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

This week The Broke and the Bookish have given us a choice.  The list is “Ten Books Every ______ Should Read” and we get to fill in the blank.  I have chosen to do “Ten Books Every Parent Should Read Aloud to their Child(ren)”

We’ll start with two of my favorites for Preschool to Kindergarten age.


Now, some great books to read with children in their elementary years.


This is the first book of a fantastic series, and if you’re like me and you read to your kiddos using different voices for different characters and do accents too, you and your kids will build wonderful memories together while sharing good books.


Another great series by the same author as pick #3, with the same main characters.


The complete original Little House on the Prairie series is another great series to share with your children.

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The Chronicles of Narnia is a great series too.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe remains my very favorite of this series.


These last three are great to read and discuss with your teenagers.  Yes, teenagers still like to be read to.  I could have listed more books for teens, but this is only a list of ten.




Yes, I have read all of these books with my older boys and am still working on reading some of them with my youngest.  They are good quality books with good lessons to be learned, and they have great topics for discussion and teaching moments.