A 6 Novel Party of the Red, White and Blue | Top Ten Tuesday

July 1, 2019 36 Comments

HAPPY JULY, everyone. Hope the start to this new month is off to a great start; and you’re enjoying much cooler weather than I am. Top Then Tuesday July 2 asks us to take a little trip down nostalgia’s lane.

That Artsy Reader Girl | July 2: Childhood Favorites

A 6 Novel Party of the Red, White and Blue | Top Ten Tuesday July 2. Talking about some red, white and blue cover designs + a few childhood favorites.

I like this topic. A lot, but I really don’t know that I remember my childhood favorites enough to make a coherent list. Plus, I feel like I’ve made this list recently(ish). So, since it’s nearly Independence Day in the U S of A, I decided to do something a tiny bit different. (But sort of go on topic, too.)

Today, I’m really breaking the rules by sharing some books with cover art in the red, white and blue colors. But then, I’m also going to share a few of my childhood favorites… which means a few that I still own. Because, let’s get nostalgic, right!?

Here we go. Let’s get to listing.

Top Ten Tuesday July 2

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A Trip Down Memory Lane: Childhood Favorites

1: American Girl | These were a huge part of my childhood. Needless to say, I still own all the books even those that were under the Pleasant Company branding. Today’s feature is from the Molly book series (era aka the colors) because I’m a bit OCD like that. Amazon [Meet Molly] | Goodreads

2: Berenstain Bears | I don’t remember my at-the-time readings of this, but I have several of these, and really enjoyed them. Confession: Sometimes I still page through my oldie copies (which are quite worn out). Because, yes, I’m an adult. Amazon [‘Messy Room’] | Goodreads

3: Carl’s Afternoon in the Park | I don’t have specific memories about these books, but I know I looked at them quite a lot. Amazon

A 6 Novel Party of the Red, White and Blue | Top Ten Tuesday July 2. Talking about some red, white and blue cover designs + a few childhood favorites.

4: The Poky Little Puppy | I’ve been told this one is a favorite. Amazon

A 7 Novel Party of the Red, White and Blue

1: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett | Red and white, plus it’s one I’m super curious about; seems a good enough reason to include on this list. Amazon | Goodreads

2: Fireworks by Katie Catugno | OK, so this one is a tiny bit of a stretch since it doesn’t have “traditional” red and blue on it, but I mean, I had to use it; it’s titled Fireworks! Amazon | Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday July 2

3: Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason | With its blue-based design, and a plot about a law enforcement family, using this one was a no-brainer. Amazon | Goodreads

4: True Devotion by Dee Henderson | Military characters, and red, white and blue cover design? (Plus an excellent story inside.) This one is the perfect match. Amazon | Goodreads

5: Geek Girl: Picture Perfect by Holly Smale | This may have a patriotic cover art, but it also fits because its about Harriet (our titular “geek girl”) coming to live in NYC for a short while. Amazon | Goodreads

A 6 Novel Party of the Red, White and Blue | Top Ten Tuesday July 2. Talking about some red, white and blue cover designs + a few childhood favorites.

6: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart | This book has been on my shelf for way too long. Why I haven’t read it yet is beyond me. It looks like a cracker-jack of a good time. Amazon | Goodreads


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  • Greg July 1, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Oh I like that Fireworks cover- perfect for 4th of July (and I read my first Cotugno book a while back and loved it, just as an aside haha)! And Berenstain Bears are awesome.

    The American Girl books are pretty awesome too. the Kit Kittredge movie is a big hit around our house!

    • Rissi JC July 1, 2019 at 11:37 PM

      Right!? I just *had* to include that one even if it isn’t the same kind of “red, white and blue” as the others. :) Cool. So glad to know you liked the book you read by Katie!

      I loved the “Kit” movie even though by the time it released, I was no longer its target age group. It was all about the nostalgia. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Greg!

  • Kay @hammockofbooks July 2, 2019 at 12:38 AM
    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 11:58 AM

      Same. They were all about my childhood reading days. :) Thanks for the visit, Kay.

  • Mari @ Musings of a (Book) Girl July 2, 2019 at 12:50 AM

    The American Girl books were my life. Kit was my absolute favorite with Molly being a very close second. I always wanted one of the dolls, but never got one.

    Mari @ Musings of a (Book) Girl recently posted: Ten of My Favorite Childhood Books
    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 11:59 AM

      OHMYGOSH! SAME. Kit was my favorite in later years, but I think my first stories were probably Samantha. Or maybe Molly. I cannot remember. It’s never too late to add a doll to your shelf. At least I don’t think so; it’s about that sense of nostalgia. :) Thanks for visiting, Mari!!

  • Chrissi Reads July 2, 2019 at 1:11 AM

    I love what you’ve done with the list this week! Very creative.

    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 12:04 PM

      Thanks, Chrissi. :) Appreciate you stopping by, as always.

  • Melanie Parker July 2, 2019 at 1:52 AM

    Berenstain Bears were the best. I still go through some of my old children’s books too. Gives me so much nostalgia.

    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 12:05 PM

      Right? I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this, Melanie. Sometimes nostalgia is a good thing. :) Thanks for the visit.

  • RS July 2, 2019 at 3:19 AM

    Awww, Carl the Good Good Dog. I liked those books, and my dad was SO enchanted by the illustrations for years that that’s how we ended up adopting a Rottweiler from the shelter as our first dog (she was. uh. not nearly so child-friendly, so we couldn’t keep her. but she did get rehomed).

