Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue, Oh My! (Happy Independence Day!)

July 3, 2018 38 Comments

Hello, fellow Top Ten Tuesday participants. Welcome to another edition weekly TTT meme, this week it’s a “Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue” kind of edition. Happy Independence Day to everyone.

That Artsy Reader Girl July 3: Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers (In honor of the 4th of July in the USA. Choose covers with your own country’s colors if you prefer!)

Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue, Oh My! (Happy Independence Day!) Sharing some of the books on my shelf. © Rissi JC

The red, white and blue color combination ordinarily might not be my favorite if choice comes into play (like with design work or other artistic pursuits). But because of what it represents, and stands for, growing up, it has become one of my favorite combos to pair together. There’s just something about the deep sea hues of the blue, and rich shades of red against that stark white that looks beautiful together. Perhaps it’s that deep-seated patriotism in me, but whatever the case, I love those red, white and blue shades together.   

This is why today’s topic is all about having fun, and maybe featuring a few books from my shelf that are ordinarily overlooked. Because I’m basing the list off of three colors, below you’ll discover an array of genres and stories. Hopefully it’s a list that might even introduce you to some new possibilities or remind you of some old favorites.

(Also, the graphics are super simple today… because once again, last minute Top Ten Tuesday happenings are going on.)

Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue, Oh My! (Happy Independence Day!)

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1: Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond | This one is perfect for a twofold reason. One because it fits the topics color theme, and also because it’s about Lois Lane, the girlfriend of Superman who, we all know, is one of America’s noblest heroes. Amazon | Goodreads

2: Velvet Undercover by Terri Brown | Though it’s been a while, I remember really liking this espionage YA thriller. Two additional reasons I liked this novel stems from it being a YA historical (which seem rare) and the sense of fighting for the good of country. Amazon | Goodreads

3: All Fall Down by Ally Carter | Though the front cover of this one isn’t strictly “red, white and blue,” the spine is blue and underneath, the book is a beautiful shade of blue with bright foil lettering up the side. Ergo, it’s the perfect fit for today’s list. Amazon | Goodreads

4: Crossed and Reached by Ally Condie | These ombre cover designs in blue and red are patriotic perfection! Don’t they look perfect with today’s theme? Crossed on Amazon | Goodreads · Reached on Amazon | Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday | Red, White and Blue, Oh My! (Happy Independence Day!) Sharing some of the books on my shelf. © Rissi JC

5: Moving Target and Without Warning by Lynette Eason | Another perfect series color concept for today’s theme. Basically, this entire cover concept – red, white and blue or not, is perfection. Oh, and it features fierce leading ladies. Moving Target on Amazon | Goodreads · Without Warning on Amazon | Goodreads

6: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn | A fairy tale re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, this is one of Alex Flinn’s novels I have not read. But as I’ve enjoyed what I did read by this author, I have a good feeling this too would be entertaining – and with its vibrant red coloring, it fits today’s theme wonderfully. Amazon | Goodreads

7: An Uncertain Heart and For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund | These YA historical novels are ideal for anyone who wants a sweet, and wholesome historical novel. Rich in period setting, Jody writes easy to like characters and a story that flows wonderfully. An Uncertain Heart on Amazon | Goodreads · For Love and Honor on Amazon | Goodreads

8: Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig | Adding a novel by Ronie Kendig to this list is a must. Military theme fiction doesn’t come more patriotic – or pulse pounding, than a novel penned by this author. Plus, this cover fit right in with its red crackle overlay and bold red text. AmazonGoodreads

Top Ten Tuesday Red, White and Blue, Oh My! (Happy Independence Day!) Sharing some of the books on my shelf. © Rissi JC

9: Collide by Michelle Madow | This time-travel novel has been on my shelf for way too long. It sounds as if it has reflections of Michelle’s ‘Timeless’ series, so here’s hoping I discover this novel soon. Amazon | Goodreads

10: Dead Drift and Submerged by Dani Pettrey | Anything by Dani is a must on my list. I’ve read Submerged (STILL LOVE IT!), and am now excited about reading her newest novel, Dead Drift. Dead Drift on Amazon | Goodreads ᐧ Submerged on Amazon | Goodreads

11: The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin | I couldn’t not add a novel by this talented author. Her books are fantastic studies in how to write a compelling historical novel – even in a setting that might not ordinarily have any joy. Amazon | Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White and Blue, Oh My! (Happy Independence Day!) Sharing some of the books on my shelf. © Rissi JC

12: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West | Neglecting to add this one was non negotiable. I mean, seriously! Could a cover be any cuter!? It screams “summer vibes”! Amazon | Goodreads

That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday: red, white and blue! What colors or types of books did you feature today? Did you spotlight patriotic books in this ‘top ten Tuesday red, white and blue’ topic or go in a totally different direction? Share all your thoughts down below. If you joined today’s meme, make sure and leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below so I can visit – or simply introduce your blog. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces.    

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  • ChrissiReads July 3, 2018 at 4:27 AM

    Your photos of the books are stunning, Rissi! I really enjoyed looking at your list. My TTT

    • Rissi July 3, 2018 at 5:06 AM

      Thanks, Chrissi. I didn't "fancy" them this week – because LAST MINUTE!! – but at least I'd already snapped these. :D

      Glad you stopped by.

