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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

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It was difficult to narrow this list down to only ten books. There are so many great stories coming out this autumn that I ultimately decided to give this a Young Adult spin.

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1.The Forest of Ghosts and Bones by Lisa Lueddecke

Publication Date: October 1

Why I Want to Read It: The idea of acid rain freaked me out a little when I was a kid. While I’m not sure if the rain in this world is quite like that, I’m curious to find out.

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Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam 

Publication Date: October 6

Why I Want to Read It: Unexpected blackouts are scary but also fascinating.

We Hear Voices by Evie Green book cover. Image on cover is of a silhoutte of a child standing next to a roaring fire that is much taller and bigger than him.

3. We Hear Voices by Evie Green

Publication Date: 

Why I Want to Read It: It’s normal for a child to have an imaginary friend, but generally they aren’t as violent as this one. I have no idea where this blurb is going with this idea and hope it’s a creative one.

Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar book cover. Image on cover is of girl sitting on a stylized shore while looking out to sea at a boat filled with immigrants.

4. Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar,

Publication Date: October 6

Why I Want to Read It: I haven’t read many picture books about immigration before. It will be cool to see how its written.

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey book cover. Image on cover is of two girls sitting on a picnic blanket eating food.

5. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Publication Date: October 6

Why I Want to Read It: I’ve often wondered what it would be like to work in, or better yet own, a bakery.

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen book cover. Image on cover is of boy reading a book and of mermaids swimming in the background.

6. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Publication Date: October 13

Why I Want to Read It: The protagonist’s love of fairy tales grabbed my attention immediately, and I only wanted to read it more after the blurb mentioned him having a secret.

My Heart Underwater  by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo book cover. Image on cover is of young girl cupping her chin with her hand and looking elsewhere thoughtfully.  

7. My Heart Underwater  by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo  

Publication Date: October 20

Why I Want to Read It: This book covers so many topics I find interesting, from coming out to immigrating. I think it will be a great read.

 

8. Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Publication Date: November 17

Why I Want to Read It:

 

Patience & Esther by SW Searle book cover. Image on cover is of two Edwardian women kissing romantically.

9. Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance  by SW Searle

Publication Date: November 17

Why I Want to Read It: I rarely read romances, but this one looks good. It’s always interesting to see examples of how LGBT+ people lived in the past.

This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes book cover. Image on cover is of an old house with one window lit up on a foggy day.

10. This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes

Publication Date: November 17

Why I Want to Read It: There’s something about late autumn to late winter that makes me even more apt to read ghost stories than usual.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Rubber Duckie Book Covers

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Three rubber duckies sitting on the edge of a white bathtubI don’t know about all of you, but I’m sure in the mood for lighthearted and dare I say slightly silly conversations at the moment.

For example, did you know there are dozens of books out there that feature rubber duckies on their covers?

I have no idea how or why this ever became a trend, but it does make me smile.

Have you read any of these books? Do you have a rubber duckie sitting on the edge of your bathtub at this exact moment?

Is That a Fact?- Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life by Joe Schwarcz book cover. Image on cover is of a rubber duckie floating in a beaker filled with blue liquid.

1. Is That a Fact?: Frauds, Quacks, and the Real Science of Everyday Life by Joe Schwarcz

Plus 2, Minus 2 by Ann H. Matzke book cover. Image on the cover is of four rubber duckies sitting on an inner tube in a pool.

 

2. Plus 2, Minus 2 by Ann H. Matzke

Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn book cover. Image on cover is of a rubber duckie sitting on a patch of sand at the beach.

3. Moby-Duck: the true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them by Donovan Hohn

Stiltskin by Andrew Buckley book cover. Image on the cover is of rumplestiltskin clasping a knife and glaring at the reader while wearing a rubber duckie perched on his head.

4. Stiltskin by Andrew Buckley

Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic book cover. Image on cover is of a male toddler walking down a deserted highway on a bridge. There is a rubber duckie sittting on the road beside him.

5.Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic

Rules by Cynthia Lord book cover. Image on cover is of a goldfish swimming in some water and looking at a rubber duckie floating on top of the water.

6. Rules by Cynthia Lord

My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy by Andrea Askowitz book cover. Image on cover is of a rubber duckie floating upside down with it's head pointed underwater.

7. My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy by Andrea Askowitz

Neurotica by Eliza Gordon book cover. Image on the cover is of a rubber duckie sitting next to a typewriter that has the title and author typed out on a sheet of paper.

8. Neurotica by Eliza Gordon

De mooiste dagen zijn het ergst by Anke Scheeren book cover. Image on cover is of a sinking rubber duckie that has bubbles coming out of its body underwater.

