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

Top Ten Tuesday January 23: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

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Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

1) Adventure of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson. I remember I laughed and cried a lot. And there was something about one of the sisters producing a movie adaptation of Don Quixote with Robin Williams.

2) The Future Homemakers of America by Laurie Graham.
I can’t even remember how long ago I read this. It was before I started keeping track of the books I read so perhaps it’s been about 15 years.

3) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
I remember it was very poetic. I think I remember more about the movie than the book.

4) Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn. I remember Obi-Wan and Anakin were in it.

5) Alliegance by Timothy Zahn. I just want to do a reread of all of Zahn‘s Star Wars books. My disappointment in the Sequel Trilogy makes me nostalgic for the now “legends” novels that he wrote.

Top Ten Tuesday January 16: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

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January 16: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

1. To listen to more audiobooks and earn all the badges on audible.

2. To spend less time watching TV and more time reading physicals books or listening to audible.

3. To significantly dwindle the piles of TBR books before going to the next convention.

4. Read any fan fiction I have bookmarked for later.

5. To read the TBR e-books on my nook.

6. To weed out the books on my shelves that I didn’t love and don’t intend to read again.

7. To reread old favorites like She’s Come Undone, Riding in Cars with Boys, The Night Circus and Phantom.

8. If all these get done perhaps I will finally reach a 50 books goal of my book challenge.

Top Ten Tuesday January 9: Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

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January 9: Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)

I still have some books I picked up from NYCC 2016:

1) The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton

2) A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

3) Lightless by C.A. Higgins

And there are books from this year’s Book Con:

4) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

5) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

6) Satellite by Nick Lake

7) Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

8) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

And the books I purchased at the book store.

9) Alone by Scott Sigler

10) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

2017 Book Challenge

1) The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer (Graphic Novel)
by Sebastian A. Jones, Joshua Cozine (Editor), Andrew Cosby (Foreword), Peter Bergting (Illustrator), Darrell May (Illustrator); January 1; 260 pages; 3.5 out of 5 runes.
2) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden; February 4; 312 pages; 4 out 5 witchy women.
3) Beheld by Alex Flinn; February 20; 360 pages; 2 out of 5 men in the mirror.
4) Gilded Cage by Vic James; March 12; 310 pages; 4 out 5 Years of Servitude.
5) The Valiant by Lesley Livingston; March 30; 371 pages; 3 out of 5 Female Gladiators.
6) Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves; May 6; 407; 3 out 5 broken spells.
7) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares 1 by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, art by Eli Powell; May 10; 4 out of 5 Sons.
8) The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon; May 15; 344 pages; 5 out of 5 suns that are also stars.
9) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares 2 by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, and Eli Powell; June 20; 4 out of 5 scars.
10) Nemesis by Brendan Reichs; July 10; 440 pages; 4 out of 5 Resets.
11) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares Issue 3 by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell; July 12; 4.5 out of 5 scythes.
12) The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier; July 28; 376 pages; 3 out of 5 Jacobites.
13) The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley; 536 pages; August 13; 4.5 out 5 White Sails.
14) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares Issue 4, by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell; August 16; 4.5 out of 5.
15) Delicious! by Ruth Reichl; August 26; 396 pages; 4.5 out of 5 gingerbread cakes.
16) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares 5, by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell; September 20; 5 out of 5 Goblins.
17) The Blue Tattoo by Steven Laffoley; September 23; 286 pages; 3.5 out of 5 Ships.
18) Bellwether by Connie Willis; October 16; 247 pages; 3 out of 5 sheep.
19) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares 6 by Pierce Brown , Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell (Illustrator); October 26; 4 out of 5 Sons.
20) The Tournament by Matthew Reilly; 310 pages; November 1; 4 out of 5 Chess pieces.
21) Bonfire by Krysten Ritter; 276 pages; November 10; 3 out of 5 Optimal Scholarships.
22) Star Wars – From a Certain Point of View by 40 various authors; 459 pages, December 31; 5 out of 5 Galaxies.

1) Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, Marc Thompson (Narrator); June 19; 17 hours, 4 out of 5 Glowing Red Eyes.
2) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Jennifer Ikeda (Narrator), Real Time Reading September 18-October 31.
3) The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, B.J. Harrison (Narrator); October 31;
5 out of 5 beating hearts.
4) The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, B.J. Harrison (Narrator); October 31; 5 out of 5 bricks.
5) The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf by O. Henry, B.J. Harrison (Narrator); December 25; 5 out of 5 locks of hair.