Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read


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I must confess that I’ve barely read anything from my last few seasonal TBR posts due to a million other things going on in my life at the moment. Here are ten books I still need to pick up. If you’ve read any of these titles, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.

1. This Wicked Fate (This Poison Heart, #2) by Kalynn Bayron

 

2. TJ Powar Has Something to Prove  by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

 

3. Gallant by V.E. Schwab

 

4. A Lot Like Adios  by Alexis Daria

 

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5. Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story by Lilliam Rivera

 

6. If This Gets Out  by Sophie Gonzales

 

7. Death of a Knit Wit by Peggy Ehrart

 

8. Coming Clean: A true story of love, addiction and recovery  by Liz Fraser

 

9. Rosie the Truffle Hound by Jessie Hartland

 

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Books We’ve Reviewed


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I wrote this post in advance for scheduling reasons, so there may be a summer-themed title or two that squeaks through before this post goes live. With that being said, these are ten recent books we’ve reviewed that are set during the summer, have covers that remind me of this season, or are otherwise related to the theme in general.

This time of year makes me think of watching thunderstorms while I stand safely indoors near a window, spending time at the beach, eating a little more ice cream than my dentist would probably recommend, going swimming, and enjoying the beauty of nature wherever I can find it.

Isn’t summer a wonderful season?

Double Dipped by Terry Korth Fischer

Genre: Romance

 

Head In The Sand by Damien Boyd

Genre: Mystery

 

The Heat Is On: An Anthology by Jill Shalvis, Natalie Anderson

Genre: Romance, Mystery

 

The Marsh Bird by Anne Brooker

Genre: Mainstream Fiction

 

Wish List by Amanda Pampuro

Genre: Science Fiction, Horror

 

The Lightning Rod by Ged Gillmore

Genre: Mystery

 

With Love From Rose Bend by Naima Simone

Genre: Romance

 

Hello Puddle by Anita Sanchez

Genre: Children’s picture book

 

Oona by Kelly Dipucchio

Genre: Children’s picture book

 

Love and Lavender Ice Cream by Sara Freeze

Genre: Romance

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday:  Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List


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Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to reading this summer. If no publication date was noted, that book has already been released.

1. This Wicked Fate (This Poison Heart, #2) by Kalynn Bayron

Why I Want to Read It: I must confess that I haven’t read This Poison Heart yet, but I’m still quite curious about this series and hope the release of the sequel will encourage me to begin it.

 

2. TJ Powar Has Something to Prove  by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

Why I Want to Read It: I’ve never read a book about a character who struggles with feeling too hairy before.

 

3.The Beach Trap by Ali Brady

Why I Want to Read It: Imagine accidentally discovering your friend is actually your sibling! I’ve always dreamed of having a sister.

 

4. Out There: Into the Queer New Yonder by Saundra Mitchell

Why I Want to Read It: Science fiction anthologies are some of my favorite things to read.

 

5. Donut Disturb by Ellie Alexander

Why I Want to Read It: The pun in it made me laugh, and summer is a great time for a cozy mystery.

 

6. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Publication Date: July 19

Why I Want to Read It: The Island of Doctor Moreau is one of those classic novels whose premise intrigues me but whose writing style has never been something I’ve been able to get into. I hope that Ms. Moreno-Garcia’s take on the subject will be a fresh, modern one that breathes new life into it.

 

7. A Beginner’s Guide to Murder by Rosalind Stopps

Publication Date: July 22

Why I Want to Read It: I’d never pondered how someone learns how to murder others before. The title made me laugh but also made me think about the dark side of it. My fingers are crossed that this will be a funny read instead of a somber one.

 

8. Twice as Perfect  by Louisa Onomé

Publication Date: July 26

Why I Want to Read It: I’m a perfectionist, too. I liked Adanna as soon as the blurb mentioned her overpowering need to be perceived as a good kid who always does the right thing. That’s a lot of pressure for anyone to bear.

 

9. How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) by Cristina Fernandez

Publication Date: August 2

Why I Want to Read It: The title made me giggle.

 

10. Camp Scare by Delilah S Dawson

Publication Date: August 2

Why I Want to Read It: I attended camp with my parents and siblings, but I disliked bugs and humidity too much to sign up for parent-free camps when I was a kid. (I liked having the option of telling my parents that I was done with nature and then maybe going home early. Hehe). Now that I’m an adult, I do like reading about summer camps, though! This looks like a delicious fun and scary camp story for sure.

 

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

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?