Top Ten Tuesday | Most Read Book Reviews

January 24, 2017
Today is all about the do-whatever-list-you-want prompt. Or
as the originators of the Top Ten Tuesday meme like to dub it, the “Top Ten
Tuesday Freebie.”

Broke and Bookish January 24 | FREEBIE
— that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!
I struggled like nobody’s business to come up with a topic
for today. Why? Well, because apparently I was in a creative-mode-slump. Or
maybe I simply lack the imagination to come up with anything revolutionary. Or
maybe it has to do with my overthinking, “But that’s been done before!” (We are
our own worst critics, aren’t we!?)
This led to a myriad of possibilities. At first I was going
to feature contemporary romances. But much as I wanted to feature those with a
bit of a spin, I changed my mind. Then I got to wondering which of my book
reviews were among the most read.
This may seem like a “boring” gauge, but for me it was fun
because it allows me to revisit some books I might like to (someday) re-read, and put some books on the list that
aren’t normally featured. The only downside to this feature is the great
possibility these books boast cringe-worthy reviews. With bravery I shall
endeavor to push ahead.
While these may not be wholly accurate (because I put the
list together manually – what can I use as an analytic tool that will let me
sort my most read posts by label?), I do think they’re close enough.

1. A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert | There is
clearly a reason why this novel is at the top of my list. This story, likes its
title and its author’s prose, is beautiful in so many ways. Amazon | Goodreads
2. Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson | Aw, this is probably
one of my first book reviews ever. Because of this, I advise the following.
Skip the review (*realizes this list brings up old, badly written reviews*) and
go straight for reading the book.
Fans of this petite gymnast will enjoy reading this biography novel. Amazon |
3. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks | Despite my petty
complaints of Sparks’ novels (in general), I do enjoy reading them. This one is
no exception although overall, I like I like the film adaptation of this story
best. Amazon | Goodreads
4. Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade | If this novel were an
emoji, it’d be full of the heart-eyed smiley face. This book is made of swoons
and sweet kisses, and still it gives its reader a deep, impacting story. A
five-star stunner that is never going to lose its place on my shelf. Amazon | Goodreads 
5. Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter | Denise always
writes lovely contemporary romance, so go forth and read her novels. Amazon |
6. The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann | This marked the
first novel that I read by Kristen, but it wasn’t the last. From the leading
couple falling in love as marrieds to the emotional impact of the story, this
book is perfection. Amazon | Goodreads
7. Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck | Anyone who adores
contemporary fairy tales or fairy tales a-la Hallmark Channel’s branding should
be reading this book. It’s enchanting. Amazon | Goodreads 

8. It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren | A family saga that
spans six books, this is one of my favorites of the bunch. Amazon | Goodreads
9. Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren | The first book
in that family saga (see book numbered “9”), this sets the tone for what’s to
come in this contemporary series. Amazon | Goodreads
10. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks | And to end the list, we
have another novel by prolific author, Nicholas Sparks. This is actually one of
my favorite stories by him. But once
again, I think (overall), I prefer the film adaptation which stars Julianne
Hough and Josh Duhamel. Amazon | Goodreads
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That concludes another week of Top Ten Tuesday here on
Finding Wonderland. What did you all
spotlight with this week’s up-to-you-topic? Share your thoughts down below. I’d
love to chat all things books, or not books with you.

Thank you for visiting
Finding Wonderland


  • Jessica

    January 24, 2017 at 5:48 am

    What a great idea for a freebie topic! I don't post reviews on my blog, but now I'm wondering if there's an easy way to see which of my Goodreads reviews has the most likes…

    1. Rissi

      January 24, 2017 at 6:29 am

      There probably is, Jessica! Goodreads makes everything so easy! :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  • Mariela Silva

    January 24, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Lovely post as always!
    I am sad to say that I haven't read of heard about any of these books! With the exception of Nicholas Sparks , also I am not that much into contemporary romance so I do not look for those books, I go to a different genre. I only read them when I am in the mood for it and it doesn't happen often.
    My TTT,

    1. Rissi

      January 24, 2017 at 6:31 am

      Nothing wrong with this, Mariela. I often am in the minority when it comes to loving contemporary books – or that's been my experience in the blogging world. :)

      Thank you, as always, for being a reader and visitor. :)

  • Nicole’s Novel Reads

    January 24, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I haven't read too many Nicholas Sparks books but the ones I have read, I enjoyed. I am surprised at how many books he has now.

    1. Rissi

      January 24, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Right? He seems to have a new book every year, Nicole. Sometimes it's a bit overwhelming.

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  • Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads

    January 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Nicholas Sparks! Though I also have a few issues with his book, I do really enjoy them overall. Though I haven't read his latest few books yet… but The Lucky One and Safe Haven are some of my faves, with indeed great movie adaptations! And A Broken Kind of Beautiful does sound beautiful indeed :)

    1. Rissi

      January 24, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      I do too, Lindsey. I think his stories receive so much criticism because so many of his books follow the same patterns, but overall, they're "happy place" reading for me. Me too! Love 'Lucky' and Safe Haven. The last one I read by him was The Longest Ride, which I thought was really good. :)

      Enjoy 'Beautiful' if ever you read it. It's really good!

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

  • Greg

    January 24, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Great topic! I had trouble coming up with one too… I like what you did with this one, and it's fun to look back…

    1. Rissi

      January 24, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      It is fun to look back, Greg. So many memories and reactions of, "Yep, that's one of my early days reviews!" :D

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  • Lori

    January 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    This is a great topic! I haven't read any of these. I need to check your reviews out!

    1. Rissi

      January 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      It ended up being really fun, Lori. I wasn't sure which direction to go in, but am glad this is what I came up with. Read reviews with caution. *ahem* They're that bad. ;)

      Thanks so much for visiting, as always.

  • Amanda K Thompson

    January 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Oooh, I think this is really great topic idea! You should totally suggest Broke and Bookish adds it into the schedule!
    My TTT

    1. Rissi

      January 24, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Hi, Amanda. Thanks! I had LOTS of fun with this one despite the trouble coming up with a topic. :) Appreciate the encouragement, and for making Finding Wonderland one of your Top Ten Tuesday visits. :)

  • Rachel Hauck

    January 24, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Such a great list! :) Thanks for including me! And two of my good buddy's, Susan May Warren! She's the best!


    1. Rissi

      January 25, 2017 at 4:03 am

      Hi, Rachel. Thank you for these wonderful stories, and for stopping by. Susan May writes wonderful stories so I loved seeing hers appear in this subject too! :)

  • SweetMarie83

    January 25, 2017 at 12:22 am

    This is such a great idea for a topic! I haven't read any of these, but I've wondered about Safe Haven because I loved the movie.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT. I hope you're having a great week! :-)

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

    1. Rissi

      January 25, 2017 at 4:04 am

      Ooo, if you liked Safe Haven as a film, I think you'd like the book too, Marie. There are differences of course, but they're not bad. :)

      My pleasure. Thank you for dropping by Finding Wonderland.

  • Captivated Reader

    January 25, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Nice freebie topic this week!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

    1. Rissi

      January 25, 2017 at 4:06 am

      Thanks. Off to visit your Top Ten Tuesday. :)

      …appreciate you stopping by.

  • Ronyell (a.k.a. Rabbitearsblog)

    January 25, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Awesome list! I'll try to check out these reviews to see if these books are good!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

    1. Rissi

      January 25, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Hope you enjoy some of these if you have the chance to read them, Ronyell; they're all great stories in their own right. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

  • Bekah M.

    January 25, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I didn't know this week was a freebie and my first thought when I saw your topic was "GENIUS!!" Haha, not boring at all, Rissi!

    Um, before I comment on your awesome list…THAT HEADER! Oh my gosh, you are just so talented. It's so stunning! I adore the soft pink and blue glitter!!

    What you said about Meant to Be Mine is perfection! To this day, I still think about scenes in that book and smile. I also remember loving your reviews for the Denise Hunter and Susan May Warren books.

    Again, your posts are #goals. :P

    1. Rissi

      January 25, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Well… I wouldn't say not boring, but you know, it was a fun idea. Thanks so much for the kind words, Bekah. I really appreicate the encouragement, and support you've shown Finding Wonderland.

      …thanks! I wanted to do something Valentine's Day-ish, but though my #Olicity design had perhaps worn out its welcome. ;)

      YES! I'm so glad you too love Becky's novel. It's forever and always one of my favorites. One of the reasons I'm excited to discover her new book this year!

      As always, so glad you stopped in, friend.

  • Jamie

    January 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I'm glad I visited, because every single book on this list is new for me, and so are most of the authors! Great list, I'm excited to give a couple of these books a try.

    1. Rissi

      January 25, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      YAY! I'm glad you visited, too, Jamie – thank you. Visit anytime, and I do hope if you have a chance to read any of these, you enjoy them. Discovering new books is all a part of Top Ten Tuesday's fun. :)

  • Emma (emmalikesbooks)

    January 25, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I haven't read any of these, but I have seen Safe Haven and enjoyed it. Great idea for a TTT!

    1. Rissi

      January 25, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Hi, Emma. Cool! I hope if any of these sound interesting, you have a chance to read them. They're all great in their own way. Thanks for visiting. :)

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