Top Ten Tuesday: Books With a Unit of Time In the Title

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Let’s take a look at some of the many books out there that have the word day in their titles.

1. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

2. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

3. The Summer Day is Done by Mary Jane Staples

4. Seven Days in May by Kim Izzo

5. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

6. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

7. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

8. The Days Are Just Packed (Calvin and Hobbes #8) by Bill Watterson

9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

10. Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

Top Ten Tuesday: Comfort Reads

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There are so many amazing comfort reads out there to choose from!

Here are ten books I think fit the bill nicely, especially if you choose to reread them.

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

2. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

3. Bridget Jones’s Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) by Helen Fielding

4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

5. The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) by C.S. Lewis

6. A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

7. All Creatures Great and Small / All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot

8. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) by L. Frank Baum

9. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

10. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Top Ten Tuesday: One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read

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I wrote this post a few weeks in advance due to a scheduling issue, so there may be a couple of newer reviews from me on this site that aren’t included in this list. With that being said, here are ten books that I’ve recently read and reviewed here.


New Era by Tommy B. Smith

My One-Word Review: Frightening


The Chronologist by Ian R. MacLeod

My One-Word Review: Complex


When the Time Is Right by Bill Bush

My One-Word Review: Amusing


Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth by Isabela Oliveira and Jed Sabin

My One-Word Review: Refreshing


Pooch Problems by Christopher Poston

My One-Word Review: Sensible


Out of a Jar by Deborah Marcero

My One-Word Review: Reassuring


The Proud & the Dumb by Bob Freville

My One-Word Review: Sarcastic


Carson Crosses Canada Linda Bailey 

My One-Word Review: Perfect


Redlocks and the Three Bears by Claudia Rueda

My One-Word Review: Creative


The Assumption of Death by David Vernon

My One-Word Review: Uneven


Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own

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I’d like to tweak this week’s theme a little bit. While all of these items certainly caught my eye, they were also things I’d happily buy for someone else if they asked for a bookish present and trusted my judgement.

I am not entirely sure what the copyright laws say about posting images of gifts that are being sold by small businesses, so I’ll share links to these Etsy accounts and briefly describe them only with words in this post. In a few cases, I’ll expound on why I chose that item.

1. Death by TBR sweatshirt

2. Bookish Stickers

3. Just One More Chapter tote bag

4. Never Too Many Books tote bag

My city has slowly been phasing out plastic bags. Stores have charged for them for a long time now, and now more of them aren’t offering them at all with each passing year. I’ve learned to always have a reusable bag in my pocket when I go out shopping.

5. I’d Rather Be Reading t-shirt 

6. Butterbeer tea 

7.   Never-EndingTBR zippered pouch

This could hold anything from pencils to makeup to first-aid supplies if, say, you’re going on a camping trip or hike!

8. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy stickers

9. Pumpkin book stack sticker

10. Book beat Toque

A toque is a type of knitted hat that is quite warm and durable. Traditionally, they was made of wool, but there are synthetic options available now for people who are allergic to wool or who prefer not to use it for other reasons. Toques can be knitted by hand or by machines depending on your preference and budget.

I look forward to seeing how all of you have answered this week’s prompt!

Top Ten Tuesday: Nature-Themed Book Titles

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Happy spring from everyone at Long and Short Reviews!

I was so excited to finally see this season arrive that I decided to make the freebie post today about nature-themed titles of books that we’ve reviewed here so far in 2022.

What do I mean by the phrase “nature-themed”? Well, the titles will all contain at least one word about rocks, rivers, flowers, or other items you might find in your own garden, at your local park, or in other nature settings.

If anyone who reads this is interested in joining our review team, our Become a Reviewer page contains all of the information you’ll need in order to do that. We have a wonderful group of reviewers already and are always happy to welcome new members aboard.

Without further delay, here are ten nature-themed books we’ve recently reviewed. Their genres will be noted in parentheses.

1. Secrets of a River Swimmer by S.S. Turner (Literary Fiction)

2. Rock of Salvation by M.J. Schiller (Romance)

3. Geo by Topher Allen (Middle Grade Fantasy)

4. Rock It to the Moon by M.J. Schiller (Romance)

5. As the Crow Flies by Damien Boyd (Mystery)

6. Fruiting Bodies by Kemi Ashing-Giwa (Science Fiction)

7. Sparrow by Brian Kindall (Middle Grade Fantasy)

8. The Seekers Garden by Isa Pearl Ritchie (Women’s Fiction)

9. One Jaded Rose by James Byron Books (Contemporary)

10. The Road to Rose Bend by Naima Simone (Romance)

Have you read any of these books? Have you read any books with nature-themed titles in general recently? Come tell us about them!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2022 TBR

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Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to this spring. If no publication date is listed for a book, that means it has already been released earlier this month!


1. Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Why I Want to Read It: Ms. Schwab is a good storyteller.


2. Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel by Ibi Zoboi

Why I Want to Read It: I really enjoyed “Black Panther” as a film and want to learn more about these characters.

3. The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories: A Collection of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy in Translation from a Visionary Team of Female and Nonbinary Creators  by Yu Chen

Why I Want to Read It: I haven’t read much Chinese science fiction and would like to change that.


4. Wild and Wicked Things by Fran Dorricott

Publication Date: March 29

Why I Want to Read It: I wasn’t immediately sure which classic novel this retelling was about. When combined with how many different themes were mentioned in the blurb, I was intrigued! Yes, I’m being a little vague with this reply on purpose. It’s better if you figure out certain things for yourselves.


5. Four Aunties and a Wedding (Aunties, #2) by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Publication Date: March 29

Why I Want to Read It: The first book in this series is still on my TBR. Maybe knowing that the sequel will be released soon will convince me to begin this series?

6. Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch

Publication Date: April 12

Why I Want to Read It: The comparison to the classic young adult novel “Hatchet” in the blurb piqued my interest.


7. Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast by Joan DeJean

Publication Date: April 19

Why I Want to Read It: This is a piece of American history I know nothing about!

8.History Comics: The Stonewall Riots: Making a Stand for LGBTQ Rights by Archie Bongiovanni

Publication Date: May 3

Why I Want to Read It: I would have loved to read this when I was a teenager. Luckily, adults can still read young adult books.

9. The Foundling by Ann Leary

Publication Date: May 31

Why I Want to Read It: I am well-versed on the history of how orphaned, abandoned, and unwanted children were treated, especially if they were unlucky enough to be sent to an orphanage or workhouse.  It will be interesting to see how knowledgeable the author is on this subject. My hope is that she will do an excellent job exploring this topic from many different angles.

10. Private Label by Kelly Yang

Publication Date: May 31

Why I Want to Read It: Spring is the perfect time to read a romance novel.

Top Ten Tuesday: Dynamic Duos

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Isn’t it wonderful that there are so many books out there featuring dynamic duos? Here are ten of them that I still need to read.

1. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

2. I Am David by Anne Holm

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) by Scott Lynch

4. Beholder’s Eye (Web Shifters, #1) by Julie E. Czerneda

5. Binti (Binti, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
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6. Ludo and the Star Horse by Mary Stewart

7. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Fairyland, #4) by Catherynne M. Valente

8. Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim, #1) by Juliet Marillier

9. Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

10. Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab


If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think of them?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Character Names In the Titles

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I tried to pick characters from a wide variety of genres and eras for this week’s prompt.


1. Sula by Toni Morrison

2. Mort (Discworld, #4) by Terry Pratchett

3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

4. Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret Atwood
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6. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

7. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

8. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

9. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

10. Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1) by Eoin Colfer

Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To

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Here are ten books I was excited to read last year but never ended up reading. Maybe 2022 will be the year I finally give them all a try? If you’ve read them, tell me what you thought of them!

1. Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi


2. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris


3. 1. The Bennet Women by Eden Appiah-Kubi 


4. A Lot Like Adios  by Alexis Daria


5. Ophie’s Ghosts  by Justina Ireland
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6. Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir by Kat Chow


7. Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker


8. Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan


9. Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura


10.This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart, #1) by Kalynn Bayron

Winter Blogfest: Maggie King

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Turkey Chili: A New Year’s Day Tradition

Black-eyed peas are a favorite New Year’s Day tradition for millions who believe eating the legume will lead to prosperity in the coming year. I haven’t heard that chili has the same mystical power to bring good luck, but, as I have yet to develop a taste for black-eyed peas, I’ll call chili my good luck charm.

Chili was a New Year’s Day tradition in my childhood home—a huge pot of it. I hated the stuff, hated the aroma of it as it simmered on the stove and lingered in the air for hours.

But I’m all grown up now and chili is one of my favorite dishes. The sweet, pungent aroma that fills my house each year on January 1 gives me great pleasure. Yes, chili remains a New Year’s Day tradition for my familybut with my own recipe: turkey chili with black beans.

This recipe is perfect for cold winter evenings, although I fix it year round. Feel free to vary the ingredients according to your taste and what you have on hand. I prefer turkey, but have used ground beef and bison. The multi-colored peppers create a pretty dish, but you can certainly use one color. In lieu of tarragon vinegar(who has that on hand?), I add a pinch of dried tarragon to ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar.

The recipe is courtesy of the Gourmet Gazelle Cookbook by Ellen Brown. It never disappoints.

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 onion, peeled and chopped

3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced

1 green bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced

1 ½ pounds turkey breast, coarsely ground

2 tbsp. flour

3 tbsp. chili powder

2 tbsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. powdered cocoa

1-2 tsp. cayenne pepper

¼ cup tarragon vinegar

2 tbsp. strong brewed coffee

1 28 oz. cans plum tomatoes, crushed
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2 cups cooked black beans

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or deep skillet. Add onion, garlic, and bell peppers; sauté, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add the ground turkey and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring constantly and breaking up any lumps with the spoon.  

Stir in the flour, chili powder, cumin, and cocoa. Stir frequently over low heat for 3 minutes to cook the spices. Add remaining ingredients except black beans and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Simmer chili, stirring occasionally, for 40-45 minutes until thick and the turkey is tender (If using slow cooker, cook on low for 4 hours). Add black beans and cook for 5 additional minutes.


Do you celebrate New Year’s with a special dish? Tell us about it in the comments.

May 2022 be a happy and prosperous year for you—whatever you eat on Day 1!


He who laughs last, laughs longest.

Unless he’s dead.

When romance author Hazel Rose is dropped by her publisher, she sees herself
heading down a path strewn with has-been authors. While disappointed, Hazel won’t give up without a fight—she signs up for a mystery-writing class, thinking that crime fiction will jumpstart her career.

But what’s a mystery-writing class without a mystery? So when Randy Zimmerman, an obnoxious classmate given to laughing at others’ expense, is murdered, Hazel tackles the case. Solving a real-life murder will surely lend authenticity to her creative writing.

She recruits her book group pals to help with the investigation. Trouble is, there are more suspects than they bargained for—even Hazel herself, who endured Randy’s thumbs-way-down review of her writing, had a motive.

A second body drives the stakes higher, and Hazel doubles her efforts to find who’s behind the murders, unearthing secrets that a killer would go to any lengths to keep hidden.

Will Hazel succeed? Or will this be “The End” for her?

Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in various anthologies, including the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, Murder by the Glass, and Death by Cupcake.

She is a member of James River Writers, International Thriller Writers, Short Mystery Fiction Society, and is a founding member of Sisters in Crime Central Virginia, where she manages the chapter’s Instagram account.

Maggie graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Business Administration, and has worked as a software developer and a retail sales manager. She has called New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California home. These days she lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and two indulged cats. When Maggie isn’t writing she enjoys reading, walking, cooking, traveling, movies, British TV shows, and the theatre.

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