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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Additions

Time again for Top Ten Tuesday. This literary meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, offers a book-related prompt each week. This week asks what are the latest additions to your book pile.

We made a journey up to our local used bookstore a few weeks ago and I added a few items to my stack. I also picked up a few new to me books at a local thrift store.

  1. Timescape by Greg Benford
  2. Dune box-set (Dune, Dune: Messiah, Children of Dune) by Frank Herbert
  3. Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
  4. Star Trek: Trek to Madworld by Stephen Goldin
  5. Doctor Who: Time and the Rani by Pip and Jane Baker (audiobook)
  6. The Winds of Change and Other Stories by Issac Asimov
  7. The Suspect by Michael Roboham
  8. Close to Critical by Hal Clement
  9. Superluminal by Vonda M. McIntryr
  10. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Some of these were picked up to (possibly) be included in #vintagescifimonth. We will see how many I can get to before January closes!


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2022

Time to celebrate all things literary with the Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s prompt is what books are you looking forward to seeing on the shelves (physical or ebook) in the first part of the year.

  1. Something to Hide by Elizabeth George
  2. The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
  3. In Every Generation by Kendare Blake
  4. The Bastards and the Knives by Scott Lynch
  5. Gallant by Victoria Schwab
  6. Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate
  7. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
  8. Book of Night by Holly Black
  9. Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  10. Doctor Who: Battlefield by Ben Aaronvich and Marc Platt (audiobook release)
  11. The City Inside by Samit Bansu
  12. Doctor Who and the Revenge of the Cybermen by Terrance Dicks (audiobook release)


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorites (And Not Favorites) of 2021

It’s been a while since I participated in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

As 2021 winds down, I’m looking back over my reading. Between physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks, I read 97 books this year. Of course, when you add in the books I read with and to my daughter, that number balloons to a staggering 500.

Here are my favorites and least favorite books of the year.


  1. Trial and Error by Robert Whitlow
  2. What’s Done in Darkness by Laura McHugh
  3. Later by Stephen King
  4. Much Ado About Barbecue by Sally Kilpatrick
  5. Doctor Who: Dalek by Rob Shearman
  6. Assassin’s Apprentice & Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  7. Together We Will Go by J. Michael Straczysnki
  8. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
  9. We Are Satellites by Sara Pinkser
  10. Dream Girl by Laura Lippman
  11. Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny
  12. In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

Disappointing Reads of 2021

  1. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  2. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  3. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
  4. The Stowaway by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth
  5. What’s Not To Love by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegmund-Broka
  6. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
  7. Panic by Lauren Oliver
  8. The Last Best Story by Maggie Lehrman
  9. Falling by T.J. Newman
  10. Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
  11. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave


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Top Ten Tuesday: Looking Forward

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) looks ahead to the second half of 2021 and asks us which books are on the horizon that we can’t wait to read.

  1. Billy Summers by Stephen King
  2. Falling by T.J. Newman
  3. Much Ado About Barbecue by Sally Kilpatrick
  4. The Pariah by Anthony Ryan
  5. The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly
  6. The Stowaway by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth
  7. The Last Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  8. Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne
  9. A Splindle Splintered by Alex E. Harrow
  10. Doctor Who: Battlefield by Marc Platt (Audiobook release)
  11. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  12. CatKid Comic Club: Perspectives by Dav Pilkey


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Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR 2021

Time again for the Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly book-related meme. This week’s prompt is what do we have on our summer to-be-read list. Here are some of the books I hope to read this summer (this could change, based on my mood, how my holds list at the library goes, etc.)

  1. Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill
  2. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  3. Doctor Who: Dalek by Robert Shearman
  4. Foundation and Empire by Issac Asimov
  5. Dune by Frank Herbert
  6. Rabbits by Terry Miles
  7. Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
  8. Billy Summers by Stephen King
  9. Malibu Rising by Taylor Reid Jenkins
  10. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shadows Have Offended by Cassandra Rose Clarke


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Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Covers


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to judge a book by its cover — and in this case, the more colorful the better!

Included are some old favorites, some new favorites, and a few I’ve discovered and shared with Shortcake.



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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us which books are on our spring TBR list. Here’s a list of what I hope to get to this spring.

