Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From. I looked up my top ten authors on Goodreads. There are some ties betweens authors and they are in order below.

1. Nora Roberts

Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1)

89 books

2. J.D. Robb

Naked in Death (In Death, #1)

42 books

3. Jill Shalvis

Animal Magnetism (Animal Magnetism, #1)

34 books

4. Marie Force

All You Need is Love (Green Mountain, #1)

34 books

5. Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

32 books

6. Robyn Carr

Virgin River (Virgin River, #1)

32 books

7. Bella Andre

Breathless In Love (The Maverick Billionaires, #1)

30 books

8. Susan Mallery

Chasing Perfect (Fool's Gold, #1)

30 books

9. Kate Perry

Perfect for You (Laurel Heights, #1)

24 books

10. Rachel Gibson

Truly Madly Yours (Truly, Idaho, #1)

23 books

Do you know what I noticed about this list? All but Charlaine Harris are romance authors. All of these authors have series with multiple books. If I were continue down the list, it would be a similar situation. I obviously like romantic series. 😉

What author have you read the most books by? Tell me in the comments!

The CRAP (To Read) List


I bought this really awesome CRAP notepad by Knock Knock when I visited Portland (see related post here) and went to the awesome Powell’s City of Books. It was supposed to be for my husband, but I don’t think he thought it was as cool as I did, so I stole it back.

Today, I put it to good use. I made it my physical TBR list. I felt like I needed a list that told me exactly what to read next because I haven’t been good at reading what I already have. I have a ton of Kindle books, paperback books and library books that still need to be read. I even had to return a couple of library books I wanted to read because I didn’t get to them.

I’d like to say it’s because I’m a slow reader, but that’s not true. It’s because I’ve been adding books to the list by downloading books from NetGalley, purchasing amazing deals on Amazon or buying books that I want to buddy read with my Goodreads friends. I’m letting my TBR get completely out of control!


I thought blogging about my overwhelming TBR list in Too Many Books, Too Little Time might help me stay on track, but it didn’t. I did read three of the books in my stack: Proof of Forever, A Good Killing, and The Sisters Club. The rest of the books have been pushed down my list. 🙁 I’m not happy about that, but I committed to read a few titles so those will come first.

I’m hoping The CRAP (To Read) List is going to help me stay on track and get through my list of books. Once I’m done with the eight titles I have on my list, I’m going to add another eight. Hopefully, this will keep my TBR list from feeling so daunting.

What books on your CRAP (To Read) List? Let me know in the comments!

Disney Book Tag

Disney Parade 2013, Photo taken by Deanna from A Novel Glimpse
Disneyland Parade, June 2013. Photo taken by Deanna from A Novel Glimpse.

Thank you to Alyssa @ Reading, reading, READING for tagging me to do the Disney Book Tag. The Disney Book Tag was created by Katytastic on her Youtube channel. You can watch the original tag here.

I’m excited to participate. With a seven-year-old in my house, everything is Disney these days, so this fits right in. If I’ve reviewed a book mentioned in this post in the past, you can click on the book title to read the review.Here we go!

1. The Little Mermaid – a character that is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

Five Flavors of Dumb

The first character that popped into my mind is Piper from Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. Piper is suddenly made manager of her high school’s favorite rock band and she has to prove she can get them a paying gig — only Piper’s deaf. She can’t even hear their music. Piper’s definitely a fish out of water.

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

Saving Toby (Toby & Claudia Book 1)

My Cinderella isn’t the typical Cinderella. It’s a guy: Toby from Saving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link. I chose Toby because he starts out as “one of those bad Faye boys” and turns his life around in ways he never thought he could.

3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins definitely has a cast of eclectic characters. Lola’s a future fashion designer. Crickett is an inventor. Calliope is an ice skater. Lola’s has two gay dads and a rock star boyfriend.

4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

Ahhh. This question again. I’ll stick with the same answer. Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Bronx. I couldn’t even finish it. It was like reading a text book. Great information, but not enough excitement.

5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

Grey (Fifty Shades, #4)

So many books could go under this category. I swear almost every story has something that could fit. I’m going with Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed and Grey by E.L. James. The dude had a terrible childhood and it shaped him into who he became.

6. Beauty and the Beast – a beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

The Fault in Our Stars

I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily a big book in length, but I did put off reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for a long time simply because I knew it would be a very emotional book to read. Sometimes, I just not in the mood for sadness. I did find the story to be beautiful and not depressingly sad once I read it. I’ll always be glad I did.

7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse

There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness, #1)

I’m going to say Blake Brennan from There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras for this one. Blake really wants to know the secret behind her parents’ violent deaths and her past. Having this wish granted may not lead to the answer she’s hoping to find.

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be something or someone they are not

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Bone Marrow Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is my pick for Mulan. Mare is a Red thrust into the Silver world. But she’s not just any Red. (And I still think Bone Marrow every time I read Mare Barrow!)

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Bright Side (Bright Side, #1)

This one is easy. Bright Side by Kim Holden. I want to live in a world with characters as awesome as these ones. I want them to be my friends. I want to go to college with them. I want to hang with them. I want to play musical instruments I can’t play and jam with them. I want to be influenced to “Do epic” like them. (READ THIS BOOK, PEOPLE!)

10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes, #1)

Well, I hate to love this character. He’s very bad. He’s a motorcycle gang leader. He’s a murderer. He’s a criminal. He’s a kidnapper. He’s everything I should hate in a character, but I can’t help but love him. He’s Grizz from Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn.

Now, let the tagging begin! I tag the following friendly bloggers, if you want to participate and haven’t already been tagged.

Erika in Bookventureland


The Lit Mermaid 

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read (or you could do fairytales I want to be retold or fairytales I love). My list will also include fables and Shakespeare since I haven’t read a ton of fairytale based novels. I guess I need to branch out more! Here is my list:

1. Impossible 
by Nancy Werlin

– Scarborough Fair


Impossible (Impossible, #1)

2. Extraordinary 
by Nancy Werlin

-Wicked / The Wizard of OZ



3. Isn’t She Lovely 
by Lauren Layne

– Pygmalion


Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)

4. Broken
 by Lauren Layne

– Beauty and the Beast


Broken (Redemption, #1)

5. Crushed 
by Lauren Layne

-The Ugly Duckling


Crushed (Redemption, #2)

6. Cinder & Ella 
by Kelly Oram



Cinder & Ella

7. Finding Cinderella
by Colleen Hoover

– Cinderella


Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)

8. Vendetta 
by Catherine Doyle

– Romeo and Juliet


Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)

9. A Court of Thorns and Roses 
by Sarah J. Maas

– Beauty and the Beast

(Want to read)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

10. The Iron King 
by Julie Kagawa

–  Midsummer Night’s Dream

(Want to read)

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

What are some of your favorite fairytale retelling or ones you would like to read? Tell me in the comments!

Tales of a Book Bag: Rimrock Lake, WA


A couple of weeks ago, I started my new blog feature, Tales of a Book BagTales of a Book Bag is a quick look at places my book bag has been.


Last weekend, my book bag took another fun camping/boating trip. This time it was to Rimrock Lake. Rimrock Lake is in the Wenatchee National Forest, on U.S. Hwy 12 about 10 miles from White Pass. It’s a man-made lake that was formed when the Tieton Dam was built on the Tieton River to provide irrigation to the Yakima Valley.


Rimrock Lake is one of my favorite places to camp. It’s simply beautiful. We camp at The Rimrock Lake Resort. It’s quiet, clean, well kept and has free showers. There are both tent and RV sites and a dock you can rent slips in to tie up your boat. Our kids love the swim area.  It’s perfect for bringing your floaties and lounging in the water.


If you’re into camping, boating or fishing in Washington, I would highly suggest planning a trip to Rimrock Lake. It’s about two and half hours from Seattle. The drive is beautiful and goes quickly.

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s feature is The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies). This fun list might give you a hint at some of my upcoming reviews.

1. Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Kiss Me (Fool's Gold, #17)

2. Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge, #1)

3. I Want You to Want Me by Erika Kelly

I Want You to Want Me (Rock Star Romance, #2)

4. The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

The Mistake I Made

5. Ugly Cry: An Anthology by AE Woodward, Brenda Rothert, Erika Ashby, JM LaRocca, Kathryn Perez, M.E. Carter, Missy Johnson, Stacey Grice, Murphy Rae

Ugly Cry: An Anthology

6. All of It by Kim Holden

All of It

7. Run You Down by Julia Dahl

Run You Down

8. A Stone in the Sea by A.L. Jackson

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars, #1)

9. Remember When by T. Torrest

Remember When (Remember Trilogy, #1)

10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

 What’s the last book that came into your possession? Feel free to leave the name and author in the comment section!

Tales of a Book Bag: Banks Lake, WA


Okay. So I have to admit, even my vacations are filled with thoughts of books. My Fourth of July holiday was spent camping with friends at the incredibly beautiful Banks Lake. We beat the 100+ degree heat by spending most of our days boating. While we were out on the boat, I was thinking about what I could post from my vacation that would be book related. I looked up and there was my book bag. I was thinking it would be cool to post a picture of my bag at all the places I visit this summer.

