Top Ten Tuesday – Summer Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish Blog.

This week is a summer freebie.  Nothing reminds me of summer more than baseball.  So here are some of the books about baseball I’ve read.

Swing by Adriana Locke.  Romance.

Anything but Minor by Kate Stewart.  Romance.

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham.  General fiction.

Play with Me by Kristen Proby.  Romance.

The Perfect Game by J. Sterling. YA Romance.

Double Play by Jill Shalvis.  Romance.

Changing the Game by Jaci Burton.  Romance.

Calico Joe by John Grisham. General fiction.

Hardball by V.K. Sykes.  Romance.

Heat by Mike Lupica.  General fiction.

Sorry I don’t have time to post pictures, but here are my two favorite baseball players:)

Happy reading!


Top Ten Tuesday – TV Moms

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish Blog.

This week is a Mother’s Day freebie, so I’m doing my 5 best and 5 worst TV moms.  These are all based on shows I’ve actually watched.

Here’s my list, in no particular order.

5 Best TV Moms

Claire Dunphy of Modern Family.  Claire is a real woman, who works and is raising three kids and a husband.  She’s smart, and she knows who her kids are (she knows Luke isn’t super smart, etc).  She’s funny and relatable on so many levels.

claire dunphy

Carole Brady of the Brady Bunch.  How can you do a list of best moms and not include Mrs. Brady.  The woman took on 3 additional kids and raised them as her own, rarely losing her temper.  She was crazy impressive on so many levels.

carol brady

Mabel Thomas from What’s Happening.  I had mad respect for Mamma, and not because she was a large and in charge woman.  She was a single mom, doing the best she could, and she raised two pretty incredible kids.  And she raised Dee, who was by far the biggest brat ever born:)

mabel thomas

Catlin Stark from Game of Thrones.  If you have read my blog, you know I’m a huge GOT fan, and I’m all about House Stark.  While Catlin was a major bitch to Jon Snow, she was fiercely protective of her own children.  She never left Bran’s side after he was injured.  She fought with Robb.  She was a real renaissance woman.

caitlin stark

Jill Taylor from Home Improvement.  Jill was a saint.  Raising three boys and keeping up with a doofus husband while going to school made for one impressive character.  The amount of stupid crap she had to endure was insane, but she was always a likable character.

jill taylor

5 Worst TV Moms

Frankie Heck from the Middle.  I had to stop watching this show because Frankie was just such a bad parent.  Who forgets the first day of school?  Who forgets about their youngest child?  Yep, it’s Frankie Heck, lazy mother of three who lives in lower-middle class in Indiana.  I could not empathize with this woman at all.  She never seemed to care about being a mom.  I can’t stand this show anymore and it’s mostly because of her.

frankie heck

Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones.  Who has three children from an incestuous relationship with her brother and always puts herself first?  Cersei Lannister.  While Cersei does love her children fiercely, her agenda ALWAYS came first.  Like when she sent her daughter to Dorn, or when she killed her son’s wife and entire family.  She’s no longer a mom (to any living children), but she was the worst when she was.

cersei lannister

Regina Vasquez from Switched at Birth.  Don’t start yelling at me – Regina was a good mom.  I can’t get past the fact that she knew she had the wrong kid from the time her daughter was three and she never did anything about it.  She lost the love of her life over it.  I can’t get past that, which lands her on this list.

regina sab

Sarah Linden from the Killing.  Sarah Linden is a detective in Seattle, and she is damn good at her job.  What she’s damn bad at is being a mom.  Sarah would get so wrapped up in her cases that she would literally forget about her teenage son, and she eventually (and rightfully so) lost custody of him.  She was a hard character to relate to, but she was really good at and dedicated to her job.

sarah linden

Lindsey & Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development.  In a tie is Lindsey and Lucille Bluth, who are both bad moms for different reasons.  Lindsey is self-absorbed and seems to forget she has an impressionable teenage daughter (who is actually way too smart for her own good and practically raising herself).  Lucille, on the other hand, has raised a buffoon in Buster (who she emotionally abuses) and treats her other children like idiots.  The show was so funny though.

bluth ladies

Who are your favorite and least favorite TV mom’s?  I know there are other bad moms out there (Family Guy and the like), but I went strictly with shows I actually watched.

Happy Tuesday.


Top Ten Tuesday – Wish List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog.

This weeks top is Book Wish List – things you want more/less of in books.  My list is as follows, and in no particular order.

More Realistic Characters

Not every guy is built like Thor and not every woman is built like a supermodel. Sometimes it’s nice to read about an average guy who is a really good person.  Or an average woman who is doing her best to raise her family and lead her life.  I want to read about those people, mainly because I am those people.

Less Virgins and Books about Daddy’s/Friends Dads

This is a very popular trope on Kindle Unlimited, and I instantly move on. I’m 45. I do not want to read about virgins, and I certainly don’t want to read books about chicks with daddy issues or young girls falling for their best friends dad. It’s not realistic and fun to read.

More Diverse Locations

Yes, New York is the biggest and best city in America, but come on people. There are many places in America with interesting people living in them.  I’m tired of books about young twenty something’s in New York.  How about a nice book set in Houston, or Albuquerque.  I’m sure there are amazing people and stories there.  Plus, I like being introduced to new locations.

Less Ex and/or Parent Drama

I get that ex’s can be a pain, and sometimes they hate the fact a relationship has ended, but sometimes, it goes too far and takes away from the story. I also hate sucky parents.  Both from the standpoint that they were horrible parents and aren’t involved in their kids’ lives or they are too involved/smothering.

