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Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That We Still Haven’t Read #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  This week’s topic is: Books by my favorite authors that I still haven’t read.

Daisy in ChainsDaisy in Chains by Sharon J. Bolton

Norma and I have read a couple of books by Sharon Bolton and she has become one of our favourite authors. We do still have a few books that we haven’t read but this one is high on our list to read.

A Noise DownstairsA Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is a go-to author for both Norma and I and we have read most of his books.  This one has been sitting on our EW shelves for quite some time. He never disappoints so we should just get to it and read it soon.

Women TalkingWomen Talking by Miriam Toews

Women Talking just recently caught our eye and Norma and I both just went out and bought the book.  This one is on the top of our list to get to soon.

 

All We Ever WantedAll We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Norma and I have been reading Emily Giffin books faithfully for years which started out with the Something Borrowed series and loved them so much that we are always excited to see when she has a new release out. Norma has read all of her books except for this one and is really excited to get to it. I gifted Norma my copy of this book as I know how excited she is to read this author. I still have a few books to read by Emily Giffin to catch-up to Norma!

Us Against You (Beartown, #2)Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman became a favourite after reading A Man Called Ove and Beartown just clinched him as one.  We just bought this book and love having them in our book stash.  Us Against You is one that is sitting high on our shelves to read.

Winter GardenWinter Garden by Kristin Hannah

This was a much loved Traveling Sisters Group read that we all absolutely loved except for the fact that Norma wasn’t able to fit this one in and ever since it has been on her radar and she is desperate to read it sometime soon.

Home FrontHome Front by Kristin Hannah

This has been one I have been meaning and wanting to read for quite some time. I know I will just love this and there will be just the right time for me to dive into this one.

Two RiversTwo Rivers by T. Greenwood

After reading Where I Lost Her which became one of Norma’s all-time favourite books. T. Greenwood became a favourite author of Norma’s and has read a few others and really enjoyed them. She describes T. Greenwood’s writing style as so relatable and it feels like she is writing just for her that is how well Norma connects with her storytelling. We really want to read this one as we’ve heard lots of good things about it.

Iron HouseIron House by John Hart

After reading Redemption Road, John Hart became a favorite for us and after reading we were hooked.  We quickly bought some of his backlist and they are on the top of our list to read.

 

The Husband's SecretThe Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Why I haven’t read this one yet, I really don’t know.  I have carried this book back and forth with me so many times when I traveled but I just haven’t read it yet.  This is one I am going to find the right time for and with the new one coming out I really want to read this and the new one.Computer BooksBrenda – So I really think I need to lock myself in a room with all these books and not come out till they are read.  I also need not to open that NetGalley page till I have read some of these title.  I think it’s funny how I own so many books by my favourite authors and I seem to hold on to them and not read them.  It’s like I want to keep them close and just have them to look at, hug and available just for that perfect time to read each one.   It’s comforting to know they are there waiting for me to read them when I need that comfort.

Norma – So I have pretty much the same much-loved “book problems” as Brenda does but where we might differ a little bit is how we decide what to read. I have a collection of books by my favourite authors just like Brenda and we both pretty much feel the same way about our books but my feelings really play a huge part in what I choose to read. A favourite author I have to read right away and nothing can stand in my way – sometimes not even Brenda. But boy does she try! Lol Books definitely call my name whether it being a favourite author, an appealing cover or an enticing title. That’s what comforts me knowing that I can walk into my rooms where I store by books and that one book that is standing out and making me feel that’s it’s saying, “please read me next” has such a wonderful appeal to me.
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Do you like to hold on to some of your favorite authors books just for that perfect time? Are you a mood and emotionally reader like Norma?  What books by your favorite authors have you not read?  Drop us a comment.  We would love to hear from you!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR #travelingsistersread #travelingfriendsread

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  This week’s topic is Books on my Fall TBR.

A Ladder to the SkyA Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

I will be starting this one here real soon with The Traveling Sisters.  I have some high expectations for this one because I loved The Heart’s Invisible Furies.  It’s getting some great reviews.  I can’t wait to get started.

