Top Ten Authors New To Me in 2014

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This week’s topic is –

Top Ten Authors New to Me in 2014

So, looking over the books I have read so far this year, I am disturbed to find that I really did not read many new authors!  I feel shame and will try better in 2015!

1.  Hannah Kent- Burial Rites

2.  Graeme Simsion- The Rosie Project

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

4. Beatriz Williams- The Secret Life of Violet Grant

5. Matthew Thomas- We Are Not Ourselves

6.  Lois Lowry- The Giver

7.  Monica McInerney- Hello From the Gillespies

8. Sherman Alexie- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

9.  Andra Watkins-To Live Forever- An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis

10.  Priya Parmar- Vanessa and Her Sister

Can you recommend a new author for me?

Make them a STAR- Characters who should get their own book-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 Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Book

1. & 2  from Harry Potter

Sirius Black and Albus Dumbledore

Wouldn’t you love to know more about when Sirius meets James, or gets kicked out of the house by his crazy mother?  And what was Albus like as a kid?  Was he a know it all?

3.  from Macbeth

The Weird Sisters

These ladies are awesome- and pretty funny.

4.  from Rebecca

Mrs. Danvers

How did old Danny get so attached to Rebecca and why?

5. & 6.  from Lord of the Rings

Tom Bombadil and Legolas

I can’t even explain who Bombadil is- he just always was. Legolas now looks like Orlando Bloom in my mind, so of course I want more.

7.  from To Kill a Mockingbird

 Miss Maudie Atkinson

Why is she so nice?  Why isn’t she married?  Will she marry Atticus?  Buy Scout a dress?

8.  from The Stand

Ralph Bretner

We know more about the others who head West, but not much about Ralph.  Who was he before the plague?

9.  from Gone With the Wind

Ellen Robiard O’Hara

How did this elegant woman marry Gerald O’Hara?  How did she produce a child like Scarlet?

10.  from Jane Eyre

Bertha Mason

I need to know more about this crazy beauty.  Was she ever sane?  Did she want to marry Edward?

Do Over! Top Ten Books I Want to Reread.

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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 to Reread

I am a huge fan or rereading books that I love.  I think I have reread the Harry Potter series about 7 times.  (and need to reread again)  But here are some others that are definitely worthy of a second-or third- reading.

1.  Shadow of the Wind by Carols Ruiz Zafon

Maybe I will reread all three?

2.  The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I try to reread these every few years, and it has been awhile.

3.  The Historian by Elisabeth Kostova

I know I loved it when I read it, but I don’t remember why.

4.  Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

With her new Prince Lestat out, I need a refresher.

5.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

My daughter will be reading this in the spring for school and I want it clear in my memory so we can discuss it.

6.  Tender is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I read this-pretty quickly- a few years ago, and it left quite an impression on me.

7.  Northhanger Abbey and 8.  Sense and Sensibilty by Jane Auster

Two of the few by Austen that I only read once

9.  The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The first book I read by Allende that began my love for her writing.

10.  The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

What?  It will only be the 4th reread.  They are good, quick, and easy.  AND Mockingjay comes out in a few weeks so I need to brush up.

BOO! Books & Movies to get your scare on- 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 and Movies to get ready for Halloween

Now, I have always LOVED Halloween, especially when my kids were little.  Had so much fun watching them get all excited.  BUT_ I do not like scary movies, or even books for that matter,  I did start reading Stephen King last year, but aside from him, I am pretty much horror free.  So, here is a list of some sort of scary books and movies!

Books

1.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Love the Gothic story!

2.  Salem’s Lot  by Stephen King

Great vampire book from King, with garlic and stakes and coffins

3.  The Shining by Stephen King

Scared the %$#@ out of me.  I wouldn’t read it when it was dark.  Or I was alone. I kept thinking of Joey from Friends hiding it in the freezer when it got too scary!

4.  Frankenstein  by Mary Shelley

Who is the real monster?

5. Interview With the Vampire  by Anne Rice

The book- NOT the movie.   I loved this so much when I was a teenager.

6.  The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Witches, Spirts, New Orleans-oh my!

Movies

 7.  Carrie

Sissy Spacek creeps me out a little too much.

8.  Scream

I love how they make fun of the whole genre, yet still give you a good scare!

9.  Nightmare on Elm Street

I watched this in the middle of the afternoon when I was 11- didn’t watch another scary movie for about ten years.

10.  The Nightmare Before Christmas

I love this movie- we still watch it every year.

