Top Ten Tuesday – Best books of 2017 so far

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

This week’s topic is The Best Books I’ve read so far in 2017.  Here is my list, in no particular order.

Only With Me by Kelly Elliott

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Fire on the Farm by Betty Shreffler

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All About the D by Lex Martin

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Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe

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Levi’s Blue by M. Leighton

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Delivery Girl by Lily Kate

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Trick by Laramie Briscoe 

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Challenge by Amy Daws

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Hooker by Brooke Blaine

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I Just Want You by Kaylee Ryan

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What are the best books you’ve read so far this year?

Happy reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Series I LOVE

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

This week’s topic is Series I haven’t read but want to.  This topic doesn’t apply to me because I LOVE series and don’t have any I haven’t started yet.  If I see a book that’s part of a series, I’m all over that like bees on honey.  So I’m going to highlight some of my favorite book series below.  Enjoy!

  1. Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley.  This is one of my all time favorite series.  Each book follows a different woman and a different member of the “hot bunch”.  Each guy works with or knows Lee Nightingale.  Set in Denver with an alpha male per book, this series tops my list.

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2. With Me in Seattle series by Kristen Proby.  This series revolves around the Montgomery family from Seattle and their friends, and is a great series.  8 books in length, there was one I didn’t love but the rest are the best.

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3. Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben.  I was so incredibly sad when this series ended, because I loved Myron and his best friend Win.  Myron is a sports agent and each book follows a different story.  Mysteries.  Highly recommend.

The Myron Bolitar Series 7-Book Bundle: Deal Breaker, Drop Shot, Fade Away, Back Spin, One False Move, The Final Detail, Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar, #1-7)

4. Body Movers series by Stephanie Bond.  Body Movers is the story of Carlotta Wren, a woman whose parents are on the run for legal issues and is left to raise her hellion teenage brother, who becomes a “body mover”.  In the meantime, her ex wants her back, she becomes involved with a cop named Jack (whom I love) and her brother’s boss Coop is in the mix.  Funny series, but also a mystery as well.

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5. Until series by Aurora Rose Reynolds.  Another series about strong, alpha males with a hint of mystery and suspense.  This series focuses on the Mayson brothers, who each find love.  There is a spin-off series with the Mayson brothers children as well, which is very good.

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6. Corps Security series by Harper Sloan.  Alpha males.  Are you sensing a theme?  Each book in the first series follows an employee at Corps Security as they find love.  There is a spin-off series with their children as well.  Love this series.

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7. Knitting in the City/Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid.  KITC and the WB series are intertwined in a way, but I read the first KITC book 3 years ago and read the second one this year, and I haven’t stopped.  They are funny and fresh.  The Winston Brothers series is set in Tennessee, but their sister Ashley is featured in KITC.  Both series are good.

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8. The Ride Series by Megan O’Brien.  5 books about brothers in a Motorcycle club and the women they meet and fall for.  I wish this series would continue, I love it that much!

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9. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  Read all but the last book because the second to last book was so bad, but in the beginning, I loved this series!  Turned into a show on HBO called True Blood, but the show was so different from the books that I couldn’t get into it.

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10. Virgin River series by Robyn Carr.  I will admit up front I didn’t finish this series, but I did read 13 of the books before I moved on to another genre.  I love small town, “Doc Hollywood” type books, and this series is the epitome of this.  Love the people in this small town and how nice and accepting they are.

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What series do you love?  I’m always looking for a new one!

Happy reading..

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best & Worst TV Dads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish blog.  This week is a dad freebie in honor of Father’s Day, so I’m doing the 5 best and 5 worst TV dads from shows I watch (or have watched).  Here we go:

Best TV Dads

Jack Pearson from This Is Us.  Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, comes close to Jack Pearson as the best dad.  This man is a dream.  I know he’s fictional, but he is seriously amazing the man all dads should aspire to be.

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Phil Dunphy from Modern Family.  Phil reminds me a lot of my own husband, in that he’s very emotional and sentimental when it comes to his kids.  He is giant sweetheart and an awesome dad.

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Danny Tanner from Full House.  How can Danny Tanner not be on this list.  Widowed at a young age, he raised his three daughters (with a little help) into amazing women.  Yes, he was a bit of a dork and had chessy one liners, but he was a really good dad!