Now, my book bag does not just haul books. It ends up toting a ton of different stuff when I go on vacation. On the 4 hour plus drive to and from Banks Lake it held my Kindle, wallet, snacks, chapstick, my car charger, etc. It was right next to my seat the entire ride. Once we were camping, it became my boat bag. The poor thing was overstuffed with sunblock, sunglasses, a cover up, snacks, water bottles, hats, my wallet and phone. Sadly, it didn’t have a book in it. It would have just been too awkward and rude to read while my friends were enjoying the water. Plus, I wanted to enjoy the water, too!

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Nights at camp should have been spent in front of the camp fire, but with the heat and a huge mosquito problem it was spent avoiding the great outdoors. I was actually able to get some reading in before bed. I read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. That was a good thing, since it had to be returned to the library when I got home. You’ll be seeing a review for it tomorrow.

Where was the last place your book bag visited? Let me know in the comments!

(Oh, and I must thank my wonderful sister, Amie, for the awesome book bag. What a great birthday gift for a book lover!)

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve seen several friendly bloggers take part and it looked like so much fun that I decided to join in! This week’s list is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. Below is my list.

1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

I’m not sure why, but I haven’t been able to talk myself into it. I’ve checked it out from the library a couple of different times. I even checked out the movie version from the library and never watched it.

2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

I want to read this book. Really, I do. Both my sister, mother and several friends have told me it’s great. It’s another one I’ve checked out a couple of times from the library but then ran out of time to read it before I had to return in. I will read it — some time.

3. The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

This is another one I do want to read. I love Kristin Hannah’s books. I just haven’t been in the right mood for this one, I guess. Friends have told me it’s really good but emotional.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

I know it’s going to be good. I’ve enjoyed all the other books I’ve read by Ms. Oliver. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

5. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Okay, I feel super guilty about this one. My mom so lovingly gave me a paperback copy for my birthday a couple years ago. I haven’t read it yet. I want to, but the first time I opened the cover I noticed how small the print it. I don’t know why that made me put it down, but it did. I promise I’m going to read it.

6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


Several people have told me I wouId love this book. It just doesn’t pop in my mind when I’m thinking of what to read next.

7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

I know, I know. It’s a travesty. Everyone I know that’s read it loves it. At this point, I’m a little intimidated by the length of the series. I would want to read it all at once and it would take forever. I’m just not up to the commitment at this point. I will read it at some point.

8. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi

My college roommate read it years ago and raved about it. I bought it on my Kindle a few years ago. It’s sitting there waiting.

9. Room by Emma Donoghue


I don’t know. Since I’ve had a child, there are some books I’m just not sure if I can read. This is one of those. I know it’s good, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to read it until my child is grown.

10. The Giver by Lois Lowery

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I’m not sure why I haven’t read this one yet. It sounds good and I was planning on reading it before the movie came out. I guess I just never got to it.

Is there a hyped book that you haven’t read? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July!!!

In honor of the Independence Day holiday, I’m going to recommend a great NA book with a fun Fourth of July party scene in it: Crushed by Lauren Layne.

Crushed (Redemption, #2)

I absolutely adore Lauren Layne’s writing. Her books are fun and emotionally packed. The Redemption Series is definitely my favorite series she’s written. I’ve read all three books. They can be read in order or each on their own.  Crushed  is the third book in the Redemption Series. It has just the right amount of humor, love and angst.

Other books in this series:

Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)   Broken (Redemption, #1)

Summer Reading

Guess what?!? My library has an adult summer reading program! Yes, one for adults! I don’t think I’ve seen that before.

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Yesterday, I took my kiddo to the library to check out some Nate the Great books for her to read for the Pierce County Library‘s summer reading program, Every Hero has a Story. At 7, this is the first year she’s really been able to read for the program on her own. It’s been really cool. She loves reading and is so happy to be able to read by herself. I was expecting it to be a chore to get her to sit down and do it this summer, but it’s been surprisingly easy. I also think the prospect of earning three prizes this summer helps.

Anyway. Back to the library. When we were there, my daughter noticed there was a summer reading program for adults,too. She knows I love to read and was so excited that I could read to earn prizes just like her. I have to admit I was excited, too! What an awesome way for a parent to show a child how much fun it is to read! And I love that it’s got the same super hero theme, but the title Escape the Ordinary. So cool! Of course, I immediately signed up. I’m going to have those prizes in like two weeks! ?