2021- the Year of 4.75 stars! This past year has seen me read more books than ever. I'm guessing that's because of several reasons. The pandemic meant more time at home, and that, combined with my now being retired for over a year, meant more time for reading overall. There are other reasons I read … Continue reading TCL’s Top Ten (or more) Favorite Books of 2021.
What is Throwback Thursday? I've noticed several of these meme on a few book blogs. For example, Susan Loves Books does one, which is (or was originally) hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk. I also noticed that another fellow blogger, Lorrea @ What 'Cha Readin'?, was doing this as a monthly meme for her blog. Then … Continue reading TCL’s #ThrowbackThursday and #LinkParty #23 – December 30, 2021-February 2, 2022.
Book Review for “The Spanish Daughter” by Lorena Hughes. Summary: "As a child in Spain, Puri always knew her passion for chocolate was inherited from her father. But it’s not until his death that she learns of something else she’s inherited—a cocoa estate in Vinces, Ecuador, a town nicknamed “París Chiquito.” Eager to claim her … Continue reading Cocoa Conspiracies.
Last year I noticed that Annabookbel did a "My Life in Books" tag for 2020, and I remembered that I did one like it in 2019 and enjoyed it, but that was called "Life According to Literature" and it had slightly different prompts. In 2019, I found it on Brona’s Books, ANZ LitLovers LitBlog, and … Continue reading TCL’s 3rd Life According to Literature Tag – 2021 Version.
Why I can't write a Book Review for “Belgravia” by Julian Fellowes. Summary: "It is the evening of 15 June 1815, and the Duchess of Richmond has thrown a magnificent ball in Brussels for the Duke of Wellington. The guests include James and Anne Trenchard, who have made their money in trade, along with their … Continue reading TCL’s #DNF Friday #8 – Not Downton Abbey!
Top Five Tuesday was originally created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, but is now hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. To participate, link your post back to Meeghan's blog or leave a comment on her weekly post. This week, Meeghan asked us to tell list our five favorite authors who were new to us … Continue reading TCL’s #T5T – Top Five Tuesday #6 – December 21, 2021 – New (to me) Authors in 2021.
Book Blogger Hop Topic for the week of December 17-23, 2021: How many books have you read this year (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews). The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the hop on February … Continue reading #DiscussionSunday – TCL’s Book Blogger Hop #8 and #LetsDiscuss2021 #15!
Book Review for “The Gutenberg Murders” by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning. Summary: "All New Orleans was disturbed at the rumor that one of its civic treasures, the nine priceless leaves of the Gutenberg Bible, reposing in its stately Sheldon Memorial Library, had been stolen; but when the rumor became a face and was followed … Continue reading Pressing Deaths.
Top Five Tuesday was originally created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, but is now hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. To participate, link your post back to Meeghan's blog or leave a comment on her weekly post. This week, Meeghan asked us to put up our Five Favorite Book Covers of 2021! Well, there … Continue reading TCL’s #T5T – Top Five Tuesday #5 – December 14, 2021 – Favorite 2021 Covers.
As this year comes to an end, the question is... How was 2021? Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I'm certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I've written below. Sorry about that, but you are always … Continue reading #LetsDiscuss2021 #14 – Aspects of 2021 – #DiscussionSunday.