TTT:Villain Edition

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

October 4:  All About The Villains — top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite tv villains, favorite comic book villains, ten “villains” of contemporary lit.

I know this is a book blog, but when I think of villains the TV and movie villains are the ones who really stick with me. Maybe it’s because I read so many mysteries, the villains get mixed up in my mind after a while. Or maybe it’s because they are one-off villains and not usually a big-bad like we tend to see on screen.

Whatever the case, I realized my list will be much more fun (to write and to read) if I stick to TV and film. So, without further ado…

My Top Ten On-Screen Villains I Love to Hate

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TTT: Playing Catch Up

Top Ten Tuesday

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Welcome back to another TTT! This week’s topic is pretty straight forward…

September 27: Books On My Fall TBR List

At first, I read this and took it to mean releases coming out this fall that I want to read. And I thought, oh boy. I have a ton of books that I need to read without even THINKING about adding fall releases!


Then I took a deep breath and realized I read the prompt wrong. It is simply just ten books I’d like to get to this fall. Excellent. Because I’ve got a list for that.😉

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Looking for La La. A Mini Review.

Looking for La La

By Ellie Campbell

Rating: 4/5 Stairs

lookingforlalaLooking for La La is British chick-lit, with a little mystery thrown in and a lot of humor.

This book gets down to business quickly, with Cathy receiving a postcard in the mail addressed to her husband Declan from someone named “La La.” The postcard alludes to an affair, and Cathy begins to wonder – is her husband cheating on her? Is this from someone who wants to break them up in order to get Declan? Or a male suitor wanting Cathy all to himself? Or just someone who has it out for Cathy? Who is La La?

The more we get to know Cathy, the more unhappy we realize she is. Her best friend is never around. Her husband is inattentive at home, works long hours, and really just wants Cathy to find a job. She doesn’t seem to be very good at housekeeping, so it’s a good thing she has a cleaner that comes once a week. All her friends are moving on and she feels stuck. It’s no wonder she’s so busy looking for La La.

Looking for La La had a lot going on, and the plot kept twisting one way, and then turning another. Cathy tends to jump to conclusions, and act on her instincts. The more Cathy looks for La La, the more secrets she seems to uncover. And the more trouble she seems to get into.

I was sure I had the mystery solved at one point. And I did. And then it turned out I didn’t.

Cathy and her crew were a fun bunch to spend an afternoon with. This book is the first in a series, and I plan on reading more.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

TTT: Listen Up!

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September 20: All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

OK. I had a plan for this week. I was going to do TWO LISTS for all you lovely people out there because I wanted to highlight amazing audio books, and do a song list as well because I love to listen to music.

As I started to create my audio book list I realized it was starting to feel familiar. Probably because…

I did this as a Top Ten Tuesday topic back in April 2016: For the Love of Narration


So instead of rehashing it all here, I’ll just let you take a look at that post if you missed it. My only change would be I’d smoosh the Jim Dale books into one entry, and add Ready Player One, which I am reading right now. It’s narrated by the fabulous Wil Wheaton and I’m loving it.

With the audio book list out of the way (that was easy), it’s time to focus on the music.

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TTT: All Time Faves


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Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! Well, this week it’s Top Ten Friday.😉 I was out of town for a few days, and it’s good to be back. Sorry to be late with this post, I just couldn’t quite get it done before I left…

September 13: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre (I know, I know. Picking all time faves. I’m MEAN. But I like knowing people’s definitive faves).

You all know I love mysteries. Do I just pick mysteries? Or Scotland Yard mysteries? Cozy mysteries? Mysteries set in England?

Time travel is out, I’ve done that already. I’ve been reading more and more young adult lately.

Or do I go against what this list suggests and just go for my Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books. Period. No genre. Just which ten books would I pick if I could only have ten books on my shelf for the rest of my life?

Bold. I like it. Take it away, Benedict…

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books. Period.

…in no particular order…


The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. I’m not one for classics, especially those written before the 20th century. However, there’s always an exception to the rule, and The Age of Innocence is mine. It may be because I saw the film before I read the book, and was already hooked. Either way, I love this sad love story.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell. This was the first Rainbow Rowell novel I picked up, and still my favorite. (Don’t get me wrong, the other two books I’ve read are great, too.)

11/22/63 by Stephen King. Long time readers may remember that I love Stephen King (and he’s more than just a horror writer). 11/22/63 is my all-time favorite Stephen King book. Great storytelling. (And if you want a laugh, do not miss Stephen King’s Guide to Movie Snacks. My boys now insist on a “heavy bag” when we go to the movies.)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Of course, I would pick the whole series if I could. But if I have to narrow it down to just one, Azkaban is my absolute, number one, all-time favorite Harry Potter. I love this book. And I still tear up every time I read the ending when Harry reaches for the stag and realizes…Prongs. Sniff. I love that part.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. This is a new addition to my library, but I love it. It’s like getting two books in one. It has the history of the making of the musical, and the lyrics to the musical itself. And gorgeous photography.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. I think this is my favorite play of all time. No one can match Oscar Wilde’s wit and play on words.

The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson. We all need a laugh, and the (now) classic Calvin and Hobbes is sure to give one.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this book, but I remember how exciting the puzzles and twists and turns were. Definitely a favorite that I want to read again one day.

Death of a Village by M.C. Beaton. Hamish Macbeth is probably my favorite mystery series. I look forward to a new outing every year. I had trouble picking a favorite book from the series, so I finally settled on Death of a Village simply because it was the first one I read.

And..of course…

The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene. My first (and favorite) Nancy Drew.


What about you? What book(s) would you choose? Did you keep your list broad this week like I did, or stick with a specific book genre? Link up to your TTT if you’ve got one in the comments below!