Genre: Adult

Ten Books About/Set in London I’d Love to Read With My Book Club

Genres: Adult, Nonfiction

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A Book Club of Books About London: Yes, please!

Book clubs are kind of like an obsession of mine. So, I love this week’s topic.

I am currently in a book club made up of my west coast friends/family that tends to be a mixture of Young Adult and Adult fiction. I also recently started a children’s book club with my east coast friends and though it’s just getting started, I’m excited about it!

For this week, I’m proposing a Book Club focused exclusively on books about or set in London. I kind of consider London my second home—after living there twice and visiting usually at least once a year, it’s a place near and dear to my heart.

I’m choosing mostly books that I haven’t read yet, but there are a few classics that are favorites…if you’re interested in joining my London book club, let me know.


As usual, this weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Be sure to link up each week so we can visit your Top Ten!

rivers of londonThe Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

londonLondon by Edward Rutherford

imagined londonImagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City

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London: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

dallowayMrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

wolfhallWolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

meaning of nightThe Meaning of Night by Michael Cox

high gate,200_Highgate Rise (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt #11) by Anne Perry

If you were in my book club, which book would you vote to read first? Are there any that you would add? Please suggest!

Leave links to your Top Ten Tuesdays and I’ll be sure to stop by and visit!







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Top Ten Books For A Valentine’s Day Reading Binge

Genres: Adult, Young Adult

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Need a new book to fall in love with in preparation for Valentine’s Day? Or do you need a good Valentine’s Day read? Whether you are reading alone or reading with a friend, I think you’ll find something to fall in love with on this Top Ten List! (it’s a Freebie this week!)


Obviously anytime is a good time to fall in love with a good story, but this week, in anticipation of the upcoming holiday—Valentine’s Day—(I started making my cards today!) I decided to share ten books that celebrate love in some form, and that I think are especially perfect to fall in love with.

I have a mixture of new and old books—some are for adult readers and some are for younger readers. There’s a mixture of genres and even a book of poetry—celebrating the love of the beauty of the natural world.

As usual, this weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Be sure to link up each week so we can visit your Top Ten.


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The Blythes are Quoted by L.M. Montgomery

This is one of the newest published collections of stories by L.M. Montgomery, and it’s fabulous because between stories, taking place in that wonderful town of Avonlea, are poems by Anne and dialogue between Anne and Gilbert and their family. If you’re a die-hard Anne fan, this is a must-buy for your collection.

Taken from the GoodReads description: “Intended by L.M. Montgomery to be the ninth volume in her bestselling series featuring her beloved heroine Anne — and delivered to her publisher on the very day she died — it has never been published in its entirety.”

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and WWII is one of my favorite periods to read about. So you can expect that I loved this book filled with fabulous locations like Paris and Budapest, romance, history, and intrigue. And yes, there are some tragic parts, but it’s worth it.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

All lovers of the written word, take note of this title and read it! If you love reading, writing, and a good story, Dodie Smith’s classic is a fantastic choice for Valentine’s Day. There’s romance, love between sisters, family, and to top it all off, a castle! This one takes place in England, too.

The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis

This is a newer adult read that is technically historical fiction, but spans a large space of time, so it’s contemporary too. This is an epic story—it celebrates friendships, romantic love, and even spiritual love. It’s an ideal choice as a book to get lost in just in time for V-Day.

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

This book brings in the time-slip device so you have a contemporary book that shifts into historical fiction. There’s romance, mystery, and I love Kearsley’s prose—it’s fantastic! A thrilling read that you can pick up, and slip into a world you don’t want to leave.

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Possession by A.S. Byatt

If you haven’t read Possession yet, forget all the other books on this list, and grab it! It’s a literary mystery with a bit of romance, adventure, and intrigue. It’s brilliant. And after you read the book, you can watch the film, so it’s a perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

The Emperor of Paris by A.S. Richardson

If you’re in Paris for Valentine’s Day, then you have to pick this one to read. I was lucky to be in Paris part of the time I was reading this about a year ago, and it’s a charming little book. It may be a different kind of story than what you’re used to, but it’s lovely. Especially if you want a story set in Paris—it’s historical fiction, and you’ll want to be eating a baguette or a croissant while you’re reading.

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Wow—I loved this story. I was avidly awaiting its release and when it came out, I snatched it up because I was intrigued by the idea that these two people kept finding each other in different lives. Definitely a perfect Valentine’s Day read.

The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins

This is another story in the vein of My Name is Memory—obviously this is a 19th century work by one of my favorite British authors—Wilkie Collins. He wrote The Woman in White and The Moonstone—two other excellent reading choices. This one has a bit of the supernatural, a lot of romance, and some twists and turns!

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

If you haven’t read any of Mary Oliver’s poetry, you’re in for a treat. This collection celebrates the love of the beauty of the natural world, and it’s gorgeous. A wonderful read aloud, and something you can stash in your bag for a quiet reading moment in the midst of your day.

A little segment from Oliver’s collection:

“The resurrection of the morning.
The mystery of the night.
The hummingbird’s wings.
The excitement of thunder.
The rainbow in the waterfall.
Wild mustard, that rough blaze of the fields.”

Tell me, have you read any of these?

Which books would you recommend in anticipation of Valentine’s Day?

This list is in anticipation of a special holiday feature coming up on my blog in early February—Falling in Love with Books. Stay tunes for some fabulous guest posts from other bloggers, sharing some of the books they’ve fallen head over heels for!


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Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

Genres: Adult, Middle Grade, Young Adult

TopTenTuesday5 BorderDid you have books you were going to read in 2014, but just didn’t get around to them? Yep, that’s a problem many of us had. Because there are so many books. And so little time!

That’s what 2015 is for though–catching up on those 2014 reads.

2014 was a fantastic year for the world of Middle Grade, YA, and Adult publishing! There were actually quite a few 2014 releases I wanted to read but didn’t get to. Here are my top ten, and I have all of these with me at the moment as I’m planning to read them in the first part of 2015!

Which of these do you think I should read first?

As usual, this weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Welcome back to Bookish Illuminations! Remember you still have time to enter my big giveaway all month long!

This first book is one I’m so excited about reading because quite a few people have said it’s utterly fabulous fantasy!

snowSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Here’s another one I’m planning to read soon (January) and I am really looking forward to the unique premise of this one–a story within a story.

afterworlds Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

I love Lauren Oliver and have several of her books to catch up on in 2015! And she has another one coming out, so I need to get busy. Panic_HC_JKT_des4.indd

Panic by Lauren Oliver

 Here’s a Middle Grade fantasy that I had been watching as soon as it shelves, but I didn’t have it in my possession until Christmas.

18668056The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

Another Middle Grade with mystery and history that I currently have out from the library…

Under the egg Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Fantasy and fairy tales–yes, please!

stray Stray by Elissa Sussman

I won this in a giveaway last year, and I am dying to get to it. I love Little House on the Prairie and there’s a kind of an “appearance” by Rose Wilder in this one…

9780670025091_large_Pioneer_Girl Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen

Princess of Thorns is another title that so many readers and bloggers raved about so I’m looking forward to including this one in my fantasy reading challenge.

thornsPrincess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

I bought my copy of this when I was in London this last September and I love that cover! I think this kind of book is perfect for a cozy winter’s night by the fire.

mysterious affairThe Mysterious Affair at Castaway House by Stephanie Lam

Last, but not least, I heard about this book on The Midnight Garden and still have it on my TBR. I’ve heard good things about it, so it’s another one for my 2015 fantasy challenge.

songbirdStolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Are any of these reads on your list? What are your top books for 2015 that came out in 2014, but you didn’t have time to get to? Share away!

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