Top Ten Tuesday: February 27: Books I Could Re-read Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl

Mostly I like to read a book for the first time in printed form then I like to reread the story in audiobook form. So mostly likely if I am rereading – it’s on Audible. I especially love rereading favorite series because when you know the outcomes you catch all the hints you missed, all the foreshadowing, and all the world building. Rereading also feels like going home again.

1. Red Rising saga.
I haven’t had Audible for that long, maybe only a couple of years. Each time a new book came out I read the previous installments. Now that I have the Audible app I listen to the books. And now that I have read the e-book of Iron Gold I’ll listen to the audiobook.

Fun fact: The way Tim Gerard Reynolds does Ragnar’s voice is the best ever. You can feel the bold type as it’s written in the books. I also really love the deep voice he does for Karnus.

2. All Souls Trilogy. Actually every year the fans do a Real Time Reading, where we read the chapters that correspond to the dates they take place. It’s easiest for the first book, A Discovery of Witches, which takes place over 40 days. The second and third are too stretched over time so there is a condensed calendar for RTR on a Facebook group I belong to. Though I have to admit with rereading the Red Rising trilogy and Iron Gold I fell behind on the RTR of Shadow of Night (I finished a week or so after the RTR calendar we have on the Facebook page) and have not started The Book of Life.

Fun fact: I love the way Jennifer Ikeda does Emperor Rudolf’s voice. He’s like a stuffy, whiny, entitled snot.

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3. Pride & Prejudice. Rosemund Pike, she played Jane in the 2005 film, narrated P&P. Her voice for Mr. Collins is so funny. Anytime I reread it I always picture the 2005 cast.

4. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel.
Being such a big fan I thought I knew everything but she tells so much more about her life in this memoir. It’s also part self-help. I love the emotion she puts into her narration.

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5. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.
I love the sinister darkness of this story. What revenge! The audiobook is only 15 minutes long so it’s really easy to listen to over and over and earn Audible badges really fast. Also, B.J. Harrison is the best at narrating Poe’s stories. The way he has Fortunato say “Amontillado” – it cracks me up.
(Getting off track: I have his narration of The Count of Monte Cristo, which I started but will finish next month. That is a first time read.)

6. Harry Potter – I started doing a reread with The Sorcer’s Stone and then got sidetracked but I want to finish my reread before seeing The Cursed Child in April.

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is actually one book I have yet to get the audiobook for. It’s an emotional reread but it’s a classic from my teenage years.

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Top Ten Tuesday: February 20: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

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This isn’t a terribly long list. I could only come up with two genres.

1. Young Adult. I shouldn’t say I would never read it again or not read the ones on my TBR piles, but I don’t pick them up as much as I used to. I can’t say why exactly but I haven’t found one to WOW me. They have become a bit redundant – especially if they take place in a fantasy setting versus the real world. Oh, also I am a bit tired out of dystopian settings. So a little break is needed.

2. Womens’ Literature. Or what they used to call Chick Lit. I used to love Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, though I stopped before she has the baby. Or maybe I didn’t even read the one that came before with the surprise little sister? I used to want to read all of her books to catch up and now I have moved on. I also just don’t buy that genre anymore for the same reason, the formula became redundant.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: February 13: Love Freebie

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February 13: Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

1) Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala – Star Wars. I am a sucker for forbidden love. I know some of the dialogue from the films are really cheesy and at times cringe-worthy, but it’s what lies underneath. Though they each have their oaths and responsibilities this couple throws caution to the wind to follow their hearts- unfortunately to their doom. Plus, they are so much fun to write in fan fiction.

2. Darrow and Mustang – Red Rising saga. They work so well together as leaders at the Insitute. He keeps her at arms length (for various reasons) but when they lead they’re warriors together – and it is gold. (Yes, that is a pun.) I love their intellectual foreplay (that sparring scene in Golden Son!) It is not a love based on shallow feelings but a partnership and in the end a mutual goal. Even if there are bumps along the way. When they finally get together I was like, “YES!”

3. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy – Pride and Prejudice. In the words of Sheldon Cooper, P&P is “a flawless masterpiece. He’s got too much pride, she’s got too much prejudice. It just works.” I love the journey they take to overcome their flaws and realize they belong together.

4. Monica Geller and Chandler Bing – Friends. There is nothing better than falling in love with your best friend. Friendship is the foundation of lasting love. I cried tears of joy during their milestone episodes. Everyone goes on and on about Ross and Rachel, but Monica and Chandler were my OTP since season 1.

5. Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont – All Souls Trilogy My favorite part of their romance is the trial and tribulations they go through in Shadow of Night. There are some really steamy love scenes and some really good relationship development moments that happen in the second book.

6. Sevro au Barca and Victra au Julii – Red Rising saga
They are quite the odd pair. She tall and gorgeous. He’s short and looks like a goblin. But they have the same crazy demeanor and will tell anyone the truth, even it hurts. They are also both fiercely loyal. It’s funny rereading Golden Son because he started out not trusting her and she though he was vulgar (which he is) and foolish. So seeing how that changes in Morning Star and now Iron Gold is gorydamn great.

7. Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood – The Mortal Instruments series. Here is my vice for forbidden love again with Shadowhunters being prejudice against Warlocks, and the older generations being homophobic. Then Magnus and Alec have other obstacles too. Like the fact that Magnus is immortal and Alec has a jealous steak. Unlike Anakin and Padmé, they get a happy ending.

Top Ten Tuesday: February 6: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

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Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

I wish I had been born a princess or an heiress so I could just sit around all day and read. Or that I was in that Twilight Zone episode where the world dies except that one man who loves to read. Only I don’t wear glasses so I don’t have to worry about them breaking.

I could easily list over fifty books right now, but I’m sticking with ten. I’ll go with 10 I do intend to read.

(I also might have to consider just selling or donating some of the YA books I bought or picked up on a whim.)

1) Dark Passages by Kathryn Leigh Scott.
I bought it at SDCC (it was 2011, I think) after I saw her at a Dark Shadows panel. Kathryn Leigh Scott played Maggie Evans/Josette duPres on the show.

2) The Salem Branch by Lara Parker.
Yes, same as above, I bought this at SDCC after the Dark Shadows panel. Lara played Angelique and this book is actually set in the Dark Shadows world.

3) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Some of these books on my TBR are so old I can’t remember where I got them or if I bought them.

4) Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier.
I bought this while on vacation long ago. I loved her other book, Rebecca.

5) A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly.

6) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling.
I bought it right after it was revealed it was really Rowling.

7) Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I got it at B&N when she was doing a signing there.

8) I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb.
I think I need to prepare myself with tissues.

9) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.
I love her writing.

10) Courtesan by Dora Levy Mossanen.
I think I bought this around the same time I bought The Birth of Venus because they both had that historical fiction element.

I think I might just donate or sell these. I liked their covers. I also don’t think I read as much YA as I used to.

Vixen by Jillian Larkin.

The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell