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.

London Day 4 – Monday, August 18, 2014

Itinerary: Windsor Castle, Oxford, and Stonehenge.

This tour was pre-booked a couple a months before our trip. Our coach was leaving Victoria Coach Station and after rushing, getting lost, and running around the confusing, under construction area, we finally found our bus tour!

Our tour guide was Russell and our driver was Ian. Russell was a short man with brown hair and a mustache. He was a stylish dresser with a brown jacket and suspenders.
He noticed my TARDIS necklace and mentioned that the new season would premiere that Saturday. I’d see it when I got home the next week.

Our first stop was Windsor Castle. While we were on the queue to get into the castle Russell took aside those in our group who had the London Pass to bring them to their entrance. With the London Pass you pay a fee, and then you get your own skip-the-line entrance at certain attractions because you already paid.

As he was taking them aside a Windsor Castle employee asked if the group was with Russell. He responded that they were and that they had London Passes. She then proceeded to explain that they could go on ahead. Russell said that they were with him and he was taking them to their separate entrance and he would be back for the rest of the group. There was a back and forth exchange about this and then Russell said, “I’m taking them in.” The Windsor Castle employee was taken back and widened her eyes at his tone.

He was a bit snippy, but that will always be an inside joke between Victoria, Stefan, Daniela and I. Throughout the trip we would periodically say to one another, “I’m taking them in.” LOL

Here are a few small things Russell told us about Windsor Castle. George IV was very vain and built ornate castles. He rebuilt Windsor. It had many styles over the years and the one we see today is from the 1820’s.

George IV was the fattest King of England. Henry VIII was the second fattest. George IV was 350 pounds and had a 54″ waist. This has been disputed by people, but Russell said George IV is the inspiration for the nursery rhyme:

Georgie Porgie, Puddin’ and Pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,

George IV was a terrible drinker, gambler, lover, and king.

Windsor Castle is the home of the Queen today, when she is not spending the summer in Scotland. The Round Tower is not open to the public because she keeps her archives and private art collection there. She has many drawing from Leonardo da Vinci. I am jealous.

After going through security we went straight to St. George’s Chapel. We needed to be back at the bus by 12:15 so this would be the express tour. On our way to St. George’s Chapel we encountered the changing of the guard. It’s a long ceremony so we just took a few photos, and I took some video.

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