Books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

These are books I read in 2018 that are favorites and have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. Links are either to a review on my blog or to Goodreads if I haven’t reviewed the book.


Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong (395 ratings)

Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern (323 ratings)

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullett (764 ratings)

A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier (405 ratings)

The Clincher by Lisa Preston (22 ratings)

Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait (406 ratings)


Between Jobs by W.R. Gingell (224 ratings)

Stray Magic by Kate Meding (217 ratings)

Science Fiction

Confluence by S.K. Dunstall (852 ratings)

Telepath by Janet Edwards (294 ratings)


What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard (688 ratings)


Have you read any of these books?


Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge


Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge

Hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I plan to take part in this month-long challenge. I have plenty of TBR books to choose from so I won’t have any problem choosing books! I have created a list for myself of possible books to read during the month. I have several books on hold at the library which I know will finally come to the library for me so that may keep me from reading as many books as I would otherwise.

I have also created a Take Control Shelf on Goodreads to add the books which I read during March which meet the criteria for this challenge. Kimberly is already a friend on Goodreads. I will also write at least a mini review on Goodreads for my books.

I think this will be a fun challenge and help me concentrate on my TBR books. I hope others will go to Kimberly’s blog @ Caffeinated Reviewer and decide to participate, too. You have to sign-up by Friday, March 2.


I want to try to read at least 8 TBR books in March.

Keep track of my books on a Take Control Shelf on Goodreads.

Write mini reviews on Goodreads for the books and then link to the Rafflecopter.

I hope to take part in the Twitter Party on March 11.



  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link a shelf entitled Take Control 2018 from your Goodreads account. It is a good idea to friend me if your shelves are private.
  • Create a Goals/Updates/Results post (can be combined) It can also be a shelf created on Goodreads. Be sure to friend me, so I can see it. Friend me: Kimberly
  • Begins midnight March 1st, 2018 and ends March 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm.
  • Read/listen to books from your TBR pile.
  • ALL books/audios must have been published before March 1,  2018. I don’t care where you got them, so old ARCS count.
  • Post a review to Goodreads, or your blog then add the URL link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. ( These can be a mini review. Just one or two sentences)
  • You can combine events, challenges etc.
  • Page count must be over 100 pages to qualify.
  • The rafflecopter will only allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.
  • Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR
  • Twitter Party March 11th @ 2:30 pm (CST)  Come chat about books you have read and win prizes.
  • Earn extra entries for participating in the Twitter Party
  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2018, at midnight and a winner will be chosen within 72 hours. Open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to you. Prize: New 2018 release valued at up to 20 US dollars or 1 Audiobook Credit from I will do pre-orders as well. (may request eBook copy from Amazon or B&N)

Sunday Post–March 31

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Last Week

Around my house
We had a little snow on Monday (second consecutive Monday!), but the daffodils two of my sisters-in-law helped me plant last fall are finally coming up! I love daffodils and the deer leave them alone. Next week we may finally get some warmer weather. Our oldest daughter (who lives in North Carolina right now) came for a visit this weekend. It’s so good to see her!

Posts on my blog
Top Ten Tuesday–Books I Recommend to Friends

Review: The Girl With the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir

Books read
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

The Girl With the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir (reviewed…see link above)

Find Me When the Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen (review pending)

News around the web
Amazon is buying Goodreads. Dear Author posted news about this on Friday in their Friday News. Jane has a good analysis which I found interesting. I am not on Goodreads right now and haven’t used it too much, but have been thinking of setting up an account. I don’t know how this will change Goodreads, but I imagine a lot of users of Goodreads won’t be happy.

Full disclosure here: I buy most of my ebooks at Amazon and read them on my Kindle or Kindle Fire. I buy lots of other things at Amazon, too, and am an Amazon Prime member. In short, I like Amazon a lot.

New Book Covers I noticed for the first time! These may have been revealed awhile ago, because I don’t always pay attention to covers!

Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster. This is the second book in the London Steampunk series. It is out in May. I read the first book Kiss of Steel in January and hope to review it soon.

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch. Book 4 of The Rivers of London series. This is the British cover. I like how it uses the back cover of the book. So far I don’t see this book scheduled for publication in the U.S.:(

I like the covers in this series. The first two in the U.S. were different from the British covers, but we finally got the same cover as the British in Book 3, so I hope we get this cover, too. I also hope we get a publication date soon!

Books (actually ebooks!) bought
These were all ebooks on sale or self-published and under $4.00 (at least at Amazon). These are all new authors to me and I don’t know a great deal about them except the blurbs that I read. That made them interesting enough to me to buy them.

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Monster in My Closet (Monster Haven story) by R. L. Naquin

The Scrapyard Incident (Scrapyard Dogs) by Phillip Nolte

Next Week

What’s going on in my life
We are driving to Iowa to visit my father-in-law. Our younger daughter who lives in Wisconsin is going to come visit so we will see her, too. We plan to see friends on the way back and a sister-in-law in Chicago. I will have to see how much I get done on the blog.

Blog posts planned
–Books in April

–Book Review