"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday



This is my first time to join in the fun of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're asked to list ten favorite books featuring a setting of our choice. I choose IRELAND! 

In no particular order, here are 10 of my favorites:

1) Light a Penny Candle
2) Circle of Friends
3) The Copper Beech
4) Evening Class
5) Quentins
6) Tara Road
7) The Glass Lake
8) Scarlet Feather
9) Silver Wedding
10) Firefly Summer

All were written by the marvelous, Maeve Binchy, who passed away last year. We are so fortunate she became a writer, quite by accident! Click on the link above to learn more.  

If you've never read any of Ms. Binchy's novels, here's what you can expect:

*Getting involved in the characters' lives immediately.

*Devouring page after page until you can't see anything but blurry words and must stop reading for a while.

*Wishing you could crawl into a window seat, relax, read all day and night, and have someone bring you food and drink.


Visit The Broke and the Bookish for more Top Ten Tuesday posts, and to add your favorites, too. Just include the link to that particular post, not your entire blog link. 


Join in & happy reading!

35 comments:

  1. I think I've read every single one of those titles except Quentins. Circle of Friends was my first, and still favorite, novel by Maeve Binchy. Glad you joined in the TTT fun!

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    1. Hi JoAnn! I'm not sure which one I read first, and they all were quite a long time ago. This reminded me to get one of the books I haven't read yet! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. ohhhhhh thank you Becky! I need a good audio/read and the Ireland backdrop is perfect! You've also prompted me to finish GALWAY BAY. a great novel but once one of the characters died, I lost interest. Happy Tuesday Becky. xoxo

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    1. Hey Shannon! I'm so happy this post inspired you! You've made my day!

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  3. What a great list, Becky. I have read almost all of them. I really loved Penny Candle and Circle of Friends...did you see the movie?

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    1. Hi Bookie! Ya know, it's been such a long time since I've read any of them, I don't remember which ones I liked more than others! And yes, I saw the movie, Circle of Friends, and I was SO MAD because the totally changed the ending!!!!!

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  4. I have not read any Maeve Binchy but I like the idea of diving right into the characters lives. Great list, I'll have to check some of these out since I love an Irish setting :)

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    1. Hi Britt! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you do read at least one of Maeve's books!

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  5. Wouldn't it have been a crime if she (and we) hadn't discovered that she was a writer?

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    1. Hi EC! You are certainly correct on that!

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  6. i believe I've read all those.

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    1. Hi Delores! That's great! If you and I ever mentioned Maeve to each other, I don't remember...but so glad you've read them!

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  7. I think I read one of her books once. It was good! Great choices.

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    1. Hi Julie! It's been a LONG time since I read any of them. I have some of the hardcover ones in my book shelf. I might just begin to reread one of them!

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  8. I haven't read any of these. I'll have to check them out!

    My TTT.

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    1. Hi Jillyn! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! If I haven't been to your blog yet, I definitely will tomorrow!

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  9. As much as I read, I have never read one of her books. I will have to try one out. Happy to have found your blog. xo Laura

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    1. Hi Laura! Thanks much for stopping and commenting! I'm so happy you like my blog...and became my newest follower! I'll "officially" mention you in my next blog post! If I haven't been to your blog yet, I will tomorrow. (Sorry, but I've lost track!)

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    2. Oh, Laura...I just figured out how you came upon my blog! It was from Sandy's at Hob Nobbers! Thanks again for being so kind to leave a comment and be a follower!

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  10. I haven't read these before. I read mostly non fiction but you make these very enticing! You might have just helped me change my reading habits.

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    1. Hi Sandy! Oh yes, please do give one a try, and if you don't care for it....that's okay, too. There's plenty of books that are SO loved by friends or family, that I just don't like. It's all a matter of taste!

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  11. Those sound like some good ones. I'll have to check them out.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Hi Pat! Have you not read any of hers? I think you'd like them! Thanks for always stopping and commenting! I really need to do better about going to you blog!

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  12. Like you, I love all of her books, but especially the older ones. Some of the first ones that I read were A Circle of Friends, The Copper Beech and The Glass Lake. I can still remember who was in each book.

    Have a super week, Bec!

    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy! Those were some of the first ones I read, too! But unlike you, I don't remember much about them!! You have a great memory!

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  13. Sad to hear your favorite author passed away but glad she left behind so many books. Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

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    1. Hi BookCupid! Thank you for your kind words, and also for stopping by! :)

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  14. Top Ten Tuesdays are fun! I really should get back to doing them again. Ireland sounds like such a cool place, doesn't it? I've never been except through books. Great list :)

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    1. Hi Trish! Yes, start being a part of it again. I just hope I can keep up! I've never been to Ireland, either, but would love to travel all over Europe. There's SO many places I want to see! Yes, I do it through books, but also the travel guys on PBS! :)

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  15. Becky thanks for popping by and we shall see you next post. Don't worry replying to this as we won't see it but we shall look forward to more from you.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Hello Molly! Even though you said I didn't need to reply, I have to thank you for stopping and commenting! I'll see you next time!

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  16. Once again we are two of a kind. I've read and enjoyed them all!

    =)

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    1. I'm not surprised, Sue!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Welcome to TTT! I love books set in Ireland too because it's such a beautiful country and because it's where 75% of my heritage is from.

    And I'm so excited that you have Light a Penny Candle on your list. It's actually one of the things that inspired my parents to name me Ashling.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! :)

    Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

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    1. Hello Ashling! How wonderful to meet you! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and comment. AND I love it that you shared how your parents chose your name!! I enjoyed your blog, too, and I love those last three words "Anything but Arithmetic." That is SO me!! :)

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