Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Must-Buy Authors

The topic for Top Ten Tuesday this week — hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl blog — is Auto-Buy Authors.

Auto-buy authors are the ones that you absolutely must buy a copy whenever they publish a new book. It’s a given.

1. When author J. Todd Scott publishes a new book, not only am I willing to  buy it, but I’m willing to pay full price at a bookstore  so I can have it signed.

This Side of Night

2. I share Michael Connelly’s novels with my stepfather, so I always purchase a copy.

The Late Show*

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3. I have spent a pretty penny on Louise Penny’s novels over the years.

A Better Man (2019) – coming in August

4. I’m a sucker for Sujata Massey’s mysteries. Love the settings.

The Pearl Diver* by Sujata Massey

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5. J. T. Ellison’s twisty action-packed novels are a blast to read.

Tear Me Apart

No Longer Auto-Buy:

6. J.K. Rowling used to be an auto-buy author for me, but her last one written as Robert Galbraith (Lethal White, link to review) had some huge flaws, so I’ll wait for reviews before buying from now on.

Lethal White* by Robert Galbraith

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I wish some of these authors were still available:

7. The Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorthy Gilman is unbeatable.

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax*by Dorothy Gilman

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8. Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series stands out.

9. Agatha Christie was the grande dame of mysteries.

10.  P.D. James novels took you on a journey, sometimes fast, but usually leisurely.

This was another fun prompt.

Do you have any authors you enjoy so much that you auto-buy their books?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Childhood Favorites

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl blog.

The topic this week is top ten childhood favorites. (Linked covers from Amazon, where I’m an affiliate).

1. Both my sister and I loved, loved, loved The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.

It was the first book I remember reading where the author spoke directly to the reader. I have never re-read it because I’m afraid to change the wonderful memories I have of it.

2. Mother Goose Rhymes

Probably the earliest book I can remember. Our copy became very tattered from use over the years.

3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

I remember first reading this one at my cousin’s house. We all giggled.

4. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

A teacher read this to my class, which wasn’t fair because some of us cried in front of our classmates.

5. Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene

I’m showing my age, I’m afraid. These definitely shaped my early interest in reading mysteries, along with Agatha Christie.

6. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Sometimes a book stands out not because it is wonderful, but because the content is disturbing and it requires further processing.  Black Beauty is definitely one of those.

It’s amazing that so many of these older favorites are still available.

7. Disclaimer:  I was a precocious and voracious reader, so some of the ones that stand out in my memory probably aren’t traditional young children’s books, like my grandfather’s Zane Grey books.

I distinctly remember the descriptions of the western landscape. I felt like I was riding right along with the main character. Looking back now, I’m not sure how much else I got out of them.

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Spoiler: Clearest memory from the book is the girl who turned into a giant blueberry.

9.  My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

I’m not sure how well this one stands the test of time, but I remember it being thrilling when I read it as a child.

10. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame


Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2019 TBR

For the first time I’m joining the meme Top Ten Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl blog.

The topic for the week is Top Ten Books on my summer 2019 TBR.

(Note:  I get my cover links from Amazon, where I’m an affiliate.)


1. The Power by Naomi Alderman

My cousin read this recently and recommended it.

2. The Overstory by Richard Powers

Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize, my sister-in-law read this and raved about it afterwards.

3. The Crossing Places (first in the Ruth Galloway Mysteries series) by Elly Griffiths

Because I’m a mystery fan, I’d better add some mysteries to the list. I’ve run across this author while visiting Book Beginnings on Friday posts, and now is the time to take a look.

4. Coming in August; A Better Man by Louise Penny

Just can’t wait!

5. Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Entices the part-time foodie in me.

6. Among The Shadows: A Detective Byron Mystery (A John Byron Novel) by Bruce Robert Coffin

7. The Reluctant Detective: A C.T. Ferguson Private Investigator Mystery by Tom Fowler

The title and premise sound intriguing. Some of the later books in the series, like Daughters and Sons, have gotten great reviews.

8. The Satapur Moonstone (A Perveen Mistry Novel) by Sujata Massey

Loved some of her earlier novels, especially the fact that she sets them in less-traveled places.

9. A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley Mysteries, No. 1) by Elizabeth George

10. Into the Darkest Corner: A Novel by Elizabeth Haynes

I’m a sucker for debut novels.

So, that is my list. It took longer to put together than I had hoped, but now I’m organized… for five minutes.

What are you reading this summer?

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