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Monday, May 9, 2016

TTT: Books I discovered while weeding the library

Top Ten Tuesday: Today's topic is to list my favorite non-book websites. Since I am pretty boring with Internet searching no one would have fun with my list which has things like CNN, Huffington Post, and Daily Kos...in other words, news and political sites. So I am going off the board today.

My top ten list---Books I rediscovered during library inventory today which I had wanted to read at some point in the past (and may still want to read.) You will notice all the authors are R-Z, which was the area of the library I was inventorying today. ***If you have read one of these books and you think I should skip it, please let me know the title and the reason in the comment section. Thanks for your help.

1. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (2013)
Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception.

2. So Shelly by Ty Roth (2011)
When their mutual friend Shelly is drowned in a sailing accident, high school junior John Keats and his volatile classmate Gordon Byron decide to steal Shelly's ashes and, in a romantic gesture, return them to the small Lake Erie island where her body washed up, but the journey proves more revealing and emotionally complicated than either of them had anticipated.

3. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (1961)
Features two stories in which younger sister Franny obsesses about her spiritual impurity by praying a repetitious prayer to Jesus, and she ultimately suffers a mental breakdown. Zooey her older brother in the second story attempts to make her come to her senses by dropping her quest because it makes her more self-centered than she already is.

4. Night of the Howling Dogs by Salisbury (2007)
Eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends camping at Halape, Hawaii, in 1975, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami.

5. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (2012)
A girl, having traveled with her mother to an animal sanctuary for bonobos in the Congo, struggles to survive with the animals after revolution breaks out and she and the chimpanzees are forced to flee into the jungle.

6. Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (2013)
In the mid-21st century major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army.

7. The Riverman by Aaron Starmer (2014)
Fiona Loomis claims she is visiting a parallel universe where a nefarious, called The Riverman,  is stealing the souls of children and the boy. She asks to write her biography because she fears her soul may be next.

8. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (2013)
An Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

9. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thorton Wilder (1927)
When a bridge breaks in Peru sending five people to their deaths in 1714, a monk who witnessed the accident attempts to prove that their deaths were the result of divine intervention, not an accident.

10. The Dooms-day Book by Connie Willis (1992)
Kivrin researches the Black Plague in the fourteenth century in her time travels, but she is stuck in time without anyone to rescue her. She becomes an angel of hope during the darkest hours of the Middle Ages.

11.  The Pigman by Paul Zindel (2005)
Two high school sophomores from unhappy homes form a close friendship with a lonely old man who has a terrible secret.

Remember: please leave me a comment if you think I should avoid a book or if I should move a book up on my TBR pile.  Thanks for your feedback.


  1. Interesting list of books! I've been meaning to check out the Dooms-day Book but haven't done so yet. Maybe later this year?

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  2. Great list! Endangered is wonderful! There are 4 books in all but they each stand on their own - definitely recommended.

    I read The Bridge of San Luis Rey in high school - don't remember a lot except that we had interesting discussions in class! Then again, I loved my high school English class discussions!

    I also really want to read Franny & Zooey - on my TBR list for ages!


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