TTT: Recommended Books

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation”.

I’ve talked about great recommendations before, but I have plenty more to share!

  1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Recommended by Stefani @ Caught Read Handed – my review.
  2. Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu. Recommended by Stefani @ Caught Read Handed and Katie @ Bookish Illuminations – my review.
  3. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Recommended by Katie @ Bookish Illuminations – my review.
  4. Once Was a Time by Leila Sales. Recommended by Katie @ Bookish Illuminations.
  5. Jackaby by William Ritter. Recommended by Maricel @ My Closet Catalogue.
  6. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. Recommended by Stephanie @ Don’t Be Afraid of the Dork.
  7. The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch.  Recommended by Stephanie @ Don’t Be Afraid of the Dork.
  8. The Incorrigble Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood. Recommended by Stephanie @ Don’t Be Afraid of the Dork.
  9. The Hamish Macbeth series by M. C. Beaton. Recommended by Dagny @ Vauquer Boarding House.
  10. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Recommended by my mom. 😀

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TTT: Villains, Antiheroes, and Villains?

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “All About The Villains.”

I’ve written a post about favorite villains before, so I’m going to give you a few more, plus some antiheroes, and some characters that *may* be villains:


  1. Miss Trunchbull – Matilda by Roald Dahl. She’s just a huge bully!
  2. Sauron – The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. He’s the disembodiment of pure evil.
  3. Ames – Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. Ames is a creepy, creepy, creepster. His interactions with Sydney were terrifyingly familiar, and a reminder to teach my daughter how to deal with unwanted male attention.
  4. Scarlett O’Hara – Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Scarlett is the epitome of an antiheroine – she’s a ruthless, calculating, survivor.
  5. The Beast – Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. The written version of the fairy tale dates back to 1740, making the Beast the original antihero.
  6. Severus Snape – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Snape’s status in the books is ever changing, is he a villain, a hero, or a tragic anti hero?
  7. Mogget – Abhorsen series by Garth Nix. Nix writes wonderfully complex characters, and Mogget is one of my favorites, even if I have no idea what he is or which side he’s on.
  8. Count Fosco – The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. A villain so charming, you’ll love him in spite of yourself.
  9. Mrs. Danvers – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Usually it’s the husband who gaslights his wife, but in this case, it’s the housekeeper.
  10. The Grafters –  Chequey Files series by Daniel O’Malley. When the villain is an entire organization, you know that some members will be truly villainous, while others are simply misguided.

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TTT: From a Land Down Under

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc).” Since I’m participating in #ausyachallenge on Instagram this month, I decided to focus on Australian authors I’ve read.

  1. Graeme Base Animalia is one of the best alphabet books ever!
  2. Mem Fox Time for Bed is super sweet.
  3. Kerry Greenwood – I wanted to love the Phryne Fisher mysteries, but I found book Phryne to be an insufferable Mary Sue. The TV series is much better!
  4. Gabrielle Lord Sorry about that book cover! My dad read this aloud to me when I was a small child (to be fair, I’m pretty sure he was reading it to my mom and I just happened to be in the room). #scarredforlife
  5. Colleen McCullough – I was raving about my love for The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery, when a reader told me about The Ladies of Missalonghi. McCullough is a revered author, so I can’t fathom how or why she pilfered Montgomery’s work. I hated this one!
  6. Melina Marchetta On the Jellicoe Road is for modern Australian teens and tweens what The Outsiders was for middle-school me. It’s heart-warming and gut-wrenching.
  7. Garth Nix – The Abhorsen / Old Kingdom series is so amazing: necromancy, talking animals, sentient airplanes made of paper, and a couple of amazing female leads – what’s not to love?!?
  8. Daniel O’Malley The Chequey Files is a thrilling urban fantasy series! I’d describe it as X-men working as spies for the Ministry of Magic.
  9. P. L. Travers – Walt Disney might’ve made Mary Poppins an icon, but Travers created the magical, if taciturn, nanny.
  10. Markus Zusak I just couldn’t with this book. Zusak’s writing is beautiful, but it’s so flowery (when it’s not swear words) that it distracts from the actual plot.

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