Top Ten Tuesday — Spring TBR

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  1. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett — I need to get back on the Discworld train.
  2. A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor — Really loving the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series. I have the next book, just need to start it.
  3. The Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean — As part of the Read Your Book Shelf Challenge. I started strong, but haven’t began March’s selection.
  4. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah — Our May book club selection. I’m really excited to read (or perhaps listen) to this one.
  5. 1984 by George Orwell — Feeling like it’s time for a reread.
  6. Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan — I can’t believe I have never read this one.
  7. One Woman, One Vote by Marjorie Wheeler — I need to read about a successful social movement.
  8. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman — Another classical reread that I need to get to soon.
  9. Another Comic — I got off my track with this challenge. Need more comics in my life.
  10. A Classic — I haven’t even started this reading challenge. I need to get it going.

Top Ten Tuesday — Forgotten Books

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Today’s topic is all those books still on your TBR pile or shelf since before you start blogging… Oh man. I’m ashamed to admit that I have a few I can list here. I started blogging in November 2010. Coming up on 6 years this fall. Holy cow! I should really get to reading these. Without further ado, here are my shamefully forgotten books still on my shelf…

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  3. The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
  4. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
  5. A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom
  6. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  7. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
  8. Contact by Carl Sagan
  9. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
  10. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

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Top Ten Tuesday — Beach Reads

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This week is a freebie week, so I’m going to cover a topic missed earlier this year. Today’s list includes my beach reads for this summer!

  1. The Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig — I’m on the second to last book in this big series. They are perfect light historical romance/spy thriller novels. I will definitely be reading the current volume and finishing out the last of the series this summer at the pool/beach. 85c14e155a2153478b9a9b097d576983
  2. East of West comics series — Comics are perfect for the lazy summer days of summer. I love that I can finish a volume in one sitting. Currently, I’m diving into the East of West series. hqdefault
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood — A reread is always a perfect choice for summer. I’ll be rereading this for an upcoming book club. download
  4. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon — Diving into an epic story is perfect for summer. I hope to get to the third book in the series, Voyager, while lounging around.images
  5. Thunderstruck by Eric Larson — I love narrative history and Larson is the master. Somehow I haven'[t read this one yet. Need to fix that this summer.40067
  6. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick — A classic I haven’t read with an accompanying movie/tv adaptation sounds great for summer. And this one has been on my list for awhile now. Definitely adding it to my pile.the-man-in-the-high-castle
  7. An Innocent, A Broad by Ann Leary — A funny memoir seems perfect for the summer. Can’t wait to dive into this one for an upcoming book club. 10390465._UY200_
  8. Variety of cooking books — Something about summer draws me to the cooking section of the library shelves. I imagine I will be pulling a couple of these that include great pictures.

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Top Ten Tuesday — Recent Standouts!

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

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Today I’m sharing some of my most recent standout reads.

  1. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan — Our book club selection for March. Loved that it was set in San Francisco.
  2. Fables Vol. 22 — The last volume in my favorite comics series. Did not disappoint.
  3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel — Been on my list for forever. Amazing read!
  4. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan — Really need to finish this series. Loved this installment.
  5. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon — Very good sequel to Outlander. Now I can catch up with the television series.
  6. Chocolat by Joanne Harris — Book club selection for January (my pick). Much darker than the movie version, but I really enjoyed.
  7. Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig — My favorite historical romance series. Deep into #8.
  8. Morning Glories Series — A new favorite comic series. Really need to get the next volume.

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Top Ten Tuesday — Books I Didn’t Get To

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There was definitely a few books I didn’t get to in 2015…

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin — Really wanted to get this one read in 2015… Now it will have to wait until sometime this spring.
  2. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley — Been on shelves for years, I really want to read this in 2016.
  3. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare — I started the series in 2014 and never progressed beyond the first book. Maybe I’ll get more of these read this coming year.
  4. The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman — I loved the first two in the trilogy. And somehow I just never got to it.
  5. All the Romance series — I’ve got at least 15 romance series just sitting on my floor. I really want to cut that pile down by at least a third by the end of 2016.

