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

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

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

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

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.

New York Comic Con 2017- Saturday, October 7

Saturday, October 7

I would have really liked to see this panel, even though it was $45 and a separate ticketed event. You didn’t have to have a NYCC badge to attend. However, I already had bought my photo op with Mark Hamill that morning.

From a Certain Point of View: A Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration
October 07, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Hudson Mercantile – 500 W 36th St

In 1977 a princess, a farm boy, a scoundrel, a Wookiee, two droids, an old wizard, and a man in black set us off on a galaxy full of adventure. Forty years later, join an all-star panel of authors to celebrate the legacy of Star Wars with a new anthology that retells the story of Star Wars through the eyes of the background characters and creatures that bring the galaxy to life.

Moderated by Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo, this unique panel promises fun new insights into the characters and scenes of the film that you think you know, and features a rotating cast of more than a dozen Star Wars authors and contributors, including but not limited to: Ben Acker, Pierce Brown, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Cordova, Delilah Dawson, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Claudia Gray, EK Johnston, Mur Lafferty, John Jackson Miller, Daniel José Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Marc Thompson, Elizabeth Wein, and Chuck Wendig.

A ticket to this not to be missed event includes a New York Comic Con exclusive edition of From a Certain Point of View: A Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration, pre-signed by over a dozen of the contributing authors. This edition is extremely limited with only 1,000 copies in print.

Yay for youtube though. The panel is up and it is so funny.

My photo with Mark Hamill came out really nice. My sister’s photo is so cute. Mark is touching her chin, like he’s lifting it up with the tip of his fingers. She was so giddy about it.

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New York Comic Con 2016 – Thursday, October 6:

Thursday my sister, Victoria, and I got to the Javits Center around noon.

We didn’t go to any of the panels we  wanted to see. Some were at Book Con @ NYCC over at 500 W 36th St and 10th Ave: A World Unlike Any Other: The Importance of Setting in Fantasy and Sci-Fi and Villain Squad: Villains and Anti-Heroes in Literature.

Luckily I can catch up on some the panels I missed here at the Unbound Worlds NYCC wrap-up.

Instead we went around the Exhibit Hall picking up books, looking at Artist’s Alley and taking photos.

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Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown – non-spoiler review.


Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied – and too glorious to surrender.

Morning Star is a great, fantastic end to the Red Rising Trilogy. Pierce said he wrote it for the fans and it shows. This is my favorite literary science-fiction trilogy. Hands down.

So much happens. It’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I laughed, was nervous, touched, and sometimes sad. I could not put it down. After having a headache on a Friday and a Saturday I wanted to catch up on those lost days. So I read 100 pages on a Sunday and another 100 pages on Monday (Presidents’s Day). By Monday night my right eye was bloodshot. I finished it on February 18 and I still have a book hangover. I am going to fall behind on my Goodreads goal.

The character development was well done and the evolution of the plot was seamless. Not just from beginning to end in Morning Star, but the whole trilogy.

The action was great and heart pounding, but some of my favorite moments were the quieter ones between Darrow and his friends. So much emotion is felt. Particularly Chapter 22 and Chapter 50.

One critique was that I would have liked to see more scenes with a few minor characters from the previous novels.

I am going to elaborate more in a different post (here). I feel it is difficult to describe my feelings without spoiling the whole book. I like giving examples and quotes.
4.5 out 5 Broken Chains

Pierce Brown’s Morning Star discussion and signing at Barnes and Noble, February 17, 2016.


This was a wonderful informative and entertaining discussion. I had so much fun. Pierce has an easy going and charming personality.

I took a lot of notes so I’ll get started and share some photos I took.

My sister and I showed up right after work, bought our books and waited on the queue for the events room.

A woman on the queue with us went around and handed out a notebook with the Sons of Ares symbol and a Morning Star keychain that she made herself. Cute.


There were about 10 to 15 people ahead of us so when we entered the room it was easy to pick the seats we wanted. We sat in the center of the second row.

The discussion was led by Pierce’s editor Mike Braff. They made a joke that Mike already knows the answers to his list of questions but I think that makes the q&a more relaxed and allows for more spontaneity.

One of the first things discussed is that Pierce is working on a new trilogy called Iron GoldUSA Today broke the story that it is set in the Red Rising world and what happens after the fall of an empire.

Warning: There are a couple of spoilers below the cut for Red Rising.

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