Top 10 Wintry Reads

I am not a fan of the cold, but I love winter – there is nothing better than sitting under a warm blanket and reading a book, knowing that it’s cold and miserable outside and I don’t have to be out there in the middle of it. Over the years I have collected a long list of winter reads, but here are some of my favorites! Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top 10 Tuesdays for the prompt. 1. Bone White by Ronald Malfi This is one of the best horror novels I’ve read in a long time – it … Continue reading Top 10 Wintry Reads

Top 10 Bookish Items I’d Like to Own

The holiday season is coming, people! And luckily, there are so many incredible gifts online for readers. So thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Tuesday prompt for this week, I have pulled together a little list of my favorite bookish items for all budgets, including those millionaire friends I know I have out there somewhere. 1. Clear book weight $19.99 This one happens to be one of my top favorite gift ideas. I’m sure most of you have struggled with reading over lunch – it’s hard to hold a book with one hand and eat with the other (not … Continue reading Top 10 Bookish Items I’d Like to Own

Top 10 Creepiest Villains

Villains can really make or break a novel – a believable villain builds upon the plot and the atmosphere, but an unbelievable or powerless villain makes the whole thing seem artificial or irrelevant or both. Based on That Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top 10 Tuesday prompt, here are 10 of the creepiest villains from some of my favorite books. Spoiler Alert: I tried and really couldn’t write this article without a few spoilers. The things that are in here are vague and there isn’t anything from the very ending, but feel free to skip this one if you’d like. 1. The … Continue reading Top 10 Creepiest Villains

Top 10 Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Libraries are absolutely one of the best things about the world that we live in – free access to mankind’s vast knowledge. I love everything that libraries have to offer – stories, classes, social gatherings, reference materials… someday I hope to travel and visit some of the world’s greatest libraries. Here are a few at the top of my list. (Top 10 Tuesdays are hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) 1. Vatican Apostolic Library I was raised as Roman Catholic (and I am still a practicing Catholic) and naturally, as a bookworm, at a very young age I developed a … Continue reading Top 10 Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

Top 10 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

I feel like long books get a lot of slack these days – they tend to be set aside in favor of quicker reads that you can cross off your TBR – and people that read long books are often seen as self-flagellating or braggarts or both. But I have read some wonderful long books over the years, and I love being immersed in rich worlds that offer me a long journey, rather than a quick resolution. Per That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt, here are 10 of the best long books I have read. 1. Don Quixote … Continue reading Top 10 Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top 10 Authors I’d Love to Meet

One of the best things about reading is the way that a reader can get inside the author’s mind and live in the world he or she created. It always makes me feel like I have a direct line to the author – even though I have never met them! Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl‘s prompt, here is a list of ten authors that I would love to meet, to know more about how they created their books. 1. Tamora Pierce Tamora Pierce was the first author that I really came to love. I loved the Lioness series, but … Continue reading Top 10 Authors I’d Love to Meet

What’s Coming in October: Classic Monsters

Happy October, everyone!I am so excited to dive into some fantastic horror books this season. This year, I’m doing a new theme: classic monsters. Each one of these books features a classic monster from Western mythology, so I will be posting reviews through the month, so even if you aren’t a big fan of horror, hopefully you will still find something that piques your interest. Happy reading! 10/4: Wither by J.G. Passarella 10/11: Feed by Mira Grant 10/18: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski 10/25: A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau 10/31: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Continue reading What’s Coming in October: Classic Monsters

Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR

We have finally made it to autumn! The weather is still pretty warm here in Kansas, but I have seen a few trees with their leaves turning already, so I am ready – and am already filling our October weekends with Halloween-themed plans. This Top 10 (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is timed perfectly because I have finally gotten through my most recent reading slump and am ready for some great horror and thriller books. There are some great books coming out in October, too, so here are my top 10 books on my Fall TBR. 1. The Outsider by Stephen … Continue reading Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR

Top 10 Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

I have been burned by the popular vote just enough times that when I hear that a book is really popular, I usually decide that it isn’t for me. However, on occasion I do cautiously decide to read a book that has done really well. Here is a list of books that have really worked for me. Top 10 Tuesdays are hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. 1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter was, to my recollection, the first book I ever refused to read because it was so popular. My mom actually talked … Continue reading Top 10 Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2018

I can’t believe we are already past the halfway point for 2018! This year has gone crazy fast, you guys. It has been a year full of some fantastic releases and some great re-reads too, though, so here are my top 10 favorite reads of 2018. Top 10 Tuesdays are hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.   1. The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin This was a crazy fast read for me, and is a great book for almost everyone. It is a medical drama about two friends who find themselves facing the lies they told years ago in medical school. … Continue reading Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2018