No Big Deal- Top Ten Hyped Books I Never Read

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This week’s topic is

Top ten Hyped Books I Never Read

1.  The Secret History

I could never (tried 3 times) get into this book.

2.  Outlander

I have it.  In paper back.  Which is too small for my old eyes to read!

3.  Moby Dick

No interest.

4.  Wuthering Heights

See #2.

5.  All the Light We Cannot See

I actually started it and put it down.  I busted wasn’t in the right frame of mind

6.  On The Road

See #3.

7.  The Catcher in the Rye.

I was supposed to read it in high school.  Hello, Cliff Notes.  Plus, I though Holden was an ass.

8.  The Alchemist

I have it.  I read 3 pages and put it down.

9. Me Before You  and  10.  East of Eden

I have them.  I bought them at my library’s book sale.  I have no excuses for not reading them

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I Can’t Wait! A Top Ten List

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This week’s topic is

Top Ten Mostly Anticipated New Releases

1.  Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

1.  Finders Keepers by Stephen King

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

3.  Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.

4.  No Better Friend by Robert Weintraub

Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair’s relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon not only for Frank but for all the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

5.  The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand

A friendship is tested in this irresistible page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. 

6.  The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

In this adrenaline-charged thriller, genius-hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist face a dangerous new threat and must again join forces. 

7.  Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

A breakout novel from an author who “positively shines with wisdom and intelligence” (Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I leave You). “Laura Dave writes with humor and insight about relationships in all their complexity, whether she’s describing siblings or fiancés or a couple long-married. Eight Hundred Grapesis a captivating story about the power of family, the limitations of love, and what becomes of a life’s work”

8.  The Truth According to Us by Anne Barrow

From the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society comes a wise, witty, and exuberant novel, perfect for fans of Lee Smith, that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what’s right






Toes in the sand- a Top Ten List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

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This week’s topic is

Top Ten Books I want in my beach bag this summer.

I am supposed to be celebrating my 20th anniversary during our beach vacation, so I might not get a ton of reading in, but here is what I thought looks good-

1.  Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

2.  Finder’s Keepers by Stephen King

3.  Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

4.  Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

5. The Rumor by Elin Hildebrand

6.  Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos

7.  The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

8.  Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

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?