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Top Ten Tuesday — New-to-Me Authors 2015

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

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It’s been another year of discovering great new-to-me authors! Here are my favorites from 2015:

  1. Lauren Willig — How have I not read a book from her before? I’m really enjoying the Pink Carnation series right now!
  2. Anthony DoerrAll the Light We Cannot See was a lyrical joy of a book! I loved it!
  3. Kristin Cashore — I really enjoyed the Seven Kingdoms trilogy, especially Fire.
  4. Andy WeirThe Martian is definitely going on my Top 10 Books list this year. Can’t wait to see what he does next!
  5. Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus was another of my favorite books this year. I love her writing style!
  6. Maria Semple — I loved her slightly comedic style in Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Hope to read more from her!
  7. Susanna Clarke — Another great lyrical writer! Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell was a giant book but so well-written!

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Top Ten Tuesday — Book to Movie Adaptations

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Today’s list is those book and movie combinations that I have yet to read and see…

  1. Paper Towns by John Green
  2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  3. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
  4. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  5. Z For Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien
  6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  7. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  8. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
  9. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  10. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

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Top Ten Tuesday — Book Inspired Costumes

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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

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Kirsten from American Doll series

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Mrs. Frizzle from Magic School Bus

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Alice in Wonderland

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Book Fairy

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Edgar Allan Poe

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Top Ten Tuesday — Fall TBR

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

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join.  If you can’t come up with ten, don’t worry about it—post as many as you can!

Fall TBR:

  1. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon — I will finish this one soon!
  2. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin — Another that needs to be finished before the year is out.
  3. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke — Been on my list for awhile now
  4. 2 Nonfiction — Always need to remember the nonfiction
  5. 2 Classics — To finish off my challenge
  6. 3 Books from my own shelves — Need to knock a few more off.

Summer TBR Recap (8/10):

  1. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore √
  2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin √
  3. Spellbound by Kristen Callihan — library doesn’t have it yet and I just can’t bring myself to spend the money on it…
  4. One Chunkster — still reading Dragonfly in Amber
  5. Two Classics √ (Age of Innocence; This Side of Paradise)
  6. Four Nonfiction Books √ (lots more than four actually!)

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Top Ten Tuesday — On the Syllabus: Intro to Science Fiction

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Today’s class is all about introduction to science fiction. Have you wanted to dive into the science fiction world but found yourself hesitating? Did talk of Asimov or Clarke scare you? Never fear, here are 10 great books to dip your toe into the science fiction world. After wading in a bit, you may even become a huge scifi fan like myself.

1. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells — A bit old fashioned at times, but look past it to see how science and fantasy are often intertwined. And if you’re going to watch a movie version, please only watch the 1960 one.

2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card — My 12-year-old loved this book for the great storyline and action. I love it for the characters and the philosophical questions about dealing with other species.

3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury — Also known for his fantasy novels, this slim novel of connecting stories tells a great story and brings out some great questions.

4. The Martian by Andy Weir — A science heavy story released just this year. Don’t let the science bog you down, it’s a great look at the realities and risks of space travel and the main character has a great voice. I flew through this one in just a few days. After reading, you can compare to the movie they are making set to be released in November.

5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams — My favorite book on the syllabus (so much so that my son is named after the main character!). The first book is slim, but packed full of comedy and adventure. You can’t go wrong with any of Adams’ work, but this one is my favorite.

6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury — I’m not what to say about this book other than everyone should read it! It’s a classic for a reason. Amazing look at a dystopian society that could be our future.

7. Ringworld by Larry Niven — Another slim novel packed with interesting questions and adventure.

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley — Another great dystopian classic. A must read for great discussions about society, structure, and government.

9. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson — I am not a computer geek, but I found this novel fascinating. I learned a lot about computers and philosophy. A must read!

10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick — I loved this thin volume so much.  Dick crafts a masterful look at what is means to be human. (While Blade Runner is amazing, the two are not the same story. Make sure to also read this book!)

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