Top Ten Tuesday: Books for the History Lover

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Ten book recommendations for ______________: (Skies the limit here…examples: for Hufflepuffs, for fans of Game of Thrones, for people who don’t normally read YA, for animal lovers, for video game lovers, etc.

I love history and there is no better pastime than learning more about the past. And great way to learn about the past is to read great books about it. So for you history lovers out there, here is some historical fiction that you will definitely enjoy:

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Kate Morton is a great historical fiction writer. So far, her books primarily focuses on World War I/World War II. So if you are interested in the time period, her books are for you. The Secret Keeper has such a compelling and moving story that will have you gripped from the very first page.

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If You Like Jane Austen, Then You’ll Like…

You finished reading all of Jane Austen’s books. Wondering what is the next step? Read them all over again! Just kidding, although you could if you wanted to. However, if you want to read books either similar to her writing style or books based in the same era, why not gives these a try:

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Helen by Maria Edgeworth

An author admired by Austen herself, this book reminded me a combination of Northanger Abbey and Lady Susan. This gripping romantic drama will have you entertained for hours.

 

 

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Ten Best Film/TV Austen Adaptations

Jane Austen has such a profound effect on popular culture, more than any other author. Hollywood loves adapting her books and we, the viewers, just can’t get enough of them. Although this is day is the anniversary of Austen’s death, let us not think of the bad but about the great things that would not exist without her writings. Last week, we talked about book adaptations, now we are talking about film/TV adaptations. Here are, what I think, the best Austen adaptations on film or TV:

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New to Jane Austen? Try These on For Size

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Top Ten Tuesdays, by The Broke and the Bookish, is on hiatus until August but that doesn’t mean the lists have to stop!

2017 marks a bicentenary year for Jane Austen and what better way to celebrate her life than to read her great works! But with six terrific novels and a few great minor works  new Austen readers may have trouble wondering which novel to read first. Don’t worry. I am here to make sure that you have the correct head start. To begin your Austen adventure start with:

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Pride and Prejudice

It’s cliché to start with this novel but not only is it Austen’s best work, it truly shows Austen at her best. Her wit and humor are really the highlight of the story.  And you get to meet one of Austen’s famous heroine: Elizabeth Bennet!

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Books of 2017 So Far…

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far (break it down however you want — by genre, strictly 2017 releases, whatever!)

Already half the year is gone and out of my goal of reading 100 books for 2017, I have already read 34! I don’t think that is a bad start. Some of them, of course, have been huge letdowns, but others have managed to make my list of the top best books I have read so far:

(All links connect to either a book review or to Goodreads)

 

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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

I was just so deeply moved by Wollstonecraft’s views on women’s rights. A great read for the current issues of this past year.

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Dads in Literature

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.

I was going to list memorable fathers of literature but then I remember that I did a similar post two years ago so I am just going to link to that post. I only listed seven but if during the day I come up with more I will update the page:

Top Memorable Literary Fathers

Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Added Books To My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR ListI want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!

I read different genres so it wouldn’t make sense for me to list books from a particular genre. I added a lot more than ten to my TBR list, but here are the ones I narrowed to ten:

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books in My Beach Bag

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

Summer is quickly approaching! And that means great summer reads to take with on your summer adventures. Unsure what books to read? Don’t fret! I have some great good book reads that will keep you entertained throughout the summer:

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I’ve been on a “Agatha Christie” kick as of late so some of her books will be definite reads for this summer.

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A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple #5) by Agatha Christie

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Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books to Add To Your List1

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read (topic originally done 4/14) Some variations: top ten unique sounding books on my TBR, top ten most unique books I’ve read in X genre, etc

All books are unique but there are a couple that stand out from the rest. Whether it is a cookbook or a guidebook, these ten unique books are a definite must to add to your TBR list.

For the book lover and bibliophile:

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Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover by Paul Buckley and Audrey Niffenegger

If you would like to read my review of this book, you can find it here.

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Read Books of 2016

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:

Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc).

Well, this is it! 2016 felt like it went on forever. This has been draining year on most of us but if the year showed us anything is that we need to read a lot more. So that is what I did this year and plan to do a lot more of it next year.

I read a total of 42 books this year. Here are the top ten I highly enjoyed this year:

178518851. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

There are not enough words in the English language to describe how magnificent this biography was. I discovered so much about the Muslim culture and came out with a better understanding of it. Malala is great inspiration for young girls and her empowering words will give strength for many generations to come. I advise everyone to read this, especially if you loss hope on the uncertainty of what is to come in the coming year.

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2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This book was a roller coaster ride with unexpected twists every which way you turn. The time travel was just an added bonus. Can’t wait for the next installment Wayfarer

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3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A fun novel not only about fanfiction and writing, but about taking new chances and overcoming your fears. It has all the fun and the silliness you can want in a book.One of the few YA books I highly enjoyed this year.

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4. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

A great mystery! You can read my full review of it here.

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5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I was definitely touched and heartbroken after reading this amazing novel.I am in awe in how powerful and moving this novel was. And although it was important, acceptance of being gay, it was more than that. It was acceptance of being yourself. A fact all teenagers fight for in their ever-changing lives. This maybe controversial to some but it is definitely a must read.

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6. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I did not see the ending coming! After reading this I want to read every mystery book by her. She really is the Queen of Mystery!

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7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A fun, sexy action-packed fantasy. I thought I would be bored with this series but I have not been disappointed yet. Much better than the first one!

8. Ms. Marvel Series: Vol. 3-5 by G. Willow Wilson

I rarely read comic books. But this is the one series that I automatically pick up when a new one arrives. Although she maybe a superhero with powers, Kamala Khan is the epitome of the everyday girl. She is a shining example of how awesome diverse characters can be in comic books.

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9. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

A creepy, chilling story that makes you take second look at the people around you. You can read my full review of this short story here.

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10. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

Long, but beautifully written. The Mysteries of Udolpho is not your ordinary gothic novel. This gets you involved you into the plot (gradually) and also requires you to think. If you want to read this, set aside a couple of months to get through it.

Honorable Mentions:(Good, but just din’t quite make the cut)

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

What are the best you books read this year?