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    Top ten wintry reads

    This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (from That Artsy Reader Girl) is all about wintry/cozy reads…so here are ten of my wintry reads for your perusal. All take place largely in winter or in cold climates (or involve a theme of winter or Christmas in some way). FYI: these are best enjoyed with a mug of hot cocoa, a fluffy blanket, and a pet to cuddle, if possible!

    Top ten wintry reads

    The Snow Child by Eowyn  Ivey / The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden / The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell / Abandon by Blake Crouch / A Gift From Bob by James Bowen / The Blue Fox by Sjon / Hold The Dark by William Giraldi / House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy / Voices by Arnaldur Indridason / Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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    My top ten bookish gifts for the holidays!

    Top ten bookish gifts for the holidays!

    (photo by Madara Parma)

    This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is a freebie, so I thought it was a perfect time to roll out my guide to the best bookish gifts to wrap up this holiday season! Giving a new book is great, but if you’re scratching your head on what title to pick out (or worried about buying something they already have, or may not enjoy), here are some other bookish gifts including apparel, decor, and more.

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    Top Ten Tuesday: Popular books that lived up to the hype

    Top Ten Tuesday: Popular books that lived up to the hypeHappy Top Ten Tuesday! Which, by the way, I’ve missed out on for for-ev-er. Terrible of me, I know, but blogging (and reading! gasp!) took a backseat this summer while I adjusted to a brand-new job and continued makeover projects on the house I bought last year with my partner. It’s been a busy season for sure, but I’m going to try to get back into this weekly linkup, since I really do miss it!

    Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking the much-loved, uber popular books that actually live up to their hype. I can think of quite a few that I’ve seen greatly hyped on Goodreads or in magazines but these are the ten that came to mind as totally deserving of all those starry reviews (and possibly, if life ever settles down, of a second reading!). Read on after the jump!

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    Top Ten Tuesday: short books you can finish in one sitting

    Top Ten TuesdayIt’s been months since I linked up for Top Ten Tuesday, and I’ve really missed it. I really enjoy talking about books and seeing what everyone else is reading and recommending!

    This week’s prompt is “top ten recommendations for __________”. We’re heading into the last stretch of summer and trying to maximize those last precious days lounging on the beach or in a hammock, soaking up the sun. I know I’m not the only one who loves a good beach read, but since we don’t have much time left to finish those books before school starts up again, I thought I’d round up ten of my favorite short books that can be easily read in one sitting. (This is similar to a prompt I followed earlier this year, but all of these titles are under 300 pages.)

    There’s a little something for everyone in this list, from mystery to rom-com to nonfiction. In order by length, here are some of my favorite short books to enjoy this month, whether you’re relaxing poolside, taking a train to a weekend vacay destination, or parked in front of a fan trying to beat the heat!

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    Top Ten Tuesday: things that will make me instantly want to read a book

    Top Ten TuesdayThis week on TTT we’re discussing the things that will make you instantly want to read a book. Whether it’s a plot device, historical setting, or something really quirky—you know there’s at least one thing you just can’t resist! Here are the top ten things that hook me every time, in no particular order:

    • Time travel
    • Dragons
    • Other dimensions/alternate worlds
    • Fringe science
    • Amnesia
    • Dreams
    • Retellings of famous stories
    • Badass female leads
    • Unreliable narrators
    • Characters in hoods (I’ve joked about this one before but it’s true)

    What bookish things make you instantly want to read a book? If you linked up for TTT make sure to leave me your link in the comments so I can check it out!