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Jim Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210.  I always loved Jim Walsh.  He was tough, but he was also fair and very supportive of his children.  He always put his family first.  One of my all time favorites.

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Tom Bradford from Eight is Enough.  Another widower, but this one had 8 kids.  I was always impressed how put together he was, and even found time to meet a new love.  Mr. Bradford was an inspiration.

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Worst TV Dads

Frank Gallagher from Shameless.  I stopped watching this show because of Frank.  I have a hard time with parents like him, and I don’t find it entertaining.  Frank is a con-man with six kids, all of whom are raising themselves while he’s getting drunk, high, or scamming some dumb woman.

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Walter White from Breaking Bad.  In the beginning, Walter was a good dad to Walter Jr.  Then he started making meth and became a horrible dad.  His son ended up hating him.  Not a good sign.  And he was never there for the new baby.

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Stannis Baratheon from Game of Thrones.  I debated between him and the Lannisters, but in the end, a man who would burn his child alive wins.  Just a pitiful excuse for a man.

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Ray Barone from Everyone Loves Raymond.  I know he’s on many best TV dad lists, but I found him to be very uninvolved in his children’s lives.  Debra bore the brunt of most of the household, and I didn’t have a lot of respect for Ray.

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Mike Heck from the Middle.  Another guy who is not at all interested his kids, but this guy wasn’t really interested in his wife or life either.  Never showed compassion or anyone or anything.  He and Frankie (the wife) are the reason I stopped watching this show, which had so much potential.

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Did I miss anyone?  How are you best/worst TV dads?

Happy watching.

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Top Ten Tuesday – New on TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish blog.  This week’s topic is:

New to my TBR

Here we go:

buns Newest book in the Hudson Valley series.  Library has ebook, yeah!

dating-ish Love the KITC series, though I’m skipping book 5.

lucky Loved Carina Adams Southern Love series, so I’m excited for this one!

mark Love the Mallick brothers!  Just got this one yesterday!

my best friends ex Despite not being able to get into Co-Wrecker (after accidentally buying it), I’m exicted for this one!

scoring the billionaire Thanks to blog friend Deanna, I will be able to finish this great series!

sex in the sticks Love Sawyer Bennett (though her Wicked series first book was sucky).

shacking up This one sounded funny and I’ve liked her works before.

the attraction of adeline I’ve been on the waiting list at the library for a long time for this one, so it better be good!

the negotiator Another library hold that sounded funny.

What’s on your TBR?

Happy reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Movies I’m Excited About

I’m not following along with The Broke and the Bookish this week, mostly because I haven’t even looked ahead at what books are coming out.  Since it’s almost (or really, is) the start of the summer movie season, I’m doing the movies I’m most excited about.    Here we go.

Star Wars – The Last Jedi.  I don’t think I’m more excited about a movie than I am about this one.  December can’t get here soon enough!

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Despicable Me 3.  I’m most definitely excited about this movie – love the franchise and LOVE my Minions!  Cannot wait for June 30!

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Spiderman: Homecoming.  Love me some superheroes, and the Andrew Garfield Spiderman movies just didn’t cut it for me, so I’m excited for some new blood to bring this franchise back to life!

spiderman homecomingWonder Woman.  Yeah, another superhero.  I’m boring, blah, blah, blah.  But hello, Chris Pine is in this movie and he’s so handsome!  Plus, WW is a pretty kick ass chick.

wonder womanJustice League.  Are you noticing a theme here?  I like superheroes.  Hell, the Flash is in my blog name!  I get to see Jason Momoa half naked for half this movie.  What’s not to like!

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Thor: Ragnarok.  By now, you’ve probably closed out of this post.  But if you haven’t, I will remind you of the two beautiful specimens that star in the Thor series, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.  Reason enough to want to see this.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.  Not technically superheroes, but by Marvel, yes.  I know this already came out, but once baseball season starts, my free time takes a huge hit.  I loved the first movie (and its soundtrack) so I can’t wait to see this one.  And I love Chris Pratt.

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Beauty and The Beast.  Yes, this came out over 2 months ago.  No, I haven’t seen it and probably won’t until it comes out on DVD in a week or so.  But this story is my favorite Disney Princess movie, and the real life version stars Dan Stevens (aka Matthew Crawley, for you Downton Abbey fans).  Can’t wait to see this one!

That’s only 8 but all I have.  What movies are you excited for?

Happy watching.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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