Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts



Bookish & Not So Bookish Thought

is a weekly men hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.


1.  I  am currently reading The End of The Affair by Graham Greene.  I am actually rereading The Hunger Games series to get ready for tomorrow’s premiere, but I did start the other.   Very excited about the movie- my daughter and I plan to watch the fist one tonight.

2.  It is official.  I have inherited the infamous “bad back” that runs in my mother’s Napolitano genes.  My uncles, one aunt, and lots of cousins all have the same back issues.  The lower left back has been “out” for almost a week.  I am sure if I actually went to a doctor, they would tell me it is a slipped disc.  I am old.

3.  I just finished We Need to Talk About Kevin, and all I can say is WOW.  It really was a wonderful kind of awful.

4.  Every morning, my son leaves the shower curtain open, and every morning my dog goes in there and licks the soap.  Not a big deal, but then he spends an hour or so making weird noises trying to lick the flavor off his tongue.  Everyday.

5.  I have finally given iTunes radio a try, and I am not too sure I like it yet.  Does anyone use it?  What are your thoughts?

6.  My son is going on a class trip to Philadelphia.  They are going to visit Gettysburg and the Eastern State Penitentiary- the oldest jail in the country.  Think I can slip the teacher some $ to close one of those cells for a minute or two?  Just kidding.

7. I have had three books sitting here, that I finished, waiting for me to write reviews.  Why am I so lazy lately?

8.  Can I do ALL of my Christmas shopping at Target?  I think I can.

9.  Thanksgiving is just a week away.  We always host my husband’s family, except one year we all went to the Bahamas to celebrate the in-laws anniversary.  We ate in a Chinese restaurant on Thanksgiving.  Best Thanksgiving ever.



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



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!

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!!


2.  Haymitch AND Cinna from The Hunger Games series

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


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!


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.


5.  Rudy Steiner from The Book Thief

He was awesome- that’s all.


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.


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.


8.  Helen Burns from Jane Eyre

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


(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!


10.  Death from The Book Thief


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.

I am haunted by humans.

What other secondary character do you love?