Monday, September 11, 2017

Tuesday Favorites: My Favorite Bookmark & My Top Ten Books I Loved During My First Year of Blogging

Each week Maureen from Maureen's Books Books asks participants to share a favorite on the weekly designated topic.

This week's topic is my favorite bookmark.

I love bookmarks and have quite a few. I try to rotate through them when I remember, or try to match a book with a particular bookmark if I sense a certain combined theme. I've also been known to use scraps of paper or torn off tissue (from clean ones, of course). Whatever is most handy at the time. Although, I read so many e-books these days my actual bookmarks don't get as much use as they used to. 

This one is a long time favorite, which I have put to good use over the years. I received from my husband before we were married. He even wrote me a little note on the back.


Another extra special one to me is the one my daughter made for me a couple years ago for Mother's Day (which I haven't used, I admit).


Oh, and I just love this one! I'm not usually one for bling, but isn't it adorable?


Do you have a favorite bookmark?

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at Broke and Bookish.

This week's  Top Ten Tuesday is Throwback Freebie: My Ten Books I Loved During My First Year of Blogging. I am cheating and copying and pasting my Top Ten list which I posted at the end of 2006, the year I first began blogging. I've added the covers because, well, I like cover art, and evidently hadn't thought to include them in my original post. So, without further ado, here is my Top Ten list of books read in 2006:

10. Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly ~ This was a funny suspenseful thriller that had me up reading into the wee hours of the morning. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found the main character to be an interesting one.



9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote ~ This true crime novel, frequently toted as the first of its kind, is beautifully written. Mr. Capote was able to produce empathy for the murderers in the way he told their stories, although not taking away the desire for the reader to see them face the consequences of their actions.



8. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie ~ A delightful mystery! Agatha Christie was my designated favorite mystery writer when I was growing up and she is still among my favorites.



7. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse ~ I found the story mesmerizing, full of suspense as well as drama. I loved the historical aspect of the novel most of all.



6. Tales From the Child of the Enemy by Ursula Duba ~ Although simple in its presentation (in poetry form), Ms. Duba’s book is thought provoking and conscious raising.



5. The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder ~ Books that balance historical events with the present seem to be among my favorites most often, I've discovered. This novel offered that and so much more. It was one of the best suspense/thriller novels I've read.



4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ~ Stealing a line directly from my review: Upon finishing the book, I understand what the publisher Harper Collins meant when it referred to the book as being like “getting up at dawn and seeing the sun rise while the rest of the world sleeps.” That’s truly what it feels like.



3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield ~ I was so tempted to put it in the top spot. Alas, two other books consumed me just a little more and so The Thirteenth Tale finds its place as #3 on my list. It was well written, intriguing, and spoke to me, sometimes the voice sounding a little like mine.



2. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova ~ I was lost in the prose as soon as I began reading and held in suspense with each chapter. I was transported directly into Kostova's world as I read, held captive even when I was not reading the book.





1. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See ~ Snow Flower and The Secret Fan left a deep impression on me and is still one of my all-time favorite books.



What were some of your favorite books the year you began blogging?


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58 comments:

  1. Have read 9, 8 and 3 - loved the Thirteenth Tale! Will need to check out the others

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    1. Beverley - The Thirteenth Tale is a good one! Thanks for stopping by, Beverley.

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  2. I loved looking back on the first year or so of my blog too. :-) Super nostalgic. Great list!

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    1. Chrissi - Looking back was a lot of fun. :-) Many of these remain favorites of mine even eleven years later. Thanks for visiting, Chrissi!

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  3. Awesome that you have a Kate Mosse novel on your TTT list this week--I do too! (but I chose the second book in the trilogy, rather)

    My TTT

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    1. Lianne - I haven't read the rest of the trilogy yet, but one of these days. I don't think I knew Labyrinth was going to be part of a trilogy when I read it that year. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Oh..I loved The Thirteenth Tale, too. and Snow Flower..Wow.wow. My TTT

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    1. Anne - Both books are among my all-time favorites. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I haven't read any of these books, but I do know some of the authors :) Great list!