  1. Later by Stephen King
  2. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  3. Doctor Who: Dalek by Rob Shearman
  4. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  5. We Shall Sing a Song Unto the Deep by Andrew Kelly Stewart
  6. Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic by Glenn Frankel
  7. Rabbits by Terry Miles
  8. Dune by Frank Herbert
  9. Foundation by Issac Asimov
  10. The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
  11. Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
  12. The Lake Wobegon Virus by Garrison Keillor


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Top Ten Tuesday: LOL


Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us about the books that made us laugh out loud. Here are my choices, in no particular order.

  1. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. Adams making being witty and humorous look effortless. Just read anyone who’s tried and failed to imitate him, and you’ll appreciate just how great he is at this.
  2.  Terry Pratchett, The DiscWorld series.  Like Adams, Pratchett makes it look easy.  He seems to find the right combination of words to be witty, amusing, laugh out loud funny and more.
  3. Garrison Keillor, The Lake Wobegon stories  Yes, I love Keillor’s writing, but I’d argue that his Lake Wobegon stories are best experienced in their original monologue format.  Still doesn’t mean that the story about the Lutheran ministers and the pontoon boat isn’t hysterically funny on the printed page, mind you.  I did an entire class project on Keillor and his humorous writing in college.
  4. Peter David, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Strike Zone.  David has a gift for finding the funny in Star Trek — especially in areas where the franchise can or does take itself too seriously.   His first Trek novel includes a scene that had me laughing out loud when I read it three decades ago.  Set in season two of TNG, the scene has Riker and Picard meeting in a turbolift and Riker noting that it must really get Picard that he’s got more hair on his newly bearded face than Picard has on his whole head.  I’m not doing a great job relating it here, but it was and still is awesome.
  5. Gary Larson, the Far Side collections.  Seems that 2021 is similar to 1999 when it comes to laying out a page-a-day calendar.  So, it is that I’m spending this year getting reacquainted with genius that is Gary Larson thanks to my page-a-day calendar. And with news that he’s publishing new cartoons again, the world has become a bit funnier.
  6. Dave Barry.  Barry’s written a few good novels, but his old collections of newspaper columns or non-fiction humor books that examine one or two subjects are where he really shines.
  7. Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Twain is always going to make my list when it comes to humorous writers — and A Connecticut Yankee is one of my favorites
  8. Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by James Goss.  For years, this fan-favorite by Douglas Adams went unadapted for the Target range of books. Then, in the last decade, they’ve begun to slowly fill in the gaps with adaptations that weren’t limited by the page count of the original Target run.  This may be the best of the lot, simply because Goss does what many have tried to do and come up short — imitate the great Douglas Adams.   One sequence in particular as the Doctor imagines his greatest enemies unable to believe he’s been killed in a seemingly mundane way was a pure delight — part of that could be chalked up to listening to this as an audiobook and the performance.
  9. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary.   One of my earliest — and still favorite — reads.  Ramona goes to kindergarten and on the first day, she misunderstands that when the teacher asks her to sit in a chair “for the present” it means for right now and not that a gift is coming later.  We picked up a full set of the Cleary books to share with Shortcake and I hope she loves that moment and this book as much as I do.
  10. John Scalzi, Redshirts.  Like Peter David, Scalzi is able to find the funny in things by pointing out some of the absurdities of them all.   He has serious concepts and ideas in his novel, but he populates his books with characters who can take the mickey out of things.  No where is this more true than Redshirts, a homage to classic Star Trek that will have you laughing out loud one moment and thinking the next.  I’m not sure it’s my favorite Scalzi (that is probably his Heads-On series) but it won him a well-deserved Hugo.

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Last Year I Was Reading…

To celebrate Throwback Thursday, I’ve found Last Year I Was Reading, created by Maria.

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With a Colorful Title

Time again for Top Ten Tuesdayhosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s prompt is books with a color in the title.

  1. Doctor Who and the Green Death
  2. Doctor Who: Black Orchid 
  3. Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis
  4. Green Eggs and Ham
  5. Red Mars
  6. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
  7. A Study in Scarlet
  8. Harold and the Purple Crayon
  9. The Maltese Falcon
  10. Red Dragon


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