    Loved the American Girl books too. I started with Samantha, and when I was 9 I got to take a summer enrichment class that was themed around her books. We visited a historic mansion and did all kinds of awesome Victorian girl activities, which pretty much cemented her as my favorite despite her egregious lack of a horse.

    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 12:16 PM

      Aren’t the illustrations pretty? I don’t have the best of memories of the books, but I do think I read/looked at them A LOT as a kid. Years ago, we had Rottweiler’s for several years, but haven’t had ours for years. (Well one was a dog my dad’s family had before I was even born.) They were all good dogs though, and I’m glad yours found a good home. :)

      SO fun!! I love your AG memories. Samantha MAY have been the first doll/stories I had/read, but I’m not sure. My grandmother got me started on them, and I still enjoy looking at the newbie stuff, although it’s changed SO much since these oldie days. Thanks so much for visiting!! Glad you stopped by. :)

  • Lydia July 2, 2019 at 5:38 AM

    I like your twist on this week’s prompt. Good job on it.

    My TTT.

    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 12:16 PM

      Thank you, Lydia – and for stopping by. :)

  • Poinsettia July 2, 2019 at 8:19 AM

    I loved the American Girl series. They made my list too. I only recently parted with them to give to a friend’s daughter. The Poky Little Puppy is so cute! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 12:18 PM

      Neat! I haven’t been able to part with mine yet. I’ve unhauled LOTS of books though, but so far… I can’t give those up. They were my childhood. :) It’s always nice to know someone else can enjoy the stories though. I think if I got rid of mine, I’d want to pass them onto someone I knew in the hopes I’d know they would enjoy the stories. :) Thanks so much for visiting!

  • Candyce @ The Book Dutchesses July 2, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    I love seeing the Berenstain Bears everywhere <3
    Also, I really wish I know about the American Girl books when I was younger, because I loved the dolls.

    Candyce @ The Book Dutchesses recently posted: TTT #86| Childhood Favorites
    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 12:19 PM

      Me too, Candyce. They’re the best. :) Aww, you would have loved the AG books then. I too loved dolls as a kid, and still own mine. Thanks so much for visiting!!

  • Jess @ Jessticulates July 2, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Great list! Girl Waits with Gun is one I really want to check out. =)

    Jess @ Jessticulates recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday | The best books of 2019 (so far!)
    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 12:24 PM

      YAY! Hope we both enjoy ‘Girl Waits,’ Jess. :) Thanks for visiting.

  • Anne@HeadFullofBooks July 2, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    You are so clever with your graphics. It would take me weeks to do something like this. Fun list of books, too. My Childhood favorites

    • Rissi JC July 2, 2019 at 12:31 PM

      Aww, thank you, Anne. I do have WAY too much fun with these. Someday I plan to be ahead of the game with 2-4 weeks of pre-planned Top 10 memes. Or that’s the blogger dream (that likely won’t be accomplished). ;) Appreciate you stopped by and your kind words.

  • Steph@paigesofbooks July 2, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    I loved Meet Molly and the Bernstein Bears when I was a kid! Great list.

  • Roberta July 2, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    It is cool that you still have some of your childhood books. I remember the cover of Poky Little Puppy, but nothing about it it.

    Fun theme!

  • Tressa @ Wishful Endings July 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Super fun, Rissi! I always love your creativity! Your first two picks I read a lot as a child and I need to read some of your red, white, and blue picks too. :)

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings recently posted: Top Ten Childhood Favorites (Top Ten Tuesday) #TTT
  • Chanel M. July 2, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    I like your cover art choices – The Berenstain Bears always make me nostalgic. Oath of Honor is another book choice I enjoyed; such a good read!

    I really enjoy theme reading, so I was thinking about reading The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck this week because I’ve been told it has patriotic vibes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads July 2, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Poky Little Puppy and The Berenstain Bears were my favorites. I love your list!

    Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites
  • Brittaney B July 2, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Ahhh, I had forgotten about the Poky Puppy and all the other Little Golden books. Such great memories.

  • Erica Metcalf July 2, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Awesome list!! :)

    Erica Metcalf recently posted: [Book Review] Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
  • Brooke Lorren July 2, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    American Girl kinda fits into both your topics this week!

    I read my first Jenn Bennett book in May and I really liked it. I didn’t know she’s written so much!

    Brooke Lorren recently posted: Childhood Favorites (Top Ten Tuesday)
  • Tracy @ Cornerfolds July 2, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    I think the only American Girl book I read was Samantha because I was convinced we were the same person! XD

  • Lee @ Rally the Readers July 2, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    I love that you still have your Berenstain Bears books! I wish that I had mine- so many great memories of reading them growing up! Thanks for stopping by my TTT! :-)

    Lee @ Rally the Readers recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites
  • Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads July 5, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Fun twist on the topic, hope you had a fun 4th of July, Rissi!

    • Rissi JC July 9, 2019 at 10:03 PM

      Thank you, Lindsey; hope your holiday week was grand!! :)

  • Alison Flores July 5, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    I enjoyed The Anatomical Shape of the Heart.

    Alison Flores recently posted: First Lines Fridays & The Friday 56 ~ 7/5/19
    • Rissi JC July 9, 2019 at 11:01 PM

      Ooo! I have that one still on my shelf. :)

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