Top Eleven Books On My Fall TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks topic is top ten books on my fall TBR. I narrowed it down to fourteen, and then narrowed it down to eleven which is what I’m going to stick with.

the lake house

The Lake House by Kate Morton

the gilded hour
The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

the lavender garden
The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley

the mind connection
The Mind Connection by Joyce Meyer

the queen's gambit
Queen’s Gambit: A Novel of Katherine Parr by Elizabeth Fremantle

gertrude bell
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell

girl in the spider's web
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

gray mountain
Gray Mountain by John Grisham

the nightingale
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

the outlander
The Outlander by Gil Adamson

one nation
One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future by Ben Carson


Top Ten Tuesday – Six Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds


It’s Tuesday again and time for Top Ten Tuesday. Following the lead of the Broke and Bookish, this week’s topic is Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds. I came up with six and I only listed books or series I have read. These are in no particular order.

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Claire Malloy (Claire Malloy Mysteries) by Joan Hess
Annie Laurance Darling (Death on Demand Mysteries) by Carolyn Hart
Helma Zukas (Miss Zukas Mysteries) by Jo Dereske
Jill Gardner (Tourist Trap Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
Penelope Thornton-McClure (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) by Alice Kimberly

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Top Ten Books Recently Added to My To Be Read List



It’s Tuesday so it’s time to list the top ten books recently added to my to be read list as suggested by The Broke and the Bookish.  This is the latest on a list that includes over 918 books on Goodreads. I think I should probably do some weeding.



Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor
Flannery O’Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else. This is on my Lost (the tv show) list.

Knowing God Intimately by Joyce Meyer
If you are looking for God, or if you are a believer who feels something is missing, Joyce Meyer wants to show you how to achieve the profound joy that comes from a truly intimate relationship with God. This is an updated version (2015) from the 2008 version.

The Nightingale Sisters by Donna Douglas
Historical Fiction. England. To the student nurses at The Nightingale hospital, the ward sisters are heartless and frightening, with impossibly high standards. But the sisters have troubles of their own.
The second book in The Nightingale series.

The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges
Scripture tells us that God has given us “everything we need for life and godliness.” But what makes a Christian godly? Jerry Bridges examines what it means to grow in Christian character. Learn more about the character of God as you grow a deeper relationship with Him. Establish the foundation upon which godly character is built and continue by developing maturity and pursuing holiness.

Lord Teach Me to Pray by Kay Arthur
Many books offer tips on enhancing your prayer life but leave you adrift when it comes to actually praying. In this bestselling 28 day study. Kay provides intensely practical insights to help you know how to pray, what to pray, and what to expect when you pray. This is an older book but I love the way Kay Arthur teaches.

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
Set in the untamed American West, a highly original and haunting debut novel about a makeshift family whose dramatic lives are shaped by violence, love, and an indelible connection to the land. My online book club is reading this for April.

The Power of Prayer by C. Peter Wagner
The groundbreaking Prayer Warrior Series culminates with C. Peter Wagner’s most personal insights yet into the dynamics of prayer and spiritual warfare. Wagner provides steps for deepening and strengthening your own prayer life. I’ve read the sample and can’t wait to start the book.

How to Hear God’s Voice by Mark and Patti Virkler
You can hear the voice of your Lord.  He is always speaking to you. In fact, every believer is called to have a one-on-one relationship with God because He longs to share sweet times of intimacy with all His children.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
Karen Abbott
Abbott relates the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.

Mademoiselle Chanel by C. W. Gortner
This is a relatively new one. Just came out on March 17. It historical fiction depicting the life of the famous designer Coco Chanel.

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Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or early teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit



It’s Tuesday so it must be time for The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten.


Black Beauty

Black Beauty

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

dr suess books

All the Dr. Suess books

five Little peppers
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

anne of green gables

Anne of Green Gables

lion witch and wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


little engine
The Little Engine That Could

charlotte's web
Charlotte’s Web

Polar Express

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Like to Read Again


I’ve been absent for awhile, going through some trying times. Today I’m back with the meme started by The Broke and Bookish. These are the books I’d like to read again.

It is wellJesus callingA Bend in the road

It Is Well With My Soul by Shelly Beach

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young

A Bend in the Road: Finding God When Your World Caves in by David Jeremiah

Charlotte FiggPrayer of jabezbird by bird

Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise by Joyce Magnin

The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Bruce

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want to Read for Various Reasons



This week the Broke and Bookish suggests that we list the top ten books that I’m not sure I want to read for various reasons.

1. Allegiant (Divergent Book 3). I wasn’t that crazy about Divergent and I hated Insurgent, so I
think I’ll pass on the third one.

2. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I’ve had this sitting on my shelf forever so I doubt if
I’ll read it.

3. Emma by Jane Austen. Sorry Jane Austen fans, but her books are not for me.

4. The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd. I would love to read about my ancestors but this
book is sooooooo big.

5. The Poisonwood Bible by Kingsolver. Another one that’s just been sitting on my shelf forever.

6. Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. I think I’d just rather listen to the

7. Plainsong by Kent Haruf. It’s been sitting there on the shelf making friends with The Historian and The Poisonwood Bible.

8. A Passage to India by E.M. Forester

9. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust. I forget what that one’s about.

10. Books by Faye Kellerman because most of them deal with abuse to children and adolescents.

Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to People Who Haven’t Read Post-Apocalyptic or Dystopian


Each week The Broke and Bookish provides book bloggers with a theme for a top ten list. This week the theme is top ten books I’d give to readers who have never read X.  I chose post apocalyptic or dystopian because right now, that’s my favorite genre.

the road

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Swan's Song

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

gift upon the shore
A Gift Upon the Shore by M.K. Wren

far north
Far North by Marcel Theroux

life as we knew it
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

the passage
The Passage by Justin Cronin

Into the Forest
Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

Restoration series
Restoration series by Terri Blackstock

hunger games
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

An Etiquette Guide to the End Times by Maia Sepp ( a novella )

That’s my ten. What would you recommend?