Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Books On My Fall TBR List.”

  1. The Fever Code by James Dashner.
  2. Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke
  3. Goldenhand by Garth Nix
  4. Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
  5. Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoeff Sutton
  6. Pushing Up Daisies by M. C. Beaton
  7. The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
  8. Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths
  9. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  10. Not Just Jane by Shelley DeWees

I’m linking up:Top Ten Tuesday

Blogging Besties: Old and New

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

Last week Selah was the queen of interesting pairings: masculine with feminine and old with new.

I admit I was in a bit of a bind getting this post done so I wasn’t as creative as I would have liked with Selah’s prompts.  I wanted to attempt mixing masculine and feminine but I ultimately decided to go with “old and new!”
I’m wearing the absolute newest piece in my closet, this fun baseball style tee from LuLaRoe.  Have you tried LuLaRoe yet?  I’m totally addicted! I will be doing a fun post about the company soon complete with a giveaway.  Make sure you stay tuned!  Anyways, I paired my new top with my favorite, old jeans.  They are so old, in fact, that they need to be replaced soon!
So I have a good reason for working on this post at the last minute.  It’s Homecoming week in my district.  Along with teaching, I have so many commitments as cheer coach that my head is spinning! At least we get fun dress-up days to lighten the mood!  I wore this outfit for Hawaiian Day!
So Alex, your prompts for next week are: a raglan tee, Hawaiian, Converse or your oldest jeans!

Mini Reviews (25) – Civil War Era

  1. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
    The romance in the book garners 2 stars. Rhett and Scarlett are horrific to each other, and the love quadrangle between them and the Wilkes is eye-rollingly cliched (perhaps it was more original in 1939, but I doubt it). As a Civil War novel, I’d happily give it 5+ stars. While it is biased toward the South, given that most Civil War novels I’ve read are biased the other way, it was actually a nice change. I also appreciate the feminist thinking Scarlett – well ahead of her time (both the 1860s and 1939).
  2. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
    A little too slow to earn 5 stars, but a solid historical fiction about the Civil War. I appreciated the insights into the lives of the family left behind. It was painful in parts, but not too difficult to read with elementary school kids.
  3. I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis
    The story was exciting, the history lesson from the author was engaging, and the reading of the Gettysburg Address was stirring. My only complaint was that the text made it seem as if *all* Union soldiers were wonderful, and *all* Confederate soldiers were horrible. I understand that this is for kids, but kids are smart enough to understand that good people can support a bad cause, and vice versa.
  4. Iron Thunder by Avi
    The title is a bit of a misnomer, as the battle is only a couple of short chapters at the end. Most of the book is about the building of the Monitor. Still, it’s well written and engaging (it’s Avi, after all), and it’s nice to find a kid’s book about Civil War naval operations.