9.De mooiste dagen zijn het ergst by Anke Scheeren

Alternadad by Neal Pollack book cover. Image on cover is of a rubber duckie whose beak has been pierced by a metal ring. It's sitting against a black background.

10. Alternadad by Neal Pollack

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

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Close-up photo of an opened bookI was the sort of kid who ignored age recommendations and read everything that grabbed my interest, so this week’s prompt was a little tricky for me. In the end, I decided to narrow this down to young adult books published in the last decade or so that I would have loved as a kid.

Of course I can read them as an adult, too, but I think they would have been even more meaningful to me if I were still a kid or teenager. Some of my answers have to do with the desire to read about characters like me in some way, and I’ve noted which ones fit into this category. Everything else simply seemed like it was a great story!

It will be interesting to see how all of you interpreted this prompt!

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

3. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I have a food allergy, too, and would have loved to read about a protagonist who understood what it was like to have to watch what she ate so carefully. That can be a lonely experience when you’re a teenager and everyone else can eat whatever they wish (or so it seems at that age).

5. Timekeeper by Tara Sim

I would have loved this paranormal LGBTQ+ tale. It was rare for me to find books about non-heterosexual characters back in the day. Once again, representation matters!

6. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

7. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmad

8. Want by Cindy Pon

9. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

10. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Cookbooks That Make Me Hungry

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I’ve written several posts about books that make me hungry, so I narrowed down this week’s topic to make it more of a challenge. Here are ten literary cookbooks that make me hungry.

Three martinis. One green, one purple, and one blue. 1. An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery by Chris-Rachael Oseland

2. Drink Me: Curious Cocktails from Wonderland by Nick Perry

3. Unofficial Recipes of the Hunger Games: 187 Recipes Inspired by the Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Rockridge Press

4. The American Girls Cookbook: A Peek at Dining in the Past with Meals You Can Cook Today by American Girl

5. Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry by Nicole Gulotta

6. Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies & Simple Pleasures by Frederick Douglass Opie

7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Cook Book by Monica Bayley

8. Fairy Tale Desserts: A Cookbook for Young Readers and Eaters by Jane Yolen

9. Avonlea Cookbook by Kevin Sullivan

10. Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer: A Golden Treasury of Classic Treats by Jane Brocket

Top Ten Tuesday: Questions I Would Ask My Favourite Authors

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This post contains mild spoilers for a few books that were published years ago.

I’ve also decided that being deceased is no reason for an author not to answer a friendly question or two, but that is the extent of my necromancy abilities.

Author: Jean M. Auel

My Questions: What happened to Ayla’s first son after she was permanently separated from him in the Clan of the Cave Bear series? Will you ever write a sequel about his life?

 

Author: Steven King

My Questions: What percentage of your family mealtimes are taken up by you asking your loved ones how they’d respond to increasingly bizarre scenarios you’re dreaming up for future novels? Does Mrs. King enjoy these conversations? Do you ever censor yourself around any grandchildren you might have now?

 

Author: Octavia E. Butler

My Questions: How was the Parable series supposed to end? Did you ever consider hiring a ghostwriter to finish it?

 

Author: Angie Thomas

My Question: Can I be one of your beta readers if I promise not to breathe a word about it to anyone?

 

Author: Kevin Kwan

My Questions: Should I read Crazy Rich Asians before or after watching the film? What are your thoughts on the film version of your story in general?

 

Author: Malala Yousafzai

My Questions: Will you be writing more books for adult readers in the near future? What are your longterm plans for your life?

 

Author: Sarah Waters

My Question: What is your research process like? There are so many years between your books that I can only imagine how much time you spend researching every detail of the eras you write about!

 

Author: Paul Stamets

My Question: How many new readers did you gain after Mycelium Running was used for a Star Trek: Discovery plot?

 

Author: Neil Gaiman

My Questions: How would you describe your friendship with Tori Amos? Do you two let each other know in advance when you write about your friendship, or is it a pleasant surprise?

 

Author: Langston Hughes

My Question:  Would you write a poem about 2020 for us?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Should Be Adapted Into Netflix Shows

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl I have strong opinions about today’s topic! All of these books would make amazing shows. I can only hope that Netflix will realize they need more content and pick them up. 1.The Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean M. Auel Why: This series has everything – romance, adventure,… Read More

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Photos

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl My pick for this week’s freebie theme is a simple one. Let’s look at some interesting bookish stock photos! Tell me which one is your favourite in the comment section below. I’m including brief descriptions of them for anyone who needs captions or who can’t see the photos.  … Read More