Ten Favorite Book Settings #TopTenTuesday #LetsDiscuss2021

October 12, 2021

Ten Favorite Book Settings

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for TTT: Ten Favorite Book Settings …

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…and I’m also linking up with the 2021 Discussion Challenge for October.

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Do you have a favorite book setting?

Do you love a strong sense of place?

My VERY FAVORITE setting is ANYWHERE a MEMORABLE story takes place!

In the following memorable and unforgettable stories, I can immediately and vividly recall the setting (the time and place) of the story. The setting becomes as important as the story.


Setting: A Bookshop

Many of my favorite stories take place in bookshops! A recent favorite is The Last Bookshop in London.



Setting: An Unusual Location

The Woman With the Blue Star takes place in the sewer system of Warsaw, Poland.


Setting: A Beach

Castle of Water takes place on a beach as two plane crash survivors attempt to survive and desperately hope for rescue.


Setting: Atmospheric or Strong Sense of Place

The swamp setting in Where the Crawdads Sing comes to mind when I think of atmospheric settings. Also, unforgettably atmospheric is the dust bowl setting in Out of the Dust.


Setting: Long, Long Ago

The time and place when Shakespeare and his family lived are vividly described in Hamnet.


Setting: Small Village or Small Town

I love the small town community in The Printed Letter Bookshop (also a bookshop setting)

and Gander, Newfoundland is an amazing small community in The Day the World Came to Town (NF)


Setting: the Site of a Disaster

The Nature of Fragile Things (earthquake)

Surviving Savannah (shipwreck)

A Fall of Marigolds (New York City)

The Only Plane in the Sky (NF; New York City)


Setting: Local (or somewhere I’ve been)

Other settings that are so fun are settings that I know well in real life. Two examples are The Beautiful Strangers (Coronado, the Hotel Del Coronado) and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography (prairies of South Dakota).


Setting: Rural

I love a rural setting and one that’s especially memorable is the rural mountains of Kentucky found in The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.


Setting: A Diverse Setting

One more setting I enjoy is one that is culturally different from my own. Some examples include The Firekeeper’s Daughter (Ojibwe reservation), The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters (India), Clap When You Land (Dominican Republic), Born a Crime (South Africa), The Girl With the Louding Voice (Nigeria), The Girl With Seven Names (North Korea/China/South Korea), The Island of Sea Women (Korean Island of Jeju), Amal Unbound (Pakistan), The Hate U Give (streets of L.A.), and The Peal That Broke Its Shell (Afghanistan).



QOTD:

What is your favorite setting?
Please share your favorite setting in comments!



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Ten Bookish Pet Peeves #TopTenTuesday #LetsDiscuss2021

October 5, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish Pet Peeves

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves!

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I’m also linking up with the October 2021 Discussion Challenge.


Yes. I do have bookish pet peeves!
They do affect my reading experiences!

Do you have bookish pet peeves? Do we share any pet peeves?

I realize that these are only my personal preferences and opinions and you may or may not agree. That’s OK. Reading is a personal experience.

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Bookish Pet Peeves

(in the general order of their annoyance factor)

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Ten Books That Live Up To Their Hype #toptentuesday

September 28, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Live Up To Their Hype

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie!

Hype. Does it affect your reading?

My name is Carol, and I suffer from FOMO!

As a consequence, I often read books that are highly hyped. Sometimes this works out OK and other times….well….it leads to disappointment. I wrote this post about Buzz, Hype, and High Expectations here.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a freebie so I thought I’d revisit a topic I missed: Books That Live Up To Their Hype. All the books on this list I read because of the HYPE. They all lived up to their hype in my opinion. There are so many books I’ve read because of hype that I had to create a runners up list after I reached ten. So this post contains twenty recommendations! (and I could keep going!)

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Ten Books That Live Up To Their Hype

(in no particular order)

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Fall 2021 TBR #toptentuesday

September 21, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Fall 2021 TBR

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Fall 2021 TBR.