I Wish I Could Go There- 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 Places I would love to visit from Books (real or fictional)

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1.  New Orleans- from almost every Anne Rice book.

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2.  Rivendell- to hang out at the last homely house with Elrond

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3.  Hogwarts from the HP series

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4.  Paris, 1920s- Fitzgerald

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5.  Pemberley- from Pride & Prejudice

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6.  Hobbiton from The Lord of the Rings

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7.  Tara Plantation from Gone With the Wind

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8.  Italy- really Naples, from Eat, Pray, Love

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9. The South of France from Tender is the Night

Where do you wish you could visit?

Stop Giving me a Hard Time! a Top Ten List

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This week’s topic is –

Top Ten Books that were hard for me to read- pick your reason why-

I came up with a few different reasons and here they are-

KEPT THINKING OF THE MOVIE

10.  The Princess Bride

9.  Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (The Shawshank Redemption)

8.  The Body (Stand By Me)

DIDN’T LIKE THE CHARACTERS

7.  The Shadow Year 

6.  The End of The Affair

5.  The Dinner

SUBJECT MATTER

4.  The Fault in Our Stars (kids with cancer)

3.  Skipping A Beat (young husband dying)

2.  The Invention of Wings (slavery)

 

 

SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME

1.  The Shining

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I can’t believe I’ve only read ONE! 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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Wow- this is my first Top Ten Tuesday in a long time-so excited to be back!

This week’s topic is-

Top Ten Authors I have only read 1 book by.

This is a little hard for me, since I usually try to read as much of an author that I have enjoyed as I can.  I decided to look back on the book I have read, and list the authors that I am SURPRISED I have only read on book by.  Here is the list

(I am a bit ashamed by some of this)

1.  Charlotte Bronte- Jane Eyre

2.  Virginia Wolf- A Room of One’s Own

3.  Leo Tolstoy- Anna Karenina

4.  Toni Morrison- Beloved

5.  Margaret Mitchell- Gone With the Wind

6.  Daphne du Maurier- Rebecca

7.  Truman Capote- In Cold Blood

8,  Harper Lee- To Kill a Mockingbird

9.  Nathaniel Hawthorne- The Scarlet Letter  

10.  Edith Wharton- The Age of Innocence 

I love them most!- 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-

Ten Authors I own the most books from

In size order-

1.  J.K. Rowling- 10

2.  Stephen King-9

3.  Carol Keene-9

4.  C.S. Lewis-7

5.  Jane Austen-6

6.  J.R.R Tolkien-5

7.  George R.R. Martin-5

8.  Anne Rice-5

9.  Jojo Moyes- 4

10.  A Tie: Stieg Larsson-3, Suzanne Collins-3

You mean there are other things to do besides read?? 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-

Tope Ten Favorite Movies/T.V. Shows

Full Disclosure- I don’t watch much television.  I like a football/hockey game in season, but otherwise-nah.  I do have a few I do like- I guess it means shows that are actually on now, as opposed to in the post (The Sopranos would be #1)

I decided to do a little mix again-5 T.V. shows and 15movies, so here it goes-

T.V. Shows

1.  Orange is the New Black

Just started watching this (binge watching)

2.  Mad Men

I only got up to the 5th season, but I really plan on getting back to it.

3.  The Colbert Report

The funniest man on television.

4.  The Big Bang Theory

I have a child that is a little TOO much like Sheldon.

5.  The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Cracks me up- whenI stay up late enough to watch it.

Movies

1.  Casablanca

2.  The Shawshank Redemption

3.  The Wizard of Oz.

4.  The Godfather

5.  The Breakfast Club

Bonus:

Love Actually

My Fair Lady

I know it looks like a very strange mix.

What are some of your favorite T.V. shows or movies?

What A Classic!! 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 Favorite Classics-or- Top Ten Classics I Want to Read

Since I have been absent from my blog for so long, I figured I would do both, so here it goes!

Top Ten Favorite Classics

1.Pride & Prejudice

2.  Little Women

3.  To Kill A Mockingbird

4.  Gone With the Wind

5.  Jane Eyre

6.  Rebecca

7.  The Painted Veil

8.  The Sun Also Rises

9.  Brave New World

10.  The Lord of The Rings

Top Ten Classics I WANT to Read

1.  1984

2.  East of Eden

3.  Wuthering Heights

4.  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

5.  The Bell Jar

6.  A Tale of Two Cities

7.  Paradise Lost

8.  Great Expectations

9.  The Divine Comedy

10.  Lady Chatterly’s Lover

What are your favorite classics?

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