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Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Isn't It About Time?

Rainbow Stevie over at The Idealistic Daydream is one of my favorite book bloggers. Her posts are always fun, as are her thoughtful comments here on BBB. Not surprisingly, her prompt idea—Top Ten Books With a Unit of Time in the Title (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, eternity, etc.)—which was chosen for today's TTT, is one that sounded enjoyable to complete, although it ended up being a little tougher than I thought it would be. I used Goodreads to find units-of-time books that are on my TBR pile mountain mountain chain. I've included a few of them on lists before, but most of these should be new mentions.

If this topic sounds like a fun one to you, hop on the TTT party train. It's a good time, I promise! Just click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Top Ten Books On My TBR List With Units of Time in the Title
- in no particular order - 

1. The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber, and Christine Trent—This appropriately-titled novel, which consists of four linked stories, follows the path of a gold watch that is both priceless and cursed as it makes its way from owner to owner wreaking havoc along the way.

2. Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books by Nick Hornby—What could be better than a book about books by an acclaimed, well-loved author?

3. The Disaster Days by Rebecca Behrens—Hannah Steele is babysitting her neighbor's kids when a violent earthquake rocks the tiny island they live on. With the bridge connecting the island to the mainland blocked, help is not on the way. A terrified Hannah is now in charge of keeping two little kids safe in a chaotic situation—without electricity, a cell phone connection, or her inhaler. What is she going to do?

4. 15 Minutes of Flame by Christin Brecher—This is the third book in a cozy mystery series starring a Nantucket candlemaker. I haven't read the first one yet, but hopefully it will be enaging enough that I want to read the next installments.

5. These Days by Lucy Caldwell—Set in 1941 Ireland, this novel focuses on the relationship between two sisters as they fight to survive the Belfast Blitz. 

6. When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann—Also set in 1941, this Holocaust memoir is about a daughter's search for answers in her family's experience in Nazi Berlin and Prague. This one is a little bit of a cheat since it has "time" in the title instead of a unit of time, but oh well...the book sounds fascinating.

7. The Second Mother by Jenny Milchman—Needing a new start in a place where no one knows her secrets, Julie Weathers accepts a position as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse on a remote island in Maine. It's not long before Julie realizes she's made a grave mistake...

8. Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards—I found a copy of this time-slip novel while packing up my bookshelves. It's about a high schooler who falls asleep in study hall and wakes up six months later, with her whole world changed. What in the world happened while she was sleeping?

9. Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert's Year of Living Dangerously by Jessica Pan—This book sounds entertaining and oh-so-relatable.

10. The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati—Another book I rediscovered while cleaning off my bookshelves, this historical is about two female cousins who spend their days helping New York City's most desperate people during its glitziest era.

There you go, ten books I want to read that have units of time in their titles. What do you think? Have you read any of these? Which books did you choose to highlight? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will happily return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!


  1. The Second Mother sure sounds good!

    My post:

    1. Right? I love mystery/thrillers set in isolated places. It ups the tension a nice bit.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

  2. I haven't read any of these, but they are great examples!

    1. It wasn't easy to find them and I just now realized I never put it in the images of the book covers. Oops! Fixing now...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tammy!

  3. I need to read the Nick Hornby book. I love soaking in the tub and I love reading while soaking in the tub more. :D

    1. It sounds like a fun read, doesn't it? I also love to read in the tub, but unfortunately, I'm a total klutz and have dropped too many books in the water. I can no longer afford to live that dangerously! LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jenni!

  4. It's the first I've heard of most of these, but I've always been curious about Susanna Kearsley's books.

    1. Same. Her books all sound like my kinds of reads, but I've yet to actually read any of them. I need to remedy that soon.

      Thanks for stopping in!

  5. It sure was a bit tough! Well done!

    1. It was, which is weird because I saw a lot more different books on people's lists this week than I thought I would. I expected a ton of repeats and that didn't really happen.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Wendy!

  6. I have I'm Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come on my Kindle. I thought it sounded absolutely 'perfect' for me. LOL!

    1. Right? That's how I feel about basically every party/social outing I've ever been to. Ha ha.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cath!

  7. It was a harder topic, but thought-provoking. Great list!!

    1. I struggled a bit with it, too. Using the search function on Goodreads made it considerably easier. I agree that it was interesting to see all the different titles with units of time in them and to see the varying ways other bloggers interpreted the prompt. That's what I love about TTT!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

  8. Oh, nice, a whole list of new authors and book titles to go check out. And you really covered time with these titles too. :D

    1. I hope these are all good reads. I guess we'll see, won't we? LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Alex!

  9. I haven't read any of these, but 15 Minutes of Flame sounds like an ideal cozy mystery title! Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier. :)

    1. Cozy mystery titles always make me laugh. Some of them are real groaners, but others are super clever!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

  10. I read through your entire list and the one that stood out to me was The Deadly Hours. There's something about the imagery that comes to mind. I love it! Nice picks today.

    1. It's a great title! Very evocative. I hope the story is as good as it sounds.

  11. Definitely checking out Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert's Year of Living Dangerously!

    1. It sounds like a fun read! I can't imagine living like an extrovert for a year—I would die for sure. Ha ha.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, NickiMags!

  12. Great list, Susan! Ten Years in the Tub totally made me laugh. :D

    1. It's a great title, isn't it? I hope the book is as entertaining as it sounds.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

  13. I definitely need to read Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come! That is a great title.

    1. Isn't it? Any introvert can relate, although honestly, I don't even usually go late. I just don't go. Ha ha.

      Thanks for popping in, Angie!

  14. Nice list! I love the title and subtitle for Ten Years in the Tub, I need to look at this book

    1. The title and subtitle are definitely eye-catching! I just love me a book about books.

      Thanks for stopping by, Emma!

  15. I've seen Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come before and it always makes me laugh.

    1. Same! I can't wait to read it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tanya!

  16. Several of these are on my TBR as well but the only one I've read is 15 Minutes of Flame which was really fun. Great list!

  17. Awww! *blushing* I am VERY LATE to this post, but glad you were able to find enough to fill out your list.

    I've actually read one on this list; Six Months Later didn't make a huge impact on me, but it was a fun diversion, definitely worth reading.

    The rest all sound so good it's hard to pick one to highlight, but I do love books w/ short stories that are linked -- it's such a cool structure. And the cover of "The Second Mother" has me instantly hooked...


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