by [James, Steven]

This one has been recommended to me several times by other writer friends, so it still lingers on my TBR list. I did just order it and should receive it into my hot little hands by February 1st.


This one sounds like a book every writer needs. I read about it, as it came recommended by K.M. Weiland, who has great writing advice.


I don’t intend to write a screenplay, but I’ve heard this book recommended for book authors as well.

7. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by [Truby, John]

This, too, comes highly recommended to me by other writer friends.


My son recommended this book to me a long time ago, but also informed me that Robert McKee tends to use some profane language in it, so I have steered clear of it so far. Then a Christian writer friend recommended it to me and I asked her about the language, and she didn’t remember there being any. So, I guess I’ll take a chance. I can always do like my son said a friend of his did and cross out the inappropriate words with a black sharpie. (The only problem with that is I have to see the words to cross them out.)

9. & 10.  & Elements of Fiction Writing - Conflict and Suspense by [Bell, James Scott]

Yes, I am a James Scott Bell fan. He gives writing advice and tips using some great examples that I am familiar with. He includes some writing exercises to help you apply what he’s teaching. I have read two of his books, and like I mentioned above, I am currently reading another one of his books on writing.

What type of books did you share about on your TTT today?

Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday meme from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For.

I don’t really follow any book lists for debuts or new releases. I simply read books I hear about from friends or through participation in the weekly meme. However, in order to participate in today’s topic, I did search 2017 debuts on Goodreads and this is the list I have come up with:

  1. The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle (no cover available yet)

What books are you excited about in 2017?


Top Ten Tuesday


This meme is brought to you today via The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s topic: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)

I have chosen to do the Top Ten Books of 2016 That I Have Read — no particular genre and not all 2016 releases.

I loved this book and eagerly await the next book in the series, due to release in July 2017.


This is a great romance story that includes some great characters and a bit of humor.


This is an altogether sweet romance story with a wonderfully chivalrous gentleman.


Another wonderful romance story between two unlikely characters, but not a perfect romance. This one is realistic with some bumps along the way.


My first steampunk read and I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the rest of this series.


This is the first book I’ve read by Charles Martin. Mr. Martin creates rich characters and spins a wonderful story. I look forward to reading more of his works.

7. Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror (Records of the Ohanzee Book 1) by [Smith, Rachel R.]

Although I do not like the style in which this book is written — serialized, where the story line flows continuously through the books in the series, heavily connecting the books, I did enjoy the characters and the story line and do look forward to reading the rest of the series. However, if Ms. Smith continues to write in this style, I probably will not read her future works beyond this series.


A good writer never stops learning and seeking to improve their craft, and I enjoy studying books on the craft of writing by James Scott Bell.

9. & 10. Love Finds a Home, Love Comes Softly Series #8, a Novel  -     By: Janette Oke

These are my four favorite books in the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke, but I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series.

What books are on your list of Top Ten Reads of 2016?

Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme according to The Broke and the Bookish is the Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under my Tree. The following are my top ten, give or take 🙂 in no particular order.

  1.   &  LADY EVER AFTER: A Medieval Time Travel Romance (Beyond Time Book 2) by [Leigh, Tamara]
  2.   and every other book by Amy Harmon.

Has anyone read any of the books by Amy Harmon? I found The Law of Moses on someone’s TTT post a while ago and thought it sounded like a great book, then I saw that she had another book, The Song of David, so I looked her up  on Amazon and found a few others as well. I read all of the book descriptions and they all sound so good! I can’t wait to get my hands on at least one to see if they are as good as they sound, and if I like them, I’ll move on to the others.

I know this is more than 10, but, seriously, can any of you stick to just 10?

What books made it on your list?

Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday as determined by The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to for the First Half of 2017.

  1. Daughter of the Pirate King by [Levenseller, Tricia]
  2. By Your Side by [West, Kasie]

When I read the book blurb about this one, it brought to mind and old favorite movie, The Breakfast Club, so I eagerly await this book’s arrival.

3. Once and for All by [Dessen, Sarah]

4. The Illusionist's Apprentice by [Cambron, Kristy]

5. The Mark of the King by [Green, Jocelyn]

6. If I'm Found (If I Run Series) by [Blackstock, Terri]

7. The Memory of You by [West, Catherine]


9. Recruits (Recruits Book #1) by [Locke, Thomas]

10. Piecing Me Together by [Watson, Renée]

Are any of these on your list? Are any of these authors your faves?

Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s list selected by The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten New-to Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016.

  1. This first author is not just New-to-Me, but she released her first book in October 2016 — Unblemished. I loved this story and eagerly await the sequel due to release in July 2017! The author is Sara Ella.
  2. Charles Martin is a New-to-Me author, who apparently has been writing for quite a while. I had never heard of him until 2016, with his release of Long Way Gone, which I highly recommend.
  3. Sherry V. Ostroff released her first book in 2016. It’s a memoir of her mother’s life — The Lucky One. It’s an easy read and extremely interesting. Ms. Ostroff is currently working on her first fiction novel, which you can read about on her website.
  4. Robin Sloan is another new author in 2016, which makes him New-to-Me. I really enjoyed his book Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. He is also working on a new novel to be released in the fall of 2017.
  5. Dina L. Sleiman was a New-to-Me author in 2015. I LOVED her Dance from Deep Within and was very disappointed to learn that she is not currently planning a sequel to it because her publisher won’t publish one because Dance from Deep Within didn’t sell as well as they wanted it to, so I don’t think I can really count this one.                However, Dina does have a series that I read the first book of in 2016 — Dauntless. The series is called “The Valiant Hearts Series” and it is historical fiction set in medieval times, and her female characters are strong, bold and courageous.
  6. Debra Clopton is a New-to-Me author in 2016, and I LOVED her book, Kissed by a Cowboy. I highly recommend it for all you romance readers.
  7. So, Shelley Adina is a name I had heard before 2016 and I knew that she wrote steampunk. However, I never got around to reading any of her books until 2016, when I read A Lady of Devices. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and hope to read the rest of the series someday.
  8. Melanie Dickerson is a New-to-Me author in 2016 and I read her book, The Golden Braid. It was an enjoyable read and I hope to read more of her books in the future.
  9. I am currently reading a New-to-Me author in 2016, James M. Dixon. I am reading his book, Things I’ll Never Forget: Memories of a Marine in Vietnam. I am about two thirds of the way through the book, and I don’t usually read these kinds of books. I always expect them to be filled with graphic violence, but Mr. Dixon has done a great job writing this book and allowing the reader to really “see” and “experience” some of what it was like to be a Marine in Vietnam without  being overly graphic. Of course, you can’t tell a story of war without some graphic violence. War is not pretty.  He tells some wonderful stories as well as those of the heartbreak that come with war.                           Mr. Dixon also has a children’s short mystery novel available, Secrets of the Warden’s House. You can find both of Mr. Dixon’s books on Amazon.
  10. I’m not a big fan of formula writing, but in 2016 I found that I really enjoyed Her Christmas Hero by Lorraine Beatty. It’s part of her “Home in Dover” series for Love Inspired romance stories. Lorraine created lovable characters who faced difficult life situations and found love despite the fact that neither of them were really looking for it.

Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from The Broke and the Bookish is a Movie Freebie. That means I can post anything about movies: top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top then rom-coms, top ten tear jerkers, etc.

I have decided to do my Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies.

  1. Image result for willy wonka and the chocolate factory

And, yes, the original with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, not the Johnny Depp version.

2. Image result for the sound of music

3. Image result for p.s. i love you

4. Image result for moms night out

5. Image result for babycake starring Rikki Lake

6. Image result for star wars                   Image result for star wars        The original trilogy. (The newer three were okay.) & the newest release.

7. Image result for chronicles of narnia

One of the few movies that I think was almost as good as the book.

8. Image result for batman begins starring Christian Bale

I’ve been a Batman fan ever since I was a little girl and watched Batman and Robin starring Adam West on t.v. many years ago. However, in my opinion, the Batman movies starring Christian Bale are the ultimate. For me, Christian Bale is Batman.

9. Image result for White Christmas

Since Christmas is a little more than a month away, I decided to include my two favorite Christmas movies; movies that I have to watch every year at Christmas time.

10. Image result for The Nativity Story

11. Image result for ladyhawke film

Okay, I had to add this one because it is one of my very favorites of all time. It’s a beautiful medieval love story.

Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday, as suggested by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Books to Read if your Book Club likes _______. (Fill in the blank to be anything you want: YA books, non-fiction, a particular genre, etc.)

I have chosen Top Ten Books to Read if Your Book Club Likes Suspense/Horror. (None of these are full of blood and gore because I don’t read those types of books, but I do love to be kept on the edge of my seat.)

  1. The Watchers by Dean Koontz
  2. The Hunted by Mike Dellosso
  3. Scream by Mike Dellosso
  4. Nick of Time by Tim Downs
  5. Misery by Stephen King (this one does contain some human torture, but it’s not too                                                     graphic)
  6. Any of the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz
  7. On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark
  8. Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann
  9. Last Light (The Restoration Series) by Terri Blackstock
  10. The Negotiator (The O’Malley Series) by Dee Henderson