Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More


The Broke and the Bookish have suggested top ten authors I’ve only read one book from but NEED to read more as this weeks topic. Here’s my list :

Margaret Atwood: I have read Oryx and Crake.
Cormac McCarthy:I have read The Road.
T.C. Boyle: I have read Drop City.
Tessa Afshar: I have read In the Field of Grace.
Stephen King: I have read ‘Salem’s Lot.
Michael Ondaatje:I have read The English Patient.
Robert McCammon: I have read Swan Song.
Beth Hoffman: I have read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.
W. Somerset Maugham: I have read The Painted Veil.
Connie Willis: I have read Dooms Day Book.


top ten books i really want to read but don’t own yet


It’s Tuesday again and time for Top Ten Tuesday. Following the lead of the Broke and Bookish, this week’s topic is top ten books I really want to read but don’t own yet. These are in no particular order.

Etta Mae

Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day by Ann B. Ross. Those of you who are familiar with the Miss Julia books should check this one out. It looks like it would be a lot of fun!

illegal gardener

The Illegal Gardener by Sara Alexi. This is the next book my online book club is reading. I really need to get back there and start reading with the gals again.

reading like a writer

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose. It just interests me.

true light dawn's light

True Light and Dawn’s Light by Terri Blackstock. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Books 1 and 2. These are numbers 3 and 4 in this post-apocalyptic Christian fiction series.


John – Eternal Love (the Passion Translation) by Brian Simmons. There are only about five or six of the books in the Bible that this author has translated into this new Passion Translation. Some of the others are Letters from Heaven (Epistles of Paul), Luke, Psalms, and Proverbs.

renewal for the wounded warriors

Renewal for the Wounded Warrior by R. Loren Sandford.

Healilng the wounded spirit

Healing The Wounded Spirit by John and Paula Sandford.

ice palace

Ice Palace by Edna Ferber.

Four Past Midnight

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King. This one is on my list of “The Books of Lost.”

Top Ten Tuesday – Blogging Confessions


The gals at The Broke and the Bookish are suggesting we post our top ten blogging confessions. So here is mine:

1. Sometimes I’ll start as many as six books at one time, but maybe only finish one to blog about.

2. So far I’ve never read Harry Potter, the Outlander series or Fifty Shades Grey. I may change my mind about Outlander, but the other two I do not care to ever read.

3. I actually have two blogs but can’t figure out what to do with the other one.

4. I’m still relatively new at this. Only started my blog in January.

5. My name is not Betty, but I am a huge fan of Betty Boop.

6. I’m not a fast reader, probably just average.

7. I need to read more of other people’s blogs.

8. It took me two years to get the nerve to start a blog.

9. Like Jamie, I’m terrible with library fines and I use to be a librarian. It’s something about the books, I bond with them and hate to give them up. So I’ve learned I can’t borrow books from the library (even if they would still let me). Which leads to number 10.

10. I’m a book hoarder.

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List



It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again. Boy, the week really just flies by. This week The Broke and the Bookish has asked us to do the top ten books on our summer TBR reading list. Some of these have been on here before.

the stand

1. The Stand. Maybe I should put this as 1 through 10 because it will probably take me all summer to read this extended version by Stephen King.


2. The Nightingale Girls by Donna Douglas. Hopefully this will feed my fix for nursing stories. Always wanted to be a nurse, even started nursing school but I had to quit when I moved away from the area.


3. Darkness is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness by Kathryn Greene-McCreight. This will be my mental health book for the summer and also one that will get me through those dark nights or days.

4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I’ve had this for awhile and hoping this will be my fun read.


5. The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands. Won this from France Book Tours. This will help one of the challenges I’m working on. I really love the cover.

watership down
6.  Watership Down by Richard Adams. This is the only book on my list that I don’t own right now. Hope to get it next month.  It’s on my “Books of Lost” list.

7.What Katy Did by Susan M. Coolidge. This is a children’s book series and it’s on my “Books of Lost: list.

heart of darkness

8. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.  Still another book to read from my “Books of  Lost” list.


9. Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon #3) by Nevada Barr. I started this series years ago and it’s looking good to me again.

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10 Molokai by Alan Brennart. This has been on my list forever. Will this summer finally be the time I read it?

Top 10 Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year


It’s Tuesday so it must be time for The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten.  This week the theme is Top 10 Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year.

