Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Platonic Pairings

Sometimes I need romance, but mostly, I don’t. Sometimes all I need is a couple of friends/frenemies/siblings/cohorts charging through a locale and destroying everything they touch, or rebuilding it, depending on the story. That’s right, this week’s TTT is all about non-touchy-feely camaraderie, so no, there won’t be any members of The Fellowship of the Ring here (though I adore them, Tolkien love is it’s own subgenre of love).

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red White and Royal Blue

“History, huh? Bet we could make some.”


Hey Book People and Gentlenerds, hope your week has been full of cool breezes and cloudy skies, unlike mine. Things are hot in the California Foothills right now, though half the state isn’t on fire yet this summer and it’s really nice not having to wear a breathing mask on my way to work. Are you drinking enough water, hydration homey? Because man, let me tell you, that’s a constant battle on my part.

Wait, we’re here for a reason other then being warm at all hours. We here to talk about a book I read that was so absolutely delightful that my face sort of hurt from smiling by the time I was finished reading it. Which I did in less then a day, because it was too good and too pure to put aside.

What is it? I hear you ask, why just a little rom-com about The First Son falling in love with The Prince of Wales, no biggy. Except it’s an amazing thing to type when you think about how far representation has come over the years. If I could go back and tell my sixteen year old self the books she’d be picking up at the local bookstore she’d most like squee herself straight to a hospital visit.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I Would Like to See More Of…

This weeks subject takes a look at settings I can’t get enough of in books, but don’t really see too often, if at all. From forests to cities, swamps to star systems; there’s entire worlds out there that I don’t encounter nearly enough. But it’s not just a matter of topography and geography, there has to be something more to it, a certain something else combined with the locale. Usually magic is a requirement, but sometimes it’s neon lights and jazz bars, or energy weapons and interstellar war ships.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Code Girls by Liza Mundy


I’ve held an interest in WWII since first reading Stephen Ambrose more than a decade ago. But it’s not the statistics of war that interest me, the movements of battalions and regiments, the geography, the numbers- it’s the people.

That’s why I’m often on the lookout for books that focus their narrative on more personal stories; the individual, the tightly knit group- instead of the the big picture. It gives us a glimpse into what life was like then, to wake each morning with uncertainty and fear, unsure as to what the day will bring, how the world will change.

Code Girls is about woman much like my grandmother was at the time, bright young things fresh from school with a desire to help in any way they could. But instead of joining factory lines and growing Victory Gardens, their aid was much more direct; recruited by both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, these woman were going to change the face of war and help the Allied Nations gain victory over the Axis Powers…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Instant Buy Authors

How is the year already halfway over? How is summer halfway gone? Why does my cat insist on jumping on my back while I try to type? So many questions, none of which have answers, alas.

This weeks T.T.T. is all about authors I have no hesitation in throwing my money at, and there’s not many. Really, when I first thought about it all my brain was willing to do was scream Erin Morgenstern and that doesn’t really make for a good blog post.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Shady Hollow by Juneau Black


Shady Hollow is a sleepy town, nestled in the deep woods and far removed from the chaos and dangers of the city. Nothing worse than an argument has ever taken place there; front doors have no locks, the chief of police is usually fishing, and reporter with a mysterious past can focus on quiet things, like the elementary school’s annual spelling bee.

But this idealistic life is soon turned upside down when the local curmudgeon is found floating face down in the mill pond, a knife protruding from his back. It’s up to Vera, reporter extraordinaire to get to the bottom of this mystery, though life in Shady Hollow may never be that same for her or any of it’s residents.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Deserve Their Own Stand Alone Story.

So many intriguing characters, so little time! Sometimes it’s supporting cast, sometimes its a lead who’s sharing page space with several others, but there’s always someone in a story that I’d love to know a lot more about. Today’s topic was a character freebie, which I chose to make this subject- have I already done it before? Maybe! But that’s OK.

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