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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Physical Books I've Acquired


Edited to add: I'm in the middle of commenting on all of your blogs, but I keep encountering an error that says "An appropriate representation of the requested resource could not be found on this server. This error was generated by Mod_Security." I have no idea what this means or how to fix it! Very frustrating. If you made a TTT list and added your link to the general list and you do not have a comment from me on your post by the end of today, then your blog is giving me this error. 

I'm a little late to the party today, but I didn't want to miss Top Ten Tuesday, even if I'm going to go rogue with the topic. What's new, right? The prompt du jour is a great one—Top Ten Characters From Different Books Who Should Team Up (or date, be friends, etc.). For some reason, I have a tough time with character-based prompts. It's probably because I'm old and my aging memory just can't keep a bunch of story people in my head. Unless they really stand out, I'm probably not going to remember them very well. Since I couldn't think of a creative way to twist this topic, I decided to just be lazy with today's list and go with the Ten Last Physical Books I've Acquired (but only those I haven't mentioned on the blog already). How does that sound?

As always, this fun weekly meme is hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. If you've never joined in, you totally should! All the instructions are on Jana's blog.

Ten Last Physical Books I've Acquired 
- in no particular order -


1. The Messenger by Megan Davis (Thank you, Pegasus Books!)—When Alex Giraud moves to Paris to live with his dad, he has trouble fitting in with the kids at his posh boarding school. Feeling suffocated by his controlling father, Alex finds belonging with a street smart new friend. The boys plan a robbery that goes horribly wrong, leaving Alex's dad dead and him and his friend in prison for murder. When Alex is released, he has only one goal: find out who really killed his father. 


2. Kneaders: A Celebration of Our Recipes and Memories by Colleen Worthington (Thank you, Shadow Mountain Publishing!)—If you live in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, or Utah, you may have heard of Kneaders Bakery & Cafe. It's a chain out of Utah that sells yummy breads, baked goods, soups, sandwiches, etc. This giant cookbook is filled with some of their delicious recipes and the stories behind them, which were compiled by popular author Ally Condie


3. North of Nowhere by Allison Brennan (Thank you, St. Martin's Press!)—Kristin and Ryan McIntyre have been hiding from their father, a powerful mobster, for the last five years. When he discovers their whereabouts, the siblings run for their lives, barely escaping in a small plane. The pilot crash lands in the Montana wilderness. With a violent storm fast approaching, Kristin and Ryan find themselves on the run in a remote forest with dangerous enemies hot on their trail. How will they survive?


4. The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton (bought from Barnes & Noble)—This biographical historical novel concerns the Kindertransports, which moved thousands of kids out of Nazi-occupied countries for their safety. It stars Truus Wijsmuller, a real Dutch Resistance worker who risked her life over and over to smuggle out thousands of Jewish children. 


5. Where the Water Takes Us by Alan Barillaro (Thank you, Candlewick Press!)—In this debut novel, a young girl is sent to live with her grandparents while her mother deals with a difficult pregnancy. Ava usually loves her time at their lake house, but she's so worried about her mom that she can't relax or shake the feeling that something is going to go terribly wrong. When Ava discovers a pair of orphaned birds, she makes a deal with fate: she'll save the birds in exchange for the health and safety of her mom and her baby twin siblings. Can she hold up her end of the bargain? Will fate do the same?


6. The Peach Seed by Anita Gail Jones (Thank you, Henry Holt!)—A debut novel, this is a second-chance romance involving a man and a woman whose lives were irrevocably changed—and divided—when a peaceful protest they were involved in went wrong. When the two encounter each other again, they must reckon with their pasts, presents, and futures.


7. Cold Pursuit by Nancy Mehl (Thank you, Bethany House!)—This book, the first in a new series, is about an ex-FBI profiler in need of a fresh start. She gets it in St. Louis, where she opens a private investigation business with her former partner at the FBI. A grieving mother still searching for her son who disappeared four years ago brings them their first case. Although they presume the boy is dead, their investigation becomes increasingly baffling. Someone clearly doesn't want them to pursue the case. Does that mean there's a chance their missing person is still alive? Or that his killer will do anything to get away with murder? Either way, the private eyes are in for a dangerous run.


8. I Did It for You by Amy Engel (Thank you, Penguin Random House!)—Fourteen years ago, Greer Dunning's sister was murdered. When a similar killing occurs, despite the fact that the man convicted of her sisters' murder has already been executed, Greer returns to her hometown to investigate. She refuses to give up until she finds out what really happened to her sister.


9. At the Coffee Shop of Curiosities by Heather Webber (Thank you, Tor/Forge!)—Two grieving women find solace in the friendship they form at a coffee and curiosity shop in small town Alabama. Can they make peace with their individual pasts in order to move on to promising futures?