Little DarlingsLittle Darlings by Melanie Golding

Coming up in October for the Traveling Sisters.  Not sure what to expect from this one.  I am thinking it just might be an interesting group read.

 

The CraftsmanThe Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton

I loved the books I have read from Sharon J. Bolton so I am excited to dive into this one.  I also have Daisy in Chains I want to dive into soon.

 

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I have heard so much about this one and recently read a few reviews and now I really want to read it.  It is an Upcoming Traveling Friends Group Read.

 

VoxVox by Christina Dalcher

This one has been compared to The Handmaid’s Tales and I am really curious about it.

 

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I am on the second season of the Netflix series and still haven’t read the book.  I really need to start this one soon.

 

The Clockmaker's DaughterThe Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

I haven’t read anything from Kate Morton but I have heard a few Traveling Sisters including Lindsay say how much they like her books.  So I am thinking it’s about time I give it a try.

 

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I am thinking I need a change a pace here soon and I think this one might just fit the bill.  It is an upcoming Traveling Friends Group read.

 

The Dream DaughterThe Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

This is another Traveling Sisters Group read that I am looking forward.  I can’t wait to see what Diane Chamberlain has in store for us with this story.

 

A Spark of LightA Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite and go to authors.  This one was not available for me to request on NG.  I made a wish but it wasn’t granted.  So as soon as this one is released I am buying it and locking myself in my room till I am done reading it.

 

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Have you read any of these titles?  Want to read any?  What’s on your fall TBR you are most excited for?   Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems #travelingsistersread

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  This week’s topic is Hidden Gems.

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Night RoadNight Road by Kristin Hannah

An emotionally complex story that had me experiencing so many emotions.  Such a heartbreaking story that really captures a mother’s love, loss, forgiveness, and hope.  I thought it was of Kristin Hannah’s best.  A very unforgettable story for me.

The AnimatorsThe Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

This one left me an emotional mess during and after reading this one.  I have never been so blindsided by a story before or since.  It captures the love of two friends for each other and the love of their art.  Another unforgettable story for me.

Lost in the BeehiveLost in the Beehive by Michele Young-Stone

A girl’s magical coming of age love story and journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance full of emotional depth.

 

In the QuietIn the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones

An emotionally and beautiful story that captures the different types of characters within this family giving each of them their own conflict and voice that allowed me to feel multiple emotions for each of them.

 

The TasterThe Taster by V.S. Alexander

The Taster has a different perspective on WWII than I am used to reading and I learned some things I was not aware of.

V.S Alexander takes us to the places Hitler lived, giving us some insight into his life and relationships and as to why Germans followed him. I was intrigued and became fascinated by a part of history I never really put much thought into before.

The Last SuppersThe Last Suppers by Mandy Mikulencak

Captures the emotional memories surrounding food.  Food becomes its own character in this story and we begin to see the “last suppers” more in an in-depth and complex thought-provoking way as it is tied into the desire of our main character Ginny to find out her own truth and what that means.

Black Heart (Detective Dan Riley #1)Black Heart by Anna-Lou Weatherley

Nice change of pace with a strong and kind lead male Detective who struggles with his demons and a female serial killer who took me a little bit surprised with the way I felt about her.

I was left wanting more from Detective Dan and I look forward to book two.

The Killing GameThe Killing Game by J.S. Carol

The Killing Game was a traumatizing, chilling and disturbing story with it’s killing game.  My heart rate soared while reading this one.  It’s so unsettling and disturbing but I was unable to put it down.  I really wanted to and in the end, I loved it.  I was left a little worried about myself for loving it.

The Silent CompanionsThe Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Great one for Halloween.

The Silent Companion is creepy good, deliciously creepy and intriguingly creepy that grabbed my attention right from the very beginning and held it right to the end. Some really good spooky elements to this story.
The Girl Who Came BackThe Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson

The Girl Who Came Back is a fascinating, gripping and a fast-paced psychological thriller that hooked me in right from start to finish.  This one had me guessing the whole way through.  I thought this one has a brilliant twist to it.

