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Top Ten Tuesday – November 13, 2012: Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books  I’d Want On A Deserted Island

So these books will be my bread & butter – The books I could read over and over and over and over again. Easy peasy.

MY TOP TEN DESERT ISLAND CHOICES
(in no particular order)

There you have it! 

Honorable mention: The Princess Bride (but I know the movie by heart)
Wow, this was actually really hard! I went through my Goodreads favorites list and came up with these top 10 books that I could read forever. I’m actually surprised that so many were contemporary! Way to go, contemp for becoming more abundant in my life 🙂

The Deja Vu Review [13]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic is: Your Favorite Mystery


Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #2)
Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Original Goodreads Review
: Another great installment of the Spellman books. I loved the first one and couldn’t put it down, so I picked up this one and read every chance I got. The Spellmans are a delightfully off-beat family as they constantly use their PI skills to not only solve mysteries, but spy on each other. Very funny and good mysteries that keep you wondering throughout the book.
Comments: This is still one of my favorites series, even after five books. This was book two, but I think it’s still my favorite of the series!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #1)Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Comments: When I first read this one, it was a super enjoyable cozy mystery. I liked how it involved baking (the MC owns a cookie shop) and each mystery in the series ties in the murder with a different baked good. I really enjoyed this series up until a certain point where the love triangle starting driving me nuts because it wasn’t going anywhere. I’m still debating whether or not to continue it at some point in time because the mysteries really were a lot of fun!



The Deja Vu Review [3]

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s Topic: A book you found by chance/by accident

The Spellman Files (The Spellmans #1)The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read: 2010, I think
Comments: I’m sure a lot of you have seen me recommending this all around! I picked this book up on a whim after seeing it at a thrift store. It’s a little unusual, a little wacky, and a lot of fun! A family of all private detectives can’t help but spy on each other. Eldest daughter (and narrator) Izzy comically struggles to segregate herself from some of the ‘crazy’ (no code names, thank you). Although my original rating was only a 4 for this, with the 4 books that follow, it easily became on of my favorite series! It’s written very unconventionally (testamonies, dialogue, diaries, etc) so if you don’t like straying from the norm, I wouldn’t suggest it for you. If you’re interested in something different, light, and at times plain silly, I think you’ll have a lot of fun with The Spellman Files!

What Looks Like Crazy (A Kate Holly Case, #1)What Looks Like Crazy by Charlotte Hughes
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Read: May 21-23, 2012
Comments: This was a lot better than I expected it to be! It was super cute. I really liked Kate Holly’s character and all the wacky patients she sees (very Stephanie Plum)! Even though she’s going through the divorce with her (soon-to-be-ex) husband Jay Rush, I’m totally for them getting back together! Kate’s worried about his constant run-in with burning buildings (well, he IS a firefighter) and I think Charlotte Hughes wants everyone to root for them – She portrayed Jay as a great husband, someone with a serious connection with Kate, and totally handsome; he just happens to love his very dangerous job. I also really liked Mona’s character – I love her sass and tell-it-like-it-is mentality.
I happened to pick this one up through the Goodreads bookswap back in the day when it was still available. I just grabbed it because I know Charlotte Hughes & Janet Evanovich had written a few books together and I love JE so why not! 🙂

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