Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Cover Love

For Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, today is a Holiday/Seasonal topic featuring snowy, wintery, cozy cover scenes. I scanned the backlist of several authors we’ve featured here on Diversity Between the Pages to bring you a Wintery Cover Collage.

Don’t those covers make you want to curl up with a good book? Do you have a book with a favorite winter/Christmas scene? Visit That Artsy Reader Girl to join the conversation!

Top Ten Non-Bookish Hobbies

Here at Diversity Between the Pages, we love books. We love reading books, talking about books, writing books, buying books, anything involving books. However, today’s Top-Ten prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl asks about our non-bookish hobbies.

To help you get to know us better, I asked the contributors to Diversity Between the Pages what their hobbies are. You know, the ones that don’t involve books.

“I don’t understand the question.”

~ Diversity Between the Pages Contributor

Like I said, we all love books and many of us love books so much they are even a part of our careers. So it took some thinking on our part to come up with non-bookish hobbies that aren’t only ones our favorite characters happen to enjoy.

Here are our top ten answers:

  1. Crafting. The variety is endless: sewing, quilting, hand-embroidery, knitting, crocheting, making earrings
  2. Cooking/Baking. Personally, my creative side often emerges in the kitchen.
  3. Walking Outside. With the dog.
  4. Photography.
  5. Playing video, tablet, or phone games.
  6. Gardening.
  7. Watching Movies.
  8. Puzzles.
  9. Visiting historic homes/museums/botanical gardens/parks.
  10. Researching family genealogy.

And, of course, consuming our preferred brand of coffee, tea, or other such beverage.

Tell us below – What are your favorite non-bookish hobbies?

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Top Ten Tuesday: A Baker’s Color Palette of Titles

Happy Tuesday! Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is books with colors in the titles. Let me tell you, this post was not as easy as I initially thought it would be. Fortunately, Toni Shiloh suggested that I used color words that might be found on a baker’s color palette – which opened up enough opportunity for me to build this post. Thanks, Toni!

All books listed are written by diverse authors
Linked to goodreads page or feature on this blog

wish upon a strawberry shortcake  raspberrykisses  lemonfilleddisaster

tea & cream debbie  molasses  coffee and kisses

a spoonful of spice  CinnamonKisses_ChristmasNovella-683x1024  sugarandspice

caramel kisses  coconut tsunami  shadesofchocolate

Are you hungry for baked goods now? Because I am!

Can you think of any other books by diverse authors that would fit this theme?
Are there any new-to-you authors in this list?

 

Books That Make Me Smile

Happy Tuesday! For this Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, I have compiled a list of 10 books that make me smile.

The Truth About Fame by Toni Shiloh. I love her chick flick series and enjoy reading about Holiday, Tori, and Octavia.

An Uncommon Beauty by Kari Trumbo. I read a sample of this book and have read it.

Drums of Changes by Janette Oke. I loved reading Jeanette Oke’s books, including Drums of Change, when I was a child. 

Tropical Kiss and Tell by Liwen Y Ho. It’s a cute story about the guy falling in love with the girl next door. 

Deadly Connection by Lenora Worth. Belle Montera’s 4 legged partner is adorable. 

The Practice of Prying by Christy Barritt. Elliot Ransom, who works for a PI firm, is always getting into something when she investigates. Wonder what she’s going to get herself into next?

 A Handful of Hope by Elizabeth Maddrey. The couple on the cover looks adorable and David kissing Jen is sweet.

Deadly Isle by Dani Pettrey. The cover grabbed my attention, and I was drawn into the story immediately. 

Sushi for One by Camy Tang. I love eating sushi so this book appealed to me or my love for sushi.

An Informal Date by Heather Gray. I got hooked onto her Informal Romance books on Kindle Unlimited, and I love coffee (okay, I’m more of a frappuccino person).

Have you read any of these books? What books make you smile?


Post by Contributor Allyson

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to my To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is turning 10! This week’s topic is any past topic, so I chose Most Recent Additions to my To-Be-Read List.