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  6. Aww cute bookmarks. I had a favorite one for years and years but it went somewhere ha ha, but a good bookmark is always nice. I love the covers of Roger Ackroyd and Labyrinth!

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    1. Greg - Thank you! I have so many! I had more than I do now at one time, but gave several away to cut down my collection.

      I like those covers too! Thanks for visiting, Greg.

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  7. Oooh, I've read four of the books on your list and I liked them all so I'll have to check out the rest of the books!

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    1. Eustacia - I hope you like any of the others you try! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I haven't read any of these, but they sound interesting. I liked your post on bookmarks too! I typically use scraps of paper. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Poinsettia - I use scraps of paper from time to time too. Sometimes I just don't have anything else handy. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I love bookmarks! Thanks for sharing, Wendy. And that's a great list of books! I love most of Mo Hayder's books and I wonder if she's still writing because it seems like a long time since her last book, Wolf (which was released 2 years ago, I think.)

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    1. Melody - I do too. :-) I have bookmarks from you even! I hope Mo Hayder is just working on a new book.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. #1, 2 and 3 faves here, too. Great list!

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  11. I have a lot of bookmarks too and I think my favorites are the ones Vance made me through the years.

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    1. Kathy - The ones from our children are the most precious. I think it's the love they put into making them. :-)

      Thanks for visiting, Kathy!

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  12. My favorite bookmark is one my daughter made for me. She gave it to me for Christmas the year that she was in Kindergarten and I've had it ever since - she just started her 3rd year of college! I love the glasses one and the one from your husband is just too sweet! You've got a great list! I've only read Roger Ackroyd but I have The 13th Tale and The Historian on my TBR.

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    1. Katherine - They grow so fast! I look at Mouse today and can't believe she's already six. It seems like just yesterday I was chasing after a toddler in diapers.

      I hope you read The Thirteenth Tale. It's so good! Thanks for visiting, Katherine!

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  13. I love Agatha Christie! It has been too long since I read anything by her so I grabbed Endless Nights by her from the library. I just heard about this book somewhere but for the life of me I can't remember where now. I haven't heard of that book by Mo Hayder but now I want to check it out! Always adding to my TBR thanks to you :)

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    1. Samantha - Same here. I need to get back into Agatha Christie's books. Hayder's books are pretty dark, but well worth reading, I think.

      Thanks for visiting, Sam!

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  14. Those are all great bookmarks, especially the one from your daughter.

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    1. Ellen - I'll always treasure the one from my daughter. :-) Thanks for stopping by, Ellen.

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  15. I love the bookmark from your daughter. I wasn't even on Goodreads in 2006! I do remember enjoying The Lincoln Lawyer and loved The Historian. I actually want to do a re-read of The Historian sometime.

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    1. Carole - Isn't it pretty? I love it too. :-) I wasn't on Goodreads in 2006 either, but I had my blog. :-) I hope you have a great week, Carole. Thanks for visiting.

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  16. I've been told so many times that I need to read The Alchemist - I'll get there one of these days. :)

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    1. Lauren - I really enjoyed it when I read it. I know it turned a lot of people off because of all the hype it received when it first came out though.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I love special bookmarks! The one from your daughter is precious. I try to buy a bookmark whenever I travel -- nothing fancy, just something to remind of the places I've been.

    Nice list of books! I do need to read In Cold Blood! I finally read my first Truman Capote this year (Breakfast at Tiffany's). I loved The Historian and Snow Flower!

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    1. Lisa - I like to get bookmarks when I travel too--although I can't always find them. :-(

      I really liked In Cold Blood. It read just like a novel--and I'm sure Capote embellished some, but it is worth reading.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I love the glasses bookmark! The one from your daughter is adorable. :)

    Of those books, I've only read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - which I did enjoy!

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    1. Shannon - Isn't that pretty? I was shopping for a bookmark for my daughter's birthday on Etsy one day and came across that one. I couldn't resist getting it for myself.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Those bookmarks look amazing. How awesome that your husband and daughter made those for you. Extra special!!
    I love my new Harry Potter bookmarks, but selfmade are even more beautiful. ;)
    I've definitely been wanting to read Kate Mosse's book for years. Still haven't gotten to it though.
    Thanks for joining My Favorite.. and sharing your favorite bookmarks.

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    1. Maureen - Yes, I will always treasure those. :-) I really handmade bookmarks. I have a few, and a couple that were personalized just for me. I love your Harry Potter bookmarks.

      I need to jump back into Mosse's books.

      Thanks for visiting, Maureen--and for hosting!

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  20. Great selection of books. I loved In Cold Blood and The Alchemist. Your bookmarks are cute too. I do have a favorite as well. It's a cross stitch Eeyore bookmark that one of my best friends made for me.

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    1. Suzanne - Thank you. I bet your Eeyore bookmark is precious! I love the handmade ones the best. Thank you for stopping by!

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  21. Great bookmarks! The Alchemist and The Thirteenth Tale were good reads!

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    1. Chrissy - Thank you! I really enjoyed them. Someday I would like to re-read The Thirteenth Tale. Thanks for visiting!

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  22. I love bookmarks and I have so many of them! I like to buy them on vacations, and then when I use them it reminds me of my trip -- I have national park ones, Chicago and NYC art museum ones, a volcano one from the Big Island, etc., etc. I also have some really cool Harry Potter bookmarks that I got at the last library where I worked -- those might actually be my favorites. I love that yours have sentimental value too! (P.S. I just read "The Thirteenth Tale" two years ago, but it's definitely one of my faves!)

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    1. Lindsay - I always have a hard time finding bookmarks while on vacation, but I do pick them up when I find them while traveling! I bet the Harry Potter ones are cool! I am glad you enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale too!

      Thanks for visiting, Lindsay!

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  23. Those are some cute bookmarks! <3
    And wow, you've been blogging since 2006? That's so cool, congrats!

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    1. Lindsey - Thank you! Yeah, I've been around a while-although it doesn't always feel like it. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  24. Love your bookmarks! I've read a couple on your list. I loved the Thirteenth Tale and Christie is one of my favorites too.

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    1. Carol - Thank you! You can't go wrong with Agatha Christie. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. That is so sweet that you have that bookmark from your husband from before you were married. I also don't use my bookmarks much because I almost exclusively read on my Kindle now.

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    1. Charlie - I have all the letters he's ever written to me too. :-) I do use the bookmark feature to mark certain pages in my e-books sometimes to go back to--does that count? LOL

      Thanks for visiting, Charlie!

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  26. Those bookmarks are so great!
    I have actually recently heard about The Historian and it has captured my attention a bit.

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    1. Annemieke - Thank you! I hope you do get a chance to read The Historian. I know some people thought it dragged on, but I just loved it. I was really caught up in its spell as I read. Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. To this day, I feel like I'm the only person in the world who didn't "get" The Alchemist. I was so glad it was such a short book. Use Mouse's bookmark for a little bit but don't use it too much - I so wish I'd taken better care of the ones my kids made!

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    1. Lisa - I don't think you are the only one who didn't care for The Alchemist. :-) It seems to be one of those books that often ends up on the overhyped list. I really enjoyed it though and feel like I read it at the right time in my life.

      I think I used Mouse's bookmark once. Now I keep it on display because I love it so much. :-)

      Thanks for visiting, Lisa!

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  28. I love the bookmarks! I think the only one there that I've read is In Cold Blood, which I'm sure I had to read in school but don't remember much about it to be quite honest.

    I am excited to see The Thirteenth Tale on your list. I have that on my TBR and want to read it this year.

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is another one that I've wanted to read! I think I even have the audiobook!

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    1. Darlene - Thank you! They are very special to me. Especially the top two. :-) I hope you get a chance to read The Thirteenth Tale soon. It's a good one! I love Lisa See's books, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is definitely one of my favorites. Her newest one though is up there too--The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  29. Oh I love to see bookmark collections! That one Mouse made for you is adorable! Thank you for sharing those with us :)

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    1. Iliana - I love that one. Her preschool teacher had a lot to do with it, of course, but I will always treasure it. :-) Thanks for visiting, Iliana!

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