Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads

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Here are my ten most recent reviews at Long and Short Reviews as of when I wrote this post.

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1. Spirit in Time by Julie Howard

Genre: Romantic Mystery

Why I Liked It: It had genuine character development that I mentioned wanting to see more of in my review of the first book in this series. Isn’t it wonderful when authors do this?


2. Fern and Otto by Stephanie Graegin

Genre: Children’s

Why I Liked It: There were so many clever references to classic fairy tales and legends.


3. To the Moon and Back For You by Emilia Bechrakis Serhant

Genre: Children’s

Why I Liked It: The main character was a loving, attentive parent. I also liked how open-ended the storyline was as far as how she eventually was able to become a mother.


4. Short Poems, Long Tales by Rashid Osmani

Genre: Poetry

Why I Liked It: All of poems were short, sweet, and to the point. I appreciate that sort of poetry.



5. Mae the Mayfly by Denise Brennan-Nelson

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Why I Liked It: Mae was such a brave little Mayfly.


6. The Ferret by Tom Minder

Genre: Mystery

Why I Liked It: The descriptions of how the Witness Protection Program works were fascinating.


7. Hunted: A Short Story by Brandon Tolin

Genre: Science Fiction

Why I Liked It: Cryptozoology is one of those topics that isn’t covered nearly enough in this genre, so I was happy to see it here.


8. Where Are You,  Agnes? by Tessa McWatt

Genre: Children’s

Why I Liked It: I didn’t know much about the early life of Agnes Martin, a famous Canadian painter, and was excited to learn more.


9. Sparky Brain – Epileptic Tips and Stories by Ada Almond

Genre: Non-Fiction

Why I Liked It: Someone I care about has epilepsy. It was interesting to read about this author’s experience with it and learn about some things that have helped her reduce her seizures.


10. Masquerade Season by ‘Pemi Aguda

Genre: Science Fiction

Why I Liked It: The main character was incredibly sweet and likeable. He made me want to learn more about the world building.



  1. Great list! To the Moon and Back for You sounds really sweet.

  2. Fern and Ottol looks really cute!

  3. Glad you’ve had some good reads.

  4. Great list! I haven’t heard of any of these, but a bunch of them sound really interesting, especially The Ferret.

  5. Great list! Spirit in Time sounds like a great read!

  6. I love how you picked up such a wide variety of books. Hope you have a great week!

  7. Denise @ Life With No Plot says

    Love your list! It looks like these were all really good. Happy reading!

  8. I am unfamiliar with these but The Ferret sounds incredibly interesting.

  9. You read a lot of interesting books! I also really enjoy when there is genuine character development in a novel, and it makes me appreciate the character’s journey a lot more when it happens. Great post!

  10. I haven’t heard of any of these, but I might look into some of the children books! Hunted is another I’d be interested to check out, as cryptozoology usually provides for interesting stories.

  11. The epilepsy one sounds interesting- i had a very mild form of epilepsy as a kid but outgrew it. Not everyone is as fortunate with it, of course. The witness protection program one is super interesting too, I bet.

    • Astilbe says

      I didn’t know you once had epilepsy. Interesting!

      I think you like both of the book you mentioned in your comment.

  12. Oh the choices of books on your list! I’m also captivated by the side bar choices. lol.

  13. Interesting mix of books and genres in this list!

  14. Great short reviews. I haven’t read any of your books but i like to read biographies, so the one about Agnes Martin sounds interesting.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  15. Masquerade Season looks really interesting, I will have to check it out. I love your variety of genres on here!

    • Astilbe says

      Thanks! I love reading a little bit of just about everything.

      I hope you like Masquerade Season if you read it.

  16. I like that you included what you liked about each book. That’s a great way to highlight them!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  17. Nice list!

  18. Congratulations on a really varied list! ?

  19. Your reasons for liking the book made me wanna read them all. But I think I want to read Short Poems, Long Tales soon.

    Also, Im interested in becoming a reviewer for the site you mentioned. Is it Ok if my blog site is using free wordpress right now? I actually bought a hosting plan two months ago but ended up giving it to a cousin coz I’m too lazy to redesign my blog. Lol. Anyway If so, then I will sign up or anything I can do to join ?.

    • Thanks! I hope you like Short Poems, Long Tales.

      All of the reviews we post are actually posted here! Whether your own personal site is free doesn’t matter. 🙂

      I’m excited that you’re interested in joining us!

      This page will give you all of the instructions and information about becoming a reviewer at Long and Short Reviews you’ll need:

      It also contains an email address that you can use for any other questions as well as to officially let us know you want to sign up.

  20. Sounds like you’ve had some great reads recently, especially the children’s books. 🙂

  21. I hope I’m not too late coming to this post! All these titles were new to me, but Fern and Otto seems adorable. I do like books that have references to fairy tales and I have developed a fondness for children’s literature since the pandemic.

  22. Don’t think I’ve heard of any of these, but I’m glad you enjoyed your recent reads!! Here’s to another ten awesome upcoming reads. 🙂 Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.

  23. I think these are all new books to me! I’m glad you liked them.

  24. Fern and Otto sounds really cute! I’ll have to check that out.

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