It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday!  What are you reading?  is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey  where we discuss what we have been up to lately, and what we are looking forward to in the coming week.  Stop over there and see what other bloggers have posted!

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 Here is what happened with me this week

Whew- my 3 year old nephew JUST left, and before I fall into a very deep sleep, I thought I would catch up real quick!

This week I read-

Beautiful Day 

by Elin Hildebrand

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Amity & Sorrow

by Peggy Riley

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I am currently reading-

The Book Thief

by Mark Zusack

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I am reading this for a great little read along over at  It’s All About Books,

We start the discussion tomorrow and I am almost done with part 3!

Up next-

Honestly not too sure.  I need to take a breath, wash some sheets, and figure out what’s next!

So- What have you been reading?

Please leave a comment and let me know!!

Second Fiddle? I think not!!! Top Ten Tuesday!

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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! http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is-

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters

(this is obviously going to be a bit Potter heavy- sorry)

1.  The Weasly Family from the Harry Potter Series

I want to hang with this family SO bad-ok maybe not Percy, but a big yes to each and every one of them!!

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2.  Haymitch AND Cinna from The Hunger Games series

I LOVE Cinna-the only person in the entire capital that is real.

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And Haymitch- oooh, the suffering of watching all those kids die for over 20 years.

3.  Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series

When he gets the winning points for the House Cup because he stood up to his friends, I knew he was going to be a great guy!

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4.  Ceila Foote from The Help

Actually liked her depiction in the movie even more than I liked her character in the book- best part?  When she writes the check out to Hilly Two Slice.

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5.  Rudy Steiner from The Book Thief

He was awesome- that’s all.

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6.  Mr. Bennet from Pride & Prejudice

Patience of a saint to deal with that wife!  Would love to lock myself in a beautiful library also.

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7.  Melanie Wilkes from Gone With The Wind

I love how Scarlet is just dying to truly hate this woman, but she just can’t- and Melanie can not for the life of her think anything bad about Scarlet.

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8.  Helen Burns from Jane Eyre

This poor girl- stick up for yourself, dammit!!!

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(never knew Elizabeth Taylor played her)

9.  Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series

The character I loved to hate the MOST- up until the very end of book 7, that is.  What an amazing love he had!

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10.  Death from The Book Thief

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One of my favorite quotes from this book can explain why I loved this character (also a little sad to realize through the trailers that he is NOT in the movie- hmph!)

I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race–that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.

All I was able to do was turn to Liesel Meminger and tell her the only truth I truly know. I said it to the book thief and I say it now to you.

* * * A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR * * *
I am haunted by humans.

What other secondary character do you love?

Top Ten Favorite Beginnings and Endings

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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! http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is

Top Ten Favorite Beginnings and Endings

1.  Pride & Prejudice (beginning)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

2.  The Great Gatsby (ending)

And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

3.  Rebecca (beginning)

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . . I came upon it suddenly; the approach masked by the unnatural growth of a vast shrub that spread in all directions . . . There was Manderley, our Manderley, secretive and silent as it had always been, the gray stone shining in the moonlight of my dream, the mullioned windows reflecting the green lawns and terrace. Time could not wreck the perfect symmetry of those walls, nor the site itself, a jewel in the hollow of a hand.

4.  Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (beginning)

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.

5.  Anna Karenina (beginning)

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

6.  Gone with the Wind (ending)

I’ll think of it all tomorrow at Tara.  I can stand it then.  Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back.  After all, tomorrow is another day.

7.  Frankenstein (ending)

He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.
8.  The Book Thief (beginning)

First the colours, Then the humans, Thats how I usually see things, Or at least, how I try. Here is a small fact, You are going to die.

9.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (ending)

The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.

and finally….

10.  The Book Thief (ending)

I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race–that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.

All I was able to do was turn to Liesel Meminger and tell her the only truth I truly know. I said it to the book thief and I say it now to you.

* * * A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR * * *
I am haunted by humans.

Honestly, do you keep reading it?

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I am very lucky to be currently reading The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, with some very interesting books waiting in the wings!  BUT, I did have a patch recently where I started a few books I just could not get into.  It made me wonder what other book lovers out there feel about this.  What do you do when you realize you are just not enjoying reading a book?  Do you power through?  Or give it up?  I  read for pleasure- and most of the time, reading gives me great pleasure.  But I have at times had to put a book down and walk away from it.  Sometimes, it is just not an interesting topic.  Or it is TOO cookie cutter.  There are so many books out there, I feel that I might be missing a great story by sticking with something I am not enjoying.

But this does have a big downside.  I can recall many books that I started and stopped, only to try again and realize I loved them.  This was true with two of my favorite books- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Book Thief.  I could not get into either at first.  I put them both down for a long while, only to realize when I did read them in entirety that they were wonderful!

So, the question is to all book lovers-what do you do?