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.

Top Ten Tuesday


Thanks for the banner, The Broke and the Bookish! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, as suggested by The Broke and the Bookish, is a TV themed topic, and I have decided to do my Top Ten TV Shows of all Time. You will note that all of them are fairly old because we have not had TV in our home for many years already. We have a TV but only for use with a DVD and VHS player.

  1. Promised Land — Great family show about a family who traveled the country. It starred Gerald McRaney.
  2. The Waltons
  3. Little House on the Prairie
  4. Party of Five — this series didn’t last as long as I would have liked, but it was where Neve Campbell got her start.
  5. Murder, She Wrote — loved Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher, and loved Cabot Cove, Maine
  6. Law & Order — the original and the original SVU
  7. Lie to Me — I always found this show fascinating
  8. Life — This show was taken off way too soon, without closure!
  9. Young Riders — about the Pony Express, starring Josh Brolin and Stephen Baldwin
  10. Reasonable Doubts

There are many more I could list, but these probably would still top the list. As you can see, my favorite shows were about family, the law or mysteries, or something unique like the Young Riders. Many of these series, I felt, ended all too soon.

How about you? What TV theme did you share today? What are your favorite TV shows of all time?

Top Ten Tuesday

So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday as determined by The Broke and the Bookish is “Ten Books That Have Been on Your Shelf (or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You Still Haven’t Read Yet”.

I have been blogging here for three years, but have been blogging all told for a total of eight years, therefore, I am not completely certain that the following books have been on my shelf that long, but I am fairly confident that they have been, and I STILL Haven’t read them. As a book addict, I cannot keep from buying more and more books even though I have many that I haven’t read yet. I keep telling myself I’ll have more time to read them when my children are all grown.

I bought this because I love animals and elephants are one of my favorites, and I am always fascinated to hear true stories of people’s experiences or studies of animals. I followed the life and gorilla studies of Diane Fossey and grew up watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.



I also love stories that can teach a real life lesson, even if the story is fiction.


5.    The Reckoning by Beverly Lewis | Amish books | Pinterest

This is, I believe, the first series of Amish fiction written by Beverly Lewis, who, as far as I know, is the most popular Amish fiction writer. I bought these because they sounded interesting and I have lived in Lancaster County, the heart of Amish country in Pennsylvania, all of my life but never really knew any Amish people. However, in recent years, I have learned quite a bit about the Amish culture because I know people who were raised Amish but are no longer Amish. Therefore, I still haven’t read these books because I don’t like Amish fiction because, from what I understand, it romanticizes the Amish culture and gives people a wrong impression. I suppose, I should really get around to reading these, to see if that is, in fact, the case or not.


I still have a strong desire to read more of the classics, as I have not read many over the years. I’ve heard interesting things about these two and I’ve had this book for a long time but have not yet read it. (You’ll find the rest of the books on my list are classics still waiting to be read by me.)

7. Jane-Eyre-by-Charlotte-Bronte

I have loved Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte for oh so long, but still have not read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte that is still sitting upon my bookshelf.

8. The Hound of the Baskervilles

Not a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories, but this one involves a dog, so that intrigues me.

9. Kidnapped (Illustrated): Includes fifteen full-color illustrations by N. C. Wyeth by [Stevenson, Robert Louis]


I have been wanting to read this book ever since seeing the 2003 movie, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. I loved that movie and was fascinated by the character of Dorian Gray and wanted to know his story. But, alas, I still have not read this.

Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday as suggested by The Broke and the Bookish is Ten Facts About Me, any kind of facts about me that I want to share.  I have decided to share Ten Facts About Me as a Blogger:

  1.  I began blogging just about eight years ago.
  2. My first blog was a blog where I shared about family activities and homeschooling.
  3. My second blog was all about homeschooling (this blog is still live at Blogspot.  It’s called Homeschool View.)
  4. My third blog, I attempted and failed miserably, was about being a Type 2 Diabetic.
  5. This is my fourth blog, and I believe, my final blog because it is about the things I love most: writing and reading, so I love writing and sharing on this blog.  Yes, I also share some of my photography, but that’s a hobby.  This blog has undergone changes a couple of times as I wanted to blog often enough in a week that people wouldn’t lose interest, and I think I have finally succeeded by posting five days a week — Monday through Friday.  Also, I was hoping to create blog posts that others would enjoy reading or viewing so that they would want to come back.  There is a possibility that this blog will undergo future changes as I seek to post things my readers want.
  6. I am hoping that I will be able to grow followers on this blog who will be interested in reading my novels when I begin to publish them.  So, if you’re a historical romance fan or know someone who is, I hope you will consider following my blog and tell your historical romance fan friends about it.
  7. As I get closer to time of publication, I will share some things about the historical period of my novel, something about the characters, and some other goodies to tempt you to read my novel.
  8. I love when visitors to my blog leave comments.  I like when you share your thoughts and experiences.  I like to get to know my readers this way.
  9. I do my best to read other blogs that have to do with reading and/or writing and leave comments when I do to let them know I was there.
  10. I like to connect with other bloggers with similar interests and would love to help other writers who blog by having guest posts here on my blog or doing guest posts for other writers’ blogs.  If this interests you, leave a comment or message me on Facebook and we can set something up.


