TTT-Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

You ever stop and think about the books you read that make you happy? Or maybe even fill you with happy memories?

That’s what today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about!

What is Top Ten Tuesday, you may ask?

Well, “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.”

I’ve really enjoyed the books on this list, though thinking of ten was hard. Like seriously. Most of my books are filled with pain and anguish. Perks of reading sci-fi/fantasy!

On to the books!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Anyone who has read this book and doesn’t have this on their list is lying to you. I read it earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Everyone, including me, describes reading it as being wrapped in a warm hug. They aren’t wrong.

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

I loved this book about Santa Claus. Of course I did, I’m a Christmas nut. It left me feeling all warm and cozy inside, which has desperately been needed in recent months. Plus, it’s a great book to read with some of your older kids. You might not find the topics of war and conflict appropriate for the youngest of readers.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

This series of essays and blurbs on things and thoughts that bring the author comfort in his darkest of times brought a smile to my face. He even includes playlists of TV shows, movies, and songs!

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

This heartwarming story about a tea monk and robot who simply wants to know what humanity needs asks some interesting questions about humanity, all while making you smile. It’s a gentle (and short) read. And I enjoyed every minute of it.

Snug: A Collection of Comics About Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd

Catana Comics are utterly heartwarming. She posts regularly on Instagram, but this collection also contains new (as of 2020) comics guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This book is a complicated one to add to the list. But I love it and it makes me smile to think about it! Plus positive trans rep!

Fangs by Sarah Anderson

The illustrated love story between a vampire and a werewolf. It came out last year and I loved it! It was sweet and wholesome, as much as anything involving vampires and werewolves can be. I mean, they cuddle while he’s in wolf form. It’s adorable!

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson has a way of making you smile through the pain of your depression. I really enjoy each of her books, but her first one is special. The audiobook is fantastic. Brings a smile to my face, and makes me laugh out loud every time I read/listen to it.

Mother, Can You Not? By Kate Seigel

This is another one where the audiobook is amazing. Especially because the authors mother helps narrate the book. I was wandering through a store listening to this and laughing out loud. I need to listen to this again. Definitely brings a smile to my face.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

I’m love this book. The irreverent British humor gets me every time. This book always brings a smile to my face. Of course, the excellent TV series didn’t hurt the books popularity either.

What books bring a smile to your face?

TTT for Aug 24- Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

It’s Tuesday! That means that it’s Top Ten Tuesday time!

What is Top Ten Tuesday, you may ask?

“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 weeks topic is books I wish I could read again for the first time. I knew I had to do this one. Because I have so many. So, so many.

1. The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Has there ever been a time when I haven’t raved about this book? I first read it my freshman year of high school and I loved it. It’s been a regular re-read of mine for years.

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Oh to read Harry Potter for the first time…again. I was eighteen when this book first came out and didn’t start reading them until the third book had been released. But they are wonderful, aren’t they? Also, because reasons, Trans lives matter.

3. Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead

I loved this start to the Pendragon cycle, and I’ve read it a few times since that first time, but nothing beat that first time of seeing that quiet finishing village.

4. The Last Dragon Lord by Joanne Bertin

This book came out 22 years ago, and I would love to read the story of humans that can turn into Dragons for the first time. It’s seems the book is out of print, but you can still pick it up on Kindle!

5. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

I have every book in this soon to be 54 book series. But that first book was something special.

6. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Ah to be young again. Or maybe not be 12 years old when I read this book for the first time. Cause yes, I read this book the first year it came out.

7. The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey

This was my first Mercedes Lackey book, and here we are, 26 years later, and I’m still reading them. But it would be amazing to pick this up as if I’ve never read it before.

8. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

This book was so very good. It’s in my top ten books of all time, for sure. But I’ll never be able to read it for the first time again. So sad.

9. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

While I didn’t love the way the book series ended (or the TV Show ending, lets be honest) I loved the way it started. And to read that all over for the first time? Yes please.

10. Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman

This story had one of the most intriguing openings I have ever read in a book. It was creepy for a fantasy book, and I’d love to read that for the first time.

There is my list. My very short list. I could do this list at least one more time.

And yes, I know most of these books are old. I’m 40!

What books that you loved would you like to pick up for the first time if you could?

TTT-Favorite Places to Read

Hooray! It’s Tuesday!

After skipping last weeks option, which is secondary characters that deserved more love (I swear I sat down to do it and my mind just went blank), I figured it was time to get back to it with this weeks list.