 

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Have you read any of these titles?  Want to read any?  Do you have a hidden gem to share with us?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read That are Used for University Classroom Material #travelingfriendsread

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  This week’s topic is Back to School 

Last year I went back with my son to University to help him get set up with his new apartment.  While looking for textbooks for him, yeah I m not only his Mom but his assistant with the credit card, I ended up spending hours looking at some novels used for classroom material and I exercised my credit card by buying a few titles.  I am going to share them with you as my Top Ten. I am embarrassed to admit I have had these titles now for a year and only read one of them so far.  So I need your help.  Which ones do you suggested I read first?

 

Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

 

 

 

The Remains of the DayThe Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

 

 

 

PurgePurge by Sofi Oksanen

 

 

 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

 

 

 

The Things They CarriedThe Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

 

 

 

 

The Joy Luck ClubThe Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

 

 

 

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

 

 

Sense and SensibilitySense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

 

 

 

Jane EyreJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

 

 

Which Ones have you read?  Which one do you think I should put at the top of my list?  Do you have one you read in University not on my list?   Drop me a comment and let me!  I would love to hear from you!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump #travelingsistersread #travelingfriendsread

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump. I thought it would be fun to get some recommendations from some of the Traveling Sisters for this topic.

When I have been in a slump or feel like I need a push I have grabbed a Harlan Coben and that has always worked for me.  I have read most of his stand-alone but I do have a couple from his Myron Bolitar series that I haven’t read.  One of my favorite stand-alone I have read was with Norma, Lindsay, and Kaceey.

Don't Let GoDon’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

From Kaceey’s review

Absolutely outstanding! Loved everything about this book from start to finish! As good as his Myron Bolitar series, this one does not disappoint! There is even a cameo appearance! Yeah! Would highly recommend to all Harlan Coben fans!

From Lindsay’s review

Harlan Coben delivers an intensely suspenseful, captivating, fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing from start to finish. I have read one other book by Coben (The Innocent) which was good but didn’t “wow” me. With encouragement from my fantastic “sisters”  I jumped on board this Traveling Sister Read and tried out Coben’s latest book and it definitely lived up to the hype!

Another one I would like to recommend is from the Myron Bolitar series.  I read this one with Kaceey and it was one we could not put down.  I think it would make a great choice to get you out of a reading slump.  I think it works as a stand-alone and I think after reading this one you will be looking for more in this series.  Soon that slump will be far into the past.

Home (Myron Bolitar, #11)Home by Harlan Coben

From Kaceey’s review

The witty banter is nonstop throughout this book. I read from beginning to end with a permanent smile on my face. Harlan Coben makes it seem so easy. The words just flow and the storyline is seamless.

I was concerned that the intensity of this book wouldn’t hold till the end – hoping that I wouldn’t be let down in the end. I needn’t worry! The ending meshed perfectly to the book as a whole. I was left with a big ole’ grin on my face and tears running down my cheeks.

Well done, Mr. Coben!

This book earned a place on my shelf of all-time favorites

From Susanne’s review

Harlan Coben out did himself with this one. This is without a doubt his best novel to date and is his best Myron Bolitar/Windsor Horne Lockwood III, novel. It had heart and soul and was a great mystery to boot. I laughed, and cried, more than once. I absolutely loved it and loved that Myron and Win had to get the team back together in order to figure this one out. Big Cyndi was prominently featured and was a hoot as always. What was obvious from the first chapter was that these characters are the heart and soul of Harlan Coben and they have never left him, and neither will we.

Brenda’s review

Norma’s Recommendation 

Lisa Gardner has always been one of Norma’s go to authors when in a reading slump.  She finds her books are always adrenaline-inducing thriller rides that are extremely hard to put done.  Since Lisa Gardner writes series she is recommending the first book to her favorite series, Quincy & Rainie.

The Perfect Husband (Quincy & Rainie, #1)The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner

 

 

 

 

I've Got Your NumberI’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

When Norma is in thriller overload she likes to switch to a fun, lighthearted and easy read with laugh out loud moments.  She recommends.

 

Susanne recommends

She thinks that creepy character Paul Storm will pull you out of a reading slump for sure.

Best Day EverBest Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

From Susanne’s review

Paul Strom is quite special – lets just say he’s one heck of a guy and not in a good way. The author, Kaira Rouda did a phenomenal job of making him utterly despicable.