  • Annemieke July 3, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    Such lovely photos. I haven't read any of these books. :)

    • Rissi July 3, 2018 at 5:06 AM

      If you do read them, I hope you enjoy – and thanks SO much for stopping by. :)

  • Greg July 3, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    I like Crossed and Reached a lot- the covers for that series have always appealed to me, they just look so cool.

    • Rissi July 3, 2018 at 1:33 PM

      They do look cool, Greg. I love that they tell a story. Thanks for visiting. :)

  • Brittaney July 3, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    I can't believe I forgot to add a Ronie Kendig novel to my list this week. It's such a perfect choice!

    • Rissi July 3, 2018 at 1:35 PM

      I agree. Her books are the most perfect for for this topic. I'm surprised I remembered given how often I neglect adding certain books to these lists! :)

      Thanks for visiting. ☺

  • Shooting Stars Mag July 3, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    I haven't read any of these! Nice choices though – thanks so much for sharing.


    • Rissi July 3, 2018 at 1:36 PM

      Thank you for visiting, Lauren. ☺

  • Poinsettia July 3, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    Nice list! I haven't read any of these, but A Kiss in Time sounds really good! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Rissi July 3, 2018 at 1:38 PM

      I have really enjoyed the books I've read by Alex so far. Hoping I also enjoy this one. Thanks for visiting . ☺

  • Jess @ Jessticulates July 3, 2018 at 11:56 AM

    Great list! I couldn't get into Ally Condie's books, but those spines are lovely.

    • Rissi July 3, 2018 at 1:39 PM

      Nothing wrong with this, Jess. I agree. The ombre effe ct of Ally's books is so cool. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

  • IloveHeartlandX July 3, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    I had red, white and blue as well, because I'm British and we have the same colours in our flag, but no, the books I chose weren't patriotic.
    My TTT:

    • Rissi July 3, 2018 at 1:41 PM

      Fun!! I look forward to seeing your list, Jo. Appreciate you stopping by. :)

  • Victoria @ Rocky Reads July 3, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Great list! I love Kasie West covers! They're always super cute!!

    My TTT:

    • Rissi July 3, 2018 at 1:42 PM

      Me too, Victoria. This series from Scholastic (by Kasie) are A+ adorable. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

  • Captivated Reader July 3, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Well done post for this week's TTT theme!

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

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 2:18 AM

      Thanks so much! It was fun. Appreciate you visiting. :)

  • Tóth Viktória July 3, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    A great list! And I love how you use your own photoes to display your choices.

    My list:

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 2:19 AM

      Thanks! It's always fun to mix things up when it comes to design/format. :)

      Glad you were able to visit.

  • Brooke Lorren July 3, 2018 at 7:46 PM

    I haven't read any of those books yet, but I like your photos. Happy Independence Day!

    I wrote about Independence Day Reads:

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 2:20 AM

      Thanks so much, Brooke! It's always fun to use photos rather than the cover image. :)

      Happy (belated) Independence day to you as well. I look forward to visiting your blog; thanks for making time for Finding Wonderland.

  • Tracy July 3, 2018 at 8:49 PM

    Beautiful books! I don't think I've read any of them! The Matched trilogy is forever on my list though!

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 2:21 AM

      Right? That Matched series has been on my shelf for WAY too long – probably since the beginning of my adult book collecting spree! :)

      Thanks for visiting, Tracy.

  • Alicia AKernelofNonsense July 3, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    Yes, Listen to Your Heart screams summer. I need to get to it soon.

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 2:33 AM

      Right? It has that vibe down perfectly. I hope to read this one SO soon!! :)

      Glad to see you over here, Alicia. Thanks!

  • AJ Sterkel July 3, 2018 at 11:24 PM

    I love that you took photos! They’re so pretty!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 3:00 AM

      Thanks so much, AJ! Glad you were able to visit. :)

  • Abby Miller July 4, 2018 at 12:25 AM

    These spines are so pleasing to the eye. Great picks!

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 3:03 AM

      Thanks, Abby! And thank you for visiting. :)

  • Loretta July 5, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    I've actually never read any of these books, but I love seeing all the red, white, and blue covers. I even just added some to my tbr, like A Kiss in Time. I love fairy tale retellings! It's so great that we got to show off so many different genres this week!!

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 3:04 AM

      I agree! Love showing off all the different genres – makes it so there's (hopefully!) something for everyone.

      Ooo! Hope you enjoy A Kiss In Time. I haven't read that one, but I have liked what I did read by Alex.

      Appreciate you visiting, Loretta. Thank you.

  • Calvin F. July 6, 2018 at 3:49 AM

    Listen to your heart caught my eye.. I haven't heard of the books on this list. Hope everyone had a safe fourth of july last night

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 3:04 AM

      Kasie's books are adorable, Calvin. Hope if you read it, you enjoy. Thanks for visiting! :)

  • Amanda Holmes July 9, 2018 at 3:39 AM

    I look forward to picking up Listen to Your Heart, as it looks super cute!
    Great list! I love that you have Sarah, Judy, and Lynette on your list.;)

    • Rissi July 10, 2018 at 3:12 AM

      Right? But then we shouldn't be surprised seeing as it's a Kasie West novel, right!? :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Amanda.

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