What is your most anticipated fall read?

With all the books that are on my radar on a given day, it’s nice to pick out a few for an official TBR. Ten still leaves room for library holds that come in, occasional ARCs, or some mood reading.

One question you may ask is “Are these spooky reads or thrillers?” Many readers have differing opinions of what comprises a fall read: some want spooky, some look for atmospheric, some seek out thrillers, while others like to tackle large tomes or nonfiction during the fall when they are spending more time sitting by the fire. It’s my opinion that any book you read in the fall is a fall read. For my fall reads, I look for the types of books I look for all year: memorable, thought-provoking, and unputdownable. So the answer to the question is NO….no thrillers or spooky reads because I’m too susceptible to nighmares.

The following two highly anticipated books were on my initial fall TBR list and then FOMO gripped me and I read them in summer! Project Hail Mary (AUDIO)) by Andy Weir and Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. I highly recommend both of these 5 Star reads for your fall TBR.

Keep in mind that I’m not yet recommending the books on my official fall TBR list…..check back often, though, because I will provide updates and links to reviews as I read them. For now, these are the reads that are on my fall 2021 reading radar.

I finished my Summer TBR just last week!

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10 Books To Put a Smile On Your Face #TopTenTuesday

September 7, 2021

10 Books To Put a Smile On Your Face #TopTenTuesday

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What is the last book that made you smile?

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Put A Smile On Your Face.

It’s posts like these that cause me to realize that the majority of my reading is really intense! It challenges me to come up with lighter reads. I do love Quirky Characters, so mostly quirky characters provide the levity in my reading life.

I wrote a post similar to this in February of 2021 and in 2020, so I’m revising those lists today to add some new selections. I think that during the Pandemic, I definitely sought out some lighter reads. These are the first ten books that I came across in my Goodreads list that brought a smile to my face. While none are hilarious or laugh out loud funny, each one has some funny or heartwarming moments that make my reading heart light and happy. Obviously, my list is heavily quirky character-driven! (Looking at you Backman!)

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The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson

In spite of some thoughtful and heavy themes, this story has some humorous and light moments that will put a smile on your face! My review of Funny Thing About Norman Foreman here.

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The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley

A quirky story with loveable characters and thoughtful themes. My review of Invisible Husband of Frick Island here.

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Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman

If you have children in your life, Backman’s essays on parenthood will bring a smile to your face. My review of Things My Son Needs to Know here.

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman (cover)


Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Although not humorous, this story about two estranged sisters sent on a trip to Europe together by their grandmother to deliver messages on her behalf certainly brought a smile to my face on many occasions. Sister dynamics are always fun!  I’m fairly certain this heartfelt story will make my best of 2021 list! It reminded me of  The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters in some ways. My review of Three Words For Goodbye here.

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10 Books I Wish I Could Read Again For the First Time #TopTenTuesday #LetsDiscuss2021

August 24, 2021

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Top Ten Tuesday:
10 Books I Wish I Could Read Again For the First Time

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Wish I Could Read Again For the First Time and the 2021 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.

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This is a difficult topic for me because I believe that first reads are best! I’m a “one and done” reader and I’m not a rereader (well…rarely a rereader). However, there are a few books I’d like to read again for the first time (if I had a time machine) simply to recapture the “book hangover,” the pleasure, or the memorable reading experience.

I’d love to hear from YOU!

If you had a time machine, what is the number one book you’d like to read again for the first time? Do we share any titles?

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(in no particular order)

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (cover) Image: an astronaut floats in space tethered to a gold and black object

Project Hail Mary by Any Weir (on audio!)

If you’ve experienced Project Hail Mary you know! If you’ve read the print version, you might want to consider a reread via the audio format! Even though there’s a lot of science and math that I was tempted to skim, I was pleasantly surprised by the alien and the powerful friendship theme in this sci-fi page-turner. Amaze! Amaze! Amaze!