Top Ten Tuesday

Today I get to choose what my Top Ten Tuesday list will be, since The Broke and Bookish have declared it Freebie Week!  So, I have decided to do a topic that The Broke and Bookish did before I began participating in Top Ten Tuesday.  Today’s list is “My Top Ten Bookish Confessions.”

  1.  I learned to read using the Dick and Jane books.
  2. I’m one of those who read everything I could get my hands on as a kid including milk cartons and cereal boxes.
  3. I used to read and record myself for an organization that provided books on tape for people with sight problems.
  4. I love to read to children.
  5. I love to use different voices for different characters when reading aloud to children.
  6. I wish I would have made a list of ALL of the books I’ve read since I started reading. (I’m still not as faithful at this as I should be.)
  7. My reading tastes have changed over the years.
  8. I regret getting rid of books I never read.
  9. I cannot resist a book sale, bargain book rack, a box of books at a yard or garage sale, or a discount book store.
  10. In addition to reading, I LOVE to write.  I am working on my first novel.  It is an historical romantic fiction book.

What about you?  What Bookish confessions are you hiding?  Leave a comment below and tell me one of your Bookish confessions.

Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday as deemed by The Broke and the Bookish is “Ten Websites I Love that aren’t about Books”.

  1.  The Rabbit and the Dragonfly  This is my favorite place in Lancaster County.  I love the decor, the atmosphere, the friendly people, the food and beverages.
  2. African Wildlife Foundation     One of my dreams is to go on an African safari to photograph the wildlife there.
  3. National Wildlife Federation  Just because I love animals.
  4. Photo Art  I love photography and I love to see great photographs taken by other photographers.
  5. Chicken Soup for the Soul A great place to find inspiration.
  6. 10 Minute Novelists Because I love to write even more than I love to read.
  7. ACFW – American Christian Fiction Writers This website is much more beneficial if you are a member of ACFW, but this is a great website for Christian Fiction Writers.  They offer contests, critique groups, groups that help to encourage you to set and meet writing goals and so much more.
  8. Pinterest  It’s not just about books; it’s about EVERYTHING!  I don’t go on the Pinterest website very often because I like it so much that when I’m on, I have trouble getting off!
  9. Dogs, Dog Breeds, Dog Health In all honesty, I don’t know if I love this website yet.  I only had eight websites that I truly love and have looked at with any regularity that have nothing to do with books.  Therefore, I simply googled “dogs” because I love my dog and found this website.  It looks fascinating.  I’m sure I’ll be reading several of the articles on the website and checking it out from time to time.
  10. So sorry, but I do not have a number 10.  As a busy homeschool mom, I don’t have a lot of time to spend visiting a bunch of websites.  Therefore, I keep my website visits to the sites that are most important to me, which, as a writer, happen to be about writing books or reading books.

How about you?  Do you really have 10 websites that you love that have nothing to do with books?


Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, as suggested by The Broke and the Bookish is “Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love to Revisit as Adults”.

  1.  Max from Where the Wild Things Are
  2. Henry Huggins
  3. Hansel and Gretel
  4. Heidi
  5. Madeline
  6. Alice from Alice in Wonderland
  7. Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  8. Fern from Charlotte’s Web
  9. Ralph Moody from Little Britches
  10. Caddie Woodlawn

This list was a challenge because a lot of the books that I read growing up either had animals as characters or had the child grown up before the book or series was finished.  How about you?  Did you come up with a list?

Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Ten Characters Everyone Loves but I Just Don’t Get” or “Ten Characters I Love but Others Seem to Dislike” as per The Broke and Bookish.

Again, I’m going to have to tweak my list.  I have no idea for the first theme but I can easily tell you ten characters I love, but I do not know if others dislike them or not.  So, my Top Ten Tuesday theme this week is “Ten Characters I Love”.

  1.  Atticus Finch of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. He is a wonderful, wise, loving father and exceptional role model, not only for his own children but for the entire community.
  2. Peeta of Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Peeta is a sweet, devoted, loving and protective love interest.  He is the kind of love interest I believe every woman dreams of.
  3. Lucy of The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.  She is brave, intelligent, innocent and kind-hearted.
  4. Samwise Gamgee of The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien.  Sam is honest, faithful, loyal, wise and innocent.  He is the kind of friend everyone needs.
  5. Einstein, the golden retriever in Watchers by Dean Koontz.  Einstein is a highly intelligent, faithful dog.  All dog lovers would love to have a dog like Einstein.
  6. Dave Richman of The Negotiator of the O’Malley series by Dee Henderson.  He is a strong, intelligent, protective man.
  7. Jarrod Monahan of Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Copton.  Jarrod is witty, charming, sexy, strong, and romantic.  He knows just how to warm a woman’s heart.
  8. Jake Bloom of Fire and Water by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder.  Jake is brilliant.  He’s an exceptional artist.  He is a romantic, loving husband.  He’s also temperamental and dangerous because he is tortured by a mental/emotional illness.
  9. Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck of A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux.  Nicholas is exactly what the title of the book says he is and this is one of the greatest romance stories I have ever read.
  10. Jean ValJean of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  Jean ValJean is a man who is strong, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Yes, he ends up imprisoned because he steals a loaf of bread to try to feed his starving family, and yes, he escapes from prison, but he does so many noble things and proves himself redeemed, honest and trustworthy.


Top Ten Tuesday

The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday as determined by The Broke and Bookish is “Ten Books to Read If You Are in the Mood for Something Sci Fi”.  However I am substituting “Romantic” for “Sci Fi” because I have not read any Sci Fi books.

1.   A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

I read this book years ago but it still stands out as my favorite love story because I             have always loved stories of knights in medieval times, and this story has that plus a         wonderful spin on it.  It includes time travel.  Ms. Deveraux does a wonderful job                 capturing and holding my attention.  She creates wonderful characters and I just get       completely swept up in this story.  I hope to reread this treasure again soon.

2.  The O’Malley series by Dee Henderson (I know we are supposed to give a list with a          total of 10 books, but this is a series and it’s nearly impossible to choose just one                from the series.)  This series is so good.  I totally love it.  Each story has a suspenseful        plot and the characters are so well developed that I felt like I really knew them.  I fell        in love with the characters and was sad when the series came to an end.  I would still        like to see more books about these characters, but I will definitely read this series              over again, probably several times.

3.  Fire and Water by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

This story drew me in immediately and held me fast.  Jake and Kate have such a                   strong love for one another, but they face some serious struggles.  I kept routing for         them throughout the story.  I think I loved Jake just as much as Kate did and as he               sank deeper and deeper into his mental illness, my heart ached for both of them.               After finishing the book, I was affected as no other book had ever affected me.  I                 literally had to take a week or two to process the story and to deal with the emotions     it had evoked within me before I could move on and read another book.

4.  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I read this story years ago and my husband and I went to see it performed on stage in     the early years of our marriage.  It still remains one of my favorites.  Who can ever             forget Catherine and Heathcliff?  I look forward to reading this story again soon as           well.

5.  The Hunger Games trilogy (I know, again this is more than one book.  I can’t help it.)          I just love the love between Catniss and Peeta.  Peeta is the kind of loving man any            girl would want to have loving her.

6.  Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton

If you want to know why I like this book so much, you can read my review.

7.  Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

This story is a wonderful story about a lonely lighthouse keeper and a young woman       who ends up on the same island after a storm.  Emma, the woman, seems to be                     unwanted at the home where her brother, Ryan was taken in.  She is intrigued by               Patrick, the lighthouse keeper and reaches out to his little boy.  It’s wonderful to read     how the relationship between Emma and Patrick grows.

8.  Prison by Toni V. Lee

This is just a fun story that includes danger, suspense and romance.  The two main             characters are very entertaining and I couldn’t help but chuckle often while they were   falling in love.

9.  Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

This book is a wonderful book about an old love rekindled and old hurts healed.  It’s          got suspense, danger, and romance and wonderful characters.

10.  Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

I will refrain from including this entire series because I haven’t read the entire series       yet, but I know I’ll love the books I haven’t read as much as the ones I have.  This                 series is Janette Oke’s most popular series.  It follows the life of pioneer woman                 Marty and the man she marries for convenience, Clark Davis.  This series was made         into a series of movies which I recently ordered on DVD from Amazon.