Top Ten Tuesday



This week for Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly challenge hosted at the Broken and Bookish, the theme is Hidden Gems.
The genre I have been studying/reading this year (to enhance my own writing) has been romances. I have read many romance series and especially enjoyed the following:

Susan Elizabeth Phillip: Chicago Stars series
Wynette, Texas series

Roxanne St. Claire: Barefoot series

Irene Hannon: Starfish Bay series
Hope Harbor series

Rae Anne Thayne: Haven Point series

Mary Alice Monroe: Beach House series

Susan Mallory: Blackberry island series

Sherryl Woods: Trinity Harbor series

Bella Andre: The Sullivan series

Some of the authors have other series that are just as enjoyable – these were just ones I had read over the past two years.
What series have you enjoyed??

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Read in High School


It has been a long absence from blogging, but certainly needed.

It has also been a long time since I took part in Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly challenge hosted at “The Broke and the Bookish”.

The theme this week is a free choice on the theme “Back to School”.

My choice – Top 10 Books I Read in High School

Now – that was asking a lot I know – I graduated from Grade 13 in 1971. But so many of these still resonate today – and should be required reading.



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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ( it seems remarkable accurate in many of its predictions)



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Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy



Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (I was fascinated with her creativity)


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Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger


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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (another terrifying look at the future)


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Lord of the Flies by William Golding (this one still horrifies me)


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The Diary of Anne Frank (a testament to the amazing spirit of a young girl)


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Animal Farm by George Orwell ( Goodreads “one of the most scathing satires ever published”)


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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (This is still one of my favourite books – if only we all would stand up to racism as did Scout and her father)



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A Separate Peace by John Knowles