A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (cover)

A Place For Us by Farheen Fatima Mirza

I will never forget the emotional reading experience that this story provided. I loved the way this book ended with a passage from the father’s point of view! (One of my favorite endings ever.) I wasn’t expecting to hear from the father after a story focused on the women of the family, and it was a poignant and heartfelt reflection that had me in tears (IYKYK). I would adore the chance to read this favorite story (a lifetime favorite) again for the first time. (I wish the author had written a sequel!)


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (cover)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Yes, I adore quirky characters striving to live their best lives…..but this is not what this story is about, and the twist at the


Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge (cover)

Castle of Water by Duane Hucklebridge

This is a well-written, fun, escapist read so I might want to read this page-turner again for the first time. Castaway meets Survivors.


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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Guernsey is a delightful and charming read and one of the few books that I’ve actually reread. It checks all my boxes for a feel-good story. I enjoyed it the second time. However, I know I enjoyed my first read best and I’d rather have read it again for the first time than for a reread. (Not reviewed because I read it before I started blogging.) The film adaptation is excellent (and I’ve watched that twice, too!).


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10 Bookish Confessions From an Ardent Bibliophile #TopTenTuesday

August 17, 2021

“Spinning the TTT Topic”

10 Bookish Confessions From an Ardent Bibliophile

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Today, I’m linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Places I Love to Read.

The dilemma here is that I can read ALMOST ANYWHERE and I love to read EVERY WHERE! So a more interesting SPIN on this topic is places and circumstances in which I CANNOT read….thus a confession of sorts.

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I can read almost any where and at almost any time!

Readers Gonna Read!

♦ Late at night (into the wee hours) ♦ During most TV programs ♦ Outside or inside ♦ At sporting events ♦ At coffee shops ♦ While standing in line ♦ Waiting rooms ♦ When it’s quiet or noisy ♦ Sitting in a comfy chair, at a table, or on a sofa ♦ In bed ♦ While cooking (e-books or audio books makes it easier!) ♦ Inside or outside ♦ During cold or warm seasons ♦ Instead of other projects ♦ In the bath ♦ At Disneyland (yes I read an entire book one day when my children were old enough to be on their own and had “check-in” times!) ♦ During meals ♦ …

Of all the places and times I read, late at night is probably my favorite because once the house is quiet I can immerse myself in another world for endless hours! However, I don’t have a favorite place or location.

Here’s my confession regarding the Top Ten circumstances in which I CANNOT read!

  1.  I CANNOT read early in the morning (although I can stay up all night reading, I can’t wake up early to read….usually because I’ve been up too late!). I would fall asleep immediately.
  2. I CANNOT read a physical copy while I’m walking (on a sidewalk or treadmill) or while on an exercise bike.
  3. I CANNOT read during my favorite TV shows even though I can otherwise read in the same room while the TV is on. My favorite shows that dictate I set aside my book include The Rookie, Blue Bloods, This is Us, Chicago Fire, NCIS, Jeopardy!, and Gymnastics during the Olympics.
  4. I CANNOT read while children are swimming in my pool (I keep a careful eye on young swimmers at all times).
  5. I CANNOT read an audio book while sitting still……they immediately put me to sleep or my mind wanders! (audio books work for me while driving probably because I’m accustomed to listening to talk radio). Even listening to an audio book while doing chores is too distracting for me. Basically, any time my mind is free to wander, it will!
  6. And this is the most SHOCKING! I CANNOT read at the beach! It’s not for a lack of trying. In fact, I always have a book with me. The sound of the surf and ambiance of the environment overpowers me.
  7. I have DIFFICULTY reading during troubling times. I noticed that in 2020, it was difficult to read during the onset of the Pandemic. When I could focus, my brain craved lighter books and escapist reads. I had no interest in historical fiction during the earliest months of the Pandemic. After about six months, my reading mojo began to return.
  8. I CANNOT read physical books with light, tiny font! I’m used to being able to enlarge the print on my kindle, so on the rare occasion I pick up a physical book and the font is small and the print is light, it’s ANNOYING for me to read and it negatively affects my reading experience! I’m spoiled by my kindle.
  9. I CANNOT push through and read a book I’m not enjoying. Life’s too short to read bad books…or books not to my taste. (see my DNF post here)
  10. I CANNOT reread….at least I RARELY reread. Once I’ve already had the experience, I’m done. The few times I have reread a book, I didn’t derive the same pleasure from the experience as I did the first time. I’m not opposed to rereading….I reread Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Book Thief before the movies came out. I reread The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry because I was desperate for something to read one weekend and couldn’t find a kindle deal and my library hold hadn’t come in and I was caught up on ARCs.  Fikry was already on my Kindle and it had been years since I read it, so in order to have something to read, I dove in. I actually enjoyed my reread! But rereading is not something I do often or seek out like some readers.

Whew! That was difficult for a hard-core reader like me to come up with 10 examples of when I don’t read!



QOTD:

Do you have a favorite place to read?
Do you have circumstances in which it’s difficult or impossible to read?



Happy Reading Bookworms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



Let’s Get Social:

Thank you for reading today! I’d be honored and thrilled if you choose to enjoy and follow along, promote, and/or share my blog. Every share helps us grow.

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Happy Reading Bookworms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection!
Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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The book covers and author photos are credited to Amazon or an author’s website.

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Did You Like the Ending? #toptentuesday #LetsDiscuss2021

July 13, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Did You Like the Ending?

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl. The prompt for today is “Book Titles That Ask Questions.” Hummmm…..I looked through my list and I’ve got nothing! Since I don’t enjoy creating posts with randomly chosen covers or titles, I’m SPINNING this topic into my own question: “Did You Like the Ending?” (Jumping off a previous discussion post: What is a Good Ending?)

I’m also taking this opportunity to link up with the 2021 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.

Do you love or loathe ambiguous endings?
Which books have you read that leave you wanting more?

I’m Ok with open-ended stories as long as the author leaves some breadcrumbs or inferences upon which I can draw my own conclusion. I loved ALL the following stories, but I wanted more from the endings in each case.

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10 Reasons Why I Love Reading #toptentuesday

July 6, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love Reading

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love Reading.

Why do YOU love to read?

The most simple reason I love reading is that I’m a lifelong reader and have always loved the world of words. I’m the kid who read the cereal box with my breakfast in the morning.

People who love reading and are lifelong readers, usually love it for several of the same reasons. I suppose that many readers could make a similar list. I’m joining in with other TTT list makers today to celebrate the love of reading. Which reason would top your list? Do you have other reasons why you love reading?

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Summer 2021 TBR #toptentuesday

June 15, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2021 TBR

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2020 TBR.

With all the books that are on my radar on a given day, it’s nice to pick out a few for an official TBR. Ten still leaves room for library holds that come in, occasional ARCs, or some mood reading.

One question you may ask is “Are these beach reads?” Many readers have differing opinions of what comprises a beach read: some want light and fluffy, some look for thrillers/suspense/mysteries, some seek out escapist reads, while others like to tackle large tomes or serious content during the summer when they have more time. It’s my opinion that any book you read at the beach is a beach read (just like a body at the beach is a beach body). For my summer reads, I look for the types of books I look for all year: memorable, thought-provoking, and unputdownable.

Keep in mind that I’m not yet recommending the books on this list…..check back often though because I will provide updates and links to reviews as I read them. For now, these are the reads that are on my summer 2021 reading radar.

I hope this summer is enabling you to reclaim your normal lives and that lockdowns are easing and COVID numbers are decreasing. Here in California, life is gradually getting back to normal….I’m cautiously optimistic.

Because I suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out), I’ve already read a couple of books that I had on my brainstorming TBR list…..including Project Hail Mary. If you haven’t read it yet, put it (the audio version if at all possible!) on your TBR before the movie comes out! ***UPDATE: My review of Project Hail Mary here.

And….Happy Winter reading to my friends and followers in the Southern Hemisphere!

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