I’ve only read 38 so far and this is my list from that 38. (in no particular order)


1.  Between Us Girls by Sally John

I got this from NetGalley and really didn’t know what to expect, but I loved it and am waiting on the sequel.

18143789 (1) 2.  The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley

I read the Orchard House by Riley, so was waiting for this one to come out.  Didn’t disappoint me. Loved it.  Probably my favorite so far this year.


  3.  Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein

Great ideas!  Want to go back and read it again it was that good!

8442457 (1) 4.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Loved the twists and turns in this novel.  Hope the movie version with Ben Affleck is just as good.

Beggars or Angels

5.  Beggars or Angels: How a Single Mother Triumphed Over War, Welfare and Cancer to Become a Successful Philanthropist by Rosemary Tran Lauer with Scott Beller

This was very surprising. So much inspiration in one book and very well written.


6.  The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children by Stormie Omartian

Every parent, young or old, should have a copy of this.


7.  Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

Historical fiction, chick lit, and I got a whole book list from this book.

Heart Song

8. Heart Song by Desiree Williams

The world needs more Christian fantasy like this.  Great story. Lovely descriptions.


Team Us by Ashleigh Slater

I love this book and I’m not even married.  The author is so personable.  I want to make her my new best friend.

the stand

The Stand by Stephen King

Technically I’m not finished with it yet, but I know it will be one of my top ten.  This is the updated version.

Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down


Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday list for Ten Books I Almost Put Down. Do you have any of these on your list? For more confessions go to The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I know that’s hard to believe but sorry Austen fans I found Pride and Prejudice utterly boring and had to force myself to finish it.

2. The Distant Hours by Kate  Morton.  I was ready to give up on it but almost half way through I got into it and it’s probably one of my favorites.

3. Stardust by Neil Gaiman.  Saw the movie and loved it and they say the book is always better but it wasn’t in this case. Very disappointed in Neil Gaiman.

4. Wool by Hugh Howey.  Heard a lot of good things about this novel. Even though it was short I still had trouble finishing it.

5. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.  When I started it I thought it was predictable, but I was wrong and I’m glad I kept reading. One of the best books I read in 2013.

6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by  Joanne Fluke. It was kind of boring but I stuck with it.

7. Heresy by S.J. Parris. 98 percent of the characters were men, so that put me off at first, but I stuck with it because it was a book club choice and I’m glad I did.  One of the best written historical mysteries I have ever read.

8. Prime Cut by Diane Mott Davidson. I started this book about three times before I finally finished it.

9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I wasn’t even going to pick this one up, let alone put it down because I heard horrible opinions on it.  But I couldn’t not finish the series so I read it and loved it.   Probably my favorite of the three.

10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Picked this one up in my late twenties and couldn’t get into it.  Two years ago I picked it up again and got into it. Awesome book.

Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read




It’s Top Ten Tuesday Again. This week the folks at The Broke and the Bookish ask that we list the Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read. So here are mine, in no particular order:

1. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. I didn’t read this  as a child. I read it in my thirty’s. I feel in love with the language. I don’t think I’ve found a book yet that can compare with Carroll’s use of words.

2. The New Living Translation Bible – This is unique in that it was written so long ago yet can address current issues. Plus, it has everything: war, miracles, romance, rape, bringing the dead back to life, etc. I picked this translation because it’s written more like we speak today.

3. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King – this is my one and only book read by Stephen King and I read it while I was pregnant. It was the only book I could focus on.

4. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl. I was so happy that they made a book about books and I could find more books to read.

5. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. This opened my eyes to see how the world really works. Someday I hope to read Atlas Shrugged.

6. Baja, Oklahoma – A quirky book I read in early 80’s. I loved it. Can’t think of any book I’ve found like it since then.

7. Drop City by T. C. Boyle. I bought this book because I’d never seen a circle of naked people on the cover of a literary fiction book before. It’s a wonderful story about a commune that moves to Alaska.

8. Daughter of Fortune by Isabelle Allende. Her books are amazing. This one  takes place during the Gold Rush of 1849 and is about the orphan Eliza Sommers as she ages. When Allende writes she paints her prose and like most of her books this one also adds a form of mysticism to it.

9. Howe’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I first saw this as a movie then read the book, and yes, the book was better. It’s a fantasy about the oldest of three sisters who comes under a spell of a wicked witch that turns her into an old lady. Her only hope is the ever moving Howe’s castle.

10. In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker. This is the first in a science fiction series where the company recruits orphans from the past, trains them, makes them everything but immortal and sends them back in time.