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: Book Quote Freebie

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This week’s topic is a book quote freebie.  Which is perfect since I seem to collect book quotes.  I have no real theme for today other than these quotes either made me laugh, cry, or think about something differently.

  1. Men don’t have to pay attention the way we do. Men die because they make mistakes. Women? We die because we’re female.

This is from The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix.  It struck me for two reasons.  A) because it’s true and B) because a man put that thought onto paper.  Granted, the narrator is female, but still.

  1. Guncle Rule number eight: Live your life to the fullest every single day, because every day is a gift. That’s why people die. To teach us the importance of living.

There are so many quotes that I wanted to include from The Guncle by Steven Rowley, but most of what I saved were a bit um… inappropriate (albeit hilarious) … for this post.  This one got me though.

  1. When it comes to lying, there’s a golden rule: tell as much truth as you can. The truth is, after all, the easiest to remember. It’s the most consistent with inarguable fact.

From Bath Haus by P. J. Vernon.  This book was nuts, okay?  But that quote?  Right on the money.

  1. This is the terrible thing about a tragedy. It isn’t with you every minute. You forget it, and then you remember it again. And you see it with a stark quality: This is what is required of you now, just to get along.

From The Last Thing He Told Me by Lauren Dave.

  1. “There’s nothing wrong with being a mapmaker.” … “Of course not. And there’s nothing wrong with being a lizard either. Unless you were born to be a hawk.”

This is both inspirational and amusing at the same time.  From Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

  1. Dress shoes but no socks? Is that a thing now? Jesus, seriously? I think that might be the fourth sign of the apocalypse.

From The Red Book by James Patterson and David Ellis.  This made me think of my daughter and how she’d react to such a sight.

  1. “Lemonade.” Oblivious to the danger, Daniel went behind the bar to find the pitcher and refill her glass. Shaking his head, he began to laugh weakly. “I am standing in a vampire’s lair, and he serves me lemonade.”

From The Turn by Kim Harrison.  I love it when a character recognizes the ridiculousness of a situation.

  1. Geralt knew that bonnet and that feather, which were famed from the Buina to the Yaruga, known in manor houses, fortresses, inns, taverns and whorehouses. Particularly whorehouses.

From Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski.  I love this because what a way to introduce a character, right?  Geralt knows it’s Dandelion (Jaskier) by the feather alone.

  1. But I was wrong—I don’t need a man to look past my size. I need someone who’ll see me and love me exactly as I am. For all its flaws, this show made me believe that that’s possible.

From One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London.

  1. He smiled. If it was not for the fact that she knew he was a vicious murderer, the expression would have been pleasant. Eric Spears was a handsome man. A charming man. A brilliant one. A cunning and deadly animal.

I’m including this because I very rarely get consumed by the bad guy.  However, from the very first book in Debra Webb’s Faces of Evil series, I was half in love with the psycho Eric Spears.  This quote comes from the short story “My Evil Valentine” that was a prequel to the series.

Bonus quote: “Castellan,” said Geralt, “why act in haste? After all, I really could have an accident at work, irrespective of my intentions. Just in case, the wise men should be thinking about how to save me from the king’s anger and get those fifteen hundred orens, of which rumor speaks, ready.”

This is from The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.  I laughed so dang hard when I read this.  Why?  Because Geralt is equating getting killed by a striga with a worker’s compensation claim.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

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I’m a big-time mood reader so, often, when I finally get a book that I’ve been waiting ages for, it doesn’t get read immediately.  More often than not, it gets forgotten completely until I see a bazillion people posting about it and I think, “Hmm, I should get that – wait, I HAVE IT.”

Yeah, it’s a problem.

So, here are ten books I was thrilled to finally have and… haven’t managed to read yet.  Oops.

The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.  I bought the entire set in July 2019.  I wanted to read at least the first before the Netflix series started and gifted them to myself for my birthday.  To date, I’ve read two out of the eight books.

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.  I love these two authors and devour every book of theirs I get.  And yet, I haven’t cracked this one open yet.  BOTM selection for February 2022.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood.  Another BOTM selection (as most of these are!) from October 2021.

A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham.  This book drew me to it like a moth to a flame.  And now it’s residing on my nightstand, waiting.  BOTM selection for February 2022.  I really need to start resisting those dang add ons!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  I bought this book back in um… June 2014 in preparation for a trip to Huntington Beach, CA.  I was eager to read it, but I thought my daughters would enjoy it as well.  They did – one read it on the trip down, one on the way back.  Me?  Not yet.

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena.  I got excited when I saw this was one of the BOTM selections in August 2021.  I’d read her book, The Couple Next Door, and was so eager to read this new one.  Hah.

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby.  This at least wasn’t an ignored Book of the Month choice.  I grabbed it quickly when the ebook was on sale.  Cheap… in July 2021.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  This was my first BOTM choice because of all the hype I’d seen in regards to both the book and the author.  I’d had good intentions with this, but the minute I took it out of the box, my kid grabbed it and said, “Oooh, I’ve been hearing about this book.  Thanks.”  By the time she’d finished it, I was eyeball deep in something else.  BOTM for June 2021.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.  Another ebook deal that I couldn’t pass up but couldn’t be bothered to read either.  June 2021.

Imaginary Friends by Stephen Chbosky.  Yet another ebook deal that suckered me in and then was soon forgotten.  February 2021.  What I really need help with is my addiction to one-click buying!

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 with Adjectives in the Title

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This week’s topic is a fun one – Books with an Adjective in the Title!

Amazingly enough, these are all books I’ve read.

  1. Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester
  2. The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly
  3. Blue Flag by Kaito
  4. Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
  5. The Happy Sandwich by Jason Goldstein. Yes, this is a cookbook, but you have to love that title.
  6. Arrogant Officer: Falling for an Aries by Lauren Runow and Jennine Colette
  7. Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica
  8. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  9. A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany
  10. Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

What’s on your list this week?

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: Favorite Trope

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Today’s topic is: Books With Your Favorite Trope/Theme

Quotes About Friends To Lovers. QuotesGram

What’s mine? Friends to Lovers, hands down. Here are a few…

1. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
2. Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid
3. Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
5. Wrong to Need you by Alisha Rai
6. Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne
7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
8. What Are Friends For? by Sarah Sutton
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Any suggestions for me to add to my TBR?