As an avid reader, I am always adding new titles to my TBR list. Sometimes I choose a book because I’ve heard a lot about it. sometimes because it’s by a favorite author. And other times because I simply intrigued. In light of recent events in the United States, several authors, publishers, and bookstores have provided lists of Authors of Color and specifically Black Authors. What a treasure trove! And what an opportunity to support these writers! I scoured these lists looking for new-to-me authors, especially in genres I particularly enjoy. Here’s a sampling of the books I’m excited about:

Novella Collections

I love short stories and novellas. It’s a wonderful way to be introduced to a variety of new authors, many of whom also have full length novels. One of my favorite short story series is the Novella Collections produced by Barbour Publishing. These three novellas are at the top of my TBR List.

1. The Bakery Bride by Cecelia Dowdy in The Underground Railroad Brides

2. Lessons of the Heart by Terri J. Haynes in A Teacher’s Heart

3. The Elusive Heiress by Noelle Marchand in The Runaway Brides

Historical Romance

If you hadn’t noticed from my choice of novellas, I love history, which makes Historical Romance one of my most loved genres. Here are several books I’ve added to my TBR List.

4. The Preacher’s Promise (Home to Milford College, #1) by Piper Huguley

5. A Quiet Strength (Salis House Plantation, #1) by Embassie Susberry

6. An Agent for Arielle (The Pinkerton Matchmaker, #12) by Parker J. Cole

Contemporary Romance

Since history is not always everyone’s favorite, it’s hard to beat a sweet contemporary romance as the perfect, relaxing read. Here are two that caught my attention to add to my TBR List.

7. Love in Pictures by Alexis A. Goring

8. Kiss and ‘Telle? by Nadine C. Keels

Christmas

Christmas is my favorite holiday and I especially love Christmas stories. Here’s one I added to my TBR list.

9. Deck the Shelves (Heartfalls #1) Toni Shiloh

Children’s

All the authors thus far are new-to-me authors, so I saved this final addition to my TBR List for someone who is not a new-to-me author. In fact, she is a friend of mine and one of the most amazing women I know. Her children’s book Different Like Me releases in August and it is at the top of my list to buy for my two kiddos. I cannot wait to read it.

10. Different Like Me (August 4, 2020) Xochitl Dixon

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Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Authors We’d Invite to Our Bookish Party

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘authors I’d have at my bookish party’. So I (Carrie) polled the other bloggers who contribute here at Diversity Between the Pages and asked them, “Which diverse author(s) would you invite?”

Here’s our invite list!


TONI SHILOH

I’m pretty sure ALL of us would invite Toni. As Nicole said, “…she is just awesome, and I love her books.” Me too, Nicole! Toni Shiloh can’t write a bad book, and she is indeed awesome!

toni-1-683x1024  the trouble with love

Website | Facebook


NADINE KEELS

Nicole also wanted to invite Nadine (totally allowed! the more the merrier!) and said, “She posts the most insightful comments in the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction FB Group and she would be the perfect person to have a great bookish discussion with.”

nadine keels  the movement of crowns

Website | Facebook


PIPER HUGULEY & VANESSA RILEY

Toni wants to invite these two diverse authors because “They’re always cooking so we could eat and talk books.” I’m thinking, most definitely yes & can they be in charge of the snacks?

Piper Huguley  thepreacherspromise

Website | Facebook

NEW foto of Vanessa Riley  TheBittersweetBride_1600

Website | Facebook


CAMY TANG

Allyson suggested Camy Tang, and I have to confess she stole one of the people on MY invite list haha! Everything I’ve read by Camy Tang has convinced me that we should be besties – her books are awesome & she seems like a lot of fun!

camy tang 2  weddings and wasabi

Website | Facebook


NOELLE MARCHAND

Beth was quick to invite Noelle Marchand because she really wants to read more of her books. I concur because I’ve had Noelle on my TBR list for a long time and, besides, her bio says that she used to spend hours reading beneath the covers when she was supposed to be asleep as a child. So you know she’s our kinda gal!

noelle marchand 2  beyond the tide

Website | Facebook


JOY MASSENBURGE

Beth also wanted to invite Joy Massenburge & said, “I’ve not read her books yet but she is a ray of sunshine in person!” Once again, I completely agree with Beth (story of my life haha)

joy massenburge  aheartsurrendered

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LIWEN Y. HO

Liwen is first on my own guest list – I’ve loved each book of hers that I’ve read and she seems like a hilarious and warm person in real life!