10. A Traitor in Whitehall by Julia Kelly (Thank you, St. Martin's Press!)—It's 1940 and Evelyne Redfern is living a tedious life consisting of long hours at a London munitions factory and not much else. Her only escape is the mystery novels she races through in her few leisure hours. When a chance encounter with an old acquaintance gives her the chance to change things up by working as a secretary in Winston Churchill's cabinet war rooms, she takes it. Then, one of her colleagues is murdered. A shocked Evelyne launches her own amateur investigation to figure out who killed the young woman.

There you go, the last ten physical books I've acquired. Have you read any of them? Which character pairings did you come up with for your list today? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!

54 comments:

  1. Ooh, Kneaders looks good!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

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    1. It really is! I think the most popular thing there is the all-you-can-eat French toast. It's decadent and delicious :)

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

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  2. I am with you, I simply can't remember and don't have the mental capacity to pair characters together. I also went rogue yesterday. I recently read Cold Pursuit, it was a 4-star read for me. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get a chance to read them.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed COLD PURSUIT. I've seen several positive reviews, so I'm excited to read it.

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

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  3. The cover for At the Coffee Shop of Curiosities is really pretty. I was in completely the same boat as you topic-wise!

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    1. It is pretty, isn't it? I didn't love the other book I've read by Webber, so hopefully this one is more to my liking.

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

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  4. Definitely with you. And the books I've read so far this year, the characters I think just work too well in their respective worlds to be able to pair them up with others. North of Nowhere sounds so interesting! I'll have to check it out! Happy TTT!

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    1. Sometimes it's really hard to picture anyone from one book world crossing over to another. I just don't have that good of an imagination! Ha ha.

      Thanks for popping in, A.D.!

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  5. Last Train was really good. Kneads looks good

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    1. Oh, good! It sounds like a great read. Kneaders is one of my favorite places to go for breakfast. They have amazing French toast and some really yummy breakfast sandwiches.

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

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  6. Great list, and I like the topic! I'm not familiar with any of these, but I love the covers. Of all of these, At the Coffee Shop of Curiosities really caught my eye and makes me want to know more!

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    1. It has a cute cover, doesn't it? I've only read one other book by Webber and it was a magical realism novel set in a small Southern town. This one sounds similar.

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

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  7. I did it for you seems so interesting. Nice list!

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    1. I think so, too. I'm always up for a mystery that has someone going back to their hometown to dig up old secrets!

      Thanks for stopping in!

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    1. Thank you! It was easy to compile. Ha ha.

      Thanks for popping by, Amarachi!

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  9. It looks like you got some great books. I love seeing what books people buy/get. I just got 2 physical books a couple of weeks ago. You Had Me at Hola and Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. I need to read them soon.

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    1. Amy & Roger is the BEST! One of my favorite by Matson

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  10. I just read a blogger friend's review of North of Nowhere earlier today. It sounds amazing!

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    1. It does sound good. I'm always drawn to books set in remote locations beset by oncoming storms. That just heightens the tension, which I'm totally there for!

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

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  11. Intrigued by The Coffee Shop. Hope these end up being stellar reads!

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    1. I hope so, too. They all look good, so I'm hopeful they'll be winners for me.

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

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  12. I just googled that error and breathe a sigh of relief that it's a WP error. I spent two years on WP trying to fix commenting errors. I loved the Heather Webber book. She threw a nice twist in there at the end, and it was warm and wonderful, as I expect from her. Hope you love them all.

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    1. Yes, it was only happening on WP blogs but not all of them. Weird. There was an error going around a little while back that was related to the JetPack plug-in. Maybe this one is like that one? I don't know, but I feel bad not being able to comment back when people comment on my blog, you know?

      I'm glad to know the Webber book was a hit for you. I didn't love MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE, the only other book I've read by her, so I'm hoping this one is a little more to my liking.

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

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  13. I like the sound of Kneaders. It's a bit rare for me to buy a physical book these days.

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    1. Kneaders is super yummy. They have lots of good food, including a bunch of baked goods. I love their chocolate mint brownies especially!

      All of these but one are review books, but I also still manage to buy a fair amount of physical books. I shouldn't since I've already got more than my shelves can really handle. Shiny new books are just so dang hard to resist...

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

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  14. Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog16 August, 2023 12:31

    A great looking list. Goodreads does a lot of the heavy lifting for me for these type of prompts.

    Have a great week!

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    1. GR has been a TTT lifesaver! There is no way I would remember even 1/3 of what I read without it :)

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

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  15. That error message you keep getting is a weird one! I haven't seen that one before. And that Kneaders cookbook looks so yummy! I also want to read that new Allison Brennan novel and The Last Train to London, too. Fun way to go rogue this week. :D

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    1. It's a new one to me as well. I should have mentioned that it is happening only on WP blogs, but not ALL WP blogs. Weird.

      I do love me some Kneaders. There's one less than a mile from my house, which is all kinds of dangerous!

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

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  16. Sounds like a great book haul. Happy reading!

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    1. I think so, too. I'm excited to read all of them, but we'll see how long it takes me. Ha ha.

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

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  17. Looks like you have a real variety of themes and genres of books. I hope you get to them all in a timely manner. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I'm sure I'll get to them all eventually, but in a timely manner? Probably not. LOL.

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

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    2. You are welcome and right back at you!

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  18. I've never seen an error message like the one you quoted here, and hope it's not happening to you on my blog because I'd have no idea how to fix the problem.

    This is an interesting list for a couple of reasons. I'm curious about several of the titles, and I'm heartened to see that you are still regularly bringing home physical books. I've been book-weeding for the last couple of months, and I think I finally have enough shelf space to add a few myself, but there were some tough decisions along the way about which to keep and which to pass on.

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    1. The error seems to be only on WordPress blogs and not even all of them. I don't ever seem to encounter these on Blogger, but they happen occasionally on WP. Not sure why. It's very annoying!

      Even though I have hundreds of books on my Kindle, I'm still very much a "real" book person. There's something about holding a paper book that just makes me happy. Between physical review books and those I've bought, my bookshelves are groaning again, even though I got rid of about 3/4 of my collection last year before moving into a smaller home. I need to put myself on a book buying ban, but I also love supporting authors and keeping bookstores alive, so I don't know what to do!

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

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  19. I have A Traitor in Whitehall on my TBR (I have an ARC of it too). I hope we both love it!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/the-bs-have-it-ten-titles-starting-with-b/

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    1. Me too! It sounds really intriguing. I visited the war rooms when I was in London a couple years ago, so that will definitely help me visualize the setting.

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

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  20. I really struggled with this week's prompt and decided to go in a different direction too. This is a great prompt idea, and these sound so good! I'm sure you're going to love these when you read them (if you haven't read them already).

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    1. It seems like a lot of people struggled with this topic. For some reason, the character-focused prompts are always the hardest for me. Glad I'm not alone!

      I haven't read any of these yet. I may pick up NORTH OF NOWHERE next, though, since I'm in the mood for a good adrenaline-fueled thriller.

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

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  21. I like your list. Ilike how you went rogue! Cold Pursuit by Nancy Mehl is excellent!!!

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    1. I'm glad COLD PURSUIT was a winner for you. I've heard such good things about it!

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

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  22. I had to go rogue this week too. Just couldn't think of anything that would work for the topic. Looks like you've picked up some great reads. I hope you enjoy them all. :)

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    1. Sometimes my brain just not engage with the TTT topic du jour! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has trouble sometimes. LOL.

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

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  23. I love that this topic is always an evergreen one we can come back to if we're stuck! Sounds like you have some great books to look forward to, The Last Train To London is on my TBR and A Traitor In Whitehall sounds great, I'll have to look into that one more.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2023/08/15/top-ten-tuesday-433/

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    1. Definitely! It's nice to have a few "evergreen" prompts in my pocket just in case. Sometimes my mind just blanks on the topic du jour :)

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

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  24. I can't think of enough to complete this week's theme either (nor can a lot of us, judging by the wicked low # of entries this week), but this is a more fun kind of post anyway. It's so fun snoopin' others' shelves. :D

    These all sound great, but The Messenger and North of Nowhere sound especially intriguing. I'm definitely saving the latter for when I find the ideal pair of fictional siblings from a TV show -- I just feel like this is a book where having specific faces in mind will really enhance the text -- and then I'm having the time of my life.

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    1. Right? Browsing people's bookshelves is one of my favorite things to do. It's so telling!

      Interesting. I actually tend to avoid movies and t.v. shows based on books, especially before I read said book, because I DON'T want Hollywood's version of the characters/setting/plot in my head. I want to experience it on my own first.

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

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  25. I always enjoy putting this type of list together if I need one for a certain week. It's just always fun to talk about our latest shelf additions and why we are excited for them. :) Thanks so much for visiting my website this week.

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    1. Agreed. It's fun for me to see what books people are buying and borrowing from the library and why they're interested in them. Those kinds of lists always end up adding titles to my already never-ending TBR list!

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

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  26. I went rogue for this topic too :) Hope you'll enjoy all of these!

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    1. It looks like a lot of us did our own thing this week. Sometimes my mind just blanks on the topic du jour!

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

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  27. Gretat TBR, hope you can read it soon

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