Top Ten Tuesday December 31: Favorite Books I Read In 2019

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December 31: Favorite Books I Read In 2019

1) Dark Age by Pierce Brown; 4.5 out of 5 Storm Gods.

2) The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin; 4 out of 5 Couture Gowns

3) The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys; 5 out of 5 Rolls of Film.

4) The Starless Sea by ErinMorgenstern; 4 out of 5 Bees

5) Jackpot by Nic Stone; 4.5 out of 5 Lottery Tickets

6) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova; 4 out of 5 Death Masks.

7) Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova; 4 out of 5 Hearts

8) Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett ; 4 out of 5 Keys.

9) Carrie by Stephen King, narrated by Sissy Spacek; 4 out of 5 Proms

10) The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, narrated by Kathleen Gati; 4.5 out of 5 Mushrooms.

Top Ten Tuesday December 10: Freebie

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December 10: Freebie

I am going to go back many months and do a TTT that I missed from April 23: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too!

Looking back I can see how my reviews, especially the formatting, has improved.  The links will take you to Live Journal.  I either didn’t have or didn’t copy my reviews to Goodreads back then. Nor did I have this blog that long ago.

1) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
2) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
3) Phantom by Susan Kay
4) Prequel Star War Novels
5) Star Wars novels post RotJ
6) I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
7) Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss
8) Star Wars: X-Wing series
9) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
10) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bonus:
11) Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

Top Ten Tuesday November 19: Changes In My Reading Life

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November 19: Changes In My Reading Life (Maybe you like different genres or topics, maybe you read faster than you used to, maybe you only like standalones now).

 

1) I listen to more audiobooks. New novels, old favorites, short stories, and Audible originals – which are sometimes non-fiction. A genre I usually hate reading. I easily get bored. But listening to non-fiction is thought provoking.

2) When I want to reread an old favorite I listen to the audiobook instead. Sometimes I read along with the book.

3) I have been a little better about reading ARCs I get at Book Con and New York Comic Con before the official release date. I say a little bit because while I put the ARCs ahead of books that are from the backlist, I also am not a speed reader and so sometimes I fall behind.

4) Between physical books I get at Cons and audiobooks I have neglected the TBR I have on my nook app. I was never one of those people who can read multiple books at once. When I am in a world I can’t leave it for another. So the ebooks have been waiting for me and I hope to find more of a balance between books, ebooks and audiobooks.

5) I started using holidays to listen to/ read themed books.  October is for horror and thrillers. Christmas is for Christmas stories.  I think next year I will extend that to love stories for February and for Black History Month I plan to listen to The Color Purple.

Top Ten Tuseday November 12: Favorite Bookmarks

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November 12: Favorite Bookmarks

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I love this week’s topic! I have many bookmarks and rotate using them. I choose which bookmark to use based on the genre of the book. I often buy a bookmark when I am on vacation as a memento. I’ll break up this TTT into categories.

The vacation mementos:

1. Volterra – I was there in 2011. This was during the height of my Twilight craze. I even wore a green button down shirt like Bella did in the New Moon film. I just had to get a bookmark of the scenes from the book/film. I use it for books that are historical fiction set in Europe.

2. Iceland – I was only passing through in 2013. There was a layover on route to Denmark. With time to kill at the airport I did some duty free shopping and I couldn’t pass up that pretty leather bookmark with the viking ship design. Someday I hope to actually see Iceland. I don’t really use this one much because the leather is thicker than an average bookmark and I don’t want it warping the pages. It is mostly just a keepsake.

3. The Butchart Gardens – in Victoria B.C., Canada. I was there in 2018 and it is so gorgeous. I had an unforgettable picnic there. An added plus is that this bookmark is also a magnet. I don’t really assign this bookmark to any theme. I mostly use it when I have a big book and want to use a magnet.

4. Venice – I was there this summer and went to the island of Burano, known for their lace. It is white and delicate, so I don’t think I will use it much. Just a keepsake.

5. The Scream by Edvard Munch – It is hard to see because the image moves. The face comes closer and closer. I got this in 2017 in San Fransisco at their MOMA. We didn’t plan to go but found ourselves killing time at the museum and seeing the Munch exhibit going on. This bookmark is good for horror stories.

6 & 7. Harry Potter:

I have a few Harry Potter bookmarks and it was hard to narrow down. I chose these two. The quote is perfect for reading because it’s like that incantation will open up the world of the book to you. The one with Harry – I just like the whole design of it. I used these for books about magic.

8. Star Wars. I have a few SW bookmarks but this one I have had since I was 13. The copyright on the back says 1992! The quote, “The prophets of the Dark Star have foretold that the next Emperor shall wear the glove of Darth Vader,” is from The Glove of Darth Vader. It is such an obscure book that I have never seen it in stores or the library. It is probably out of print. Obviously I use the bookmark when I read any Star Wars novel.

9 & 10. Always a reader.

The pegasus unicorn on a rainbow cloud is so girly girl and I love it.
The NINE planets (Pluto still counts!) shows I always loved outer space.
These bookmarks are even older than the Star Wars one. I mostly likely used them when I was a young child reading The Baby-Sitters Club and other books I ordered from The Scholastic catalogue.

 

Top Ten Tuesday October 29: Halloween Freebie

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October 29: Scary books I read/listened to celebrate Halloween. 

1) Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova; 336 pages; September 26-October 10, 2019; 4 out of 5 Hearts.

2) The Baby-Sitters Club: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, by Ann M. Martin, narrated by Elle Fanning;  2 hrs and 50 mins; October 12, 2019; 4 out of 5 Creepy House Noises.

3) Carrie by Stephen King, narrated by Sissy Spacek; 7 hrs and 24 mins; October 13-17, 2019; 4 out of 5 Proms.

4) Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar, narrated by  Harsh Nayyar, Annapurna Srira, Bernard White, Nick Choksi , Rita Wolf; 1 hr and 38 mins ; October 21, 2019; 5 out of 5 Phone Calls.

5) The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, narrated by B.J. Harrison; 1hr 23 m; October 22, 2019; 3 out of 5 Heads.

6) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, narrated by Richard Armitage; 3 hr and 7m; October 23, 2019;  3.5 out of 5 Elixirs.

7) The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough, narrated by Steve White; 2 hrs and 45 mins; October 24, 2019; 4 out of 5 Handcuffs.

8) Dracula by Bram Stoker, narrated by B.J. Harrison; 17 hours; October 25- 31, 2019; 3.5 out of 5 Fangs.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday October 1: Book Titles with Numbers In Them

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October 1: Book Titles with Numbers In Them (You could really challenge yourself and do numbers 1-10 or just any numbers at all. Submitted by Emma @ Words and Peace)

 

1) Year Zero by Rob Reid

2) The One Man by Andrew Gross

3) Choices of One by Timothy Zahn

4) Catalyst: A Rogue One Story by James Luceno

5) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

6) Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

7) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

8) How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Top Ten Tuesday July 30: Freebie

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July 30: Freebie (Come up with your own topic! I might steal yours for a future TTT and credit you!)

Breaking the Sophomore Slump Myth!

A sophomore slump or sophomore jinx or sophomore jitters refers to an instance in which a second, or sophomore, effort fails to live up to the relatively high standards of the first effort.

My list is of books that break that stigma. I loved these books better than the first and in some cases (where I have read all three) they are actually my favorite of trilogy.

1) Golden Son by Pierce Brown

2) Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.

3) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

4) Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn.

5) Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins.

6) The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

7) Another Day by David Levithan