A list of favorite places to read.

But what is the TTT, you may ask?

“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.”

On to the list!

1.My Comfy Couch.

This is my favorite spot in the whole house. I can sit and watch TV, read, embroider, read, cuddle with my cat, read. I do an awful lot of reading in this spot. Also, I put my TBR cart right next to it so if I need a book I can just reach over and grab one.

2.The Airplane

I traveled a lot more pre-Covid, and once I got my vaccine I’ve travelled quite a bit since then. But the airplane has always been one of my favorite places to read. Mostly because reading on a plane gets my undivided attention. It also makes flying a little more bareable.

3.In Line

So this is a weird one. And pre-pandemic I did this a lot. I would end up in a long line at the grocery store or somewhere, and be bored. I started having a book on my kindle app just for this purpose. I would only get a few pages in at a time, so some may say this one is weird, but it works for me.

4. On the Beach

Now, anyone who has actually met me knows that I dislike the beach, on account of how my fair skins burns like a lobster in a pot in 5 minutes flat. The only thing that makes the beach bearable, besides sunscreen and a jaunty hat, is a good book. Okay, so maybe this isn’t a favorite place, but it’s a place where you can always find me with a book. Always.

5. In A Hotel Room

Trips are often hectic times with lots of stuff planned to do, but when you get back to your hotel, winding down is important after such a busy day. That’s when I pull out the Kindle and read for a little while. Kindles are great for trips, aren’t they?

6.My Bed

Well, this had to come up eventually, didn’t it? I mean, we knew it was going to happen. Reading in bed is my way to relax my brain after the long day of reading I’ve been doing. I can’t sleep if I haven’t read something whilst tucked in.

7. In the Salon Chair

I dye my hair lots of fun colors. It’s been purple since December and that’s probably going to change soon. But a great way to pass the time while my color is processing is by reading. This goes back to having a book on my phone at all times. It really helps and I highly recommend it.

8. In the Chair at My Mother’s House

Sorry folks, no picture of this one, as I am not currently in Florida to get one. But I will tell you, this recliner is so comfy. And it’s got a good sized table beside it for snacks and beverages. Always a plus.

9. The Lanai at My In Laws House

I’m sorry, but look at that view. That’s the view from my In-Laws back patio. I will forever love taking a book out there. They have such cozy chairs too.

10. Pretty Much Anywhere I Am

Is this one a cop out? No, I don’t think so. I’m happy to read anywhere. In the car going somewhere, at someone else’s house, on the moon…with Steve. If you get that last one, we can be friends. In short, I’m happy to plop down anywhere there is space for some book reading. Aren’t you?

Where do you like to read most?

TTT-Titles or Covers That Made Want to Read/Buy the Book

So I was scrolling the interwebs and came across the Top Ten Tuesday meme.

“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.”-taken directly from That Artsy Reader Girl’s site.

I thought I would mosey around (mosey around? Who is writing this, a cowboy from the old west?) the meme and see if I could put together a list for one of the topics.

Turns out, I can.

Without further ado: A list of the ten titles or covers that made me want to read or buy the book.

1.The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

There was no way I wasn’t going to pick this book. Look at that art! The cover art is by Michael Whelan so you know it’s good.

2.Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Have I read it yet? Nope. But I bought it just because of that stunning cover.

3.For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

The cover was the first thing I noticed about this book with it’s striking blues and reds. But it was the little castle detail on the bottom that made me check it out.

4.Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, art by Frank Miller

Um, yes. I love how striking the black looks against the bright orange background.

5.The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett

I owned this book on Kindle and thought the cover was too stunning not to own a physical copy of.

6.Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

I love the work Jody Lee has done here. She set the tone of the art of the Valdemar books so well.

7.Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Dan Dos Santos has been doing the cover art for all of the Mercy Thompson series, and it shows that he really knows the subject matter. I would have walked right past these books if it hadn’t been for that cover.

8.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I loved this cover. The image of the old school, tent style circus on the cover is what drew me in.

9.The Broken Crown by Michelle West

Another Jody Lee work of art. I don’t remember much about this book, other than I had to have because of that image on the cover.

10.The Dragon and the Unicorn by A.A. Attanasio

This cover is so well done. I love the black, white and red of it all. And how the dragon and the unicorn make up each other? I enjoy this cover so much!

Well, there is my first list for Top Ten Tuesday! What do you think? What would you have put on this list?