Top Ten Tuesday – books that should be adapted to Netflix/Movies


The theme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is about books you’d like to see adapted to movies or Netflix series.  Join in – it’s fun to see what others are reading and watching.

Individual books I’ve read and would love to see as stand alone movies would include the following……….

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett:


The narrator and perspective are told from Danny Conway’s point of view over a 50 year period. I was engaged with the dialogue from the beginning. This would need to be more than one movie so you could see character development as they age.

“Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?” I asked my sister Maeve as she stared at the Dutch house. “But we overlay the present onto the past. We look back through the lens of what we know now, so we’re not seeing it as the people we were, we’re seeing as the people we are, and that means the past has been radically altered.”

The Silence by Susan Allott.


I’d preorder this movie if it was available, it isn’t actually a movie...yet!  The tensions, the realistic dialogue and the characters are very appealing.  There is mystery, crime and it’s happening in Australia with a touch of damp England tossed in.  I look forward to more her books – please write another, Ms. Allott!

The Lost Man by Jane Harper: Right away Jane Harper’s descriptive prose grabs your attention. You are plunged into the hot desolate landscape and have a clear image of the unforgiving Australian desert. We begin with one brother standing guard near his older brother’s dead body. Bub had to spend the night to keep dingos from Cameron’s body. In the morning Nathan Bright, the eldest in the family, arrives and asks Bub what he knows. What would bring Cameron Bright to the isolated area near the Stockman’s grave?


The House we Grew up In by Lisa Jewell


The house in question here is a lovely place in the Cotswolds, home of the Bird family. Colin and Lorelei Bird have four children. Megan, Bethann, Rory and Rhys. We journey through their lives and the drama unfolds over the years. We meet the children when they are small and by the end of the book they are middle aged.

This book addresses the mental illness of a hoarder and what it does to a family. It was distressing to watch Lorelei at times; I felt such empathy for Megan and Bethann and developed a dislike of Megan’s partner Bill after a bit. Rory was a product of his environment and Rhys….I won’t spoil that part because it’s integral to the way everyone’s lives play out.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett


I could see how a 4 month hostage situation with “kindly” kidnappers could evolve into some unlikely relationships. These people weren’t killers, completely unorganized as well, so as the time stretched on privileges for the hostages were allowed.


For a series, well I am usually behind in discovering a book series and when I do, it’s likely been broadcast already. I am thinking of Outlander (which I wasn’t crazy about on DVD but loved the books) and DI Vera Stanhope by Anne Cleeves – that one is already on DVD. I have not seen it yet.

The Australian series of books I read, twelve in the entire series, would be epic for a Netflix show. We could watch the characters and families over generations.


That’s all I have for now. Not ten but seven, unless you coulnt all tweleve of the Australian series.   Looking forward to seeing what other participants’ of TT come up with.  I am always getting new ideas from bookish friends.

Top Ten Tuesday – Books with Color in the Titles


The theme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is about books with color in the titles.  Join in – it’s fun to see what others are reading.

My introduction to Ann Cleeves was through the Shetland series.  I have yet to complete that one as I have been devouring her Vera series.  Here are two with color in the title.

Black Raven by Ann Cleeves.  Book one in the Shetland series
White Nights by Ann Cleeves. Book two in the Shetland series

Scarlett Feather, Lilac Bus and The Copper Beach by Maeve Binchy.  I have read all of her books and she always delivers a story that transports me to Ireland.  Gentle reading, nothing horrific in her prose.

Next up is a non fiction that I felt was way better than the televison series.   Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman The book bears little resemblence to the show.  It’s a good nonfiction if you have an interest.

Crimson Snow edited by Marion Edwards is a collection of short stories, all set in winter.
Blue Monday by Nicci French. Book one in the Frieda Klein series. I started with book 6 I think. I really need to pay better attention to which books precede in a series!

That’s all I have this week. It was a hurried sort of gathering but I just can’t seem to resist the Top Ten posts.  Fun stuff to do during what seems like an eternal lockdown.

I have some good books to post about upcoming.  A friend sent me We Believe in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neil and I am just finishing up The Darkest Night by Jenny O’Brien. This is a series new to me aboout Welsh policewoman DC Garbriella Darin. I like it so far.

Also, I did just finish up The Silence by Susan Allott and I can say it’s one of the best books I have read this year.

I hope everyone is well and staying out of trouble!

Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I’d like to read


This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is a Freebie.  I can chat about anything as there isn’t an assigned topic.  So much to think about on that one.  This is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Join in for some fun bookish posts.

I may not have ten offhand but I do have a few authors unfamiliar to me who have gone on my -to-read list. There is always a notebook near my tablet and I jot down books I want or recipes I’d like to try in The Notebook.  Keeps me somewhat organized.

Louise Candlish is an author mentioned on my friends’ book sites but I have not picked one up – yet. Mystery and thrillers are a favorite genre of mine so I need to add her name to my long list of authors/books I want to try.

Louise Penny – Anyone who knows I like the DCI Banks series suggests I read Louise Penny. This is a series (I love a series) about French Canadian Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Looks like there is a plethora of books for me read when I finally commit to that series.


Patricia Cornwall – She is another author I have meant to get to over the years.

Susan Allott – I saw a blurb about her first book titled The Silence and it sounds like a story I’d enjoy. Here is a synopsis from Amazon:

It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father, Joe, phoning from Sydney.  

30 years ago, in the suffocating heat of summer 1967, the Greens’ next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared. Joe claims he thought she had gone to start a new life; but now Mandy’s family is trying to reconnect, and there is no trace of her. Isla’s father was allegedly the last person to see her alive, and he’s under suspicion of murder. 

Back home in Sydney, Isla’s search for the truth takes her back to 1967, when two couples lived side by side on a quiet street by the sea. Could her father be capable of doing something terrible? How much does her mother know? And is there another secret in this community, one which goes deeper into Australia’s colonial past, which has held them in a conspiracy of silence?


Peter O’Brien – Bush School.  I can’t remember where i saw this book highlighted but it’s a non-fiction I would like to get.

In 1960, newly minted teacher Peter O’Brien started work as the only teacher at a bush school in Weabonga, two days’ travel by train and mail car from Armidale.

Peter was only 20 years old and had never before lived away from his home in Sydney. He’d had some teaching experience, but nothing to prepare him for the monumental challenge of being solely responsible for the education of 18 students, ranging in age from 5 to 15 years old. With few lesson plans, scant teaching materials, a wide range of curious minds and ages to prepare for, Peter was daunted by the enormity of the task ahead.


If I had done this post and topic in January of this year I would be adding more authors.  It’s only been this year I have discovered Ann Patchett, Ann Cleeves’ Vera series , Joanna Trollope and Graham Swift. Lots of books to catch up on this year.

Join in if you can.  It’s a fun thing to link up with during the lockdown.  See what bookish ideas other folks can recommend.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book events and festivals


The theme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is about book events and festivals you’d like to attend someday.  It can be real or fictional.

The book festival in Edinburgh.  Last year I read about it and thought it sounded like a great event; check it out HERE. They set up a specialty created tent village filled with books.  Last year there were over 900 authors present. This August 15-31 the festival will be online. I would love to attend this in person and enjoy the sights, food and weather. This is a real event but a fantasy trip as we can’t travel overseas right now.  For us it’s the virus precautions as well as having an elderly dog.  If Aja can’t go, we don’t go.


The Sydney Writers Festival which was in June featured Chris Hammer, an author I like who wrote Scrublands. The locale and authors would interest me very much.


A fantasy book event I would enjoy would feature authors I love, their latest books available for purchase, a question answer event and lots of local food.  We have to see and hear from Jane Harper, Kate Morton, Chris Hammer, Tana French, J.K. Rowling, Ann Cleeves and I’m sure my fried brain can think of more but not this second!

Since this event doesn’t exist and I can’t travel it would be hosted in a place I would love to visit one day.  Wales, Brisbane, Melbourne or Newcastle (so I could visit Ft MacQuarie) Australia, anyplace in New Zealand, Cumbria county England …..

Fantasy: Another bookish event would be on where my favorite chefs feature, giving talks about their cooking and maybe food preps and demonstrations.  Obviously  their cookbooks would be on sale. I’d love to see Nigel Slater, Curtis Stone, Nigella Lawson,  Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver, Jacques Pépin and Julia Child. Just to name a few.

I don’t have ten this week but these are a few I like.  Where would you like to visit and which authors or books are in your lineup?

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve read the most


This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is a list of authors we have devoured, lots and lots of books.  This is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

No doubt there are authors I can’t get enough of and try and get every single book they’ve had published. If there is a series I’m overjoyed – love me a series.

Peter Robinson‘s DCI Banks series is one I’ve read in order.  All 26 books in the series. This British author keeps the setting of his novels in northern England, Yorkshire area. He’s still writing them but I expect it will wrap up before too long.


J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith I will lump together because…well, it’s the same person.  I have read all the Harry Potter books as well as the Cormoran Strike books.  Bring ’em on!  I love the Strike series and am looking forward to the next installment.

William Stuart Long.  This author is a woman writing under a pen name.  Her series called The Australian Saga has 12 books and follows the generations of people (convicts, soldiers and settlers) through Australia’s development.  Some of the books were hard to find and when my husband would travel on business, he had a list of the books I was missing and kindly went to used book stores. I have them all!  This is historical fiction and you will read about real people such as Captain Bligh and Lachlan McQuarie, the Rum troops and more.


Edward Rutherfurd – This British author is the modern day James Michener. Big fat books with loads of history. The Forest and all in his Ireland trilogy are very good.

Robert Ludlum – My introduction to Ludlum was in Spain, 1976 at a used book store. I was aching to read and, lo and behold, here was a book printed in English.  It was The Osterman Weekend. These are espionage and thrillers – think Jason Bourne.


Maeve Binchy – I have read all 17 of her novels and several short stories.  Two of my favorites are Light a Penny Candle and Firefly Summer. If you want to armchair travel to Ireland, pick up one of her books.  I’d classify her books as women’s fiction.


Kate Morton – I’ve read all six of her books and will always look forward to her latest. If you like a mystery (not a police procedural), big estates with a historical background and a setting primarily in England you may like her work.

Tana French – The Dublin Murder Squad series is excellent. She has 7 books so far and I am looking forward to her next book, The Searcher.

Rosamunde Pilcher – One of my all time favorite books is The Shell Seekers and I have read over 18 of her books. She will immerse you in Cornwall and Scotland. Another favorite is Coming Home. 

Ann Cleeves is going on my list because now that I have discovered the Vera series, I can’t get enough. So far I have read half of her Shetland series and am about to knock off the 4th book in the Vera series.

What are your favorites?  I’d love to discover new authors, especially those who write a series.

Sharing with Joy for British Isles Friday



Top Ten Tuesday: The most anticipated books in 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is the most anticipated books still to be released in the second half of 2020. I admit I will cheat a little as one book won’t make it to publication until January but…it’s a favorite author and soooo close to the theme.

Jane Harper, one of my favorites, has a new book on the horizon titled The Survivors.  I have enjoyed her previous three books very much so I am eager to get my hands on this book.  So eager in fact that I preordered the book from Waterstones in London.  How sweet to get the English printed version in January 2021. (yeah, not this year)


Tana French.  Just her name makes me stop and pay attention.  Is she writing a new book, I wonder?  The answer is YES!  It’s called The Searcher and in spite of my lukewarm review of her last book, The Witch Elm, I will buy anything she writes as she is such an excellent author.


Santa Montefiore has a new book coming out titled Here and Now. Check it out on her website HERE.  This is scheduled for release in the UK July 9, 2020.  I’ve enjoyed all three books in The Devrill Chronicles as well as the Beekeeper’s Daughter and Secrets of the Lighthouse. Who knows when I’ll have chance to purchase it here. Of course I could order it through Waterstones as I did Jane Harper’s new book. Just a thought.


Robert Galbraith’s next book Troubled Blood takes us back to the Cormoran Strike series.  I love a series and this one was great.  I’m looking forward to more mystery, detective work and I hope if she (J.K. Rowling) plans to ever get Strike and Robin together she’ll wait until the last book.  I’m loving the detective work and chemistry here.


SkinnyTaste: Meal Prep by Gina Hololka.  I love her other cookbooks and this one will certainly give me loads of new ideas. Nigella Lawson’s upcoming book, Cook, Eat, Repeat is scheduled out in October.  From the TV show, Friends: an official cookbook  with Chandler’s “Milk you can Chew”, Phoebe’s grandmother’s cookies and more character inspired recipes.  Looks like it will be fun to read as well as cook from.

Is This Anything by Jerry Seinfeld looks like a fun read.  I always liked the show Seinfeld and right now, we could all use a few laughs.


The House of Correction by Nicci French.  I liked the Frieda Klein series by this husband/wife author team. The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult.

Those are my top 10 books I am hoping to get and read these upcoming months. Looking forward to linking up with the Top Ten this week (my first time).

Sharing with Joy for British Isles Friday for the five British author releases.