Men and Women Best Friends WHO STAY best friends

Men and women can be friends and not end up in love. Why you don’t see that in books is beyond me, but books about friends who stay friends would be really refreshing.

More Books where Men tell the story

I love books told from the man’s point of view. I would love to see more of them.

Series about families; one book per family member

I love series about families, or friends, or both. I am always looking for a new series that focuses on a family.

Sports romance with as much sport as romance

When I’m reading a book about a hockey player, or a baseball player, or a football player, I want to read about that character in action doing their job. Too often you read about hockey players getting more action off the ice than on.  As a sports fan, I’m asking for the sports.

More books told in first person, alternating POV format

This is a personal preference for me, but I much prefer to read a book told in the first person.  I feel that I relate to the characters more that way.

I only have 9 this week. What’s on your book wish list?

Happy reading.


Top Ten Tuesday – Things that instantly make me not want to read a book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish Blog.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Things that will instantly make me not want to read a book

  1. The book has less than a 3.75 rating on goodreads.  I know this may make me seem snobby, but 95% of the time, I agree with the ratings on goodreads, so if it has less than a 3.75, I’m going to skip it.
  2. It’s about high school/college students.  My son is about to start college, and reading love stories about young people seems icky to me.  25 years old and above for me please.
  3. It’s a fantasy book.  I have no interest in fantasy – vampires, zombies, fairies, you name it.  I used to read them all the time, then lost interest.
  4. It’s dystopian.  Again, no interest, as these books usually follow a young person in another time.
  5. It’s written in the third person.  I have a really hard time with books written in the third person.  I will read them, but I’m more likely to read books in the first person, alternating POV’s.
  6. I’ve heard there is rape in the book.  I have no interest in reading about rape, and if I come across a rape scene in the book, I’m likely to stop reading.
  7. The book has an ugly cover.  I’m a bit of a cover whore, and if there is an ugly cover, the synopsis has to be really good for me to want to read it.
  8. There is more than one book about the same characters.  I just want to read one book about you.  If you show up in future books in the series, I’m happy to see you, but one book about you is enough.
  9. Erotica.  I’m so over the whole 50 Shades genre.  It’s so 2011.
  10. Books about virgins.  There are SO many books on KU about virgins.  Don’t care.  If I start reading and discover they are a virgin, and I’m invested, I’ll keep reading, but put it in the title, you’ve lost me.

What are your turn-offs?

Happy reading.


Top Ten Tuesday – Book Insta-love

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Things that make me instantly want to read a book.  (In no particular order)

It’s part of a series I’ve read.  I love series.  I especially love series about families/friends.

It’s by an author I’ve read.  I like reading the same authors, but I’m always open to new ones.

It’s got a nice cover.  I’m a cover whore, I will totally admit that.  The better the cover, the more likely I am to want to read it.

It appears to be written in first person POV.  This is a personal preference, but if the Goodreads synopsis is in the first person, I’m way more likely to read the book.

It has over a 4.0 rating on goodreads.  To be honest, I won’t read a book rated under 3.75.  But if it’s over 4.0, then it has a really good chance.

Blogs I follow gave it a good rating.  I love the blogs I follow, so if a fellow blogger recommends a book, I’m going to give it a shot.

It has the words “alpha male” in the synopsis.  I love a good alpha male book.

It’s on Kindle Unlimited.  It’s where I get most of my books.

I know it’s not ten, but that is my list.  What’s on yours?

Happy reading.




Top Ten Tuesday – Unique Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog.  This week’s topic is Unique Reads.  Here are some of mine.

davinci codeThis book was very thought provoking.  Mary Magdalene was married to Jesus?  Even though it’s fiction, this book got me thinking about my faith and how it would change (it wouldn’t) if Jesus had in fact been married and had descendants.  Very interesting concept.



sphereSphere is one of my all time favorite books.  A team of scientists discover a spaceship at the bottom of the ocean and board it to learn about it.  This book was an amazing thriller and unlike anything I’ve ever read.



spellman filesWhat makes the Spellman Files unique is the amazingly querky characters, who you can’t help but like, but the writing style.  The book is written like it’s on an old typewriter and written like a journal.  This family is crazy and fun to read.


hopelessHopeless was unique because it had a twist I never saw coming but one that was so good and so well written.  I’m not the biggest YA person, but I loved both characters in this book and the concept was so fresh.  A must read.



defending jacobDefending Jacob is unique because it’s a story of a man whose teenage son is charged with murder, and he’s convinced beyond a doubt that his son is innocent.  This book has an ending nobody will see coming and it’s a must read.



the hunger gamesAnyone who has read the Hunger Games knows it’s unique, but for me, this book was way outside what I normally read and I loved it so much.  Katniss was such an amazingly strong character.  Loved this book.



time travelers wifeWhen I read this book, I loved it.  After time, I’ve decided it’s more creepy than good, but it’s still an interesting concept.  A man travels back in time (naked) and meets a 12 year old girl he eventually falls in love with.  Another book outside of my normal reading realm.


winter gardenAnother one of my all time favorites.  This is the story of two sisters, who are very different and not close, and are not at all close to their mother, who they view as cold and closed off.  They come to learn about their mother’s past and it changes everything.  Amazing book and a must read.



Heartsick is the story of a female serial killer and the police officer she torments.  What makes this story unique?  You actually feel for the female serial killer.  She is so charming that you can’t help it.  Great series.



playing for pizza

Playing for Pizza is not one of John Grisham’s more popular books, but IMO, it’s one of his best.  A baseball player gets sent to Italy to play baseball and ends up meeting a load of interesting people in an amazing little village.  The characters are what makes this book stand out.



What unique books have you read?