Top Ten Tuesday – Romances I Love

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Time once again for Top Ten Tuesday, that bookish meme hosted at “That Artsy Reader Girl.”
The topic this week is Your choice – involving Love

Romance Books I’ve Loved over the past Year

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1. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley. This was a reread last year but is by far my favourite book and author. The dual time line and the characters make it such a wonderful read.

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2. Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

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3. Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

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4. A is for Author by Brenna Jacobs

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5. The Birthday List by Devney Perry

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6. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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7. The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr

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8. No Judgements by Meg Cabot

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9. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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10. Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker

This was a challenge – so many romances I rated 5 over the past year especially, so I tried to focus on fairly new to me authors (except for Kearsley and Carr). I have authors I always love to read in this genre – Sarah Morgan, Samantha Chase, Susan Mallery, RaeAnne Thayne, Christina Lauren – just to name a few. (And that doesn’t even include fantasy or historical romances! – lots to love there)

 

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?“, at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

What I Read Last Week
I read 12 books: 3 picture books, 1 MG, 3 contemporary romances, a women’s fiction, 2 non-fiction and 2 fantasy ebooks

Here are the books I read:

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Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister – So enjoyed this women’s fiction by a favourite author. Love the idea of having to fulfill a challenge set by someone else – and these 6 women complete their challenges.

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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey – Really loved this romance.

 

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Cold as January by Katie Graykowski Love the humour in her books and this was a sweet romance

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A Kiss Before You Go by Danny Gregory This was a touching, moving illustrated memoir by the artist Danny Gregory, of love and loss, after the death of his wife

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Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo. DiCamillo is an extraordinary writer and this was a sweet middle grade novel.

2 fantasy ebooks by Eli Grant and Drake Mason, both of which I enjoyed:

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Vampire Deception Changeling Rebellion

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Jim Henson’s Doodle Dreams by Jim Lewis and Jim Hesnson Enjoyed this short inspiring book

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Runaway Bride by Cynthia Swan A sweet romance, an ebook.

3 Picture books
Go Show the World by Wab Kinew – A diverse read

It Began with a Page by Kyo Maclear

Tickled Pink by Andre Poulin

 

What I’m Reading Now

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgen

What’s Up Next

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

 

Connect 5 Friday

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It’s Friday once again and that means it’s time for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

This month I plan to share my favourite authors/series from my favourite genres. (Kathryn and I had the same idea this week!)

This week: Fantasy/paranormal – Authors/series I love
The line between these two genres is a bit blurred. I love the creativity/imagination behind these books.

1. Anne BishopThe Others series

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This is by far my favourite fantasy series. The world building and characters sucked me in from the beginning and I couldn’t devour the books fast enough. Then there was withdrawal! At least there were others series by her and I’m reading those as well.

2. Ilona AndrewsKate Daniels series

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This husband and wife duo have created such an incredible kick-ass heroine (sorry, no other word for her). They have several other series as well, just as enjoyable.

3. Karen Marie MoningThe Fever series

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This is a dark, sexy series featuring the struggle/war between humans and the fae.

4. Patricia BriggsMercy Thompson series

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I loved the world of Mercy and Curran, with shifters and all the danger they must overcome.
(Briggs’ 12th book, Smoke Bitten, will be out Mar. 10/20)

5. I’m afraid I can’t decide between the last 2 so I’m including them both. Both are more paranormal with characters so different but so captivating. Charley is the Grim Reaper and Sookie dates a vampire. Love the humour in both.

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Darynda JonesCharley Davidson series

Charlaine HarrisSookie Stackhouse series

Top Ten Tuesday

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Time once again for Top Ten Tuesday, that bookish meme hosted at “That Artsy Reader Girl.”

The topic this week is

Books on My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

Many of these books have been on my TBR lists over the past couple of years. Many are by Canadian authors as well. They all have been rated highly – I just haven’t been in the frame of mind to read them – yet. I plan to read them this year!

 

 

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Becoming by Michelle Obama I know this has received high praise and am really looking forward to reading it.

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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline A dystopian novel on my Winter TBR

 

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood A must read for sure.

 

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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving Haven’t read any of his books but this one is so often recommended; I really must read it.

 

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Mourning Has Broken by Erin Davis I listened to her on the radio for years and can’t imagine how she survived her daughter’s death.

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult The format and topic of the book intrigue me.

 

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There There by Tommy Orange Another recommended diverse book.

 

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Into the Abyss by Carol Shaben I was living and teaching in Alberta when this crash happened and still remember the aftermath.

 

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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion This is another that has been recommended often and I seem to be reading a number of books on grief lately.

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s time once again for Kathryn’s weekly meme “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?“, at Book Date, where we share what we’re reading and have read over the past week.

What I Read Last Week
I read 8 books: 1 historical romance, 2 historical fictions, 4 contemporary romances, a women’s fiction and a YA

Here are the books I read:

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The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis  An intriguing dual time line that explores the unwed mother homes in Britain. Powerful read.

 

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Writing Mr. Right by Michaela Wright An enjoyable romantic ebook

2 enjoyable sexy, romance ebooks by May Sage

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Shy Girls Write It Better
Scrooge McFuck

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Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries Really enjoyed this historical romance

 

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Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg What a fun YA retelling of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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The Other Einstein by Marie Benedcit Well-written historical fiction, a fascinating work about Einstein’s first wife

 

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The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella Loved this novel!

 

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All Fired Up by Lori Foster. Another enjoyable contemporary romance

 

What I’m Reading Now

A Kiss Before You Go by Danny Gregory

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

 

What’s Up Next

A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgen

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo