Top Ten Tuesday: Fantastic Opening Lines

Since it is May, I have chosen my first lines from fantasy novels for Wyrd & Wonder. Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians. They met upon the third Wednesday of every month and read each other long, dull papers upon the history of English magic.They were gentleman-magicians,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Fantastic Opening Lines”

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books of 2019

I am squeezing this in while the linkup at That Artsy Reader Girl (above) is still open! I will have a more general wrap-up post for 2019 soon, I hope.     Reviews for all of these (except the last two) are in the Index of Reviews. 1. The Odyssey – Emily Wilson – ThisContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books of 2019”

Top Ten Tuesday: My Autumn 2019 TBR

Metamorphoses by OvidI will finish this by November, or maybe sooner. I still need to write a recap for books 13-15, and then my review. I have been reading this one in bits and pieces, starting in January. I love some of the stories, and I will discuss my favorites when I write a review, but IContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: My Autumn 2019 TBR”

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books From My Favorite Genre: Fantasy

This was hard, but I did eventually narrow it down to ten! 1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien  review of RotK — I need to revisit this review sometime, and I think next time I read the book I will want to read the one volume edition. I will have to get thatContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books From My Favorite Genre: Fantasy”

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Quotes from Classics

I decided to take these quotes from classic literature. I could probably do another 10 with just contemporary literature, but not today. And I actually came up with 11 quotes.   1. “Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? ThenContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Quotes from Classics”

Top Ten Tuesday: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

These were written between 2014 and 2016 (on Goodreads). I think these are my first ten reviews but I may have missed a few. I was not writing reviews for most books I read back then. Spindle‘s End — one of my favorite fantasy novels, 5 stars! JRR Tolkien: Author of the Century  (I have yet to read TheContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed”

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

1. The book is for a book group or readalong (usually on GoodReads) I am probably in too many GoodReads groups but I have done at least a few group reads in most of them. One of my groups, the SciFi & Fantasy Book Club, has a challenge of reading current or past group readsContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book”

Top 10 Tuesday: 5 Audiobooks I Loved & 5 I Want to Listen To

My current audiobook is  Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love, but I am featuring other audiobooks for Top Ten Tuesday. 5 Audiobooks I Loved: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, read by Simon Prebble (source: OverDrive, library checkout) Alternate history set in a magical England. One of my favorite fantasy books! The longest audiobook on thisContinue reading “Top 10 Tuesday: 5 Audiobooks I Loved & 5 I Want to Listen To”

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books On My Spring TBR

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is not on here, because I will probably finish it in a few days. March: 1. The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang (own) (ebook) This was a free download from last year. Nebula Award & World Fantasy Award nominee for Best Novella. The Black Tides ofContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books On My Spring TBR”

Top 10 Tuesday: The Best Books I Read in 2018

A top 10 +1, actually.  I wrote reviews for most of these, but there are a few I just didn’t get around to reviewing.  Njals Saga (author unknown) review Too Like the Lightning/Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer (Terra Ignota series) I am lumping these two together because they are so closely connected, with the second book picking upContinue reading “Top 10 Tuesday: The Best Books I Read in 2018”


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