Top Ten Tuesday – November 21: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

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November 21: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA!)

I feel like this list is redundant of last week’s topic. The books I would want my future children/Godchildren/nieces/nephews to read are the same books I am thankful for. They changed and shaped me in someway and for some of them I became a part of a fandom.

So, in addition to last week’s list I will add these books that I am thankful for.

1-3) All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.


I have read them more than once, participated in the Real Time Reading events and am part of a Facebook group where I can talk about it with other obsessed fans. Now that they are filming a TV series, and that only fuels the obsession.

4-7) Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.
I made so many friends through this fandom and am still friends with a few of them today. I am thankful to Twilight for those friendships. Back in the day we would go to the midnight book launches, the movie screenings, the morning talk shows, and would try to meet Rob on the set of Remember Me.

8) Star Wars. There are too many books and comic books to count here, but when I was 13 I read my first EU books: Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson (Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice, Champions of the Force). I didn’t really get into the EU again until Revenge of the Sith was about to come out. By then I had soooooooo many to catch up on and it helped to be part of a Star Wars book club on a message board. I was on a binge read and wish I just kept up with it when I was 13 in the mid-90s. Now they’re considered “Legends” and there is a new Disney canon, but I still have shelves and piles of those old EU novels and comic books.

9) A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice.
I remember I bought this from a mail order book club way, way back in the day (17 years ago!) I loved it so much and gave it to a friend to borrow when she was going to Sicily for the summer. She was visiting family in the middle of nowhere and to keep her from boredom I let her borrow it. She was (and still is) the only friend I have that I trust with my books because she is just as neurotic with them as I am. Thing is, her younger sister read it before she did while in Sicily. I should have warned her about the adult themes! But it was the start of our own mini book club. We don’t trade books as often as we used to, but this was the first and I’ll always remember that.

10) She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
This is another book that was part of our mini book club. My friend read it first and suggested it to me. We even came up with a list of our dream cast for the movie (that was never made) giving the roles to our favorite actors and actress of the day. From time to time we say to each other, “Remember our casting list for She’s Come Undone?”
I would love to reread it some time and do an updated dream cast.


Top Ten Tuesday – November 14: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

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November 14: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.)

1) The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin. I don’t expect them to read all of the books in the series because there are a LOT. But I still have the ones I read and it’s really the series that got me into reading in the first place. To share that with a younger generation would mean a lot.

2) Harry Potter, books 1-7. There are so many wonderful themes about love and friendship, and it’s a great coming of age story set in a magical realm. And really such a huge part of pop-culture. It would also be great to see it though fresh, innocent eyes. You can vicariously relive the feeling of reading it for the first time through their perspective.

3-5) Between Shades of Gray and Salt to Sea by Ruta Sepetys and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. These YA stories set during World War II are incredibly sad but so essential. I think learning a little bit of history through historical fiction is important. It builds empathy.

6) Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. If I had to read this in school when I was 11 and cry my eyes out, then so do the children!

These next few I would wait till the children were a bit older, like their mid-teen years when they could understand and appreciate them more.

7) Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. How could I not get the kids into my favorite literary science fiction story? Next to Star Wars, this is a must.

8) The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. A coming of age story for every teen.

9) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. It is a flawless masterpiece. Besides, by the time they are old enough to read it they’ll already have the movie with Keira Knightley memorized.

10) Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel. There are some good life lessons in here. It’s a spiritual self help book by one of my favorite singer-songwriters. These future children would already be raised listing to her songs and like the title says, “songs are only half the story.”


Obviously I would have them read my entire library, but these 10 will do for this list.

Top Ten Tuesday: November 7: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders

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November 7: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)

I am going to go with the book club theme. I thought about doing leaders of a country, solar system, galaxy or an army, but all I could come up with were characters that already do that in their stories. I also thought about trendsetters but all could think of was Alice Cullen and Rosalie Hale from Twilight.

Top 5 Book Club Leaders

1)Hermione from Harry Potter. She is the most obvious first person to come to mind. I don’t need to say more.

2)Maddie from Everything, Everything. Poor girl was isolated and wrote her reviews online. But once she was free she could make new friends through a book club then eventual be its leader.

3)Roque from Red Rising. It would be more of a poetry reading.

4)Diana from All Souls Trilogy. It would be filled with a bunch of creatures wanting to know the secrets of Ashmole 782.

5) Jo March from Little Women. They would act out the stories with costumes and voices.

Top Ten Tuesday – October 31: Halloween Freebie!

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October 31: Halloween Freebie! (Happy Halloween! Let your creativity run wild with a themed post to celebrate!)
I am getting to this pretty late and so here is a quick list. I usually add an explanation for my choices, but I have no time! Too many things going on at once.
1) Favorite  vampires: The de Clairmont family  from  The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. 
2) Favorite ghost story: The Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson. 
3-5) Favorite good witches: Hermione & Luna from Harry Potter; and Diana Bishop from The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.  
6) Favorite bad witch: Angelique Bouchard from Dark Shadows. The 1960-70’s TV series, NOT the 1990’s TV series. AND CERTAINLY NOT THE TERRIBLE MOVIE WITH JOHNNY DEPP! 
7-8) Favorite zombies:  Liv Moore from iZombie; and R from Warm Bodies.
9) Favorite werewolf:  Quentin Collins from Dark Shadows
10) Favorite Goblin: Sevro  au Barca. Just because I wanted to add something from Red Rinsing here. He’s not really a goblin. That’s just what the mean kids called him. 

Top Ten Tuesday – October 10: Three books with winter covers/themes

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October 10: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish)

So, I am going to change this a bit because looking at my shelves I can’t find autumn covers. I do see a few winter covers. Besides, I am always cold and autumn weather feels like winter to me anyway.

1) Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit


2) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys



3) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


Top Ten Tuesday – October 3: Top Three Book Boyfriends

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October 3: Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?)

All Souls Trilogy – Matthew Clairmont
Matthew Goode is playing Matthew Clairmont in the TV adaptation of A Discovery of Witches (currently filming).  I’m excited to see what they do with the TV show and Goode is a good (pun!) choice.
Based on the description of the character when I reread or re-listen to the books I picture (the very sexy) Richard Armitage.
Besides the lure of a mysterious and dangerous vampire, who is also a scientist, I like the character development that Matthew goes through.

Red Rising Trilogy – Sevro au Barca
This is a strange one to explain because Sevro is a bit crazy, very crude, and he looks like a goblin. However, he is fiercely loyal to his friends and very good at being sneaky. He’s easily the fan favorite and we beg Pierce Brown not to kill him off.

The Night Circus – Marco Alisdair
An orphan boy taken as a child to learn magic – no, it’s not Harry Potter. Marco is forced to compete with an unknown opponent through the development and maintenance of Le Cirque des Rêves. He’s described as having dark hair, greenish eyes, and is very charming.
I would love to see this turned into a TV series. The descriptions are a feast for the eyes.

Top Ten Tuesday – September 19: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

For some reason this did not post on Tuesday, as it should have. I scheduled it to do so.  Better late than never.

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I still have some books I picked up from NYCC 2016 that I would like to read this fall:

1) The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton

2) A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

3) The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

4) Lightless by C.A. Higgins

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

5) Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

6) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

7) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

8) Satellite by Nick Lake

9) Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

10) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova