Top Ten Characters I Would Like to Check In With

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This week’s topic is

Top Ten Characters I Would Like to Check In With

(This was actually the topic a few weeks ago, but I missed it and wanters to do it!)

1.  Minerva, Molly, Luna- HP Series

We get a little wrap up for the major character at the end of Deathly Hallows, but what about the secondary characters??  Did Minerva ever retire?  Is her portrait hanging in the headmaster’s office?  Is Molly enjoying her many grand kids? Did Luna ever find all of her shoes?

2.  Lizzy & Darcy- Pride & Prejudice

Did they fill Pemberly with children, or do they fight like cats and dogs?

3.  Offred _ The Handmaids Tale

This is a little iffy-no?

4.  Lisbeth Salander- The Millennium Series

While I would love to know what comes next for her-and Blomqvist- not sure if another author should be doing it.

5.  Nick & Amy Dunne- Gone Girl

Are they together?  Alive?  Are they raising the next generation of psycho?

6.  Stan & Frannie– The Stand

Are they still in Maine?  Lots of kids?

Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors!

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This week’s topic is

My Top Ten Favorite Authors of All Time

Yeah!  Very excited by this, but it did make me stop and think.  I have many authors I love, but have really only read one book by ( I am looking at you Arthur Golden).

So here are my favorite authors that I have read several books by-

1.  J.R.R. Tolkien

I have read and reread The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, and The Silmarilion several times in my life, and they get better each time.

2.  J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series is 7 of my favorite books.

3.  Stephen King

Took me more than 40 years to work up the courage to read The Shining, but once I did, I couldn’t get enough of King.  I do have to be careful, or I will go overboard, and too much of a good thing blah blah blah.  I have It sitting on my Kindle taunting me.  I think I will wait until there are more daylight hours though.

4.  Carlos Ruiz Zafron

The Shadow of the Wind and it’s sequels are such rich, beautifully written books.  I need to do a reread soon.

5.  F. Scott Fitzgerald

I find the 20’s irresistible, and Scott is the embodiment of this era.  My favorite- Tender is the Night.

6.  William Shakespeare

I might love Shakespeare because I was really into Theater during high school and college.  Whatever the reason, these are some of the best plays written.  Twelfth Night is my favorite comedy and Macbeth my favorite tragedy.

I saw the performance in NYC last year with Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry.  It was awesome.

7.  C.S. Lewis

The Narnia chronicles are amazing.  I read them all- in the order they were written.

8.  Dennis Lehane

It started with Mystic River, then Shutter Island, and then I tried to read anything he wrote.  I love the grittiness of his settings and characters.  Can’t wait for his new one!

9.  John Grisham

Aside form Calico Joe, I have read everything he has written.  Some say it’s too formulaic, but I think it’s all good.  The only one I didn’t love was his last-Gray Mountain.  My favorites-The Pelican Brief and Sycamore Row.

10.  Jane Austen

Though she did not write very many books, I have read and loved all of them (except Sandition, which sits on the Kindle giving me the stink eye).  I love them all, but my least favorite is Mansfield Park.  My favorite is Pride & Prejudice, followed by Persuasion.  

Top Ten Quotes

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This week’s topic is

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes

1.  “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”- Leaves of Grass

2.  “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” – Atticus Finch- To Kill a Mockingbird

3.  “Get busy living or get busy dying.”- Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption

4.  “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Great Gatsby

5.  “It is a truth universally that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”- Pride & Prejudice

6.  “Tomorrow I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.”

7.  “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – The Fault in Our Stars

8.  “Always.”-Severus Snape- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

9.  “Shadow is only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” – The Return of the King

10.  “But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”- Brave New World

Which romances do you like/dislike?

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This week’s topic is-

Top Ten Things I like/dislike about romances in literature

I actually thought pretty hard about this and found it very difficult to come up with specifics.  Somethings just annoy me for no reason, so instead I picked 10 romances that I like/dislike.

1. Dislike

Romeo & Juliet

I know they are supposed to be the quintessential romantic couple, but please!  Maybe I am too old and pragmatic, but she is 13!!!  She meets him one night, marries him the next day, and is dead within the week.  This should serve more as a cautionary tale for young girls to not fall for a pretty face and slick dialogue.  And to listen to her parents.

2.  Like

Lizzy Bennet & Mr. Darcy

They fall in love despite first impressions.  They are both strong, smart, and spunky.  And he loves her fine eyes.

3.  Dislike

Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester

Again, another famous couple, but-hello- workplace sexual harassment??  And how does he forget about the wife in the attic?  Jane- he locked his wife in the attic!!!  Run away!  Plus- isn’t she a little young for him??

4.  Like

Rhett & Scarlett

Yes-they are toxic together, and she is a pretty bad person.  Despite that, they are on fire together.  I just wish she had figured it out before he left.

5.  Dislike

Daisy & Tom Buchanan

Too bad she didn’t have to guts to leave him-though I doubt she would have actually been happy with Jay Gatsby.  Anything would be better than staying with a brute who thinks he is above everything- his vows, the law.

6. Like

 Jo March & Laurie

It was just mean of Alcott to refuse to marry Jo and Laurie.   She said it was because she didn’t think the purpose of a woman’s life should only be to get married.  I agree, but come on!  Jo and Laurie were great together.

7.  Dislike- Amy March & Laurie

Really?

Amy is a bitch- she burned the manuscript, and got to go to Paris-the trip Jo was supposed to have.  Then she marries Laurie??  NO!  Plus he loves Jo- how might it feel to marry a man you know loves your sister best?

Bitch.

8.  Like

Eowyn & Farmir

There isn’t a lot of romance in LOTR, so I will take what I can get.  Aragorn and Arwen are awesome, but what about these other two?  Poor Faramir almost dies trying to prove himself to his crazy ass father, and Eowyn almost dies trying to prove she is as much of a warrior as any other man in Rohan.  They find each other and heal together.  And the Faramir in the movie was hot.

9.  Dislike

Anna Karenina and Vronsky

He is a POS- only after the conquest.  And she is a little too controlled by her urges.  You’re a mom, Anna, how about some self control??

I was actually glad when she had a date with the rails.  Harsh, but true.

10.  Dislike

Max De Winter & the 2nd Mrs. De Winter

I love Rebecca, and having the 2nd so quiet does help the story unfold, but this was an extremely dysfunctional relationship.  Rebecca might have been awful, but at least she was a  strong woman.

What romances do you like/dislike the most?

I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read It! A Top Ten List

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This week’s topic is-

Top Ten Books I can’t believe I haven’t read in X genre.  I know I am really sounding redundant, but I pick the top ten Classics I am ashamed I haven’t read yet-

1,  Wuthering Heights-sitting on my bookshelf

2.  East of Eden– also sitting there.

3.  The Bell Jar– is right next to East of Eden

4.  1984- on my Kindle

5.  A Farewell to Arms– Kindle also

6.  The Count of Monte Cristo– on bookshelf too

7.  The Picture of Dorian Gray

8.  Mrs. Dalloway

9.  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

10.  And Then There Were None– I will have to search my son’s room for this one.

This is a pitiful list- especially since I actually OWN most of these.  What books can you not believe you haven’t read yet?

A Top Ten Freebie- My Favorite Couples

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Today was a Freebie topic, so I looked over past topics that I missed and chose Top Ten Couples!

1.  Elizabeth Bennet & Mrs. Darcy– Pride & Prejudice

This is my absolute favorite literary couple.  I love the way their love story evolved.

 “But above all, above respect and esteem, there was a motive within her of good will which could not be overlooked. It was gratitude. — Gratitude, not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.”

2.  Kitty & Levin -Anna Karenina

This couple is the perfect balance against Anna and Vronsky

“He could not be mistaken. There were no other eyes like those in the world. There was only one creature in the world who could concentrate for him all the brightness and meaning of life. It was she. It was Kitty.” -Levin 

3.  Rhett Butler & Scarlett O’Hara– Gone With the Wind

The absolute passion and fireworks that come from theses two is breathtaking.  I have to believe that when tomorrow did come, they were together.

Rhett: Don’t start flirting with me. I’m not one of your plantation beauxs. I want more than flirting from you.
Scarlett: What do you want?
Rhett: I’ll tell you, Scarlett O’Hara, if you’ll take that Southern-belle simper off your face. Someday, I want you to say to me the words I heard you say to Ashley Wilkes: ‘I love you!’
Scarlett: That’s something you’ll never hear from me Captain Butler as long as you live.

4.  Stu Redman and Frannie Goldsmith – The Stand

“He held her and made her know it was all right without saying anything.  He didn’t tell her not to worry or that he would take care of everything, but he made love to her again and she thought that she had never been so happy.”