liwenho  tropical kiss and tell

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ROSE FRESQUEZ

I’ve had the privilege of chatting with Rose a few times and she is such a sweet prayer warrior. I definitely want her at any party I host – bookish or otherwise!

rose fresquez twitter  choices rose fresquez

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TESSA AFSHAR

Tessa Afshar is one of my fave authors – and I want to invite because she has such an intriguing faith story & I’d love to sit down and chat about it. I’m also really hoping she brings some delicious Persian food with her to the party, like my personal faves of ‘bottom of the pot’ and chicken & berries (I’ve been taught the Persian names for these soooooooooooooo yummy dishes but I couldn’t begin to spell them LOL)

tessa afshar  land of silence

Website | Facebook


BELLE CALHOUNE

And as a bonus guest, I’m totally inviting Belle Calhoune because a) she is such a prolific author and b) she has had a movie made based on one of her books and I think both of those things make great party conversation!

belle calhoune  analaskantwinsurprise

Website | Facebook


We also mentioned some ‘vanilla’ authors who write beautifully diverse characters in their stories.

  • Beth wants to invite Lori Benton & April Gardner
  • Beckie wants to invite Kathi Macias
  • Jessica wants to invite Misty M. Beller
  • I would add Stephenia H. McGee & Ruth Logan Herne – and I wholeheartedly agree with the other 4 as well 🙂

What about you?
Which of these authors have you read?
Which authors would you invite to your bookish party?

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Books I Wish I’d Read As A Child

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘books I wish I’d read as a child’. The books I’ve included on today’s list may be books I’ve read as an adult (but wish I could have read when I was a kid) or books I still haven’t read yet.

BOOKS I’VE READ AS AN ADULT & LOVED

Book cover, When God Made You  when god made light

chicken sunday  the league and the lantern

everybody cooks rice

BOOKS I STILL NEED TO READ

the name jar roll of thunder hear my cry time for bed miyuki

laundry day  aunt harriet's underground railroad in the sky


What about you? What are some books you wish you’d read as a child?

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Book Titles That Would Make Great Band Names

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘book titles that would make great band names’ so I went hunting in my diverse fiction TBR for some ideas!

long walk home  soulscry

Long Walk Home – folk band
Soul’s Cry – dystopian rock band

collisionoflies   sushi for one

Collision of Lies – alternative grunge band
Sushi for One – new wave pop band

theswitch   firethorn

The Switch – boy band
Firethorn – speed metal band

RelentlessHeart_BookCover  saltybittersweet

Relentless Heart – soft rock band
Salty Bitter Sweet – acapella cover band

Lost Down Deep front cover  alongtimecoming

Lost Down Deep – post grunge band
A Long Time Comin’ – Nashville sound country band


What do you think?
What are some other diverse fiction titles that would make great band names?
Have you read any of these books yet?

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Romantic Suspense Reads

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a genre-related freebie so I thought I’d take a look at some diverse reads in my fave genre – romantic suspense!!


beneath a navajo moon

Beneath a Navajo Moon by Lisa Carter
Goodreads |Amazon

a bond fulfilled

A Bond Fulfilled by Lee Tobin McClain
Goodreads |Amazon

brett billionaire bodyguard

Brett, Billionaire Bodyguard by Verde & Macarthur
Goodreads |Amazon

captured

Captured by Terri J. Haynes
Goodreads |Amazon

frost heaves

Frost Heaves by Alana Terry
Goodreads |Amazon

narrow escape

Narrow Escape by Camy Tang
Goodreads |Amazon

pursued rodante

Pursued by Linda K. Rodante
Goodreads |Amazon

red ohagwu

Red by Joy Ohagwu
Goodreads |Amazon

Safe Harbor by Christy Barritt

Safe Harbor by Christy Barritt
Goodreads |Amazon

tellyousoon

Tell You Soon by Jan Thompson
Goodreads |Amazon


 

Have you read any of these diverse romantic suspense novels?
Do you have some faves you would add to the list?