Connect 5 -3 Connections

The Connect 5 reading challenge hosted at “The Book Date” urges us to connect five books in some way.

I’ve had a busy month of reading again, with many good books read. As I looked back over the month, I realized I had completed several Connect 5 sets of books. (I usually include a book cover picture, but with so many books this time I will just include my favourite from each set)


I love books that focus on sisters and the dynamics between them. Here are 5 great books, by favourite authors:

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The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

The Goodbye Café by Mariah Stewart


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Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis


Jane Austen Retellings
I had never read Jane Austen before this year, when I set a goal to read all of her books and as many retellings as I could. I have read only 2 of her books so far,  but several retellings.

Here are 5 retellings I enjoyed:

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Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laura Viera Rigler

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson


Verbs in the Title
I was surprised at how many books I read that had verbs in the title. Most of Patricia Briggs titles have verbs but I had used most in other Connect 5 posts.

Here are 5 books with verbs used in their title:

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Blended by Sharon M. Draper (A diverse MG novel)

2 paranormal books by Patricia Briggs:

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Cry Wolf


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Tangled Up in You by Samantha Chase (A contemporary romance)

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee (Diverse historical fiction)



Still lots of time to join in the fun of this challenge. What 5 books could you connect?


Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Tropes


Top Ten Tuesday is the weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s theme is: favourite tropes. A trope is defined as a common or overused theme, device or cliché. Some view tropes to be avoided. Yet, they can be used effectively and make for a fun read.

Here are 10 tropes I enjoy reading, with 2 books for each trope I have read this year and thoroughly enjoyed:
1. Time Travel (especially involving Highlanders)

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My favourite though is The Rose Garden by Susanna kearsley

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2. Lists

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3. Friends to Lovers

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4. Sisters

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5. Fake Fiances/Husbands

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6. Second chances

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7. On the beach or an island

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8. Small towns

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9. Werewolves, shifters (Gotta have a paranormal trope!)

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10.  Returning home/family dynamics

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Book Blogger Hop

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I just discovered this weekly book meme, so this will be my first joining in.

Each week the hop starts on a Friday and ends on Thursday, with a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

The Question of the week is:

What authors do you always read and recommend? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I have many authors I love to read from different genres:

Patricia Briggs

Sarah Morgan

Sarah J. Maas

Louise Penny

Susan Mallery

Ilona Andrews

Mariah Stewart

Barbara O’Neal

Samantha Chase

There are many more I could list but these are the must reads!

Check here at Coffee Addicted Writer to check it all out.