5.  Arwen & Aragorn The Lord of the Rings

“For I am the daughter of Elrond. I shall not go with him when he departs to the Havens: for mine is the choice of Luthien, and as she so have I chosen, both the sweet and the bitter.” 

6.  Peeta & Katniss– The Hunger Games

“Peeta, how come I never know when you’re having a nightmare?” I say.

“I don’t know. I don’t think I cry out or thrash around or anything. I just come to, paralyzed with terror,” he says.

“You should wake me,” I say, thinking about how I can interrupt his sleep two or three times on a bad night. About how long it can take to calm me down.

“It’s not necessary. My nightmares are usually about losing you,” he says. “I’m okay once I realize you’re here.

7-10.  Rounding it out with my favorite couples from the Harry Potter series-

Harry & Ginny

“And he knew that at that moment, they understood each other perfectly, and when he told her what he was going to do now, she would not say ‘be careful’ or ‘don’t do it’, but she would accept his decision because she would not have expected anything less of him.”

Ron & Hermione

Hermione came over and sat down in Parvati’s empty chair. She was a bit pink in the face from dancing.
‘Hi,’ said Harry. Ron didn’t say anything.
‘It’s hot, isn’t it?’ said Hermione, fanning herself with her hand. ‘Viktor’s just gone to get some drinks.’
Ron gave her a withering look. ‘Viktor?’ he said. ‘Hasn’t he asked you to call him Vicky yet?’
Hermione looked at him in surprise. ‘What’s up with you?’ she said.
‘If you don’t know,’ said Ron scathingly, ‘I’m not going to tell you.’ “

Lily Evans & Severus Snape

“Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.”

Remus Lupin & Nymphadora Tonks

As Ginny and Hermione moved closer to the rest of the family, Harry had a clear view of the bodies lying next to Fred: Remus and Tonks, pale and still and peaceful-looking, apparently asleep beneath the dark, enchanted ceiling.”

Top Ten Books I missed in 2014

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This week’s topic is

Top Ten 2014 Releases I meant to Read But Didn’t

1.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

2.  Gray Mountain by John Grisham

3.  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

4.  The Martian by Andy Weir

5.  Landline by Rainbow Rowell

6.  Mrs. Hemmingway by Naomi wood

7.  Nora Webster  by Colm Toibin

8.  The Magician’s Lie by

9.  Lost Lake by Greer Macallaster

10.  Natchez  by Greg Iles

 

What books did you miss?

Top Ten Books on my shelf that have been waiting too long

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Hello All!  This is my first new post of 2015 (that I didn’t write and schedule in 2014)

Today’s topic was supposed to be top ten debuts I was looking forward to, but I couldn’t seem to get my head around it.  I wasn’t going to post at all, but then I found a couple of books that I bought the day after Christmas, and when I went to put them on a shelf, I realized I had SO many others just sitting there that I hadn’t read.  So, I decided to come up with a list of books I am hoping to read this year, that have been sitting on my shelf way too long.  Between the loveliness of ARCs, my obsession with my local library, and the damned ease of downloading onto my kindle, these babies have been languishing on my shelf.

1.  The Bell Jar

2.  Wuthering Heights

3.  The Count of Monte Cristo

4.  East of Eden

5.  The Alchemist

6.  Dolores Clairborne

7.  The Fountainhead

8.  Outlander

9.  Needful Things

10.  A Hundred Summers

So, which would you recommend?

I don’t know why I have ignored them for so long, though in fairness, #s 3, 6, 8, and 9 have such small print that I have to find really strong reading glasses first!

What books have you ignored?

Hey Sant Baby- How About Some of These Titles??

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This week’s topic is-

Top Ten Books I Would Like Santa to Leave Under the Tree!

Most of these are newish, but throne of two that are old just sort of popped into my mind…

1.  The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

2.  Still Alice by lisa Genova

3.  Gray Mountain by John Grisham

4.  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

5.  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer

6.  The Martian by Andy Weir

7.  American Sniper by Chris Kyle

8.  East of Eden by John Steinbeck

9.  The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

10.  Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

 

What would you like to see under the tree??

Top Ten Books of 2014

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This week’s topic is –

Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

This was a little hard for me- some books jumped out at me, while others I really had to consider.

1.  Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

2.  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

3.  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

4.  The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

5.  Bag of Bones by Stephen King

6.  One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

7.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

8.  We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

9.  The Green Mile by Stephen King

10. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

What was your ABSOLUTE favorite book of 2014?