I listened to the audiobook of “Best Day Ever” and it captured my attention from the first sentence. It was completely gripping and was in fact the best audiobook I have listened to in 2017. Kudos to the narrator, Graham Halstead for bringing Paul Strom to life. This is a book that I highly recommend. It is extremely entertaining, full of lots of crazy twists and well, it was totally wicked, in the Best Way Ever.

From Kaceey’s review

“Oh my gosh! Paul is the perfect leading character you will just love to hate! I can’t say anymore…you’ll just have to read it yourself! The book is delightfully different and so well done! Not your typical domestic thriller! I blazed through this one in two sittings!”

Norma’s review

Another recommendation from Susanne is one her and I read together and really enjoyed.

She Rides ShotgunShe Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

From Susanne’s review

“She Rides Shotgun” is a book that makes you feel things you shouldn’t as it goes against the grain and makes your heart beat wildly against your chest. I fell in love with eleven year-old Polly McClusky in the first few seconds of this novel and I have a feeling you will too.

Lindsay’s recommendation

Jodi Picoult is always a winner for pulling Lindsay out of a slump and Norma and I agree.  I seem to save the ones I haven’t read for when I need a push. Norma and Lindsay both read Small Great Things but I haven’t read it yet.  I am definitely taking this recommendation.

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult

From Norma’s review

Jodi Picoult is by far my most favourite author! She has done it again! The subject matter at times was hard to read as the story being told was very heartbreaking and disturbing but it was executed perfectly. This author always makes me think and I have always learned something new from reading one of her novels.

 

Kristin’s recommendation

The Husband's SecretThe Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

What Kristin had to say about this one 

This domestic thriller revived my love for reading and has everything from comical snarky narratives to secrets hidden so deep the characters themselves know less than the reader.

From Kristin’s review

The writing … I’m in love! Gripping, polished, and so, so witty. This author not only knows how to breathe life into her characters, but she masters the art of sarcasm and irony. It was all thinly veiled, nothing excessive, and it worked wonderfully. When a character appeared shallow, it was clearly intentional…almost as though the author and reader were in on some joke at the character’s expense.

 

Christina’s recommendation  

Christina likes to read something outside her normal genre and recommends.

Dark MatterDark Matter by Blake Crouch

What Kristin has to say about this one

This story makes you think about possibilities: Multiverses, parallel worlds, life everlasting—but builds an easily-digested story around such ideas that is both consuming and imaginative. This is a real page-turner, written in an eloquent, breathtaking prose, and the perfect read for both fans and non-fans of Scifi. 
Would recommend to readers interested in dipping their toes something Scifi-ish, but wary of becoming immersed its technical elements. And also to those who enjoy an adrenaline-fueled ride! 

From Christina’s review

What I’ll say is that my heart was literally and actually pounding the entire time I read this. This is a wholly original, unique and truly phenomenal story. Quite possibly the most spectacularly singular story I have ever read. This 10000% lives up to the hype and EVERYONE should read this.

From Bern review

Don’t we all have moments where we wonder about the road not taken? I think that’s simply part of human nature to wonder – what if…. Crouch did a hell of a job exploiting (& exploring) that in this book and expanding the reader’s mind and heart along the journey. Imagine if you could go back to one specific moment in time and choose a different path. Would you?

Kristin’s review

Norma’s Review of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Brenda’s review

 

Jan’s recommendation

Jan also recommends trying something outside your genre.  She recommends this title for its short chapters that are easy to read a little bit at a time.

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her LifeDear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence

From Jan’s review

I loved this book! Each chapter is either a love letter or a break-up note to specific books and/or genres. It’s the perfect book to have on your nightstand (or in my case, on my Hoopla app) to dip into for a chapter or two at a time.

From Diane’s review

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who sometimes gets so into a book that I find myself talking to the characters. “No, don’t do that, not a good idea at all, or oh no don’t open that door, etc,”. Well, how could I not love a book, written by a librarian who does in a way just that?

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What do you think of our recommendations?  Have you read any?  Do you have any you would like to recommend to us?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you.